Updating Papua Road Map

Papua Studies team from Lembaga Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI/Indonesia Institute of Sciences) published a book titled "Papua Road Map: Negotiating the Past, Improving the Present, and Securing the Future". This book was a result of four-year extensive research from 2004-2008. An updated version of the book is now available.

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GoI extends Freeport’s contract without the consent of the indigenous people or addressing human rights and environmental degradation

On 26 August 2017, the Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ignazius Jonan, together with the Indonesian Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani, gave a press conference in Jakarta in which they announced that the mineral exploitation licenses of PT. Freeport Indonesia will be extended until 2041. In return, majority American shareholder Freeport McMoRan agreed to give up 41.64% of its shares in its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Freeport Indonesia. According to chairman of the parent company, Freeport McMoRan, Richard C. Adkerson, the shares are to be sold at a fair market value. The sale will enable the Indonesian government to purchase 51% of the PT Freeport Indonesia shares. Currently, the US mining giant holds 90.64%, while the Indonesian government owns 9.36% of PT Freeport Indonesia shares.

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Local parliament asks Brimob and PT Dewa Krisna to leave Deiyai Regency

The local parliament and the regent of Deiyai Regency have held a plenary session on 23 August 2017 in relation to the recent police shooting in Oneibo Village, Tigi District on 01 August 2017, which resulted in the death of Yulianus Pigai and serious bullet injuries among at least 10 villagers. As a result of the session the house of representatives together with the regent issued a statement in which they asked Indonesian company PT Dewa Krisna to stop all activities in the regencies. Furthermore, the statement requested the Chief of Papuan regional Police to withdraw all mobile police brigade forces from the regency.

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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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Series of arbitrary arrests and torture in Manokwari

The local human rights organisation LP3BH (Manokwari Institute for Research Study and Development of Legal Aid) has documented of various cases of arbitrary arrests in Manokwari Regency. According to LP3BH the majority of arrests were carried out by members of the military  in relation to the alleged theft of a fire arm, which had been stolen from a member of military special unit KOPASSUS. Since beginning of August 2017, LP3BH documented seven cases of unlawful arrests which occurred near the office of the company PT. Coklat Ransiki in Sowi, Manokwari Regency.

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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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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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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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Amnesty International publishes statement on 'Oneibo Shooting'

Amnesty International 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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  1. Military members torture Niko Hisage in Wamena
  2. Human Rights Update West Papua – 2nd Quarter 2017
  3. Nabire District Police carries out violent raid and arbitrary arrests
  4. Papuan Catholics protest against their own bishops
  5. Papuan student faces six month imprisonment sentence
  6. Police officers torture 15 year old boy in Wamena
  7. Human Rights Update West Papua – 1st Quarter of 2017
  8. UN High Commissioner blames Indonesia for non-cooperation with UN mechanisms
  9. 320 political arrests throughout May 2017
  10. Epidemic outbreak in Lanny Jaya Regency causes death of 37 villagers
  11. Police officer allegedly beats human rights defender
  12. Military members open fire at protesters in Jayapura
  13. Dutch human rights ambassador visits Jayapura
  14. Human rights in Indonesia under review at the UPR - Eight countries address human rights situation in West Papua
  15. Series of assaults against local journalists in Papua
  16. Protests and side event on press freedom in West Papua as Indonesia hosts 'World Press Freedom Day'
  17. Military members attack two Papuan men with knifes in Uwibutu Village, Paniai Regency
  18. ULMWP lobbies parliament of Uganda to support West Papuan independence
  19. Pacific island countries deliver joint statement on West Papua at ACP council meeting in Brussels
  20. Tensions and military presence due to conflict between mining companies in Nifasi increase
  21. Yapen District Police officers allegedly execute Maikel Marani
  22. Adoption of local regulation on the restoration of Papuan female victims' rights
  23. Press Release: Indonesia Visit by the Special Rapporteur on Health
  24. UN Special Rapporteur visits Indonesia - concerned about situation in West Papua
  25. WAN-IFRA investigates media freedom in West Papua
  26. Human rights lawyers concerned about detention conditions of three Papuan defendants
  27. NGOs deliver statement about the situation of indigenous Papuans at Human Rights Council
  28. Indonesia deports two French journalists from West Papua
  29. Saving Raja Ampat waters with tourism
  30. Vanuatu takes lead in expressing Pacific Sates' concern regarding human rights situation in West Papua

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