Second extra-judicial killing in Wogikel Village within ten months

The Papuan news outlet Tabloid Jubi published an article about another extra-judicial killing in Wogikel Village of the Ilwayap District, Merauke Regency. An intoxicated police officer with the initials RK shot dead Yohanes Octo Moiwend on 4 June 2019, around 0.30 am. The shooting occurred during a dispute between RK and Yohanes Octo Moiwend in front of a local bar. RK and two bar owners dragged Yohanes Moiwend outside the bar and collectively beat him. Witnesses stated that officer RK pulled his revolver and repeatedly hit Yohanes Moiwend with the gun handle before he released two shots. Yohanes Moiwend sustained a bullet wound near the ear, causing his instant death. 


Political detainee’s physical condition deteriorates during detention – relatives request adequate medical treatment

The ICP has received credible information regarding the deteriorating health condition of Papuan political activist Sami Lokon during custody. Sami Lokon was arrested in early January 2019. Police officers accused him of motor cycle theft but failed to provide a warrant and sufficient evidence for the arrest. Human rights activists claim that Sami Lokon was tortured during detention at the KP3 police station in the Jayapura harbor, where police officers attempted to force a confession from him. A police officer allegedly beat him with a wooden stick on the back and slapped him on the left and right cheek for ten times.

Although, Sami Lokon refused to sign the confession letter, the police charged him with article 480 of the Indonesian criminal code (KUHP) on reception and distribution of stolen goods. The criminal charges appear to be a pretext to criminalize Sami Lokon. During the police interrogations, officers repeatedly asked the activist about his relation to the West Papua National Committee, a political movement organization promoting the right to self-determination of the Papuan people through civil resistance and other peaceful activities.



The Mairasi Tribe protests against prolongation of logging concession

Indigenous communities of the Mairasi tribe living in the villages Undurara, Wosimo and Inyora, Teluk Wondama Regency of Papua Barat Province are protesting against the prolongation of a logging concession on their ancestral land. The ministry for forestry affairs (now the ministry for forestry and environmental affairs) approved the logging concession for the company PT. Kurniatama Sejahtera (Number SK.648/Menhut-II/2009) on 15 October 2019. The Mairasi communities represent the view that the presence of the company has not contributed to the welfare of the local indigenous peoples. On the contrary, the presence of the company has resulted in heavy military presence, hence the Mairasi people do not longer feel safe on their own land. They demand the provincial agency for forestry and environmental affairs not to prolong PT. Kurniatama Sejahtera’s concession on their indigenous lands.


The WCC Executive Committee Statement: Concern and Solidarity for West Papua

27 May 2019

Statement: Concern and Solidarity for West Papua

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amos 5: 24 (NRSV)

The executive committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, on 22-28 May 2019, recalls the many initiatives and expressions of concern about the situation in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and Papua Barat (together referred to herein as “West Papua” or “Tanah Papua”) by national, regional and international ecumenical and church-related organizations over many years. Since the joint World Council of Churches (WCC)/Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) delegation visit to Indonesia (including West Papua) in 1999, the WCC has repeatedly lifted up issues related to human rights, environmental degradation, and economic justice in West Papua, particularly from the perspective of the Indigenous Papuan people. The same concerns were raised through the Living Letters team visit to Indonesia in July 2008, and the WCC General Secretary’s visit to West Papua in June 2012, and underlined in WCC governing body statements (including by the executive committee in February 2012, and by the central committee in June 2016).


Terrorist organization allegedly established training camps in West Papua

The police is currently investigating allegations regarding several training camps which have been established by the Islamist terror organisation Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD). The police suspects that JAD trained recruited fighters in the Papuan regencies Merauke and Keerom. According to Indonesian terrorism expert, Al Chaidar Puteh, from the Malikussaleh University in Aceh, the JAD has several members owning companies and land in the Papua Province. The JAD cell based in Lampung, South Sumatra, claimed responsibility for the terror attack in central Jakarta on 17 January 2016.



Government keeps restrictive policy for foreign journalists covering in West Papua

An interview on 23 May 2019 with the head of the immigration division in the regional office of the Ministry for Law and Human Rights in Papua Province, Mr. Hermansyah Siregar (see intro image), has confirmed what human rights organisations had been criticising since May 2015, when President Joko Widodo announced the opening of West Papua to foreign journalists. West Papua remains a restricted area for foreign journalist. Any journalist visa will only be approved once the applicant has obtained all necessary documents through the Clearing House procedure, a lengthy bureaucratic procedure which is mandatory for foreign journalists intending to cover in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and Papua Barat.


Military member opens fire at group of protesters in Asmath regency – four protesters killed, another four injured

The forceful dispersal of a protest by a group of supporters of a local election candidate has resulted in the killing of four indigenous Papuans on 27 May 2019 in Basim Village in the district of Fayit, Asmath Regency. Four other protesters were injured during the incident. According to local media outlets the protest occurred shortly after the local election commission announced the election results. At 10.00 am, an angry mob of approximately 350 protesters began vandalizing the house of a newly elected local parliament member. Three military members - namely second sergeant Jamaludin Retop, corporal Eko Saputro and sergeant FR - who were guarding a nearby military post saw the incident and attempted to disperse the crowd using firearms instead of applying means of de-escalation.



Papuan provincial parliament is drafting local regulation on the settlement of human rights violations

Fourteen legislators of the Papuan provincial parliament (DPRP) are in the process of drafting a local government regulation (peraturan daerah or PERDA). The law shall provide a legal framework to deal with human rights violations in the province of Papua. The legislators have met with NGOs, victims of human rights violations and other stakeholders, asking them to share their inputs to the draft. The draft regulation is planned to be incorporated into the local legislation program 2019.


AHRC on Indonesia: A Review of the Indonesian Government’s Obligation under International Human Rights Instruments in Regard to the Truth, Remedy and Justice of Gross Violations of Human Rights

May 30, 2019

By Chrisbiantoro1


As a member of the United Nations (UN)2, Indonesia has ratified at least six major international human rights treaties3. Currently, Indonesia is a member of the UN Human Rights Council 4, therefore, it has obligations to increase the standard of human rights protection in its territory under the resolution of the UN General Assembly creating the Human Rights Council.5 This short paper will address the concern on the performance of the human rights obligations of the Indonesian’s Government in accordance with international human rights law, regional human rights instruments and national law.


Police officers shoot two indigenous Papuans in Deiyai Regency – one victim dead another injured

According to information received from the Secretariat for Justice and Peace (SKP) of the Catholic Deanery in Tigi and the Papuan Tabernacle Church (KINGMI Papua) joint security force members shot dead Yulianus Mote (18 years). Melianus Dogopia (18 years) was severelly injured by a bullet in a related incident which also occured in the regency of Deiyai, Papua Province. On 21 May 2019, around 4.00 pm, Melianus Dogopia and three of his friends stopped a public transportation vehicle near the Timipotu market in Waghete Town and asked the driver for 10.000 IDR (approximately 60 € cents) and cigarettes. The four youths were intoxicated. The driver refused to give them money or cigarettes, so the young Papuan men did not allow the car to pass by. The situation escalated into a brawl between the four indigenous Papuans and the driver. As the driver pulled a knife attempting to attack the four men, an angry mob of bystanders playing volleyball in the nearby school yard started to throw stones at the driver and his vehicle. One of the stones broke the windshield of the vehicle.



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