Thursday, June 14, 2012


2) Riots in Papua After Police Gun Down Independence Activist
3) Police still investigating shooting incidents in Papua
4) Imparsial  criticises police for the death of Mako Tabuni
5) Papua could soon become an Emergency Zone

Thursday, 14 June, 2012 | 18:04 WIB
TEMPO InteractiveJayapura:Security conditions in the city of Abepura has worsened following this morning's fatal shooting and rioting by hundreds involving members of the West Papua National Committee. Going by initial reports, a man, reportedly shot dead in the melee, was identified as Mako Tabuni, deputy chief of the West Papua National Committee or KNPB. The rioting on Thursday morning saw to the burning down of two shops, dozens of motorcycles and destruction of public facilities in the Perumnas III housing complex of Waena, Abepura.
A car was also set ablaze. Papua police spokesman Sr. Comr. Johanes Nugroho Wacaksono said that a detailed briefing on Thursday morning's incident in Abepura would be provided by police later in the day. Outside of Thursday morning's fatal incident and another village attack in Wamena on June 7, there have been at least seven shootings in total - some of them fatal in Jayapura. A security guard at Cendrawasih University was killed recently and before that, a German tourist was shot and wounded on May 29. No one has been arrested for these attacks.



2) Riots in Papua After Police Gun Down Independence ActivistJune 14, 2012

Angry residents of Indonesia’s resource-rich Papua island burned cars and shops on Thursday after an independence activist was shot and killed, police and human rights activists said. A low-level insurgency for independence has simmered on Indonesia’s easternmost island for decades.

Mako Tabuni, deputy of the pro-independence West Papua National Committee (KNPB), was shot dead while resisting arrest, human rights activist Markus Haluk told Reuters.

Tabuni had been campaigning for an investigation into a recent spate of shootings.

National police spokesman Muhammad Taufik said the victim was shot dead in the town of Waena during a police raid.

“He was armed. Police asked him to surrender but he didn’t. Police shot at him, hitting his hip and leg. He died on the way to hospital,” he told reporters.

Haluk told Reuters that he doubted law enforcement’s explanation of the incident.  

“This is not law enforcement, this is ridiculous,” Haluk told Reuters by telephone from Jayapura, the province’s main town.

“Security forces are using the excuse of law enforcement to shoot, using the classic excuse of the separatist group stigma,” Haluk said of Tabuni’s killing.

Police confirmed Tabuni’s death saying he was shot in the hip and leg and died on his way to hospital.

Independence activist Benny Wenda released a press statement calling the shooting an "assassination" and urging the United Nations to intervene.  

"There is now indiscriminate shooting taking place on the streets of Jayapura, with residents fleeing in fear.  On behalf of my people, I am urging the international community to wake up and help us. We urgently need a UN peacekeeping force to be put in place and sent to the region. My people are danger in the hand of the Indonesian Military and Police," Benny said in the press statement. 

News of the killing brought people out onto the streets of Jayapura and some of them torched shops and vehicles. Television footage showed police inspecting burned out buildings and smoldering cars.

“People were angry after they heard that their leader or friend was arrested and burnt several motorcycles, cars and three houses,” security minister Djoko Suyanto said.

He added that four people had been arrested in the past two weeks over a spate of violence in the region, including the fatal shooting of a German tourist late last month.

They included KNPB head Bukhtar Tabuni, who was released from prison last year after serving three years for organizing a 2008 rally, according to police.

Police said the group was suspected of organizing protests in recent months that have left shops and public facilities in several Papuan cities badly vandalized, but it has denied responsibility.

Pro-independence rallies and displaying separatist symbols are considered treason in Indonesia, and protests in Papua, a former Dutch colony on the western half of New Guinea island, have ended in bloody clashes with police.

Jakarta annexed Papua in 1969 in a self-determination referendum widely regarded as a sham and continues to keep a tight grip on the region through its military and police to quell a decades-long insurgency by poorly armed rebels.


3) Police still investigating shooting incidents in Papua
Thu, June 14 2012 21:28 | 169 Views

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - National police chief General Timur Pradopo stated the police were still investigating the shooting incidents in Papua.

"A number of shooting incidents at several locations in Papua, starting May 22 through June 10, 2012, are still under investigation. All incidents that have violated the law are still being investigated by the police," he said on the sidelines of a meeting with House Commission III here on Thursday.

Timur added the police had already conducted an inquiry to identify the perpetrators behind the shooting incidents.

He said three people had been arrested for breaking the law, namely burning cars and shooting German national Dietman Pieper.

"The three people who have been arrested by police in Papua are, identified by their initials, BT, JT and C," Timur added.

