Joint security forces kill indigenous community leader and minor during raid in Intan Jaya

A military operation has been ongoing in the regency of Intan Jaya since late December 2019. Human rights defenders reported that a recent raid in the Yoparu Village of Sugapa District resulted in the deaths of indigenous leader, Kayus Sani, and an eleven-years-old primary school student named Melki Tipagau (see intro image). Melki Tipagau’s mother, Malopina Sani (31 years), and another minor named Martina Sani (12 years) sustained bullet injuries during the incident. The bodies of Melki Tipagau and Kayus Sani were buried on 19 February 2020 in the village of Bulapa, Sugapa District. The tragic event occurred only three weeks after military members had reportedly killed one civilian and injured an eight-year-old boy during a previous clash in the Sugapa district on 26 January 2019. Kayus Sani had already sustained a bullet injury on the calf during the incident.

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Wamena after the September-Riots – Freedom of assembly still subjected to limitations

Almost five months have passed since unrest in the highland town of Wamena on 23 September 2019 claimed the lives of 41 victims. Meanwhile, the situation in Wamena has calmed down, but the local police still put heavy limitations on the freedom of assembly under the pretext of re-establishing law and order in Wamena. A group of market women in Wamena had registered a demonstration for 10 February 2020. The local police and members of the 1702/Jayawijaya military command prevented the protesters from conducting the peaceful rally, in which the market women demanded the local government to consider them in a program for subsidizing air fares.

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Komnas HAM categorises Paniai incident as serious human rights violation – Case submitted to Attorney General

The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has officially categorized the infamous ‘Paniai Case’ of December 2014 as serious human rights violation. During a plenary session on 3 February 2020, Komnas HAM discussed the findings of five years investigation with the result that the case meets the criteria of a systematic, widespread attack against the civilian population during the incident. According to Komnas HAM chairperson, Ahmad Taufan Damanik, Komnas HAM submitted the results of the investigation to the Attorney General on 11 February 2020.

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Trial update on killing of Govt contractors in Nduga Regency – Lawyers request forensic examination of defendant’s teeth

A trial against a first suspect in the killing of road workers in the Regency of Nduga  has been ongoing at the Central Jakarta District Court since 6 January 2020. The Government contractors were killed by members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) in early December 2018. The defendant, Mispo Gwijangge is an indigenous farmer from the regency of Nduga. He has been charged with article 340 of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP) in conjunction with article 55 (1) KUHP on involvement in premeditated murder. His lawyers again raised concerns about multiple shortcomings in the police investigation during trial. Mispo Gwijangge, who hardly understands the Indonesian language, was arbitrarily arrested and subsequently interrogated without the presence of lawyers or translators. He denies any involvement in the killings.

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Laporan Baru ICP tentang Papua Barat: hak asasi manusia, konflik dan situasi pembangunan

Laporan bersama ini memperlihatkan bagaimana Papua Barat sedang menjadi hot spot atas berlangsungnya pelanggaran hak asasi manusia dan konflik bersenjata di Indonesia dan di wilayah Asia-Pasifik. Bila dibandingkan dengan beberapa waktu sebelumnya, pelanggaran yang terjadi lebih serius.

Laporan ini mencakup situasi hak asasi manusia, konflik dan pembangunan di dua provinsi paling timur di Indonesia yaitu Papua dan Papua Barat (selanjutnya dirujuk sebagai Papua Barat). Koalisi Internasional untuk Papua (ICP) dan Westpapua-Netzwerk (WPN) menerbitkan laporan bersama ini setelah lebih dari dua tahun melakukan dokumentasi dan penelitian secara luas. Laporan ini disiapkan dalam kerja sama erat dengan berbagai organisasi yang ada di Papua Barat dan di Jakarta. Dua puluh tujuh pemangku kepentingan - yang terdiri dari LSM lokal, nasional dan internasional, organisasi berbasis agama dan pakar internasional – memberikan kontribusi untuk penerbitan publikasi ini. Oleh karena itu, laporan ini menyajikan rangkaian lengkap dan akurat atas kejadian-kejadian yang berlangsung dalam beberapa tahun terakhir.

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Freedom of speech in West Papua under threat – police presses charges against student for Facebook post on Sugapa Shooting

Members of the Cybercrime Unit of the Papua Regional Police (Polda Papua) arrested a twenty-eight-year-old Papuan student in the town of Nabire. Melianus Duwitau had allegedly uploaded a post on his Facebook account (account name: Mel PKN), in which he questioned the veracity of a public statement by the Polda Papua Chief, Paulus Waterpauw, regarding the recent shooting in the town of Sugapa, Intan Jaya Regency. Duwitau’s lawyers claim that the police officers failed to show a warrant at the time of arrest, as required under provisions of the Indonesian Criminal Procedure Code (KUHAP). The police pressed criminal charges against Duwitau for alleged violation of article 45A (2) in conjunction with article 28 (2) of Law No 19/2016 regarding changes of Law 11/2011 on Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE Law). The articles regulate the criminal offense of hate speech and carry a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment.

