Human Rights Update West Papua - 4th Quarter 2020

Statistical data on extra-judicial killings and torture do not show significant changes throughout the fourth quarter of 2020. Both figures remain high. The majority of extra-judicial killings in West Papua are related to security force raids in the central highlands. The armed conflict entails a new pattern of violations, namely enforced disappearances, which exclusively occur with military incursions.

Human rights defenders have estimated that the armed conflicts in the regencies of Mimika, Intan Jaya and Nduga have resulted in the internal displacement of at least 60,000 persons. The vast majority of them are indigenous Papuans. The local and central government continue to neglect the humanitarian crisis in Papua's central highlands. Hence most IDPs do not have access to food, healthcare, education and other humanitarian services. At the same time, the ongoing security force operations prevent them from returning home.

download-button

Read more...

Attorney General establishes special team to settle 13 cases of gross human rights violations

The Attorney General’s office has formed a special team to accelerate the legal processing of 13 alleged gross human rights violations in Indonesia. Its establishment followed President Jokowi’s instruction to accelerate the settlement of past human rights violations during a meeting on 10 December 2020, the International Human Rights Day. The team consists of 18 Attorney General staffers who should identify legal shortcomings for each of the cases and overcome the long-lasting discord between the Attorney General’s office and the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM). Komnas HAM has carried out investigations into all 13 cases. However, the claims were never processed by the Attorney General’s office, arguing that the case files were incomplete.

Read more...

KNPB activist arrested and detained – LBH Papua condemn procedural violations

Police officers arrested the chairman of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) local branch in Intan Jaya, Nataniel Tipagau (see photo), on 4 January 2021 in front of the Yapis University Campus in Jayapura. According to the Papuan Police Chief, Paulus Waterpauw, the police was already looking for Nataniel Tipagau since January 2020 for alleged violation of Article 1(1) of the Emergency Law No. 12/1951 on illegal use, possession or distribution of firearms (see police letter below). The Papuan Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) raised concerns over allegations of various procedural violations during his arrest and detention. LBH Papua will provide legal support for Tipagau but could not meet him during detention.

Nataniel Tipagau was arrested around 5.00 pm, as he was walking with relatives to an ATM. Plainclothes officers reportedly jumped out of a black civilian vehicle and dragged Nataniel Tipagau into the car. The officers did not show a warrant at the time of arrest. Shortly after the arrest, rumours about the alleged enforced disappearance of Nataniel Tipagau spread on social media because the police did not inform the relatives in writing about the arrest. Moreover, LBH Papua lawyers were prevented from meeting Nataniel Tipagau during his detention at the Papuan Regional Police (Polda Papua) headquarters.

 

Read more...

New report details numerous violations by PT Freeport Indonesia in West Papua

Indigenous tribes such as the Kamoro and the Amungme have been claiming their communities have been afflicted with poverty, violence and mostly environmental degradation since the Grasberg mine operated by PT Freeport Indonesia began its activities 48 years ago. Turning the spotlight again on this critical issue, the ICP, together with the Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), the Initiative Action for Ecology and Peoples' Emancipation (AEER), the Center for Study, Documentation and Advocacy on Peoples' Rights (PUSAKA), Friends of the Earth Papua (WALHI Papua), the Lokataru Law and Human Rights Office, INTERPRT, TAPOL, VIVAT International, Westpapua-Netzwerk (WPN), Geneva for Human Rights (GHR), and Franciscans International (FI) has launched today a new special report called "PT Freeport Indonesia and its tail of violations in Papua: human, labour and environmental rights". The 27-page publication covers detailed aspects of different human rights violations involving the Freeport-McMoRan's Indonesian subsidiary, PT Freeport Indonesia, during the last years.

download-button

Read more...

Security force members torture indigenous Papuan on New Year’s Eve

The ICP has received credible information about the torture of 22-year-old Petrus Tebai in the village of Mauwa, Dogiyai regency, on New Year’s Eve. Petrus Tebai was inside his house as he heard people arguing in one of the neighbouring huts. Around midnight, he went out to look where the sound was coming from, as a group of security force members intercepted Petrus Tebai and allegedly beat him up until he lost consciousness. The informants stated that Mr Tebai also sustained a bullet injury as one of the officers released a shot at him.

Read more...

Military Base in Tambrauw inaugurated without consent of indigenous land rights holders

The local government in Tambrauw has inaugurated the new military district command headquarters (KODIM) in the regency. By doing that, it has ignored ongoing protests by indigenous land rights holders as well as multiple cases of military violence and intimidation against local communities. These have occurred in Tambrauw since the establishment of the new KODIM and a sub-district military command (KORAMIL) in the Kwoor district. A delegation of the Tambrauw Government inaugurated the new KODIM in an official ceremony at the 181 Praja Vira Tama military district command in the city of Sorong on 14 December 2020 (see photo below, source: Jubi).

Read more...

Security forces and right-wing groups prevent peaceful ‘Trikora’ demonstration in Jakarta

Joint security forces and multiple right-wing groups have prevented Papuan students from holding a peaceful demonstration in commemoration of Jakarta's Trikora speech. On 19 December 1961, Indonesia’s first president Soekarno held the Trikora Speech. He expressed Indonesia’s claims regarding the former Dutch colony of Nederlands Nieuw Guinea; today commonly referred to as West Papua. Supporters of the Indonesian Peoples’ Front for West Papua (FRI WP) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) met in central Jakarta on 19 December 2020, around 12.30 pm, and began to walk towards the presidential palace.

Read more...

