Unprofessional behavior of security forces lead to shooting in Mauwa Village – two villagers sustain bullet injuries

Human rights defenders from the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk of the Papuan Tabernacle Church (JPIC KINGMI Papua) have reported a further case in which security forces applied  excessive use of force against a group of young villagers in Mauwa Village, Kamu District of Dogiyai Regency. On 6 April 2018, at 7.00 pm, joint security forces came to Mauwa Village using two pick up trucks. The villagers witnessed the officers stopping the cars at the bridge over the Mauwa River where they released six shots at an unknown target. Subsequently, the security forces went to Odedimika Mountain, where they fired three further shots. The villagers did not understand why the security forces had come to Mauwa village and what they were shooting at, so a group of villagers gathered at the bridge and blocked the road.

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Human Rights Update West Papua - April 2018 (covering Jan-Mar 2018)

In the first quarter of 2018, the most significant observations are related to violations of the human right to health became significant in the high number of victims of epidemic outbreaks and malnutrition, which occurred in two remote regencies of Papua Province. The cases indicate a pattern of infectious diseases and malnutrition leading to preventable, considerable and chronic mortality in the Papuan population. Human rights defenders did not report of political mass arrests in relation to the restriction of the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly during the reporting period. The ICP did not receive information of political activists being charged with the treason articles 106 and 110 between January and March 2018, as it has been common practice among local law enforcement institutions throughout the past years. In past years all large political demonstrations on West Papuan self-determination usually happened in May and December. The fact that assaults on human rights defenders and obstruction of journalists’ work still occur shows that the Indonesian government continues to control the reporting of critical information on West Papua through strict surveillance of media and activists in the region. The number of extra-judicial killings and victims of torture do not show significant deviations in comparison to previous quarterly reports, leading to the conclusion that there have been no visible improvements in the human rights situation in West Papua throughout the past three months.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food visits Indonesia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Ms. Hilal Elver, is currently visiting Indonesia from 9 April to 18 April 2018. The general purpose of the mission is to collect information and examine issues relevant to the right to food. In addition, she will discuss the realization of the right to food in terms of availibility, accessibility and adequacy with Government authorities and other relevant stakeholders. The findings on the country visit are goiong to be compiled in a public report, which will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2019.

 

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Disappointment over court ruling in Poumako Case – military court sentences perpetrator to eight months

The Human Rights Lawyers Association for Papua (PAHAM Papua) published a press release on the 20 March in which the lawyers expressed their disappointment over the court ruling in the Poumako case. The trial was processed at the III-19 Military Court in Jayapura. Chief Brigadier Yusuf Salasar was sentenced to eight months imprisonment which will be reduced by the period of detention. The military prosecutors had demanded a sentence of 15 months imprisonment. PAHAM Papua assessed both,  the court ruling and the demanded sentence by the military prosecutor as disproportionately low. The defendant was charged with the articles 351 (2), (3), which sets a maximum penalty of five, respectively seven years imprisonment.

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Security forces unlawfully arrest 45 university students in Jayapura

On 4 April 2018, members of the local Police, Intelligence (BIN), police special unit ‘BRIMOB’ and the military district comand ‘Kodim 1701 Jayapura’ searched several houses in the residential area ‘Perumnas III Waena’, located in the Heram District of Jayapura. The houses were inhabited by stundents of the Cenderawasih University in Jayapura. 45 students were arrested. Subsequently, the students were brought to the BRIMOB head quarters in Kota Raja and later detained at the Jayapura district police station. Two students were brought to the sub-district police station in Abepura (Polsek Abepura).

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Joint oral statement regarding situation of malnutrition in West Papua at the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Franciscans International, VIVAT International, International Coalition for Papua and West Papua Netzwerk, Geneva for Human Rights and Dominicans for Justice and Peace have delivered a joint statement on 2 March 2018 at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. The statement was delivered in response to severe cases of malnutrition which have repeatedly occured in remote areas of West Papua throughout the past three years.

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Police officer beats Papuan man at public hospital in Karubaga, Tolikara Regency

The Papuan media outlet ‘Suara Papua’ has documented another case of torture which occurred on 14 March 2018 in the public hospital of Karubaga Town, in the Papuan regency of Tolikara. A member of the police mobile brigade (Brimob) allegedly tortured Yuten Gurik, a Papuan suffering a mental disorder, which is characterized by uncontrolled emotional outbursts. According to family members, the people in Karubaga tolerated his behavior and knew about Yuten Gurik’s state of mental disorder because the outbursts had repeatedly occurred in public spaces.

