Monday, February 25, 2013


2) Indonesia probes deadly shootings in Papua, hunts perpetrators
4) Papua shooting incident not related to rebellion: Police
5) Indonesian army prefers Black Hawk to Apache

--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1) URGENT ActionTWO MEN DETAINED, FEARED TORTURED IN PAPUA

Two Indonesian men now arbitrarily detained in Jayapura, Papua province, are believed to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated by police.
Daniel Gobay and Matan Klembiap are currently detained at the Jayapura district police station in Papua province. Police officers allegedly tortured or other otherwise ill-treated them and five other men while interrogating them about the whereabouts of two pro-independence activists. They have not received medical treatment and they have not had access to a lawyer since their arrest.
According to credible sources, plainclothes police officers arbitrarily arrested Daniel Gobay and two other men on the morning of 15 February 2013 in Depapre, Papua province. The three men were first forced to crawl on their stomachs to the Depapre sub-district police station approximately 30 metres away and then moved to the Jayapura district police station an hour later. There they were then forced to strip, were kicked in the face, head and back, and beaten with rattan sticks. Police officers allegedly pressed the barrels of their guns to their heads, mouth and ears. They were interrogated until late at night and in the morning of the following day.
Matan Klembiap and three other men were arbitrarily arrested separately by plainclothes police officers on the morning of 15 February in Depapre and taken to the Jayapura district police station. The four men were also forced to strip and were kicked and beaten with rattan sticks and wooden blocks by police officers. One of the men has testified on video that police gave him electric shocks.
On 16 February, five of the men were released without charge but Daniel Gobay and Matan Klembiap remain in police custody and are reportedly to be charged with "possession of a sharp weapon" under the Emergency Regulation 12/1951.

Please write immediately in English, Indonesian or your own language calling on authorities in Indonesia:
  •   To ensure that Daniel Gobay and Matan Klembiap are not tortured or otherwise ill-treated;
  •   To ensure that the two men have access to medical treatment, and to lawyers of their choosing; and
  •   To immediately order an effective and independent investigation into the allegations of torture and other ill- treatment of the seven men by police officers. Suspected criminal offences involving human rights violations must be dealt with through the criminal justice system, rather than only internally and as disciplinary breaches to ensure that all those responsible for torture and other ill-treatment, including persons with chain of command responsibility, are brought to justice in fair trials, and that victims are provided reparations. Particular attention must be paid to the protection of victims, witnesses and their families.

General Timur Pradopo
Head of the Indonesian National Police Jl. Trunojoyo No. 3
Jakarta Selatan
Fax: +62 21 722 0669
Salutation: Dear General
Head of the Division on Professionalism and Security (Propam)
Brigjen Syafruddin
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav No. 4-5 Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan 12950, Indonesia

Fax: +62 21 7280 0947
Salutation: Dear General
And copies to:Director General for Human Rights Harkristuti Harkrisnowo
Ministry of Law and Human Rights Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav No. 4-5 Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan 12950, Indonesia
Fax: +62 21 525 3095
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.
Amnesty International continues to receive credible reports of human rights violations committed by the security forces in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, including torture and other ill-treatment, unnecessary and excessive use of force and firearms and possible unlawful killings. Investigations into such reports are rare and only few perpetrators have been brought to justice. In the rare cases where victims have reported police abuses, police often subject them to further intimidation and harassment.
Current internal police disciplinary mechanisms are inadequate to deal with criminal offences amounting to human rights violations and are often not known to the public. Furthermore, external police oversight bodies do not have the adequate powers to bring to justice those responsible for human rights violations.
In January 2011 three soldiers who were filmed kicking and verbally abusing Papuans were sentenced by a military court to between eight and ten months’ imprisonment for disobeying orders. The video was widely circulated via YouTube. The victims were too frightened to testify in person due to the lack of adequate safety guarantees. In November 2011, eight police officers involved in a violent crackdown on a peaceful gathering in Papua that left three people dead were only given written warnings.
International human rights observers, non-governmental organizations and journalists are severely restricted in their access to Papua, contributing to a climate of impunity there.
One of the reasons why cases of torture and other ill-treatment continue to occur in Indonesia is the failure to revise the Indonesian Criminal Code to criminalize acts of torture. In 2008 the UN Committee against Torture called on the Indonesian government to revise the Criminal Code to incorporate the crime of torture consistent with the definition in Article 1.1 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and to ensure that all acts of torture are punishable by appropriate penalties which take into account their grave nature. The Criminal Code has been under revision for about three decades.
As a state party to both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT), Indonesia has a legal obligation to prohibit torture and other ill-treatment in all circumstances. The Indonesian Constitution and the Law on Human Rights (No. 39/1999) also provide for the right for all people in Indonesia to be free from torture and other ill-treatment.
Further, the Regulation of the Chief of the National Police regarding the Implementation of Human Rights Principles and Standards in the Discharge of Duties of the Indonesian National Police (No. 8/2009) states that police must “refrain from instigating or tolerating any act of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.
Name: Daniel Gobay and Matan Klembiap Gender m/f: m
UA: 48/13 Index: ASA 21/005/2013 Issue Date: 22 February 2013 


