Tuesday, January 25, 2022


2) TNI commander apprises lawmakers of strategic changes in Papua  
3) Another bloody conflict in Papua - Is there a solution to stop this conflict?
4) 19 People Dead after Clash in West Papua's Sorong 


News Desk January 25, 2022 11:33 am

Residents of Intan Jaya who fled to the courtyard of the Catholic Church of St. Misael in Bilogai, Sugapa, Intan Jaya. - IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua is a land dubbed a small paradise that fell to earth. But nowadays, Papua no longer looks like the little paradise that Indigenous Papuans yearn for. Conflicts, shootings, and violence continue to occur and haunt the daily lives of Indigenous Papuans.

Ever since the integration of Papua into Indonesia, violence has continued to occur. The firefights between the Indonesian Military (TNI) and police and the West Papua National Liberation Army/Free Papua Organization (TPNPB/OPM) have been happening more frequently lately. The impact is not only the death of the warring parties but also innocent civilians.

The same pattern of violence always repeats itself and even becomes a cycle that continues from time to time. Papuans continue to be victims of human rights violations and experience discrimination and intimidation. Civilians—especially those who are victims of human rights violations, descendants of political prisoners, and children of TPNPB/OPM combatants—have never received justice from the State. Time and again, thousands of Indigenous Papuan civilians have had to flee, for fear of becoming victims, or wrongly targeted, in the increasingly heated armed conflict.

The prolonged conflict has traumatized Papuan people. The trauma caused the children of OPM activists and victims of human rights violations to choose to fight against what the authorities had done to their families. On the other hand, the State has never complied with requests for peaceful dialogue from various parties. Various efforts have been made by Papuans to find solutions, including proposing a dialogue. However, the resolution to make Papua a land of peace has never happened.

The conflict in Papua has stripped off the basic human rights of the Papuan people. The shootings between the security force and TPNPB often occur in the middle of the children’s playground. In Papua’s central mountains area, such as the regencies of Intan Jaya, Puncak, Paniai, Bintang Mountains, and Nduga, new conflicts continue to emerge, creating new trauma for local residents, especially children who witnessed their parents being killed.

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP)’s fifth report recorded the violence that occurred from January 2015 to December 2016. The report said there were 16 cases of extrajudicial killings that occurred during that year. The same report said that only one murder case was legally processed in military court.

The Indonesian government has shown no commitment to prosecute its security forces who allegedly become perpetrators of violence. Violence in Papua is only met with violence, without solving the real roots of the problem. The government, for example, does not pull any efforts to heal the trauma of victims of violence and human rights violations.

ICP’s seventh report provides an analysis of violence that occurred in Papua from January 2019 to December 2020. The report also presents data compiled by the ICP and West Papua-Netzwerk regarding the number of armed conflicts in West Papua between 2017 and 2020.

The document said that the number of armed conflicts in 2017 was 24 cases and increased to 44 cases in 2018. In 2019, there were 33 cases, and 64 cases in 2020. The number of security forces who were injured in 2017 was 8 people, 15 people in 2018. 12 people in 2019, and 10 people in 2020. The number of fatalities from the TPNPB in 2017 was two people, increased to 12 people in 2018, 14 people In 2019, and 14 TPNPB members died in 2020. While the number of TPNPB soldiers who were injured in 2017 was two people, four people in 2018, and one person in 2020.

However, the number of casualties on the civilian side was more than double the number of victims from conflicting parties. The ICP data recorded the civilian casualties caused by the armed conflict in Papua, both victims of violence and victims who died due to various reasons while evacuating or being in refugee camps. In 2017 there were three civilians who died, all of them were victims of violence allegedly carried out by the TPNPB.

In 2018, that number jumped to 62 victims. A total of 25 people died as victims of alleged violence by the TPNPB, while 17 others were victims of alleged violence by the TNI and police. Moreover, there were 20 internally displaced people who died in evacuation camps.

In 2019, there were 216 cases of civilian deaths due to armed conflict in Papua. Of that number, seven people were allegedly killed by the TPNPB and 13 allegedly killed by the security forces. There were also 196 civilians who died in refugee camps.

Throughout 2020, there were 213 civilian fatalities of the armed conflict. As many as seven civilians died of violence allegedly carried out by the TPNPB. There were also 20 civilians who were allegedly killed by the TNI and police. Meanwhile, the number of displaced people who died was 186.

