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 the 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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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 due to security force operations in Maybrat and sought shelter at the Kokas Village. Four of the arrested villagers are below the age of 18 years and still join junior high school. They are Robi Yaam (15 years), Lukas Ky (14 years), Paulus Ky (16 years) and Gidion Waimbewer (11 years). The other arrestees were identified as Yohanes Ky, 76, and Amos Ky, 21.

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

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

Following the burning of 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 becoming 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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Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea refer to human rights situation in West Papua during UN General Assembly

Two states have addressed the human rights situation in West Papua at the 76th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA). The UNGA has taken place at the UN headquarters in New York between 21 and 27 September 2021. Many states did not physically attend the UNGA but joined the assembly online, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper international travel.

On 26 September 2021, Bob Loughman, Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, expressed his concerns regarding the human rights situation in West Papua during his online speech at the general debate.

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New report by UN Secretary-General addresses intimidation and criminalisation of five 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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Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment files lawsuit against human rights defenders

The former military general and incumbent Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan (see photo), filed a lawsuit against KontraS (Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence) coordinator, Fatia Maulidianti, and executive director of human rights NGO Lokataru, Haris Azhar, on 22 September 2021. The human rights activists discussed joint research findings of possible relations between security force deployments and economic interests behind gold mining operations in the Papuan regency Intan Jaya in a video that was uploaded on Azhar’s YouTube Channel on 20 August 2021. Previously, Panjaitan had twice sent a subpoena to the activists, asking them to apologize for the allegations raised against him publicly.

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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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UN Special Rapporteur calls upon Indo Govt to provide sufficient medical treatment to Victor Yeimo

Indonesia: Life of jailed West Papuan activist in danger without urgent medical care – UN expert

 

GENEVA (20 September 2021) – Indonesia must provide West Papuan human rights defender Victor Yeimo (see photo below) with proper medical care to keep him from dying in prison, a UN human rights expert said today.

Despite repeated requests from his lawyers for a delay on medical grounds, Mr Yeimo went on trial in a Jayapura court at the end of August on charges of treason and incitement related to his peaceful involvement in anti-racism and self-determination protests in 2019.

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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 insufficient 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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Series of arbitrary arrests in response to armed clashes throughout September 2021

Media outlets and human rights defenders have documented the arrest of 29 persons in the Papuan regencies Yahukimo and Sorong throughout September 2021. Among them were seven children between 7 and 12 years and four other minors. In most of the cases, the police officers conducted the arrests without showing a warrant. The series of arrests are believed to be part of countermeasures in response to multiple attacks by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) against military posts in Yahukimo and Maybrat.

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

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