Military members torture Niko Hisage in Wamena

On the 22 June 2017, three members of the Wamena military command (Koramil) allegedly tortured 34-year-old Niko Hisage for seven hours at the military headquarters in the highland city of Wamena. The incident resulted from a disagreement between Niko Hisage and sergeant major Lukas Mulai over three of Niko Hisage's cows which were allegedly sold for a 'Lebaran' celebration. As the military sergeant requested to settle the issue at the Jayawijaya District Police Station, Niko Hisage and his wife with together with the military officer went to Wamena city. However, when they reached the city, Lukas Mulai spontaneously insisted to shift location to the local military base in Wamena, where Lukas Mulai and two other military members began to question Niko Hisage around 09.30 am while his wife was waiting outside of the building.

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Human Rights Update West Papua – 2nd Quarter 2017

In the second quarter of 2017, the number of torture and ill-treatment cases has significantly increased while the cases of extra-judicial killings have dropped in comparison to the previous quarter of 2017. While the months January to April 2017 were comparatively quiet in terms of political arrests, activists and human rights defenders reported at least 321 political arrests during the second quarter of 2017, which mainly occurred in May. One can observe a greater variety of violations during the reporting period covering also violations against human rights defenders, political arrests and violations of the right to health. The strategy to criminalize peaceful political activists with treason charges continues to be commonly applied by law enforcement agencies in West Papua. The violations during this reporting period were equally committed by members of police and military units. At least four cases with the involvement of police officers were brought to the attention of police-internal investigation body PROPAM between April and June.

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Nabire District Police carries out violent raid and arbitrary arrests

Human rights defenders of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (KINGMI Papua) have reported that police forces of the district police carried out raids in Nabire, the capitol city of Nabire Regency. The raids took place on the 29 June 2017 in the so-called 'Karang Barat' complex, which is mainly inhabited by indigenous Papuans. Police forces used tear gas and water cannons against the residents. The reason for the raid remains currently unclear.

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Human Rights Update West Papua – 1st Quarter of 2017

In the first quarter of 2017, security forces killed four indigenous Papuans while the perpetrators remain untouched by law. The killings occurred in the regencies Kepulauan Yapen, Jayawijaya and Dogiyai. These Papuan regencies continue to be classified as 'red zones', where security force members tend to label indigenous Papuans as supporters of separatist Assaults movements. Hence, security force operations are conducted with a high level of violence. The majority of violations were committed by police officers during arrest or detention, where victims are vulnerable to acts of torture. The period between January and March 2017 revealed a case pattern, comprising violations such as extra-judicial killings, torture, violations of indigenous peoples rights, limitations regarding media freedom and violations of the right to fair trial.

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Papuan Catholics protest against their own bishops

bennymawelpapuancatholics-resizedActivists claim prelates are staying silent over social issues when they should be speaking out

All five bishops serving in Indonesia's Papua and West Papua provinces have come under fire from indigenous Papuan Catholics for "staying silent" over alleged social injustices.

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UN High Commissioner blames Indonesia for non-cooperation with UN mechanisms

In his opening statement to the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussain, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights criticized many countries' lack of true commitment in perceiving and using UN human rights mechanisms as valuable tools in the achievement of real human rights improvements. In this regard, he emphasized the limitation of access, including non-cooperation and selective cooperation with human rights mechanisms and his office.

 

 

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Papuan student faces six month imprisonment sentence

Public prosecutors have demanded a sentence of six months imprisonment and one year probation against Obby Kogoya during the recent court session on 19 June 2017. The Papuan student was arrested during a peaceful assembly of Papuan students in support of United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) at the Papuan student dormitory in Yogyakarta on 15 July 2016 . He has been charged with articles 212, 213 and 351/ 2 of the Indonesian penal code (KUHP) and is currently undergoing trial at the Yogyakarta District Court. The articles refer to the criminal offense of violence against law enforcement officers. The spokesperson of Yogyakarta regional police Mrs. Anny Pudjiastuti claimed that Obby Kogoya had injured a police officer with an arrow.

