Series of political arrests continues - 100 protesters arrested during peaceful commemorations in Java

According to independent media outlet “Tabloid Jubi”, 100 protesters were arrested in the Javanese cities of Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Semarang on 15 August 2017, as they joined peaceful commemorations of the 'New York Agreement'. The protests were organized by the Indonesian Solidarity Group 'FRI West Papua' in cooperation with the 'Papuan Student Alliance' AMP. In all cities, members of multiple religious and nationalist mass organisations launched counter protests to prevent the commemorations, which also took place in other Indonesian cities like Malang, Bandung and Ternate (North Maluku). Tabloid Jubi reported that the arrests in Jakarta and Semarang were accompanied by violent acts against protesters. In Semarang the police arrested two lawyers, who had been at the assembly point to monitor the commemoration. The members of various religious and nationalist groups allegedly assisted the police to block and dissolve the pro-Papuan demonstrations.


Joint West Papua report details deterioration in the last two years

More than 40 organisations in West Papua, Jakarta and worldwide have brought their analysis on the human rights and conflict situation in West Papua together. The executive summary of the 218-pages report explains how several human rights standards have deteriorated over the last two years. The report is compiled by the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) and the German Westpapua-Netzwerk (WPN). You can now download the report on this page.

The years 2015 and 2016 were characterized by a significant aggravation of the human rights situation in West Papua compared to previous years. Reports by local human rights defenders describe an alarming shrinking of democratic space. Although Indonesian President Joko Widodo pushed economic development and granted clemency to five long-term political prisoners, the police strictly limited even the most peaceful dissident political activities.

An Indonesian translation of the report is being prepared by Franciscans International and will be available soon.

Update Oneibo Shooting: Perpetrators' sentence disproportionately low

The police chief of the Tigi Sub-District Police, Maing Raini, and three mobile brigade officers, namely commander Aslam Djafar, officer Esra Sattun and officer Victor Manggaprouw were sentenced to apologize and will be transferred to another district police. Many victims and human rights defenders regard the sentence as disproportionately low, considering that the officers applied excessive use of force during the dispersal of villagers in Oneibo on 1 August 2017, which lead to the death of Yulianus Pigai, whilst at least ten villagers sustained bullet injuries, among them five minors.


Updating Papua Road Map

Papua Studies team from Lembaga Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI/Indonesia Institute of Sciences) published a book titled "Papua Road Map: Negotiating the Past, Improving the Present, and Securing the Future". This book was a result of four-year extensive research from 2004-2008. An updated version of the book is now available.


Military member opens fire at indigenous fishermen at Poumako Port, Timika

The ICP has received a report by the Justice and Peace Secretariat of the Timika Diocese regarding the allegedly killing of Theo Cakatem by members of the Indonesian armed forces. Two of his tribesmen were injured by bullets during the attempt to dissolve a brawl at the Poumako Port, Timika. The incident was related to a dispute over customary fishing grounds between an indigenous local fisherfolk and migrant fishers from other parts of Indonesia. The indigenous community felt their livelihood threatened by  the better equipped migrant fishermen whose advanced catching methods had resulted in a decrease of fish population in the area.


GoI extends Freeport’s contract without the consent of the indigenous people or addressing human rights and environmental degradation

On 26 August 2017, the Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ignazius Jonan, together with the Indonesian Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani, gave a press conference in Jakarta in which they announced that the mineral exploitation licenses of PT. Freeport Indonesia will be extended until 2041. In return, majority American shareholder Freeport McMoRan agreed to give up 41.64% of its shares in its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Freeport Indonesia. According to chairman of the parent company, Freeport McMoRan, Richard C. Adkerson, the shares are to be sold at a fair market value. The sale will enable the Indonesian government to purchase 51% of the PT Freeport Indonesia shares. Currently, the US mining giant holds 90.64%, while the Indonesian government owns 9.36% of PT Freeport Indonesia shares.


Military officers kill Robi Murib in Ilaga, Puncak Regency

The local human rights organisation ELSHAM Papua has reported the alleged killing of Robi Murib (27 years old) by a group of military members in the highland town of Ilaga, Puncak Regency. On 7 July 2017, Robi and two friends had come together to consume alcoholic drinks in front of Robi's house. However, a heated argument among the three friends broke out as a group of  military officers passed the location around 2.15 pm East Indonesia Time (EIT). When the military patrol approached the house, one member recognized that Robi was armed with a revolver, which was attached to his belt.


Local parliament asks Brimob and PT Dewa Krisna to leave Deiyai Regency

The local parliament and the regent of Deiyai Regency have held a plenary session on 23 August 2017 in relation to the recent police shooting in Oneibo Village, Tigi District on 01 August 2017, which resulted in the death of Yulianus Pigai and serious bullet injuries among at least 10 villagers. As a result of the session the house of representatives together with the regent issued a statement in which they asked Indonesian company PT Dewa Krisna to stop all activities in the regencies. Furthermore, the statement requested the Chief of Papuan regional Police to withdraw all mobile police brigade forces from the regency.


ICP Members comment on the UPR report adoption

We, Geneva for Human Rights, VIVAT International, International Coalition for Papua, Westpapua-Netzwerk and Franciscans International, welcome the adoption of the outcomes of the UPR of Indonesia. We appreciate the Government of Indonesia's acceptance of three recommendations on the human rights situation in West Papua.1 We regret the rejection of one important recommendation on access for UN mechanisms to West Papua.2


Series of arbitrary arrests and torture in Manokwari

The local human rights organisation LP3BH (Manokwari Institute for Research Study and Development of Legal Aid) has documented of various cases of arbitrary arrests in Manokwari Regency. According to LP3BH the majority of arrests were carried out by members of the military  in relation to the alleged theft of a fire arm, which had been stolen from a member of military special unit KOPASSUS. Since beginning of August 2017, LP3BH documented seven cases of unlawful arrests which occurred near the office of the company PT. Coklat Ransiki in Sowi, Manokwari Regency.


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  10. Papuan Catholics protest against their own bishops
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  14. UN High Commissioner blames Indonesia for non-cooperation with UN mechanisms
  15. 320 political arrests throughout May 2017
  16. Epidemic outbreak in Lanny Jaya Regency causes death of 37 villagers
  17. Police officer allegedly beats human rights defender
  18. Military members open fire at protesters in Jayapura
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  24. ULMWP lobbies parliament of Uganda to support West Papuan independence
  25. Pacific island countries deliver joint statement on West Papua at ACP council meeting in Brussels
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  28. Adoption of local regulation on the restoration of Papuan female victims' rights
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