Further armed clashes cause more internal displacement in Puncak Regency

Local informants in the Puncak Regency have confirmed further armed clashes between Indonesian security forces and members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB). The firefights occurred in the immediate vicinity of Puncak’s largest town Kimak, in the Ilaga District. Around 7.00 PM, TPN PB fighters reportedly attacked the district police headquarters in Kimak. According to the media outlet Jubi, two police officers were injured during the clashes. People living in the surrounding villages fled their homes in the early morning hours of the following day.

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What’s wrong with the education and healthcare system in West Papua? A case study in Yalimo provides insights

NGOs and other observers keep criticising the Government for the low education and healthcare standards which continue to exist in West Papua. Particularly, the Papua Province falls far short behind national standards in terms of availability, accessibility, quality and adequacy of healthcare and education services. Despite considerably large special autonomy funds allocated to the provincial and local governments in West Papua, the education and health situation has hardly improved over the past decade.

A recent visit by Papuan parliamentarian to the Yalimo area brings insights into the failures in the education and healthcare system in West Papua. The visit took place between 5 and 10 March 2021. The term Yalimo refers to the area claimed by the Yali (see photo, source: UEM), an ethnic group in in the central Papuan highlands. Today, the area spreads over the Papuan regencies Yahukimo and Yalimo.

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Police press charges against Papuan student for social media post

The Jayapura police has charged Papuan student Ferry Pakage for posting a video on social media. Police officers arrested Ferry Pakage and a friend named Gerius Wenda in the town of Sentani, Papua Province, on 23 February 2021. Ferry was charged with Article 28(2) on hate speech (SARA) of the Electronic Information and Transaction Act for posting a video showing a group of Papuan university students demanding to burn an Indonesian flag. The criminal investigators submitted the case to the public prosecutor’s office in Jayapura on 23 April 2021.

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Indonesian Govt labelling Papuan resistance groups as terrorists earns widespread criticism

Following the Indonesian Government’s (Govt) announcement on 29 April 2021 to label the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) and associated groups as terrorist organisations, multiple observers and stakeholders have voiced criticism. Churches, political organisations and NGOs expressed concern about the new move by the Indonesian Govt.

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Papuan man arrested for alleged weapon trade – Lawyers rise allegation of torture against police

The Association of Human Rights Lawyers for Papua (PAHAM Papua) has criticised the police for disregarding international human rights standards and criminal procedures during the arrest and detention of Papuan suspect Paniel Kogoya in the town of Nabire on 19 April 2021. According to PAHAM Papua director, Gustaf Kawer, the police officers allegedly arrested Paniel Kogoya without showing a warrant and later tortured him during police detention to force a confession. The police accuse Paniel Kogoya of supplying the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) with fire arms.

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Indonesian Government labels Papuan armed separatist groups as terrorists

On 29 April 2021, the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Prof. Mahfud MD announced during a press conference (see photo) that the armed separatist groups in West Papua will from now on be categorised as terrorists. The decision comes only four days after President Joko Widodo gave the order to Indonesian Military (TNI) commander, Hadi Tjahjanto, and National Police chief, Listyo Sigit Prabowo, to find and arrest all members of armed separatist groups in West Papua. Both statements were released in response to the killing of the Papuan intelligence chief, I Gusti Putu Danny, on 25 April 2021 by members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB). In Jakarta, Bambang Soesatyo, Speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), urged the government to deploy forces at full strength. He was quoted in the media saying "Destroy them first. We will discuss human rights matters later". His statement was criticised by human rights organisations.

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First effects of Govt’s terrorist label for Papuan armed groups - Papuan student organisation in Bali stigmatised as terrorists

On 29 April 2021, the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Prof. Mahfud MD, announced during a press conference that from now on, the armed separatist groups in West Papua will be categorised as terrorists. A few days after the Government move, Papuan students in Bali said they found at least ten posters near student dormitories and universities in Bali’s main city Denpasar, stigmatising the Papuan Students Alliance (AMP) as a terrorist group. Papuan students understand the campaign as an act of intimidation against them.

 

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Military operation in Puncak causes internal displacement - Jakarta continues deployment of additional troops

Joint security faces have launched a massive military operation in the Puncak Regency, Papua Province, on 27 April 2021. The operation followed the killing of the Papuan intelligence chief and the subsequent speech by President Joko Widodo, in which he gave the order to the national police and the military to find and arrest all members of armed criminal groups in West Papua. The security force operation caused villagers from four districts in Puncak to flee their homes and seek shelter in nearby churches. Meanwhile, the Indonesian military is deploying additional troops to conflict hot spots in the Papuan central highlands. The armed conflict in the regencies Puncak, and Intan Jaya is believed to intensify in the coming weeks. Human rights groups fear further human rights violations in the combat areas.