ICP data said that in 2017, there were 12 civilians injured due to the Papua conflict, three people were victims of violence allegedly committed by TPNPB combatants, and nine other people were victims of the security forces’ alleged violence. In 2018, 15 civilians were injured, seven of which were allegedly injured by the TPNPB and eight people were allegedly injured by the security forces.

In 2019, nine civilians were injured, all of whom were victims of alleged violence by the security forces. While in 2020, 26 civilians were injured, 16 of whom were allegedly victims of the TPNPB, and ten others were allegedly victims of the TNI and police.

Sindonews.com on January 17, 2022, reported a statement by the National Commission on Human Rights’ head of the Bureau of Support for Enforcement, Gatot Ristanto, who said there were 53 violent incidents that occurred in Papua throughout 2021. These events resulted in 47 victims, 24 of whom died. Ristanto said that the violence was carried out by both the TPNPB and the TNI and police, including shootings, torture with sharp weapons, and burning or destroying buildings.

Meanwhile, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Mathius Fakhiri told tribunnews.com that 46 people had died during the armed conflict in 2021. He said there were 29 cases of violence allegedly carried out by armed groups in Puncak, Nduga, Intan Jaya, Yahukimo, and Bintang Mountains. Fakhiri detailed that the death toll was 19 people from civilians, 11 TNI soldiers, four police, and 12 members of the TPNPB.

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo
Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G



2) TNI commander apprises lawmakers of strategic changes in Papua  
16 hours ago

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander, General Andika Perkasa, shared information on strategic changes in the handling of problems in Papua and West Papua provinces during a hearing session with lawmakers here Monday.


"We are doing several things to address the dynamics of the problems in the long-term period by returning duties or operations in Papua and West Papua as part of the tasks of organic units as in other provinces or islands," he said.


Speaking to members of Commission I of the House of Representatives (DPR), which oversees foreign affairs and defense here, he said Papua's problems are related to "dynamic thought."


Therefore, they must be dealt with "sustainable and long term strategies," he said, adding that TNI has also been asked to assist in the accelerated development of Papua and West Papua to bring prosperity to communities.

Related news: TNI commander highlights importance of pre-duty training in Papua

The TNI has received the mandate following the issuance of Presidential Instruction No.9/2020 on the acceleration of welfare development in Papua and West Papua, he added.


In general, there have been additional placements of TNI personnel considering the requirement of task forces in the two easternmost provinces, he informed.


The task forces comprise the Paniai District Military Command (Kodim) Task Force, which covers the districts of Paniai, Degoyai, and Waropen; Kodim Intan Jaya Task Force; and Kodim Puncak Task Force, he said.

Related news: Fallen soldier Miskel Rumbiak buried in West Papua's Raja Ampat


They also include the Kodim Lani Jaya Task Force, which covers the districts of Lani Jaya and Tolikara, and Kodim Yalimo Task Force, which covers the districts of Yalimo, Jayapura, and Membramo Tengah, he added.


The Kodim Kepulauan Bintang Task Force and Kodim Nduga Task Force, which covers the districts of Yahukimo and Asmat, have also been placed in the provinces, he said.

Related news: Soldiers help locals near Indonesia-PNG border build a mosque


Meanwhile, around 235 navy personnel would be placed in naval bases while 411 air force personnel would join several air force bases in Papua, he added.


The hearing session was chaired by head of Commission I, Abdul Kharis Almasyhari, and two of his colleagues, Utut Adianto and Anton Sukartono.


At the meeting, General Perkasa was accompanied by Army Chief of Staff, General Dudung Abdurahman; Navy Chief of Staff, Admiral Yudo Margono; and Air Force Chief of Staff, Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo, among others.

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Reporter: Imam B, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Fardah Assegaf


3) Another bloody conflict in Papua - Is there a solution to stop this conflict?

This week, another victim fell due to the armed conflict in Papua. This is the umpteenth loss of life in the region's bloody history. 


The main problem is that there are some Papuans, who want to be independent or separate themselves from Indonesia, and stand as a separate country.
Of course, this desire was responded to by the implementation of security policies by Indonesia. Over the years, this policy was countered by armed resistance, by a group of Papuan people, who later formed a military division.
Free Papuan figure, Filep Karma will reflect on the ideals of a Free Papua in the following interview. How does he interpret the long struggle for Papuan independence, and why this ideal continues to this day.

