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Green Left. West Papua flag raised at Leichhardt Town Hall

December 2, 2022

Green Left. West Papua flag raised at Leichhardt Town Hall

Peter Boyle Sydney December 1, 2022 1370 West Papua

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This December 1, for the twelfth year in a row, there was a West Papua flag-raising on the historic Leichhardt Town Hall, courtesy of the Inner West Council.

"On December 1, 1961 the West Papuan Morning Star flag was flown for the first time officially alongside the Dutch tricolour,” explained Joe Collins from the Australia-West Papua Association.

"The Dutch were about to grant West Papuans their freedom but, tragically, the international community because of the geopolitical situation of the times the United Nations handed West Papua over to Indonesia in 1963."

“It was the betrayal of a whole people.”

Retired lawyer and respected human rights activist Liz Biok reminded the gathering:

“There are between 60,000 to 100,000 West Papuans displaced at the moment. Some of them, in the Star Mountain region, have been displaced for three years with no medical access, no food security and no education. “It is a major humanitarian crisis.”

Collins added that the Morning Star flag would once again be raised around West Papua even though it is banned and flag-raising has been met with violent repression in previous years.

Papuan women talk about Papuan women at the West Papua Feminist Forum

November 29, 2022

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Papuan women talk about Papuan women at the West Papua Feminist Forum

News Desk – West Papua Feminist Forum 29 November 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – West Papua Feminist Forum (WPFF) coordinator Ester Haluksaid the existence of WPFF to discuss issues faced by Papuan women and transwomen, ranging from basic rights to refugee issues, is part of the spirit of the rise of the global women’s movement.

“Indeed, this movement has not yet occurred massively in Papua but it is gradually happening because of the increasing awareness of the reality of women. We hope that this organization can become a transformative organization in Papua to deal with Papuan problems,” she told Jubi when met at the launch event of the West Papua Feminist Forum in Jayapura on Monday, November 28, 2022.

Haluk said that women and transwomen around the world experience discrimination as well as in Papua. “Papua nation experience structural violence, massive exploitation of natural resources, destruction of nature, and marginalization of indigenous Papuans. This ignores basic rights and greatly impacts Papuan women,” she said.

Haluk said that even though the struggle for women had started in the 19th century, up until now, women’s rights issues had not received serious attention.

“Women’s realities are interrelated but chaotic like tangled threads. It needs patience and good intentions to start reflecting critically by looking at women’s realities more carefully,” she said.

In the process of change that occurs in society in Papua today, Papuan women are required to be responsive and quickly adapt to the pace of change.

“Papuan women today are required to be responsive and quickly adapt to the change but on the other hand, must maintain their identity as Papuan women. For this reason, a special space is needed for all Papuan women to meet together and share experiences, concerns, and dreams together,” she said.

Meanwhile, secretary of the West Papua Feminist Forum Elvira Rumkabu said that as part of the community in the Pacific region, the flourishing women’s movement in the Pacific has a big impact on women in Papua.

“In order to build a collective feminist movement in the Pacific and in Papua in particular, we organize the West Papua Feminist Forum (WPFF). This forum is part of the 3rd Pacific Feminist Forum held in several Pacific countries with the support of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the We Rise Coalition and the European Union in the Pacific-UN Spotlight Programme,” she said.

Rumbaku said that through the forum, it was hoped that women in Papua could map their problems and connect with the wider community, especially in the Pacific, to stand together to advocate for common issues in the Pacific region and strengthen the global network.

“We hope that we will produce critical and important thoughts to advocate for various issues and problems in Papua today,” he said.

Rumkabu said the West Papua Feminist Forum carries the theme of building a collective movement of Papuan feminism for decolonization.

“We conduct among others the following discussions: What is Feminism: Connecting the Disconnect in Global Feminism by Elvira Rumkabu; the Challenges of Women in the Environmental Movement by Rosita Tecuari from ORPA; Women and Politics (Access and Participation) by Frida Kelasin; Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights by Dessy Manggaprouw; Conditions and Challenges of Freedom of Expression of Papuan Women by Frederika Korain from Veritas Law Firm; Praxis of the Decolonization Movement: Searching for Papuan Feminist Social Movements” by I Ngurah Suryawan; as well as a friendship night titled “Celebrating Us”, which is a dinner with Papuan dress code and accessories,” she said.

