NGOs call on CGF members to take immediate action against deforestation

Ten years ago, the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) made a commitment to end deforestation in member companies’ supply chains by 2020, with an emphasis on high-risk commodities such as soy, beef, palm oil, and pulp and paper. In 2014, additional companies joined this pledge as part of the New York Declaration on Forests. These commitments represented a recognition that deforestation is a serious environmental and social concern, and a major contributor to the climate crisis – the greatest existential threat to humanity and the planet. As 2020 approaches, it is apparent that CGF companies will fail to achieve their goal of Zero Net Deforestation.

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Outbreaks of violence in Wamena and Jayapura – first counts estimate 31 civilian fatalities, 87 persons injured

Papuan human rights activists and Indonesian media sources have reported two further outbreaks of violence in the cities of Wamena and Jayapura on 23 September 2019. They seem to be related to ongoing protests against racial discrimination of indigenous Papuans in Indonesia. According to the Head of the Papuan Regional Police Public Relations Desk, AM Kamal, 28 civilians have died and 77 others were injured during the riots in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency. In Jayapura city, a security force crackdown on Papuan students resulted in the death of three protesters and injuries among ten students. One military member was killed during the operation.

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3 indigenous Papuans killed, 4 wounded during security force operation in the Regency of Puncak

Human rights defenders have reported further extra-judicial killing in relation to an ongoing security force operation against the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) in the highland regency of Puncak, Papua Province. According to information received, the incident occurred on 17 September 2019 in the Olenki Village of the Mabugi District and resulted in three fatalities, among them a one-year-old baby and a ten-year-old boy (see intro image). Four indigenous women were injured during the shooting (see table below). The three women and a sixteen-year old girl were flown to Timika were they received medical treatment at the General Hospital.

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Jayapura Police alleged of neglect – Nationalist militant groups attack indigenous Papuans

Human rights defenders have reported a series of organised horizontal violence by nationalist militant organisations against indigenous Papuans in the Papuans cities of Jayapura and Fak-Fak. The attacks occurred after thousands of indigenous Papuans protested against acts of racial discrimination against Papuan students in the island of Java. Protesters in almost all cities of Papua raised morning star flags, demanding political Independence from the Indonesian state.

Members of the ‘Kelompok Nusantara’ group (Nusantara Group) and the ‘Barisan Merah Putih’ (Red White Front) consisting of Non-Papuans armed with weapons attacked indigenous Papuans, mainly those originating from the central highlands, which are known to be a stronghold of the West Papuan independence movement. The majority of members of these two groups come from the Islands of Java and Sulawesi and are former members of the police and the military and their sons. Accordingly, the members of such groups have the support of security forces and often enjoy impunity.

 

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Update Anti-Racism Demonstrations: Government responds with mass arrests and prosecution of activists

Almost one month has passed since the first anti-racism demonstrations in response to racist assaults against Papuan students in the Javanese cities of Malang and Surabaya took place in all cities across West Papua. The Indonesian Government has responded with mass arrests and a widespread criminalisation campaign against political activists and human rights defenders. Statistic data suggests that Indonesian police officers conducted 205 arrests and pressed criminal charges against 88 suspects between 20 August and 19 September 2019 (see table below).

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Military members alleged of killing indigenous Papuan in Wouma District, Jayawijaya Regency

The Foundation for Justice and Integrity of the Papuan People (YKKMP) has documented credible information regarding allegations of an extra-judicial killing by army members of the 756 Wim Anesili Wouma Battalion. According to the information received, four soldiers guarding Wimane Sili military post in Wouma District collectively tortured 23-year-old Analok Heselo on 15 August 2019, around 9.15 pm. The military members approached Analok Heselo as he was sitting in front of the military post smoking a cigarette and repeatedly beat him with rubber batons. Subsequently, the military members dragged Analok Heselo inside the military post, where they poured water over him and continued the beatings.

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Full response - Veronica Koman published press statement on Facebook

Human rights defender and lawyer Veronica Koman, who actively advocates for human rights in West Papua, published a press stament in Indonesian on 14 September and an international press statement on 15 September 2020 on her personal Facebook account. Among others, she denies any wrongdoing, accuses the Indonesian Embassy staff of intimidation and the police of power abuse. The full statement reads as follows:

International Press Statement by Veronica Koman
Over the past eleven days I have chosen not to respond to various accusations aired on an almost daily basis by the Indonesian police through mass media. This is not because the police's accusations are true, but because I refuse to participate in efforts to divert attention from the real crisis currently gripping West Papua.

