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University students call for release of Papua activists Victor Yeimo and Frans Wasini

October 12, 2021

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University students call for release of Papua activists Victor Yeimo and Frans Wasini

Suara Papua – October 12, 2021

Atamus Kepno, Jayapura — Cenderawasih University (Uncen) students are urging the government through the Papua police to immediately release West Papua National Committee (KNPB) international spokesperson Victor F. Yeimo and student activist Frans Wasini.

The pair were arrested in relation to the anti-racist demonstrations and riots in 2019. Yeimo was arrested on May 9, 2021 at Tanah Hitam in Jayapura and is currently being treated at the Dok II Jayapura public hospital. Prior to this he was detained at the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Command Headquarters in Raja City, Jayapura.

Wasini was arrested in Sentani, Jayapura, on May 20, 2021, and is currently being held at the Papua regional police headquarters in Jayapura city.

"The pro-democracy activists being detained are not perpetrators of racism, but they are the victims of this racism. But the reality is the state has arrested and criminalised them as the perpetrators who have been indicted under the makar articles", Uncen Student Executive Council (BEM) Justice and Human Rights Coordinator Ayus Hiluka told Suara Papua on Monday October 11 at the Uncen Student Community Waena III state housing company in Jayapura.

In addition to this, the Uncen Student Deliberative Council (MPM) is also urging the public prosecutor to immediately and unconditionally release Yeimo and Wasini.

The students said that in accordance with Law Number 29/1999 on the Ratification of the 1965 International Convention on the Abolition of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, seven other Papuan activists who were imprisoned on charges of makar (treason, rebellion, subversion) in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, in June 2020, in a case which was seen as racist, have already served their sentences,

"So we think that this has already been resolved in accordance with the law which applies in this republic. But the racist perpetrators continue to be looked after well, they have even been given private homes and now the victims of racism are arrested are in detention. The perpetrators of racism were not arrested in accordance with the law, but what has happened now is that the victims of racism are detained", the students said.

Uncen Solidarity Concern (SPU) Chairperson Venus Kabak called on the Jayapura district court to conduct advocacy in accordance with the constitutional rights of the suspects.

"The arrest of students and also pro-democracy activists in Jayapura, who were then charged under the makar laws. So Victor and Frans should be immediately and unconditionally released", he said.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was
"Mahasiswa Desak Segera Bebaskan Victor Yeimo dan Frans Wasini Tanpa


Hundreds of Maybrat residents fled and fled to the forest

September 6, 2021

Hundreds of Maybrat residents fled and fled to the forest

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo September 6, 2021 4:33 pm

Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi
Civilians who took refuge in Maybrat Regency. – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of the Apostolic Commission for Lay Manokwari-Sorong Diocese, Father Isak Bame Pr said residents from five districts in Maybrat Regency, West Papua, fled after the attack on the Preparation Koramil Post in Kisor Village, South Aifat District, Maybrat. Father Isak asked the warring parties to ensure that civilians did not become victims of their conflict.

Father Isak Bame Pr said the displaced residents came from South Aifat District, East Aifat District, Middle East Aifat District, South East Aifat District, and Far East Aifat District. Father Isak said the hundreds of displaced residents were scattered in the forest, avoiding sweeping by the TNI/Polri security forces who were looking for the perpetrators of the attack on the Preparatory Koramil Post in Kisor that occurred on Thursday (2/9/2021).

“We ask for the prayer support of our fellow priests and all Papuan people. So that civilians do not become victims of the TNI/Polri and TPNPB," said Pastor Isak when contacted by Jubi on Monday (6/9/2021).

Read also: KNPB Maybrat denies police accusations related to the murder of 4 TNI members

He stated that it was also difficult for priests and church leaders to carry out their activities, because the bridge to Aisa, Ainesra had been damaged by unknown people. The bridges leading to Kamundan, Fuok, Sabah, Nasipman were also damaged, making it impossible for vehicles to pass. "It is sad that the activities of the people have been hampered, so we are still accommodating some residents who fled near the St. Andreas Parish in Ayata," said Father Isak.

He stated that more and more security personnel were sent to Maybrat. Among other things, they were seen building checkpoints in Kisor and Sesemuk. Security forces were also seen increasing in Ayamaru, East Aifat. "We hope that the TNI/Polri who enter the village do not act [recklessly] to the civilians who are in refugee camps or in their villages," he said.

Head of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Maybrat, Yohanes Assem confirmed the information that residents from five districts in Maybrat had fled. “That’s right, the civilians are evacuating. But we don’t know how many people have fled. Because of the distance and they fled in a state of panic. So we can’t say for sure," he said.

