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17 Jan

Ampatuan massacre justice aftermath with more fear of warlords, corruption

For decades, the feared Ampatuan clan held sway in the impoverished province of Maguindanao in Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Through a ruthless private army and a reported “propensity for beheadings”, the clan cultivated a culture of impunity. Now, however, reports David Robie, a courageous judge has challenged the horror by jailing the masterminds of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre for life.

SPECIAL REPORT: By David Robie in Manila



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12 Feb

WEST PAPUA: Rights advocate says security chief’s ‘garbage’ slur will deepen wounds

By Devina Halim
JAKARTA (Kompas/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Lawyer and human rights activist Veronica Koman says Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD “garbage” comment will only deepen the Papuan
people’s wounds.

Earlier, Mahfud had referred to data on Papuan political prisoners and civilians killed in Nduga, which was handed over to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during his visit to Canberra this week as “garbage”.