Rumkabu said the purpose of the forum was to open a space for women in Papua to recognize their reality.

“To reflect, imagine, share and unite thoughts among Papuan women who come from various communities with different issues and ways of advocacy. To discuss what we can do together to overcome these problems,” she said.

Rumkabu said another goal was to unite women from various communities in Papua, talk about their rights, and dismantle the wrong mindset that has been holding women back.

“We hope that this forum will bring Papuan women to their realities and build a common understanding from various perspectives. It is a place for learning and sharing experiences and knowledge among Papuan women in all lines of society,” said Rumkabu.

She was optimistic that a network of cooperation with the feminism movement in the Pacific region and globally could be built so that the issue of Papua would not only become a local issue but could be advocated together at the regional level.

“From there, hopefully, we can produce recommendations in determining work programs for the future, build a common understanding of the role and rights of Papuan women, and consolidate individuals and groups that work on women’s issues in Papua,” he said.

Rumkabu added that speakers in the forum had been engaged in advocating various problems concerning women’s issues in their communities. ” Such as women and environmental issues, women in politics, sexual health and reproductive issues, freedom of expression, and decolonization,” she said. (*)

Papua peace dialogue will not happen without involvement of international organizations

November 28, 2022

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Papua peace dialogue will not happen without involvement of international organizations

News Desk – Papua Conflict

28 November 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Coordinator of Papuan Observatory for Human Rights (POHR) Thomas Syufi said that peaceful dialogue to end the conflict in Papua will not take place without the involvement of international institutions. Syufi assessed that peaceful dialogue can only be realized if there is the involvement of credible and independent international human rights institutions to resolve cases of gross human rights violations in Papua.

“I am pessimistic that the steps taken by the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to facilitate the Jakarta-Papua dialogue will be successful. To me, it seems rushed and forced, like there is a hidden agenda or the dialogue is only staged,” Syufi said when contacted by Jubi on Thursday, November 24, 2022.

Syufi said that the Jakarta-Papua peace dialogue is difficult to realize because the conflicting parties were the Indonesian government and the Papuan people represented by the independence movement. The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), Syufi said, was not involved in the initial talks towards the Jakarta-Papua dialogue.

“If the process is like that, the Papuan people must reject it because it is suspected that it only caters to the State’s interests to obscure various cases of gross human rights violations and distortion of Papua’s political history,” he said.

Syufi said Komnas HAM RI could assist efforts to resolve the conflict between the government and TPNPB by lobbying an independent, credible and trusted international institution to facilitate a peaceful dialogue between the Papuan people and the Indonesian government. Komnas HAM can also urge the Indonesian government to open a dialogue with the Papuan people, facilitated by a neutral state or international institution agreed upon by both conflicting parties.

“Victims and families of victims of various gross human rights violations in the Land of Papua, including Bloody Wasior, Bloody Biak, Bloody Abepura, and Bloody Wamena, ask a credible and independent international human rights institution to resolve cases of gross human rights violations that have occurred since Papua joined Indonesia in 1963. All investigations must be held objectively, honestly, transparently and fulfill the sense of justice of the victims and the collective justice of the Papuan people, “he said. (*)

Student protest against G20 comply with rules but faced with police brutality

November 17, 2022

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Student protest against G20 comply with rules but faced with police brutality

News Desk – Papuan Students Reject G20

17 November 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Student president of the University of Science and Technology Jayapura (USTJ) Ronny Tigi said the student protest in Jayapura City to reject the G20 summit on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, was in accordance with the rule. However, the police still dispersed the demonstration.

“The action we held earlier was not violating the law and upholding the democracy that exists in this country,” Ronny Tigi said in a written statement.

Tigi said there were no rules prohibiting protesters from marching. However, the police pushed back the protesters who were going to march from the Cenderawasih University Campus in Abepura to the Papua Legislative Council (DPRP) Office.

“We regret the attitude of the police who are supposed to protect every citizen who wants to express their opinions in public. In fact, we were beaten using water canons, rattan, warning shots, and even stones thrown by the authorities at us, students,” he said.

Chairman of DPRP’s Special Group John NR Gobai criticized police actions to disperse the student protest. Gobai said that the democratic space in Papua was increasingly silenced.