Read also: Governor of West Papua invites the people of Kisor to return to their village

Assem said that if the TNI/Polri wanted to fight, please go to war with the West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Organization (TPNPB-OPM). He hoped that civilians would not become victims of clashes between the security forces and the TPNPB-OPM. "Don’t let civilians become victims because of the steps taken by the TNI/Polri to look for TPNPB-OPM, or vice versa," said Assem.

Previously, the Executive Director of the Manokwari Institute for Research, Assessment and Development of Legal Aid (LP3BH), Yan Christian Warinussy, urged the Commander of the XVIII/Kasuari Military Command to release Maikel Yaam (17) and Simon Waymbewer (26), two residents who were arrested by Battalion 726/VYS soldiers. and Kodim 1809 Maybrat in Kisor Village on Thursday (2/9/2021). Warinussy stated that the two people arrested were civilians, not part of the group attacking the Preparation Command Post in Kisor.

“We, LP3BH Manokwari, have received information from our sources in South Aifat District, that the two young people were not part of the attack group. Unlike what the media reported, [they are not] part of the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) led by Mamfred Fatem,” he said. (*)

Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G

Villagers flee military operation in the Maybrat regency

September 5, 2021

Australian West Papua Association (Sydney)

Statement 5 September 2021

Villagers flee military operation in the Maybrat regency

In the early hours of the 2nd September, The TPNPB-OPM raided the Kisor military post in the Maybrat regency, West Papua Province. Four soldiers were killed and two wounded.

The provincial military commander Maj. Gen. I Nyoman Cantiasa said.“I have ordered my personnel to hunt down the group,” adding that two platoons had been deployed for the task.

The West Papua regional military command spokesman Hendra Pesireron also said more than 30 military and intelligence forces joined together to find the attackers.

Villagers flee from military operation.
Local People have fled to the forest to avoid a possible security force operation in the area.

Joe Collins of AWPA said, "West Papuans are well aware of what occurs during military operations. Houses are burned, food gardens destroyed and the military consider every Papuan to be a potential OPM member, resulting in possible arrest and torture”.

Photos posted in AWPA FB (with the below text).
Refuge Urgen KAB MAYBRAT from the district of South Aifat, the village durable maym, they are out of their hometown because in their hometown is being mastered by the joint of TNI-POLRI, and they are afraid because of many experiences that the behavior of TNI and POLRI members is not good that they are not differentiate which civilian people but which PB, then the following they ask for spya member of TNI police do not stay in the village to go into the forest chasing the perpetrators of the village we are civilian people stay that’s what they say
The proposal of the TNI-POLRI forces that give the target a panic and afraid, if the army has a lot of people who want to do it, don’t go there, don’t make a post in skola, in the work, because later we have a skola and work can be a goal.

Jubi has reported that the The Governor of West Papua, Dominggus Mandacan has asked the people of South Aifat District, Maybrat Regency to return to their villages and return to their normal activities. Mandacan said residents need not worry about the security situation in Maybrat. (Jubi)

Joe Collins said, "the attack on the military post is receiving a lot of media attention and hopefully this will be enough to stop any abuses against the local people by the security forces.”.

The Governor of West Papua together with the Kasuari Military Commander inspects the Koramil preparation post in Kisor Village, South Aifat District, Maybrat Regency. – Jubi/Hans Arnold Kapisa

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4 soldiers killed in attack in Indonesia’s Papua region

September 2, 2021

4 soldiers killed in attack in Indonesia’s Papua region

By Asociated Press Today at 3:27 a.m. EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Attackers believed to be West Papua rebels killed four soldiers and wounded two others in an attack on a military post in Indonesia’s troubled easternmost region, authorities said Thursday.

About 50 attackers believed to be members of the West Papua Liberation Army, the military wing of the Free Papua Organization, stormed the post and attacked the six soldiers with arrows, machetes and axes early Wednesday, the West Papua regional military command spokesman Hendra Pesireron said in a statement.

The two badly injured soldiers were evacuated from the post in Kisor village of Maybrat district for treatment, Pesireron said.

More than 30 military and intelligence forces joined together to find the attackers, he said.

A spokesperson for the rebels couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Conflicts between indigenous Papuans and Indonesian security forces are common in the impoverished Papua region, a former Dutch colony in the western part of New Guinea that is ethnically and culturally distinct from much of Indonesia.

Papua was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot that was widely seen as a sham. Since then, a low-level insurgency has simmered in the mineral-rich region, which is divided into two provinces, Papua and West Papua.

Rebel attacks have spiked in the past year, with dozens of rebels, security forces and civilians killed.

Police on Wednesday arrested 4 suspected members of the separatist Liberation Army group and accused them of involvement in the killings of two construction workers in Yahukimo district, where the two bodies were found burned at a bridge project in Aug. 23.