Around 12.00 pm, Yuten Gurik sustained an emotional outburst in front of the church congregation building Yerusalem Karubaga, near the Jurageme bridge. Thereupon, family members brought him to Karubaga General Hospital. Shortly thereafter, a mobile brigade police officer entered the hospital and saw Yuten Gurik. The officers perceived his behavior as a disturbance of public order and handcuffed him. As Yuten loudly protested against being handcuffed, the police officer repeatedly struck him with a rubber baton.

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Presence of militant Islamic leader in Kerom creates tensions

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk (JPIC) of the Evangelical Christian Church in the Land of Papua (GKI-TP) has reported of growing concerns over the presence of prominent radical Islamic leader Jafar Umar Thalib (JUT) in the Papuan regency of Kerom. JUT is the founder and head of  ‘Laskar Jihat’, a militant and radical Islamic organization in Indonesia. Official government letters indicate that JUT has moved away from Yogjakarta (Central Java) and is currently residing in Kerom. The presence of JUT has lead to rejection and anxiety among many people in Kerom and Jayapura. According to JPIC, JUT has begun to build an Islamic boarding school (Pesantren) in Kerom and carried out multiple activities promoting the spreading of Islam in Kerom, Jayapura and various other places in Papua.

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Asian Human Rights Commission urges Indonesian Government to review new Penal Code Bill

The Asian Human Rights Commisson (AHRC) has published a statement in which the organisation criticizes the new version of the Indonesian Penal Code and demands a revision of the bill. The drafting committee should incorporate international human rights principles into the bill and take into account the public input and list of problems that had been discussed in a series of public hearings in the parliament. It is essential that the new penal code does not become a political tool to protect the government and criminalize dissenters and political opponents.

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Indigenous woman shot dead in Timika – seven mobile police brigade officers under investigation

The Papuan news outlets ‘Tabloid Jubi’ and ‘Suara Papua’ have reported the killing of 55-years-old Emakulata Kolaka Emakeparo, an indigenous Papuan woman of the Kamoro tribe. The incident occurred on 3 February 2018 around 10 pm, as Emakulata Emakeparo and her husband were  crossing the river in a small canoe near the Amamare cargo dock in search for drinking water. An autopsy showed that her death was caused by a head shot which penetrated the forehand. The vice chief of the Papuan regional police (POLDA Papua) Yakobus Marjuki stated in a public interview that the death was caused by a ricochet during a conflict escalation between police officers and local villagers.

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  1. Parliament members in the Netherlands concerned about situation of indigenous peoples in West Papua
  2. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visits Indonesia
  3. BBC Journalist has to leave West Papua because her tweets “hurt feelings of the Indonesian military”
  4. Military members torture Papuan man to death - Asian Human Rights Commission launches urgent appeal
  5. Papuan central highlands remain human rights hot spot – security force members torture group of indigenous Papuans
  6. Freedom of assembly under threat - Security forces prevent commemoration of international human rights day in Dogiyai Regency
  7. Army officer insults Filep Karma during interrogation at Cengkarang Airport
  8. Papuan students outside of West Papua face systematic harassment
  9. LIPI survey elucidates difference in perceptions regarding situation in West Papua
  10. Devastating health conditions in the Papuan regencies Asmat and Pegunungan Bintang – epidemic outbreaks and malnutrition reveal government failures
  11. Ten cases of extra-judicial killings in West Papua throughout 2017
  12. Security force raid in Nduga Regency – five victims injured by bullets, four tortured
  13. Police officer shoots and kills Papuan man in Mappi Regency
  14. Human rights defenders face intimidation and discreditation after press release on security force raids in Nduga Regency
  15. CCA delegation observes human rights violations in West Papua
  16. New documentary and report about struggles in the lives of Papuan women
  17. ULMWP leaders' summit held in Port Vila
  18. Papuan worker disappears as armed conflict near the Freeport Mine escalates - Amnesty International launches Urgent Appeal
  19. AI Indonesia demands investigation into allegations of unlawful killing
  20. Press freedom in West Papua under threat - two assaults on local journalists throughout November
  21. Conflict over land between palm oil company and indigenous land owner results in police violence
  22. Army officers torture villagers in Moso Village
  23. Security situation at the Freeport Mine in Tembagapura deteriorates
  24. Mysterious shootings at the Freeport mine continue
  25. Six military members search house of Papuan journalist without warrant
  26. 38 people in districts Semenage and Werima die due to absence of health services
  27. West Papua petition delivered to the United Nations
  28. Human Rights Update West Papua - 3rd Quarter
  29. 30 months imprisonment and dismissal from military service for the burning of bibles
  30. Police brutality in Nabire – high school student beaten because he did not wear a helmet

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