Papuan church congregation under police surveillance – Church members prevented from attending worship in Jayapura

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) is concerned about the intimidation of members of a Papuan Tabernacle church (KINGMI Papua) congregation on 14 July 2019 in Jayapura. Human rights defenders claim that members of the Pauan regional police (POLDA Papua) and the Jayapura Municipality police parked a police truck, a mini bus (Toyota Avanza) and several motorcycles in front of the Anugerah Church at Lembah Bahari Street. The police officers intercepted congregation members who came to attend the Sunday morning worship at 9.00 am and checked their identity cards. Many KINGMI church members who saw the police operation were afraid to enter the church building and attend the worship.

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Commemorations of Papuan independence Proclamation – Protesters face intimidation and restrictions on freedom of assembly

The Papuan Student Alliance (AMP), the Indonesian Peoples Front for West Papua (FRI West Papua) and the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) organized demonstrations in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the West Papuan Independence proclamation. On 1 July, students, sympathizers and political activists joined the peaceful demonstrations in 13 cities all over Indonesia, including Ambon, Ternate, Makassar, Bali, Malang, Semarang and Surabaya. The protesters demanded the Government to respect the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, stop ruthless natural resource exploitation and reduce the military presence in West Papua. The AMP reported that all demonstrations were strictly monitored by large numbers of police officers (see intro image). In some cities, the police prevented the demonstrations and blocked protesters from accessing public areas.

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Update armed conflict in Nduga Regency – security force members kill indigenous woman and take her baby

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) has received credible information from multiple independent sources regarding the alleged killing of a 26-year-old indigenous woman named Kenmalet Gwijangge (see intro image) in the district of Mugi, Nduga regency. At the time of the incident Mrs. Gwijangge had her one-year-old Baby Raina Nirigi (see intro image) with her. She and three other indigenous women wanted to collect sweet potatoes as security force members opened fire at the women. While three women were able to flee, Kenmalet Gwijangge sustained a lethal bullet injury and dropped with her baby on the ground. It is currently not known whether Raina Nirigi remained unharmed and where the security force members brought the baby.

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Update on ongoing military operation in Nduga Regency – death toll higher than expected

The extensive military operation in response to the killing of 19 roadworkers by TPN PB members in the regency of Nduga has cost more civilian lives than initially estimated. Latest information on the number of victims indicates that the death toll has reached more than 100 civilian victims, who died between in early December 2018 and the end of March 2019. The victims either died during displacement or as a direct result of armed security force violence. According to latest counts, fifteen civilians were killed during armed clashes, while another nine were injured. At least 83 indigenous IDPs died after fleeing their villages, while another five villagers have been reported missing.

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Human rights defenders reveal illegal gold mining operation at Siriwo River, Nabire Regency

The Papuan Tabernacle church (KINGMI Papua) has raised concerns over a large-scale gold panning operation at the Siriwo River, Nabire Regency. The company PT Jichuan is currently building a large ship for excavation of gravel from the river bed in midst the forest (see intro image). The head of the Papuan Department for Energy and Mineral Resources (Dinas ESDM Provinsi Papua), Fred Bonay, confirmed in an interview with the local media outlet JUBI that the mining company does not have a license for alluvial gold extraction. In early July, a team from the Nabire District police visited the site at Kilometer 102, Siriwo District. The police stopped the construction temporarily until PT Jichuan has arranged the licenses for the gold panning operation, including an environmental impact assessment.

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Ronaldo Yawan dies during detention at police station in Biak – relatives raise allegations of torture

The Papuan victim solidarity group ‘Bersatu untuk Kebenaran’ (BUK) has expressed concerns over allegations of torture during the detention of a suspect at the district police station in Biak, Papua Province. Police officers arrested Ronaldo Yawan on 13 June 2019 after a resident had filed a complaint against him for stealing a pig. Relatives claim that they had already settled the issue outside of law. Witnesses saw police officers beating Ronaldo at the harbour, shortly after he was arrested on a ship leaving from Biak to Manokwari. Two days later, on 15 June 2019 around 5.00 pm, Ronaldo Yawan was found dead in his detention cell. Police officers claim that Ronaldo Yawan hung himself using his belt.

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Human Rights Update West Papua - 2nd Quarter 2019

Since December 2018, more than 100 civilians – the majority of them indigenous Papuans – have allegedly died as a consequence of the ongoing armed conflict in the Nduga regency. The conflict has reportedly led to the displacement of thousands of indigenous Papuans. The military operation in Nduga is ongoing, and human rights defenders, journalists and international observers are still restricted from entering the regency. The ICP is concerned about the significant increase of extra-judicial killings in the past nine months. While the high number of killings during the 4th quarter of 2018 and the 1st quarter of 2019 is mainly related to the armed conflict in Nduga, the additional six cases of killings and one alleged suicide while in detention during the 2nd quarter are the outcome of unprofessional behaviour of security force members. Five of those cases of killings were the consequence of the use of firearms during crowd control operations in the regencies Asmath and Deiyai. The high number of 29 cases of torture and ill-treatment is related to police violence against protesters during political demonstrations or police negligence to protect peaceful Pro-Papuan protesters from violent acts by members of nationalist mass organisations (ORMAS) in the Javanese city of Malang.

