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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  1. Human Rights Update West Papua – 1st Quarter of 2017
  2. UN High Commissioner blames Indonesia for non-cooperation with UN mechanisms
  3. 320 political arrests throughout May 2017
  4. Epidemic outbreak in Lanny Jaya Regency causes death of 37 villagers
  5. Police officer allegedly beats human rights defender
  6. Military members open fire at protesters in Jayapura
  7. Dutch human rights ambassador visits Jayapura
  8. Human rights in Indonesia under review at the UPR - Eight countries address human rights situation in West Papua
  9. Series of assaults against local journalists in Papua
  10. Protests and side event on press freedom in West Papua as Indonesia hosts 'World Press Freedom Day'
  11. Military members attack two Papuan men with knifes in Uwibutu Village, Paniai Regency
  12. ULMWP lobbies parliament of Uganda to support West Papuan independence
  13. Pacific island countries deliver joint statement on West Papua at ACP council meeting in Brussels
  14. Tensions and military presence due to conflict between mining companies in Nifasi increase
  15. Yapen District Police officers allegedly execute Maikel Marani
  16. Adoption of local regulation on the restoration of Papuan female victims' rights
  17. Press Release: Indonesia Visit by the Special Rapporteur on Health
  18. UN Special Rapporteur visits Indonesia - concerned about situation in West Papua
  19. WAN-IFRA investigates media freedom in West Papua
  20. Human rights lawyers concerned about detention conditions of three Papuan defendants
  21. NGOs deliver statement about the situation of indigenous Papuans at Human Rights Council
  22. Indonesia deports two French journalists from West Papua
  23. Saving Raja Ampat waters with tourism
  24. Vanuatu takes lead in expressing Pacific Sates' concern regarding human rights situation in West Papua
  25. 'Swim for West Papua' - Free West Campaign launches global petition
  26. Urgent Appeal - Police officers torture Mr. Edison Hesegem to death in Jayawijaya General Hospital
  27. European Parliament adopts Resolution on Indonesia, noticing arrest of peaceful protesters in West Papua