“If students are always prohibited by the police from expressing their opinions at the DPRP Office, then what is the point of having the parliament? People want to convey their aspirations to the Papua parliament but they cannot. That is an act of silencing freedom of speech. In fact, any aspirations conveyed by the people to the DPRP must be accepted and heard,” Gobai said.

Separately, Jayapura City Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Victor Dean Mackbon said the protest against the G20 summit was disbanded by the police because the mass attacked the police.

“The protest started in an auditorium and the officers secured it well. However, the protesters were provoked so they went against the officer’s line and entered the road. They wanted to do a long march. We think this is bad so we pushed them back,” said Mackbon. (*)

8 Countries Call out Indonesia’s Actions in West Papua at UPR

November 16, 2022

https://www.tapol.org/press-statements/8-countries-call-out-indonesias-actions-west-papua-upr
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8 Countries Call out Indonesia’s Actions in West Papua at UPR

15 NOV 2022

On 9th November 2022, Indonesia’s 4th cycle of Indonesia’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) began at the UN in Geneva. A total of 108 Member States offered oral statements and recommendations on how Indonesia may be able to improve their human rights situation.

The UPR is a mechanism by which the UN bodies, member states and civil society to scrutinise human rights in a country and hold it to account. For instance, our joint submission with BUK Papua expressed our concern at freedom of expression and freedom of association and the use of the Treason Law, militarisation and the Government of Indonesia’s ‘counterterrorism’ strategy and the rights of children in conflict zones.

Each UN Member State must go through this scrutiny, which usually occurs every four or five years, with Indonesia’s last cycle being in 2017. Each also has the opportunity to feed in with recommendations to the other nations when it is their turn.

Of those, 8 countries specifically mentioned the situation in West Papua during the session: Vanuatu, Australia, the United States of America, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada, the Marshall Islands and Slovenia. In addition to the eight, Germany did ask in their advanced question prior to the session about the need for a visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to West Papua, but they did not mention it during the session itself or make any recommendations based on this:

  • Vanuatu: “Accept without delay the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights visit to the Provinces of Papua and West Papua” (6.264)
  • Australia: “Finalise investigations of all human rights violations in Indonesia, including in Papua and ensure access including by credible independent observers” (6.269)
  • United States of America: “Conduct prompt, thorough, and transparent investigations into all allegations of extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in the five Papuan provinces and hold perpetrators accountable” (6.263)
  • Netherlands: “Continue to investigate human rights abuses, including those in the Papua provinces, and to bring those responsible to justice in a timely and transparent manner” and “Refrain from any actions that may constitute harassment, persecution, or undue interference in the work of lawyers and human rights defenders, including their criminal prosecution on grounds such as the expression of critical views” (6.99)
  • New Zealand: “Uphold, respect and promote its human rights obligations in Papua, including freedom of assembly, speech, expression, the press, and the rights of women and minorities”
  • Canada: “Investigate allegations of human rights violations in Indonesia Papua and prioritise the protection of civilians including women and children” (6.268)
  • Marshall Islands: ​​”Respect, promote and protect the human rights of all indigenous peoples in West Papua, by ensuring their right to self-determination through inclusive dialogue” (6.260) and “Work closely with the OHCHR to commence a visit to West Papua by the High Commissioner in response to calls from the Pacific Islands Forum and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States” (6.265)
  • Slovenia: “Ensure investigations, accountability and prevention of impunity for the human rights violations against indigenous peoples in Papua carried out by members of security forces” (6.262)

The Indonesian delegation, which was headed by Minister for Law and Human Rights, Mr. Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly, was able to respond during the session’s proceedings. Their contributions on Papua came down to the following points:

  • Development is improving in Papua, and 2.25% of the national budget is going to further improve this. Special Autonomy is increasing money here and “improving transparency and accountability”.
  • Non-judicial process of dealing with human rights violations is not a replacement, but is complementary to judicial process and reparations for the families of victims.
  • OHCHR visit to Papua is being falsely characterised and it is being twisted. Provinces remain open for visits for international organisations.
  • “Legitimate” work of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) protected.
  • Papua is an “integral part of Indonesia” and “regrettable security challenges” are being caused by armed separatist groups. Also, there has been an increase in “terrorist acts” against critical infrastructure since since 2018.
  • Call on the international community to distinguish between human rights and “legitimate law enforcement”.

