- Published on Sunday, 23 April 2017 05:28
Local human rights defenders in Yapen Island have reported that a special police force unit under command of Yapen District Police allegedly executed the head of the local armed independence group Maikel Marani (28 years) in the early morning hours of 27th March 2017 at Kontinuai Village, Angkaisera District, Yapen Islands Regency. According to eye witnesses, special force members in black uniforms and balaclavas approached the house of Maikel Marani's in-laws at 01:00 am, where Maikel had stayed over night. The witnesses stated that Maikel Marani was unarmed at the time of the attempted arrest. As Maikel Marani tried to escape, a police officer released shots at him, one of them hitting Maikel's leg. Despite no further attempts to avoid the arrest, the officers again fired several shots at Maikel Marani, causing his instant death on the spot. Subsequently, the police officers tortured two other villagers with the initials H.S. (30 years) and F.A. (28 years), and forced them at gunpoint to show where Maikel Marani had hidden his weapons.
- Published on Saturday, 22 April 2017 06:57
The Department for Internal Affairs (DEPDAGRI) through the National Women Commission (KOMNAS Perempuan) has shared information on the local regulation PERDASUS No. 1 / 2011 on the Restoration of the Rights of Papuan Female Victims of Violence and Human Rights Violations. Even though the law had already been passed under former Governor Syamsul Arief Rivai on 3rd August 2011, civil society activists had not been informed about the adoption of the law until early April 2017. The law provides detailed descriptions and definitions of various forms of violence (Article 2) and human rights violations against women (Article 3:), with particular reference to discrimination, forms of slavery or human trafficking including prostitution, forced marriage and forced sterilization. Furthermore, it defines the rights of female victims, which includes their restoration through restitution, rehabilitation and compensation, as well as the victim's right to truth and justice.
- Published on Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:22
The Special Rapporteur on the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health Mr. Dainius Pūras, issued a press release on 4th April 2017 after his country visit to Indonesia between 22th March and 3rd April. The Special Rapporteur appreciated Indonesia's efforts in the field of health, which he considered as being “on the right track to develop an equitable and sustainable healthcare system based on universal health coverage”. At the same time Mr. Dainius Pūras warned the Indonesian government that ”ambitious goals can be reached only if challenges are addressed”. Among the major challenges the Special Rapporteur named the availability, access to and quality of health services for all Indonesian citizens as well as barriers in law and practice which impede the realization of sexual and reproductive health rights, resulting in various forms of violence and discrimination. The Special Rapporteur was particularly “concerned about the health status of ethnic Papuans, who are two times more likely to have HIV/AIDS than the rest of the population”. A comprehensive report on the visit to Indonesia will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2018.
- Published on Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:56
Between 27th February and 24th March 2017, the 34th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council United Nations Human Rights Council has taken place in Geneva. During an open session named “Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention” on 15th March 2017, several NGOs, namely VIVAT International, Franciscans International, World Council of Churches, Geneva for Human Rights, TAPOL, ICP and the West Papua Netzwerk delivered a joint statement.
- Published on Friday, 07 April 2017 11:36
The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Pūras, who visited Indonesia from March 22nd until April 3rd 2017, called on the Indonesian government to increase national budget allocations for health. "However," he said, "increased investments in healthcare only make sense if the system is efficient, transparent, accountable, and responsive to those who use it." He also expressed concern about the healthcare situation in West Papua.
- Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 14:20
Indonesia has deported two French journalists from the province of Papua. Jean Frank Pierre and Basille Marie Longhamp were shooting a documentary film on the nature and culture of the Papua Province and were forced to leave the country via Timika airport last Friday. Officials in Jakarta said that the two had ordinary visas without the required permits to work there.
- Published on Thursday, 30 March 2017 06:09
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publisher (WAN-IFRA) launched an investigation on the media freedom situation in the Papuan cities Jayapura, Merauke and Timika between 30th January and 3rd February 2017. A delegation from the Media Freedom Committee Indonesia (MFCI) consisting of eight Indonesian journalists from Jakarta, Makassar and Solo traveled to Papua province, where they followed local journalists from Papuan news organisations during media coverage for five days. The initiative was part of WAN-IFRA's Strengthening Media and Society programme which is backed by the Denmark Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 13:28
By Seto Wardhana, published in The Jakarta Post
Environmentalists and academics estimate that Indonesia might suffer losses of US$18.6 million from damage to coral reefs in Raja Ampat, West Papua, caused by the Caledonian Sky cruise ship earlier this month.
Conservation International Indonesia (CII), Papua State University and the Regional Technical Implementing Unit (UPTD) conducted research to analyze the damage to the coral reefs.
Ricardo Tapilatu, who headed the research, said that several endemic reefs that were unique to that part of the world were damaged.
- Published on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:04
A team of human rights lawyers has conducted a press conference in Jayapura in which they expressed their concerns regarding the detention conditions of three defendants, who are currently undergoing trial at the Nabire District Court of Papua Province. On 13th October 2016, officers from the Papua regional police arrested Aloysius Kayame at the Sentani Airport. Jemmy Magay Yogi and Demianus Magay Yogi were arrested on 16th October 2016 in Waena, Jayapura. All suspects were charged due allegations of threats, extortion, possession of firearms and treason. The Papuan regional police linked the charges to an incident in Wotay, Distrik Yatamo, Kabupaten Paniai on 31st January 2015. The police justified the arrests due to a conflict on customary land which had occurred after Jemmy, Demianus and Aloisius had claimed compensation for the utilization of their ancestral land for a public road.
Vanuatu takes lead in expressing Pacific Sates' concern regarding human rights situation in West Papua
- Published on Saturday, 04 March 2017 08:31
The Pacific State Vanuatu has again expressed its concerns regarding the human rights situation in West Papua to the international community. Vanuatu's Minister of Justice and Community Development, Mr Ronald K Warsal delivered a statement on behalf of six other Pacific States - namely Tonga, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, and the Solomon Islands - during the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Vanuatu had already made similar statements during the past Human Rights Council Sessions 31 and 25. The growing international support in addressing the violations of human rights of indigenous Papuans could already been observed during the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2016, where the same Pacific States were outspoken towards the ongoing human rights violations in the easternmost Indonesian provinces of Papua and Papua Barat.