Update on Nduga Case – Rescue team publishes first report on massacre and military raids

A rescue team consisting of church leaders, Nduga government representatives, local parliament members and civil society figures have published a report on the killing of 17 government contractors. The report also contains information on the rescue mission, which was launched on 13 December 2018  to evacuate the bodies of four more employees who were still missing since the killing. The rescue team collected information on the military raid between 4 and 10 December 2018 and the situation of affected indigenous communities in the districts Mbuwa, Dal and Mbulmu Yalma.

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The Trans Papua Road - Scientists assess environmental and socio-economic challenges

A team of researchers of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science,  of the James Cook University in Cairns, Australia have published a scientific article on the impacts of the controversial ‘Trans Papua Raod’ project. The article ‘Hidden challenges for conservation and development along the Trans Papuan economic corridor’ provides new insights in the current state of the project implementation and a scientific analysis regarding the environmental, political and socio-economic challenges that West Papua’s flora, fauna and indigenous communities will face as a result of the project. It is expected that the presence of the road will contribute to conditions which are contrary to conservation and sustainable development, with a strong focus on natural resource exploitation and economic growth under exclusion of the Papuan indigenous peoples. The  Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science has also published a video with the title ‘Hidden Challenges of the Trans-Papuan Economic Corridor’, which can be viewed on YouTube. A short summary of the article was published on the website of the ‘Alliance of Leading Researchers and Thinkers (ALERT).

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Update on military raid in Nduga Regency - Local Govt launches rescue mission

Two new videos have been published on the internet platform Youtube. The videos provide new insight on the latest situation in the Nduga Regency, where armed clashes between the Indonesian military and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB) have caused a high number of casualties among civilians. Until know, security forces are strictly limiting the access to the area – first information about the casualties and the current situation in Nduga remains unconfirmed and uncertain. Human rights defenders and journalists are still not allowed to cover events on site.

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UN’s OHCHR spokesperson concerned about mass arrests and longstanding structural issues in West Papua

The mass arrest of demonstrators in Indonesia who were attempting to mark a national day for indigenous people in the east of the archipelago, has been condemned by the UN human rights office, OHCHR. More than 500 activists were detained at the start of the month - though they’ve since been released. Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani explained to UN News' Daniel Johnson on Friday, what’s behind these latest developments.

Listen to Interview on official UN website

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Indonesian-wide ‘Trikora’ Commemorations accompanied by mass arrests – at least 107 peaceful protesters arrested, many ill-treated

The 19 December 1961 marks a historic date in Indonesia – it was the date on which the Indonesian army launched the Trikora operation, a military offensive with the aim to seize and annex the former Dutch colonial territory of Netherlands New Guinea. Indigenous Papuans and Pro-Papuan activists in multiple cities throughout Indonesia organised peaceful commemorations on the 19 December 2018. In various cities security forces responded with mass arrests or forcefully dispersed the crowd. According to human rights activists, security force members ill-treated protesters as they conducted arrests in Jayapura and Ternate, Maluku Utara Province. In the Javanese city of Malang, 16 peaceful protesters were subjected to ill-treatments by plain cloth officers and members of nationalist mass organisations. A similar incident was reported from Denpasar, Bali, where the forceful dispersal by police officers and members of nationalist mass organisations resulted in the ill-treatment of four protesters.

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Human Rights Watch press release on Nduga Case

Indonesia: Papuan Militants Kill 17

Police Should Investigate Worksite Killings; Military Should Show Restraint

View press release in HRW website

(Jakarta, December 10, 2018) – Indonesian police should investigate a Papuan armed group’s killing of at least 17 people, including a soldier, at a construction area in Nduga in Papua’s densely forested Central Highlands on December 2, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today.

The circumstances of the killings remain unclear. Papuan militants should cease unlawful killings, and the Indonesian government should ensure that its security forces act in accordance with international standards and not commit abuses in response to the attack.

“A Papua militant group’s attack on a worksite raises grave concerns that require a full investigation,” said Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch. “Militants and responding security forces should not inflict harm on ordinary Papuans.”

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Make West Papua Safe Campaign – Activists raise awareness on security force violence and foreign funding

A group of activists have launched the ‘Make West Papua Safe’ Campaign on 7 December 2018 -  the fourth anniversary of the so-called ‘Bloody Paniai Case’. The campaign targets foreign government aid to the Indonesian police and military which have been responsible for a large number of human rights violations in West Papua over the past 50 years – some of them have been categorized as serious human rights abuses. Activists from the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Tapol, West Papua Update and Pasifika have published a short advocacy video on the case which occurred on 7 and 8 December 2014 in the highland town of Enarotali and resulted in the killing of five pupils by Indonesian security forces.

