Police officers arrest Papuan human rights activist and relatives in Mimika Regency – five allegedly beaten during custody

According to the Papuan online media outlet ‘Suara Papua’, police officers in Timika arrested five indigenous Papuans on 7 April 2020. Around 3.00 pm, Papuan human rights activist Ema Natkime (see intro image, Source: Suara Papua) and five of her relatives named Yohanis Wamang, Roni Wamang, Nangain Magai, Emarain Marai and Imelda Magai (still a minor) were driving to the village of Jayanti, Iwaka District, as police officers stopped their car. When the officers found basic food supplies in large quantities inside the car, they suspected the six passengers were supplying food to members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB). Subsequently, the police officers arrested the six passengers and brought them to the Kuala Kencana Sub-District police station.

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Trial update on killing of Govt contractors in Nduga Regency – Mispo Gwijangge released

Judges at the Jakarta Central Jakarta District Court have rejected the public prosecutor’s indictment in their interlocutory verdict on 8 April 2020. The judges’ decision brought an end to 333 days of arbitrary detention. During previous court hearings, Mispo Gwijangge’s lawyers and the Indonesian Commission for the protection of children (KPAI) requested a forensic examination of his teeth due to substantial indications that the defendant was still a minor. According to the forensic examination, Mispo Gwijangge was estimated to be around 16 years old – too young to be prosecuted under adult law. The defendant’s age was not the only procedural breach in the law enforcement process. The police and the public prosecution of Jayawijaya regency failed to provide access to a translator and legal support during the investigation. The Indonesian Criminal Procedure Code (KUHAP) stipulates that law enforcement institutions are required to provide legal support to all suspects of criminal violations punishable with more than five years imprisonment during all stages of law enforcement. The team called on the National Police (Polri) and the Attorney General’s office to launch an investigation into the allegations regarding the abuse of authority by law enforcement officers.

 

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One employee killed and six injured during TPN PB attack on Freeport office

Media sources reported that members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) attacked the offices of mining company PT Freeport Indonesia (PT FI) in Kuala Kencana on 30 March 2020. Around 2.00 pm, a group of TPBN PB fighters armed with three firearms and traditional weapons reportedly attacked PT FI workers in front of the office building. One employee was killed during the attack (see intro image, source: Suara Papua), two others injured by bullets. Their condition is still critical. Four workers sustained minor injuries and received ambulant medical care at the Freeport Hospital.

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Papuan student arrested in Ambon for wearing a net bag with Morning Star symbol

Seven months ago, multiple racist assaults against Papuans students by nationalist mass organisations and discriminative interventions by the local police in the Javanese cities Malang and Surabaya caused large scale demonstrations against racism in all major cities across West Papua, some of them turning into violent riots. The Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) has reported a further case, in which military members arbitrarily arrested a Papuan student for wearing a bag with a Morning Star symbol in the city of Ambon, Maluku Province.

 

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Sixth update on trials and detentions after anti-racism riots in West Papua

This article provides an overview on trials related to Papua-wide anti-racism protests between late August and late September 2019 as well as the subsequent wave of criminalisation against human rights defenders and political activists. The International Coalition for Papua summarised earlier stages of the legal proceedings and detentions in previous articles (first update, second update, third update, fourth update, fifth update). The following article covers recent developments in relation to the riots throughout March 2020.

Statistical data suggests that Indonesian police officers reportedly conducted at least 525 arrests between 18 August and 25 September 2019. Subsequently, the police and the public prosecutors initiated legal processes against at least 116 suspects. Twenty-two of them have been charged with treason for participating in demonstrations against racism or peacefully advocating for the right to self-determination.

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CSO demands access for Indonesian Red Cross to West Papua

The Papuan Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) has demanded the Indonesian Government to take urgent measures to provide humanitarian help to victims of internal displacement in multiple regencies of West Papua through the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI). The statement followed recent outbreaks of armed violence in the regency of Mimika which reportedly caused the displacement of over 1.500 indigenous peoples from the district of Tembagapura in early March 2020. The internal displacement of civilians in Tembagapura is not an isolated case. In late December 2019 and January 2020, residents of 15 villages in the regency of Intan Jaya fled their homes after the Indonesian Government deployed additional military units to the regency to conduct a wide-ranging military operation. Other cases of internal displacement due to the military operations and armed clashes in West Papua have been reported from the regencies Puncak, Lanny Jaya and Nduga throughout 2019.

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Jokowi’s Omnibus Bill for job creation – Observers fear far-reaching consequences for West Papua

In the third quarter of 2019, economic growth in Indonesia decreased to a three-year low of 4.97 percent as a result of shrinking exports and investments. President Jokowi reacted by drafting the Omnibus Bill on job creation as an effort to boost the economy. The business owners and investors claim that Indonesia is over-regulated, with heavy bureaucracy through central government regulations as well as ministerial-, agency- and regional-level rules posing a burden to business owners and companies. The Omnibus Bill on job creation suggests amendments to 73 laws and consists of 15 chapters and 174 articles to reduce bureaucracy and make Indonesia more attractive for investors.