Four other workers were killed days earlier in the same district.
2) Four West Papuan army officers murdered, one missing following attack
3 hours ago
Sorong, West Papua (ANTARA) – Four Indonesian Army soldiers were murdered while one went missing after being attacked by members of an unidentified group at Kisor military post in South Aifat Sub-district, Maybrat District, West Papua Province, on Thursday at 3 a.m. local time.

Lieutenant Colonel Arm Hendra Pesireron , spokesman of the Regional Military Command XVIII/Kasuari, confirmed about the fatal attack and the bodies were currently being retrieved.

The fallen army officers were identified as Second Sergeant Amrosius, Chief Private Dirham, First Private Zul Ansari, and First Lieutenant Chb Dirman while First Private Ikbal is yet untraceable.

They were ambushed while sleeping in the military post in Kisor. Three bodies were found at the post, while the other one was discovered in the bushes not far from the post.

Related news: Three Papuan armed group members shot in Ilaga: Nemangkawi Task Force
Related news: Police need time to crush Papuan separatists: senior official

Reporter: Ernes B Kakisina, Fardah
Editor: Rahmad Nasution

NZ discusses West Papuan accused of treason with Indonesia

August 27, 2021

NZ discusses West Papuan accused of treason with Indonesia
4:39 pm today

New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that officials have raised concern with Indonesia over the case of a West Papuan political prisoner.

But a West Papua solidarity group in New Zealand says merely raising the matter is not enough, and that the human rights problems in Papua demand more action.
A leading pro-independence activist in Papua, Victor Yeimo, is charged with treason over his alleged role in anti-racism protests that turned into riots in 2019.
Yeimo’s trial began this week and, if convicted, the West Papua National Committee foreign spokesman faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The office of New Zealand’s Minister fo Foreign Affairs, Nanaia Mahuta, has confirmed that officials have raised Yeimo in regular discussions with Indonesian officials.
But Catherine Delahunty of West Papua Action Aotearoa said New Zealand needed to do more to encourage Indonesia to respect basic human and democratic rights.
"We support the position that the Pacific islands Forum took that there should be a (UN) investigation into human rights in Papua. And this is yet another example where human rights abuses are clearly being abused.



"Help! Help me! I need to be treated now because I am very sick especially at nights." – Victor Yeimo pleading to the judges during his political trial today (26/8/21). The trial is adjourned to 31 August 2021. Observers are welcome to monitor his trial online — DM me
4:55 PM · Aug 26, 2021·Twitter for Android

Delahunty said the case of Yeimo was a "dangerous situation for West Papuans" regarding their human rights in a heavily militarised region.
"It typifies the issue that human rights abuses are carrying right through into the legal world.
"This is the extrame end of legal abuse of a citizen for basic democratic involvement," Delahunty said.
International human rights groups have demanded Yeimo’s release, and raised concern about his health after being held in poor isolated conditions by Indonesian police since his arrest three months ago.
As his trial began this week, Yeimo made a plea to the court that he needed urgent medical treatment.
Delahunty New Zealand can’t stay silent.
"We’re very concerned supposedly about human rights in Afghanistan, human rights in China, and just the odd slap on the wrist with official to official murmurings is not going to cut it," Delahunty said.

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Scars of Papua conflict weigh on Indonesia’s vaccine drive

August 26, 2021

Scars of Papua conflict weigh on Indonesia’s vaccine drive

Issued on: 26/08/2021 – 05:22 Modified: 26/08/2021 – 05:20

Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP)


Decades of conflict, racism and human rights abuses in are fuelling Covid vaccine conspiracy theories in Papua at a time when the breakaway region is facing a renewed threat from the pandemic Yonri Susanto Revolt AFP/File

"William" is refusing to take a coronavirus vaccine because he fears Indonesia’s military will use the country’s inoculation programme to poison him and wipe out his fellow Papuans.

Decades of conflict, racism and human rights abuses are fuelling Covid conspiracy theories among his neighbours at a time when their breakaway region is facing a renewed threat from the pandemic.

"I won’t take a vaccine if it’s brought here by Indonesia," William, who asked not to use his real name, told AFP.

He said that he would gladly sign up for any dose administered directly by the World Health Organization.

"But (many people) here are worried that if the jabs come through Indonesia they’ll be replaced with some other chemical substance that will kill us," he added.

There is no evidence of a genocidal plan by Indonesia, which has drafted the armed forces to help run a nationwide vaccination drive, including in Papua.

But a widespread hatred of the military runs deep in the region, located on the eastern edge of the Southeast Asian archipelago nation and just north of Australia.

Security forces have been accused of committing atrocities against Papuan civilians during decades of fighting between a rebel independence movement and government troops.

