Police officers open fire at 16-year-old Papuan in Dogiyai Regency

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC Kingmi Papua) has documented another case of police violence against indigenous Papuans. The incident occurred in the Ugapuga village of the Kamu district, Dogiyai regency. According to the information received, seven police officers in plainclothes opened fire at a group of young men who had consumed alcoholic drinks and were stopping passing cars to bag for money. Sixteen-year-old Yan (Keiya Mabipai) Agapa sustained a bullet wound in the left thigh. The family decided not to bring Yan Agapa to the general hospital because they feared further repressive acts by security force members.

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Papuan suspect killed during police detention in Sorong – Police Chief blames detainee

A homicide suspect, 21-year-old Georg Karel Rumbino, died during police detention at the Sorong Municipality Police Headquarters (Mapolres Sorong) in the province of Papua Barat. On 27 August 2020, relatives brought georg Rumbino to the police in connection with the murder of an elderly woman in their neighbourhood. The family members had found a mobile phone in Georg’s room, and they believed it belonged to the victim. According to the police investigator, Misbhacul Munir, Georg Rumbino claimed to be innocent during the interrogation. Eight hours later, while he was still in custody, the family received the information that Georg Rumbino had passed away. The Chief of the Sorong Municipality Police (Kapolres), Ary Nyoto, claimed in a media statement that Georg Rumbino was attacked by another detainee inside the detention cell and died shortly afterwards. The case has drawn attention in the national and social media because Georg Rumbino was related to the Papuan singer, actor and politician, Edo Kondologit.

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Indonesian govt can’t neglect internally displaced Papuans - UN requests detailed information

The UN Human Rights Committee is officially asking the Indonesian government to inform about the measures taken to protect refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled due to the conflict in West Papua. The Human Rights Committee (CCPR), the body that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), has adopted the list of issues prior to reporting (LOIPR) of Indonesia at its 129th session (29 June to 24 July). The document also asks Indonesia about Papua/West Papua in relation to violence against women, right to life, peaceful assembly, freedom of expression, the establishment of local parties in the context of Special Autonomy, and authorities responses to self-determination/referendum calls. The Indonesian government is now requested to respond to the LOIPR in the country's second periodic report.

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UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women publishes List of issue for upcoming review of Indonesia

On 17 July 2020, the ‘Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women‘ (CEDAW) published the ‘List of Issues’ (LoI), which will set the thematic framework for Indonesia’s upcoming review between 8 and 26 February 2021.  Indonesia will be reviewed for the 8th time by the CEDAW during its 78th session. The review will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, where the United Nations Human Rights Council resides. Non-Governmental organisations are invited to submit information on issues mentioned in the LoI to the CEDAW due 18 January 2021. The CEDAW has called upon NGOs working on Indonesia to deliver statements and organise side events during the review in Geneva.

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Police officers arrest Papuan activist for Facebook post

Papuan political activists continue to face a high risk of criminalisation through law enforcement agencies in Indonesia, and there is no indication of a declining trend. The recent arrest of Philipus Robaha (see intro image, source: Suara Papua), the Vice-Chairman of the West Papua National Student and Youth Solidarity (SONAMAPA), was the latest confirmation of this trend. Police officers arbitrarily arrested Philipus Robaha on 24 August 2020 during a general traffic control in the outskirts of Jayapura City. Thereinafter, police officers detained Philipus at the Jayapura municipality police station and questioned him from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. They asked him about a critical Facebook post on the evaluation of 19 years of Special Autonomy by the regional leaders’ forum in Sentani, Jayapura regency. The police attempted to press charges against him for alleged violation of the Electronic Information and Transactions Law (ITE Law). The interrogation came to the result that the Facebook post was not uploaded on Philipus Robaha’s personal Facebook account.

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'Balikpapan 7' finally back in Jayapura

The last four political prisoners of the ‘Balikpapan 7’ have returned to West Papua after serving their sentence in a correctional facility in the Kalimantan Timur province. On 22 August 2020, Buchtar Tabuni, Agus Kossay, Steven Itlay, and Frenky Hilapok arrived at the airport in Jayapura, Papua province. The other three activists: Alexander Gobai, Feri Gombo and Irwanus Uropmabin, were released one month earlier. Many indigenous Papuans perceive the ‘Balikpapan 7’ as heroes who stood up against racism towards ethnic Papuans in Indonesia. Before their arrival, the political movement organisation KNPB called upon the people in Jayapura to welcome the activists. People gathered at the airport since the early morning to welcome the four activists. Joint security forces closely monitored the crowd and made random controls but did not disperse the crowd.

