67 ULMWP supporters arrested during peaceful demonstration in Jayapura

The independent news outlet ‘Tabloid Jubi’ has reported the arrest of 67 ‘United Liberation Movement for West Papua’ (ULMWP) supporters during a demonstration in Jayapura Municipality, Papua Province, on the 24 September 2018. The protesters expressed their support for Vanuatu and other Pacific countries, which had raised the West Papua issue during the 73rd General Assembly Session of the United Nations. A police officer allegedly ill-treated a protester named Petrus Kosamah around 11.00 am, as members of the crowd control unit DALMAS dispersed the crowd at the campus of the Jayapura University for Science and Technology (USTJ) in Abepura.

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Joint security forces raid the KNPB office in Timika – two activists shot down

Joint security forces have raided the Timika branch office of the ’West Papua National Committee’ (KNPB), a political organisation that advocates the right to self-determination of the Papuan people. During the security force operation, security forces arrested nine KNPB activists - two activists sustained bullet injuries and had to be hospitalized. Police officers allegedly seized one revolver, 104 caliber 5,56 cartridges, 11 revolver cartridges, one AK47 cartridge and 7 Molotov cocktails. KNPB representatives have denied that KNPB activists had stored firearms or explosives at the office, claiming that the police used fabricated evidence to criminalize the organisation and break their peaceful resistance.

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Final Countdown - Greenpeace publishes new report on reform of the palm oil industry

The environmental Organisation Greepeace has published a new report on the implementation of ambitious goals to reform the palm oil industry. In 2013, Wilmar International, the world’s biggest palm oil trader, promised that within two years the company would only be trading palm oil from responsible producers that protected the environment and respected human rights. The report documents extensive deforestation and human rights abuses by 25 palm oil producer groups, all but one of which have supplied brands with palm oil in the last 12 months. The producers are known to have destroyed more than 130,000ha of forest and peatland since 2015 - 40% of this destruction with a total land area of 56,000ha took place in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua.

 

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35 protesters arrested during peaceful demonstration in Bintuni, Papua Barat Province

The Manokwari Institute for Research Study and Development of Legal Aid (LP3BH Manokwari) has documented the arrests of protestors during a peaceful demonstration in support of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) in Bintuni, Papua Barat Province. On 8 September 2018 at 08.00 am, members of mobile police brigade (Brimob) unit Sub Den-4 Bintuni arrested 35 protestors (see image on the left) and detained them at the Bintuni sub-district police station (POLSEK Bintuni). The head of Teluk Bintuni district police stated in an interview with the Papuan new outlet Suara Papua that the demonstration was carried out without “permission”. Yan Christian Warinussi, the director of LP3BH Manokwari suspected that the police conducted the arrests because some protesters waved a morning star flag (see image  below).

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Kimam sub-district police again involved in case of extra-judicial killing

Ten months ago, three military officers tortured Ishak Dewayekua in the Kimam District of Merauke Regency. Ishak Dewayekua died as result of the severe injuries sustained during the torture. After torturing him, the three military members brought Ishak Dewayekua to the Kimam sub-district police station in an attempt to cover-up the torture (see section below). Now, local human rights defenders have reported the extra-judicial killing of Yudas Gebze from the neighboring Ilwayap district. One of the alleged perpetrators named officer Siampa appears to be a member of the Kimam Police Resort.

 

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Political Activist prosecuted for uploading video on Facebook – Amnesty International launches Urgent Action

The human rights organisation Amnesty International has launched an Urgent Action in relation to the prosecution of Agustinus Yolemal. Dozens of police officers unlawfully arrested the Papuan peaceful pro-independence activist, his wife, his 6-year-old son and his sister-in-law in their house in Timika, Mimika Regency on 23 August 2018. Agustinus Yolemal was taken into custody and charged with Article 45A(2), referring to “disseminating hostility against the state ideology” under the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE Law), which carries a maximum penalty of six years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to one billion rupiah (around US$66,700) if he is found guilty.

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AHRC Urgent Appeal - Polish citizen and indigenous Papuans arrested and detained by police

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the local network in Jayawijaya Regency, Papua, regarding the arrest and detention of one Polish tourist and other indigenous Papuans. The police have accused the tourist of misusing his visa and being involved in the selling of illegal bullets in Papua. Civil society and human rights organizations are urging the police for more transparency in investigation of this case.

