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Papuans Behind Bars: October 2013

November 8, 2013

At the end of October 2013, there were at least 54 political prisoners in
Papuan jails. The number of political arrests have increased significantly
since August 2013 and this continued in October, with scores detained at
peaceful demonstrations across Papua. Although the majority of detainees
are released, there are reports of police intimidation – in Biak detainees
were forced to sign statements of compliance. On 16 October, three
activists were detained for several hours following a prayer session held
in Kaimana to celebrate the anniversary of the formation of the
International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP). On 19 October, the
leader of a demonstration commemorating the second anniversary of the
Third Papuan Congress, Piethein Manggaprouw, was arrested and charged with
treason and incitement.

There are reported concerns regarding the health of detainees in the Biak,
Timika and Aimas 1 May commemoration cases. The six detainees in the Biak
1 May case now face charges of treason, incitement and possession of
explosions and firearms. In the Aimas 1 May case, the seven detainees are
being made to testify against each other. The Prosecutor in the Sarmi
treason case has demanded a four-year prison sentence for three of the
detainees. Calls have been made for accountability and transparency in
police investigations of the death of Alpius Mote, who was killed by
police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers in a sweeping operation on 23

The full Update is attached – we hope you find this information useful.

You can read the update online here:

With best wishes,

Papuans Behind Bars team

Papuans Behind Bars October 2013.docx

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