Police officer opens fire at indigenous villager in Sorong Selatan

On 20 July 2021, a member of the Sorong Selatan District Police with the initials OD reportedly attacked and tortured 46-year-old Nicolas Kemerai (see photo, source: Jubi) in the Bariat village, Sorong Selatan regency. The torture was meant to be a punishment for a broken timber deal. According to media outlet Jubi, OD was running a liquor business and had given 20 litres of liquor in return for two ironwood trees on Mr Kemerai’s land. As Mr Kemerai ‘s relatives prevented OD from cutting the trees, OD became angry and drove to Nicolas Kemerai’s house to take revenge.

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Military members arrest 12 Papuans in Skofro – 9 arrestees alleged of affiliation with the TPN PB

Indonesian military members arrested a group of twelve Papuans (see table below) near the village of Skofro, Keerom Regency, on 14 July 2021. The soldiers stopped the group (see photo, source: independent human rights defender) in a pick-up truck driving from the Papua New Guinea border to Skofro. Nine arrestees are alleged of being affiliated with the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB), an armed resistance group fighting for West Papua’s political independence. They are believed to have participated in a TPN PB meeting at the Victoria TPN PB headquarters, located in Papua New Guinea near the border. The military members reportedly found several TPN PB member cards and notes taken during the meeting.

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Torture of Papuan man in Nabire again captured on video – Security force violence is rampant in West Papua

On 26 July 2021, a video showing two military members torturing a deaf Papuan man in Merauke caused public outrage across West Papua. Two days following the incident, another similar video taken in the Nabire Regency has gone viral on social media. This time, witnesses recorded two mobile police brigade officers torturing a Papuan man in the Bumiwonoreja village on 28 July 2021. Joint security forces had been deployed to the village to secure local elections. The Papuan police chief, Mathius D Fakhiri, declared during a press conference on 29 July 2021 that both officers have been taken into custody and are currently investigated by Propam, an internal disciplinary police unit.

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Military member opens fire at villager in Mappi Regency

A Koramil 1707/Kepi military command member has tortured two indigenous Papuans in the Kanami Ville, Asgon District, during a dispute on 16.7.2021. The perpetrator named Syarifudin reportedly attacked Mr Anes Samogoi causing Mr Samagaoi to fall on the floor. As his brother, Mr Yosep Kamogou Samogoi, 26, stepped in to help, Mr Syarifudin drew his firearm and fired two shots at the brothers. One of the projectiles hit Mr Yosep Kamogou Samogoi in the leg, causing a bullet injury in the left thigh. He was brought to the Mappi general hospital, where he received medical treatment.

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Two military members torture disabled Papuan in Merauke – Video goes viral on social media

A recently published video showing a deaf Papuan being tortured by Indonesian army members has caused public outrage across West Papua. The video shows two Indonesian Airforce (TNI-AU) members pushing a deaf-and-dumb young Papuan named Steven Yadohamang (18 years) on the pavement while stepping on the victim’s head and left arm. The incident reportedly occurred on 26 July 2021 in the Merauke Regency, Papua Province. Military commander Kolonel Herdy Arief publicly apologised for the wrongdoing of his men during a press conference on the day after the incident. He declared that both perpetrators will receive disciplinary sanctions and will be processed under the law. The perpetrators have been detained as suspects for 20 days for an in-depth investigation by the military police. According to CNN Indonesia, the perpetrator’s superiors have already been removed from their positions in Merauke.

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Officers torture son of Papuan church leader during police patrol in Padang Bulan, Jayapura

Police officers reportedly tortured Charles Yoman during a patrol in Padang Bulan, Heram District of Jayapura City, on 10 July 2021. Mr Charles Yoman is the son of Rev Socrates Sofyan Yoman, president of the Fellowship of Baptist Churches in West Papua and a member of the West Papuan Council of Churches. According to information received from the Baptist Church, seven officers of the Heram sub-district police approached Mr Yoman and his friends as they were consuming alcoholic drinks in front of a house. As the officers asked the group to disperse, Mr Charles Yoman responded, “Be careful, this is the complex I live in. You don't know who I am?”. Thereupon, one of the officers allegedly shouted, “Arrest him and get him up [on the police truck]. Beat him up”. The officers reportedly dragged him into the police truck and subsequently tortured him inside the vehicle and during detention at the Heram sub-district police station.

