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Subject: West Papua: EMRIP and UPR Reports

Dear Leaders, 

Trust this year has begun well for all of us, wherever we are, while our thoughts and prayer goes out to families qnd loved ones affected by the pandemic the region, military operations in the central highlands of Papua and volcanic eruption in the Kingdom of Tonga.

This is a short notice but an important one, on submission of human rights reports on West Papua to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) and the Universal Periodic Review on Indonesia (Shadow Report).

The EMRIP contribution reports are on the theme "The militarization of indigenous land: a human rights focus." The Expert Mechanism hereby requests contributions from Indigenous Peoples, States, National Human Rights Institutions, academics and other stakeholders for this report. 

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to no later than 31 January 2022. A draft report will be introduced by the Expert Mechanism at its annual session to take place from 11 to 15 July 2022, after which it will be finalised and presented to the Human Rights Council at its 51st session in September 2022. Submissions are until 31 January 2022, and no longer than 5 pages. 

Meanwhile, the shadow reports for the Indonesia UPR is to be submitted on March 31.

With this, I would like to ask if any of our solidarity partners would collaborate with, or independently make submission to cover issues on impact of militarism on the internal displacement, the environment, on health, and women and children, and other sectors, while restating the recommendation for an OHCHR visit to West Papua, or an independent HR investigation in West Papua. 

Let me know if you are interested and what you think on how we could go about this. 

Warm regards,

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