Security force operation in Lanny Jaya Regency

Local human rights defenders reported that the police has launched an operation in the highland regency of Lanny Jaya in order to arrest the local armed resistance (TPN PB) leaders Enden Wanimbo and Purom Wenda. According to the information, joint security forces were deployed in Popome Village of Balingga District on 7 November 2018. The operation was confirmed by various local news outlets and is related to the killing of a motorcycle taxi driver on 2 November 2018 by members of the armed resistance (TPN PB). Exchange of fire between security forces and the TPN PB on 3 November 2018 lead to the death of two TPN PB fighters. Local sources reported that many villagers in the Balingga District feared repressive acts by security forces and fled to Tiom, the main town and administrative center of Lanny Jaya Regency.

Case update: Law enforcement process and detention conditions of arrested Polish citizen

According to information from the local news outlet Tabloid Jubi, the Papuan Regional Police (Polda Papua) has completed the investigation against the Polish citizen Jakup Febian Skrzypski (see intro image) and submitted the case files to the public prosecutor's office in Wamena. According to Polda Papua spokesman Commissioner Kamal, the public prosecution has assessed the case files as complete and will soon initiate the trial against the Polish citizen. Jakup Skrzypski has been charged with the treason article 106 of the Indonesian Penal Code (KUHP), which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment. Skrzypski was arrested in Jayawijaya Regecency on 26 August 2018 – the police suspects him being involved in weapon trade with the armed separatist movement TPN – OPM.

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Military member kills Papuan stundent in Waroki Village, Nabire Regency

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (KINGMI Papua) has documented the extra-judicial killing of a Papuan theology student in Waroki Villlage, Nabire Barat District of Nabire regency. On 21 October 2018 at 08.00 pm, Daud Oyomi (27) left his house with the motorcycle to buy water. Four military members in civil clothing were standing at junction. As Daud Oyomi passed the four military members, one of the soldiers suddenly draw his gun and fired a shot at Daud. The bullet hit Daud in the chest (see image below), causing his instant death on the spot. The reason for the assault remains unclear.

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Human Rights Update West Papua - 3rd Quarter 2018

The third quarter of 2018 was characterized by a considerable increase in political arrests resulting from police action during the dispersal of various peaceful demonstrations. The majority of political demonstrations were organised in relation to the 73rd General Assembly Session of the United Nations, during which Vanuatu and other Pacific countries had raised the West Papua issue. Political activities within the Papuan civil society appear to have significantly risen in September 2018 in correspondence with international political events outside Indonesia.

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Torture and killing of Ishak Dewayekua - Disappointing verdict in military trial

On 9 August 2018, a panel of judges at the Military Court III-19 in Jayapura found the three military members first Sergeant La Dili Wance, Abiatar Harri Katoar and Fredrik Pattiasina guilty for collectively ill-treating Ishak Dewayekua, causing the victim’s death. First Sergeant La Dili Wance was sentenced to one year and eight months imprisonment, while Abiatar Harri Katoar and Fredrik Pattiasina received an imprisonment sentence of one year and four months. The three defendants were charged with article 351 (1), (3), article 55 (1/1) of the Indonesian Penal Code (KUHP), article 26 and article 190 (1), (3) and (4) of the Law 31/1997 about military justice. The imprisonment period will be reduced by the period of detention. The three members were dismissed from military service. However, human rights activists criticized that the applied legal standards during the justice process were low and the verdict is disproportionate to the severity of the crime.

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Eleven university students arrested for peacefully expressing their opionion in public

The Papuan media outlet Tabloid Jubi has reported the arrest of four students at the campus of the Jayapura University for Technology and Science (USTJ) on 27 September 2018. A group of students had gathered at 09.00 am in front of the university building and expressed their support for Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands, which raised the human rights situation in West Papua during the 73rd Session of the United Nations generals Assembly.

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Military members allegedly kill Anekanus Komarigi in Nduga Regency

Independent human rights defenders have reported another case of extra-judicial killings in the regency of Nduga. On 1 January 2018, members of the military special forces (Kopassus) tortured Anekanus Komarigi (20) inside the Maleo Military Post, located in the Kenyam District of Nduga Regency. Anekanus Komarigi and three friends went to the Maleo military post to buy a motorcycle because some military members allegedly ran a second-hand motorcycle business. The friends sat down with two military members in front of the post to drink tea and eat cookies. As the military members went inside the post, Anekanus wanted to follow them inside to watch television. The military members prevented Anekanus Komarigi from entering and rudely pushed him outside. A subsequent dispute escalated into a brawl.

