Update on criminalisation of Haris Azhar and Fatia Maulidyanti – Police mediation failed

A mediation meeting between the Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan (see photo), and the human rights activists Fatia Maulidyanti and Haris Azhar, ended without mutual agreement. The meeting on 21 October 2021 was held to seek a solution between the conflict parties outside of the law. The mediation process was facilitated by Yusri Yunus, the head of the public relations department of the Indonesian police, Polri.

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Update on situation of IDPs in Maybrat Regency – 861 IDPs from thirteen villages fled to Aitinyo District

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk (JPIC) of the Evangelical Church in the Land of Papua (GKI TP) has published a report on the situation in the Maybrat regency. The church workers visited internally displaced persons in the Maybrat Regency, Papua Province, in late September 2021 (see photo, source: JPIC GKI TP). According to JPIC, 861 IDPs from the villages Roma, Tolak, Kisor, Krus, Imsun, Yeek, Susumuk, Buohsa, Kaitana, Awet Maem, Hora Iek, Tehahite and Fuog have sought shelter in the villages Karsu, Subin dan Sris, Aitinyo District. The local community, the district government, and local churches have provided basic needs such as staple food and clothes. Among the IDPs are 91 primary school students. They are attending classes in three primary schools in the Aifat District.

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Update on IDP situation in Pegunungan Bintang – Video shows conditions in IDP shelters

Human rights activists in Pegunungan Bintang Regency have uploaded a video showing a group of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Kiwirok District, Pegunungan Bintang Regency. The group mainly consists of women and children. They are hiding in a temporary shelter in the Papuan highland forest.

The video shows about 60 people, mainly women, older adults and children, sitting together in the jungle (see photo, video screenshot). One of the women is sharing raw leaves and several bananas among the children. Another woman raises her voice and appeals to the group in the indigenous Ngalum language: “Indonesia[n soldiers] came and burnt our villages to the ground. We have already fled to the forest for one month. There is hardly any food so all children must eat what we have.” (@ 1 minute 40 seconds)

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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. Four military members reportedly arrested Mr Semuel Kobogau (see photo below, source: JPIC Kingmi Papua) inside a small store in Sugapa town on 5 October 2021. Witnesses saw the military members bringing Semuel Kobogau, 31, to the Raider 501 military post.

The following day, Mr Kobogau’s relatives gathered in front of the Intan Jaya District Police station and called upon the police to find Sem Kobogau. On 8 October 2021, the relatives officially reported Semuel Kobogau missing (see photo on top; source: JPIC Kingmi Papua). The police launched an investigation but have not been able to find Mr Kobogau as of 20 October 2021. Meanwhile, the Kodam XVII Cenderawasih military command as well started investigating the allegations of enforced disappearance. The Raider 501 military post in Sugapa has not yet commented on the allegations of enforced disappearance.  

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Police officers shoot dead Papuan man in Wamena – Two others injured by bullets

A member of the police mobile brigade (Brimob) reportedly shot dead Mr Surya Wenda in the highland town of Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency, on 12 October 2021. Bullets injured two other indigenous Papuans during the incident. Witnesses say the police forcefully dispersed a private celebration with firearms. Following the incident, residents found at least nine bullet shells at the site of the crime.

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

The Civil Society Coalition for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maybrat (KMSPPM) published 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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Papuan man shot down during conflict between security forces and gold miners at Freeport Mine, Mimika Regency

On 16 October 2021, the Freeport security task force members, together with the Amole police unit, reportedly evicted the camp of traditional gold miners at mile 74 Ritz. They mainly consist of indigenous Papuans who pan for gold in the Ajikwa River, where PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) dumps its mining tailings. According to information from local sources, one of the gold panners, Mr Diolameo Mom, 36, sustained a bullet injury in the chest as the security forces opened fire at the gold panners at Mile 74. Thereupon, the miners attacked the security forces with rocks. Multiple Freeport vehicles were allegedly damaged during the unrest.

 

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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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Regent issues legal recognition of indigenous peoples' rights in Sorong

Johny Kamuru, the regent of Sorong Regency, Papua Barat Province, has issued a decree for the legal recognition of the Gelek Malak Kalawilis Pasa, an indigenous clan of the Moi tribe (see photo, source: Jubi). The legislation gives the clan legal certainty over 3,247 hectares of customary land in the Sayosa District. On 15 October, the regent confirmed the enactment of the decree in an official ceremony which Moi representatives attended.

"This is a form of my commitment to protect the rights of indigenous peoples," said Johny Kamuru in a written press release, dating 15 October 2021. Previously, the Moi held a customary assembly. They collectively rejected the presence of the three palm oil companies PT Sorong Agro Sawitindo, PT Papua Lestari Abadi, and PT Inti Kebun Lestari on their land.

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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 the 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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  1. Police disperse peaceful West Papua rally in front of US Embassy in Jakarta - at least 15 protesters arrested
  2. Security force officers arrest six IDPs in Maybrat, among them four minors
  3. About 1,000 indigenous Papuans in Pegunungan Bintang Regency flee their homes
  4. New report by UN Secretary-General addresses intimidation and criminalisation of five West Papua activists
  5. Update on arrest of six Papuans in Dekai – Ananias Yalak dies during custody
  6. Update on treason trial in Sorong – All defendants acquitted
  7. Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea refer to human rights situation in West Papua during UN General Assembly
  8. Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment files lawsuit against human rights defenders
  9. UN Special Rapporteur calls upon Indo Govt to provide sufficient medical treatment to Victor Yeimo
  10. Series of arbitrary arrests in response to armed clashes throughout September 2021
  11. Armed conflict in West Papua spreads across new regencies - Indo Govt still rejects peace dialogue
  12. 18 September 2021 marks end of palm oil moratorium in Indonesia – NGOs demand extension
  13. School in Jayawijaya alleged of receiving government funds despite not operating for 5 years
  14. New TAPOL Report available - West Papua 2020: online and offline attacks against freedom of expression and assembly in the region
  15. Human rights coalition publishes report about situation of IDPs in Maybrat – at least 2,086 internally displaced
  16. IDPs situation in Maybrat Regency – Observers estimate number of IDPs rises to 3,000
  17. ACP's letter to OHCHR calls for independent human rights mission to West Papua
  18. Situation in Maybrat Regency – Army arrests two Papuans in Kisor
  19. Indigenous peoples flee their homes in fear of military raids in Maybrat Regency, Papua Barat Province
  20. Security force operation in Dekai accompanied by arbitrary arrest and torture
  21. At least 4,862 indigenous Papuans internally displaced in Puncak Regency
  22. New NGO report reveals relationships between military deployment and economic interests in West Papua
  23. Mongabay: UNESCO calls for closure of road running through World Heritage park in Papua
  24. Health condition of Victor Yeimo – Judge allows Yeimo's access to medical treatment
  25. UN Special Rapporteurs initiate communication with Indonesian Govt in relation to prosecution of Victor Yeimo
  26. Update on trials against Papuan human rights activist Victor Yeimo – Public Prosecutor again hampers access to medical treatment
  27. Papuan protestor dies in hospital after being shot by security force members in Yahukimo
  28. Police operation in Yapen Island causes displacement of 215 villagers
  29. Papuan Govt recommends withdrawal of 35 palm oil licenses
  30. Security forces crack-down on peaceful protests for release of Victor Yeimo – 49 protesters arrested, 19 tortured, one shot

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