1) Names released of four West Papuans charged with treason
19 minutes ago
The names of four political activists charged by Indonesia with treason in West Papua have been released by the human rights advocacy group Amnesty International.
Hiskia Meage, Emanuel Ukago, Panus Hesegem and William Wim are members of the pro-Papuan independence organization, the West Papuan National Committee and were among 70 people who were arrested while demonstrating in North Sulawesi Province in December.
The rally was part of 14 simultaneous demonstrations across Indonesia in support of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua becoming a full member of Melanesian Spearhead Group.
Amnesty said 528 people were arrested nation-wide on 19 December but most were released without charge the following day.
Committee members Hosea Yemo and Ismael Alua were also charged with treason for organising the rallies.
Amnesty said the men remained in detention for exercising their right to peaceful assembly and should be considered prisoners of conscience.
2) 4,742 personnel to secure regional elections in Papua
5 hours ago
Jayapura (ANTARA News) - As many as 4,742 personnel would be deployed to assure security of regional elections in 11 districts and city in Indonesias eastern province of Papua on Wednesday (Feb. 15).
The security personnel come not only from the police force but also the military, the chief of Papua Regional Police Command, Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw, said to newsmen here on Sunday.
He said the decision to deploy thousands of security personnel was made in view of the vulnerability of the elections in the regions although the degree varies.
He said of the 11 districts and city to conduct elections five have been considered most vulnerable to security problems namely Jayapura, Tolikara, Lanny Jaya, Nduga and Jayapura city and therefore more personnel would be sent there.
Although more security personnel would be deployed to the districts and city it does not mean that security in other regions would be loosened, he said.
Waterpauw said security condition ahead of the elections on February 15 had remained conducive.
"We hope it would remain so until the results are determined," he said.
Other districts in Papua that would conduct elections are Sarmi, Mappi, Dogiai, Intan Jaya, Puncak Jaya and Yapen Islands.
A total of 101 regions including seven provinces in Indonesia would carry out elections simultaneously to choose new district heads, city mayors or provincial governors.