Call for Solidarity Action: Free Victor Yeimo

Solidarity greetings to all!

We are sharing this urgent request for solidarity for the Free Victor Yeimo campaign. Our friends from West Papua are preparing for a national action next week and are asking for our support through the following:

1. Sign the following petitions from Amnesty International
AI Australia: https://bit.ly/free-vy-1
AI Indonesia: https://bit.ly/free-vy-2

2. Send a text message to authorities: "SEGERA BEBASKAN VICTOR YEIMO! KORBAN SISTEMIK RASISME, SEKARANG MENJADI TAWANAN. BERIKAN AKSES KESEHATAN, PENGACARA HUKUM, DAN KELUARGA SEKARANG JUGA!"

[Release Victor Yeimo immediately! He is a victim of systemic racism and was imprisoned for calling it out. Allow him access to legal, medical, and family support immediately!]

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Update on prosecution of Papuan human rights activist - Victor Yeimo’s health worsened during detention

Multiple observers have expressed concerns regarding the health of Papuan human rights activist Victor Yeimo. Mr Yeimo was arrested on 9 May 2021 and charged with various criminal charges, among others treason, conspiracy and incitement. He has been detained at the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Jayapura for more than three months. Human rights lawyer and director of the Papuan Association of Human Rights Lawyers for Papua (PAHAM Papua), Gustaf Kawer, visited Victor Yeimo on 9 August 2021 during detention. Kawer said Mr Yeimo’s health has continuously deteriorated since his imprisonment at the Brimob headquarters. Mr Yeimo lost weight. He feels pain in the chest and reportedly vomited blood. Health workers of the Bhayangkara police hospital had allegedly paid occasional visits to Mr Yeimo but only conducted general health check-ups and provided him with medication against gastric pain.

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Chairperson of journalist association in Jayapura intimidated

The Chairperson of the Association of Independent Journalists (AJI) in Jayapura, Lucky Ireeuw, was reportedly subjected to acts of intimidation on 8 August 2021. According to local media outlets, Mr Ireeuw and his family parked their car on 7 August at the roadside in Hamadi and took a boat to the island of Engros-Tobati. The family was forced to stay overnight at the island because of a sudden change of weather. When they returned to their car on the following day, unknown perpetrators had smashed a side window (see photo, source: Jubi). In contrast to usual cases of criminal theft, no valuables were removed from the car. Moreover, other vehicles which were parked next to Ireeuw’s car remained unharmed. Both findings support the assumption that the act was meant as intimidation against Lucky Ireeuw, who also works as chief editor for the Papuan news outlet Cenderawasih Post.

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Nationalist organisation reports Bali Legal Aid Institute and four Papuan students to police

The Bali-based nationalist organisation Patriot Garuda Nusantara (PGN) has filed a complaint against the Bali Legal Aid Institute (LBH Bali) and four Papuan students to the Bali Regional Police (Polda Bali) on 2 August 2021. PGN raised allegations of treason against the Papuan students, and LBH Bali after the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) had commemorated its anniversary at the Papuan student dormitory in the city of Denpasar, Bali Province. LBH Bali argues it only provides legal aid to the four Papuan students. Their clients have publicly expressed their opinion as guaranteed under the Indonesian constitution, said LBH Bali director Ni Kadek Vany Primaliraning during an interview with the news outlet Suara Papua.

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Protests for release of Victor Yeimo – 14 students arrested and temporarily detained

On 10 August 2021, Papuan students launched a peaceful protest in front of the Cenderawasih University auditorium in Jayapura. The protesters demanded the immediate release of Papuan human rights activist and international spokesperson of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Victor Yeimo. Police officers dispersed the protest around 8.00 am and reportedly arrested 14 students (see table below). The students were detained at the Jayapura Municipality police station (see photo, source: Jubi). All were released in the late afternoon at 5.20 pm after lawyers of the Association of Human Rights Lawyers for Papua (PAHAM Papua), and the Papuan Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) had provided legal support to the protesters.

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The Oneibo Shooting – Another example of widespread impunity among security forces in West Papua

Recent violent incidents involving Indonesian security force members have brought the issue of widespread impunity in West Papua once again into the public spotlight. Human rights organisations keep reporting human rights violations from the easternmost Indonesian provinces – almost all involve the police and military. In none of the cases, security forces members have been held accountable. The director of the Papuan Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua), Emanuel Gobay (see photo, source: Suara Papua), mentioned the Oneibo shooting as a typical example for the lack of accountability in West Papua.

