Alleged security force raid in Nduga Regency – five victims injured by bullets, four tortured

The 'Advocacy Network on Law Enforcement and Human Rights of the Papuan Central Highlands' (JAPH-HAM) together with the 'Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence' (KONTRAS) published a press release on 20 December 2017 in response to an alleged security force raid in the area around the Daragma Airport in Mugi District of Nduga Regency, Papua Province. According to JAPH-HAM and KONTRAS, the raids between 12  and 15 December 2017 appeared to be an act of revenge after violent clashes between the Papuan Liberation Army (TPN) and Indonesian Military (TNI) had caused the death of a constructions worker. One TNI soldier sustained bullet injuries during the exchange of fire.

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Police officer shoots dead Papuan man in Mappi Regency

An officer of the Mappi District police with the initials D.E. shot dead 19-year-old Nikolausi Bernolpus on the 25 December 2017 at 4.00 am East Indonesia Time during a routine police patrol in Kodok Street, in Kepi Town of Mappi Regency. The incident was confirmed by the by district police chief Wartono in an interview with the independent Papuan media outlet Tabloid Jubi. The Papuan Regional Police (Polda Papua) publicly announced to launch an investigation into the case.

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Human rights defenders face intimidation and discreditation after press release on security force raids in Nduga Regency

Two human rights defenders have been intimidated after the Papuan advocacy network 'JAPH-HAM' has published a press release about raids by Indonesian security forces, which allegedly  occurred between 12 and 15 December 2017 in the Papuan central highlands regency Nduga. The Papua human rights defender Theo Hesegem was visited by member of the Indonesian State Intelligence Body (BIN), received phone calls from military representatives and a threat sms, stating that he should stop slandering the Indonesian military (TNI). A questionable website attempted to discredit Veronica Koman, a human rights lawyer and activist from Jakarta in response to the press release.

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Papuan worker disappears as armed conflict near the Freeport Mine escalates - Amnesty International launches Urgent Appeal

The international human rights organisaton 'Amnesty International' has launched an urgent appeal in relation to the disappearance of Martinus Beanal, on 7 November 2017. The disappearance occurred as the armed conflict near the Freeport mine in Tembaggapura of Mimika Regency intensified. According to 'Amnesty International', the Police announced that Martinus was dead and buried by his family, a claim that has been refuted by his family. Martinus Beanal's whereabouts are still unknown.

 

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CCA delegation observes human rights violations in West Papua

A three-member pastoral solidarity team of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), visited West Papua from 4 to 8 December 2017. The visit served the purpose of receiving first hand information regarding the allegations of on-going human rights violations and repressive acts against the indigenous Papuans. The CCA team met with church delegations, members of the Papuan Parliament, local government officials and civil society representatives.

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AI Indonesia demands investigation into allegations of unlawful killing

Amnesty International Indonesia (AII) published a statement on 2 December 2017, in which the human rights organisation demanded Indonesian authorities to immediately conduct an independent, impartial and effective investigation into allegations of torture leading to the death of Ishak Yaguar in the Kimaam District of Merauke Regency, Papua Province. AII further emphasized the state's obligation to ensure justice by prosecuting the perpetrators in a fair trial and called for all cases of human rights violations and crimes under international law to be tried before civilian courts as required by international human rights treaties to which Indonesia is a party.

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New documentary and report about struggles in the lives of Papuan women

The CSO Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) together with the Papuan Women Working Group (PWG) has published a new report and documentary about the daily struggles of Papuan women. The report and  documentary with the title ' I AM HERE: Voices of Papuan Women in the Face of Unrelenting Violence' (Bahasa Indonesia: SA ADA DI SINI: Suara Perempuan Papua Menghadapi Kekerasan yang Tak Kunjung Usai) compile the results of four years of participatory action research with 170 indigneous Papuan women consisting of female activists, religious leaders and human rights organisations.

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Press freedom in West Papua under threat - two assaults on local journalists throughout November

Multiple Papuan news outlets have reported two cases of violence against local journalists in the  province of Papua throughout November 2017. On 5 November 2017, 'Pasific Pos' journalist Ridwan Cholid Abubakar was attacked by a member of the Kodim/1704 Wamena military unit in Jayapura. The Hong Kong-based human rights organisation 'Asian Human Rights Commission' (AHRC) reported that six days after the incident, a group of at least six police officers of Mimika Police Office (Polres Mimika) ill-treated 'OKE Zone' journalist Saldi Hermanto. The reason for the attack was a Facebook post in which Saldi allegedly criticized the performance of the local police in securing the outbreak of chaos during a public entertainment show at the Timika night market, resulting in public panic among the crowd.

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ULMWP leaders' summit held in Port Vila

The first United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Leaders' Summit was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu from November 27th to December 3rd 2017. Amongst several topics was the nomination and election of the new structure of the Executive Committee of the ULMWP Leadership for the second period of the Work Term 2018-2021.

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Conflict over land between palm oil company and indigenous land owner results in police violence

The NGO Pusaka has reported that the illegal expansion of a oil palm plantation owned by the company PT Permata Putera Mandiri (PPM) of the ANJ Group has resulted in multiple cases of intimidation and violence against indigenous land owners of Puragi village, Metamani sub-district, South Sorong Regency of Papua Barat Province. The indigenous land owners erected "customary land blockades" after the company had cleared forest areas beyond the boundaries of their concession area since September 2017. The company has not carried out its obligation to hold a meeting with the community to reach an agreement about the status of the land, and compensation for any ways they have been disadvantaged or lost sources of livelihood, including forest products and food sources. The company has ignored customary laws as well as community demands and continues to clear and destroy the forest.

 

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  1. Army officers torture villagers in Moso Village
  2. Security situation at the Freeport Mine in Tembagapura deteriorates
  3. Mysterious shootings at the Freeport mine continue
  4. Six military members search house of Papuan journalist without warrant
  5. 38 people in districts Semenage and Werima die due to absence of health services
  6. West Papua petition delivered to the United Nations
  7. Human Rights Update West Papua - 3rd Quarter
  8. 30 months imprisonment and dismissal from military service for the burning of bibles
  9. Police brutality in Nabire – high school student beaten because he did not wear a helmet
  10. Series of political arrests continues - 100 protesters arrested during peaceful commemorations in Java
  11. Joint West Papua report details deterioration in the last two years
  12. Update Oneibo Shooting: Perpetrators' sentence disproportionately low
  13. Military member opens fire at indigenous fishermen at Poumako Port, Timika
  14. Military officers kill Robi Murib in Ilaga, Puncak Regency
  15. ICP Members comment on the UPR report adoption
  16. Updating Papua Road Map
  17. GoI extends Freeport’s contract without the consent of the indigenous people or addressing human rights and environmental degradation
  18. Local parliament asks Brimob and PT Dewa Krisna to leave Deiyai Regency
  19. Series of arbitrary arrests and torture in Manokwari
  20. Oneibo Case submitted to UN Special Procedures
  21. Amnesty International publishes statement on 'Oneibo Shooting'
  22. Government negligence leads to health crisis in the regencies Deiyai and Dogiyai
  23. Mobile brigade police officers open fire at villagers in Oneibo, Deyai Regency
  24. Military officer accuses human rights defender of seeking popularity
  25. Cases of human rights violations submitted to the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council
  26. Military members torture Niko Hisage in Wamena
  27. Human Rights Update West Papua – 2nd Quarter 2017
  28. Nabire District Police carries out violent raid and arbitrary arrests
  29. Papuan Catholics protest against their own bishops
  30. Papuan student faces six month imprisonment sentence