Yulianus Yeimo passed away – number of dead victims in the ‘Bloody Paniai Case' rises from four to five

Yulianus Yeimo - a victim of torture in the so-called ‘Bloody Paniai Case’ - passed away on 1 April 2018 in Ipakiye Village of Paniai Regency with the age of 19 years. According to the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC KINGMI Papua), Yulianus Yeimo showed signs of internal bleedings which he sustained as a result of torture by members of the Nabire 753 Arpita Military Battalion. After the incident Yulianus Yeimo suffered uncontrolled nose bleedings which usually lasted more than an hour, vomited clotted blood and often fainted without clear reason. The soldiers had severely beaten him with a rifle butt to the head, kicked him with heavy military boots on the chest and cut him with a knife on the head (see image on the left).

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Police officers collectively ill-treat man and journalist during political debate in Nabire Regency

Human Rights defenders of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (KINGMI Papua) have reported another case of ill-treatment from Nabire city. Mando Mote, a 29-years-old civil servant from Deiyai regency, was collectively beaten up by police officers as he tried to access the front yard of a guest house in Nabire, where the public election commission (KPU) had organized a political debate between politicians running for candidacy as regent of Deiyai Regency. The Papuan journalist Albert Youw (27 years) was attacked by several police officers in an attempt to prevent him from covering the ill-treatment. Albert Youw recorded the incident with his mobile phone camera.

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Update on shooting in Mauwa - Gerry Goo succumbs to his injuries

Gerry Goo, an 18 years old villager who was severely injured by bullets during a crowd control operation in early April, passed away yesterday (9 May 2017) in Goodide Village, of Dogiyai Regency. The relatives had brought Gerry Goo back to his home village on 7 May 2018 after doctors of the Dok II Hospital in Jayapura did not surgically remove the projectiles  because  Gerry’s condition was not stable enough for the surgery. Gerry Goo finally succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the crowd control operation and the subsequent torture at the Kamu sub-district police station. At the time of publication, it is unclear whether the family will request an autopsy of the body.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food closes Indonesia visit with end of mission statement – Situation in West Papua needs the Government’s serious attention

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Ms. Hilal Elver, has completed her visit to Indonesia. Between 9 and18 April 2018, she traveled to various provinces of the island state and met with government representatives, agencies and civil society members and activists. Prior to the visit, the ICP had submitted a joint report on the right to food in West Papua, which was compiled in cooperation with various CSOs and individual experts. On 18 April, the Special Rapporteur gave a press conference in which she shared preliminary observation and seven recommendations. Some observations particularly refer to the right to food situation in West Papua.

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Indonesia and EU negotiate on free trade agreement - NGOs demand Palm oil to be excluded from trade

The Indonesian Government is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the free trade agreement CEPA. The palm oil trade seems to be among the most dominating topics during the talks. Indonesia produces well over half of the world's palm oil, and the EU is the main consumer after India. Indonesian organizations call for the exclusion of palm oil from the agreements. Palm oil is the major cause of high greenhouse gas emissions from Indonesia. In addition, the presence of plam oil plantations is often accompanied by empoverishment of local communities and landgrabbing. Conflicts over land frequently escalate because the private companies are backed up by the police.

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Unprofessional behavior of security forces lead to shooting in Mauwa Village – two villagers sustain bullet injuries

Human rights defenders from the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC KINGMI Papua) have reported a further case in which security forces applied  excessive use of force against a group of young villagers in Mauwa Village, Kamu District of Dogiyai Regency. On 6 April 2018, at 7.00 pm, joint security forces came to Mauwa Village using two pick up trucks. The villagers witnessed the officers stopping the cars at the bridge over the Mauwa River where they released six shots at an unknown target. Subsequently, the security forces went to Odedimika Mountain, where they fired three further shots. The villagers did not understand why the security forces had come to Mauwa village and what they were shooting at, so a group of villagers gathered at the bridge and blocked the road.

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Allegations regarding excessive use of force during military operation in Opitawak Village – at least one dead and two injured

A military operation in Opitawak Village of Mimika Regency, has cost the lives of at least one villager named Timotius Omabak. At least two other villagers – Ruben Kupugau and 15-year-old Kapin Wamang – were injured by bullets and had to be hospitalized. The incident occurred on 4 April 2018 at 10.15 am in the Tembaggapura District near the copper and gold mine of mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia. The incident has been confirmed by media sources and the Indonesian military (TNI). Infantry Colonel Muhammad Aidi of the XVII Cenderawasih military command stated in a public interview, that members of the armed resistance movement (TPN) had allegedly burnt down villagers’ houses after they were pushed back in a fire fight with military. He also claimed that Timotius Omabak was a member of the TPN.

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Human Rights Update West Papua - April 2018 (covering Jan-Mar 2018)

In the first quarter of 2018, the most significant observations are related to violations of the human right to health became significant in the high number of victims of epidemic outbreaks and malnutrition, which occurred in two remote regencies of Papua Province. The cases indicate a pattern of infectious diseases and malnutrition leading to preventable, considerable and chronic mortality in the Papuan population. Human rights defenders did not report of political mass arrests in relation to the restriction of the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly during the reporting period. The ICP did not receive information of political activists being charged with the treason articles 106 and 110 between January and March 2018, as it has been common practice among local law enforcement institutions throughout the past years. In past years all large political demonstrations on West Papuan self-determination usually happened in May and December. The fact that assaults on human rights defenders and obstruction of journalists’ work still occur shows that the Indonesian government continues to control the reporting of critical information on West Papua through strict surveillance of media and activists in the region. The number of extra-judicial killings and victims of torture do not show significant deviations in comparison to previous quarterly reports, leading to the conclusion that there have been no visible improvements in the human rights situation in West Papua throughout the past three months.

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Solomon Islands Government delegation visits West Papua - Civil society groups concerned

An unexpected visit to West Papua by a government delegation of the pacific state Solomon Islands has raised concerns over a possible change in the government's stance towards the West Papua conflict among Papuan civil society. In response to the visit, Papuan civil society groups released a public statement (see below) in which they expressed their position and concerns regarding the visit. The Solomon Islands, under the former Prime Minister Manasseh Sogoware, was an outspoken supporter for Papuans right to self-determination. The country repeatedly addressed the human rights situation in West Papua at the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food visits Indonesia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Ms. Hilal Elver, is currently visiting Indonesia from 9 April to 18 April 2018. The general purpose of the mission is to collect information and examine issues relevant to the right to food. In addition, she will discuss the realization of the right to food in terms of availibility, accessibility and adequacy with Government authorities and other relevant stakeholders. The findings on the country visit are goiong to be compiled in a public report, which will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2019.

 

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