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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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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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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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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Papuan Shot because of Road Block

As reported by newspapers Suara Papua and Majalah Selangkah, on September 18th 2014, Videlis Jhon Agapa (36), a pig farmer, was shot, allegedly by plainclothes military personnel in Nabire. Earlier, a passing car had hit one of Agape's pigs and killed it. For the Mee tribe which Agapa belonged to, pigs are an extremely valuable commodity. Agapa had set up a road block together with some friends to stop passing motorists and ask for donations to compensate for the pig.

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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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Police Initiate Investigation against Prominent Papuan Human Rights Lawyer

GUSTAF-KAWER-JUBI-APRILA-599x400Dear friends,

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) and TAPOL are writing to inform you of a case concerning the criminal investigation initiated by Papua Regional Police against prominent Papuan human rights lawyer, Gustaf Kawer. He has received two summonses under accusations of coercion and rebelliousness under Articles 211 and 212 of the Indonesian Penal Code.

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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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Attempted Criminalization of Papuan Human Rights Lawyer by Law Enforcement Authorities

Urgent Appeal by the Civil Society Coalition for the Enforcement of Law and Human Rights in Papua

On August 22, 2014, Papuan Lawyer Gustaf Kawer received a letter from the Crime Department (DIT RESKRIMUM) of the Papuan Regional Police (POLDA Papua), dated August 19, 2014, which summoned him to testify as witness related to his protest on June 12, 2014 in trial number: 39 / G / 2013 / PTUN.JPR at the Jayapura State Administrative Court. At that time Gustaf Kawer requested the adjournment of the verdict, because he was not able to attend the hearing as attorney of a plaintiff, who wanted to cancel the issuance of a land certificate by the National Land Agency (BPN) of Jayapura Regency. The trial had proceeded smoothly until the verdict on June 12, 2014.

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More Articles...

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

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