Monday, May 2, 2016

1) Hundreds of Papuans arrested in mass Indonesian crackdown, say reports

1) Hundreds of Papuans arrested in mass Indonesian crackdown, say reports
2) AWPA calls on Australian Foreign Minister to condemn Papua arrests
3) Police arrested thousands in Papua on April 28 - May 2, 2016
4) Hundreds Arrested in Pro-MSG Protests in Papua
5) Hundreds promoting independence detained in Indonesia’s Papua
6) Vanuatu chiefs again push for West Papua full MSG bid
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1) Hundreds of Papuans arrested in mass Indonesian crackdown, say reports
 
Indonesian security forces and police have arrested hundreds of Papuan demonstrators during rallies today in support of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and its effort to reach full member status of the regional Melanesian Spearhead Group. Local news media such as Tabloid Jubi reported massive arrests and the Jakarta Globe reported at least 500 arrests in the Papuan provincial capital of Jayapura alone. Similar rallies in Merauke and Sorong also led to more than 100 arrests, according to the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute.
Solidarity rallies across the country also ended in arrests, with 48 Papuan students arrested in Semarang, Central Java, and 42 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Agency France-Presse and news agencies reported. Radio New Zealand International earlier reported widespread mass arrests in the “Papua region” in advance of rallies.
#liveupdatesPapua twitter feed reported updates on the arrests, with some unconfirmed sources saying “close to 1600” people had been arrested in West Papua. In an earlier statement today, the Australian West Papua Association called on Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to condemn the mass arrests. On April 13 some 44 Papuans were arrested and then another 41 were reportedly arrested on Friday.
Reaffirmed support
Leaders of some Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members have reaffirmed their support for full admission of West Papua to the regional organisation. Most recently, Vanuatu’s council of chiefs president Seni Mao Tirsupe called for the admission following a rally in Port Vila on Friday.
ULMWP, which represents a number of pro-independence groups in Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua, had sought full membership in a bid to push for self-determination and to air human rights grievances. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said in a statement last year that the ULMWP had been given observer status as a “development partner representing the welfare of Melanesian people living outside” the region.
Indonesia — which was granted observer status in 2011 and now has associate member status — claims it is represented by leaders from its ethnic Melanesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. An MSG leaders meeting scheduled for Port Vila this week has been postponed.

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2) AWPA calls on Australian Foreign Minister to condemn Papua arrests
 
Reports of massive arrests #liveupdatesPapua

Indonesian security forces line up against peaceful Papuan demonstrators today in the West Papuan capital of Jayapura. Image: Tabloid Jubi
The Australia West Papua Association has called on Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to condemn the arrests of peaceful demonstrators in West Papua.
About 178 activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), the Regional Parliament (PRD) and students were taken to the City Police Resort (Police) in the Papuan capital Jayapura today, the AWPA said citing local Papuan media reports.
The rallies were called to show support for the meeting of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) in London tomorrow (May 3)  and to  support the  action by the people and government of Vanuatu who support ULMWP to become a full  member of the MSG.
In Sorong,  27  peaceful demonstrating KNPB members were arrested. Local journalists trying to cover the peaceful rallies were forbidden to do so. The KNPB has been targeted by the security forces in the past month with its members being arrested at rallies on April 13 and 29, the AWPA said in a statement. Joe Collins of AWPA said: “It’s about time that governments stopped repeating the mantra of ‘human rights abuses are a thing of the past and Indonesian is now a democracy’.
Continuous arrests
“The continuous arrests of peaceful demonstrators, intimidation of human rights defenders and journalists prove otherwise. “The international community has to realise that the issue of West Papua is not going away. “The recent rally in Port Vila calling for full membership for West Papua at the MSG shows this.” A civil society organisation forum on West Papua was also officially opened  in Port Vila yesterday The AWPA said in its statement it was calling on minister Bishop to raise the crackdown by security forces on the latest peaceful rallies in West Papua with the Indonesian government. “The crackdown is on West Papuans’ right to freedom of speech and freedom to demonstrate,” the statement said. AWPA also urged the foreign minister to pressure Jakarta to allow a Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) fact-finding mission to West Papua, to listen to the tragic stories the West Papuan people have to tell.
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3) Police arrested thousands in Papua on April 28 - May 2, 2016

Oleh : Arnold Belau | Senin, 02 Mei 2016 - 18.30 WIB | 


JAYAPURA, SUARAPAPUA.com --- West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Centre report, within six days, the Papua Police have arrested 1,700's of people in Papua. Arrested consisted of youth, community, students and activists KNPB throughout Papua.


