Final Countdown - Greenpeace publishes new report on reform of the palm oil industry

The environmental Organisation Greepeace has published a new report on the implementation of ambitious goals to reform the palm oil industry. In 2013, Wilmar International, the world’s biggest palm oil trader, promised that within two years the company would only be trading palm oil from responsible producers that protected the environment and respected human rights. The report documents extensive deforestation and human rights abuses by 25 palm oil producer groups, all but one of which have supplied brands with palm oil in the last 12 months. The producers are known to have destroyed more than 130,000ha of forest and peatland since 2015 - 40% of this destruction with a total land area of 56,000ha took place in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua.



Kimam sub-district police again involved in case of extra-judicial killing

Ten months ago, three military officers tortured Ishak Dewayekua in the Kimam District of Merauke Regency. Ishak Dewayekua died as result of the severe injuries sustained during the torture. After torturing him, the three military members brought Ishak Dewayekua to the Kimam sub-district police station in an attempt to cover-up the torture (see section below). Now, local human rights defenders have reported the extra-judicial killing of Yudas Gebze from the neighboring Ilwayap district. One of the alleged perpetrators named officer Siampa appears to be a member of the Kimam Police Resort.



AHRC Urgent Appeal - Polish citizen and indigenous Papuans arrested and detained by police

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the local network in Jayawijaya Regency, Papua, regarding the arrest and detention of one Polish tourist and other indigenous Papuans. The police have accused the tourist of misusing his visa and being involved in the selling of illegal bullets in Papua. Civil society and human rights organizations are urging the police for more transparency in investigation of this case.



Indonesian Government plans to expand diplomatic efforts on West Papua in the Pacific Region

The current Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, General Wiranto, plans to intensify diplomatic efforts in the Pacific region to address the misrepresentation of many Pacific states regarding the situation in West Papua. Accoding to Wiranto, many Pacific countries received misinformation about Indonesia's attitude towards West Papua. "So far we have forgotten, that there are many countries there which can endanger our souvereignty over Papua", stated Wiranto in an interview with the Indonesian news outlet KOMPAS.


TAPOL and ETAN call on the immediate release of Simon Magal and Jakub Skrzypski



The West Papuan and Polish pair have been charged with treason in Indonesia

London and New York, 7 September 2018

TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) call for immediate release of Simon Carlos Magal and Jakub Fabian Skrzypski. In the event that Mr. Skrzypski is prosecuted, we call on all representative parties to ensure that he is afforded a fair trial.

Indonesian police arrested West Papuan student Simon Carlos Magal (29) on 1 September 2018 in Timika, in connection with the arrest of Jakub Fabian Skrzypski several days earlier. According to news reports, Mr. Skrzypski (see image on the left), a Polish citizen, was visiting West Papua as a tourist when he was detained by police in Wamena. He was arrested on suspicion of being a journalist, and for reportedly meeting with alleged members of an armed independence group in West Papua. The two men have been charged with treason and are currently in jail awaiting trial in Jayapura.


Police disperses two peaceful demonstrations in Jayapura - 93 protesters arrested

Activists from the Papuan Democratic Peoples Movement (Garda Papua) and students from the Jayapura University for Science and Technology (USTJ) have reported that local police forces in Jayapura dispersed two demonstrations and arrested 93 protesters. GARDA Papua had organized a peaceful protest on 3 September 2018, demanding the closing of the Freeport Mine in Tembaggapura, the demilitarization of West Papua and the construction of the market for indigenous Papuan women. On the following day, 4 September 2018, supporters of the ‘United Liberation Movement for West Papua’ (ULMWP) gathered in Sentani and the USTJ Campus in Abepura. The protest was carried out in support of Vanuatu and other Pacific island countries to raise the issue of self-determination for West Papua at the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting, which is currently taking place in Nauru until 9 September 2018 (see intro image).


35 protesters arrested during peaceful demonstration in Bintuni, Papua Barat Province

The Manokwari Institute for Research Study and Development of Legal Aid (LP3BH Manokwari) has documented the arrests of protestors during a peaceful demonstration in support of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) in Bintuni, Papua Barat Province. On 8 September 2018 at 08.00 am, members of mobile police brigade (Brimob) unit Sub Den-4 Bintuni arrested 35 protestors (see image on the left) and detained them at the Bintuni sub-district police station (POLSEK Bintuni). The head of Teluk Bintuni district police stated in an interview with the Papuan new outlet Suara Papua that the demonstration was carried out without “permission”. Yan Christian Warinussi, the director of LP3BH Manokwari suspected that the police conducted the arrests because some protesters waved a morning star flag (see image  below).


Violation of law enforcement procedures still common in West Papua

The ‘Association of Human Rights Lawyers for Papua’ (PAHAM Papua) reported several cases in which the local police in West Papua allegedly violated law enforcement procedures during arrest and detention of suspects. According to information from PAHAM Papua, police conducted arrests without warrant, applied excessive use of force during arrest, prevented family members to meet with suspects during detention and obstructed lawyers during consultation visits at the detention facility.

Arbitrary arrest and detention of Titus Kwalik, Julianus Dekme and Polce Tsugumol
The local police in Timika unlawfully arrested Titus Kwalik, Julianus Dekme and Polce Tsugumol in the night from 9 to 10 June 2018 at multiple locations in Timika City. Police officers did not show any warrants during the arrests. An arrest information letter was sent to the families two days after the arrest was conducted. Titus Kwalik and Julianus Dekme were subjected to beatings during the arrests.


Political Activist prosecuted for uploading video on Facebook – Amnesty International launches Urgent Action

The human rights organisation Amnesty International has launched an Urgent Action in relation to the prosecution of Agustinus Yolemal. Dozens of police officers unlawfully arrested the Papuan peaceful pro-independence activist, his wife, his 6-year-old son and his sister-in-law in their house in Timika, Mimika Regency on 23 August 2018. Agustinus Yolemal was taken into custody and charged with Article 45A(2), referring to “disseminating hostility against the state ideology” under the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE Law), which carries a maximum penalty of six years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to one billion rupiah (around US$66,700) if he is found guilty.


Papua regional police raises criminal charges against arrested Polish citizen

Polish citizen Jakub Fabian Skrzypski (39), who is described by the police as a journalist and had been arrested in Jayawijaya regeceny on 26 August 2018, might face criminal charges. Officer Ahmad Mustofa Kamal, the spokesman of the Papua regional police (Polda Papua), stated in an interview with the independent media outlet ‘Tabloid Jubi’ that Skrzypski will be charged with the treason articles 106 and 110 of the Indonesian Criminal Code KUHP, article 53 KUHP regarding the attempt to commit a criminal offense and article 55 KUHP on committing, ordering or participating in a criminal offense. The criminal offense of treason alone carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.


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