Government says MIFEE should become food estate

The Indonesian environmental NGO Walhi has expressed concerns over the government’s plan to change the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) to a pure food estate. President Joko Widodo considers the food estate is crucial for the improvement of Indonesia’s food security. Walhi argues that megaprojects on national food security like MIFEE go to the detriment of the indigenous peoples and natural forests living in the vicinity of the project area. According to Walhi, the government only changes the project's name. In contrast, the project's negative impact for the indigenous population and the forests in the project area remains the same. Instead of changing the Project's name, Walhi urged the Jokowi Government to change its concept on national food security.

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WPCC deplores appointment of Prov. Secretary Dance Flassy as Acting Governor of Papua

In early May this year, the West Papuan Council of Churches reached out to President Jokowi, the governor of the Papua province and to the head of the provincial police via three open letters. Since then, the situation in West Papua has kept spiralling and the conflict aggravating. The latest unrest is the response to the controversial appointment of Papua's Provincial Government Secretary, Dance Yulian Flassy, as Acting Governor of Papua province by Indonesia's Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian. The reason given is that Papua Governor Lukas Enembe is currently undergoing treatment in Singapore and, in his absence, government and public services need to continue running smoothly. According to news outlet Asia Pacific Report, this sudden appointment shocked Governor Enembe, who said that he had not been informed nor made aware of the appointment.

In this open statement issued on 27 June 2021, the WPCC mainly criticises the appointment of Dance Flassy and points out that this move is only part of a larger government agenda to carry out divisive politics between Papuans and to perpetuate the Special Autonomy Status. The letter reads as follows:

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Police officers forcefully disperse peaceful protest at Freeport Mine – at least one worker tortured

Police officers forcefully dispersed a peaceful protest by Freeport workers at the Freeport mine in the Tembaggapura District of Mimika Regency on 27 June 2021. According to information received by the ‘Reconciliation and Prayer Network for the Recovery of Papua’ (JDRP2), Freeport employees had set up a roadblock at Mile 72. They voiced their rejection against a forced vaccination with the Chinese Covid-19 vaccine Sinovac. Previously, rumours had spread that the Freeport management was considering introducing a mandatory vaccination policy. Police officers allegedly dispersed the crowd using excessive force. At least one protester sustained bruises and injuries as a result of police violence. According to JDRP2, officers arrested twenty other protesters and temporarily detained them at the Mimika District Police headquarters in the town of Timika.

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Military member kills Papuan man during shooting at Jibama Market, Jayawijaya Regency

A military member has reportedly killed indigenous Papuan, Mr Durias Tabuni, during a brawl at the Jibama Market in the highland town of Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency, on 4 June 2021. Mr Eliur Kogoya sustained a bullet injury in the left knee during the incident. Following the shooting, all traders and sellers fled to Wamena town because they feared retaliation from the victims’ relatives. The police found clear evidence that a military member committed the shooting. On 6 June 2021, the Jayawijaya District Police submitted the first results of the criminal investigation to the military police, as the institution responsible for the law enforcement against perpetrators affiliated with the military.

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Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Lawyers report police to Ombudsman office for disregarding Victor Yeimo’s rights during detention

Victor Yeimo’s lawyers have reported the Papuan police for alleged maladministration to the Ombudsman’s office. According to the lawyers, the police disregarded their client's right to communicate with legal counsel and his family and the right to meet clergy during detention at the mobile police headquarters in Kotaraja, Jayapura (see photo, source: Jubi). Human rights observers had already expressed concerns over various criminal procedure violations in mid-May 2021. The lawyers called upon the Ombudsman’s office to ensure that the police will ensure the enjoyment of the rights of suspects during detention, including those of Victor Yeimo.

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Two indigenous Papuans disappeared in Pegunungan Bintang

Two Papuan men have mysteriously disappeared in the Serambakon District of Pegunungan Bintang Regency (see photos below, source: Suara Papua). Mr Jekson Sitokmabin, 20, and Mr Asven Kasipmaben, 17, both originating from the Seramkatop Village, were walking home from work at the construction site of a military post in Serambakon. Both men have been missing since they walked back home on the evening of 18 May 2021. Neither the police nor the military, nor the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) has commented on the incident.

