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Footage emerges showing burning villages in West Papua highlands

October 20, 2010

Footage has been released today showing the effects of Indonesian
military sweeping operations in the West Papua highlands.

Filmed by villagers hiding in forests, the footage shows villages down
in the valleys burning following an evening raid. The next day tearful
villagers return to the remains of their homes. Evidence of burning of
crops and gardens is also clearly visible.

It will heap more pressure on the Indonesian Government to allow
immediate access to the region to human rights observers and foreign
journalists.

The footage was shot last month and can be viewed at this link:

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