KNPB remain most targeted Papuan civil society group

Papuans Behind Bars reports that at the end of November 2014, there were at least 65 political prisoners in Papuan jails.

The West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB) remains the most heavily targeted civil society group in Papua. So far this year, there have been 101 arrests of KNPB activists or those suspected of being affiliated to the KNPB. The pattern of mass arrests of KNPB members continued this month with 28 KNPB members arrested for participating in peaceful commemorative activities celebrating the 6th anniversary of the formation of the KNPB in 2008.

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Urgent Appeal: Extrajudicial and summary execution of five Indigenous Papuans by Indonesian National Army

We, the Papuan Customary Council of Paniai (Dewan Adat Paniai), the Coalition of Human Rights NGOs in Papua, Franciscans International, VIVAT International and the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) Indonesia with the support 6 other organizations hereby submit an urgent appeal to UN Human Rights Council Special Procedures regarding the killing of four Indigenous Papuan civilians on the 8th December 2014 (and the subsequent death of two more indigenous Papuans injured during the incident) in Paniai District, Papua Province by members of the Indonesian National Army.

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UN OHCHR: Papua killings press briefing

We are alarmed at the reported killing of five Papuan teenagers in the highlands region of Paniai in Indonesia yesterday. While the exact circumstances are unclear as there are conflicting accounts of the events leading up to the killings. reportedly, a group of young people gathered outside a police station in the town of Enarotali yesterday to protest against the beating of a local boy by security forces on Sunday night. The police then reportedly opened fire and five teenage boys were killed. A number of other people were injured.

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JFCC : Statement on Access to Papua, Detention of Journalists

The Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club is concerned about the continued detention without charge of two French journalists in Papua province since early August. Of particular concern are indications that Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat, who were arrested in the highlands town of Wamena and are being held in the provincial capital Jayapura, could face a five-year prison sentence for a visa violation, or even a much more serious charge of sedition.

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Launching of Filep Karma’s book ‘As if We’re half Half Animals.’

President Joko Widodo must end all racism and discrimination in the Land of Papua, from impunity for human rights violators to restrictions on access for independent journalists to visit Papua, said publisher Deiyai.

Dr. Benny Giay, chair of the Deiyai publishing company, said that the racism and discrimination in question is highlighted by Filep Karma, a political prisoner in Abepura prison, in his book ‘As If we’re Half Animals: Indonesian Racism in the Land of Papua,’ launched today in Jayapura. It is 10 years to the day since Karma was jailed for a speech about the marginalisation of ethnic Melanesians in the Land of Papua on 1 December 2004.

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AI Urgent Action: Human Rights lawyer attacked

Amnesty International has received information about an attack on human rights lawyer Anum Siregar in Wamena, Papua province. Anum Siregar was attacked by an unknown person at about 11pm on 16 September on the way back to her hotel from a court hearing. The attacker, armed with a knife, stole her bag and injured her hand before fleeing the scene. Anum Siregar received treatment for her injuries at Wamena hospital, requiring at least two stitches.

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Not a mere case of bad apples: Acts of state terrorism

Thirteen years ago on Nov. 10 — Heroes’ Day — the Papuan leader Theys Eluay was found dead in the vicinity of Jayapura city after attending an event at the local headquarters of the Army’s Special Forces, Kopassus.

His body was left abandoned in a public place. His driver, Aristoteles Masoka, went missing, and remains unaccounted for.

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18 Houses Burnt Down - Police Fails to Prosecute Perpetrators

On Saturday morning, September 6, 2014, between 08.00 and 09.00 East Indonesia Time (EIT) a Javanese woman named Catur Yuda (35 years) was killed at Arso I, Keerom Regency by her neighbour Hilarius Gombo (40), a man from the Papuan Central Highlands, as reported by the JPIC office of the Protestant Church in Papua (GKI-TP). Gombo killed Catur Yuda by hitting her with a machete to the neck. After the homicide the perpetrator went to disitrict police station Keerom and confessed the killing. 30 minutes later the police arrived at the site of crime and took the victim's body to the Keerom Kwaingga hospital for autopsy without securing the site of crime and surrounding area. After the police had left the site of crime, migrants from the neighbourhood gathered in order to burn down the perpetrator's house. Besides the perpetrator's house, the group of migrants also burnt 17 other houses to the ground. All 18 houses belonged to indigenous Papuans from the central highlands.

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New Report on Yotefa Market Incident

We have received a detailed report from the JPIC desk of the Protestant Church in Papua (GKI-TP) about the violent murders of three Papuan men and the arbitrary arrests and torture of four further Papuans in July 2014.

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Civilian Shot by Police during Tribal Conflict

On September 18th 2014, a conflict ensued between the tribes of Ibele and Lani Jaya in the district of Jayawijaya in the highlands of Papua over a stolen motorcycle. Members of the local police were present during the attack of the Ibele tribe against the Lani Jaya tribe and also during the subsequent revenge action but failed to protect the community by simply watching and not intervening, even as the crowd burned down the house of local community leader Areki Wanimbo. At one point, members of the police started to randomly shoot live ammunition into the crowd. 18-year old Kukes Wandikbo was shot in the shoulder/neck area and is still in a critical condition.

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  1. Statements on Papua Delivered before Human Rights Council
  2. Military Members Stab Two Brothers
  3. Papuan Shot because of Road Block
  4. Police Initiate Investigation against Prominent Papuan Human Rights Lawyer
  5. Attempted Criminalization of Papuan Human Rights Lawyer by Law Enforcement Authorities
  6. French Journalists and Indigenous Leader at Risk of Prosecution in Papua
  7. Human rights Defender Called for Questioning
  8. Activists Arrested for Peaceful Boycott
  9. Joint Statement: Human Rights Abuses in Papua and West Papua
  10. New Ormas Law used to back police repression in Papua
  11. UN Committee's Concluding Observations on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Papua
  12. Demands of Human Rights Organisations for a New Government
  13. Joint Statement to the Next Government of Indonesia on Human Rights
  14. Indonesia Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance
  15. Freedom of expression and Assembly in West Papua, Indonesia
  16. Live Webcast UN Side Event: Freedom of Expression and Assembly in West Papua
  17. ETAN's West Papua Report May 2014
  18. EU - Indonesia PCA agreement in effect
  19. Letter to Catherine Ashton - EU parliamentarians raise concerns over Papua
  20. UN body questions Indonesia on Papua, land-grabbing and human rights
  21. Lives endangered
  22. Papuans Behind Bars March 2014
  23. Global action day for Papuan political prisoners
  24. Demonstration violently dissolved - protesters tortured in custody
  25. Who stands for Papua?
  26. Is a UN resolution on Papua possible?
  27. Vanuatu PM raises West Papua issues before Human Rights Council
  28. Papuans Behind Bars January 2014
  29. ETAN's West Papua Report February 2014
  30. Military attack forces villagers to flee

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