 

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Indonesian Government plans to expand diplomatic efforts on West Papua in the Pacific Region

The current Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, General Wiranto, plans to intensify diplomatic efforts in the Pacific region to address the misrepresentation of many Pacific states regarding the situation in West Papua. Accoding to Wiranto, many Pacific countries received misinformation about Indonesia's attitude towards West Papua. "So far we have forgotten, that there are many countries there which can endanger our souvereignty over Papua", stated Wiranto in an interview with the Indonesian news outlet KOMPAS.

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TAPOL and ETAN call on the immediate release of Simon Magal and Jakub Skrzypski

JOINT STATEMENT

CALL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF SIMON MAGAL AND JAKUB SKRZYPSKI

The West Papuan and Polish pair have been charged with treason in Indonesia

London and New York, 7 September 2018

TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) call for immediate release of Simon Carlos Magal and Jakub Fabian Skrzypski. In the event that Mr. Skrzypski is prosecuted, we call on all representative parties to ensure that he is afforded a fair trial.

Indonesian police arrested West Papuan student Simon Carlos Magal (29) on 1 September 2018 in Timika, in connection with the arrest of Jakub Fabian Skrzypski several days earlier. According to news reports, Mr. Skrzypski (see image on the left), a Polish citizen, was visiting West Papua as a tourist when he was detained by police in Wamena. He was arrested on suspicion of being a journalist, and for reportedly meeting with alleged members of an armed independence group in West Papua. The two men have been charged with treason and are currently in jail awaiting trial in Jayapura.

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Police disperses two peaceful demonstrations in Jayapura - 93 protesters arrested

Activists from the Papuan Democratic Peoples Movement (Garda Papua) and students from the Jayapura University for Science and Technology (USTJ) have reported that local police forces in Jayapura dispersed two demonstrations and arrested 93 protesters. GARDA Papua had organized a peaceful protest on 3 September 2018, demanding the closing of the Freeport Mine in Tembaggapura, the demilitarization of West Papua and the construction of the market for indigenous Papuan women. On the following day, 4 September 2018, supporters of the ‘United Liberation Movement for West Papua’ (ULMWP) gathered in Sentani and the USTJ Campus in Abepura. The protest was carried out in support of Vanuatu and other Pacific island countries to raise the issue of self-determination for West Papua at the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting, which is currently taking place in Nauru until 9 September 2018 (see intro image).

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More Articles...

  1. Violation of law enforcement procedures still common in West Papua
  2. Papua regional police raises criminal charges against arrested Polish citizen
  3. Update on Freeport's mass lay offs - dismissed laborers report Employment Minister to Ombudsman
  4. Police officers shoot down Fery Korwa in Manokwari
  5. Australian academic blacklisted and deported
  6. ALRC statement on arbitrary arrest and detention in West Papua
  7. Press release by Papuan civil society coalition: Concession policies threaten environment and indigenous peoples in West Papua
  8. Police officers open fire at Papuan students in Waena, Jayapura – two students injured
  9. Series of arrests in Papuan central highlands – Police takes Polish citizen into custody
  10. Police officers arbitrarily arrest UNCEN and STIKOM student representatives in Jayapura
  11. Ongoing restrictions on freedom of opinion in West Papua - political activists subjected to arbitrary arrest and unfair trial
  12. Nationalist mass organisations attack Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya to force raising of Indonesian flag
  13. Five military members injured during accompaniment of electricity survey
  14. Indigenous community in North Biak protests against aerospace project
  15. Police officers beat up two drivers in Sentani
  16. Lack of Facts and low standard of justice during military trial against perpetrators of extra-judicial killing – AHRC launches urgent appeal
  17. Military operation in Nduga Regency - Indonesian human rights organisations concerned about attacks against civilians
  18. Human Rights Update West Papua - covering April - June 2018
  19. Intimidation of Papuan students in Surabaya – female student activist sexually assaulted by police officer
  20. Joint Statement: 20th Anniversary of the ‘Biak Massacre’, West Papua
  21. UN High commissioner questions invitation from Indonesian Government
  22. Brawl between Papuan students and nationalist mass organisation in Malang - Police fails to protect Papuan students' freedom of assembly
  23. Death threats against Papuan Human Rights Defender
  24. Amnesty International publishes new report on extra-judicial killings and impunity in West Papua
  25. Local elections in highland regencies Puncak Jaya and Nduga accompanied by violent clashes leaving 6 people dead
  26. Joint security forces allegedly kill indigenous Papuan during crowd control operation in Jayawijaya Regency
  27. Papuan pastor and villager ill-treated in Kaimana Regency
  28. Police and military collectively torture Papuan fisherman in Sorong
  29. Unlawful arrests reported from Timika – three Papuans prosecuted and ill-treated
  30. Right to Health in West Papua – report on UN Special Rapporteur mission to Indonesia published

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