The draft report was approved on the afternoon of the 11th, but we will continue to monitor which recommendations the Indonesian government will accept, and which they will merely take note of. They have until the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council to make clear their position on the recommendations.

The draft report and full list of recommendations from each country is available to read.

ENDS

Open Letter: Noam Chomsky, Peter Tatchell, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jeremy Corbyn, George Monbiot and others give their support to the Green State Vision

November 15, 2022

https://chinadialogue.net/en/food/the-moi-struggle-for-land-rights/

Open Letter: Noam Chomsky, Peter Tatchell, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jeremy Corbyn, George Monbiot and others give their support to the Green State Vision
November 15, 2022 in Press Release

Below is an open letter signed by over 140 organisations and individuals in support of the ULMWP’s Green State Vision, which was unveiled last year at COP26.

We, parliamentarians, environmental organisations, academics and others recognise the importance of protecting one of the largest and most biodiverse rainforests in the world: West Papua. To address the climate emergency, we must support the solutions coming from indigenous people in West Papua.

Currently, gold and copper mining, oil and gas extraction, palm oil plantations and highway development projects, promoted and permitted under Indonesian colonial rule, are destroying West Papua’s natural environment and contributing to global climate collapse.

West Papuans envision a new ‘Green State’ based on environmental and social protection, indigenous environmental management and respect for the natural world. This new social order will restore and protect the environment, and maintain balance and harmony in and amongst people and the environment. West Papuans intend to sustainably manage New Guinea’s rainforests and its biodiversity for the good of the global community.

We give our whole-hearted support to West Papuans’ right to self-determination and their move to create the Earth’s first Green State.

Signed:……………..

https://www.ulmwp.org/open-letter-noam-chomsky-peter-tatchell-benjamin-zephaniah-jeremy-corbyn-george-monbiot-and-others-give-their-support-to-the-green-state-vision

Police arrest 7 students for flying Morning Star flag at campus rally in Abepura

November 14, 2022

Police arrest 7 students for flying Morning Star flag at campus rally in

Abepura

Tribune Papua – November 10, 2022

Aldi Bimantara, Jayapura — A protest action in which Morning Star
independence flags were flown by a group of students on the Jayapura
Science and Technology University (USTJ) campus in Abepura has ended
with seven students being arrested by the police.

Speaking by telephone with Tribune Papua on Thursday November 10, action
coordinator Kaitanus Ikinia confirmed the rally and subsequent arrests.

"The demonstration earlier on the USTJ campus involved seven students
and the agenda was still the same, rejecting the dialoged between
Jakarta and Papua initiated by the Komnas HAM [National Human Rights
Commission]", he said.

In his explanation, Ikinia said that the seven students who held the
action and were then arrested were Ernesto Matuan, Devio B Tekege,
Ambrosius Elopere, Eko Ukago, Nobertus Dogopia, Matius Mabel and Andy
You.

In addition to this, Ikinia said that the action was part of the
commemoration of 22 years since the death of Papua independence figure
Theys Hiyo Eluay.

"The protesters were giving speeches on campus conveying their
aspirations and the police entered the USTJ campus grounds where the
demonstration was and without any coordination, straight away forcibly
broke it up", he explained.

Ikinia admitted that it was indeed true that there were students who
brought two Morning Star flags to the demonstration.

"The students who took part in the demonstration at the USTJ campus were
more than seven people, but as soon as the police arrived the others ran
out because they were chased, until there was a sound of teargas being
fired", he explained.

Ikinia added that as a result of the arrests it has instead increased
tension on the USTJ campus.

Meanwhile during the peaceful demonstration the students made five
demands which had to be implemented and followed up on.

First, they asked for an acknowledgment from all parties to commemorate
November 10 as a national Papuan hero’s day.

Second, they oppose the state forcing the Papuan people to accept new
autonomous regions (DOB) and the creating of three new provinces in
Papua which were claimed unilaterally and only supported by certain
rogue Papuan figures.

Third, they explicitly reject efforts by the state through Komnas HAM to
conduct a dialogue because it is truly impossible for perpetrators to
try perpetrators.

Specifically in the third point, they said that it is impossible for the
dialogue to be fare because Papua is not a national but an international
issue, so a resolution must be implemented through international
mechanisms.

Fourth, they explicitly reject the involvement of rogue Papuan figures
in the Indonesian initiated dialogue through Komnas HAM.