Much of this conflict has centred around William’s hometown of Timika, near the world’s biggest gold mine — a potent symbol for Papuans of the region’s exploitation and environmental devastation.

– ‘Trauma of violence’ –

Indonesia, as with many countries, has found its efforts to fight the pandemic hamstrung by both limited vaccine supplies and hesitancy driven by the spread of online disinformation.

The spread of unfounded rumours in Papua mirrors a similar phenomenon across the border in Papua New Guinea, an independent nation with stronger cultural and historical ties to Papua than the rest of Indonesia.

Social media posts there falsely claimed to show evidence of locals being forcibly vaccinated in a mass medical trial, and even suggested that the vaccine campaign as part of a racial genocide plot.

Papua’s long history of conflict and mistrust has created a wide audience for fearful rumours.

"The conflict has been going on for so long (that)… whatever the central government is doing will appear suspicious," said Adriana Elisabeth, a Papua expert at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

Appeals by local activists have done little to lift low vaccination numbers among Papuans, which stand at fewer than 30,000 — less than one percent of the region’s population.

Papua has sailed through earlier waves of the pandemic relatively unscathed, with its 40,000 confirmed infections a tiny fraction of Indonesia’s total.

But it is now threatened by the highly contagious Delta variant that has wreaked havoc elsewhere in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia, and its underfunded health system is ill-equipped to navigate a crisis.

Authorities have blamed low take-up rates on social media hoaxes and say Papuan church leaders have also stoked doubts over the seriousness of the pandemic and staged mask-burning demonstrations.

"The military is just an excuse," said Aaron Rumainum, head of the illness prevention division at Papua’s health agency, adding that it was mostly civilians handling vaccinations.

"But we are not giving up. We’ll focus on those who are keen instead of the ones who reject vaccines."

– ‘You’ll become weak’ –

Jakarta took control of Papua in the 1960s after a UN-sponsored vote to incorporate the former Dutch colony into Indonesia — a ballot widely viewed as rigged.

That set off decades of conflict in Papua, where the largely Christian and ethnic Melanesian population shares few cultural ties with the rest of Muslim-majority Indonesia.

Papuans routinely face anti-black discrimination in the rest of the archipelago.

Two years ago, the arrest of young Papuans studying in the city of Surabaya sparked riots that left dozens dead in the remote region.

The region has also been on tenterhooks since rebels assassinated Indonesia’s top intelligence chief there in April, prompting a crackdown and the designation of local separatists as "terrorists".

Protests have broken out this month against the vaccination programme and broader anger over Papua’s subservient status. Security forces responded by arresting and beating civilians, according to local media reports and rights groups.

The heavy troop presence on the streets was driving rumours that it was meant to limit independence-seeking Papuans’ movements rather than reduce infections.

"There are soldiers and police everywhere," said Marcus Dogopia, a resident of provincial capital Jayapura who has also resolved not to seek a Covid vaccine.

"The jabs aren’t safe for us. When you get vaccinated you’ll become weak and won’t be able to move around," he added.

© 2021 AFP

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NGO study shows economic interest behind illegal military operations in Intan Jaya

August 25, 2021

NGO study shows economic interest behind illegal military operations in Intan Jaya

News Desk August 24, 2021 4:26 pm

TNI soldiers patrol around Bilogai – Sugapa riding a civilian truck. Jubi/Victor Mambor.

Jayapura, Jubi – The past three years have seen an unending illegal deployment of Indonesian military forces in the central highlands of Papua, internationally known as West Papua, which has triggered an escalated armed conflict between the military and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), as well as violence against civilians. Spatial analysis reveals how military and police posts are located around the mining areas, whose concessions are identified as connected with the generals.

A group of NGOs comprising the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI), WALHI Papua, Pusaka Bentala Rakyat, the Papua Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Papua), the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS), Greenpeace Indonesia, the Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM), and Trend Asia has recently launched their study which shows the relationship between mining companies and military deployment in Intan Jaya Regency.

The illegal operation in Intan Jaya has added to the series of state violence in West Papua. At least ten percent of the population of Intan Jaya’s capital district of Sugapa were displaced in early 2021, including 331 women and children. In April, the Indonesian government labeled the TPNPB, the Free Papua Organization (OPM), and any armed group affiliated with the TPNPB and OPM as terrorists, adding even more troops to Papua under the pretext of combating terrorism.

“The unclear status of the security situation in Papua continues to provide an opening for the state to build military posts and deploy more forces. While in fact, it is clear that the security approach never solves systemic problems in Papua, which is lack of access to primary needs, damage to natural resources, and violation of civil liberties,” said KontraS researcher Rivanlee Anandar.

Intan Jaya is one of four districts in the central highlands of Papua where the new Military District Command (Kodim) has been established. The Intan Jaya Kodim is located in Sugapa. It is not known how many military personnel, both organic and non-organic, are in Papua, particularly in the central highlands.

