Friday, June 8, 2012

1) Jayapura Police admit shooting allegation

1) Jayapura Police admit shooting allegation
2) National Police to send special unit to Papua amid shooting incidents
3) 8 die in Papua rampage: Human rights group
4) Intelligence Chief Calls for Security Sweep in Jayapura
6) UK defends Indonesia arms sales as military run riot in Papua
7) Just to our North ... a horror story unfolds


1) Jayapura Police admit shooting allegation

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The Jayapura Police finally confirmed on Thursday afternoon that one of their members had killed a resident of Jayapura, Papua earlier this morning after previously denying the allegation.
Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Alfred Papare was quoted as saying that the cop, referred to only as U, was currently being detained at the Papua Police internal affairs division for questioning.
“The officials are still delving for more information from him,” Alfred said Thursday.
Previously, Papare said that Teyu had accidentally hit his head after falling into a river while trying to escape from the policeman, who was chasing him for extorting passengers in passing vehicles near a university in Jayapura.
However, medical reports from Jayapura Hospital showed that a bullet was found in the victim’s head. (asa)

2) National Police to send special unit to Papua amid shooting incidents

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A spokesman for the National Police said Thursday that his force would deploy members of the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) special operations unit to Papua amid recent shootings and stabbings that had plunged the region into chaos.
The police spokesman, Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution, said the attacks in Jayapura, Papua recently were “unacceptable”, adding that the police would send the special unit to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“We will send our best men to support the Jayapura Police as soon as possible because the shootings and stabbings need to stop,” he told The Jakarta Post.
Saud added that he could not confirm the number of Brimob personnel that would be sent to Papua, but hinted that members from the elite police counterterrorism unit, Densus 88, could also be dispatched if “necessary”.
He urged Papuans to cooperate with investigators to ease the investigation processes.
In the latest incident, the Jayapura Police finally confirmed on Thursday afternoon that one of their members had killed a Jayapura resident earlier this morning after previously denying the allegation.
The police officer, referred to only as “U”, allegedly chased the resident for extorting passengers in passing vehicles near a university in Jayapura before the shooting took place.
In separate incidents, three people, one of them a soldier, were shot by unidentified assailants on Tuesday night.
High school student Gilbert Febrian Ma’dika, 16, survived a gunshot wound to his back by assailants on a motorcycle on Monday night, while university student Jimi Ajudh Purba, 19, was stabbed to death on Sunday.
A tourist, German national Pieter Dietmar Helmut, was shot by an unidentified person on May 29 and was subsequently sent to Singapore for medical treatment. (asa/iwa)

3) 8 die in Papua rampage: Human rights group

Courtesy of independent human rights group, West Papua Media, has accused the Indonesian Military (TNI) and police as those responsible for the deaths of eight civilians -- three of whom were killed instantly -- during Thursday’s rampage in Wamena, Papua.
The group has posted a disclaimer, however, saying that its report, which is available online at, is a preliminary report only; further assessment needs to be carried out by local human right workers.
Aside from the fatalities, 19 people reportedly suffered injuries, 100 private homes were razed by arson attacks and 22 privately owned pigs were killed.
The group has also published a slideshow illustrating the extent of the damage following the incident plus a video of an unidentified Wamena boy who was allegedly shot by soldiers during the rampage.
The report also claims that personnel from the police’s Mobile Brigade [Brimob] unit and antiterrorism unit, Densus 88, were present and supported the attacks.
The soldiers ran amok and screened civilians after one of their members was killed after running over and fatally injuring a small boy in Wamena on Wednesday afternoon.
Cendrawasih Military Command XVII information division head, Col. Hamdan Ali Bogra, has denied that the soldiers ran amok in retaliation, saying that two shops were burned by the crowd and not by the soldiers.

4) Intelligence Chief Calls for Security Sweep in Jayapura

Arientha Primanita | June 08, 2012
The head of Indonesia’s State Intelligence Agency has spoken of the need for a sweep of Jayapura for armed civilians following heightened violence in the capital of Papua province for more than a week now.

Lt. Gen. Marciano Norman, the chief of the agency better known as BIN, on Friday indicated that a security sweep targeting men in possession of firearms might be conducted to prevent further attacks. He asked the public to understand the necessity of the move and to support it.

“We have no choice but to do the sweep, as civilians are not allowed to hold guns. Rules must be upheld,” Marciano said over the phone. “I hope if the public see people having guns when they shouldn’t, they will report it to police.”

Marciano said the recent shootings in Jayapura, some of them fatal, were being carried out by armed groups, formerly dwelling in the mountains, who had begun to enter the town.