Free Papua, said Filep Karma, seems to be the only answer to resolve the long bloody conflict in Papua.


Click on the image above to listen to this feature.
4) 19 People Dead after Clash in West Papua's Sorong 
Translator: Dewi Elvia Muthiariny  
 Editor: Petir Garda Bhwana 
25 January 2022 13:16 WIB

TEMPO.COJakarta - Police said 19 people died during clashes between two groups at a nightclub in Sorong of West Papua in the early hours of Tuesday, January 25. One person died due to the clash and 18 others died as they were trapped in the fire at the karaoke spot.

“One died due to the clash and 18 died in a burning entertainment venue,” said the National Police’s Head of the Public Relations Unit, Inspector General Dedi Prasetyo, before reporters on Tuesday, January 25.

Dedi explained the police were investigating the incident. The Papua Regional Police were still looking for perpetrators and intellectual actors of the clash.

“We are doing an investigation to reveal the intellectual actors and perpetrators from the two groups,” he said.

The police had also examined a number of witnesses and launched an investigation of the scene. To prevent further clashes, he said the police invited the religious, community, and traditional leaders to hold a dialogue.

Dedi said the police held a meeting with representatives of the two groups involved in the clash in Sorong. “East Sorong Police held a meeting between groups,” he said.

Read: Indonesia Covid-19 Update; West Papua Reports Highest Number of Cases



Monday, January 24, 2022



2) TNI commander highlights importance of pre-duty training in Papua  

3) Regions outside Java-Bali account for 11.4% of active COVID cases 

News Desk January 24, 2022 10:23 am

Illustration photo. - pixabay.com

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legal Aid Institute or LBH Papua has asked the National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) troops occupying three school buildings in Yahukimo District to immediately leave the school building.

Director of LBH Papua Emanuel Gobay said that Brimob troops had occupied three school buildings in Yahukimo Regency since October 3, 2021. The three schools occupied by troops were the NINIA State High School, Anggruk State High School, and Yahukimo 2 State Vocational School.

“Due to the troops making school buildings their posts, students cannot go to school and the teaching and learning process has stopped completely,” Gobay said in a written statement received by Jubi on Friday, January 21, 2022.

Previously, students from the three schools held a peaceful protest on Thursday, complaining about them being unable to attend school because of the operation. Gobay assessed that the students’ protest was a struggle for the right to education.

“The high school students directly questioned the commitment of the security forces, especially the Mobile Brigade as representatives of the State, in fulfilling the right to education, which is a constitutional right and human right of every citizen,” he said.

LBH Papua also questioned the commitment of the central government, in particular, the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia as the chairman of the Integrated Coordination Team for the Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua Province and West Papua Province, in carrying out the task to “carry out breakthrough, integrated, and innovative steps together with the regional government in increasing equitable access to education services at all levels and accelerating the implementation of 12-year compulsory education.”

LBH Papua emphasized that the action of Brimob troops occupying the NINIA High, the Anggruk High, and the Yahukimo 2 State Vocational School had violated the right to education of Papuan people.

“Therefore, LBH Papua asks the Vice President as chairman of the Integrated Coordination Team for the Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua Province and West Papua Province to immediately order Brimob members to vacate the NINIA State High School, Anggruk State High School, and Yahukimo 2 State Vocational School,” Gobay said.

The institute also called on the National Police chief to immediately order its Mobile Brigade troops to leave the schools in Yahukimo.

“The National Commission of Human Rights and its Papua Representative Office should also ensure immediately the fulfillment of the right to education for students of the NINIA State High School, Anggruk State High School, and Yahukimo 2 State Vocational School,” Gobay added. (*)

Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G


2) TNI commander highlights importance of pre-duty training in Papua  
5 hours ago
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander General Andika Perkasa has highlighted the importance of pre-duty training for TNI task force personnel that is scheduled to be held in Papua and West Papua in the near future.

"The pre-duty training for personnel of the task forces of district military commands, naval and air force bases, and border security task forces in Papua and West Papua is important enough," he said.

Speaking at a meeting with military officers to discuss the pre-duty training material, which was broadcast on Youtube on Sunday, Perkasa said that the training program will last 12 days.