The Papuan Legislative Council (DPRP) even said that it was difficult for them to obtain data and information regarding the number of non-organic troops sent to Papua every year. According to the DPRP, even Papua Governor Lukas Enembe did not know the number.

Asfinawati of the YLBHI said that according to Article 7 (2) b and (3) of Law No.34/2004 on the Indonesian Military, military operations other than war, including overcoming armed separatist movements, overcoming armed rebellions, securing borders, and securing national vital objects, must be based on state policies and political decisions. So far, no political decisions have been made by the state to conduct military operations in Papua. That being said, the current operations are unlawful.

Activist Made Supriatma stated in his study that the ratio between population and security personnel per capita in Papua is 97:1. This means that there is one police or soldier for every 97 Papuan citizens. Such ratio shows that the concentration of security forces in Papua is much higher than in other areas with a ratio of 296:1, meaning one security personnel for every 296 citizens.

“The deployment of troops has led to a higher escalation of armed conflict. As a result, people in several districts of Puncak Jaya, Nduga, and Intan Jaya fled from their ancestral lands. Meanwhile, the government’s assistance to these displaced people was minimal. They even tend to ignore the displaced people’s condition,” said Tigor Hutapea of the Bentala Rakyat Heritage Foundation.

Meanwhile, there are four companies in Intan Jaya identified in the NGO report, namely PT Freeport Indonesia, PT Madinah Qurrata’Ain (PTMQ), PT Nusapati Satria, and PT Kotabara Miratama. Two of the four companies, Freeport and Madinah Qurrata’Ain, are gold mining affiliated to the military including the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment himself, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

At least three officers are affiliated with Madinah Qurrata’Ain: retired police general Rudiard Tampubolon, retired military general Paulus Prananto, and retired military general Luhut Binsar Panjaitan. Tampubolon is a commissioner of Madinah Qurrata’Ain, whose leadership was acknowledged as successful by West Wits Mining, a shareholder of Madinah Qurrata’Ain. In addition to sitting as a commissioner, the company led by Tampubolon, PT Intan Angkasa Aviation, also got a 20 percent share ownership in PT Madinah Qurrata’ain.

In one of their projects, the Darewo River Gold project, West Wits Mining also distributed a 30 percent stake to PT Tobacom Del Mandiri (TDM), whose president director is Paulus Prananto. In a publication, West Wits Mining clearly states that TDM is responsible for forestry permits and permits related to security access to project sites. TDM is part of PT Toba Sejahtera Group, where Luhut Binsar Panjaitan is a minority shareholder. Both Paulus Prananto and Luhut Binsar Panjaitan were members of the volunteer team (Bravo Lima) who tried to win President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in both the 2014 and 2019 elections.

In the case of the planned gold mine in the Wabu Block, the NGO study noted five military personnel in three different corporates under the same holding company, MIND ID. Retired military general Hinsa Siburian is the commissioner of Freeport, the company holding the previous concession in the Wabu Block. He previously served as XVII/Cenderawasih military commander from 2015 to 2017 and was also listed as a member of the volunteer team (Cakra 19) that won Jokowi in 2019.

The company appointed to work on the Freeport concession land (Wabu Block) returned to the government is PT ANTAM. At ANTAM, retired military general Agus Surya Bakti is the president commissioner, while police general Bambang Sunarwibowo is the commissioner. Sunarwibowo is still actively serving as the main secretary of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN).

Moreover, in MIND ID, there is also retired military general Doni Monardo serving as president commissioner and retired military general Muhammad Munir as independent commissioner. Until now, Muhammad Munir is also listed as the chairman of the Strategic Analysis Board of BIN.

These findings indicate economic interests behind a series of illegal military operations in Intan Jaya. Some of the names that appeared in the study are ex-military generals who were part of the Kopassus, an elite unit of the military. Some have a background or experience in the State Intelligence Agency. There are also those who, after completing their duties, becoming the winning team for the current president, Joko Widodo.

Asfinawati said that according to Police Regulation No. 3/2019 on the provision of security assistance on national vital objects, the provision of security assistance is carried out based on the request of the object managers. Therefore, she said, the involvement of military generals in these mining companies strengthens the indications of a conflict of interest in the deployment of troops in Intan Jaya.

Tigor added that such conflict of interest had violated the rights of Indigenous Papuans as customary landowners. “Lands are controlled without the approval of the indigenous people. In many cases, the people who would not give their lands are stigmatized and labeled as anti-development or even separatist. The deployment of military forces aims to create fear among indigenous people so that they would leave their lands,” he said.

