Saturday, October 8, 2016

1) Island focus: Activists question punishment for shooters

1) Island focus: Activists question punishment for shooters 
2) Free West Papua!

1) Island focus: Activists question punishment for shooters 
Jayapura | Sat, October 8 2016 | 09:02 am

Rights activists in Papua are angered over the punishment administered by the Papua Police office for five policemen allegedly involved in the shooting of a teenager in Intan Jaya regency, saying it was too light a punishment.

“This is unfair. The police killed someone, and the punishment is just a short sentence,” National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Papua representative Friets Ramandey said on Friday.

He said the light punishment increased public distrust in government officials and security personnel.

He was responding to the Papua Police office that put five policemen in detention for 21 days after shooting Otianus Sondegau, 15, in Sugapa, Intan Jaya regency, on Aug. 27.

Three of the suspects were stripped of their official positions. 

Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Rudolf Patrick Renwarin said the policemen fired gunshots as defense because local people had aimed arrows at them. “That was an act of defense. However, the policemen are still guilty of killing someone,” he said.
2) Free West Papua!
Socialist Alliance National Office   Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The National Council of the Socialist Alliance declares its solidarity for the liberation struggle in West Papua and supports that movement's demand for a real act of self-determination conducted under UN-supervision and with human rights monitoring and access for journalists to West Papua.
As steps towards this end, we support West Papua’s bid for full membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group and its call for an Independent Fact Finding mission into West Papua and international assistance for West Papuan Refugees in Papua New Guinea.

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