Fifth, they called on the state and the United Nations to officially
acknowledge the need for self-determination for West Papua.

As of this article being published, Ikinia said that the arrested
students were still being questioned at the Abepura sectoral police
offices. (*)

Notes

West Papuan pro-independence leader Theys Hiyo Eluay was found dead in
his car in November 2001 after attending a party thrown by the
Indonesian Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus). Seven Kopassus soldiers
were subsequently tried and found guilty of his murder and sentenced to
short prison terms.

Recent efforts by the government’s National Human Rights Commission
(Komnas HAM) to hold a dialogue with the Free Papua Movement (OPM) have
been criticised for allegedly involving Papuan rebel groups cultivated
by the TNI (Indonesian military). The effort has also been seen by many
as a cynical attempt to counter mounting international criticism over
ongoing rights abuses in Papua.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was
"Polisi Amankan Mahasiswa Kibarkan Bendera Bintang Kejora saat Demo di
Kampus USTJ Jayapura".]

Source:
https://papua.tribunnews.com/2022/11/10/polisi-amankan-mahasiswakibarkan-bendera-bintang-kejora-saat-demo-di-kampus-ustj-jayapura

Indonesia faces the music at UN human rights review

November 10, 2022

https://www.thejakartapost.com/world/2022/11/10/indonesia-faces-the-music-at-un-human-rights-review.html

Indonesia faces the music at UN human rights review

Speaking out: ‘Silenced’ by Yanto Gombo depicts the difficulty Papuans face in speaking out against oppression. (Courtesy of the Organizing Committee Biennale Jogja XVI Equator #6 2021)(Personal collection/Courtesy of the Organizing Commitee Biennale Jogja XVI Equator #6 2021)

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil (The Jakarta Post)
PREMIUM Jakarta ● Thu, November 10, 2022

Indonesia was put on the defensive at a United Nations human rights review on Wednesday as countries spotlighted persistent political violence in Papua and anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) policies, among other issues.

In its national report for the UN Human Rights Council’s (HRC) 41st Universal Periodic Review, Indonesia highlighted its achievements in protecting human rights amid the COVID-19 pandemic, enacting pro-human rights legislation and supporting minority groups.

The countries conducting the review at the UN headquarters in Geneva raised concerns about rights violations in Papua, citing reports of escalating violence, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and restrictions on independent observers and the press.

They recommended that Jakarta accept a visit of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to Papua and conduct investigations into extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in the restive region.

In response, the Foreign Ministry’s director for human rights, Achsanul Habib, asserted that Papua was an integral part of Indonesia according to international law and that the region faced security challenges from “armed separatist groups”. “Critical infrastructure, human development, peace and security continue to be undermined by terrorist acts committed by these groups, who have intensified attacks against civilians and critical infrastructure since 2018,” Habib said on Wednesday, as broadcast by UN Web TV.

Meanwhile, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration had prioritized accelerating development and welfare in Papua.

Some countries recommended that Indonesia take steps to abolish the death penalty by placing a moratorium on state executions and by commuting the sentences of people on death row.

They also encouraged the country to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Minister Yasonna said the government had responded that the death penalty was still the law of the land and that debates in the executive and legislature had shown that most were in favor of keeping it.

He noted that revisions to the Criminal Code under discussion in the legislature would introduce a “middle way” in which the death penalty would serve as an “alternative punishment” that could be commuted to life in prison following an evaluation 10 years after sentencing.

“We hope that with this middle way, our approach to the issue of the death penalty can be accepted by international society,” Yasonna said during an online press conference streamed from Geneva on Wednesday.

Several countries also raised concerns over “negative developments” for the LGBTQ community and recommended that Indonesia revise laws that enshrined discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The UN review session, Indonesia’s fourth, also highlighted the country’s human rights achievements, citing the enactment of the 2022 Sexual Violence Law and the 2019 revision of the Marriage Law, which raised the minimum marrying age for women to 19 years old, equal to men.

Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono said Indonesia had been “defensive” in response to concerns raised over Papua and had argued that armed resistance was nothing new in the region, as it had been going on since the 1960s. “That should not legitimize closing Papua off by making it harder for UN observers to visit,” Andreas told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

He added that Indonesia’s measures against armed resistance in Papua had been “excessive” and that the division of the area into five provinces would create new problems instead of settling them. Andreas also said the government’s reasoning for keeping death penalty was “unsatisfactory”. “However, the fact that giving out the death penalty would be harder [under the revised Criminal Code] is still a step forward.

