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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.

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