 

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Update on IDP situation in Gome, Puncak Regency – number of IDPs raise to 1.500

Since 24 August 2019, joint security forces have raided multiple villages in the Gome district of Puncak Regency, Papua Province. The security force operations have forced indigenous villagers in the Gome district to flee their villages. Initial reports from 26 August 2019 estimated that approximately 800 indigenous Papuans had been internally displaced and sought refuge in temporary shelters in Yenggernok Village. According to information dated 5 September 2019, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yenggernok have risen to more than 1.500 persons, originating from eleven villages. Security forces reportedly carried out raids in eight of the villages, namely Kelanungin, Upaga, Tegelobak, Misimaga, Niggibuma, Agome, Gome, and Yenggegolawi. The security force members allegedly seized gardening tools and killed pig livestock.

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UN experts request Indonesia to protect rights of Veronica Koman and others reporting on Papua protests

Indonesia must protect the rights of all people to peaceful protest, ensure access to the internet and protect the rights of human rights defender Veronica Koman and all others reporting on protests in Papua and West Papua, say UN human rights experts. Veronica Koman, a lawyer who has been subjected to harassment and abuse online for her continuing work on alleged human rights violations in Papua, was named as a "suspect" by authorities who accused her of spreading false information and provoking unrest after she published reports on the protests and on a racist attack against Papuan students in East Java that had triggered the demonstrations.

The UN experts; namely Mr. Clement Nyaletsossi Voule (Togo), Special Rapporteur on the right to peaceful assembly and association; Mr. David Kaye (USA), Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Ms Dubravka Šimonović (Croatia),Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences; Ms. Meskerem Geset Techane (Ethiopia), Chair of the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls; and Mr. Michel Forst (France), Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders said: "We call for immediate measures to ensure the protection of freedom of expression and address acts of harassment, intimidation, interference, undue restriction and threats against those reporting on the protests". The OHCHR released the following Statement earlier today:

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YouTube blocks West Papua satirical video on request of the Indonesian Government

On 28. August YouTube blocked a satirical video about West Papua from being viewed in Indonesia as a consequence of a 'legal complaint from the government'. The video titled 'Visit West Papua' satirizes the Australian government's policies on West Papua and portrays the Indonesian government as colonizers and the Australian government as standing by for its own profit.

The video, created by Australian Company The Juice Media, is one of many part of the company's Honest Government Ad series and was first uploaded on Nov. 21, 2018 but was re-shared on The Juice Media's Twitter account and other social media in the past weeks following widespread protests and rioting in Papua and West Papua.

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  1. Human Rights Watch urges Indonesia to investigate deaths of Papuan protesters
  2. Papua Church Leaders call for the involvement of the international community
  3. Amnesty International Press Release - Attempted criminalisation of human rights Lawyer Veronica Koman
  4. Amnesty International urges police to drop treason charges against six Papuan activists in Java
  5. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expresses concern about the situation in West Papua
  6. West Papua-wide anti-racism protests accompanied by violence – eight protesters killed, 50 injured during crackdown in Waghete
  7. Security force operation in Puncak Regency – about 800 indigenous IDPs flee their homes
  8. Leading ULMWP activist arrested and charged with document forgery
  9. Government imposes internet blockade after anti-racism riots in West Papua
  10. Police prevents peaceful commemoration of the ‘International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’
  11. Commemorations of New York Agreement accompanied by arrests, violence and racism - Papuan students subjected to harassment and assaults
  12. Update trial: JUT sentenced to five months imprisonment
  13. New law allows prosecution of foreign researchers – academics fear restrictions of academic freedom
  14. Constitutional court reviews law on the formation of Papua Province
  15. Update Armed Conflict in Nduga Regency: CSOs estimate a total number of 177 fatalities and more than 5.000 IDPs
  16. Joint Submission to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry - Media Freedom in West Papua
  17. The Salim Group builds palm oil empire in West Papua
  18. New Caledonia rejects independence from France – Next referendum possible in 2020
  19. Papuan church congregation under police surveillance – Church members prevented from attending worship in Jayapura
  20. Commemorations of Papuan independence Proclamation – Protesters face intimidation and restrictions on freedom of assembly
  21. Update armed conflict in Nduga Regency – security force members kill indigenous woman and take her baby
  22. Human rights defenders reveal illegal gold mining operation at Siriwo River, Nabire Regency
  23. Human Rights Update West Papua - 2nd Quarter 2019
  24. 23 victims of extra-judicial killings in West Papua throughout 2018
  25. Update on ongoing military operation in Nduga Regency – death toll higher than expected
  26. Ronaldo Yawan dies during detention at police station in Biak – relatives raise allegations of torture
  27. Two prisoners die after attempted escape from Abepura Detention Facility – KOMNAS HAM suspects prison negligence
  28. Second extra-judicial killing in Wogikel Village within ten months
  29. Political detainee’s physical condition deteriorates during detention – relatives request adequate medical treatment
  30. The Mairasi Tribe protests against prolongation of logging concession

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