Mobile brigade police officers open fire at villagers in Oneibo, Deyai Regency

On 01 August 2017, Yulianus Pigai (27 years) was shot dead and ten other indigenous Papuans were seriously injured by bullets after members of a local mobile police brigade unit had opened fire at a crowd of villagers in Oneibo, a small village located in the Tigi District of Deiyai Regency.  Five of the injured victims were minors. 51-year-old Martinus Pekey died in his house due to shock as he witnessed the shooting in his house. Human rights defenders reported that the police officers allegedly released indiscriminate shots at a group of Oneibo villagers using live ammunition in an attempt to forcefully disperse the crowd. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)  has launched a urgent action on the case. More in formation on the letter campaign is available here.

 

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Military officer accuses human rights defender of seeking popularity

Papuan human rights defender and director of the 'Pauan Central Highlands Network for the Enforcement of Law and Human Rights' (JAPH-HAM), Mr. Theo Hesegem, has been accused of using human rights advocacy to gain popularity.  The chief of staff of the 1702 Jayawijaya military command in Wamena called Theo Hesegem on 8 July 2017 by phone after Mr. Hesegem had given a press conference and informed Indonesian Military Commander, Army General Gatot Nurmantyo by sms about the case, in order to advocate justice and seek remedies for Niko Hisage. Mr Hisage had been tortured by three military officers on 22 June 2017, due to a dispute over the sale of a cow to one of the military members. (More information on the case available here)

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Cases of human rights violations submitted to the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council

The Papuan Tabernacle Church 'KINGMI Papua' and the Advocacy Network on Law Enforcement and Human Rights of the Papuan Central Highlands 'JAPH-HAM' have reported multiple cases of human rights violations which occurred in the Papuan cities of Nabire and Wamena throughout June and July 2017. International human rights advocacy groups have recently submitted two of these cases to the 'Special Procedures' of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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Papuan Catholics protest against their own bishops

bennymawelpapuancatholics-resizedActivists claim prelates are staying silent over social issues when they should be speaking out

All five bishops serving in Indonesia's Papua and West Papua provinces have come under fire from indigenous Papuan Catholics for "staying silent" over alleged social injustices.

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Military members torture Niko Hisage in Wamena

On the 22 June 2017, three members of the Wamena military command (Koramil) allegedly tortured 34-year-old Niko Hisage for seven hours at the military headquarters in the highland city of Wamena. The incident resulted from a disagreement between Niko Hisage and sergeant major Lukas Mulai over three of Niko Hisage's cows which were allegedly sold for a 'Lebaran' celebration. As the military sergeant requested to settle the issue at the Jayawijaya District Police Station, Niko Hisage and his wife with together with the military officer went to Wamena city. However, when they reached the city, Lukas Mulai spontaneously insisted to shift location to the local military base in Wamena, where Lukas Mulai and two other military members began to question Niko Hisage around 09.30 am while his wife was waiting outside of the building.

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Papuan student faces six month imprisonment sentence

Public prosecutors have demanded a sentence of six months imprisonment and one year probation against Obby Kogoya during the recent court session on 19 June 2017. The Papuan student was arrested during a peaceful assembly of Papuan students in support of United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) at the Papuan student dormitory in Yogyakarta on 15 July 2016 . He has been charged with articles 212, 213 and 351/ 2 of the Indonesian penal code (KUHP) and is currently undergoing trial at the Yogyakarta District Court. The articles refer to the criminal offense of violence against law enforcement officers. The spokesperson of Yogyakarta regional police Mrs. Anny Pudjiastuti claimed that Obby Kogoya had injured a police officer with an arrow.

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Human Rights Update West Papua – 2nd Quarter 2017

In the second quarter of 2017, the number of torture and ill-treatment cases has significantly increased while the cases of extra-judicial killings have dropped in comparison to the previous quarter of 2017. While the months January to April 2017 were comparatively quiet in terms of political arrests, activists and human rights defenders reported at least 321 political arrests during the second quarter of 2017, which mainly occurred in May. One can observe a greater variety of violations during the reporting period covering also violations against human rights defenders, political arrests and violations of the right to health. The strategy to criminalize peaceful political activists with treason charges continues to be commonly applied by law enforcement agencies in West Papua. The violations during this reporting period were equally committed by members of police and military units. At least four cases with the involvement of police officers were brought to the attention of police-internal investigation body PROPAM between April and June.

