22 Jul 2002

International phone calls to human rights group in Papua blocked

4:52 pm on 22 July 2002

All international calls to a human rights group in the Indonesian province of Papua have been blocked by Telecom Indonesia.

Telecom Indonesia says that all international calls to and from the Elsham Organisation have been blocked temporarily.

Radio New Zealand International was told by an international operator within Telecom Indonesia that he was unable to assist us in contacting Elsham because of the block on all international calls.

Elsham has alleged increased harrassment by pro-Jakarta militia towards human rights activists and volunteers of non government organisations.

Elsham says the military harrassment is part of a government crackdown on pro-independence supporters.