Saturday, June 3, 2017

Civil Liberty Defenders: Stop All Intimidation and Arrest Against Papuans

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Civil Liberty Defenders: Stop All Intimidation and Arrest Against Papuans

Indonesian colonial policeman as he stunned the KNPB and PRD secretariats in Timika. (Dok KNPB Timika)

JAYAPURA, - Human rights lawyers who are members of the Civil Liberty Defenders, Press Legal Aid Institute (LBH Pers), and Yayasan Satu Keadilan (YSK) condemn the arrest and dissolution of worship activities in Timika and intimidation in Wamena, Jayawijaya, Tuesday (5/30/2017).

"In addition, we also denounce mass arrests in Merauke today. These three successive incidents were carried out by the security forces against the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB), the most persecuted organization in Papua today, "according to a press release in Jakarta, May 31, 2017.

In addition to urging Mimika Police Chief to immediately stop the case and release Yanto Awerkion from detention at Mimika Police Station, Civil Liberty Defenders also urged the Papua Police Chief, West Papua Police Chief, and Chief of Police to stop all arbitrary intimidation and arrest of Papuan people who seek to exercise the right of freedom Opinion, expression, and assembly.

"President Jokowi must ensure protection for the exercise of freedom of expression and assembly of KNPB and the entire Papuan community," he demanded.

Data collected by Civil Liberty Defenders, LBH Pers and YSK, combined personnel of Mimika Resort Police together with TNI conducted arbitrary arrest of Yanto Awerkion as chairman of 1 KNPB Timika on Tuesday morning. The arrests were made when KNPB was doing a prayer together in their office. The event was also later forcibly dissolved.

"Yanto Awerkion is subject to Article 106 of the Criminal Code on criminal acts of treason. In addition to the arrest of Yanto, six other people were also interrogated for about two hours which we consider to be a form of intimidation. "

Tigor Hutapea, Asep Komarudin and Syamsul Alam in press releases affirm that the main elements of the makar chapter require the element of violence to fulfill the element of the article.

"There is no element of violence in the worship event at his own office in this case. Article makar was again abused to silence expressions, this time in the form of worship, against the Papuans. Therefore, the imposition of a rebellion article against Yanto Awerkion violates Article 28 E Paragraph (2) and (3) of the 1945 Constitution and Article 24 paragraph (1) and (2) of Law no. 39 of 1999 on Human Rights, "he explained.

In addition, on Tuesday (30/5/2017) there was also intimidation at the KNPB secretariat office in Wamena. "The security apparatus went to the secretariat to inquire about the activities to be performed. Although no activity is going to be done, we think that this form of intimidation is inappropriate, discriminatory and violates the constitutional right to assemble. "

A day later, Wednesday (31/05/2017), human rights lawyers also mentioned the report of the arrest of 77 people in Merauke.

"The board and members of the KNPB and the local People's Parliament (PRD) who were arrested at the time were conducting a thanksgiving prayer in their secretariat when the dissolution and arrest occurred. Although they have all been released in the afternoon, we continue to denounce this arbitrary act as a violation of the constitutional right to freedom of religion and belief, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, "he wrote in a press release.


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