UN OHCHR: Papua killings press briefing

We are alarmed at the reported killing of five Papuan teenagers in the highlands region of Paniai in Indonesia yesterday. While the exact circumstances are unclear as there are conflicting accounts of the events leading up to the killings. reportedly, a group of young people gathered outside a police station in the town of Enarotali yesterday to protest against the beating of a local boy by security forces on Sunday night. The police then reportedly opened fire and five teenage boys were killed. A number of other people were injured.

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Launching of Filep Karma’s book ‘As if We’re half Half Animals.’

President Joko Widodo must end all racism and discrimination in the Land of Papua, from impunity for human rights violators to restrictions on access for independent journalists to visit Papua, said publisher Deiyai.

Dr. Benny Giay, chair of the Deiyai publishing company, said that the racism and discrimination in question is highlighted by Filep Karma, a political prisoner in Abepura prison, in his book ‘As If we’re Half Animals: Indonesian Racism in the Land of Papua,’ launched today in Jayapura. It is 10 years to the day since Karma was jailed for a speech about the marginalisation of ethnic Melanesians in the Land of Papua on 1 December 2004.

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Not a mere case of bad apples: Acts of state terrorism

Thirteen years ago on Nov. 10 — Heroes’ Day — the Papuan leader Theys Eluay was found dead in the vicinity of Jayapura city after attending an event at the local headquarters of the Army’s Special Forces, Kopassus.

His body was left abandoned in a public place. His driver, Aristoteles Masoka, went missing, and remains unaccounted for.

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18 Houses Burnt Down - Police Fails to Prosecute Perpetrators

On Saturday morning, September 6, 2014, between 08.00 and 09.00 East Indonesia Time (EIT) a Javanese woman named Catur Yuda (35 years) was killed at Arso I, Keerom Regency by her neighbour Hilarius Gombo (40), a man from the Papuan Central Highlands, as reported by the JPIC office of the Protestant Church in Papua (GKI-TP). Gombo killed Catur Yuda by hitting her with a machete to the neck. After the homicide the perpetrator went to disitrict police station Keerom and confessed the killing. 30 minutes later the police arrived at the site of crime and took the victim's body to the Keerom Kwaingga hospital for autopsy without securing the site of crime and surrounding area. After the police had left the site of crime, migrants from the neighbourhood gathered in order to burn down the perpetrator's house. Besides the perpetrator's house, the group of migrants also burnt 17 other houses to the ground. All 18 houses belonged to indigenous Papuans from the central highlands.

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New Report on Yotefa Market Incident

We have received a detailed report from the JPIC desk of the Protestant Church in Papua (GKI-TP) about the violent murders of three Papuan men and the arbitrary arrests and torture of four further Papuans in July 2014.

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Civilian Shot by Police during Tribal Conflict

On September 18th 2014, a conflict ensued between the tribes of Ibele and Lani Jaya in the district of Jayawijaya in the highlands of Papua over a stolen motorcycle. Members of the local police were present during the attack of the Ibele tribe against the Lani Jaya tribe and also during the subsequent revenge action but failed to protect the community by simply watching and not intervening, even as the crowd burned down the house of local community leader Areki Wanimbo. At one point, members of the police started to randomly shoot live ammunition into the crowd. 18-year old Kukes Wandikbo was shot in the shoulder/neck area and is still in a critical condition.

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JFCC : Statement on Access to Papua, Detention of Journalists

The Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club is concerned about the continued detention without charge of two French journalists in Papua province since early August. Of particular concern are indications that Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat, who were arrested in the highlands town of Wamena and are being held in the provincial capital Jayapura, could face a five-year prison sentence for a visa violation, or even a much more serious charge of sedition.

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Statements on Papua Delivered before Human Rights Council

The following two statements on the situation of human rights defenders and freedom of expression in Papua which were delivered on 15 and 16 September 2014 during the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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AI Urgent Action: Human Rights lawyer attacked

Amnesty International has received information about an attack on human rights lawyer Anum Siregar in Wamena, Papua province. Anum Siregar was attacked by an unknown person at about 11pm on 16 September on the way back to her hotel from a court hearing. The attacker, armed with a knife, stole her bag and injured her hand before fleeing the scene. Anum Siregar received treatment for her injuries at Wamena hospital, requiring at least two stitches.

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Military Members Stab Two Brothers

Dear friends,

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) has received the information concerning the stabbing of two men in Jayapura, Papua, by an unidentified member of the Indonesian military. One of the stabbed men is a member of West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB) while the other victim, his brother, is a student at Cenderawasih University.

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More Articles...

  1. Papuan Shot because of Road Block
  2. Police Initiate Investigation against Prominent Papuan Human Rights Lawyer
  3. Attempted Criminalization of Papuan Human Rights Lawyer by Law Enforcement Authorities
  4. French Journalists and Indigenous Leader at Risk of Prosecution in Papua
  5. Human rights Defender Called for Questioning
  6. Activists Arrested for Peaceful Boycott
  7. Joint Statement: Human Rights Abuses in Papua and West Papua
  8. New Ormas Law used to back police repression in Papua
  9. UN Committee's Concluding Observations on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Papua
  10. Demands of Human Rights Organisations for a New Government
  11. Joint Statement to the Next Government of Indonesia on Human Rights
  12. Indonesia Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance
  13. Freedom of expression and Assembly in West Papua, Indonesia
  14. Live Webcast UN Side Event: Freedom of Expression and Assembly in West Papua
  15. ETAN's West Papua Report May 2014
  16. EU - Indonesia PCA agreement in effect
  17. Letter to Catherine Ashton - EU parliamentarians raise concerns over Papua
  18. UN body questions Indonesia on Papua, land-grabbing and human rights
  19. Lives endangered
  20. Papuans Behind Bars March 2014
  21. Global action day for Papuan political prisoners
  22. Demonstration violently dissolved - protesters tortured in custody
  23. Who stands for Papua?
  24. Is a UN resolution on Papua possible?
  25. Vanuatu PM raises West Papua issues before Human Rights Council
  26. Papuans Behind Bars January 2014
  27. ETAN's West Papua Report February 2014
  28. Military attack forces villagers to flee
  29. EU Parliament Hearing on Human Rights Abuses in West Papua
  30. What’s next for Papua after the MSG diplomacy?

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