Military members arbitrarily arrest and torture Hendrik Bosayor

The local human rights organisation LP3BH (Manokwari Institute for Research Study and Development of Legal Aid) has reported the alleged arbitrary arrest and torture of Hendrik Bosayor (30 years) on 4 August 2017. According to the victim's family, a group of military members had arbitrarily arrested  Hendrik Bosayor in Sowi I, Manokwari Regency, near the former office of PT. Coklat Ransiki company. Subsequently the military members allegedly tortured Hendrik Bosayor and forced him to confess his involvement in the theft of a weapon, which had been stolen from a military special unit (KOPASSUS).  Hendrik Bosayor was unlawfully detained for eight days and released on 11 August 2017.

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Oneibo Case submitted to UN Special Procedures

ICP has submitted an Urgent Appeal on the Oneibo Case to the Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Shooting was brought to the attention of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as well as the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Special Rapporteur on minority issues.

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Amnesty International publishes statement on 'Oneibo Shooting'

Amnesty Internation has published a statement regarding the recent shooting in Oneibo Village, Deiyai Regency, on 1 August 2017. The shooting resulted in the killing of one indigenous Papuan, while ten other villagers were seriously injured by bullets, among them five minors. In its public statement, Amnesty International demands an efficient investigation on the allegations of arbitrary or abusive use of force by the police forces through independent and impartial mechanisms. Furthermore, Amnesty International expressed its concern that the perpetrators will not be held accountable due to lack of independent, effective, and impartial mechanisms in Indonesia to investigate human rights violations committed by the security forces.

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Cases of human rights violations submitted to the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council

The Papuan Tabernacle Church 'KINGMI Papua' and the Advocacy Network on Law Enforcement and Human Rights of the Papuan Central Highlands 'JAPH-HAM' have reported multiple cases of human rights violations which occurred in the Papuan cities of Nabire and Wamena throughout June and July 2017. International human rights advocacy groups have recently submitted two of these cases to the 'Special Procedures' of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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Government negligence leads to health crisis in the regencies Deiyai and Dogiyai

Human rights defenders have reported of a health crisis, which has affected seven villages in the Tigi district of Deiyai Regency as well as villages in the valleys Kamuu and Mapia of Dogiyai Regency. Multiple reports on the health situation in the affected area indicate that the local governments have failed to provide basic health services and carry out preventive health measures in the affected villages.  such as vaccinations, sanitation and hygiene. Multiple sicknesses had caused the deaths of at least 93 villagers – most of them children below the age of ten – in the seven villages Ayatei, Piyake Dimi, Yinidoba, Digikotu, Epanai, Wagomani and Demago in the district Tigi. According to human rights defenders who collected data on the ground, the actual number of children who died due to infectious diseases was even higher. Many villagers refused to consult doctors and provide information on the disease due to the misconception that the deaths were accepted as 'part of God's plan'.

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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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Mobile brigade police officers open fire at villagers in Oneibo, Deyai Regency

On 01 August 2017, Yulianus Pigai (27 years) was shot dead and ten other indigenous Papuans were seriously injured by bullets after members of a local mobile police brigade unit had opened fire at a crowd of villagers in Oneibo, a small village located in the Tigi District of Deiyai Regency.  Five of the injured victims were minors. 51-year-old Martinus Pekey died in his house due to shock as he witnessed the shooting in his house. Human rights defenders reported that the police officers allegedly released indiscriminate shots at a group of Oneibo villagers using live ammunition in an attempt to forcefully disperse the crowd. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)  has launched a urgent action on the case. More in formation on the letter campaign is available here.

 

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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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Military officer accuses human rights defender of seeking popularity

Papuan human rights defender and director of the 'Pauan Central Highlands Network for the Enforcement of Law and Human Rights' (JAPH-HAM), Mr. Theo Hesegem, has been accused of using human rights advocacy to gain popularity.  The chief of staff of the 1702 Jayawijaya military command in Wamena called Theo Hesegem on 8 July 2017 by phone after Mr. Hesegem had given a press conference and informed Indonesian Military Commander, Army General Gatot Nurmantyo by sms about the case, in order to advocate justice and seek remedies for Niko Hisage. Mr Hisage had been tortured by three military officers on 22 June 2017, due to a dispute over the sale of a cow to one of the military members. (More information on the case available here)

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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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  4. Human Rights Update West Papua – 1st Quarter of 2017
  5. UN High Commissioner blames Indonesia for non-cooperation with UN mechanisms
  6. 320 political arrests throughout May 2017
  7. Epidemic outbreak in Lanny Jaya Regency causes death of 37 villagers
  8. Police officer allegedly beats human rights defender
  9. Military members open fire at protesters in Jayapura
  10. Dutch human rights ambassador visits Jayapura
  11. Human rights in Indonesia under review at the UPR - Eight countries address human rights situation in West Papua
  12. Series of assaults against local journalists in Papua
  13. Protests and side event on press freedom in West Papua as Indonesia hosts 'World Press Freedom Day'
  14. Military members attack two Papuan men with knifes in Uwibutu Village, Paniai Regency
  15. ULMWP lobbies parliament of Uganda to support West Papuan independence
  16. Pacific island countries deliver joint statement on West Papua at ACP council meeting in Brussels
  17. Tensions and military presence due to conflict between mining companies in Nifasi increase
  18. Yapen District Police officers allegedly execute Maikel Marani
  19. Adoption of local regulation on the restoration of Papuan female victims' rights
  20. Press Release: Indonesia Visit by the Special Rapporteur on Health
  21. UN Special Rapporteur visits Indonesia - concerned about situation in West Papua
  22. WAN-IFRA investigates media freedom in West Papua
  23. Human rights lawyers concerned about detention conditions of three Papuan defendants
  24. NGOs deliver statement about the situation of indigenous Papuans at Human Rights Council
  25. Indonesia deports two French journalists from West Papua
  26. Saving Raja Ampat waters with tourism
  27. Vanuatu takes lead in expressing Pacific Sates' concern regarding human rights situation in West Papua
  28. 'Swim for West Papua' - Free West Campaign launches global petition
  29. Urgent Appeal - Police officers torture Mr. Edison Hesegem to death in Jayawijaya General Hospital
  30. European Parliament adopts Resolution on Indonesia, noticing arrest of peaceful protesters in West Papua