 

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Event Notice: Pacific Education and Advocacy Festival

National, regional and international civil society organisations working in the Pacific region will hold an online event. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the struggles in the Pacific region from the perspective of indigenous peoples, human rights defenders, environmental activists, women and other groups. The event with the title “Pacific Education and Advocacy Festival” will be coordinated by the Pacific Council of Churches (PCC), the Fiji Council of Social Services, Pasefika Fono, Rize of the Morning Star, and the Papuan Customary Council (DAP).

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Police officer opens fire at Papuan villager – Angry mob burn down Nimboran police station

Multiple media outlets have covered a further case of police violence against an ethnic Papuan in the Nimboran District, Jayapura Regency, Papua Province. According to media sources, a member of the Nimboran sub-district police opened fire at 22-year-old Fredrik Sem in the Worambaim village on 2 August 2021. Mr Sem sustained an injury on the head due to a bullet and was admitted to the hospital (see photo below, source: JPIC Kingmi Papua). Following the incident, angry relatives and residents burned down the Nimboran police station (see photo on top, source: Jubi).

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The Guardian: Merauke Police chief alleged of torture was trained in Australia funded law enforcement facility

The Guardian has revealed possible connections between the unlawful detention and torture of 14 Papuan activists in Merauke (see photo, source: Jubi) and the Indonesian police training facility Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) in Semarang, Java Tengah Province. The police education centre is partly funded and run by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to teach best practice counter-terrorism and counter-people smuggling techniques to Indonesia’s national police (Polri).

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New YLBHI research on police misconduct in Indonesia

The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) has published two-and-a-half-year long research about misconduct among police officers in Indonesia. YLBHI documented 202 cases across Indonesia between January 2019 and June 2021. The violations range from police negligence to severe violations such as torture or extra-judicial executions. 2020 appeared to be a terrible year with 105 such cases – more than 50 per cent of all cases documented throughout the entire research period. The most vulnerable groups among victims of such violations were police suspects and students.

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  1. Police officer opens fire at indigenous villager in Sorong Selatan
  2. Military members arrest 12 Papuans in Skofro – 9 arrestees alleged of affiliation with the TPN PB
  3. Torture of Papuan man in Nabire again captured on video – Security force violence is rampant in West Papua
  4. Two military members torture disabled Papuan in Merauke – Video goes viral on social media
  5. Paham Papua calls upon military to be transparent about prosecution of perpetrators
  6. Trial against 2 AMP members in Jakarta – Activists sentenced to 5 months imprisonment
  7. Military member opens fire at villager in Mappi Regency
  8. Officers torture son of Papuan church leader during police patrol in Padang Bulan, Jayapura
  9. Further peaceful protest against Papuan Special Autonomy dispersed – 36 protesters arrested in Sorong
  10. Korean palm oil producer Korindo looses FSC certification
  11. Human Rights Update West Papua - 2nd Quarter 2021
  12. Protest against revision of Papuan Otsus Law in Jakarta, Jayapura and Kaimana – 84 protesters reportedly arrested
  13. Parliament committee says revised Papuan Special Autonomy bill ready to be adopted
  14. Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Lawyers demand immediate release
  15. Leading Indonesian human rights defender Carmel Budiardjo passed away
  16. Update on extra-judicial execution of four Papuans in Puncak Regency – Relatives demand prompt prosecution of perpetrators
  17. Papuan students commemorate 1st July and Biak Massacre in Surabaya, Bandung and Makassar
  18. Police in Biak alleged to have tortured suspect with boiling water
  19. Update on situation of IDPs from Puncak and Nduga
  20. Disagreement over temporary replacement of Governor between Papua and Jakarta
  21. Government says MIFEE should become food estate
  22. WPCC deplores appointment of Prov. Secretary Dance Flassy as Acting Governor of Papua
  23. Police officers forcefully disperse peaceful protest at Freeport Mine – at least one worker tortured
  24. Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Lawyers report police to Ombudsman office for disregarding Victor Yeimo’s rights during detention
  25. MRP challenges legality of unilateral revision of Papuan special autonomy law
  26. Thirty-two KNPB members arbitrarily arrested in Jayawijaya Regency
  27. Military member kills Papuan man during shooting at Jibama Market, Jayawijaya Regency
  28. Two indigenous Papuans disappeared in Pegunungan Bintang
  29. Police intimidate participants during book launch at P3W Padang Bulan, Jayapura
  30. Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Police submit case files to prosecutor

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