>From Bintang Papua, 19 October 2010 DOZENS FLEE TO PNG After the Papuan Morning Star Flag was recently flown outside a customary dwelling in Kampung Ambora, dozens of villagers have fled across the border to Papua New Guinea, fearing that they are likely to be hunted down by the security forces. This was confirmed for Bintang Papua by Decky Yakore, a member of the district legislative council - DPRD of Jayawijaya district.. In connection with this incident, the local police force in Jayapura - polres Jayapura - have taken seven people into custody. They have already been designated as suspects and will face charges under Article 110 and Article 107 of the Criminal Code, regarding conspiring to engaged in acts to overthrow the government, and face punishment of up to 15 years. According to a local inhabitant named Daud (not his real name), the flag flying occurred as the result of a provocation, and others too were arrested. News was spread that Papua was now free, following a visit to the area by chairman of DAP, Forkorus Yaboisembut who had just returned from the USA, which inspired the people to unfurl the Papuan flag. ---------------- JUBI 19 October 2010 Papuan people will use peaceful means in their struggle Forkorus Yaboisembu, chairman od DAP, the Papuan Customary Council has said, on his return from the USA that the US government (sic) has promised to support the struggle of the Papuan people.He said that fifty members of the US Congress, along with 80 representatives of a variety of NGOs have proclaimed their support for the Papuan struggle. The Papuan people he said are gathering together as much data as possible and continuing to formulate their strategy for a peaceful struggle, he said, citing the words of the leader of the Republican Party in the US, Michael Steele. Forkorus also met John Miller, director of the East Timor Action Network, to discussed ETAN's support for the Papuan struggle for independence. 'You supported Timor Leste in their struggle for freedom, which means that you should also support Papua's struggle for freedom. Forkorus also used this visit to Washington to inform the US government via the intermediary of Congress about why the Papuan people want independence . He said they had also had a private meeting with the Republican Party. ---------------------------- JUBI, 18 October 2010 IMPARSIAL: Komnas HAM should be criticised Imparsial issued a statement in Jakarta in which it said that Komnas HAM, the National Human Rights Commission, needs to be criticised in connection with a number of cases of gross violations of human rights that have occurred in Papua. Imparsial director, Poenky Indarti said that there are many human rights violation cases in Papua that still not been resolved. Many of the cases have got stuck with the police and the attorney-general's office. Poengky said: 'The police are not capable of resolving these cases.' She said that the police are always spying on civilian activists, especially those involved in defending human rights and always making accusations of separatism against human rights activists. She also said that incidents of violence continue to occur. These include the case of Opinus Tabuni who was killed in August 2008 and the case of the JUBI journalist Ardiansyah Matrias, who was killed on 30 July 2010. 'Human rights activists need to continue to sruggle about these cases,' she said.