New case of enforced disappearance in Intan Jaya Regency – Relatives call upon the police to find Sem Kobogau

The Papuan media outlet Jubi has reported another case of enforced disappearance from the Intan Jaya Regency, where the armed conflict between the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) and Indonesian security forces has been ongoing since December 2019. Witnesses saw four military members arresting Mr Sem Kobogau inside a small store in Sugapa town on 5 October 2021. Subsequently, the military members left the store with Sem Kobogau in direction to the regent’s office.

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Update on situation in Maybrat – more than 2,768 indigenous peoples from 50 villages displaced as security force operation is ongoing

The Civil Society Coalition for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maybrat (KMSPPM) published a new data on the current situation in Maybrat on 2 October 2021. According to a press release, more than 2768 indigenous Papuans from 50 Villages in the districts Aifat Selatan, Aifat Timur, Aifat Timur Jauh, Aifat Timur Tengah and Aifat Timur Selatan have fled their homes. They fear being arbitrarily arrested or tortured during the security force operation in Maybrat, which has been ongoing since 2 September 2021.The IDPs sought shelter (see photo, source: independent HRDs) in the nearby districts Aiyawasi, Kumurkek, Aitinyo, and other regencies, such as South Sorong, Bintuni, and Sorong.

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New links between New Zealand investor and deforestation in West Papua revealed

A special investigation by the media outlet Newsroom has revealed relations between large-scale deforestation in West Papua and a New Zealand property developer named Neville Mahon. Neville Mahon allegedly holds 51% shares in the Indonesian Digoel Agri Group. Three of the group’s subsidiaries, including the companies, PT. Bovendigoel Budidaya Sentosa and PT. Perkebunan Bovendigoel Sejahtera, operate oil palm plantations with a concession area of 78,630 hectares.

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About 1,000 indigenous Papuans in Pegunungan Bintang Regency flee their homes

Following the burning of a public facilities in the Kiwirok District on 13 September 2021, about 1,000 indigenous Papuans in the Pegunungan Bintang Regency have fled their homes. They fear to become victims of state violence during security operations, which Indonesian military and police forces have launched against the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) in Pegunungan Bintang.

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More than 10,000 security forces deployed to secure national sports event in West Papua – Authorities ban Morning Star symbol

The National Sports Games (PON XX) are currently taking place in the regencies Jayapura, Mimika and Merauke, Papua Province, from 2 to 15 October 2021. According to media outlet Indoposco, more than 10,000 security force personnel have been deployed to the sports venues to secure the mass event. They comprise 1,686 police mobile brigade (Brimob) members, 5,500 police officers, 2,800 military members as well as members of the Densus 88 anti-terror special forces.

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New report by UN Secretary-General addresses intimidation and criminalisation of 5 West Papua activists

On 17 September 2021, the United Nations (UN) published its annual report on the Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights. The report was compiled by UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, and contains information on reported allegations of intimidation and reprisals between 1 May 2020 and 30 April 2021.

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Police disperse peaceful West Papua rally in front of US Embassy in Jakarta - at least 15 protesters arrested

Police forces dispersed a peaceful assembly in front of the US Embassy in Jakarta on 30 September 2021 (see photos, source: Suara Papua). The rally was organised by the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) in commemoration of the Rome agreement, a colonial treaty between United States of America, the Netherlands and Indonesia in 1962, which gave rise to Indonesia's claim to the land of Papua after the handover of West Papua (former Nederlands Nieuw Guinea) from the Dutch to Indonesia.

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Update on arrest of six Papuans in Dekai – Ananias Yalak dies during custody

Anias Yalak, also known as Senat Sol, one of the six Papuans arrested in the Yahukimo regency on 2 September 2021, passed away at the Bhayangkara Police Hospital Jayapura on 26 September 2021. According to media outlet Suara Papua, Anias Yalak was dismissed from military service in 2019 and later joined the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB). He was on a wanted list for alleged murder and illegal arms trade.