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320 political arrests throughout May 2017

While the months January to April 2017 were comparably quiet in terms of political arrests, activists and human rights defenders have reported 320 political arrests throughout May 2017. Most arrests occured during peaceful assemblies like demonstrations or prayer sessions in various cities of West Papua. A smaller number of political arrests was related to the distribution of leaflets. Some arrests were allegedly accompanied by acts of violence against protesters, as it was reported from the 1st May commemoration in Sentani and a prayer session in Timika, which was organized by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) on the 30 May 2017. Police officers of the Jayapura district police also tortured local journalist Yance Wenda after covering the 1st May demonstration in Sentani.

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Police officers torture 15 year old boy in Wamena

Three police officer have allegedly tortured a 15 year old boy named Alberth Nawipa on 16 June 2017 at Potikelek Market in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency. According to local human rights defenders, the officers hit Alberth Nawipa with bare hands, wooden and rubber batons on the head, back and stomach. The officers repeatedly punched him in the face. Then Alberth was threatened at knife point to be quiet and squat down while three officers collectively beat him with a rubber baton to the back and the head. One officer burned Alberth's back with his cigarette. Subsequently, the officers forced Alberth to clean up the police post at Potikelek Market while punching and kicking him to the upper body and the legs. According to a local police spokes man, police officers had arrested Alberth because he had allegedly thrown a rock at the Potikelek police post.

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Epidemic outbreak in Lanny Jaya Regency causes death of 37 villagers

Multiple local media outlets have reported the deaths of 37 villagers between 1 January 2017 and 25 April 2017 in the Awena District of Lanny Jaya Regency, Papua Province. The alleged reason for the deaths was an epidemic diarrhea outbreak in the villages Tinggira, Nambume, Eyumi, Uragabur, Yugimia and Indawa. At least four villagers had to be hospitalized in Tiom General Hospital, where they received medical treatment.

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  1. Police officer allegedly beats human rights defender
  2. Military members open fire at protesters in Jayapura
  3. Dutch human rights ambassador visits Jayapura
  4. Human rights in Indonesia under review at the UPR - Eight countries address human rights situation in West Papua
  5. Series of assaults against local journalists in Papua
  6. Protests and side event on press freedom in West Papua as Indonesia hosts 'World Press Freedom Day'
  7. Military members attack two Papuan men with knifes in Uwibutu Village, Paniai Regency
  8. ULMWP lobbies parliament of Uganda to support West Papuan independence
  9. Pacific island countries deliver joint statement on West Papua at ACP council meeting in Brussels
  10. Tensions and military presence due to conflict between mining companies in Nifasi increase
  11. Yapen District Police officers allegedly execute Maikel Marani
  12. Adoption of local regulation on the restoration of Papuan female victims' rights
  13. Press Release: Indonesia Visit by the Special Rapporteur on Health
  14. UN Special Rapporteur visits Indonesia - concerned about situation in West Papua
  15. WAN-IFRA investigates media freedom in West Papua
  16. Human rights lawyers concerned about detention conditions of three Papuan defendants
  17. NGOs deliver statement about the situation of indigenous Papuans at Human Rights Council
  18. Indonesia deports two French journalists from West Papua
  19. Saving Raja Ampat waters with tourism
  20. Vanuatu takes lead in expressing Pacific Sates' concern regarding human rights situation in West Papua
  21. 'Swim for West Papua' - Free West Campaign launches global petition
  22. Urgent Appeal - Police officers torture Mr. Edison Hesegem to death in Jayawijaya General Hospital
  23. European Parliament adopts Resolution on Indonesia, noticing arrest of peaceful protesters in West Papua
  24. 1st December Commemoration in Jakarta - Papuans and Indonesians demonstrate for Right to Self Determination
  25. Joint Statement on the New York Agreement by the Ecumenical Forum of Papuan Church Leaders
  26. Police opens fire on crowd - one killed, many injured
  27. Torture as Theatre in Papua
  28. UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Initiates Early Warning Procedure Regarding Human Rights Situation in West Papua
  29. Listening to the Pacific beat on Papua
  30. Pacific states speak out on human rights violations in West Papua

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