Police Initiate Investigation against Prominent Papuan Human Rights Lawyer

GUSTAF-KAWER-JUBI-APRILA-599x400Dear friends,

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) and TAPOL are writing to inform you of a case concerning the criminal investigation initiated by Papua Regional Police against prominent Papuan human rights lawyer, Gustaf Kawer. He has received two summonses under accusations of coercion and rebelliousness under Articles 211 and 212 of the Indonesian Penal Code.

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Attempted Criminalization of Papuan Human Rights Lawyer by Law Enforcement Authorities

Urgent Appeal by the Civil Society Coalition for the Enforcement of Law and Human Rights in Papua

On August 22, 2014, Papuan Lawyer Gustaf Kawer received a letter from the Crime Department (DIT RESKRIMUM) of the Papuan Regional Police (POLDA Papua), dated August 19, 2014, which summoned him to testify as witness related to his protest on June 12, 2014 in trial number: 39 / G / 2013 / PTUN.JPR at the Jayapura State Administrative Court. At that time Gustaf Kawer requested the adjournment of the verdict, because he was not able to attend the hearing as attorney of a plaintiff, who wanted to cancel the issuance of a land certificate by the National Land Agency (BPN) of Jayapura Regency. The trial had proceeded smoothly until the verdict on June 12, 2014.

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French Journalists and Indigenous Leader at Risk of Prosecution in Papua

 

Bourrat DandoisDear friends,

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) is writing to inform you of an ongoing criminal investigation against two French journalists, Mr. Thomas Dandois and Ms. Valentine Bourrat in West Papua. The journalists are charged with articles concerning treason under the Penal Code and immigration crime under the Immigration Law. In addition to the journalist, the police hold an investigation against an indigenous leader in Lanny, Mr. Areki Wanimbo, whom the journalists met during their trip in West Papua. A human rights defender who has been seen with the journalists, Mr. Theo Hesegem, has also been summoned by the police.

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New Ormas Law used to back police repression in Papua

At the end of June 2014, there were at least 76 political prisoners in Papuan jails.

The West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB), a Papuan pro-independence activist organisation, was heavily targeted by Indonesian security forces this month. There were at least 24 arrests of KNPB members across Papua in Boven Digoel, Timika and Merauke. Police performed a mass arrest of 20 KNPB members in Boven Digoel under the auspices of the Social Organisations Law (RUU Organisasi Kemasyarakatan, RUU Ormas), claiming that the KNPB was an illegal organisation as it was not registered with the Department of National Unity and Politics (Kesatuan Bangsa dan Politik, Kesbangpol). The police also stated that any KNPB attributes such as flags and symbols were thus also considered illegal. The use of the Ormas Law to de-legitimise and control indigenous civil society groups, especially ahead of planned demonstrations or commemorative events, continues to place unacceptable limitations on freedom of assembly and expression in Papua.

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Human rights Defender Called for Questioning

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The well-known human rights lawyer Gustaf R. Kawer has received two summonses to the police office of Jayapura in the past few days. Fellow lawyers suspect an attempt to intimidate the tireless human rights defender.

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UN Committee's Concluding Observations on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Papua

Between April 30 and May 1, 2014, the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) reviewed Indonesia's implementation of the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) during its 52nd session. Indonesia acceded to the convention in February 2006 and was overdue to report. During the review the committee raised the situation in West Papua repeatedly with the committee, which is reflected in its concluding observations.

The meeting summary prepared by the media section of the UN Office in Geneva (UNOG) shows that the situation in Papua was frequently raised by the committee members.

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Activists Arrested for Peaceful Boycott

PapuansBehindBarsLogo200pxAt least 36 people were arrested in Jayapura, Timika, Fak-Fak and Wamena during July 2014 for their peaceful involvement in calling for a boycott of the Indonesian Presidential Elections on 9 July. Local human rights activists reported that Papuans in these areas faced intimidation from police who attempted to force them to vote in the elections.

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Demands of Human Rights Organisations for a New Government

Organised by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), 32 international human rights organisations including the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) have issued a statement for a new Indonesian government. On July 9, 2014, presidential elections will be held in Indonesia. The steps taken by the new government will decide in which direction the serious human rights situation in the largest South East Asian country and ASEAN leader will develop. Violations of freedom of religion and the isolated conflict region West Papua are among the most serious issues.

 

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Joint Statement: Human Rights Abuses in Papua and West Papua

We, the undersigned organizations, are concerned about the serious and ongoing violations of Human Rights that are taking place with impunity in the easternmost provinces of Indonesia Papua and West Papua. The violations of Human Rights have been well-documentedi and have been brought to the attention of Indonesia during the second round of the UPR process. Thirteen nations made recommendations to Indonesia with regard to the obligation to respect human rights in Papua and West Papuaii.

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Joint Statement to the Next Government of Indonesia on Human Rights

Indonesia has implemented many positive changes during its transition to democracy in the past 16 years. However, the continued lack of accountability for past and ongoing violations of human rights threatens lasting progress. The election of a new parliament and president this year provide an opportunity to firmly break with the past. Following the parliamentary elections of April 9 and with the third direct presidential election fast approaching, we call upon the incoming government of Indonesia to fully and meaningfully address the legacy of impunity for past human rights violations.

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  2. Freedom of expression and Assembly in West Papua, Indonesia
  3. Live Webcast UN Side Event: Freedom of Expression and Assembly in West Papua
  4. ETAN's West Papua Report May 2014
  5. EU - Indonesia PCA agreement in effect
  6. Letter to Catherine Ashton - EU parliamentarians raise concerns over Papua
  7. UN body questions Indonesia on Papua, land-grabbing and human rights
  8. Lives endangered
  9. Papuans Behind Bars March 2014
  10. Global action day for Papuan political prisoners
  11. Demonstration violently dissolved - protesters tortured in custody
  12. Who stands for Papua?
  13. Is a UN resolution on Papua possible?
  14. Vanuatu PM raises West Papua issues before Human Rights Council
  15. Papuans Behind Bars January 2014
  16. ETAN's West Papua Report February 2014
  17. Military attack forces villagers to flee
  18. EU Parliament Hearing on Human Rights Abuses in West Papua
  19. What’s next for Papua after the MSG diplomacy?
  20. Why is West Papua closed to foreign journalists?
  21. Jakarta Post publishes false article on political prisoners
  22. Verdict Released: The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
  23. Indonesian agents sent to Papua-New-Guinea to prevent autopsy from taking place in poisoning allegation in the murder of Danny Kogoya
  24. Papuans Behind Bars Update November 2013
  25. The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
  26. The MSG’s visit: A blessing or curse for Papuans?
  27. Indonesia’s Forbidden Island
  28. Petition: Free West Papua Political Prisoners
  29. Breaking the silence on Papua
  30. ‘The Neglected Genocide’ – a report detailing series of abuses in 1977–1978 in Papua is launched

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