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John Rumbiak - biographical information


John Rumbiak serves as supervisor of ELSHAM, the Jayapura-based Institute for Human Rights Study and Advocacy, and is internationally recognized as a leading human rights defender. Born on the island of Biak in 1962, Mr. Rumbiak studied linguistics at Cenderawasih University in Jayapura in the 1980s. Since that time, he has worked in several non-governmental organisations concerned with human rights and development. In 1999, Mr. Rumbiak participated in Columbia University's Human Rights Advocates Program. He is currently based in New York City, where he serves as a visiting scholar at Columbia University's Center for Human Rights Study. Mr. Rumbiak also serves on the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights' Indonesia Support Group and as a director of the Papua Resource Center, a New York-based non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness and promote cooperation on behalf of the land and people of Papua through programmes such as human resource development.


Under Mr. Rumbiak's supervision, ELSHAM has been at the forefront of efforts to establish Papua as a Zone of Peace, an initiative involving Papua's governor, legislators, police and navy commanders, church  leaders, and other members of civil society,. ELSHAM also has carried out high-profile human rights reporting and advocacy. The cases that it has investigated and reported on include: the Indonesian military's brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrators in Biak (July 1998), implications of military operations in the Mapnduma hostage incident (August 1999), extrajudicial killings and torture in Nabire (May 2000), police raid on Papuan student dormitories in Abepura (December 2000), police operations and human rights violations in Wasior (August 2001), the assassination of Papuan community leader Theys Eluay (November 2001), killings and other crimes within the Freeport copper & gold mining operations area (August 2002).


Through this work, ELSHAM has gained international recognition as the leading credible source of information regarding human rights  conditions in Papua. The organization is regularly consulted by Jakarta-based diplomats, government officials from North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region, international human rights organizations (e.g., Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch) and major Indonesian and international media outlets (e.g., Agence France Presse, Associated Press, British Broadcasting Corporation, Kompas, The New York Times, Reuters, Suara Pembaruan, Tempo, TVRI, The Washington Post). Most recently, ELSHAM has shared information from its investigatory work regarding the August 2002 Freeport attack with the Papua provincial police and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations, which have recognized ELSHAM's skills in the human rights monitoring and investigation arena.






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