The pre-duty training materials are related to the TNI's territorial guidance for army, navy, and air force units, he informed.

General Perkasa was sworn in by President Joko Widodo as the TNI commander on November 17, 2021, in place of Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, who reached the retirement age of 58 on November 8, 2021.

According to observers, Papua will pose a challenge during Perkasa's leadership as armed conflicts are still occurring in Papua and West Papua though the central and regional governments are making utmost efforts to improve the welfare of local communities by intensifying regional development.

To strengthen the military's relationship with various elements of society in Papua and West Papua, Perkasa has emphasized the importance of social communication.

Social communication has also become a part of TNI's territorial guidance and is among the priority programs assigned to the working units of TNI headquarters in the two easternmost provinces, he said.

Promoting good and effective social communication with local communities in the two provinces would help build collective understanding and togetherness for maintaining Indonesia's sovereignty, he told a virtual TNI meeting, broadcast on Youtube on January 2, 2022.

Papua has borne witness to a spate of violence against civilians and security personnel in the past few years.

Intan Jaya recorded its bloodiest month in September 2020, with armed groups launching a series of attacks that claimed the lives of two soldiers and two civilians and left two others injured.

The armed groups continued their acts of terror in 2021, too.

On April 25, 2021, Papuan separatists operating in Beoga ambushed State Intelligence Agency (Papua) chief, I Gusti Putu Danny Karya Nugraha, and several security personnel during their visit to Dambet village.

Nugraha died of gunshot wounds.

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Reporter: M.Zulfikar, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Sri Haryati


3) Regions outside Java-Bali account for 11.4% of active COVID cases  

8 hours ago

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The number of active COVID-19 cases in regions outside Java and Bali islands has reached 2,145, accounting for 11.4 percent of the total active cases in Indonesia.

Chief of the COVID-19 Handling Committee and National Economic Recovery (KPC-PEN), Airlangga Hartarto, conveyed this information at a press conference on Monday.

"Regions outside Java and Bali have recorded 82 new cases, of which 75 involve local transmission and seven foreign transmission, and three deaths," Hartarto, who is concurrently the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, said.

The reproduction rate in Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Papua has remained at 1, Maluku and Sulawesi at 0.99, and in Nusa Tenggara, it has increased slightly to 1.01, he disclosed.

"On the public mobility restriction (PPKM), we will evaluate it on January 31 (2022). From there, we can see our preparedness; regarding testing, tracing, we have a biweekly evaluation," he said.

Related news: Bali reminds schools to apply health protocols during offline learning

Meanwhile, in terms of vaccinations, four provinces have yet to reach the national target of 70 percent, the minister informed. The four provinces are North Maluku which has a 68-percent vaccination rate, Maluku (66 percent), West Papua (46 percent), and Papua (26 percent), he added.

Speaking about the preparations for Mandalika MotoGP that will be held in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara, Hartarto said, the government has accelerated vaccination drives in the region.

So far, the first dose COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Central Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara, has reached 87.9 percent, while the second dose coverage has been recorded at 61.1 percent, Hartarto said.

The government has also prepared booster vaccines that will be administered to 76,718 targeted recipients in the period from January to March, he added.

Meanwhile, in West Lombok District, the vaccination rate has reached 88 percent and 62 percent for the first and second doses, respectively, and 47 thousand vaccines have been prepared as boosters, the minister said.

"In Mataram City, the vaccination rate has reached 110 percent for the first dose and 78.6 percent for the second dose," he added. 

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Reporter: Kuntum K Riswan, Sri Haryati

Editor: Rahmad Nasution


Sunday, January 23, 2022

Mimika police intensify security to counter threat from armed groups


Mimika police intensify security to counter threat from armed groups  
22nd January 2022

Mimika Police chief, Adjunct Senior Commissioner IGG Era Adhinata. (ANTARA/Evarianus Supar)

Timika, Papua (ANTARA) - Mimika District Police Precinct in Papua Province, assisted by the military and security task forces, is boosting security to tackle possible security disruptions and threats from armed separatists.

Despite the intensified alertness, Mimika Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner IGG Era Adhinata said that the security situation in Mimika of late has been under control.

"The current security situation in Mimika is safe, and residents are also supportive of our actions to ensure security and peace in the region. We will maintain our vigilance to any potential security threats," Adhinata stated in Timika, Mimika District, Papua, on Saturday.

