Upset police officer pulls gun and opens fire in Asei Village, Jayapura Regency

Local media outlets have reported another case of police violence in Asei Kecil, a small village in the Sentani Timur District of Jayaura Regency in Papua Province. On 15 April 2019 at 5.00pm, police brigadier chief A.K. came to Asei Kecil Village to meet with Apner Kaigere (36 years). At that time, Apner Kaigere was with his wife and his nephew Anderson Hengga (17 years). Officer A.K. was upset because Abner Kaigere allegedly demolished a house which was inhabited by officer A.K.’s parents. According to Mr. Kaigere’s wife, the house had been heavily damaged during the flash flood, which hit Sentani on 16 March 2019.

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Update treason trial - Polish citizen sentenced to five years imprisonment and four years for his Papuan companion

The panel of judges at the Jayawijaya District Court in Wamena has sentenced Polish defendant, Jakub Skrzypksi, to five years imprisonment. His Papuan companion and co-defendant, Simon Magal, was sentenced to four years. According to the judges, both men had been proven guilty, fulfilling the legal prerequisites for treasonous acts as stipulated in article 106 of the Indonesian Criminal Code KUHP. The public prosecution, represented through Ms Febiana Wilma Sorbu, had earlier demanded an imprisonment sentence of ten years.

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In Memoriam Father Neles Kebadabi Tebay - ‘a pioneer’

The mass of funerary wreaths on the way up to the High school for Theology and Philosophy (STFT) where Fr Neles Tebay has been laid to rest is impressive. All layers of the society are represented, the government (local as well as national), the religious institutions, the NGOs, the security forces and great variety of persons and just ordinary people. No doubt left that the man who died at the age of 55 after fighting a devastating bone cancer has touched the heart and mind of a lot of people.

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Human rights defenders raise allegations of torture and discrimination against Nabire Police

The Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk (JPIC) of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (KINGMI Papua) documented a case of torture at the Oyehe Police Post in Nabire, Papua Province. Human rights defenders also raised allegations of discrimination in law enforcement against the Nabire Police. In the late afternoon of 7 April 2019, Mr. Yusup Badii (39 years), a civil a servant working at the Nabire municipal cleaning agency, was collecting waste in the Oyehe area of Nabire Town. A physical dispute between Yusup Badii and a Non-Papuan merchant occurred after Mr Badii had reprimanded the merchant to deposit his waste only to designated waste collecting spots. Yusup Badii sustained a bleeding injury on the leg and the eyebrow during the brawl.

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Law enforcement institutions in West Papua continue to use treason for criminalization of political activists

Treason continues to be among the top criminal charges used by Indonesian authorities to criminalize peaceful political activity that contradicts the government ideology of a unitary state (NKRI). Seven political activists are currently tried in three trials – all of them have been charged with the penal code articles 106 and/ or 110 regulating the act of treason. For the first time treason charges have been used to prosecute a foreigner in West Papua. Two ‘treason trials’ are currently held at the Jayawijaya District Court in Wamena, a further one at the Mimika District Court in Timika.

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Police officers arbitrarily arrest two Papuans and a baby in Sentani – both men subjected to torture during detention

The Association of Human Rights Lawyers for Papua (PAHAM Papua) has documented another case of arbitrary arrest and torture in the town of Sentani, Jayapura Regency. Police officers of the Sentani District Police arrested Atison Bahabol (20 years), Eki Balingga (20 years) and his 13-months-old son Namu Balingga on 5 April 2019, at 7.13 pm, at the Soloikma Dormitory, which is located in the Ceria residential area of Sentani. Prior to the arrest, a political activist named Basoka Logo had posted pictures of Atison Bahabol and Eki Balingga with his family holding a leaflet with the slogan ‘Mobilisation for Referendum – Rally for Referendum - Boycott the elections on 17 April 2019’ on Facebook (see top image). According to PAHAM Papua, the police officer did not show arrest warrants as they conducted the arrests.

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Police cracks down on peaceful West Papua demonstrations in Bali and Malang

Police forces again cracked down on two peaceful demonstrations in cities of Denpasar, Bali Province and Malang, Java Tengah Province. According to the Papuan news outlet Tabloid Jubi, the demonstrations were organised the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian Peoples’ Front for West Papua (FRI-WP). The demonstration was held as a protest activity to the Indonesian elections on 17.04.2019. In Malang the protestors also demanded the closure of PT Freeport Indonesia’s Grasberg mine and the right for political self-determination of the Papuan people. The demonstration in Bali took place on 11 April 2019. The AMP and the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI LBH) claim that police officers ill-treated seven protesters during the violent dispersal of the peaceful rally (see images on top and below).

