Aug 152011
 
 August 15, 2011  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Leaked military documents show Indonesia is engaged in a vast illegal surveillance operation against ordinary people in the restive eastern region of Papua, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

The documents, obtained by Australia’s Fairfax newspapers, reveal the “deep military paranoia” that exists in Jakarta toward any kind of free political expression by Papua’s indigenous Melanesian majority, the watchdog said.

Hundreds of pages of documents dated 2006 to 2011 include logs of military surveillance of civilians and reports on peaceful political activities.

Read more on Jakarta Globe. In a companion news story, they report that the military says that there is nothing new or controversial in the leaked details.

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