“One thing for sure is armed groups are entering the town, launching terror actions. We can see that their victims are comprised of TNI [Indonesian military] soldiers, police officers and civilians,” Marciano said.

He added that the armed men had gained access to Jayapura because they had informants and support networks in the city. Prior to this, the armed groups only launched their attacks in jungles or mountainous areas.

Violence is not new to restive Papua, but shootings have taken place with increasing frequency in Jayapura since May 29, when a German tourist was shot and wounded in a drive-by shooting.

Monday saw a 16-year-old student also shot and wounded. On Tuesday, unidentified gunmen shot and injured two civilians and a TNI soldier. On Wednesday, a civil servant was shot dead in front of the mayor’s office. On Thursday alone, there were reportedly three people shot, two of whom died, including a police officer.

All of these took place in Jayapura, with none of the attackers having been identified, nor arrested. Marciano said BIN was in the process of gathering information to track down the perpetrators.

from tapol
The following report was received via the intermediary of one of our reliable contacts: TAPOL


The following two men, Yesa Mirin now deceased, and Paniel Taplo who is now undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of Youwari Hospital are victims who were hit while taking part in a KNPB demonstration, the purpose of which was to call upon the police  to investigate  the shooting of the German citizen, Mr Dieter Helmut  who was shot on 29 May.

Report of the Incident

Jayapura, 4 June 2012: The late Yesa Mirin, 21 years old, was shot in the neck by the police while he was taking part in a KNPB demonstration on 4 June in Jayapura.

The shooting of Yesa Mirin occurred when a large crowd of KNPB members were approaching the area in eleven trucks, driving from Sentani to Taman Imbi; they were attacked by a group of policemen in the Harapan Jayapura kampung.

Yesa Mirin who was already dead was taken to the Youwari Hospital at 2pm.

According to a hospital attendant named Marthen, the examination of the body revealed that the victim had been shot in the neck  as well as being beaten which resulted in his head being covered in blood. Marthen also said that the victim had been taken away  in a truck with fifty members of the police force on board.

On 5 June, the KNPB planned to take the body of the victim to police headquarters in Sentani at 2pm to call upon the police to accept responsibility; however, the police brutally dispersed the crowd. Prayers were later said fot the victim at the secretariat of the KNPB in Sentani.

On 6 June, a large crowd of KNPB members together with the family of the victim planned to take the body to the cemetery in Waena but as the body of the victim was being taken to the cemetery, the police dispersed the family and KNPB members and took the body of the victim away to be buried in the public cemetery in Waena.

Jayapura: 4 June 2012 The victim named Paniel Taplo was shot and beaten until his body  was covered in blood by the police when he was together with the KNPB masses, along with the body of the other victim.

Paniel Taplo is now being treated in the intensive care unit of Youwari Hospital. Medical personnel say that the victim had been struck in the face until he was covered in blood and had also been shot in the neck. He is now critically ill.

Jayapura: 7 June: another victim named Teyu Tabuni, 17 years old, was shot by the police at 7.45am. The shooting occurred  as uniformed police drove passed the parking area of ojek vehicles (Dok V) Jayapura. Teyu Tabuni was a member of the National Committee of the KNPB who lived in Yapis Jayapura. He was shot as he was standing at the ojek parking area together with a colleague named Yopina Wenda.

According to Yopina, the dead man was shot by uniformed police and thereafter, the police fled from the scene after having shot the victim four times in the right side of his head.

According to Yopina,  at 8am, the police arrived at the location of the incident travelling in a truck and a black Avanta, and the victim was taken away to the hospital in Dok 2.

[The report is illustrated by photos of the three dead victims.]

Translated by TAPOL
8 June 2012
For immediate release
6) UK defends Indonesia arms sales as military run riot in Papua
London, 8 June 2012 - Today UK human rights campaigners called for an immediate ban on all arms sales to Indonesia, following Wednesday’s brutal rampage by Indonesian security forces in the troubled Papua region.

TAPOL, a UK group campaigning to improve human rights in Indonesia, today received a statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office defending UK arms sales to Indonesia as “promoting security and stability.” TAPOL also today received reports of military attacks in Wamena, Papua, with a number of civilians suffering gunshot and stab wounds.
According to local activists and church leaders from Wamena town in the central highlands of Papua, the incident was sparked when two members of the Indonesian military travelling on a motorbike hit and killed a three-year-old child, causing a confrontation with the community which left one soldier dead and the other critically injured. Enraged members of the feared Battalion Yonif 756 reportedly ran amok through the town, shooting civilians, burning houses and causing displacement as civilians fled town for the forest.