The police chief highlighted family or tribal feuds as the greatest threat currently to public security in the region, saying prompt reports to police have proved to be key in defusing the potential escalation of the feuds into full-scale conflicts.

From 2017 until 2020, security forces in Mimika have taken on several armed groups based in mountainous areas who occupied several villages in Tembagapura Sub-district, he said.

One of the major terror attacks perpetrated by the armed groups was the attack on a Freeport office in Kuala Kencana on March 30, 2020, which resulted in the death of one New Zealander and left several workers injured, the police chief noted.

Related news: Fallen soldier Miskel Rumbiak buried in West Papua's Raja Ampat

"The armed criminal groups were initially concentrated in Mimika region, but security task forces successfully have repelled the armed groups. The security task forces have been very helpful to Mimika Police, particularly as our personnel and forces are limited," Adhinata said.

Terror attacks perpetrated by armed Papuan separatist terrorists against police and military forces stationed at Pegunungan Bintang district, Maybrat district, and other regions in Papua and West Papua provinces have continued into this month, he added.

The police chief also reiterated the importance of collaboration between the military, the police, and the intelligence forces for swift detection of armed groups' movement and for planning counter-measures and repelling security threats. 

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Reporter: Evarianus Supar, Nabil Ihsan

Editor: Rahmad Nasution


Saturday, January 22, 2022

1) Fallen soldier Miskel Rumbiak buried in West Papua's Raja Ampat

2) Brimob member shot by KKB in Kiwirok evacuated to Jayapura  

(Note.KNPB-Maybrat denies any involvement in the incident)

1) Fallen soldier Miskel Rumbiak buried in West Papua's Raja Ampat  
9 hours ago

Second Sergeant Miskel Rumbiak, who was killed in a deadly attack by armed Papuan separatist terrorists in Maybrat District, West Papua Province, on January 20, 2022, was laid to rest in his hometown on Friday (Jan 21, 2022). ANTARA/Ernes B Kakisina

Sorong (ANTARA) - Second Sergeant Miskel Rumbiak, who lost his life in a deadly attack by armed Papuan separatist terrorists in Maybrat District, West Papua, on Thursday (Jan 20), was laid to rest in his hometown on Friday.

Rumbiak from Indonesia's army and belonging to the 20/PPA Combat Engineering Battalion was buried during a military funeral ceremony in Friwen Waigeo Village, Raja Ampat District, West Papua.

The military procession of this fallen hero was led by Commanding Officer of the 1805/Raja Ampat District Military Command Lt Col Stevie Joan Klots.

The fallen hero's family members and several hundred residents of Friwen Village were also present at the military funeral ceremony.

According to spokesperson of the XVIII/Kasuari Regional Military Command Colonel Hendra Pesireron, Miskel Rumbiak was the best soldier from Raja Ampat District, West Papua Province.

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To honor his dedication, service, and sacrifice, Rumbiak was given a posthumous promotion by granting him one rank higher than that he had held at the time of his death, he remarked.

Rumbiak was killed during an assault launched by several armed Papuans when he along with four other soldiers were building a bridge connecting the villages of Fan Khario and Kamat in Aifat Timur Sub-district on January 20, 2022.

The attackers might belong to the Maybrat National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) that were responsible for the attack on the Kisor military post in South Aifat Sub-district on September 2, 2021, he remarked.

Related news: Police officer shot in gunfight with Papuan terrorists in Kiwirok

"We suspect that the armed attackers belong to the KNPB-Maybrat Chapter that are still on the run after launching the September 2 attack," Pesireron added.

In the wee hours of September 2, 2021, several members of armed Papuan separatist terrorists ambushed many soldiers while they were asleep at the Kisor military post.

Four soldiers -- 2nd Sergeant Amrosius, Chief Private Dirham, First Private Zul Ansari, and First Lieutenant Dirman -- died in the attack, while two others had sustained serious injuries.

Papua and West Papua have borne witness to a repeated cycle of violence, with armed groups targeting civilians and security personnel over the past few years.

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Reporter: Ernes BK, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Fardah Assegaf


2) Brimob member shot by KKB in Kiwirok evacuated to Jayapura  
11 hours ago

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - A member of the Peace Cartenz Operation shot in a gunfight between the task force and armed criminal group (KKB) in Kiwirok Sub-district, Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua Province, on Saturday was evacuated to Jayapura District.

