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, in the Maki Village on 27 April 2021. In addition, on 16 May 2021, security force members reportedly shot dead Rev Laban Hagabal, 59, during an attack in the Demaju village. Both incidents occurred in the Ilaga Utara District of Puncak Regency.

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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 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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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. Moviemakers 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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New protests against special autonomy and for the release of Papuan political prisoners – 146 protesters arrested in Manokwari

Last week, hundreds of people from the Papua Barat province came together to join two public demonstrations in the city of Manokwari, the provincial capital of Papua Barat. Joint security forces dispersed the protest on 25 May 2021 -146 protesters were arrested and temporarily detained. The police claimed some protesters violated COVID-19 health protocols. The Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and The Indonesia Peoples Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) organised peaceful protests in the Javanese cities Bandung, Jakarta, Malang and Jember. The rally in Malang was reportedly followed by violence between Papuan students and nationalist counter groups.  Protesters in Jember were allegedly intimidated by nationalist groups. All protests expressed disagreement with the continuation of the Papuan special autonomy funding and demanded the immediate release of all Papuan political prisoners.

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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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Update on Internet breakdown in Jayapura – Internet connection planned to be repaired in early June

On 21 May 2021, the Ministry for Communication and Informatics released a press statement (number 180/HM/KOMINFO/05/2021), according to which the internet connection in Jayapura has been partly re-established since 21 May 2021. However, the General Manager of Telkom Witel Papua, Sugeng Widodo, explained that the internet bandwidth is still very limited and only available in a few public places and essential institutions such as hospitals and government offices. Therefore, Jayapura-based journalists and media outlets are supposed to use a media centre set up at the Witel Papua head office in Jayapura.

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Update on armed conflict in Puncak Regency – TPN PB suggests armed combat shifts 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 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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Six Papuan protesters standing trial in Sorong accused of treason

On 18 May 2021, judges at the Sorong District Court launched two trials against six Papuan defendants (see photo, source: LBH Kaki Abu) who had been arrested on 27 November 2020 during a peaceful demonstration in Sorong. People had gathered with Morning star flags and banners peacefully calling upon the Indonesian Government to recognize the proclamation of the Republic of West Papua New Guinea by a Papuan independence group at the European Parliament in Brussels on 27 November 1997.

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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 to prevent 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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New shootings indicate spreading of armed conflict in West Papua

Recent armed attacks on Indonesian security forces in the regencies Maybrat, Yahukimo and Pegunungan Bintang over the past weeks indicate the armed conflict is spreading to new regencies in West Papua. While isolated armed clashes have been reportedly occurred in Pegunungan Bintang and Yahukimo throughout 2020, the recent attack against police officers in Maybrat is the first incident of this kind reported from the regency.

The armed conflict recently gained momentum, as members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) killed Papuan Security Chief I Gusti Putu Danny Nugraha Karya in the Puncak Regency on 25 April 2021. A few days later, joint security forces launched a massive operation in Puncak (see photo), which reportedly caused the internal displacement of thousands of indigenous villagers.

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

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