2) Indonesia probes deadly shootings in Papua, hunts perpetrators

Souce:Xinhua Publish By  Updated 26/02/2013 3:15 am in World / no comments

JAKARTA, Feb. 25 — Indonesian police and military have jointly investigated the deadly ambush in Papua last week that killed 8 soldiers and 4 civilians, and hunted perpetrators of the attacks, police said here on Monday.
Indonesian National Police chief General Timor Pradopo said that a team comprising police and military investigators have been established to investigate the shootings at Tingginambut and Sinak.
The general said that the team would conduct investigations at the scenes of shootings, and prepared measures to bring the perpetrators to justice.
On Friday, unidentified gunmen attacked an Indonesian military helicopter trying to evacuate the fatalities of the shootings, injuring one soldier and forcing the evacuators to abort mission.
Papua in easternmost Indonesia is home to separatist Free Papua Movement known as OPM, who has been fighting for independence.
The rebel group has targetted military, police and the U.S.- based mining giant PT Freeport compound in Papua, killing dozens of people, including civilians.
Posted at 02:44 on 25 February, 2013 UTC
A leading researcher on West Papua says last week’s fatal shootings in Puncack Jaya represent a serious escalation in tensions in Indonesia’s Papua region.
Eight Indonesian soldiers and four civilians were killed in two separate shooting incidents in the remote Highlands regency, for which military chiefs have blamed the separatist OPM Free West Papua Movement.
Following the shootings, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would use a welfare-based approach rather than a military one to keep the peace in Papua.
But Jim Elmslie of Sydney University’s West Papua Project fears the violence will grow.
“The whole province of West Papua is highly militarised now which might well have helped to lead to this escalation in the conflict. Obviously, there are a lot more weapons floating around and more dark forces that are not under the government control or are conducting black operations. I think the President’s words probably don’t carry much weight in the jungles of West Papua.”
Jim Elmslie


4) Papua shooting incident not related to rebellion: Police

Mon, February 25 2013 22:41 | 73 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Chief of the Papua Provincial Police Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian said the recent shooting of soldiers and civilians in Puncak and Puncak Jaya Districts, Papua Province, was not related to rebellion.

The shooting incident was allegedly linked to district head elections at that time, he said here on Monday.

"We are now collecting pieces of evidence, including alleged involvement of a candidate in the district head elections," he said.

He added the evidence was needed to see if the district head candidate had been involved in the incident.

Therefore, he said, the police believed that the incident had nothing to do with rebellion.

"We do not need dialogs as what has happened is a criminal case and has nothing to do with politics," he said adding the police had reinforced its personnel to anticipate security disturbance in the region.

The shooting incident left 12 people dead, eight of them soldiers. 

The slain soldiers were First Sergeants Udin, Frans, Ramadhan, and Edi, First Private Mustofa, Wahyu Bowo as well as Chief Private Jojo Wiharja and Wempi.

Meanwhile, the civilians killed in the incident were identified as Markus Kevin Rendenan, Yulius, Rudi, and Yohanis Palimbong.

All the bodies were evacuated to the provincial capital Jayapura by helicopter on Sunday morning (Feb 24). The evacuation process was previously delayed by unidentified shooting and bad weather. (*)
Editor: Heru


5) Indonesian army prefers Black Hawk to Apache

Mon, February 25 2013 17:30 | 116 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government is still undecided whether it would finally buy Black Hawk or Apache helicopters from the US.

The army however prefers Black Hawk to Apache because Apache is more expensive, army chief of staff General Pramono Edhi Wibowo said here on Monday.

"We still continue studying the procurement plan. But Black Hawk could be the best choice," he said after signing a memorandum of understanding for cooperation between the army, PT Pertamina and PT BRI. 

He said when he first visited the helicopter plant in the US the price of Apache was actually still standard but when a deal would be made the price went up.

"I do not know who has increased it," he said.

Regarding procurement of Leopard tanks Pramono said that it had reached payment settlement. "The settlement is still being processed at the ministry of defense," he said.

The ministry of defense is studying to purchase Black Hawk or Apache to increase the army`s main military hard wares.

"The choice will be Black Hawk or Apache. It is part of the additional hard wares that we have proposed to complete the army`s main weapons system," defense minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here last Friday.

He said the US government had already given a green light for the purchase of the Apache helicopters by Indonesia but Indonesia wants a bigger number of helicopters.

"If we cannot acquire more Apache we would buy Black Hawk. What is important is we could have quite a lot of combat helicopters to increase our strength," he said.

The defense ministry has not as yet decided which helicopter it would finally buy as calculation was still being made with regard to budget availability but the plan was expected to be able to be realized this year.

"We are racing against time as our tenure will end next year," Purnomo said.

The minister said Apache is the most sophisticated helicopter now but the army has also said that it would not be a problem if it is Blackhawk that will finally be bought.

He said the army`s target is building a squadron of helicopters.

The former chief of defense facility agency, Major General Ediwan Prabowo meanwhile said that the government has allocated US$400 million for combat helicopter procurement.

"With the funds we could buy eight units of Apache as the price of one Apache is around US$45 million. If we use them to buy Black Hawk we could get 20," he said.

Regarding the difference between Apache and Black Hawk he said Apache is an attack helicopter that could destriy tanks, armored vehicles and bunkers while Black Hawk as an assault helicopter could carry personnel and be mounted with arms but its destruction power is not as strong as that of Apache. 
Editor: Priyambodo RH

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