Thursday, January 8, 2015

1) Human Rights Committee Readies Papua Investigation of Paniai Shooting

2) New Police Chiefs for Banten and W. Papua Inaugurated

3) 13 arrested for killing  Papuan police


1) Human Rights Committee Readies Papua Investigation of Paniai Shooting

By Yustinus Paat on 11:32 am Jan 09, 2015
Tags: Komnas HAMPapua

Students protest against the Indonesian government in Malang, East Java, on Dec. 22. (Antara Photo/Ari Bowo Sucipto)

Jakarta. Indonesia’s Human Rights Committee announced  on Thursday that it had formed a team to investigate possible human rights abuses committed in the fatal shootings of at least five young civilians by security forces in Papua early last month.
Komnas HAM commissioner Natalius Pigai said in a statement that the team — which includes the committee’s other leaders Manager Nasution, Hafid Abbas and Siti Nurlaila — would take three months to complete their report into the shootings in Paniai district on Dec. 8.
“The team’s task is to investigate and gather evidence — information, data and facts,” Natalius said. “They will also have to conduct an extensive investigation on everyone suspected to have been involved in the case.”
Indonesian security forces are accused of having opened fire on a crowd of 800 peaceful demonstrators, including women and children on Dec. 8. Five protesters were killed and at least 17 others — including elementary school students — were injured, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
President Joko Widodo visited Indonesia’s restive easternmost province over Christmas and committed to a thorough inquiry in a speech at the Mandala stadium in Japayapura, the capital.
“I want this case to be solved immediately so it won’t ever happen again in the future,” the president said on Dec. 28. “By forming a fact-finding team, we hope to obtain valid information [about what actually happened], as well as find the root of the problems.”
The team will disclose its report during a plenary meeting held by Komnas HAM in April.


2) New Police Chiefs for Banten and W. Papua Inaugurated

By Farouk Arnaz on 11:05 am Jan 09, 2015
Category CorruptionCrimeFront PageNews
Jakarta. The National Police in their Jakarta headquarters on Friday inaugurated Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as chief of Banten Police and Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw as chief of West Papua Police.
“[I urge you] to obey all the regulations with the highest degrees of attention and responsibility, to uphold the honor of the nation and the National Police, and to always prioritize the interests of the public, the nation and the country above personal, group or class interests,” National Police chief Gen. Sutarman told the two officers during the ceremony.
Paulus will lead the newly created, Manokwari-based West Papua Police, which oversees operations at nine sectoral police offices: Kaimana Police, Fakfak Police, Manokwari Police, Sorong City Police, Aimas Police, South Sorong Police, Raja Ampat Police, Bintuni Police and Wondama Bay Police.
“The organization has given you the trust as the first West Papua Police chief […] consider this as an honor and reason for motivation,” said Sutarman. “As an officer of the National Police who was based in Papua for a long time,” he told Paulus, “I believe that you have what it takes.”
“Make sure you monitor and supervise your personnel to the best of your ability.”
Police officers and military personnel regularly face accusations of rights violations in Papua, where they are tasked to keep order amid a long-running, low-intensity rebellion against Indonesian rule.
During his speech, Sutarman  urged the new West Papua Police chief to pay attention to a number of key issues, especially corruption.
“The huge budget for the development of the area is prone to misuse [by regional officials]. Therefore, this should be given special attention,” said Sutarman, adding that the West Papua Police must also help create a conducive situation for exploiting the area’s massive natural resources in order to boost development.
Former National Police spokesman Boy, who replaces retired Brig. Gen. M. Zulkarnaen as the chief of Banten Police, was asked to focus on Banten’s role in all kinds of illegal operations — including drug shipments and the smuggling of asylum seekers – due to its strategic location between Sumatra and the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
“Help the people of Banten if they have difficulties. Monitor the area and take real action when needed. [Banten connects] Java and Sumatra — through Merak Port — which makes Banten prone to the smuggling of goods and people,” Sutarman said.

3) 13 arrested for killing  Papuan police
The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Fri, January 09 2015, 8:04 AM - See more at:

Papua Police have arrested 13 people for their alleged involvement in a recent shooting in Utikini area, Mimika regency, that killed two mobile brigade officers.
“A joint team of police and military has arrested 13 people, including Nelson Waker, on Tuesday,” Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Yotje Mende was quoted by Antara news agency as saying in Jayapura on Wednesday evening.
Yotje said the 13 people were part of a group led by Ayub Waker, believed to be behind the shooting of two officers and wounding a security officer from PT Freeport Indonesia.
He said two of the people were being treated in hospital for injuries, while the remaining 11 were being questioned over the shooting that occurred on Jan. 1. (***)

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