Human rights coalition publishes report about situation of IDPs in Maybrat – at least 2,086 internally displaced

A human rights coalition consisting of Papuan faith-based organisations and NGOs has published a new report about internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Maybrat regency.  They have fled their homes in response to a widespread security force operation. According to the report, at least 2,086 indigenous Papuans from more than 36 villages (see photo) in the districts Aifat Selatan, Aifat Timur Selatan, Aifat Timur Tengah, Aifat Timur and Aifat have been internally displaced. Sixty-nine IDPs were reported to be below the age of five. Eleven IDPs became sick and stayed in refugee shelters without healthcare services (see table below).

The security force raids occurred in response to an armed attack by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) against a military post in the Kisor Village, Aifat Selatan District, on 2 September 2021. Four soldiers were killed and two injured during the attack.

According to information received from various sources, security force members have arrested thirteen indigenous villagers since the operation was launched on 2 September 2021. According to the Papuan media outlet, Suara Papua, police officers detained the head of Aifat District, Mr Risat Saa, inside his house on 13 September 2021, along with seven other villagers. Previously, joint security force members had arrested the secretary of Yeek village, Mr Frins Souwe, and a university student named Yosias Souwe in the Karsu Village, Aitinyo District, on 10 September 2021.

A pupil named Maklon Same was arrested in the Sori Village on 3 September 2021. Two other villagers had already been taken into custody shortly after the attack on the military post. They were reportedly beaten during arrest and detention. While Simon Waymbewer and Maklon Same were released from detention after 24 hours, Maikel Yaam continues to be held in custody at the Sorong Selatan District police headquarters.

Meanwhile, the police have compiled a list with 17 suspects (see list of suspects below) allegedly responsible for the attack on the Kisor military post. All names are affiliated with the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), a civil resistance movement that promotes the right to self-determination through peaceful means. The KNPB denied that any of its members were involved in the attack, stressing that their organisation only engages in peaceful action. This statement was reconfirmed through another report by the TPN PB, which claimed full responsibility for the attack.

The KNPB has become a significant target of Indonesian law enforcement institutions in the past years. KNPB leaders and members have been persecuted and criminalised, often with insufficient evidence for involvement in a criminal act. The most recent example of criminalisation against the KNPB is the ongoing trial against the international KNPB spokesperson, Victor Yeimo.

DPO-Polda-Papua-Barat Kisor Attack

Table with total number of IDPs, place of origin and current IDPs shelters in Maybrat

No

District

Village

Total number of IDPs

Elaborated Data

IDP shelters

IDPs between 0 - 5 years

Sick IDPs

1

Aifat Selatan

Kisor

598

12

1

Villages Kumurkek, Aitinyo, Teminabuan, Kais Darat (Sorong Selatan Regency) and Sorong

Krus

   

Villages Kumurkek, Aitinyo, Ayamaru and Sorong Regency

Imsun

   

Forest and Villages Kumurkek, Aitinyo, Kais Darat and Sorong Regency

Yeek

   

Villages Kumurkek, Aitinyo, Kais Dara and Sorong Regency

Buohsa

13

 

Forest and Villages Kumurkek, Kais Darat, Aitinyo and Sorong Regency

Asiafsaman

79

5

 

Kumurkek Village and Sorong Regency

Fuog

125

9

1

Forest and Villages Kumurkek, Kais Darat, Teminabuan Town and Sorong Regency

Foug Selatan

51

3

2

Forest and Mirafan Village as well as Teminabuan Town and Sorong Regency

Sorry

108

 

1 (elderly)

Kumurkek Village and Sorong Regency

Awetmaim

54

   

Aitinyo Village and Sorong Regency

Roma

101

9

1 (elderly)

Aitinyo Village and Sorong Regency

Tolak

5

 

Aitinyo Village and Sorong Regency

Kaitana

54

   

Kumurkek Village and Sorong Regency

Samerakator

59

4

1

Forest, Villages Kumurkek, Ayamaru and Sorong Regency

Sanem

64

4

1

Forest, Kumurkek Village, Teminabuan Town and Sorong Regency

Tahsimara

89

2

3

Forest, Kumurkek Village and Sorong Regency

Sabah

83

3

 

Kumurkek Village and Sorong Regency

Horaik

N/A

N/A

N/A

Aitinyo Village

Tahmara

N/A

N/A

N/A

Kais Darat Village

Total per district

19

1.465

69

11

 

2

Aifat Timur Selatan

Warba

95

   

Forest and Sorong Regency

Srumate

80

   

Mukamat Village

Makiri

51

   

Forest and Sorong Regency dan Arandai Village (Bintuni Regency)

Wanuni

60

   

Forest and Villages Atori, Ayamaru, and Sorong Regency

Womba

105

   

Forest, Villages Atori, Kasi Darat, Aifat Utara District and Sorong Regency

Aimau

60

   

Forest, Kumurkek Village, Teminabuan Town (Sorong Selatan Regency), Arandai Village and Sorong Regency

Total per district

6

451

     
 

3

Aifat Timur Tengah

Aikus

48

     

Frambu

24

     

Mupas

22

     

Ayata

53

     

Tiam

23

     

Total per district

5

170

     
 

4

Distrik Aifat Timur

Aisa

N/A

     

Total per district

1

       
 

5

Distik Aifat

Susumuk

N/A

   

Villages Kumurkek & Kokas, Sorong Regency

Tahite

N/A

   

Villages Kokas, Bori

Futon

N/A

     

Sampika

N/A

   

Kumurkek Village, Sorong Regency

Martaem

N/A

     

Total per district

5

       
 

Total

36 Villages

2.086 IDPs

69 IDPs

11 IDPs

Current locations of IDPs from 5 districts in Maybrat: Forest, Villages Kumurkek, Aitinyo, Ayamaru, Aifat Utara District, Kais Darat, Teminabuan (Sorong Selatan Regency), Arandai, Atori (Bintuni Regency) and Sorong (city and regency)