LIPI survey elucidates difference in perceptions regarding situation in West Papua

The 'Indonesian Institute of Sciences' (LIPI) in cooperation with 'Change.org' has conducted an internet survey among 27.298 Indonesian citizens about their perceptions regarding West Papua. The majority of participants consisted of Non-Papuans (98%), most of them living outside of West Papua. The survey was conducted for three weeks in November 2017 and covered multiple demographic entities, varying in terms of education, gender and age. The collected data reveals the existence of significant differences in perception regarding the current situation of West Papua between Non-Papuans and indigenous Papuans.

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Devastating health conditions in the Papuan regencies Asmat and Pegunungan Bintang – epidemic outbreaks and malnutrition reveal government failures

Multiple Indonesian news outlets have reported of new cases revealing the ongoing health crisis in West Papua. At least 62 villagers died in the Asmat regency due to malnutrition and the outbreak of measles epidemic since September 2017. Hundreds of villagers have been infected by measles and face difficulties to access health care services. Similar conditions have been reported from Pedam Village in Pegunungan Bintang regency, where 25 villagers had died between October and December 2017 because of measles, diarrhea and malnutrition. The large majority of affected are indigenous Papuans below the age of five years.

 

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Ten cases of extra-judicial killings in West Papua throughout 2017

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) has documented the extra-judicial killings of  ten indigenous Papuans throughout the year 2017. The ICP demands Indonesian authorities to immediately conduct independent, impartial and effective investigations into these cases. All perpetrators should be brought to justice at  civilian courts through fair and transparent trials, as stipulated in international human rights treaties.

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CCA delegation observes human rights violations in West Papua

A three-member pastoral solidarity team of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), visited West Papua from 4 to 8 December 2017. The visit served the purpose of receiving first hand information regarding the allegations of on-going human rights violations and repressive acts against the indigenous Papuans. The CCA team met with church delegations, members of the Papuan Parliament, local government officials and civil society representatives.

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Security force raid in Nduga Regency – five victims injured by bullets, four tortured

The 'Advocacy Network on Law Enforcement and Human Rights of the Papuan Central Highlands' (JAPH-HAM) together with the 'Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence' (KONTRAS) published a press release on 20 December 2017 in response to an alleged security force raid in the area around the Daragma Airport in Mugi District of Nduga Regency, Papua Province. According to JAPH-HAM and KONTRAS, the raids between 12  and 15 December 2017 appeared to be an act of revenge after violent clashes between the Papuan Liberation Army (TPN) and Indonesian Military (TNI) had caused the death of a constructions worker. One TNI soldier sustained bullet injuries during the exchange of fire.

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New documentary and report about struggles in the lives of Papuan women

The CSO Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) together with the Papuan Women Working Group (PWG) has published a new report and documentary about the daily struggles of Papuan women. The report and  documentary with the title ' I AM HERE: Voices of Papuan Women in the Face of Unrelenting Violence' (Bahasa Indonesia: SA ADA DI SINI: Suara Perempuan Papua Menghadapi Kekerasan yang Tak Kunjung Usai) compile the results of four years of participatory action research with 170 indigneous Papuan women consisting of female activists, religious leaders and human rights organisations.

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Police officer shoots and kills Papuan man in Mappi Regency

An officer of the Mappi District police with the initials D.E. shot dead 19-year-old Nikolausi Bernolpus on the 25 December 2017 at 4.00 am East Indonesia Time during a routine police patrol in Kodok Street, in Kepi Town of Mappi Regency. The incident was confirmed by the by district police chief Wartono in an interview with the independent Papuan media outlet Tabloid Jubi. The Papuan Regional Police (Polda Papua) publicly announced to launch an investigation into the case.

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ULMWP leaders' summit held in Port Vila

The first United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Leaders' Summit was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu from November 27th to December 3rd 2017. Amongst several topics was the nomination and election of the new structure of the Executive Committee of the ULMWP Leadership for the second period of the Work Term 2018-2021.

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Human rights defenders face intimidation and discreditation after press release on security force raids in Nduga Regency

Two human rights defenders have been intimidated after the Papuan advocacy network 'JAPH-HAM' has published a press release about raids by Indonesian security forces, which allegedly  occurred between 12 and 15 December 2017 in the Papuan central highlands regency Nduga. The Papua human rights defender Theo Hesegem was visited by member of the Indonesian State Intelligence Body (BIN), received phone calls from military representatives and a threat sms, stating that he should stop slandering the Indonesian military (TNI). A questionable website attempted to discredit Veronica Koman, a human rights lawyer and activist from Jakarta in response to the press release.

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Papuan worker disappears as armed conflict near the Freeport Mine escalates - Amnesty International launches Urgent Appeal

The international human rights organisaton 'Amnesty International' has launched an urgent appeal in relation to the disappearance of Martinus Beanal, on 7 November 2017. The disappearance occurred as the armed conflict near the Freeport mine in Tembaggapura of Mimika Regency intensified. According to 'Amnesty International', the Police announced that Martinus was dead and buried by his family, a claim that has been refuted by his family. Martinus Beanal's whereabouts are still unknown.

 

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  1. AI Indonesia demands investigation into allegations of unlawful killing
  2. Press freedom in West Papua under threat - two assaults on local journalists throughout November
  3. Conflict over land between palm oil company and indigenous land owner results in police violence
  4. Army officers torture villagers in Moso Village
  5. Security situation at the Freeport Mine in Tembagapura deteriorates
  6. Mysterious shootings at the Freeport mine continue
  7. Six military members search house of Papuan journalist without warrant
  8. 38 people in districts Semenage and Werima die due to absence of health services
  9. West Papua petition delivered to the United Nations
  10. Human Rights Update West Papua - 3rd Quarter
  11. 30 months imprisonment and dismissal from military service for the burning of bibles
  12. Police brutality in Nabire – high school student beaten because he did not wear a helmet
  13. Series of political arrests continues - 100 protesters arrested during peaceful commemorations in Java
  14. Joint West Papua report details deterioration in the last two years
  15. Update Oneibo Shooting: Perpetrators' sentence disproportionately low
  16. Military member opens fire at indigenous fishermen at Poumako Port, Timika
  17. Military officers kill Robi Murib in Ilaga, Puncak Regency
  18. ICP Members comment on the UPR report adoption
  19. Updating Papua Road Map
  20. GoI extends Freeport’s contract without the consent of the indigenous people or addressing human rights and environmental degradation
  21. Local parliament asks Brimob and PT Dewa Krisna to leave Deiyai Regency
  22. Series of arbitrary arrests and torture in Manokwari
  23. Oneibo Case submitted to UN Special Procedures
  24. Amnesty International publishes statement on 'Oneibo Shooting'
  25. Government negligence leads to health crisis in the regencies Deiyai and Dogiyai
  26. Mobile brigade police officers open fire at villagers in Oneibo, Deyai Regency
  27. Military officer accuses human rights defender of seeking popularity
  28. Cases of human rights violations submitted to the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council
  29. Military members torture Niko Hisage in Wamena
  30. Human Rights Update West Papua – 2nd Quarter 2017

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