Torture of Papuan man in Nabire again captured on video – Security force violence is rampant in West Papua

On 26 July 2021, a video showing two military members torturing a deaf-and-dumb Papuan man in Merauke caused public outrage across West Papua. Only two days following the incident, another similar video taken in the Nabire Regency has gone viral on social media. This time, witnesses recorded two mobile police brigade officers torturing a Papuan man in the Bumi Wonoreja village on 28 July 2021. Joint security forces had been deployed to the village to secure local elections. Papuan police chief, Mathius D Fakhiri, declared during a press conference on 29 July 2021 that both officers have been taken into custody and are currently investigated by Propam, an internal disciplinary police unit.

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Two military members torture disabled Papuan in Merauke – Video goes viral on social media

A recently published video showing a deaf & dumb Papuan being tortured by Indonesian army members has caused public outrage across West Papua. The video shows two Indonesian Airforce (TNI-AU) members pushing a deaf-and-dumb young Papuan named Steven (18 years) on the pavement while stepping on the victim’s head and left arm. The incident reportedly occurred on 26 July 2021 in the Merauke regency, Papua Province. Military commander, Kolonel Herdy Arief, publicly apologized for the wrongdoing of his men during a press conference on the day after the incident. He declared that both perpetrators will receive disciplinary sanctions and will be processed in accordance with the law. The perpetrators have been detained as suspects for 20 days for in-depth investigation by the military police. According to CNN Indonesia, the perpetrator’s superiors have already been removed from their positions in Merauke.

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Paham Papua call upon military to be transparent about prosecution of perpetrators

The Association of Human Rights Lawyers for Papua (Paham Papua) has called upon the XVII/Cenderawasih military chief commander to publish information about the current status in the law enforcement procedure in four cases of human rights violations as well as the arson of public health facilities in the Intan Jaya regency and the killing of a police officer in the Mamberamo Raya regency. Investigations had revealed that all cases were committed under the involvement of military members.

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Further peaceful protest against Papuan Special Autonomy dispersed – 36 protesters arrested in Sorong

The Papuan Peoples’ Front for the Rejection of Special Autonomy organised a peaceful protest in the city of Sorong, Papua Barat Province, on 19 July 2021. The crowd wanted to walk to the local parliament in Sorong to voice their rejection of the Papuan Special Autonomy but was blocked by police forces. Police officers reportedly dispersed the protest and arrested 36 protesters, among them two minors (see table below). They were temporarily detained at the Sorong police headquarters (see photo on top, source: YKKMP). A protester named Semuel Kogoya (36 years) sustained abrasions on the nose and the forehead as a result of police violence during arrest (see image below, source: YKKMP).

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Trial against 2 AMP members in Jakarta – Activists sentenced to 5 months imprisonment

On 22 July 2021, judges at the North Jakarta District Court found Papuan activists Roland Levy and Kelvin Molama (see photo, source: AMP) guilty of attacking another student named Rajid Patiran and sentenced them to five months imprisonment. Both activists are students and associated with the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) which has been organising peaceful protests on political and human rights related issues in West Papua across Indonesia. The lawyers represent the view that the judges did not consider various pieces of evidence and the defendants' testimonies in the verdict. They suspect that the judges might have been pressured to sentence the students guilty for their involvement in peaceful political activities.

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Korean palm oil producer Korindo loose FSC certification

The Korean palm oil conglomerate Korindo will loose its sustainability certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in October 2021. The FSC had been working with Korindo although various environmental groups have repeatedly raised allegations of illegal deforestation and human rights violations against local communities. The FSC has now decided to withdraw Korindo’s certification after the relationship with the Group has "become untenable". The FSC certificate should inform consumers that the products are sourced from ethical and sustainable companies.

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Military member opens fire at villager in Mappi Regency

A member of the Koramil 1707/Kepi military command has tortured two indigenous Papuans in the Kanami Ville, Asgon District, during a dispute on 16.7.2021. The perpetrator named Syarifudin reportedly attacked Mr Anes Samogoi causing Mr Samagaoi to fall on the floor. As his brother, Mr Yosep Kamogou Samogoi (26 years), stepped in to help, Mr Syarifudin draw his fire arm and fired two shots at the brothers. One of the projectiles hit Mr Yosep Kamogou Samogoi in the leg causing a bullet injury in the left thigh. He was brought to the Mappi general hospital where he received medical treatment.

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Human Rights Update West Papua - 2nd Quarter 2021

Similar to previous reporting periods, human rights statistics between April and June 2021 continue to mirror the effects of the armed conflict and political tensions for Papuan civil society. The number of arbitrary arrests, political and non-political, continue to be high as the police firmly restrict the freedom of peaceful assembly and other civil-political rights. Nevertheless, Papuans voiced their discontent over the Papuan special autonomy and aspirations for self-determination in peaceful demonstrations. Papuan activist and human rights advocate, Victor Yeimo, was arrested in early May 2021 and charged with multiple criminal charges, among them treason. The police accused him of masterminding West Papua-wide protests against racism and civil unrest between August and September 2019. Three out of six reported victims of extra-judicial executions died in the context of security force raids in the Puncak Regency. All were indigenous Papuans. Observers estimate at least 31,833 indigenous Papuans internally displaced in the Puncak Regency due to the armed conflict between the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) and Indonesian security forces. Only a few of them have access to medical treatment and other humanitarian aid.

