Report From LBH Jakarta On The Unlawful Arrests Of 1,783 West Papuans Between 25 April - 2 May 2016

A. INTRODUCTION

This report is based on testimony collected on location by members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Papuan Students Alliance (AMP) and United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). 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 on 2 May 2016 has little difference with local media reports due to the high number of arrestees. The rest is consistent with local media reports. Until the report is made, some names have not been obtained yet due to the high number of arrestees.

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Police Officers try to Stop Papuan Journalist from Taking Pictures of Demonstration

According to local news platform Tabloid Jubi, police officers from Jayapura city district police have intimidated Papuan journalist Benny Mawel, as he tried to take pictures of Cenderawasih University students, protesting against the visit of the Indonesian minister for coordination of politics, law and security, Luhut Panjaitan, to Papua. The incident occurred end of March 2016. A group of police officers suddenly approached the journalist and said that he should immediately stop to take pictures of the protest. After Benny Mawel had shown his press id card, police officers allowed him to continue his journalist duties. However some  police officers continued to intimidate him asking him if he wants to challenge the officers.

 

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Police Officers try to Stop Papuan Journalist from Taking Pictures of Demonstration (2)

According to local news platform Tabloid Jubi, police officers from Jayapura city district police have intimidated Papuan journalist Benny Mawel, as he tried to take pictures of Cenderawasih University students, protesting against the visit of the Indonesian minister for coordination of politics, law and security, Luhut Panjaitan, to Papua. The incident occurred end of March 2016. A group of police officers suddenly approached the journalist and said that he should immediately stop to take pictures of the protest. After Benny Mawel had shown his press id card, police officers allowed him to continue his journalist duties. However some  police officers continued to intimidate him asking him if he wants to challenge the officers.

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Indonesian House of Representatives Criticizes Government for Lacking Initiative Towards Separatism in West Papua

Members of Commission I of the Indonesian House of Representatives criticized the government during a public for their lacking initiative in handling the independence movement  West Papua. Commission I is responsible for Defense and foreign affairs. According to members of Commission I the government, in particular the foreign ministry, has failed in setting up a unified approach against the human rights based international campaign for independence, which would slowly but surely gained ground in foreign countries all over the world.

 

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Ceremony and pomp in Papua

by Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge

Ministerial visit by Luhut shows that Jokowi's government still lacks genuine solutions when it comes to Papua.

Luhutpapua2016smallRecently, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security, Luhut Panjaitan, made a three-day visit to Papua. His trip to the nation's easternmost region stood out for two key reasons.

First, Papua is a priority for the current administration, and the visit by one of Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's closest trustees follows the President's earlier travels to the disaffected area. Clearly, this latest trip was important — not only for the central government but also for Papuans.

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Solomon Islands' Statement on Human Rights Situation in West papua during 31st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

The Human Rights Council, the main United Nations body based in Geneva, is currently holding its 31st regular session in Geneva, Switzerland, from the 29th of February to the 24th of March 2016. The council is dealing with human rights issues around the world.

This week Solomon Islands, has raised concern on the ongoing human rights violations in West Papua. He particularly referred to frequently reported cases of  arbitrary arrests, summary executions, tortures, ill treatments and limitations of freedom of expression committed by Indonesian security forces. Minister Counsellor and Chargé d’Affaires of the Solomon Islands Mission to the United Nations and the WTO in Geneva, Barrett Salato told the Council on Monday, that human rights violations in that region needs urgent attention by the world community. Salato also highlighted the high number of maternal mortality of 500 per 100’000 stressing that access to education and health services for the Papuans has deteriorated.  

Download Solomon Islands' Statement on Human Rights Situation in West Papua as PDF File

Download reply of the Indonesian delegation as PDF File

Watch the video of the statement made by the Solomon Islands delegation

Watch the video of the reply made by the Indonesian delegation

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Punks for West Papua documentary released

punksforwestpapua-smallPunks for West Papua is a movement in Australia which was started by musician Jody Bartolo and his punk band "Diggers with Attitude". The aim is to raise awareness and money for the Free West Papua cause.