Police rebuplik Indonesia over Papua and West Papua regional police catch KNPB activists, student activists and well wishers of the people of Papua. The arrest of activists occurred in some areas of work KNPB namely Jayapura, Sentani and sliding.
 
 
Housing III - Kota Jayapura
 
In KotaJayapura police conduct arrests in the 7-point spread mass gathering in Jayapura and Sentani, Jayapura district.
 
The first arrest occurred at 09.00 in front of the gate Uncen WPB Housing III Waena. In perumnas III, police arrested 178 people. Catching up on perumnas III teridiri of students Uncen, KNPB activists and sympathizers of the people of Papua.
 
In this penagkapan, chairman Agus Kossay I KNPB center, secretary I KNPB Mecky center Yeimo, spokesman for the National bazookas logo and Deputy National Parlement West Papua (PNWP) Region Ha Anim Eliaser Anggainggom arrested.
 
Initially at 07.00 WPB, I KNPB chairman Agus Kossay and the group headed III Waena round of the National Housing Authority. At 08.00 mass arrive at the front gate and the police blocked Uncen mass action with full force. During the half-hour later at 09.00 WPB police arresting student activists, activists and sympathizers existing KNPB in Housing III Waena.
 
In these arrests, a number of flags KNPB, 181 mobile phones and placards confiscated by the police.
 
 
Abepura circle - Kota Jayapura
 
200 people were arrested in Circle, Abepura. The third arrest occurred at 10:30 WPB. The arrests and the forced dissolution of the police. Some flag KNPB, Pamphlets, megaphone and other attributes as well as participate Hp confiscated by the police.
 
Kornologisnya, at 06.00 WPB future action Nimnin gathered in a dorm, then 08:40 WPB future action headed to the rallying point of time in Abepura circle. Circle led by coordinators, Dolia Ubruangge and wakorlap Sama has gone well. 09.00 WPB do political speeches at the rallying point of the operatives led Dolia and wakorlap has gone well.
 
During the half-hour doing political speeches. At 10. 30 KNPB police arrested hundreds of activists and citizens who were gathered in a circle Abepura. Then transported by four cars Dalmas on Jayapura Police and directed to the Mako Brimob.
 
 
203 People Arrested in Home Zipur, Waena
 
At 10.00 WPB out mass action expo secretariat headed Abepura sector to join the mass action in Uncen below. Before arriving in Uncen Abepura, the police had blocked the exit so that future through the streets behind Mega Waena and exit at the Den Zipur.
 
At 11:20 WPB police action in Zipur mass block for 5 minutes to negotiate but the police did not allow time toward Abe. At 11:30 mass under the action amounts to 203 to Mako Brimob Kotaraja.
 
 
50 People Arrested in Red Light Waena
 
The period of the second wave of action Dormitory Princess Puncak Jaya, hostel dorm Yahukimo and Paniai converge towards Abepura to join future action in Abepura. Then the police action to block future use of the Dalmas. Once your period of action blocked all arrested and Rev in Dalmas towards Mako Brimob Kotaraja. Then the number of students who gathered at the bottom Uncen join Mako Brimob transported to the city of King.
 
115 People Arrested in Stop Yapis Dock 5, Jayapura
 
Penagkapan period of action, led by chairman I KNPB Numbay, Jimmi Browai Numbay KNPB board with a number of other Members and sympathizers were arrested.
Activists arrested at the stop Yapis dikiring Police to use two cars to the police station Dalmas jayapura city.
Penagkapan today in a special city of Jayapura approximately 1,449 (one thousand four teratus, four pulu nine). (Read: Ahead of Arrival Jokowi, Police Arrest 41 Activists KNPB in Jayapura)
 
 
sliding
 
A total of 27 people KNPB activists were arrested when Sorong Kingdom will hold a rally on the lawn of UKIP Malanu Sorong City Monday (02/05/2016), about Pkl.8.00 WP. They forcibly disbanded by the combined forces TNI / Polri. To 27 people are still in Mapolres Sorong City.
 
 
Sentani, Jayapura district
 
Six activists KNPB Sentani region at 08.00 WPB. The arrests occurred in the eyes of the road Post 7. Mass action of 07.00 WPB were assembled in the eyes of the road Post 7 Sentani tanpan negotiations. After being arrested, six KNPB activists have taken to the Jayapura police station in Doyo.
 
 
Merauke
 
200 KNPB Activists Arrested in Merauke
At 06:46 WPB police from Merauke police again arrested KNPB activists who held a demonstration at the monument dami Act of Merauke. Future action led by the chairman and secretary KNPB Gento Doop I Charles Sraun blocked by the combined forces of TNI / Polri and disperse the crowd by force. After that police arrested hundreds of mass action and all were transported to the Merauke police using five cars Dalmas. While still being held at the police station merauke.
 