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How long is killing still used to settle problems in Papua?

The incident in Nduga Regency on the 2 December 2018, in which multiple people were killed, was condemned by many parties. It is unquestionable that such actions need to be condemned. The significance of the incident is even more striking if one remembers all the suffering that has recently been shared with all of us, including the thorough report on Killings in West Papua over the past eight years (Don't bother, just let them die, Amnesty International Report, July 2018), testimonies about hundreds of protesters being arrested for expressing their opinion, reports about security force raids during activities and also in the offices of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) (Reports on 1-2 December 2018), and many other reports. Not to forget the victims among security forces and all the innocent people who were forced to flee their homes because their houses, gardens and sorroundings have been destroyed for the sake of 'law enforcement' operations. The incident in Nduga is not an isolated event! People in Papua have experienced similar suffering for decades and many living witnesses have already passed away.

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Military Raid in the Tsinga District of Mimika Regency – two villagers arbitrarily arrested and detained

Local human rights defenders have reported military raids on the 1 and 2 December 2018 in the villages Nosolanop, Mesember, Benganggin and Beanegogom, which are located in the Tsinga District of Mimika Regency. The villagers claimed that the raids were conducted by members of the military special forces ‘Kopassus’ to collect information about a local guerilla command of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB), which had repeatedly opened fire at Freeport vehicles and security force members in the neighboring Tembaggapura district in 2017 and 2018. The military members seized the villagers’ cell phones and returned them on the 11 December 2018.

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Update on mass arrests during commemoration of 1st December – at least 5 protesters ill-treated during arrests in Jayapura

The national police forcefully dispersed peaceful assemblies that were organised in commemoration of the 1st December in multiple locations of Jayapura. During the commemorations in Jayapura, 89 protesters were reportedly arrested. Police officers ill-treated three bystanders who tried to record the arrests and ill-treatment of protesters. The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk (JPIC) of the Evangelical Church in Papua (GKI-TP) has  published a new report on the arrests in Jayapura, according to which at least five protesters were ill-treated by police officers during the arrest.

 

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  1. Mass arrests during commemorations of International Human Rights Day in West Papua
  2. Violence escalates in the highland regency of Nduga – at least 24 people killed in armed conflict
  3. Documentary shows fathers of murdered children and their struggle for justice
  4. Brimob officers collectively torture 3 bystanders witnessing mass arrests in Jayapura
  5. Police officers obstruct Papuan journalist in Tomohon City, North Sulawesi
  6. Commemoration of “Papuan Independence Day” - Police responds with mass arrests and ill-treatment
  7. Failed crowd control operation in Merauke – Three residents ill-treated, 27 arrested
  8. Dispersal of peaceful assembly in Jayapura – Police arrests 107 KNPB supporters and ill-treats four activists
  9. Security force operation in Lanny Jaya Regency
  10. Case update: Law enforcement process and detention conditions of arrested Polish citizen
  11. Military member kills Papuan stundent in Waroki Village, Nabire Regency
  12. Torture and killing of Ishak Dewayekua - Disappointing verdict in military trial
  13. Military members allegedly kill Anekanus Komarigi in Nduga Regency
  14. Police ill-treat five participants after peaceful event on human rights at the Papuan student dormitory in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province
  15. Human Rights Update West Papua - 3rd Quarter 2018
  16. Eleven university students arrested for peacefully expressing their opionion in public
  17. Military operation in Puncak Jaya Regency allegedly causes death of at least five civilians
  18. 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’
  19. Six air force members collectively torture Papuan man in Sentani
  20. Timika District Police fails to provide adequate medical treatment during detention
  21. 67 ULMWP supporters arrested during peaceful demonstration in Jayapura
  22. Joint security forces raid the KNPB office in Timika – two activists shot down
  23. Final Countdown - Greenpeace publishes new report on reform of the palm oil industry
  24. Kimam sub-district police again involved in case of extra-judicial killing
  25. AHRC Urgent Appeal - Polish citizen and indigenous Papuans arrested and detained by police
  26. TAPOL and ETAN call on the immediate release of Simon Magal and Jakub Skrzypski
  27. 35 protesters arrested during peaceful demonstration in Bintuni, Papua Barat Province
  28. Political Activist prosecuted for uploading video on Facebook – Amnesty International launches Urgent Action
  29. Indonesian Government plans to expand diplomatic efforts on West Papua in the Pacific Region
  30. Police disperses two peaceful demonstrations in Jayapura - 93 protesters arrested

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