Another indigenous Papuan allegedly killed during armed clash in Intan Jaya

Human rights defenders in Intan Jaya have documented the alleged killing of Bernadus Bagau (see photo: independent human rights defenders). According to information received, Bernadus Bagau disappeared during a firefight between Indonesian security forces and members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) in Intan Jaya’s largest town Sugapa on 29 October 2021. Relatives had repeatedly searched for the body or other hints pointing to his whereabouts. The body was eventually discovered on 16 November 2021 in a garden in Sugapa.

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Update on armed violence in Kiwirok – Komnas HAM delegates investigation team

The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has delegated a team of experts to investigate the killing of a health worker and the alleged bombing of villages in the Kiwirik District, Pegunugan Bintang Regency. The team arrived in the Pegunungan Bintang Regency on 8 November 2021. As of 11 November, the Komnas HAM delegates were not permitted to leave the main town of Oksibil, as the security situation in Kiwirok remains tense. Two attempts to reach the district of Kiwirok have failed as security forces could not guarantee for the safety of the Komnas HAM team.

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Police and military officials open for non-violent solutions to armed conflict in West Papua

Multiple police and military officials have recently declared their openness for negotiations with the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB). On 8 November 2021, the Indonesian parliament officially confirmed the Army Chief of Staff, Andika Perkasa, as the new chief commander of the Indonesian armed forces. Initially, Andika Prakarsa was recommended for the position by President Joko Widodo himself. Prakarsa announced that he intends to change the military’s conflict approach in the Indonesian provinces Papua and Papua Barat to become more humanistic. However, he explained that the new strategy will not be implemented before January 2022.

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More than 5,000 IDPs reportedly seek shelter in churches after new armed clashes erupt in Intan Jaya

Armed clashes between Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) have re-erupted in Intan Jaya’s largest town Sugapa, Papua Province, on 26 October 2021.  The Papuan media outlet Jubi reported that thousands of civilians, most of them indigenous Papuans, have sought shelter in multiple catholic churches in fear of armed violence.

IDPs from the villages Bilogai and Kumlagupa reportedly fled to the Missael Bilogai Church (see photos on top and below, source: YKKMP). Other IDPs from Yokatapa and Mamba sought shelter in the Stasi Waboagapa Church. According to local observers, the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Intan Jaya lack food and basic supplies. The Catholic Diocese in Timika is currently organising relief supplies for the IDPs.

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Update on IDP situation in Maybrat – 6-year-old girl dies without access to medical treatment

According to various informants in the Papua Barat Province, a 6-year-old girl named Evalina Aimau passed away on 8 November 2021 (see photo, source: independent HRDs). According to information received, Evalina was experiencing health problems after being internally displaced due to widespread security force operations in the districts Aifat Selatan, Aifat Timur, Aifat Timur Jauh, Aifat Timur Tengah and Aifat Timur Selatan. Evalina was living with her parents in one of the temporary shelters erected by indigenous peoples in the Maybrat Regency.

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Papuan students attacked by nationalist group during demonstration in Makassar

Members of the nationalist group ‘Indonesian Muslim Brigade’ (BMI) attacked a group of Papuan students who had launched a peaceful protest to release Papua activist Victor Yeimo, in front of the local parliament building in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, on 26 October 2021. BMI members reportedly attempted to disperse the peaceful protest by throwing stones at the Papuan students. The students responded by throwing stones back at BMI members. One police officer sustained a head injury from a stone as police forces dispersed both groups.

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New Shootings in Intan Jaya – two indigenous Papuans reportedly wounded by bullets

Two indigenous Papuans reportedly sustained bullet injuries during recent shootings in the Sugapa District of Intan Jaya Regency, where the armed conflict between Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) has intensified since late October 2021. A bullet reportedly injured an internally displaced villager named Apollo Belau, 29, as he was standing in front of a shelter for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on 5 November 2021. Police officials later claimed that Mr Belau was affiliated with the TPN PB. On 9 November 2021, indigenous woman Agustina Ondou (24 years) sustained two bullet injuries during a firefight in the Mamba Village. In both cases, the victims and relatives say that security force members indiscriminately opened fire at them.