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Update on prosecution of political prisoner Bazoka Logo

The political prisoner Yusak ‘Bazoka’ Logo, Head of the Politics Desk of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), was released from the Abepura correctional facility in Jayapura on 26 August 2020 after serving a sentence of twelve months. He was arbitrarily arrested on 15 August 2019 in response to a peaceful demonstration in commemoration of the ‘New York Agreement’. The prosecutor sought a sentence of three years for Logo for the violation of Article 266 of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP) on document forgery. According to Bazoka Logo, an immigration officer had offered him help to accelerate the application process and issued a forged passport document against illegal fees. Human rights lawyers claimed that the police pressed the charges against him due to his membership in the ULMWP, because the organisation engages in international advocacy for the right to self-determination of the Papuan people.

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Joint Security forces torture three indigenous Papuans in Sorong Selatan

According to the independent media outlet ‘Suara Papua’, joint security forces tortured three indigenous Papuans who were on their way to the town of Teminabuan, the largest city in the regency of Sorong Selatan. On 16 August 2020, Saulus Melkior Wugaje, Dominggus Aifufu and Chiko Momot removed a fallen tree that was blocking the road. While doing this, one of them collected donations from drivers passing through. Such actions are common in West Papua where government services are passive and unreliable. Instead, local community members often take the initiative to clean or fix public roads against public donations.

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Police finally takes action against illegal gold mine in Jayapura

Since 2001, several NGOs and other observers have raised concern over illegal gold panning activities in the Buper Waena area of the Jayapura municipality. On 26 June 2020, a team of police investigators arrested 17 persons. The officers seized heavy tools as well as chemicals, among them two gold panning machines, six excavators and mercury (see intro image, source: Jubi). According to the Chief of the Jayapura Municipality Police, Gustav Urbinas, the mining activities violate the Law on Minerals and Coal, the Law on Environmental Management and the Law for the Prevention and Eradication of Forest Destruction. The gold miners had received permission from a local indigenous leader holding the customary land rights in the Buper area. However, they failed to arrange the mandatory government permits for the mining operation.

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PT Freeport Indonesia conducts Environmental Impact Analysis – Indigenous communities fear expansion of mining area

PT Freeport Indonesia (PT FI), which operates one of the world's largest gold and copper mines, the Grasberg mine, in the highlands of West Papua, has invited indigenous community representatives, environmental and indigenous organisations to a first public consultation meeting on 13 August 2020. The meeting was held in the context of a new Environmental Impact Analysis (EIA). Many indigenous community representatives refused to attend the meeting out of fear that their participation would be nothing more than a symbolic act without taking their claims and aspirations into consideration. Several community leaders criticized Freeport’s EIA process for its lack of transparency and expressed concerns that PT FI conducts the EIA for the expansion of their current mining area (WIUPK) with a total size of 9.946 hectares.

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  1. Papuan prisoners neglected – Govt fails to arrange return to West Papua
  2. Police disperse NY Agreement commemorations in Jayapura – 32 protesters arrested, one ill-treated during arrest
  3. Indo govt continues to pressure human rights defender Veronica Koman
  4. Trial against 11 political activists in Sorong – Prosecutor demands 16 months for alleged treason
  5. UN requests Indonesian govt to report on civil and political issues in West Papua
  6. TAPOL Press Release: West Papua 2019 Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Assembly Report
  7. West Papua has the worst democracy index in Indonesia
  8. Deforestation in West Papua – 1,488 hectares forest logged down between January and May 2020
  9. Public discourse about prolongation of Papuan Special Autonomy intensifies
  10. Indigenous Papuans allegedly subjected to intimidation and torture since establishment of new military bases in Tambrauw
  11. Student in Ternate under investigation for participating in peaceful rally for Papuan independence
  12. Allegations of fatal military violence in Boven Digoel Regency
  13. New Release: The humanitarian crisis in West Papua: Internal conflict, the displacement of people, and the coronavirus pandemic
  14. Udeido art group launches „Tonawi Mana” virtual exhibition on human rights situation in West Papua
  15. Military members reportedly killed two indigenous Papuans during routine inspection in Nduga Regency
  16. Police in Wasior alleged of using excessive force and torturing a suspect
  17. Political prisoner Surya Anta Ginting talks about inhuman conditions at detention centres in Jakarta
  18. Corruption allegations against Korindo palm oil conglomerate
  19. Labour Union files lawsuit against Freeport Indonesia and Department of Manpower and Transmigration
  20. Police officers arbitrarily arrest and torture suspect in Keerom Regency
  21. Students in Malang, Makassar and Bali demand the investigation of human rights violations in WP – two demonstrations dispersed
  22. KNPB Chairman in Maybrat and minor arbitrarily arrested
  23. At least 33 victims of extra-judicial killings in West Papua throughout 2019
  24. Papuan Council of Churches: the heart of the Papuan problem is racism and injustice
  25. Merdeka Secretariat's Solidarity Month for West Papua
  26. Human Rights Update West Papua - 2nd Quarter 2020
  27. NTB Regional Police allegedly forced a student to make false video statement about West Papua
  28. #MakeWestPapuaSafe aims to stop foreign government support for Indonesian police
  29. Sign ETAN's Petition: Free West Papua Political Prisoners
  30. Ninth update on trials and detentions after anti-racism riots in West Papua

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