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Is the Pacific’s solidarity for Papua on the rise?

Recently during a public forum on the issue of Papua organised by the Indonesian government think-tank (LIPI) in January 2016, we were drawn to the attention of the Pacific countries towards Papua. While the representatives from the Indonesian government and intelligence treated the issue as marginal, a Golkar parliamentarian, Tantowi Yahya, took the Pacific issue very seriously. He argued that the Papuan movement managed to mobilise support from the Pacific diplomatic fora, particularly the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) and the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF), by exposing human rights abuses committed by the Indonesian security forces.

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Indonesia's Forgotten Political Prisoners

Johan Teterisa went from school teacher to political prisoner on June 29, 2007. On that day, he led a group of 27 Moluccan independence activists to join in the annual Family Day festivities at Merdeka Stadium in Ambon, the capital of Maluku province. The activists scandalized then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was in the audience with a group of foreign diplomats, by performing the Moluccan cakalele traditional war dance and unfurling the officially banned Republic of South Maluku (RMS) flag.

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Urgent Appeal - Health Crisis in Nduga Regency

Urgent Appeal

16 February 2016

At least 51 Children and 3 Adults Have Died of Pertussis in Nduga Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia During Past Months After Government Neglect

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP), together with Geneva for Human Rights – Global Training, Franciscans International, Tapol, Mission21, the United Evangelical Mission, the Asian Human Rights Commission and the Westpapua Netzwerk wish to bring to your attention the recent deaths of at least 51 children and 3 adults due to Pertussis (whooping cough) in the districts Mbua, Dal and Mbulmu Yalma, Nduga Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia since November 2015. As the government social and health institutions did not respond to the serious situation of malnutrition and hard weather conditions in the affected area, many children died of otherwise manageable infections. As a result of the negligence, the Indonesian government failed to fulfill its obligations to protect the health and life, as stated in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in article 11/1,2 and article 12/1, 2 (a), (c) and (d).

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  2. US Ambassador Robert Blake Visits West Papua
  3. German Human Rights Commissioner Visits West Papua
  4. Indonesian Government Plans Ambitious Road and Railroad Project in West Papua
  5. HRW releases Report on Media Freedom in Papua
  6. 54 Children Have Died of Infectious Disease in Nduga Regency During Past Months
  7. Indonesian Military Members Shoot Palm Oil Laborer in Keerom Regency
  8. Killings, Arrests and Torture Overshadow the 54th Commemoration of 1st December in West Papua
  9. Urgent Appeal - Indonesia: Killings, torture, mass arrests and excessive use of force against Papuans commemorating 1 December
  10. Filep Karma released from jail
  11. ICP Releases New Human Rights Report 2015
  12. Food estate project may turn Papua into forest fire hotbed
  13. The young Papuans risking life and limb in the name of resistance
  14. Tell Obama to Support Human Rights in West Papua
  15. Haze crisis spreads with hot spots found in Papua
  16. Pacific Island Forum To Seek Fact-Finding Mission to West Papua
  17. France urged to comply with UN decolonisation process
  18. Papua now on Pacific radar
  19. Papuan church leaders respond to Tolikara incident
  20. West Papua MSG Observer - Indonesia's status elevated
  21. AI Urgent Action: Papuan activists detained and charged
  22. AI Statement: End mass arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters in Papua
  23. Government unwilling to genuinely protect freedom of expression
  24. May 2015: While Jokowi releases five, nearly 500 are arrested
  25. Papuan journalist arrested as world calls for Papua press freedom
  26. ICP Brussels Appeal 2015
  27. Open Letter: Promoting human rights, peace and democracy in Indonesia
  28. Jokowi in Papua
  29. „Tanah Mama“ – The struggle of a mother in Papua
  30. No new Regions in Papua for now

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