Civilian Shot by Police during Tribal Conflict

On September 18th 2014, a conflict ensued between the tribes of Ibele and Lani Jaya in the district of Jayawijaya in the highlands of Papua over a stolen motorcycle. Members of the local police were present during the attack of the Ibele tribe against the Lani Jaya tribe and also during the subsequent revenge action but failed to protect the community by simply watching and not intervening, even as the crowd burned down the house of local community leader Areki Wanimbo. At one point, members of the police started to randomly shoot live ammunition into the crowd. 18-year old Kukes Wandikbo was shot in the shoulder/neck area and is still in a critical condition.

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Statements on Papua Delivered before Human Rights Council

The following two statements on the situation of human rights defenders and freedom of expression in Papua which were delivered on 15 and 16 September 2014 during the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Military Members Stab Two Brothers

Dear friends,

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) has received the information concerning the stabbing of two men in Jayapura, Papua, by an unidentified member of the Indonesian military. One of the stabbed men is a member of West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB) while the other victim, his brother, is a student at Cenderawasih University.

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French Journalists and Indigenous Leader at Risk of Prosecution in Papua

 

Bourrat DandoisDear friends,

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) is writing to inform you of an ongoing criminal investigation against two French journalists, Mr. Thomas Dandois and Ms. Valentine Bourrat in West Papua. The journalists are charged with articles concerning treason under the Penal Code and immigration crime under the Immigration Law. In addition to the journalist, the police hold an investigation against an indigenous leader in Lanny, Mr. Areki Wanimbo, whom the journalists met during their trip in West Papua. A human rights defender who has been seen with the journalists, Mr. Theo Hesegem, has also been summoned by the police.

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Papuan Shot because of Road Block

As reported by newspapers Suara Papua and Majalah Selangkah, on September 18th 2014, Videlis Jhon Agapa (36), a pig farmer, was shot, allegedly by plainclothes military personnel in Nabire. Earlier, a passing car had hit one of Agape's pigs and killed it. For the Mee tribe which Agapa belonged to, pigs are an extremely valuable commodity. Agapa had set up a road block together with some friends to stop passing motorists and ask for donations to compensate for the pig.

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Human rights Defender Called for Questioning

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The well-known human rights lawyer Gustaf R. Kawer has received two summonses to the police office of Jayapura in the past few days. Fellow lawyers suspect an attempt to intimidate the tireless human rights defender.

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Police Initiate Investigation against Prominent Papuan Human Rights Lawyer

GUSTAF-KAWER-JUBI-APRILA-599x400Dear friends,

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) and TAPOL are writing to inform you of a case concerning the criminal investigation initiated by Papua Regional Police against prominent Papuan human rights lawyer, Gustaf Kawer. He has received two summonses under accusations of coercion and rebelliousness under Articles 211 and 212 of the Indonesian Penal Code.

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Activists Arrested for Peaceful Boycott

PapuansBehindBarsLogo200pxAt least 36 people were arrested in Jayapura, Timika, Fak-Fak and Wamena during July 2014 for their peaceful involvement in calling for a boycott of the Indonesian Presidential Elections on 9 July. Local human rights activists reported that Papuans in these areas faced intimidation from police who attempted to force them to vote in the elections.

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Attempted Criminalization of Papuan Human Rights Lawyer by Law Enforcement Authorities

Urgent Appeal by the Civil Society Coalition for the Enforcement of Law and Human Rights in Papua

On August 22, 2014, Papuan Lawyer Gustaf Kawer received a letter from the Crime Department (DIT RESKRIMUM) of the Papuan Regional Police (POLDA Papua), dated August 19, 2014, which summoned him to testify as witness related to his protest on June 12, 2014 in trial number: 39 / G / 2013 / PTUN.JPR at the Jayapura State Administrative Court. At that time Gustaf Kawer requested the adjournment of the verdict, because he was not able to attend the hearing as attorney of a plaintiff, who wanted to cancel the issuance of a land certificate by the National Land Agency (BPN) of Jayapura Regency. The trial had proceeded smoothly until the verdict on June 12, 2014.

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Joint Statement: Human Rights Abuses in Papua and West Papua

We, the undersigned organizations, are concerned about the serious and ongoing violations of Human Rights that are taking place with impunity in the easternmost provinces of Indonesia Papua and West Papua. The violations of Human Rights have been well-documentedi and have been brought to the attention of Indonesia during the second round of the UPR process. Thirteen nations made recommendations to Indonesia with regard to the obligation to respect human rights in Papua and West Papuaii.

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  1. New Ormas Law used to back police repression in Papua
  2. UN Committee's Concluding Observations on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Papua
  3. Demands of Human Rights Organisations for a New Government
  4. Joint Statement to the Next Government of Indonesia on Human Rights
  5. Indonesia Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance
  6. Freedom of expression and Assembly in West Papua, Indonesia
  7. Live Webcast UN Side Event: Freedom of Expression and Assembly in West Papua
  8. ETAN's West Papua Report May 2014
  9. EU - Indonesia PCA agreement in effect
  10. Letter to Catherine Ashton - EU parliamentarians raise concerns over Papua
  11. UN body questions Indonesia on Papua, land-grabbing and human rights
  12. Lives endangered
  13. Papuans Behind Bars March 2014
  14. Global action day for Papuan political prisoners
  15. Demonstration violently dissolved - protesters tortured in custody
  16. Who stands for Papua?
  17. Is a UN resolution on Papua possible?
  18. Vanuatu PM raises West Papua issues before Human Rights Council
  19. Papuans Behind Bars January 2014
  20. ETAN's West Papua Report February 2014
  21. Military attack forces villagers to flee
  22. EU Parliament Hearing on Human Rights Abuses in West Papua
  23. What’s next for Papua after the MSG diplomacy?
  24. Why is West Papua closed to foreign journalists?
  25. Jakarta Post publishes false article on political prisoners
  26. Verdict Released: The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
  27. Indonesian agents sent to Papua-New-Guinea to prevent autopsy from taking place in poisoning allegation in the murder of Danny Kogoya
  28. Papuans Behind Bars Update November 2013
  29. The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
  30. The MSG’s visit: A blessing or curse for Papuans?

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