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Press release: New Report on the West Papua Human Rights and Conflict Situation published by the ICP

The International Coalition for Papua together with the Westpapua-Netzwerk has published in February 2020 a new report called "Human Rights and Conflict Escalation in West Papua". The report, which gives a comprehensive overview of the human rights, conflict and development situation in one of the most forgotten conflict regions of the world, was presented in a press conference earlier today in Geneva. The joint report shows how West Papua became more than before a hot spot for human rights violations and armed conflict in Indonesia and in the Asia-Pacific region.

The report covers the human rights, conflict and development situation in Indonesia's easternmost provinces of Papua and Papua Barat. The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) and the Westpapua-Netzwerk (WPN) are publishing this joint report after more than two years of extensive documentation and research work in close collaboration with local groups in West Papua and in Jakarta. Twenty-seven stakeholders - consisting of local, national and international NGOs, faith-based organisations and international experts - have contributed to the publication, making it a comprehensive and accurate compilation of events throughout the past years.

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One indigenous civilian killed and two injured in Sugapa – 15 villages in Intan Jaya Regency reportedly affected by internal displacement

A military operation has been taking place in the regency of Intan Jaya after two military members were killed by members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) on 17 December 2019. The Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC Kingmi Papua) reported further armed clashes between Indonesian Military Forces (TNI) and the TPN PB on 26 January 2020 in the district of Sugapa, Intan Jaya Regency. TNI members allegedly shot dead a motorcycle taxi driver named Bugalebega Kobogau (27 years). According to information received, Mr Kobogau ran outside after he heard nearby shots and was shot in his front yard. He died as a result of a head shot. It is believed that the assault was conducted with a sniper rifle – the projectile smashed large parts of the victim’s head (see Intro Image).

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Fourth Update on trials and detentions after Anti-Racism Riots in West Papua

This article provides an overview on trials related to Papua-wide anti-racism protests between late August and late September 2019 as well as the subsequent wave of criminalisation against human rights defenders and political activists. The International Coalition for Papua summarised earlier stages of the legal proceedings and detentions in previous articles (first update, second update; third update). The following article covers recent developments in relation to the anti-racism riots between mid-January 2020 and early February.

 

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Third Update on trials and detentions after anti-racism riots in West Papua

This article provides an overview on trials related to Papua-wide anti-racism protests between late August and late September 2019 as well as the subsequent wave of criminalisation against human rights defenders and political activists. The International Coalition for Papua summarised earlier stages of the legal proceedings and detentions in previous articles (first update, second update). The following article covers recent developments in relation to the anti-racism riots between mid-December 2019 and 22 January 2020.

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  1. Update on killing of Govt contractors in Nduga Regency - Trial against defendant launched in Jakarta
  2. Constitutional Court rejects request to review law on formation of Irian Barat Province
  3. West Papua Human Rights Update January 2020
  4. Four students in Ternate expelled from university for participating in peaceful demonstration for West Papua
  5. Security force operation in Intan Jaya Regency during Christmas – indigenous villagers flee their homes
  6. Police officers open fire at house in Yahukimo Regency – Two residents sustain bullet injuries
  7. Military members alleged of executing Papuan driver in Nduga Regency
  8. Second update on trials and detentions after anti-racism riots in West Papua
  9. Update on Treason Trial against Polish citizen – Supreme court raises sentence to 7 years
  10. Police officer ill-treats journalist in Dekai, Yahukimo Regency
  11. KOMNAS HAM observes deterioration of human rights situation throughout 2019 as Govt institutions block the settlement of human rights violations
  12. Special force members intimidate human rights defender in Nabire
  13. Military operation in Lanny Jaya claims lives of two indigenous villagers and causes internal displacement
  14. Recent cyber-attacks aimed to prevent publication of new report on Papuan political prisoners
  15. Commemoration of ‘Papuan Independence Day’ - 115 Papuans reportedly arrested, at least 31 charged with treason
  16. Lawyers express concern regarding health condition of political detainees
  17. Update on trials and detentions after racist assaults on Papuan students and subsequent anti-racism riots in West Papua
  18. Human Rights Watch is calling for Indonesia to release peaceful Papua activists
  19. New discourse on settlement of past human rights violations in Indonesia – Papuans hope for Justice
  20. Military members kill indigenous Papuan and injure three others in Tolikara Regency
  21. 'Papuans Behind Bars' publishes new report on political prisoners, treason charges and lack of judicial transparency in political prisoner cases
  22. IPAC publishes new report - Numbers matter, The 2020 census and conflict in Papua
  23. 1,200 Papuan students return to Meepago area - Police arrests 19 protesters during peaceful assembly in Nabire
  24. 2019 Press Freedom Index in Papua Province: lowest in Indonesia
  25. Human rights defenders find grave in Nduga Regency – Evidence points to involvement of Indonesian military members
  26. Anti-racism riot in Wamena affects education and medical services in the regencies Jayawijaya and Yahukimo
  27. Update on Biak police detention suicide case – Victim’s family demand transparency and justice
  28. Update: Crackdown on student protest in Jayapura – four killed victims confirmed
  29. Mysterious death of student in Enarotali – Police excludes murder as cause of death
  30. Amnesty International - Papua visit shows President Widodo still neglecting human rights

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