It’s not enough, but at least there is an awareness that law enforcement can make mistakes,” he said. Meanwhile, a group of civil society organizations urged the government to accept and follow up on all the recommendations it had received during the human rights review session.

“The [review] session is an evaluation of accountability of Indonesia’s human rights commitments. This mechanism should not become a tool for Indonesia to create an image that Indonesia has been human rights friendly,” the group said in a statement.
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2) West Papuans urged to get vaccinated as COVID-19 infections increase

9 hours ago

Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA) – West Papua’s administration appealed to residents to get booster shots and implement the government’s health protocols, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the province continues to increase amid the emergence of the XBB sub-variant.

"On Wednesday, 16 new cases of COVID-19 infections (were reported, thereby) bringing the total number of cases in West Papua Province to increase to 105," West Papua’s COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson, Arnold Tiniap, stated.

The number of COVID-19 cases have, so far, been found in 11 districts and cities, except for the districts of South Sorong and Arfak, he noted in a statement on Thursday.

Significant number of COVID-19 cases had been detected in Sorong City reaching 20, as well as in the districts of Manokwari, Teluk Bintuni, and Raja Ampat, with 21, 18, and 17 cases respectively, he stated.

Related news: Vaccinate without further ado as COVID-19 cases spike: Health Ministry

As part of preventive measures, Tiniap said personnel of the COVID-19 task force and related government agencies continue to encourage locals to get vaccinated and comply with the health protocols.

The spread of the XBB sub-variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in several Indonesian provinces, and its transmission level could likely be faster than that of the Omicron sub-variant, he noted.

"Thus, if the positivity rate increases significantly, whole genome sequencing needs to be conducted to know exactly the spread of the XBB sub-variant in the province," he added.

Coronavirus infections initially surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. Since then, they have spread to over 215 countries and territories, including Indonesia.

Related news: Indonesians advised vigilance as COVID shadow looms again

The Indonesian government officially confirmed the country’s first cases on March 2, 2020. To tackle the spread of COVID-19, the government launched a national vaccination program on January 13, 2021.

Currently, several countries are striving to cope with the spread of the XBB sub-variant.

The Indonesian Health Ministry’s spokesperson, Mohammad Syahril, said recently that the XBB sub-variant has been detected in 28 countries.

In Indonesia, the ministry has recorded at least 12 cases of the XBB and XBB.1 Omicron sub-variants, including two cases from overseas travelers arriving from Singapore, he said.

Related news: New sub-variants triggering COVID spike: minister

Related news: Wage subsidy reaches 10.3 mln workers: minister

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Child persecution in Keerom allegedly done by dozen soldiers: Komnas HAM Papua

November 9, 2022

https://en.jubi.id/child-persecution-in-keerom-allegedly-done-by-dozen-soldiers-komnas-ham-papua/

Child persecution in Keerom allegedly done by dozen soldiers: Komnas HAM Papua
News Desk – Military Violence Against Papuan Children
9 November 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Papua Office of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM Papua) Frits Ramandey on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, announced the results of the commission’s investigation into the persecution of three children in Keerom Regency. Komnas HAM Papua suspected the persecution was carried out by dozen of Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers.

The investigation was conducted on October 29 and 30. “Based on the testimony of the three children victims, they were tortured by dozen of soldiers. They could not detail the number,” Ramandey said in Jayapura City, Tuesday.

Rahmat Paisei (15), Bastian Bate (13), and Laurents Kaung (11) were allegedly tortured at the Cartenz Task Force Post, in Yuwanain Village, Arso District on October 27, 2022. All three were abused by the soldiers using chains, coils of wire and water hoses they suffered injuries and had to undergo treatment at the hospital.

Ramandey said Komnas HAM Papua received a complaint from Rahmat’s parents, Jon Paisei, on October 28.

According to Ramandey, at first, two cockatoos disappeared from the Cartenz Task Force Post guarded by the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus). The day after the birds’ disappearance, Laurents Kaung came to the post and offered a lory to the Kopassus soldiers. The lory Laurents was selling was allegedly stolen from elsewhere.