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MRP challenges legality of unilateral revision of Papuan special autonomy law

The Papuan Peoples’ Assemblies (MRP) of the provinces Papua and Papua Barat are challenging the legality of Jakarta’s effort to revise Law No. 21/2001 on Special Autonomy for the Papua Province. On 17 June 2021, a team of lawyers submitted an application with file number 2085-0/PAN.MK/VI/2021 to the constitutional court in Jakarta in response to a draft law on the amendment of the law, which the Indonesian parliament had discussed and drafted throughout the past month without prior consultation with political institutions in West Papua.

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Police intimidate participants during book launch at P3W Padang Bulan, Jayapura

Fully armed police members came to the launching of “Papuans prosecuted for demanding dignity” (see photo, source: Jubi), a book written by former church worker and human rights defender Theo van den Broek. The book launch was organised in cooperation with the Papuan Council of Churches (Dewan Gereja Papua) at the Centre for Empowerment and Development of Women (P3W) in Padang Bulan, Jayapura, on 11 June 2021.

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Thirty-two KNPB members arbitrarily arrested in Jayawijaya Regency

Members of the Jayawijaya district police reportedly arrested 32 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in the Ilekma Village of Napua District, Jayawijaya Regency, on 18 June 2021. The KNPB is a movement organisation that promotes the right to self-determination through non-violent means. The officers brought the activists to the Jayawijaya district police headquarters in Wamena and interrogated them there.

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Update on criminalisation of Victor Yeimo – Police submit case files to prosecutor

Criminal investigators of the Papua Regional Police (Polda Papua) have submitted the case files of Victor Yeimo to the public prosecutor in Jayapura on 8 June 2021. According to Polda Papua spokesperson, A.M. Kamal, the investigators are currently waiting for instructions from the public prosecutor to complete the cases files for the upcoming trial. Mr Yeimo’s lawyers continue to raise concern over his current detention facility. He is currently detained at the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Headquarters in Kota Raja, Jayapura. Internal procedures reportedly continue to hamper lawyers and relatives to visit Victor Yeimo during detention.

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  1. Update on killing of Rev. Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya – Forensic specialists conduct autopsy
  2. Joint security forces execute three indigenous Papuans in Puncak Regency – Three others injured by bullets
  3. Security force members torture indigenous villager and kill pastor in Puncak Regency
  4. Human Rights Commission visits internally displaced persons in Puncak
  5. Event notice: Papuan Voices Film Festival coming in August 2021
  6. At least 25 victims of extra-judicial killings in West Papua in 2020
  7. Update on armed conflict in Puncak Regency – TPN PB suggests armed combat shifts to designated area
  8. Indonesia votes against UN resolution on genocide and crimes against humanity
  9. New protests against special autonomy and for the release of Papuan political prisoners – 146 protesters arrested in Manokwari
  10. Update on Internet breakdown in Jayapura – Internet connection planned to be repaired in early June
  11. Six Papuan protesters standing trial in Sorong accused of treason
  12. New shootings indicate spreading of armed conflict in West Papua
  13. West Papua Council of Churches voices concern over the escalating situation in Papua
  14. Update on prosecution of Victor Yeimo – TAPOL reports case to UN Special Procedures
  15. Joint security forces arrest three IDPs in Puncak, among them one minor
  16. Update on situation of IDPs in Puncak Regency – Local government says thousands displaced due armed clashes
  17. Victim of torture dies in Tambrauw Regency – Observers demand independent investigation
  18. Again internet breakdown as armed conflict escalates – Coincidence or deliberate government measure?
  19. Westpapua-Netzwerk fears further violence in WP due to the "terrorist" categorisation
  20. KNPB Spokesperson Victor Yeimo arrested and charged with treason
  21. What about Jokowi’s promise to open access for foreign journalists to West Papua?
  22. SAFEnet suspects internet disruptions in West Papua are deliberate
  23. Further armed clashes cause more internal displacement in Puncak Regency
  24. What’s wrong with the education and healthcare system in West Papua? A case study in Yalimo provides insights
  25. Police press charges against Papuan student for social media post
  26. Papuan man arrested for alleged weapon trade – Lawyers rise allegation of torture against police
  27. First effects of Govt’s terrorist label for Papuan armed groups - Papuan student organisation in Bali stigmatised as terrorists
  28. Indigenous communities demand the stop of construction of military command and immediate withdrawal of military in Tambrauw
  29. Indonesian Govt labelling Papuan resistance groups as terrorists earns widespread criticism
  30. Indonesian Government labels Papuan armed separatist groups as terrorists

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