Reporter: Victor Mambor

AI- Indonesia: Papuan protesters shot, beaten and racially abused by security forces – new research

August 22, 2021

0 Indonesia: Papuan protesters shot, beaten and racially abused by security forces – new research

Indonesian security forces have used discriminatory excessive force and racially abused protesters peacefully opposing the renewal of the Papuan Special Autonomy Law, new research by Amnesty International has revealed.
August 20, 2021 12:02 pm

Papuan protesters told how they were targeted with water cannons, kicked and punched, and beaten with guns and rubber batons in peaceful protests during the last month. At least one person was injured after security forces opened fire on protesters on 16 August. Three protesters reported being called “monkey” while being arrested during protests in July.

Amnesty International has analysed videos and photos which show police using unlawful force on peaceful protesters, and verified injuries suffered by protesters.

The Indonesian security forces’ excessive use of force and racial abuse towards peaceful Papuan protesters is abhorrent,
Richard Pearshouse
“The reports of assault – both physical and verbal – that we have gathered reveals the true contempt the security forces have for the rights of Papuans.

2) Court starts Victor Yeimo’s pretrial hearing
News Desk August 20, 2021 7:19 pm

Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura District Court has started to examine the pretrial motion filed by the legal advisory team of Victor Yeimo, the international spokesperson for the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and the Papuan People’s Petition leader, who is named a suspect for allegedly provoking the anti-racism protests in 2019.

The first pretrial hearing was held on Thursday, August 19, 2021. According to one of Yeimo’s lawyers, Emanuel Gobay, the hearing was led by Judge Roberto Naibaho.

The first hearing, however, did not go as planned as the Papua Police chief did not attend the hearing. The judge only checked the completeness of the pretrial application and Yeimo’s power of attorney and delayed the hearing to August 23.
Gobay regretted that the Papuan Police chief did not attend the hearing on Thursday. “Because [the police] was not present, the judge only checked the administrative completeness of Yeimo’s attorney as the applicant. The absence of the Papua Police shows the fact [that they] do not obey the law,” Gobay told Jubi in the Jayapura District Court on Thursday.

In Thursday’s hearing, Gobay asked the judge to present Victor Yeimo at the next hearing. He hoped that the Papuan Police chief will attend the next hearing so that the pretrial would run smoothly.

Gobay said the motion filed was a motion to dismiss, which attempted to get the judge to dismiss the case. He said the motion was filed due to the police’s alleged procedural error when arrested Victor Yeimo.

“At that time, they did not bring an arrest warrant. Besides, the police who arrested Yeimo was the Nemangkawi Task Force, they are neither an investigator nor an assistant investigator as stipulated in Article 1 Point 1 of the Criminal Procedure Code, they do not have the authority to arrest Yeimo,” he said.

Read also: I was not there: Victor Yeimo denies involvement in protest turn riots

Gobay also said that the police had ignored Yeimo’s rights as a suspect. “The police do not understand the Criminal Procedure Code that many of Yeimo’s rights are not fulfilled. Yeimo’s family members are not allowed to visit him even though he is sick. The police’s failure in fulfilling Yeimo’s basic rights is the second reason we filed a pretrial motion,” he added.

Read also: Rights defender Victor Yeimo suffers from deteriorating health in prison

According to Gobay, if the arrests made by the police were not in accordance with the procedures of the Criminal Procedure Code, the pretrial judge was obliged to dismiss the charge and release the suspect.

“We hope the judge examining pretrial cases to carry out these provisions. We firmly ask the judge to state that the Nemangkawi Task Force is not an investigator and therefore, has no authority to arrest Victor Yeimo. We demand the judge to determine that the arrest is unlawful,” he said.

Another lawyer of Yeimo, Gustav Kawer, said that the pretrial hearing would indeed test the legality of Yeimo’s arrest and detention. “This pretrial is to test the legality of the arrest and detention of Victor Yeimo,” Kawer said.

Victor Yeimo is accompanied by 18 lawyers who became his legal advisors. They include lawyers from the Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH), the Papuan Human Rights Advocates Association (PAHAM), the Democratic Alliance for Papua (AlDP), and the Cenderawasih Legal Aid Association (PBHC).

