14 indigenous Papuans arbitrarily arrest in Nimbontong District

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk (JPIC) of the Christian Evangelical Church in Papua (GKI-TP) has reported the arbitrary arrest of a group of indigenous Papuans in the District of Nimbontong of Jayapura Regency. On 21 November 2017, members of the  Jayapura District Police arbitrarily arrest 14 indigenous Papuans who were on their way home to Juk Lereh, Genyem District. During the detention at the Sub-district police station, the arrestees were accused of being members of the armed separatist movement. The police prevented a lawyer and a local journalist from meeting with the arrestees.

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Greenpeace investigation reveals involvement of international companies in massive destruction of Papuan rainforest

An investigation by ‘Greenpeace’ has revealed that the companies Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever buy palm oil from a group whose subsidiary is responsible for the illegal destruction of rainforests in Papua. The international companies have published a ‘no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation’ policy that should prohibit sourcing from palm oil companies which produce their palmoil in unsustainable ways. Greenpeace published a video and photos (see images to this article), showing massive deforestation in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya, a palm oil concession controlled by the Hayel Saeed Anam Group (HSA). The footage was  taken in March and April 2018.

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Yulianus Yeimo passed away – number of dead victims in the ‘Bloody Paniai Case' rises from four to five

Yulianus Yeimo - a victim of torture in the so-called ‘Bloody Paniai Case’ - passed away on 1 April 2018 in Ipakiye Village of Paniai Regency with the age of 19 years. According to the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC KINGMI Papua), Yulianus Yeimo showed signs of internal bleedings which he sustained as a result of torture by members of the Nabire 753 Arpita Military Battalion. After the incident Yulianus Yeimo suffered uncontrolled nose bleedings which usually lasted more than an hour, vomited clotted blood and often fainted without clear reason. The soldiers had severely beaten him with a rifle butt to the head, kicked him with heavy military boots on the chest and cut him with a knife on the head (see image on the left).

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Allegations regarding excessive use of force during military operation in Opitawak Village – at least one dead and two injured

A military operation in Opitawak Village of Mimika Regency, has cost the lives of at least one villager named Timotius Omabak. At least two other villagers – Ruben Kupugau and 15-year-old Kapin Wamang – were injured by bullets and had to be hospitalized. The incident occurred on 4 April 2018 at 10.15 am in the Tembaggapura District near the copper and gold mine of mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia. The incident has been confirmed by media sources and the Indonesian military (TNI). Infantry Colonel Muhammad Aidi of the XVII Cenderawasih military command stated in a public interview, that members of the armed resistance movement (TPN) had allegedly burnt down villagers’ houses after they were pushed back in a fire fight with military. He also claimed that Timotius Omabak was a member of the TPN.

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Police officers collectively ill-treat man and journalist during political debate in Nabire Regency

Human Rights defenders of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (KINGMI Papua) have reported another case of ill-treatment from Nabire city. Mando Mote, a 29-years-old civil servant from Deiyai regency, was collectively beaten up by police officers as he tried to access the front yard of a guest house in Nabire, where the public election commission (KPU) had organized a political debate between politicians running for candidacy as regent of Deiyai Regency. The Papuan journalist Albert Youw (27 years) was attacked by several police officers in an attempt to prevent him from covering the ill-treatment. Albert Youw recorded the incident with his mobile phone camera.

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Solomon Islands Government delegation visits West Papua - Civil society groups concerned

An unexpected visit to West Papua by a government delegation of the pacific state Solomon Islands has raised concerns over a possible change in the government's stance towards the West Papua conflict among Papuan civil society. In response to the visit, Papuan civil society groups released a public statement (see below) in which they expressed their position and concerns regarding the visit. The Solomon Islands, under the former Prime Minister Manasseh Sogoware, was an outspoken supporter for Papuans right to self-determination. The country repeatedly addressed the human rights situation in West Papua at the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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Update on shooting in Mauwa - Gerry Goo succumbs to his injuries

Gerry Goo, an 18 years old villager who was severely injured by bullets during a crowd control operation in early April, passed away yesterday (9 May 2017) in Goodide Village, of Dogiyai Regency. The relatives had brought Gerry Goo back to his home village on 7 May 2018 after doctors of the Dok II Hospital in Jayapura did not surgically remove the projectiles  because  Gerry’s condition was not stable enough for the surgery. Gerry Goo finally succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the crowd control operation and the subsequent torture at the Kamu sub-district police station. At the time of publication, it is unclear whether the family will request an autopsy of the body.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food closes Indonesia visit with end of mission statement – Situation in West Papua needs the Government’s serious attention