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Officers torture son of Papuan church leader during police patrol in Padang Bulan, Jayapura

Police officers reportedly tortured Charles Yoman during a patrol in Padang Bulan, Heram District of Jayapura City, on 10 July 2021. Mr Charles Yoman is the son of Rev Socrates Sofyan Yoman, president of the Fellowship of Baptist Churches in West Papua and member to the West Papuan Council of Churches. According to information received from the Baptist Church, seven officers of the Heram sub-district police approached Mr Yoman and his friends as they were consuming alcoholic drinks in front of a house. As the officers asked the group to disperse, Mr Charles Yoman responded “Be careful, this is the complex I live in. You don't know who I am?”. Thereupon, one of the officers allegedly shouted “Arrest him and get him up [on the police truck]. Beat him up”. The officers allegedly dragged him into the police truck and subsequently tortured him inside the vehicle and during detention at the Heram sub-district police station.

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Protest against revision of Papuan Otsus Law in Jakarta, Jayapura and Kaimana – 84 protesters reportedly arrested

Papuan students and solidarity groups launched peaceful protests against the revision of the Papuan Special Autonomy (Otsus) Law in the cities Jayapura, Papua Province, Kaimana (Papuan Barat Province) and Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. The protesters argued that the revisions were forced by the Indonesian parliament and the Government without considering the aspirations of the Papuan people. The police forcefully dispersed the protests and carried out mass arrests.

The Jayapura police forcefully dispersed a peaceful demonstration at the Cenderawasih University campus on 14 July 2021 (see photo, source: independent HRDs) and arrested 24 protesters (see table below). At least five protesters were injured by security forces as a result of excessive force during the arrest (see photo below, source: independent human rights defenders). The protest in Jakarta took place in front of the Indonesian Parliament building in the Senayan area in Jakarta while the Indonesian house of representative passed 19 revisions to the Papuan Special Autonomy Law No 21/2001 during a parliament debate on 15 July 2021. The police reportedly arrested 40 protesters. The protest in Kaimana on 15 July 2021 was also dispersed by police forces. According to information received from local human rights defenders, 20 protesters were arrested (see table on bottom). All three demonstrations were forcefully dispersed under the pretext of violating COVID-19 health protocols.

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  1. Parliament committee says revised Papuan Special Autonomy bill ready to be adopted
  2. Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Lawyers demand immediate release
  3. Leading Indonesian human rights defender Carmel Budiardjo passed away
  4. Update on extra-judicial execution of four Papuans in Puncak Regency – Relatives demand prompt prosecution of perpetrators
  5. Papuan students commemorate 1st July and Biak Massacre in Surabaya, Bandung and Makassar
  6. Police in Biak alleged to have tortured suspect with boiling water
  7. Update on situation of IDPs from Puncak and Nduga
  8. Disagreement over temporary replacement of Governor between Papua and Jakarta
  9. Government says MIFEE should become food estate
  10. WPCC deplores appointment of Prov. Secretary Dance Flassy as Acting Governor of Papua
  11. Police officers forcefully disperse peaceful protest at Freeport Mine – at least one worker tortured
  12. Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Lawyers report police to Ombudsman office for disregarding Victor Yeimo’s rights during detention
  13. MRP challenges legality of unilateral revision of Papuan special autonomy law
  14. Thirty-two KNPB members arbitrarily arrested in Jayawijaya Regency
  15. Military member kills Papuan man during shooting at Jibama Market, Jayawijaya Regency
  16. Two indigenous Papuans disappeared in Pegunungan Bintang
  17. Police intimidate participants during book launch at P3W Padang Bulan, Jayapura
  18. Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Police submit case files to prosecutor
  19. Update on killing of Rev. Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya – Forensic specialists conduct autopsy
  20. Joint security forces execute three indigenous Papuans in Puncak Regency – Three others injured by bullets
  21. Security force members torture indigenous villager and kill pastor in Puncak Regency
  22. Human Rights Commission visits internally displaced persons in Puncak
  23. Event notice: Papuan Voices Film Festival coming in August 2021
  24. At least 25 victims of extra-judicial killings in West Papua in 2020
  25. Update on armed conflict in Puncak Regency – TPN PB suggests armed combat shifts to designated area
  26. Indonesia votes against UN resolution on genocide and crimes against humanity
  27. New protests against special autonomy and for the release of Papuan political prisoners – 146 protesters arrested in Manokwari
  28. Update on Internet breakdown in Jayapura – Internet connection planned to be repaired in early June
  29. Six Papuan protesters standing trial in Sorong accused of treason
  30. New shootings indicate spreading of armed conflict in West Papua

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