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Police officers torture 15 year old boy in Wamena

Three police officer have allegedly tortured a 15 year old boy named Alberth Nawipa on 16 June 2017 at Potikelek Market in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency. According to local human rights defenders, the officers hit Alberth Nawipa with bare hands, wooden and rubber batons on the head, back and stomach. The officers repeatedly punched him in the face. Then Alberth was threatened at knife point to be quiet and squat down while three officers collectively beat him with a rubber baton to the back and the head. One officer burned Alberth's back with his cigarette. Subsequently, the officers forced Alberth to clean up the police post at Potikelek Market while punching and kicking him to the upper body and the legs. According to a local police spokes man, police officers had arrested Alberth because he had allegedly thrown a rock at the Potikelek police post.

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Nabire District Police carries out violent raid and arbitrary arrests

Human rights defenders of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (KINGMI Papua) have reported that police forces of the district police carried out raids in Nabire, the capitol city of Nabire Regency. The raids took place on the 29 June 2017 in the so-called 'Karang Barat' complex, which is mainly inhabited by indigenous Papuans. Police forces used tear gas and water cannons against the residents. The reason for the raid remains currently unclear.

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Human Rights Update West Papua – 1st Quarter of 2017

In the first quarter of 2017, security forces killed four indigenous Papuans while the perpetrators remain untouched by law. The killings occurred in the regencies Kepulauan Yapen, Jayawijaya and Dogiyai. These Papuan regencies continue to be classified as 'red zones', where security force members tend to label indigenous Papuans as supporters of separatist Assaults movements. Hence, security force operations are conducted with a high level of violence. The majority of violations were committed by police officers during arrest or detention, where victims are vulnerable to acts of torture. The period between January and March 2017 revealed a case pattern, comprising violations such as extra-judicial killings, torture, violations of indigenous peoples rights, limitations regarding media freedom and violations of the right to fair trial.

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  1. UN High Commissioner blames Indonesia for non-cooperation with UN mechanisms
  2. 320 political arrests throughout May 2017
  3. Epidemic outbreak in Lanny Jaya Regency causes death of 37 villagers
  4. Police officer allegedly beats human rights defender
  5. Military members open fire at protesters in Jayapura
  6. Dutch human rights ambassador visits Jayapura
  7. Human rights in Indonesia under review at the UPR - Eight countries address human rights situation in West Papua
  8. Series of assaults against local journalists in Papua
  9. Protests and side event on press freedom in West Papua as Indonesia hosts 'World Press Freedom Day'
  10. Military members attack two Papuan men with knifes in Uwibutu Village, Paniai Regency
  11. ULMWP lobbies parliament of Uganda to support West Papuan independence
  12. Pacific island countries deliver joint statement on West Papua at ACP council meeting in Brussels
  13. Tensions and military presence due to conflict between mining companies in Nifasi increase
  14. Yapen District Police officers allegedly execute Maikel Marani
  15. Adoption of local regulation on the restoration of Papuan female victims' rights
  16. Press Release: Indonesia Visit by the Special Rapporteur on Health
  17. UN Special Rapporteur visits Indonesia - concerned about situation in West Papua
  18. WAN-IFRA investigates media freedom in West Papua
  19. Human rights lawyers concerned about detention conditions of three Papuan defendants
  20. NGOs deliver statement about the situation of indigenous Papuans at Human Rights Council
  21. Indonesia deports two French journalists from West Papua
  22. Saving Raja Ampat waters with tourism
  23. Vanuatu takes lead in expressing Pacific Sates' concern regarding human rights situation in West Papua
  24. 'Swim for West Papua' - Free West Campaign launches global petition
  25. Urgent Appeal - Police officers torture Mr. Edison Hesegem to death in Jayawijaya General Hospital
  26. European Parliament adopts Resolution on Indonesia, noticing arrest of peaceful protesters in West Papua
  27. 1st December Commemoration in Jakarta - Papuans and Indonesians demonstrate for Right to Self Determination
  28. Joint Statement on the New York Agreement by the Ecumenical Forum of Papuan Church Leaders
  29. Police opens fire on crowd - one killed, many injured
  30. Torture as Theatre in Papua

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