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo
Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G

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3) Polish man in West Papua jail doing okay, says lawyer
A Polish man imprisoned in an Indonesian jail after visiting West Papua as a tourist is doing okay, according to his lawyer.
Jakub Skrzypski is serving a seven-year sentence for treason after being arrested in Papua in 2018 when he was found to have consorted with Papuan pro-independence activists.
Skrzypski, who denied the treason charges, has been held at Wamena prison in Papua’s highlands.
Advocates for political prisoners have been concerned about the health of Skrzypski.
However his Indonesian lawyer, Latifah Anum Siregar, told RNZ Pacific that he is currently healthy.
She said the Polish consul in Indonesia had planned to visit Skrzypski in Wamena but his visit was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
Siregar said Skrzypski has applied to Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo for clemency, with the application still pending.

wp 48 Papuan protesters arrested, one shot after police break up rally in Yahukimo

August 20, 2021

48 Papuan protesters arrested, one shot after police break up rally in


Suara Papua – August 16, 2021

Arnold Belau, Jayapura — The Yahukimo West Papua National Committee
(KNPB) says that police forcibly broke up a peaceful protest action on
Monday August 16 arresting scores of people and shooting one person in
the Dekai district of Yahukimo regency, Papua.

Field coordinator Ruben Wakla revealed that earlier at 8 am police
arrested 48 people although 44 of them were allowed to return home at 11

"Out of the 48 people who were arrested, 44 people were allowed to go
home while four are still being held by the Yahukimo district police.
Those still being held are Anton Hubusa, Lasarus Heluka, Afen Sambon and
Feredy Heluka", Wakla told Suara Papua from Yahukimo on Monday.

Wakla also reported that in addition to the arrest of the 48 people who
were taken to the Yahukimo district police, police also shot a youth who
has been rushed to the Yahukimo hospital for treatment.

"The victim who was shot by police is named Ferianus Asso (29). He is in
hospital and receiving treatment from medics", explained Wakla.

Aside from the demonstration in Yahukimo, protests were also held in
Jayapura city and in Malang and Surabaya in East Java.

The main demand of today’s demonstrations was urging the Indonesian
state to release Papua activist Victor Yeimo, opposing racism against
the Papuan people and rejecting the extension of Special Autonomy for

The action was organised by the Papua People’s Petition (PRP) which has
the support of hundreds of organisations and was signed by some 700,000
ordinary Papuans.

The PRP was formed with the aim of providing a vehicle for the Papuan
people to oppose Jakarta’s unilateral policy of extending special
autonomy for Papua and West Papua provinces.

Chronology of the Yahukimo action

Wakla explained the chronology of what happened in Yahukimo. Protesters
first gathered at two points in Pemukiman and the Ruko Kota Dekai
traffic intersection.

The militant KNPB activists had already gathered at 6 am and gave
speeches until 7.15 am while they waited for the other protesters to

Before security forces arrived at the gathering points, the KNPB media
team had taken photographs at the gathering points at 7.36 am and 7.50

TNI (Indonesian military) and Polri (Indonesian police) arrived at the
gathering points at 8.09 am. They then took all of the participants —
some 48 people — to the district police headquarters (Polres).

Upon arriving at the district police headquarters each of the 48 were
examined and questioned.

"Noken [woven bags], bracelets, necklaces and mobile phones belonging to
the protesters were confiscated and are still being held by police. In
addition to this the police also detained four people. Forty-four others
meanwhile were released at 11.05 am. The confiscated belongings and four
people are still being held at the Yahukimo Polres", explained Wakla.

There is no democracy in Papua

KNPB spokesperson Ones Suhun, when contacted by Suara Papua from
Jayapura, confirmed that the protests were forcibly broken up, the
arrest of 48 people and the shooting of one person.

"There are four people who are still being detained. [Forty-four] have
already been allowed to go home. On the shooting that’s true. I myself
went to the hospital emergency ward and saw his condition. I saw that
his condition was critical. Perhaps the bullet is still lodged in his
body but the medics are currently trying to remove the bullet from the
victim’s body", explained Suhun from Yahukimo at 3.14 pm.

Suhun said that the peaceful demonstrations in Jayapura and Yahukimo had
the same goals, namely calling on the state to release KNPB
international spokesperson Victor Yeimo, to give the right to
self-determination to the West Papuan nation and opposing the extension
of special autonomy for Papua.

Suhun believes that the security forces are continuing to use of
repression against the Papuan people and this shows that Indonesia is
colonising Papua.

Moreover, he explained, Indonesia’s slogan as a democratic country is an
empty one without meaning. In practice Indonesia is not a democracy but
rather, the military holds full control, particularly in Papua.

"That Indonesia is a democratic country is not true. In Papua the face
of Indonesia is shown through the authorities towards the people of the
West Papua nation, which is as colonialists. Indonesia is carrying out
an occupation", he asserted.

Suhun continued saying that democratic values are not applied in Papua
and that the Papuan people together with the KNPB will continue to
educate Indonesia on how to apply true democracy.