KNPB members again arrested in Merauke – Police chief threatens to shoot activists in the legs

The Merauke police has again carried out raids against the political movement organisation West Papua National Coalition (KNPB), which advocates the right for self-determination through non-violent demonstrations and peaceful civil resistance activities. On 13 December 2020, joint security force members allegedly destroyed parts of the KNPB office facilities in Merauke (see top photo, source: independent human rights defenders) and arrested 14 KNPB members (see table below). The director of the Papuan Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua), Imanuel Gobay, stated that police officers beat the 14 activists with wooden sticks during the arrest and detention at the police station (see photo below, source: independent human rights defenders). The police officers reportedly arrested the activists without showing a warrant. All of them are currently in custody.

Read more...

Update on law enforcement process in multiple cases of human rights violations in Intan Jaya

The Commander of the Army Military Police, Dodik Widjanarko, has promised to settle multiple human rights violations related to ongoing military operations in the Papuan highland regency of Intan Jaya. During a press conference held in Jakarta on 23 December 2020, he informed the public about the current status of law enforcement operations in four cases of human rights violations in Intan Jaya. The military police have launched investigations into (1) the arson of government health facilities in the Hitadipa district on 19 September 2020, (2) the shooting of catholic catechist Agustinus Duwitau on 7 October 2020, (3) the enforced disappearance of Luther Zanambani and Apinus Zanambani on 21 April 2020 and (4) the torture and extra-judicial execution of Rev. Yeremia Zanambani on 21 September 2020. Widjanarko emphasised that all military law enforcement institutions will settle the cases following legal provisions and applicable procedures. He promised that the military would ensure full transparency in all law enforcement processes.

Read more...

Sixth Anniversary of ‘Bloody Paniai Case’ – No perpetrators prosecuted

On 8 December 2014, joint security force members opened fire at a crowd of indigenous Papuans in the Paniai Regency. The security forces shot dead four high school students and injured at least 17 other persons with bullets. On 8 December 2020, the victim’s relatives gathered at the grave of the dead pupils at the Karel Gobai field in the town of Enarotali to commemorate the tragic incident (see photo on the left, source: JPIC Kingmi Papua). Six years of waiting for the law enforcement process against the perpetrators have left the relatives deeply disappointed. Nonetheless, they continue to demand justice for their lost ones. The relatives and local human rights organisations urged the Indonesian Government to immediately allow the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit West Papua and push for the settlement of past gross human rights violations in Indonesia.

Read more...

More Articles...

  1. Celebration of International Human Rights Day in Nabire accompanied by arrests – Papuan Catholic Priests call for dialogue and reconciliation
  2. Update on killing of four Papuans in Puncak Regency – Victim’s families demand thorough investigation
  3. Former Papuan detainee sick – relatives suspect long-term consequences of torture during custody
  4. Update on the situation of IDPs from Nduga, Intan Jaya and Mimika
  5. Military members raid Soloitma Dormitory in Sentani – eleven residents reportedly tortured, one Papuan woman killed
  6. ++ Live Ticker: 1st December Commemorations in West Papua, Indonesia and other parts of the world++
  7. UN OHCHR calls for a platform for inclusive dialogue with the people of Papua
  8. Make West Papua Safe Campaign - Stop funding military repression in Papua, plead TAPOL speakers
  9. Petition for the rejection of more special autonomy funds signed by 520,261 supporters – Pro-Government groups react with criminalisation campaign
  10. Lethal shooting in Puncak Regency –Three more dead bodies discovered
  11. Papuan musician reportedly tortured for singing pro-independence songs
  12. Illegal logging in the Tambrauw Regency – NGOs demand Govt to take action against PT. Multi Wijaya Wahana
  13. Military police investigate alleged burning of Government facilities in Intan Jaya
  14. Treason trial against three Papuans from Maybrat in Sorong District Court
  15. Security force members allegedly shoot dead high school student in Puncak - second student injured by bullets
  16. Papuan human rights defender threatened and stigmatised as separatist
  17. Members of Papuan Peoples' Assembly face intimidation and arrest during preparation of hearings about Papuan Special Autonomy
  18. Palm oil conglomerate Korind accused of clearing rainforest in West Papua with fire
  19. Korindo accused of illegally burning Papuan rainforest
  20. "Papuan Lives Matter" - ELSAM launches new documentary about 2019 anti-racism protests
  21. Human rights lawyer intimidated in Jayapura
  22. Indonesian Bishops call for dialogue in West Papua
  23. Humanitarian Team for Intan Jaya shares its findings concerning the killing of Pastor Zanambani
  24. Pacific Conference of Churches calls for "40 Days of Hunger for Justice and Peace" in West Papua
  25. Another church worker killed in Intan Jaya – Security force members accuse victim of being TPN PB member
  26. Verdict in treason trial against 23 Papuan political detainees in Fakfak
  27. Allegations of enforced disappearance in Nduga Regency – Two indigenous leaders missing after military operation
  28. Police fail to respect freedom of peaceful assembly in West Papua – 13 protesters arrested, one injured by bullet during demonstration against Otsus II
  29. Update on killing of Rev Zanambani in Intan Jaya – Fact finding team submits report to Minister Mahfud MD
  30. Military members show up in church during ordination of new priests

Subcategories

  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018

    News and Developments in and about West Papua

  • 2017

    News and Developments in and about West Papua

  • 2016

    News and Developments in and about West Papua

  • 2015

    News and Developments in and about West Papua

  • 2014

    Latest News and Developments in and about West Papua

  • 2013

    Latest News and Developments in and about West Papua