Police intimidates participants during book launch at P3W Padang Bulan, Jayapura

Fully armed police members came to the launching of “Papuans prosecuted for demanding dignity” (see photo, source: Jubi), a book written by former church worker and human rights defender Theo van den Broek. The book launch was organised in cooperation with the Papuan Council of Churches (Dewan Gereja Papua) took place at the Centre for Empowerment and Development of Women (P3W) in Padang Bulan, Jayapura, on 11 June 2021.

 

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Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Police submits case files to prosecutor

Criminal investigators of the Papua Regional Police (Polda Papua) have submitted the case files of Victor Yeimo to the public prosecutor in Jayapura on 8 June 2021. According to Polda Papua spokesperson, A.M. Kamal, the investigators are currently waiting for instructions from the public prosecutor to complete the cases files for the upcoming trial. Mr Yeimo’s lawyers continue to raise concern over his current detention facility. He is currently detained at the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Headquarters in Kota Raja, Jayapura. Internal procedures reportedly continue to hamper lawyers and relatives to visit Victor Yeimo during detention.

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Update on killing of Rev Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya – Forensic specialists conduct autopsy

A forensic team from Labuan Bajo, Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, has conducted the autopsy of Rev Yeremia Zanambani’s body in the Hitadipa district on 5 June 2021. The team took samples which will be examined in the coming two months. The autopsy was witnessed by relives as well as members of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), the National Police Commission (Kompolnas), the Agency for Protection of Witnesses and Victims (LPSK), the Indonesian Fellowship of Churches (PGI) and the Papua Regional Police (Polda Papua).

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Event notice: Papuan Voices Film Festival coming in August 2021

The NGO ‘Papuan Voices’ will organise the fourth Papuan Documentary Film Festival (FFP IV) with the slogan “Moving Together and Taking Care for the Land of Papua” in Jayapura between 7 and 9 August 2021. Movie makers will present their documentaries on the lives of indigenous Papuans at the festival. The festival will reach its peak on 9 August 2021, on the same day as the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. A panel of judges will choose the most innovative documentary on West Papua in 2021. Papuan Voices will also conduct workshops for those who are interested in learning how to make a documentary.

 

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Joint security forces execute three indigenous Papuans in Puncak Regency – Three others injured by bullets

The armed conflict in the Puncak regency has cost the lives of three further civilians. According to a report by the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC Kingmi Papua), members of the Nemangkawi joint security task force allegedly killed Patianus Kogoya, his wife Paitena Murib, and Erialek Kogoya during a security force operation against the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) in the Nipuralome Village, Ilaga District. Three other villagers, including a minor, were reportedly injured by bullets and had to receive medical treatment. The incident occurred only two weeks after security force members shot dead Rev Laban Hagabal (59 years) during an armed clash at the Demaju village in Puncak.

 

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At least 25 victims of extra-judicial killings in West Papua in 2020

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) has documented the extra-judicial killings of 25 indigenous civilian Papuans by the Indonesian police or military throughout the year 2020. This reflects the continuing pattern of state violence, violations of the right to life and the persistent racial discrimination which indigenous Papuans face in Indonesia. We demand Indonesian authorities to immediately conduct independent, impartial and effective investigations into these cases. All perpetrators should be brought to justice at civilian courts through fair and transparent trials, as stipulated in international human rights treaties.

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Security force members torture indigenous villager and kill pastor in Puncak Regency

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC Kingmi Papua) has documented new cases of torture and extra-judicial killings in the Puncak Regency, where a security force operation against the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) has been ongoing since late April 2021. According to information received, joint security force members arrested and subsequently tortured Jesius Wenda (24 years) in the Maki Village on 27 April 2021. On 16 May 2021, security force members reportedly shot dead Rev Laban Hagabal (59 years) during an attack on the Demaju village. Both incidents occurred in the Ilaga Utara District of Puncak Regency.

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Update on armed conflict in Puncak Regency – TPN PB suggests armed combat shifted to designated area

The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) has proposed to Indonesian security forces to move the armed conflict into a designated area in order to prevent civilian casualties and reduce the stresses for indigenous civilians living in the Puncak Regency. The TPN PB spokesperson, Sebby Sambom, suggested the Puncak estuary in the Ilaga District as the new combat area. According to Sambom, the TPN PB has gathered its guerrilla groups in the estuary area, where they wait for Indonesian security forces to move in.