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Security force officers arrest six IDPs in Maybrat, among them four minors

Joint security forces arrested six Papuan villagers on 28 September 2021 in the Kokas Village, Aifat District. According to information received, they had been internally displaced as a result of security force operations in Maybrat and sought shelter at the Kokas Village. Four of the arrested villagers, namely Robi Yaam (15 years), Lukas Ky (14 years), Paulus Ky (16 years) and Gidion Waimbewer (11 years) are below the age of 18 years and still join junior high school. The other arrestees were identified as Yohanes Ky (76 years) and Amos Ky (21 years).

According to police sources, only  Robi Yaam and  Amos Key have been listed on a wanted list in relation to the attack on a military post in Kisor, Aifat Selatan, on 2 September 2021. The police believes that Lukas Ky was as well involved in the attack.

 

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Update on treason trial in Sorong – All defendants acquitted

Judges at the Sorong District Court acquitted the six Papuan defendants Ham Nauw, Wenceslaus Saud, Cris Djanoma, Bertus Fenitruma, Jhon Bless and Doni Pattiruhu (see photo, Source: LBH Kaki Abu). The verdict was pronounced on 29 September 2021. The judges concluded that the evidence presented at court was not sufficient to prove the defendants’ involvement in a treasonous act or criminal conspiracy against the state as stipulated in Articles 106 and 110 of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP).

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  1. Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea refer to human rights situation in West Papua during UN General Assembly
  2. Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment files lawsuit against human rights defenders
  3. UN Special Rapporteur calls upon Indo Govt to provide sufficient medical treatment to Victor Yeimo
  4. Series of arbitrary arrests in response to armed clashes throughout September 2021
  5. Armed conflict in West Papua spreads across new regencies - Indo Govt still rejects peace dialogue
  6. 18 September 2021 marks end of palm oil moratorium in Indonesia – NGOs demand extension
  7. School in Jayawijaya alleged of receiving government funds despite not operating for 5 years
  8. New TAPOL Report available - West Papua 2020: online and offline attacks against freedom of expression and assembly in the region
  9. Human rights coalition publishes report about situation of IDPs in Maybrat – at least 2,086 internally displaced
  10. IDPs situation in Maybrat Regency – Observers estimate number of IDPs rises to 3,000
  11. ACP's letter to OHCHR calls for independent human rights mission to West Papua
  12. Situation in Maybrat Regency – Army arrests two Papuans in Kisor
  13. Indigenous peoples flee their homes in fear of military raids in Maybrat Regency, Papua Barat Province
  14. Security force operation in Dekai accompanied by arbitrary arrest and torture
  15. At least 4,862 indigenous Papuans internally displaced in Puncak Regency
  16. New NGO report reveals relationships between military deployment and economic interests in West Papua
  17. Mongabay: UNESCO calls for closure of road running through World Heritage park in Papua
  18. Health condition of Victor Yeimo – Judge allows Yeimo's access to medical treatment
  19. UN Special Rapporteurs initiate communication with Indonesian Govt in relation to prosecution of Victor Yeimo
  20. Update on trials against Papuan human rights activist Victor Yeimo – Public Prosecutor again hampers access to medical treatment
  21. Papuan protestor dies in hospital after being shot by security force members in Yahukimo
  22. Police operation in Yapen Island causes displacement of 215 villagers
  23. Papuan Govt recommends withdrawal of 35 palm oil licenses
  24. Security forces crack-down on peaceful protests for release of Victor Yeimo – 49 protesters arrested, 19 tortured, one shot
  25. Call for Solidarity Action: Free Victor Yeimo
  26. Update on prosecution of Papuan human rights activist - Victor Yeimo’s health worsened during detention
  27. Chairperson of journalist association in Jayapura intimidated
  28. Protests for release of Victor Yeimo – 14 students arrested and temporarily detained
  29. Event Notice: Pacific Education and Advocacy Festival
  30. The Guardian: Merauke Police chief alleged of torture was trained in Australia funded law enforcement facility

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