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Paham Papua calls upon military to be transparent about prosecution of perpetrators

The Association of Human Rights Lawyers for Papua (Paham Papua) has called upon the XVII/Cenderawasih military chief commander to publish information about the current status in the law enforcement procedure in four cases of human rights violations as well as the arson of public health facilities in the Intan Jaya regency and the killing of a police officer in the Mamberamo Raya regency. Investigations had revealed that all cases were committed under the involvement of military members.

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Further peaceful protest against Papuan Special Autonomy dispersed – 36 protesters arrested in Sorong

The Papuan Peoples’ Front for the Rejection of Special Autonomy organised a peaceful protest in the city of Sorong, Papua Barat Province, on 19 July 2021. The crowd wanted to walk to the local parliament in Sorong to voice their rejection of the Papuan Special Autonomy but was blocked by police forces. Police officers reportedly dispersed the protest and arrested 36 protesters, among them two minors (see table below). They were detained at the Sorong police headquarters (see photo on top, source: YKKMP). Semuel Kogoya, 36, sustained abrasions on the nose and forehead due to police violence during arrest (see image below, source: YKKMP).

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Trial against 2 AMP members in Jakarta – Activists sentenced to 5 months imprisonment

On 22 July 2021, judges at the North Jakarta District Court found Papuan activists Roland Levy and Kelvin Molama (see photo, source: AMP) guilty of attacking another student named Rajid Patiran and sentenced them to five months imprisonment. Both activists are students and associated with the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP), which has organised peaceful protests on political and human rights-related issues in West Papua across Indonesia. The lawyers represent the view that the judges did not consider various pieces of evidence and the defendants' testimonies in the verdict. They suspect that the judges might have been pressured to sentence the students guilty for their involvement in peaceful political activities.

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Korean palm oil producer Korindo looses FSC certification

The Korean palm oil conglomerate Korindo will lose its sustainability certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in October 2021. The FSC worked with Korindo, although various environmental groups have repeatedly raised allegations of illegal deforestation and human rights violations against local communities. The FSC has now decided to withdraw Korindo’s certification after the relationship with the Group has "become untenable". The FSC certificate should inform consumers that the products are sourced from ethical and sustainable companies.

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  1. Human Rights Update West Papua - 2nd Quarter 2021
  2. Protest against revision of Papuan Otsus Law in Jakarta, Jayapura and Kaimana – 84 protesters reportedly arrested
  3. Parliament committee says revised Papuan Special Autonomy bill ready to be adopted
  4. Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Lawyers demand immediate release
  5. Leading Indonesian human rights defender Carmel Budiardjo passed away
  6. Update on extra-judicial execution of four Papuans in Puncak Regency – Relatives demand prompt prosecution of perpetrators
  7. Papuan students commemorate 1st July and Biak Massacre in Surabaya, Bandung and Makassar
  8. Police in Biak alleged to have tortured suspect with boiling water
  9. Update on situation of IDPs from Puncak and Nduga
  10. Disagreement over temporary replacement of Governor between Papua and Jakarta
  11. Government says MIFEE should become food estate
  12. WPCC deplores appointment of Prov. Secretary Dance Flassy as Acting Governor of Papua
  13. Police officers forcefully disperse peaceful protest at Freeport Mine – at least one worker tortured
  14. Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Lawyers report police to Ombudsman office for disregarding Victor Yeimo’s rights during detention
  15. MRP challenges legality of unilateral revision of Papuan special autonomy law
  16. Thirty-two KNPB members arbitrarily arrested in Jayawijaya Regency
  17. Military member kills Papuan man during shooting at Jibama Market, Jayawijaya Regency
  18. Two indigenous Papuans disappeared in Pegunungan Bintang
  19. Police intimidate participants during book launch at P3W Padang Bulan, Jayapura
  20. Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Police submit case files to prosecutor
  21. Update on killing of Rev. Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya – Forensic specialists conduct autopsy
  22. Joint security forces execute three indigenous Papuans in Puncak Regency – Three others injured by bullets
  23. Security force members torture indigenous villager and kill pastor in Puncak Regency
  24. Human Rights Commission visits internally displaced persons in Puncak
  25. Event notice: Papuan Voices Film Festival coming in August 2021
  26. At least 25 victims of extra-judicial killings in West Papua in 2020
  27. Update on armed conflict in Puncak Regency – TPN PB suggests armed combat shifts to designated area
  28. Indonesia votes against UN resolution on genocide and crimes against humanity
  29. New protests against special autonomy and for the release of Papuan political prisoners – 146 protesters arrested in Manokwari
  30. Update on Internet breakdown in Jayapura – Internet connection planned to be repaired in early June

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