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Joint Conference by the International Coalition for Papua, the Westpapua-Netzwerk, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) together with the Westpapua-Netzwerk (WPN), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) will host a conference on the human rights situation in West Papua. The conference carries the title `Indonesia after Elections: Prospects for Human Rights Reforms and Conflict Resolution?´ and will take place in Berlin (Kleinmachnow) on the 14 and 15 May 2019. Among the speakers will be Andreas Harsono (HRW), Papang Hidayat (AI Indonesia) as well as human rights defenders and journalists from West Papua. The ICP has also invited German politicians, lawyers and legal experts who will share their analysis on recent human rights developments in West Papua in several panel discussions.

A program and registration information of the event can be downloaded here

AJAR publishes new report on female victims of violence in West Papua - I am here

The Indonesian NGO 'Asia for Justice and Rights' (AJAR) has published a new report on the situation of indigenous Papuan women who have become victims of violence and human rights abuses. The report compiles action research conducted from 2013-18 by members of the Papuan Women’s Working Group (PWG), an informal group established as a collaboration between Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) and five Papuan organisations. The purpose was threefold: 1) to strengthen the voices of women victims of violence; 2) to take steps to counter impunity with practical local action; and 3) to strengthen understanding about the social-economic causes and impact of violence as experienced by indigenous Papuan women. This action research included participatory tools to document the experiences and voices of Papuan women. The research team created a process for “listening-in” to women who were speaking candidly about their own lives. Key themes were documented and reflected upon by members of the working group and other experts. The PWG, together with Komnas Perempuan (the National Commission on Violence against Women), launched a narrative and video report based on the stories of 170 indigenous women, in Bahasa Indonesia at the Papuan Governor’s Office in July 2017. The report includes the cumulative findings and key themes that emerged from this new round of action research

Dowload the full report here

Human Rights Update West Papua – April 2019, covering January – March 2019

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to either armed conflict or natural disasters continued to increase during the first quarter of 2019. The ongoing armed conflict in the Nduga regency has reportedly led to the displacement of more than 36.000 people between December 2018 and March 2019. President Joko Widodo has ordered strong military measures against the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) in order to continue with the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects in the provinces of Papua and Papua Barat, making a withdrawal of security forces from the Nduga Regency highly unlikely. In addition, a flash flood and landslides in the Jayapura area on 16 March 2019 caused the displacement of further estimated 5.000 people.

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  1. Police officers arbitrarily arrest market women in Wamena – one person sustains bullet injury
  2. Allegations on violence against visitors and negligence at the Siriwini General Hospital in Nabire
  3. Update on armed conflict in Nduga: Number of casualties on the rise as armed clashes continue
  4. Devastating flash flood and landslides hit Jayapura
  5. Police raise criminal charges against radical Islamic leader Jafar Umar Thalib and followers
  6. Update on security force operation in Nduga: Approximately 2000 indigenous Papuans displaced, 13 IDPs reported dead
  7. Nine KNPB activists unlawfully arrested in Merauke – one activist subjected to physical ill-treatment
  8. Special Rapporteur on the right to food presents report on Indonesia Mission to Human Rights Council
  9. Dubious website alleges human rights defenders of disseminating false information
  10. Papuan Regional Police investigates acts of vandalism - Radical Islamic leader summoned
  11. Indonesia: UN experts condemn racism and police violence against Papuans, and use of snake against arrested boy
  12. Papua human rights situation, religious freedom, focuses of WCC delegation visit to Indonesia
  13. Heavy police presence during pre-trial against the Mimika district police chief - two KNPB activists allegedly ill-treated
  14. Police officers kill suspected drug dealer in Sorong
  15. Treason trial against Polish citizen and Papuan defendant launched in Wamena
  16. Video of Papuan suspect being tortured with snake goes viral
  17. Half Hearted Recognition - A Study on Customary Forest Concession License in Papua
  18. ULMWP Chairman hands independence petition to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  19. Three KNPB activists charged with treason – Human rights lawyers file pre-trial
  20. Human Rights Update West Papua – January 2019, covering October - December 2018
  21. Indonesia not capable to deal with its dark past - Attorney General’s office returns inquiry reports to KOMNAS HAM
  22. Update on military operation in Nduga – Number of refugees and reported fatalities among indigenous civilians rising
  23. Attempted criminalisation and intimidation of Papuan human rights defender
  24. Joint security forces arrest six activists and disperse worship ceremony at KNPB office in Timika
  25. Indonesian Govt denies alleged use of chemical weapons during military operation in Nduga Regency
  26. Update on Nduga Case – Rescue team publishes first report on massacre and military raids
  27. The Trans Papua Road - Scientists assess environmental and socio-economic challenges
  28. Update on military raid in Nduga Regency - Local Govt launches rescue mission
  29. Indonesian-wide ‘Trikora’ Commemorations accompanied by mass arrests – at least 107 peaceful protesters arrested, many ill-treated
  30. Make West Papua Safe Campaign – Activists raise awareness on security force violence and foreign funding

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