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Two-year-old killed during armed clashes in Sugapa, Intan Jaya – another minor seriously injured

Armed clashes between Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) in Intan Jaya’s largest town Sugapa on 26 October 2021, resulted in the death of a two-year-old infant, Melpianus Sondegau. Another minor named Yoakim Majau, 6, sustained a bullet injury during the incident. Helpers brought both victims to the local health centre but were forced to return home as the health centre was already closed and health workers were not present. Witnesses claim that the shots came from the direction of the military command (Koramil) in Sugapa. The firefights lasted from the late afternoon until 9:00 pm. The security situation in Sugapa remains tense.

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Multiple attacks on Veronica Koman’s relatives in Jakarta – Observers believe attacks related to Papua human rights advocacy

Unknown perpetrators launched multiple attacks against relatives of Indonesian human rights defender and lawyer Veronica Koman (see photo). An explosive detonated outside Veronica Koman’s parents’ house in Jakarta on Sunday morning, 7 November 2021. Another of Koman’s relatives received a package on the same day containing a dead chicken and a letter stating, “anyone who helps to hide Veronica Koman will end up like this”. Previously, her parents’ house was the target of an arson attempt on 24 October 2021.

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Indonesian military alleged of bombing villages in Pegunungan Bintang

Various observers have claimed that Indonesian military helicopters dropped explosives on multiple villages in the Pegunugan Bintang Regency, Papua Province. According to witness testimonies, the air raids occurred between 10 and 21 October 202 in the villages Pelebip, Kiwi, Delpem, and Lolim, all located in the Kiwirok District. The houses in the affected villages reportedly burnt to the ground due to the attacks (see photos below, source: TPNPB & YKKMP).

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  1. Update on criminalisation of Haris Azhar and Fatia Maulidyanti – Police mediation failed
  2. Update on situation of IDPs in Maybrat Regency – 861 IDPs from thirteen villages fled to Aitinyo District
  3. Update on IDP situation in Pegunungan Bintang – Video shows conditions in IDP shelters
  4. Police officers shoot dead Papuan man in Wamena – Two others injured by bullets
  5. Papuan man shot down during conflict between security forces and gold miners at Freeport Mine, Mimika Regency
  6. Regent issues legal recognition of indigenous peoples' rights in Sorong
  7. New case of enforced disappearance in Intan Jaya Regency – Relatives call upon the police to find Sem Kobogau
  8. Update on situation in Maybrat – more than 2,768 indigenous peoples from 50 villages displaced as security operation goes on
  9. New links between New Zealand investor and deforestation in West Papua revealed
  10. More than 10,000 security forces deployed to secure national sports event in West Papua – Authorities ban Morning Star symbol
  11. Police disperse peaceful West Papua rally in front of US Embassy in Jakarta - at least 15 protesters arrested
  12. Security force officers arrest six IDPs in Maybrat, among them four minors
  13. About 1,000 indigenous Papuans in Pegunungan Bintang Regency flee their homes
  14. New report by UN Secretary-General addresses intimidation and criminalisation of five West Papua activists
  15. Update on arrest of six Papuans in Dekai – Ananias Yalak dies during custody
  16. Update on treason trial in Sorong – All defendants acquitted
  17. Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea refer to human rights situation in West Papua during UN General Assembly
  18. Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment files lawsuit against human rights defenders
  19. UN Special Rapporteur calls upon Indo Govt to provide sufficient medical treatment to Victor Yeimo
  20. Series of arbitrary arrests in response to armed clashes throughout September 2021
  21. Armed conflict in West Papua spreads across new regencies - Indo Govt still rejects peace dialogue
  22. 18 September 2021 marks end of palm oil moratorium in Indonesia – NGOs demand extension
  23. School in Jayawijaya alleged of receiving government funds despite not operating for 5 years
  24. New TAPOL Report available - West Papua 2020: online and offline attacks against freedom of expression and assembly in the region
  25. Human rights coalition publishes report about situation of IDPs in Maybrat – at least 2,086 internally displaced
  26. IDPs situation in Maybrat Regency – Observers estimate number of IDPs rises to 3,000
  27. ACP's letter to OHCHR calls for independent human rights mission to West Papua
  28. Situation in Maybrat Regency – Army arrests two Papuans in Kisor
  29. Indigenous peoples flee their homes in fear of military raids in Maybrat Regency, Papua Barat Province
  30. Security force operation in Dekai accompanied by arbitrary arrest and torture

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