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Indigenous communities demand the stop of construction of military command and immediate withdrawal of military in Tambrauw

The Indonesian government will continue building the KODIM 1810 military district command in Kowoor, Tambrauw Regency, despite the many protests against it. This was announced by members of the local parliament on 17 April 2021. With this action, the government is ignoring the many voices against the expansion of military facilities. The first reactions against the military base took place over a year ago, and since then, there have been multiple cases of military violence against indigenous community members in Tambrauw. The most recent case was documented on 9 April 2021, as two members of the Pamrahwan Yonif RK 763 military post tortured a Papuan man in the village of Wayo. Indigenous land rights in Tambrauw have claimed that their land was handed over to the military without their free, prior, informed consent (FPIC).

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TPN PB kills Papua Intelligence Chief in Puncak Regency – Human rights observers fear further military raids

Members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) have shot dead the Papua Intelligence Chief, I Gusti Putu Danny Nugraha Karya. The shooting occurred on 25 April 2021, as the intelligence chief visited the village of Dambet in the Beoga District of Puncak Regency, Papua Province. The TPN PB officially claimed responsibility for the killing. During a public speech on 26 April 2021, President Joko Widodo ordered the military and police to arrest all perpetrators responsible for the killings in the Beoga District. Human rights observers are concerned that the military will soon conduct more raids in the Puncak Regency. Past security force operations in Puncak and other conflict areas have been frequently accompanied by extra-judicial killings, torture and internal displacement of the indigenous population.

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  1. Verdict in trial against political activist – Judges sentence Soon Tabuni to 1 year and € 57,000 fine
  2. Journalist in West Papua subjected to intimidation – Activists urge the police to prosecute perpetrators
  3. New Report on Deforestation in West Papua - Highest levels of deforestation occurred under Jokowi Government
  4. Public order police prohibit peaceful assembly and intimidates protesters in Deiyai
  5. Law enforcement process against 2 Papuan students in Jakarta – Judge rules arrest in accordance with criminal procedure code
  6. Human Rights Update West Papua - 1st Quarter 2021
  7. Environmental minister says past Government responsible for massive deforestation in West Papua – NGOs demand action against illegal palm oil businesses
  8. Police officers torture Papuan during custody in Nabire
  9. West Papua Council of Churches asks the MSG to accept ULMWP's membership
  10. Greenpeace publishes revealing report on deforestation in West Papua
  11. Soldiers torture Papuan man in Tambrauw Regency - Residents demand the withdrawal of military
  12. Resistance fighters execute two teachers and a pupil in Puncak Regency
  13. West Papua Council of Churches: President Widodo should meet the Papua pro-referendum group
  14. Security force members shoot dead Papuan gold panner in Mimika Regency
  15. Amnesty International publishes new report – Human rights situation in West Papua shows no improvement
  16. Students launch peaceful protest against Freeport mine in Jayapura – Police disperse crowd and arrest three protesters
  17. 12 KNPB Activists in Merauke provisionally released from police detention
  18. Temianus Wandikbo sentenced to 16 months for alleged involvement in Freeport shooting
  19. Further case of enforced disappearance causes ethnic tensions in Nduga
  20. Update on the situation of IDPs from Nduga and Intan Jaya – Activists confirm further fatalities
  21. Police impede public human rights event in Jayapura
  22. Man shot down as police disperse crowd in Timika – Relatives demand compensation
  23. Police carry out nine political arrests in Timika and Jayapura
  24. Jokowi takes palm oil waste off toxic waste list
  25. Indonesia offers Elon Musk Papuan Island Biak for SpaceX launchpad causing rage among its residents
  26. Commemoration of International Women’s Day accompanied by repressive acts against Papuans – Malang police chief accused of racism
  27. Police investigates 13 palm oil investors in Papua Barat Province
  28. Jakarta deploys new troops to West Papua whilst turning a blind eye on IDPs – civil society groups try to compensate Government neglect
  29. Indius Sambom sentenced to 20 months imprisonment – Lawyers say verdict not based on facts
  30. Two Papuan students arrested and detained in Jakarta

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