"We can confirm that a member of the Mobile Brigade Corps (Brimob), Second Constable Resi Nugroho, was shot during a firefight," Head of the Pegunungan Bintang Resort Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner Cahyo Sukarnito told Antara in a telephonic conversation.

Sukarnito confirmed that the incident took place at around 8:30 a.m. Eastern Indonesian Standard Time (WIT) while the task force personnel were guarding the arrival of a police helicopter carrying several logistics supplies.

The KKB attacked the personnel, thereby resulting in a shootout. The second constable was shot on his upper left chest.

The task force had pressed for a backup from the Infantry Battalion Para Raider/431 that helped to defend the post and handle the victim.

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The infantry battalion is part of the Indonesia and Papua New Guinea Border Security Task Force that works in proximity to the gunfight location since Kiwirok Sub-district is one of the regions that borders the neighboring country.

"The condition of the victim is reported to be stable,” the resort police head noted.

Currently, the victim has arrived at Sentani Airport, Jayapura District, and is immediately taken to Jayapura Bhayangkara Hospital to receive medical treatment for his wound, he revealed.

Sukarnito noted that on January 17, 2022, at 6:50 a.m. WIT, the armed group attacked the Belukar Post, Kiwirok sub-district.

First Constable Bachtiar suffered a scratch on his back at the left side of his shoulder blade. He was in stable condition and transferred to the Jayapura Bhayangkara Hospital aboard a police helicopter.

The Peace Cartenz Operation is the new name code for the earlier Nemangkawi Operation.

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Reporter: Evarukdijati, Uyu Liman
Editor: Rahmad Nasution


Friday, January 21, 2022

1) Indonesian Military Blames Pro-Independence Group for Deadly Attack in West Papua

3) Rights commission records 1,182 cases of violence in Papua over last year


1) Indonesian Military Blames Pro-Independence Group for Deadly Attack in West Papua

Victor Mambor Jayapura, Indonesia 2022-01-21

For the second time in four months, the Indonesian military blamed a pro-independence group for a deadly attack in West Papua, although separatist rebels claimed responsibility for the incidents in September and on Thursday.

The military accused the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), which is seen as an activist group, of carrying out Thursday’s attack that killed a government soldier and wounded four others in Maybrat regency. But a Papuan guerrilla group, the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), said its forces were behind the attack.

“We strongly suspect that [Thursday’s attack] was the work of the KNPB group in Maybrat,” Col. Hendra Pesireron, spokesman for the Indonesian military in West Papua, said in a statement Friday.

A gunfight erupted between soldiers from the combat engineering division and people who attacked them at around 7 a.m. in East Aifat, a district of Maybrat, he said. The slain soldier was identified as Second Sgt. Miskel Rumbiak.

Meanwhile, TPNPB spokesman Sebby Sambom told BenarNews that its fighters carried out the Thursday morning attack.

“TPNPB attacked soldiers and police who were repairing the Aifuf River bridge and killed one of the soldiers,” Sebby told BenarNews.

Members of TPNPB’s Sorong Raya division, under the command of Denny Moos and his deputy Zakarias Fatem, were involved in the operation, Sebby said.

KNPB denies involvement

However, authorities blamed the KNPB group for this latest attack as well as one on a Maybrat military post that left four government soldiers dead in early September.

The military said the six suspects who were arrested for the September incident were from the KNPB. The suspects, who were flown to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province, in December to be tried there, could face the death penalty if found guilty of premeditated murder.

But KNPB said it had nothing to do with either incident.

Its spokesman, Ones Suhuniap, told BenarNews that the group eschews violence and is unarmed. KNPB is known for holding pro-independence rallies demanding a referendum in Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost region that comprises the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

“KNPB as the voice of the Papuan people will continue to call on Jakarta and all parties to pursue a peaceful solution,” Suhuniap told BenarNews.

Suhuniap said armed violence would only harm all parties. He called for a referendum on independence as a peaceful solution to the Papua conflict.

“We urge the TNI [the military], police and TPNPB to stop armed violence that can have fatal consequences for civilians,” Suhuniap said.

