Wednesday, April 9, 2014

1) West Papuan refugees in PNG live in fear - Free West Papua Campaign

1) West Papuan refugees in PNG live in fear - Free West Papua Campaign
2) One dead in Papua shooting 
3) UNPO April 9, 2014
4) Two die in Papua plane  crash
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1) West Papuan refugees in PNG live in fear - Free West Papua Campaign


Updated at 4:47 am on 9 April 2014

The Free West Papua Campaign says West Papuan refugees living in Vanimo in Papua New Guinea fear they will be killed in revenge for the armed clashes on the Wutung border post.
A number of separatist rebels from Papua's OPM have reportedly crossed from Indonesia since the clash.
The Campaign's founder Benny Wenda says the refugees believe if PNG police fail to find the rebels then Indonesia will force them to arrest West Papuan refugees near the border.
He says the refugees have told him they live in fear.
"Because they have experienced when the Indonesian military couldn't find the freedom fighters because they run to the bush. And then they use Papua New Guinea police to look into Papua New Guinea. (if) they couldn't find them sometimes they also burn their houses because they're angry. The refugees who contacted me, they told me - if they couldn't find these freedom fighters, they will turn to us."
Benny Wenda, Founder of the Free West Papuan Campaign who is in exile in Britain.
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2) One dead in Papua shooting 
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura, Papua | National | Wed, April 09 2014, 5:33 PM
A man identified as Wakanio Enumbi, 25, was shot dead in a shootout between security officers and an armed group at Puncak Senyum, Mulia, in Papua's Puncak Jaya regency on Wednesday morning.
"The incident took place at around 9 a.m.," Cendrawasih Military Command (Kodam) XVII chief Maj. Gen. Christian Zebua told The Jakarta Post in Jayapura.
He said that after the clash, security officers had confiscated an SSI rifle and 17 bullets at the scene.
Christian said that angry clashes had ben taking place in Puncak Senyum since Tuesday afternoon, after security officers spotted a number of locals passing the area carrying traditional weapons.
This latest incident did not disrupt voting in Puncak Jaya for the legislative election, however.
"There were no security issues during the voting period, and the shooting was not related to the election. People have kept on arriving at the polling stations to cast their votes," Puncak Jaya Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Marselis told the Post.
"The victim [Enumbi] was on the DPO [police's most-wanted list]."
National Police chief Gen. Sutarman said in Jakarta that the police and personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI) were investigating the case. (nfo)



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3) UNPO April 9, 2014
West Papua: Maltreatment And Torture Cases Must Be Investigated 

The LP3BP Manokwari [an Institute for Research, Recognition and Development of Legal Aid that provides judicial services to Papuan people] urges the National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia, as well as the UN Human Rights Council, to investigate and put on the agenda the maltreatment and torture of two men aged 20 and 25 by members of the Indonesian police.

Below is a statement by Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of LP3BP, published on indigenouspeoplesissues.com
Speaking as a human rights defender working in the Land of Papua, I urge the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) in Jakarta to immediately investigate the maltreatment and torture by members of the Indonesian police of Yali Wenda (20) and Alvares Kapissa (25) on 2 April [2014]. Such actions are regarded as being grave human rights violations as stated in Article 9 (f) of Law 26/2000 on Human Rights Courts and the most serious form of human rights violations according to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment.
As a recipient of the John Humphreys Freedom Award 2005 in Canada, I call on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to place this case of treatment of the two students both of whom are civilians on its agenda for discussion and the adoption of a resolution regarding the government of Indonesia in its session in May of 2014.

The Secretary General of the United Nations should also press the Indonesian government to allow his Special Representative on Maltreatment and Torture to enter the Land of Papua in order to ensure that this case is handled transparently and in accordance with the mechanisms and principles of international law.
As Executive Director of the LP3BH Manokwari [an Institute for Research, Recognition and Development of Legal Aid that provides judicial services to Papuan people], I call on the international community, in particular the governments of the members of the European Union to review the bilateral accords on co-operation which they have entered into with Indonesia, in the context of developmental activity in the Land of Papua.
Respect for human rights is regarded as the foremost feature of law in any bilateral accord between state members of the European Union and other countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States of America, New Zealand and Japan and Indonesia.
The LP3BH also urges the Government of Indonesia to give unfettered access to the Land of Papua to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group to investigate the current state of human rights in the Land of Papua and what may happen there in the future.
- See more at: http://www.unpo.org/article/17031#sthash.WmJfhvZn.dpuf


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4) Two die in Papua plane  crash

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Wed, April 09 2014, 5:42 PM


A US-manufactured Kodiak plane carrying seven people crashed on take-off at the airport, known locally as Advent airport, in Doyo, Sentani, in Jayapura regency, Papua, on Wednesday morning.
US pilot Robert Franklin, 63, and a male passenger identified as Danis Kobak, 34, died in the crash. The plane, being used for missionary work, was scheduled to fly to Ninia in Yahukimo regency.
"As the plane was trying to take off it had difficulty getting airborne and its left wing hit a bridge at the end of the runway. The plane crashed; its front part was engulfed in flames and its right wing was detached from the fuselage," Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Sondang Siagian said.
Aside from the death of the pilot and passenger, two other passengers were seriously injured and another three suffered minor injuries.
"The five passengers are being treated at RSUD [Regional Hospital] Yowari," Transportation Ministry acting spokesman Bambang S. Ervan told The Jakarta Post in a text message.
The injured passengers were identified as Janes Pahabol, 32; Ali Kobak, 41; Darius, 30, MIsen Kobak, 28, and Neman Talingga (age unknown).
Two motorcyclists, identified as Lia Manuari and Ida Marweri, who were passing the scene at the time of the incident were also injured.
Bambang said the plane belonged to Adventist Aviation Indonesia and had been granted an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) 91, as it was being used for individual transportation. (nfo)

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