 
Wamena
 
KNPB activists Baliem area action secretariat support page KNPB Baliem Wamena. All detained activists have not been recorded. There are dozens of KNPB activists who were arrested in Wamena. (Read: Action Ahead of May 2, 2016, Jayawijaya Police Hold Three activists KNPB Wamena)
 
Total kesluruhan arrest on May 2, 2016 was 1,692 people from the City Jayapra, district of Jayapura, Sorong, Merauke and Wamena. While arrests of 28 April 2016 to 2 May 2016 with about 46 people, the average of all KNPB activists were arrested while distributing leaflets.
 
Thousands of activists were arrested in Jayapura KNPB was secured on the football field, Mako Brimob Papua Police, Kotaraja. At approximately 18:30 on hold mass actions freed again. (See also: Police Bans Journalists Covering and Taking Pictures in Jayapura)
 
 
 
ARNOLD Belau
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4) Hundreds Arrested in Pro-MSG Protests in Papua
By : Erin Cook | on 1:12 PM May 02, 2016
Jakarta. Police have arrested 500 demonstrators during a rally in support for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, or ULM, and its effort to reach full member status of the regional Melanesian Spearhead Group in Jayapura on Monday (02/05).
Similar rallies in Merauke and Sorong also netted over 100 arrests, according to the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute.
Solidarity rallies across the country also ended in arrests, with 48 Papuan students arrested in Semarang, Central Java, and 42 in Makassar, South Sulawesi.
Leaders of other MSG members have reaffirmed their support for the full admission of West Papua to the regional organisation. Most recently, Vanuatu’s council of chiefs president Seni Mao Tirsupe called for the admission following a rally in Port Vila on Friday.
ULM, which represents a number of pro-independence groups in Indonesia's two easternmost provinces, had sought full membership in a bid to push for self determination and to air human rights grievances.
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said in a statement last year that the ULM was given observer status as a "development partner representing the welfare of Melanesian people living outside," Radio New Zealand International reported at the time.
Indonesia — which was granted observer status in 2011 — is represented by leaders from its ethnic Melanesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, according to AFP.
The ULM bid is the second time West Papua's pro-independence movement has attempted to gain membership to the MSG. A similar bid in October 2013 by the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) was rejected.

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5) Hundreds promoting independence detained in Indonesia’s Papua

JAKARTA: Indonesian police on Monday detained hundreds of pro-independence demonstrators in the eastern province of Papua on the anniversary of Dutch New Guinea's 1963 integration into Indonesia.
Around 500 people were detained in the provincial capital, Jayapura, police said, and dozens in other cities of the resource province of around 3.5 million. There were no reports of violence.
"In spirit they support Papua's separation from Indonesia," said Papua police spokesman Patridge Renwarin. "We are trying to explain to them that this goes against the spirit of the unitary state of Indonesia."
Papuan activist Markus Haluk told Reuters demonstrators had voiced support for calls for an internationally monitored referendum for independence.
Papua has seen a long-running and often violent separatist conflict since being incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticised U.N.-backed referendum in 1969. Dutch colonial rule ended in 1963.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has made several trips to Papua since taking office in 2014 and has promised to bring development to the impoverished region after decades of neglect. His government has also released several political prisoners and pledged to resolve cases of human rights violations.
But security forces still maintain a strong presence in the restive region and are often seen as taking a heavy-handed approach to peaceful demonstrations, activists say.
Papua province and West Papua make up the western half of an island north of Australia, with independent Papua New Guinea to the east.
(Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Kanupriya Kapoor; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Nick Macfie)


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6) Vanuatu chiefs again push for West Papua full MSG bid
1:29 pm today

The President of Vanuatu's council of chiefs says the Melanesian Spearhead Group needs to grant full membership to the United Liberation Movement of West Papua.
Chief Seni Mao Tirsupe made the statement at the MSG Secretariat in Port Vila following a peaceful march on Friday.
200 people joined the march and the group's chairman, Pastor Allan Nafuki, said he had a petition with over 5,000 signatures to support the bid.
Speaking for the people of West Papua, West Papuan leader Jacob Rumbiak said Vanuatu is the only country in the world that has stood with his people and supported their freedom, while many others have turned a blind eye.
He said many innocent Melanesian people had been killed by Indonesia and Papua's natural resources had been plundered.
Last year, the MSG granted Indonesia associate member status.
The membership issues were to be discussed at an MSG summit in Vanuatu this week, but the meeting has been deferred in part because Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama decided to go to London to help celebrate the Queen's birthday

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