"We consistently convey our aspirations through dignified means. We are
educating Indonesia on the way to apply true democracy", he asserted.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was
"Bubarkan Demonstran, Aparat Tembak Satu Orang dan Tangkap 4 Orang di


One shot and 48 residents arrested in Yahukimo

August 18, 2021

One shot and 48 residents arrested in Yahukimo
Reporter: Piter Lokon August 17, 2021 4:14 pm

Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi

Demo atmosphere freed by Victor Yeimo without conditions at Yahukimo Monday (16/7/2021) – Jubi/Piter Lokon

Dekai, Jubi – One civilian was shot and 48 activists during a peaceful demonstration to free Victor Yeimo in Dekai City, Yahukimo Papua, Monday (16/07/2021).

Ferius Asso (24 years old) was shot in the stomach at 10.24 WP, while participating in a peaceful protest at a shophouse block A, Dekai city. The shooting occurred when the Papua Police Mobile Brigade BKO and the Yahukimo Resort Police were trying to disperse the peaceful protest.

Meanwhile, hundreds of mass demonstrations were dispersed and 48 people were arrested while carrying out political speeches in the settlements of Jalan I and shop houses block A, Dekai city, the capital of Yahukimo district. The 48 people were then taken to the Yahukimo Police Station by the Papua Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) and the Yahukimo Resort Police (Polres).

“Sebagai kewajiban kami sudah masukan surat izin ke Polres Yahukimo namun [masih ada] penangkapan dan penembakan berarti tindakan negara Indonesia masih rasis dan masih menjaga rasisme subur di tanah Papua. [Bahkan] pemimpin kami hari ini adalah korban rasisme,” kata koordinator lapangan aksi damai, Ruben Wakla

Aksi hari ini juga memperingati 3 tahun aksi rasisme yang terjadi di Kota Surabaya pada 16 Agustus 2019, serta memperingati hari New York Agreement 1961.

“Pemimpin kami hari ini adalah korban rasisme. Dan hari ini juga ketua KNPB dapat pukul di Jayapura maka rasisme itu juga masih subur [terhadap orang Papua] maka kami mendesak dunia internasional melihat hal ini jeli dan mendukung kami bersolidaritas untuk pembebasan Victor Yeimo dan Kebebasan Bangsa Papua yaitu penentuan nasib sendiri,” tegasnya.

Baca juga: Datangi Kejati, DPR Papua pastikan pemenuhan hak Jubir Internasional KNPB Victor Yeimo

Peaceful demonstrations in the city of dekai took place at several gathering points. Most of the masses from the gathering point from the Settlement, Statistics Paradiso and its surroundings gathered again and headed to the shophouses of Block A, and the masses from around the Ruko, old DPRD Housing, Island, Social and New Market all gathered in shophouses block A and carried out political speeches there. .

Police officers and Brimob BKO Polda Papua are still standing at the fork in the Papuan road, if it is 5 meters away, if it is 500 meters from the shophouse block A gathering point, until there are shootings and arrests of the mass of action.

For the actions of the officers, Ruben Wakla, field coordinator of the Free Peace Demo, Victor Yeimo, strongly condemned the actions of the police officers who carried out arbitrary arrests and shootings of civilians with weapons.

"Today’s demonstration is a dignified and authoritative demonstration and a peaceful demonstration without anarchy, namely we have issued a permit since Friday 3 days before the demonstration but there are still arrests and shootings that mean the state through the TNI and Polri is still maintaining fertile acts of racism in Papua," he said.

"We urge the international community to look at this carefully and support us in solidarity for the liberation of Victor Yeimo and the freedom of the Papuan nation, namely self-determination," said Ruben Wakla Korlap.

The following is data on victims of shootings and arrests by the Yahukimo Police and the Papuan Police Mobile Brigade (BKO) Brimob. ferianus asso Gunshot wound in stomach (29 years old). And 48 people arrested, namely Anton Hubusa, Lasarus Heluka, Afen Sambon, Fredy Heluka, four people are still being held at the Yahukimo Police, while 44 people have been released, namely Rayono Kobak, Arius Sobolim, Kenis Balingga, Lipet Sobolim, Dani Urban, Eniel Sengket, Teppi Urban, Jekson Mirin, Kenias Suhun, Jen Massi, Sakori Massi, Werban, Her Odban, Demianus, Elkius, Tapilis, Welianus Heluka, Tius Wetapo, Sepius Keroman, Akius Kobak, Nila Busup, Ampinus Kobak, Meki Kandeng, Jefri Keroman, Derti Keroman, Maikel Siep, Er Heluka, Mius Sama, Kalvin Sama, Assa Giban, Amanus Suhun, Hariel Keroman, Demison Keroman, Salos Balingga, Obet Magayang, Dey Kobak, Mario Ropmak, Matim Keroman, Rido Balingga, Lius Esema, Miel Esangoet, Yorina Bahapol, Elis Silak, Siba Yahuli.

Until this news is published, no official statement has been obtained from the local police. (*)

Editor: Angela Flashy