"From them, we can collect information and conduct further investigation," he explained.

Timur said the police received help from intelligence and local people while investigating the cases.

He stated the investigation so far had already led to a target. "When arresting one of the suspects, Mako Tabuni, the police had to shoot another suspect who tried to grab a police officer`s gun," Timur said.

"On the scene, the police found a rifle containing 18 bullets," he added.

"The police have not yet found any evidence suggesting that foreign parties were involved in the shooting incidents. But again investigation is still ongoing," he noted.
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4) Imparsial  criticises police for the death of Mako Tabuni
JUBI, 14 June 2012

Imparsial, the Indonesian Human Rights   Monitor, has expressed its deep regret at the action by the police who shot Mako Tabuni, the chairman of KNPB, the National Committee of West Papua, resulting in his death.

The executive director, Poengky Indarti said that if the police suspected that Mako Tabuni was involved in recent acts of violence , they should have acted in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Code

'It is extremely regrettable that  the police shot Mako Tabuni, as a result of which this activist died,' she said.

She went on to say that the police would have needed evidence in order the conduct an investigation. and if they did have such evidence in this case, Mako Tabuni should have been taken into custody and treated as a suspect.

'The procedure would then be for the police to summon the person in question for interrogation. He can only be detained  if there is reason to fear that he may abscond or commit a further crime.

A person can indeed be arrested if he is caught red-handed. But bearing in mind that this was not the case, the action by the police in arresting and shooting Mako Tabuni was a violation of the criminal procedural code, KUHAP.

'Even if he had resisted, the security forces should not have taken action that resulted in his death. If he had offered resistance with a sharp weapon or with a firearm, the police should have first warned him of the consequences, and if forced to shoot, they should have made sure that this would not cause any fatal injuries.'

The Imparsial executive-director said that  it was also very regrettable that the  death of Mako Tabuni had made the situation in Jayapura worse than ever. The response to his death by members of the KNPB has resulted in the situation in Jayapura becoming very tense indeed. 'We urge the security forces to take greater care in handling a case like this, and they should always act in accordance with the provisions of the law.'

The failings of the police can only result in the situation getting worse, reinforcing the occurrence of further acts of violence and causing the people to feel even more insecure.

[Translated by TAPOL]
5) Papua could soon become an Emergency Zone
Bintang Papua, 13 June2012

Leaders of two of the main churches in Papua, the Kingmi Church and the Alliance of Baptist Churches in Papua, say that many of their church members are now afraid to leave their homes in the evening.

The chairman of the Baptist Alliance, the Revd Socratez Sofyan Yoman said that the efforts by the Papuan people to transform West Papua into a zone of peace are being obstructed by certain forces. The recent series of shootings is turning Papua into an Emergency Zone.

According to the Rev. Socrates, the core of the conflict in Papua is greed on the part of those who violate human rights.  The Indonesian government is dealing with the situation in Papua by strengthening the repressive security forces, the TNI and the police, while  paying no attention  to the health and educational needs of the Papuan people.

'The government  continues to split the province up into more districts in order to be able to increase the number of the security forces,' he said.

The actions of the government could result in the emergence of youth groups who will fight for the aspirations of the Papuan people by peaceful means. Rev Socrates urged the Indonesian government to enter into discussions as soon as possible with  representatives of the Papuan people in order to create a permanent state of  peace in Papua as a way of reducing the the process of radicalisation of the young people which is further promoted by acts of violence and the neglect of human rights abuses.

He also called  upon the international human rights institution of the United Nations  to do what it can to help reduce the crimes being committed in Papua. He called upon his own congregation to remain vigilant and do everything they can to preserve an atmosphere of peace and prevent the actions of those who  are trying to make the conditions worse.

The Rev. Benny Giay said that the people live in a sate of fear because of the situation in Jayapura that has developed in the past two months and said that the there is no end to the shootings even though the city of Jayapura is more controllable than mountainous regions such as Puncak Jaya  and Timika

With regard to the recent statement by the chief of the intelligence agency BIN that the people doing the shooting have come from the mountains, the Rev. Giay said that the BIN agency chief should take action to arrest the people responsible for the shooting instead of raising new issues which do nothing help to clarify the situation.

He also said that the  policies being pursued by the government such as setting up the UP4B (development unit) are not rooted among the Papuan people. 'The Papuan people  cannot understand the policies that the govrnment is pursuing. The central and provincial governments should respond to what the Papuan people have been yearning for for years. 'Only the Papuan people can know what conditions are necessary for the sustenance of their lives.

[Translated by TAPOL]

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