Political detainee’s physical condition deteriorates during detention – relatives request adequate medical treatment

The ICP has received credible information regarding the deteriorating health condition of Papuan political activist Sami Lokon during custody. Sami Lokon was arrested in early January 2019. Police officers accused him of motor cycle theft but failed to provide a warrant and sufficient evidence for the arrest. Human rights activists claim that Sami Lokon was tortured during detention at the KP3 police station in the Jayapura harbor, where police officers attempted to force a confession from him. A police officer allegedly beat him with a wooden stick on the back and slapped him on the left and right cheek for ten times.

Although, Sami Lokon refused to sign the confession letter, the police charged him with article 480 of the Indonesian criminal code (KUHP) on reception and distribution of stolen goods. The criminal charges appear to be a pretext to criminalize Sami Lokon. During the police interrogations, officers repeatedly asked the activist about his relation to the West Papua National Committee, a political movement organization promoting the right to self-determination of the Papuan people through civil resistance and other peaceful activities.

 

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The Mairasi Tribe protests against prolongation of logging concession

Indigenous communities of the Mairasi tribe living in the villages Undurara, Wosimo and Inyora, Teluk Wondama Regency of Papua Barat Province are protesting against the prolongation of a logging concession on their ancestral land. The ministry for forestry affairs (now the ministry for forestry and environmental affairs) approved the logging concession for the company PT. Kurniatama Sejahtera (Number SK.648/Menhut-II/2009) on 15 October 2019. The Mairasi communities represent the view that the presence of the company has not contributed to the welfare of the local indigenous peoples. On the contrary, the presence of the company has resulted in heavy military presence, hence the Mairasi people do not longer feel safe on their own land. They demand the provincial agency for forestry and environmental affairs not to prolong PT. Kurniatama Sejahtera’s concession on their indigenous lands.

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Terrorist organization allegedly established training camps in West Papua

The police is currently investigating allegations regarding several training camps which have been established by the Islamist terror organisation Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD). The police suspects that JAD trained recruited fighters in the Papuan regencies Merauke and Keerom. According to Indonesian terrorism expert, Al Chaidar Puteh, from the Malikussaleh University in Aceh, the JAD has several members owning companies and land in the Papua Province. The JAD cell based in Lampung, South Sumatra, claimed responsibility for the terror attack in central Jakarta on 17 January 2016.

 

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Government keeps restrictive policy for foreign journalists covering in West Papua

An interview on 23 May 2019 with the head of the immigration division in the regional office of the Ministry for Law and Human Rights in Papua Province, Mr. Hermansyah Siregar (see intro image), has confirmed what human rights organisations had been criticising since May 2015, when President Joko Widodo announced the opening of West Papua to foreign journalists. West Papua remains a restricted area for foreign journalist. Any journalist visa will only be approved once the applicant has obtained all necessary documents through the Clearing House procedure, a lengthy bureaucratic procedure which is mandatory for foreign journalists intending to cover in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and Papua Barat.

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Military member opens fire at group of protesters in Asmath regency – four protesters killed, another four injured

The forceful dispersal of a protest by a group of supporters of a local election candidate has resulted in the killing of four indigenous Papuans on 27 May 2019 in Basim Village in the district of Fayit, Asmath Regency. Four other protesters were injured during the incident. According to local media outlets the protest occurred shortly after the local election commission announced the election results. At 10.00 am, an angry mob of approximately 350 protesters began vandalizing the house of a newly elected local parliament member. Three military members - namely second sergeant Jamaludin Retop, corporal Eko Saputro and sergeant FR - who were guarding a nearby military post saw the incident and attempted to disperse the crowd using firearms instead of applying means of de-escalation.

 

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Papuan provincial parliament is drafting local regulation on the settlement of human rights violations

Fourteen legislators of the Papuan provincial parliament (DPRP) are in the process of drafting a local government regulation (peraturan daerah or PERDA). The law shall provide a legal framework to deal with human rights violations in the province of Papua. The legislators have met with NGOs, victims of human rights violations and other stakeholders, asking them to share their inputs to the draft. The draft regulation is planned to be incorporated into the local legislation program 2019.

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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

AHRC-PAP-001-2019
May 30, 2019

By Chrisbiantoro1

Introduction

As a member of the United Nations (UN)2, Indonesia has ratified at least six major international human rights treaties3. Currently, Indonesia is a member of the UN Human Rights Council 4, therefore, it has obligations to increase the standard of human rights protection in its territory under the resolution of the UN General Assembly creating the Human Rights Council.5 This short paper will address the concern on the performance of the human rights obligations of the Indonesian’s Government in accordance with international human rights law, regional human rights instruments and national law.