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Two prisoners die after attempted escape from Abepura Detention Facility – KOMNAS HAM suspects prison negligence

Ten convicts attempted to escape the Abepura Detention Facility (Lapas Klas IIA Abepura) in Jayapura on the 24 April 2019. A group of local residents discovered the escapees shortly after the escape and beat them before prison wardens brought them back to the detention facility. The Papuan representative office of the national human rights commission (KOMNAS HAM Papua) launched an investigation into the deaths of Maikel Ilinmaton (25 years) and Selyus Logo (27 years). The investigation was unable to prove whether the wardens had tortured the prisoners as a form of punishment for the attempted escape. However, the investigation came to the result that negligent behavior by the prison wardens was a contributing factor for the deaths of both prisoners.

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23 victims of extra-judicial killings in West Papua throughout 2018

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) has documented the extra-judicial killings of twenty-three indigenous Papuans throughout the year 2018. The fact that all victims of extra-judicial killings were ethnic Papuans is emblematic of 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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Second extra-judicial killing in Wogikel Village within ten months

The Papuan news outlet Tabloid Jubi published an article about another extra-judicial killing in Wogikel Village of the Ilwayap District, Merauke Regency. An intoxicated police officer with the initials RK shot dead Yohanes Octo Moiwend on 4 June 2019, around 0.30 am. The shooting occurred during a dispute between RK and Yohanes Octo Moiwend in front of a local bar. RK and two bar owners dragged Yohanes Moiwend outside the bar and collectively beat him. Witnesses stated that officer RK pulled his revolver and repeatedly hit Yohanes Moiwend with the gun handle before he released two shots. Yohanes Moiwend sustained a bullet wound near the ear, causing his instant death. 

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  1. Political detainee’s physical condition deteriorates during detention – relatives request adequate medical treatment
  2. The Mairasi Tribe protests against prolongation of logging concession
  3. Terrorist organization allegedly established training camps in West Papua
  4. Military member opens fire at group of protesters in Asmath regency – four protesters killed, another four injured
  5. AHRC on Indonesia: A Review of the Indonesian Government’s Obligation under International Human Rights Instruments in Regard to the Truth, Remedy and Justice of Gross Violations of Human Rights
  6. The WCC Executive Committee Statement: Concern and Solidarity for West Papua
  7. Government keeps restrictive policy for foreign journalists covering in West Papua
  8. Papuan provincial parliament is drafting local regulation on the settlement of human rights violations
  9. Police officers shoot two indigenous Papuans in Deiyai Regency – one victim dead another injured
  10. Update treason trials: Imprisonment sentences for five KNPB activists
  11. Amnesty International proposes human rights agenda to Indonesia's election candidates
  12. Peaceful protest in Malang attacked and dispersed - Asian Human Rights Commission launches Urgent Appeal
  13. Upset police officer pulls gun and opens fire in Asei Village, Jayapura Regency
  14. Update treason trial - Polish citizen sentenced to five years imprisonment and four years for his Papuan companion
  15. In Memoriam Father Neles Kebadabi Tebay - ‘a pioneer’
  16. Law enforcement institutions in West Papua continue to use treason for criminalization of political activists
  17. Police cracks down on peaceful West Papua demonstrations in Bali and Malang
  18. AJAR publishes new report on female victims of violence in West Papua - I am here
  19. Human rights defenders raise allegations of torture and discrimination against Nabire Police
  20. Police officers arbitrarily arrest two Papuans and a baby in Sentani – both men subjected to torture during detention
  21. Joint Conference by the International Coalition for Papua, the Westpapua-Netzwerk, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International
  22. Human Rights Update West Papua – April 2019, covering January – March 2019
  23. Police officers arbitrarily arrest market women in Wamena – one person sustains bullet injury
  24. Allegations on violence against visitors and negligence at the Siriwini General Hospital in Nabire
  25. Update on armed conflict in Nduga: Number of casualties on the rise as armed clashes continue
  26. Devastating flash flood and landslides hit Jayapura
  27. Police raise criminal charges against radical Islamic leader Jafar Umar Thalib and followers
  28. Update on security force operation in Nduga: Approximately 2000 indigenous Papuans displaced, 13 IDPs reported dead
  29. Nine KNPB activists unlawfully arrested in Merauke – one activist subjected to physical ill-treatment
  30. Special Rapporteur on the right to food presents report on Indonesia Mission to Human Rights Council

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