While the Indonesian government’s de-facto ban on foreign journalists and international human rights NGOs in Papua makes independent confirmation difficult, TAPOL has received disturbing photographs and videos showing wounded people in civilian dress and burning buildings.
Despite evidence that Indonesia has repeatedly used weapons purchased from the UK and other countries for internal repression, in April this year Prime Minister David Cameron personally lead a mission to boost arms sales in Indonesia, among other Asian countries.
Lord Avebury, vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary human rights group, called on the UK government to condemn the violence and impose an immediate ban on UK arms sales to Indonesia.
“Yet again, Indonesia’s military is using its weapons to brutalise and kill civilians. Weapons cannot be sold to countries which may use them for internal repression, regardless of the state of the British economy,” he said.

Carmel Budiardjo, senior campaigner for TAPOL, said “While the British government claims that it ‘takes seriously’ reports of human rights violations in Indonesia, it is only too eager to push sales of military hardware to the country. Given the latest attacks on civilians in Papua by vengeful Indonesian security forces, continuing to sell such equipment is to knowingly turn a blind eye to the capacity of the Indonesian security forces to use their power and weaponry for internal repression.”  
Battalion Yonif 756 (Yonif Batalion 756) are non-organic troops, whose stated role in Indonesia is to address foreign or separatist threats. The Battalion’s name is ‘Wim Ane Sili,’ which means ‘House of the Sound of War’ in one of the local Baliem valley languages, Dani. The presence of non-organic troops in Papua is highly contentious, and civil society groups frequently call for their removal. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono himself reportedly promised the withdrawal of non-organic troops in December 2011, but failed to set any deadline.
Contact: Esther Cann, TAPOL Campaigner, +44(0)7503 400308
Media: Photos and a video files are available from TAPOL, and can be viewed here on the West Papua Media website and include: gunshot victims, burning buildings, burned homes, burned motorcycle, frightened child
7) Just to our North ... a horror story unfolds
West Papua Media Alerts
09.06.12 3:37 am

June 8, 2012
West Papua Media
Credible and trusted West Papua Media sources have provided video clips (below) that show the extent of destruction caused by the rampage of soldiers from the Indonesian Army (TNI) Battalion 756 in Wamena on June 6.
The soldiers, who ran amok in retaliation for the fatal beating by Wamena residents of two soldiers that killed a small Papuan boy in a motor incident, left a trail of destruction and violence across Wamena after a night of brutal and indiscriminate shootings, beatings and arson that has left at least 9 dead, 19 seriously injured, thousands homeless, and caused thousands of residents to flee to the relative safety of surrounding mountains.

According to local independent human rights activist Roni Lokbere, soldiers were firing indiscriminately at any Papuan they saw.  “Anyone in sight of police and soldiers who have the black and curly hair, it is not forgiving - just automatic firing action,” said Lokbere in a message with videos sent to West Papua Media.
“We make these reports based on true facts, the actions of the TNI and police officers who are arrogant and abusive, that ignore the principles of humanity and justice,” said Lokbere.
Human rights workers in Wamena have identified a number of victims so far, but they report there are still many victims to be identified, with military and police personnel blockading the hospital to prevent relatives access to those who sustained injuries.  This policy is causing great concern from local people that Indonesian security forces are committing further human rights abuses at the hospital in Wamena on survivors of the rampage.
According to fresh but separate unconfirmed reports received by West Papua Media, medical staff are being threatened by heavily armed military officers at the hospital, and soldiers and police including Australian-funded Detachment 88 counter-terror officers are directly interfering in the provision of treatment.
This information was provided at great risk by paramedics to Papuan human rights activists,  describing the scenes of terror and intimidation still occurring at the hospital in Wamena.
At time of writing only members of the local Nduga tribal clan had been formally identified as dead, with several other tribes including Susa people, represented amongst an unknown number of total casualties.  Many of those injured received significant wounds, and with the deliberate interference to medical treatment of the wounded by security forces, the number of dead is expected to rise.

Those formally identified are:
1. Jairus Lokbere, Nduga tribe, an unarmed member of Battalion 34/ TPN (Tentara Pembebasan Nasional/ National Liberation Army) Komadan Inije Kodap;
2. Kisiurt Kurungga, 21, villager;
3. Metiuspus Telenggen, 26, villager;
4. Elianus Bugiangge, 45, villager;
5. Pianus Tabuni, Nduga tribe, Civil Servant
6. Enus Lokbere, Nduga tribe,  Local legislator of DPRD;
7. 2 children aged 12 and 13 in local school “holiday village” (boarders staying in school “village” during holidays as their families cannot afford return to rural homes)
8. A man who died in the hospital who was not identified due to extent of facial injuries from beating with rifle butts.

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