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Police officers shoot two indigenous Papuans in Deiyai Regency – one victim dead another injured

According to information received from the Secretariat for Justice and Peace (SKP) of the Catholic Deanery in Tigi and the Papuan Tabernacle Church (KINGMI Papua) joint security force members shot dead Yulianus Mote (18 years). Melianus Dogopia (18 years) was severelly injured by a bullet in a related incident which also occured in the regency of Deiyai, Papua Province. On 21 May 2019, around 4.00 pm, Melianus Dogopia and three of his friends stopped a public transportation vehicle near the Timipotu market in Waghete Town and asked the driver for 10.000 IDR (approximately 60 € cents) and cigarettes. The four youths were intoxicated. The driver refused to give them money or cigarettes, so the young Papuan men did not allow the car to pass by. The situation escalated into a brawl between the four indigenous Papuans and the driver. As the driver pulled a knife attempting to attack the four men, an angry mob of bystanders playing volleyball in the nearby school yard started to throw stones at the driver and his vehicle. One of the stones broke the windshield of the vehicle.

 

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The WCC Executive Committee Statement: Concern and Solidarity for West Papua

27 May 2019

Statement: Concern and Solidarity for West Papua

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amos 5: 24 (NRSV)

The executive committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, on 22-28 May 2019, recalls the many initiatives and expressions of concern about the situation in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and Papua Barat (together referred to herein as “West Papua” or “Tanah Papua”) by national, regional and international ecumenical and church-related organizations over many years. Since the joint World Council of Churches (WCC)/Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) delegation visit to Indonesia (including West Papua) in 1999, the WCC has repeatedly lifted up issues related to human rights, environmental degradation, and economic justice in West Papua, particularly from the perspective of the Indigenous Papuan people. The same concerns were raised through the Living Letters team visit to Indonesia in July 2008, and the WCC General Secretary’s visit to West Papua in June 2012, and underlined in WCC governing body statements (including by the executive committee in February 2012, and by the central committee in June 2016).

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Update treason trials: Imprisonment sentences for five KNPB activists

In early May 2019, judges found the Polish citizen Jakub Skrzypski and co-defendant Simon Magal guilty of having committed treasonous acts imprisonment. Skrzypski was sentenced to five years, Simon Magal to four years imprisonment. The judges argued that the public prosecution and the police had gathered sufficient evidence that Jakub Skrzypski had planned to sell weapons to the West Papua National Liberation Movement (TPN-PB), while Simon Magal had allegedly facilitated the trade. However, Jakub Skrzypski states that he is a tourist who was just interested in the Papuans political struggle for independence. He asserts being innocent and rejected the verdict against him. His lawyers stated that he plans to appeal against the verdict.  The head of Amnesty International Indonesia, Usman Hamid, stated in an interview with news outlet Al Jazeera "We consider all of them to be prisoners of conscience who are imprisoned solely for peacefully expressing their political views and [who] have not used violence or hatred - The prosecutor failed to prove any evidence that [Skrzypski] committed treason”.

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  1. Amnesty International proposes human rights agenda to Indonesia's election candidates
  2. Peaceful protest in Malang attacked and dispersed - Asian Human Rights Commission launches Urgent Appeal
  3. Upset police officer pulls gun and opens fire in Asei Village, Jayapura Regency
  4. Update treason trial - Polish citizen sentenced to five years imprisonment and four years for his Papuan companion
  5. In Memoriam Father Neles Kebadabi Tebay - ‘a pioneer’
  6. Law enforcement institutions in West Papua continue to use treason for criminalization of political activists
  7. Police cracks down on peaceful West Papua demonstrations in Bali and Malang
  8. AJAR publishes new report on female victims of violence in West Papua - I am here
  9. Human rights defenders raise allegations of torture and discrimination against Nabire Police
  10. Police officers arbitrarily arrest two Papuans and a baby in Sentani – both men subjected to torture during detention
  11. Joint Conference by the International Coalition for Papua, the Westpapua-Netzwerk, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International
  12. Human Rights Update West Papua – April 2019, covering January – March 2019
  13. Police officers arbitrarily arrest market women in Wamena – one person sustains bullet injury
  14. Allegations on violence against visitors and negligence at the Siriwini General Hospital in Nabire
  15. Update on armed conflict in Nduga: Number of casualties on the rise as armed clashes continue
  16. Devastating flash flood and landslides hit Jayapura
  17. Police raise criminal charges against radical Islamic leader Jafar Umar Thalib and followers
  18. Update on security force operation in Nduga: Approximately 2000 indigenous Papuans displaced, 13 IDPs reported dead
  19. Nine KNPB activists unlawfully arrested in Merauke – one activist subjected to physical ill-treatment
  20. Special Rapporteur on the right to food presents report on Indonesia Mission to Human Rights Council
  21. Dubious website alleges human rights defenders of disseminating false information
  22. Papuan Regional Police investigates acts of vandalism - Radical Islamic leader summoned
  23. Indonesia: UN experts condemn racism and police violence against Papuans, and use of snake against arrested boy
  24. Papua human rights situation, religious freedom, focuses of WCC delegation visit to Indonesia
  25. Heavy police presence during pre-trial against the Mimika district police chief - two KNPB activists allegedly ill-treated
  26. Police officers kill suspected drug dealer in Sorong
  27. Treason trial against Polish citizen and Papuan defendant launched in Wamena
  28. Video of Papuan suspect being tortured with snake goes viral
  29. Half Hearted Recognition - A Study on Customary Forest Concession License in Papua
  30. ULMWP Chairman hands independence petition to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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