The Biak Massacre – 15 Year Anniversary

The Citizens Tribunal for the 15th Anniversary of the Biak Massacre was held on Saturday July 6th at the University of Sydney. Full Video Footage from the Tribunal is now available on the site
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Mama Tineke Returns Home

Mama Tineke Returns Home

Mrs. Tineke Rumakabu, a victim of the extreme violence of the Biak massacre, was divorced by her first husband because of the shame he felt after her rape and torture. Mama Tineke then had to leave her village and children. In January 2013, I first met Mama Tineke. She now lives with her new husband...
Massacre Location

Massacre Location

Biak Harbor – Location of The Massacre   Killings at the Water Tower   One survivor said: “The attack on July 6th took place in the morning, when we were under the water tower. During the initial attack the troops assembled around us in a U formation. There were Brimob police in riot gear, army troops(Kopasgad), a...
Video Short: July 6th

Video Short: July 6th

Verdict Announced

Verdict Announced

The Citizens Tribunal announced its findings on Monday, 16 December, 2013. Our findings were featured in The Guardian and by ABC News 7:30 in a special broadcast: Searching for the truth about a massacre in West Papua
Names Without Graves

Names Without Graves

  The detailed report, “Names Without Graves, Graves Without Names” by Elsham Papua has just been translated.   This report, which was completed in the months immediately following the massacre, contains essential background for anyone who is conducting research on this event.  For over fifteen years it was only accessible to Indonesian speaking researchers, and...
Opening Statement from the Tribunal

Opening Statement from the Tribunal

THE BIAK MASSACRE CITIZENS TRIBUNAL University of Sydney, 6 July 2013 OPENING STATEMENT I appear with Gustav Kawer of West Papua, recipient in Amsterdam of the “Lawyers for Lawyers” award for 2013, to assist the Tribunal. Mr Turnbull SC and Mr O’Gorman SC appear also and will make submissions in due course – I shall return...
A Collective Testimony read by Ronny Kareni

A Collective Testimony read by Ronny Kareni

We have come to testify. There is much that we want the world to know. We want to testify about the injustices of the Biak massacre. We want to testify about the killings and the beatings with rifles. We want to testify about the people who were disappeared, those who were imprisoned and those who...
Introduction and Musical Welcome

Introduction and Musical Welcome

Video Testimony: Filep Karma

Video Testimony: Filep Karma

Video Testimony: Sarah

Witness: Tineke Rumakabu

Witness: Tineke Rumakabu

Written Testimony: A Story of Rescue

A written testimony read in English.