The soldiers detained Laurents and asked him about the origin of the lory. Laurents mentioned two other names, Rahmat Paisei and Bastian Bate. “After that, the soldiers detained the three of them and tortured them,” Ramandey said.

Ramandey said Rahmat Paisei was beaten by Kopassus soldiers at 7 a.m., and then sent home battered. At around 7 p.m., Rahmat was picked up from his house, brought back to the post, and again persecuted until 12 a.m.

Ramandey said that according to Rahmat, he was stripped naked, handcuffed and then beaten with hands and several objects, among others a hose and thin wire. The persecution in the evening was witnessed by Rahmat’s parents.

“Rahmat’s parents hysterically asked the soldiers to stop beating their son but ignored,” Ramandey said.

Meanwhile, Bastian Bate claimed he was taken to the same post at around 7 p.m. He claimed to have also been beaten with cables, hoses, and hands by dozen soldiers. Bastian was discharged around midnight, with lash marks on several parts of his body.

Komnas HAM Papua also met Laurents Kaung. “He admitted to us that he did steal a bird but not at the Kopassus post. He stole a lory in another place and then brought it to the military post to sell for Rp 50,000. Instead, Laurents was assaulted and soaked in a pond,” Ramandey said.

Ramandey said Komnas HAM Papua had also met with the deputy commander of XVII/Cenderawasih Military Police, who said they had requested information from nine Kopassus members at the Cartenz Task Force Post. However, until now, the nine soldiers are still not named suspects. “As of November 5, the nine soldiers are still being questioned as witnesses,” said Ramandey.

He also explained the results of the commission’s meeting with the head of Marthen Indey Army Hospital in Jayapura City. The three children were treated at the hospital until October 31.

“The three victims were treated for five days at Marthen Indey Hospital. One of the victims, Rahmat Paisei, underwent CT scans of his head, abdomen, and his back. Rahmat experienced a lot of torture and suffered several wounds,” Ramandey said.

Furthermore, Komnas HAM Papua urges the Keerom regent to provide trauma healing in restoring the psychological condition of the three victims, as well as help them return to school. “These three children have dropped out of school,” said Ramandey.

According to Ramandey, the Keerom regent should facilitate a meeting between the victims and their families, the church, the tribal leaders, and Kopassus. The meeting is considered important because there is community trauma over the persecution case involving the Kopassus soldier. (*)

Amnesty urges government to investigate death of Papua rights activist Filep Karma

November 3, 2022

Amnesty urges government to investigate death of Papua rights activist

Filep Karma

VOI – November 1, 2022

Jakarta — Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman
Hamid is urging the government to investigate the cause of Filep Karma’s
death. The call was made after the Papua activist was found dead on Base
G Beach in Jayapura on Tuesday November 1.

"On the finding of the deceased body at the Base G Beach, Jayapura,
today, we are urging law enforcement officials and human rights groups
to investigate the cause of the deceased death", said Hamid in a press
release on Tuesday.

Hamid said that it is important that the investigation is able to
determine if there are indications of a crime or a human rights
violation, especially given that Karma was an activist who was very
vocal.

"Such an investigation is important to determine if there are
indications of a crime or human rights violation behind the death of the
deceased, because many activists who are vocal in Papua have been the
targets of violence", he said.

"Particularly bearing in mind the deceased actions as a leader in
defending the human rights of indigenous Papuans", added Hamid.

Furthermore, Hamid also expressed his condolences over the death of the
activist. Hamid said that Karma was a figure who was persistent in
calling for justice and peace on the Land of the Cendrawasih as Papua is
known.

"Today we mourn the passing of a figure, a Papuan defender of human
rights, who was known for being persistent in calling for justice and
peace in Papua. We covey our deepest condolences to the family", he
said.

As reported earlier, police have confirmed that Filep Karma was found
dead at the Base G Beach in Jayapura. His body has been evacuated to the
Jayapura public hospital.

When his body was found, Karma was wearing a blue diving suit. Police
are currently looking into the case while waiting for permission from
the family to conduct an autopsy.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was
"Amnesty International Desak Pemerintah Selidiki Penyebab Kematian
Aktivis Papua Filep Karma".]

Source:
https://voi.id/en/news/223604/amnesty-international-desak-pemerintah-selidiki-penyebab-kematian-aktivis-papua-filep-karma