Listening to the Pacific beat on Papua

By Budi Hernawan

BudiHernawanPortrait200pxIn an unprecedented move, seven UN member states from the Pacific raised their concerted voices on Papua during the prestigious 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York this week.

Nauru started the intervention by highlighting the issue of human rights violations in Papua, followed by a newcomer in the discourse of Papua: the Marshall Islands.

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Pacific states speak out on human rights violations in West Papua

tuvalu un pm smallNew York, September 23rd 2016 - During the General Assembly of the UN, representatives of five Pacific states voiced their concerns about the human rights situation in West Papua. "This great body cannot and must not ignore these deplorable situations, it must not hide behind the guise of the principles of non-interference and sovereignty" said Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoanga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu. Vanuatu, Nauru, The Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands also highlighted the problems in their statements.

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Opening Statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council


Opening Statement by

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


Geneva, 13 September 2016

 

 

Mr President, Excellencies, Colleagues and Friends,

I am honoured to open this first session of the Council's second decade.

After two years as High Commissioner, I believe it is important for me to share with you in this oral update our concern over an emerging pattern: the growing refusal on the part of an increasing number of Member States to grant OHCHR, or the human rights mechanisms, access - either to countries generally, or to specific regions, when that access is requested explicitly, or in other instances to engage with us. Why and for what reason, do those who deny access place their shield before us?

I intend to devote this statement mainly to this single issue. Before I do, I wish to first draw on some general observations of our present circumstances.

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REPORT ON THE UNLAWFUL ARRESTS OF 1,269 WEST PAPUANS BETWEEN 10-15 JUNE 2016

LBH Logo.resizedLembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta (LBH, Jakarta Legal Aid Institute) has released a report based on testimony collected on location by members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and Papuan Students Alliance (AMP). The information has been verified by Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) to be consistent with its own telephone witness interviews. The number of people arrested is consistent with local media reports.

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ICP Compilation of Recommendations and Observations by International Mechanisms

ICP has created an electronic document which compiles observations made by international mechanisms between 2008 and 2016. The document includes all important quotes of recommendations and statements from documents related to the 1st cycle of the universal periodic reviews in 2008, the 2nd cycle of the universal periodic review in 2012, reports of Special rapporteurs as well as documents related to Indonesia' s reviews by the UN Committee against Torture, the UN Committee on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The quoted text passages either refer directly to the human rights situation in West Papua or were mentioned in a national context, but have strong relevance for the circumstances in Indonesia's easternmost region.

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Joint press release on 6th European Union- Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue

eu external action small1. The sixth session of the EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue was held on 28 June 2016 in Brussels. The Delegation from the Republic of Indonesia was led by Mr Dicky Komar, Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while the Delegation of the European Union was headed by Mr Julian Wilson, Acting Director for Asia-Pacific, and Mrs Anette Mandler, Head of the Human Rights Division in the European External Action Service.

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Brimob chase teenage boy, shooting him dead outside his house

A high school student was killed by Brimob guards on the morning of Saturday 27th August in the highland town of Sugapa, Intan Jaya Regency. Otinus Sondegau had been drinking on the street with friends when the Brimob guards were called, who ended up pursuing him through the streets, shooting him dead as he reached the front of his house. Another teenager was reportedly shot in the hand in the incident, and others narrowly dodged bullets. The community, in response, burned the local police station to the ground.

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Oral Statement of the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

On June 22nd 2016, an oral statement regarding the human rights situation in West Papua was heldbefore the UN Human Rights Council. The statement was supported by several organisations, including the International Coalition for Papua (ICP)

Mr. President,
We would like to draw the Council’s attention to the human rights situation in West Papua. As one of the most isolated areas in the world, it remains one of the last conflict regions within Indonesia. Local activists continue to report cases of arbitrary arrests by Indonesian security forces of predominantly-indigenous Papuans participating in peaceful gatherings expressing their political opinions. In several cases, the arrests are followed by torture, reflecting the widespread impunity enjoyed by security forces and the lack of effective mechanisms to prosecute perpetrators.

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Human Rights defender Olga Hamadi dies at 34

olga-hamadi-jubi-smallPapuan human rights lawyer Olga Helena Hamadi died in a hospital in Jayapura on July 28th 2016 after a long period of illness. The exact cause of death is not yet clear.

Olga Hamadi worked for the legal aid organisation LBH Papua and the Commission for the disappeared and victims of violence (KontraS Papua). She took on politically sensitive cases, mainly of indigenous Papuans who were charged with high treason for voicing their opinions and taking part in demonstrations.

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REPORT ON THE UNLAWFUL ARRESTS OF 648 WEST PAPUANS BETWEEN 28 - 31 MAY 2016

A. INTRODUCTION

This report is based on testimony collected on location by members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB). The information has been verified by Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) to be consistent with its own telephone witness interviews. The number of people arrested is consistent with local media reports. Some of the identities of the arrestees could not be obtained.

SUMMARY

On 31 May 2016, thousands of West Papuans conducted peaceful demonstrations simultaneously in Jayapura, Sentani, Wamena, Manokwari, Boven Digoel, Yalimo, Paniai, Yahukimo and Manado. The demonstrations were held in support of the ULMWP to be recognized as a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), to demand the release of all West Papua political prisoners and to ask the support of Africa Carribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in West Papua struggle to freedom.

In total, 574 West Papuans were unlawfully arrested in just one day which is on 31 May 2016. The details are as follows: 455 people in Sentani, 112 people in Wamena, and 7 people in Manado. Children also got arrested in Sentani. Three people were beaten in Yahukimo. Protestors were tear-gassed and one person got shot with rubber bullet in Manado.

All were released which shows that the unlawful arrest was done to prevent West Papuans to express their opinions.

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