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Military operation in Puncak Jaya Regency allegedly causes death of at least five civilians

The ICP has received information from local human rights defenders about a military attack in the highland regency of Puncak Jaya on the 1 October 2018. According to the information, the military reportedly conducted several air-raids with four helicopters against targets in the Tingginambut District. The air-strikes were supported by ground forces. The human rights activists claim that the Indonesian army used explosive projectiles such as grenades and missiles during the air strike. The attack has allegedly caused the death of at least five civilians - among them a pregnant woman and at least two minors - and two members of the armed resistance (TPN-OPM). People in the affected area have fled into the surrounding jungle to seek shelter from the military forces. The human rights activist stated that the actual number of fatalities could be higher, because the figure excludes victims who might have been injured or killed during the attempt to flee into the forest.

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Police ill-treat five participants after peaceful event on human rights at the Papuan student dormitory in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province

The ‘Makasar Peoples Alliance for Democracy’ has published a statement according to which four men were allegedly intercepted and ill-treated by members of the Makassar Municipality Police (POLRESTABES Makassar) after participating in a peaceful event related to the human rights situation in West Papua. The event took place on the 13 October 2018 at the Papuan student dormitory yard in Lanto Dg. Pasewang street, Makassar, South Sulawesi Province. The alliance reported that a dozen plain cloth officers entered the dormitory yard around 4.30 pm and removed banners and posters, stating that the students did not receive a permission for the event. At 7.00 pm, the students began to present self-composed poem and orations as well as music and comedy performances, while approximately 20 uniformed police officers closely monitored the event in front of the dormitory premises. Four police intelligence members followed the discussion and performances inside the dormitory. At 10.00 pm the police demanded to accelerate the event schedule alleging that public events were not allowed to take place after 10.00 pm. Thereupon, organizers closed the event at 10.05 pm.

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TAPOL and ETAN Joint Statement - UN General Assembly 73: Correcting the Record On Human Rights Violations in West Papua and the 1969 UN Resolution Regarding ‘Act of Free Choice’

London, New York, 2 October 2018

TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) condemn yet another wave of mass arrests during the opening week of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The mass arrests clearly contradict the statement of the Republic of Indonesia in their first “right of reply” during the General Assembly that there are not “frequent and systematic human rights violations” in West Papua. We also disagree with Indonesia’s claim that UN Resolution 2504 of 1969 has settled the issue of West Papua’s political status.

 

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  1. Six air force members collectively torture Papuan man in Sentani
  2. Timika District Police fails to provide adequate medical treatment during detention
  3. 67 ULMWP supporters arrested during peaceful demonstration in Jayapura
  4. Joint security forces raid the KNPB office in Timika – two activists shot down
  5. Final Countdown - Greenpeace publishes new report on reform of the palm oil industry
  6. Kimam sub-district police again involved in case of extra-judicial killing
  7. AHRC Urgent Appeal - Polish citizen and indigenous Papuans arrested and detained by police
  8. TAPOL and ETAN call on the immediate release of Simon Magal and Jakub Skrzypski
  9. 35 protesters arrested during peaceful demonstration in Bintuni, Papua Barat Province
  10. Political Activist prosecuted for uploading video on Facebook – Amnesty International launches Urgent Action
  11. Indonesian Government plans to expand diplomatic efforts on West Papua in the Pacific Region
  12. Police disperses two peaceful demonstrations in Jayapura - 93 protesters arrested
  13. Violation of law enforcement procedures still common in West Papua
  14. Papua regional police raises criminal charges against arrested Polish citizen
  15. Update on Freeport's mass lay offs - dismissed laborers report Employment Minister to Ombudsman
  16. Police officers shoot down Fery Korwa in Manokwari
  17. Australian academic blacklisted and deported
  18. ALRC statement on arbitrary arrest and detention in West Papua
  19. Press release by Papuan civil society coalition: Concession policies threaten environment and indigenous peoples in West Papua
  20. Police officers open fire at Papuan students in Waena, Jayapura – two students injured
  21. Series of arrests in Papuan central highlands – Police takes Polish citizen into custody
  22. Police officers arbitrarily arrest UNCEN and STIKOM student representatives in Jayapura
  23. Ongoing restrictions on freedom of opinion in West Papua - political activists subjected to arbitrary arrest and unfair trial
  24. Nationalist mass organisations attack Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya to force raising of Indonesian flag
  25. Five military members injured during accompaniment of electricity survey
  26. Indigenous community in North Biak protests against aerospace project
  27. Police officers beat up two drivers in Sentani
  28. Lack of Facts and low standard of justice during military trial against perpetrators of extra-judicial killing – AHRC launches urgent appeal
  29. Military operation in Nduga Regency - Indonesian human rights organisations concerned about attacks against civilians
  30. Human Rights Update West Papua - covering April - June 2018

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