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Human rights commission visits internally displaced persons in Puncak

The Papuan representative office of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has visited internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Puncak regency (see photo on top, source: Jubi). The head of the Komnas HAM representative office in Papuan, Frits Ramandey, confirmed in an interview with media outlet Jubi that a total of 3,019 IDPs from 23 villages are currently living in Puncak’s largest town Ilaga and the town of Gome. The refugees originate from nine villages in the Ilaga Utara District, four villages in the Ilaga District, five villages in the Gome District, and five villages in the Gome Utara District. They have fled their homes (see photo below, source: JPIC Kingmi Papua) since Indonesian security forces launched a widespread operation against the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) in the Puncak Regency in late April 2021.

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Indonesia votes against UN resolution on genocide and crimes against humanity

Indonesia and 14 other countries have voted against a UN Resolution on the responsibility to protect and prevent (R2P) genocide, war crimes, ethnic genocide and crimes against humanity during a vote at the United Nations General Assembly on 18 May 2021. One-hundred-fifteen countries supported the resolution while 28 states chose to abstain (see list of shame below, source: UN Watch). The R2P concept represents an international principle and agreement aimed at preventing genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry affirmed that Indonesia in principle agrees with the substance of the resolution, but rejects a proposal to establish a new annual agenda for discussing the P2P.

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  1. New protests against special autonomy and for the release of Papuan political prisoners – 146 protesters arrested in Manokwari
  2. Update on Internet breakdown in Jayapura – Internet connection planned to be repaired in early June
  3. Six Papuan protesters standing trial in Sorong accused of treason
  4. New shootings indicate spreading of armed conflict in West Papua
  5. West Papua Council of Churches voices concern over the escalating situation in Papua
  6. Update on prosecution of Victor Yeimo – TAPOL reports case to UN Special Procedures
  7. Joint security forces arrest three IDPs in Puncak, among them one minor
  8. Update on situation of IDPs in Puncak Regency – Local government say thousands displaced due armed clashes
  9. Victim of torture dies in Tambrauw Regency – Observers demand independent investigation
  10. Again internet break down as armed conflict escalates – Coincidence or deliberate government measure?
  11. Westpapua-Netzwerk fears further violence in WP due to the "terrorist" categorisation
  12. KNPB Spokesperson Victor Yeimo arrested and charged with treason
  13. What about Jokowi’s promise to open access for foreign journalists to West Papua?
  14. SAFEnet suspects internet disruptions in West Papua are deliberate
  15. Further armed clashes cause more internal displacement in Puncak Regency
  16. What’s wrong with the education and healthcare system in West Papua? A case study in Yalimo provides insights
  17. Police press charges against Papuan student for social media post
  18. Papuan man arrested for alleged weapon trade – Lawyers rise allegation of torture against police
  19. First effects of Govt’s terrorist label for Papuan armed groups - Papuan student organisation in Bali stigmatised as terrorists
  20. Indigenous communities demand the stop of construction of military command and immediate withdrawal of military in Tambrauw
  21. Indonesian Govt labelling Papuan resistance groups as terrorists earns widespread criticism
  22. Indonesian Government labels Papuan armed separatist groups as terrorists
  23. Military operation in Puncak causes internal displacement - Jakarta continues deployment of additional troops
  24. TPN PB kills Papua Intelligence Chief in Puncak Regency – Human rights observers fear further military raids
  25. Verdict in trial against political activist – Judges sentence Soon Tabuni to 1 year and € 57,000 fine
  26. Journalist in West Papua subjected to intimidation – Activists urge the police to prosecute perpetrators
  27. New Report on Deforestation in West Papua - Highest levels of deforestation occurred under Jokowi Government
  28. Public order police prohibit peaceful assembly and intimidates protesters in Deiyai
  29. Law enforcement process against 2 Papuan students in Jakarta – Judge rules arrest in accordance with criminal procedure code
  30. Human Rights Update West Papua - 1st Quarter 2021