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Ms. Hilal Elver, has completed her visit to Indonesia. Between 9 and18 April 2018, she traveled to various provinces of the island state and met with government representatives, agencies and civil society members and activists. Prior to the visit, the ICP had submitted a joint report on the right to food in West Papua, which was compiled in cooperation with various CSOs and individual experts. On 18 April, the Special Rapporteur gave a press conference in which she shared preliminary observation and seven recommendations. Some observations particularly refer to the right to food situation in West Papua.

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Indonesia and EU negotiate on free trade agreement - NGOs demand Palm oil to be excluded from trade

The Indonesian Government is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the free trade agreement CEPA. The palm oil trade seems to be among the most dominating topics during the talks. Indonesia produces well over half of the world's palm oil, and the EU is the main consumer after India. Indonesian organizations call for the exclusion of palm oil from the agreements. Palm oil is the major cause of high greenhouse gas emissions from Indonesia. In addition, the presence of plam oil plantations is often accompanied by empoverishment of local communities and landgrabbing. Conflicts over land frequently escalate because the private companies are backed up by the police.

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Unprofessional behavior of security forces lead to shooting in Mauwa Village – two villagers sustain bullet injuries

Human rights defenders from the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC KINGMI Papua) have reported a further case in which security forces applied  excessive use of force against a group of young villagers in Mauwa Village, Kamu District of Dogiyai Regency. On 6 April 2018, at 7.00 pm, joint security forces came to Mauwa Village using two pick up trucks. The villagers witnessed the officers stopping the cars at the bridge over the Mauwa River where they released six shots at an unknown target. Subsequently, the security forces went to Odedimika Mountain, where they fired three further shots. The villagers did not understand why the security forces had come to Mauwa village and what they were shooting at, so a group of villagers gathered at the bridge and blocked the road.

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  1. Human Rights Update West Papua - April 2018 (covering Jan-Mar 2018)
  2. UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food visits Indonesia
  3. Security forces unlawfully arrest 45 university students in Jayapura
  4. Police officer beats Papuan man at public hospital in Karubaga, Tolikara Regency
  5. Asian Human Rights Commission urges Indonesian Government to review new Penal Code Bill
  6. Disappointment over court ruling in Poumako Case – military court sentences perpetrator to eight months
  7. Joint oral statement regarding situation of malnutrition in West Papua at the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council
  8. Presence of militant Islamic leader in Kerom creates tensions
  9. Indigenous woman shot dead in Timika – seven mobile police brigade officers under investigation
  10. Parliament members in the Netherlands concerned about situation of indigenous peoples in West Papua
  11. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visits Indonesia
  12. BBC Journalist has to leave West Papua because her tweets “hurt feelings of the Indonesian military”
  13. Military members torture Papuan man to death - Asian Human Rights Commission launches urgent appeal
  14. Papuan central highlands remain human rights hot spot – security force members torture group of indigenous Papuans
  15. Freedom of assembly under threat - Security forces prevent commemoration of international human rights day in Dogiyai Regency
  16. Army officer insults Filep Karma during interrogation at Cengkarang Airport
  17. Papuan students outside of West Papua face systematic harassment
  18. LIPI survey elucidates difference in perceptions regarding situation in West Papua
  19. Devastating health conditions in the Papuan regencies Asmat and Pegunungan Bintang – epidemic outbreaks and malnutrition reveal government failures
  20. Ten cases of extra-judicial killings in West Papua throughout 2017
  21. Security force raid in Nduga Regency – five victims injured by bullets, four tortured
  22. Police officer shoots and kills Papuan man in Mappi Regency
  23. Human rights defenders face intimidation and discreditation after press release on security force raids in Nduga Regency
  24. CCA delegation observes human rights violations in West Papua
  25. New documentary and report about struggles in the lives of Papuan women
  26. ULMWP leaders' summit held in Port Vila
  27. Papuan worker disappears as armed conflict near the Freeport Mine escalates - Amnesty International launches Urgent Appeal
  28. AI Indonesia demands investigation into allegations of unlawful killing
  29. Press freedom in West Papua under threat - two assaults on local journalists throughout November
  30. Conflict over land between palm oil company and indigenous land owner results in police violence

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