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Armed conflict in West Papua aggravates throughout past weeks – over 1,500 IDPs flee to Timika

The armed conflict in West Papua has significantly aggravated throughout the past weeks. Armed clashes between Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) were reported from the Papuan regencies Nduga, Pegunungan Bintang, Kerom and Mimika. Many of the clashes resulted in the deaths of security force members. Multiple armed attacks in the regency of Mimika reportedly caused the displacement of over 1,500 indigenous Amungme people from four villages. For the first time, multiple violent incidents within a short time frame occurred in the regency of Pegunungan Bintang. Indonesian security forces suspect that the local TPN PB forces used stolen weapons for the attacks. TPN PB members had retrieve eleven fire arms of various sizes from a crashed military chopper in June 2019.

 

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Coronavirus has reached West Papua

According to local reports, the Coronavirus has reached West Papua. On 26 March, local hospitals were able to identify seven cases of COVID-19 in the Papuan cities of Merauke, Jayapura and Biak. The patients’ age ranged from 21 to 51 years old and they all had returned recently from trips to Jakarta or other cities in West Indonesia. Local Governments reacted immediately and took various measures to prevent the quick spreading of the virus.

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Public worship in Nduga overshadowed by armed clash – Security forces kill one indigenous woman, at least three others injured

The new members of the local parliament in the regency of Nduga were inaugurated on 24 February 2020. On 26 February 2020, the parliament members organised a public worship with a traditional earth oven in the town of Kenyam, to which many indigenous peoples from nearby districts came. The public event was overshadowed by an armed clash between members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) and Indonesian Security Forces. During the exchange of fire, the security forces shot dead 25-year-old Wislina Tabuni (see intro image) as she was seeking cover. She sustained a lethal bullet wound to the neck and died shortly after the attack. Another indigenous Papuan named Yosman Wasiangge (20 years) was severely injured by a bullet during the shooting. The projectile hit Yosman in the right side of the lower back (see image on the right). He was flown on 27 February 2020 to the general hospital in Timika, where the projectile was surgically removed on the following day.

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  1. Police officers fail to protect truck driver during mob attack in Dogiyai Regency
  2. Fifth Update on trials and detentions after anti-racism riots in West Papua
  3. Unrest throughout August and September 2019 results in 59 fatalities
  4. Joint security forces kill indigenous community leader and minor during raid in Intan Jaya
  5. Wamena after the September-Riots – Freedom of assembly still subjected to limitations
  6. Komnas HAM categorises Paniai incident as serious human rights violation – Case submitted to Attorney General
  7. Laporan Baru ICP tentang Papua Barat: hak asasi manusia, konflik dan situasi pembangunan
  8. Press release: New Report on the West Papua Human Rights and Conflict Situation published by the ICP
  9. Fourth Update on trials and detentions after Anti-Racism Riots in West Papua
  10. Trial update on killing of Govt contractors in Nduga Regency – Lawyers request forensic examination of defendant’s teeth
  11. Freedom of speech in West Papua under threat – police presses charges against student for Facebook post on Sugapa Shooting
  12. One indigenous civilian killed and two injured in Sugapa – 15 villages in Intan Jaya Regency reportedly affected by internal displacement
  13. Third Update on trials and detentions after anti-racism riots in West Papua
  14. Update on killing of Govt contractors in Nduga Regency - Trial against defendant launched in Jakarta
  15. Constitutional Court rejects request to review law on formation of Irian Barat Province
  16. West Papua Human Rights Update January 2020
  17. Four students in Ternate expelled from university for participating in peaceful demonstration for West Papua
  18. Security force operation in Intan Jaya Regency during Christmas – indigenous villagers flee their homes
  19. Police officers open fire at house in Yahukimo Regency – Two residents sustain bullet injuries
  20. Military members alleged of executing Papuan driver in Nduga Regency
  21. Second update on trials and detentions after anti-racism riots in West Papua
  22. Update on Treason Trial against Polish citizen – Supreme court raises sentence to 7 years
  23. Police officer ill-treats journalist in Dekai, Yahukimo Regency
  24. KOMNAS HAM observes deterioration of human rights situation throughout 2019 as Govt institutions block the settlement of human rights violations
  25. Special force members intimidate human rights defender in Nabire
  26. Military operation in Lanny Jaya claims lives of two indigenous villagers and causes internal displacement
  27. Recent cyber-attacks aimed to prevent publication of new report on Papuan political prisoners
  28. Commemoration of ‘Papuan Independence Day’ - 115 Papuans reportedly arrested, at least 31 charged with treason
  29. Lawyers express concern regarding health condition of political detainees
  30. Update on trials and detentions after racist assaults on Papuan students and subsequent anti-racism riots in West Papua

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