The insurgency has simmered in Papua for decades. Papua, on the western side of New Guinea Island, is rich in natural resources and minerals, including copper and gold, but it remains among Indonesia’s poorest and underdeveloped regions.

In 1963, Indonesian forces invaded Papua and annexed the region. Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia after a United Nations-sponsored ballot called the Act of Free Choice in 1969.

Locals and activists said the vote was a sham because only about 1,000 people took part. However, the U.N. accepted the result, which essentially endorsed Jakarta’s rule.

In 2003, the Indonesian-ruled western half of the New Guinea island was divided into two provinces – Papua and West Papua.

Deadly violence has intensified since late 2018 when rebels killed 19 people constructing a bridge as part of a government highway project in Nduga regency, claiming that the workers were government soldiers.

‘High levels of human rights violations’

KNPB’s Suhuniap blamed the ongoing violence in Papua partly on what he described as the excessive presence of government troops.

Meanwhile, Peter Prove, director of international affairs at the World Council of Churches, said that increased militarization had worsened the conflict, despite governmental promises of dialogue with indigenous Papuans. He also said the government had failed to address and improve the humanitarian situation in Papua.

“What we have seen for decades are high levels of human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, denial of freedom of expression and assembly and many other violations,” Prove said in the video released by the council.

People displaced by violence are not receiving the assistance they need from the authorities, while international humanitarian agencies are given little or no access to the region, he added.

“The Indonesian authorities certainly need to address the longstanding, ongoing and worsening human rights crisis in the region,” Prove said.

Last month, Mohammad Mahfud MD, the coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, said the attorney general’s office had appointed 22 senior prosecutors to handle four past cases of alleged human rights violations.

These include the killing of four student protesters by security forces in Paniai regency in December 2014, he said.   



News Desk January 21, 2022 2:25 pm

Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura City Health Agency has intensively fought against malaria and dengue hemorrhagic fever caused by mosquito bites.

“January and February are the peaks of the rainy season. We urge the people to remain vigilant against diseases, including malaria and dengue fever,” said Jayapura Health Agency head Ni Nyoman Sri Antari at the Jayapura Mayor’s Office on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Antari said the intervention for malaria and dengue fever was not only carried out during the rainy season but rather, was an annual program meant as a preventive measure against diseases that were most experienced by residents in the tropical and subtropical area.

“We have distributed mosquito nets and anti-mosquito spray at flood and landslide locations. We also do the fogging technique. There were three cases of malaria reported during this disaster [flood and landslide on January 6],” said Antari.

Antari said residents affected by malaria and dengue fever generally experienced fever, rash, and muscle and joint pain due to the viral infection transmitted through mosquito bites. In severe cases, bleeding and shock can occur, which can lead to death.

“We hope we can control it, by spraying in the house and puddles so that there will be no mosquitoes, making sure the running water is not stagnant, especially in the home environment, to curb the potential for mosquito breeding. While treatment consists of pain medication and fluids,” said Antari.

Meanwhile, Jayapura deputy mayor Rustan Saru asked the public to be vigilant of the threat of malaria and dengue fever during the COVID-19 pandemic, as decreased immunity could increase the probability of catching any disease.

“Currently, the intensity of rainfall is quite high. It will lead to water reservoirs becoming the main breeding ground for the Aedes aegypti mosquito [responsible for dengue fever] and Anopheles mosquito [responsible for malaria]. Therefore, people need to be vigilant with the 3M method, namely draining water reservoirs, closing pools or water storage containers, and burying used items so they don’t become mosquito nests,” said Rustan.

Rustan also warned the public to immediately go to the hospital or health center for immediate treatment if symptoms appear in the form of vomiting, abdominal pain, changes in body temperature from fever to cold or hypothermia, and slowing of heart rate.

“Let’s protect ourselves and our families from malaria and dengue fever, starting at home. I also ask the people to keep fighting against COVID-19 so that we can do activities safely and comfortably,” said Rustan. (*)

Reporter: Ramah
Editor: Dewi Wulandari


3) Rights commission records 1,182 cases of violence in Papua over last year
CNN Indonesia – January 17, 2022

Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) recorded 1,182 cases of violence in Papua committed either by the TNI (Indonesian military), Polri (Indonesian police) or the OPM/KKB (Free Papua Movement/Armed Criminal Groups) in 2020-2021. The majority of cases or 41.31 percent of the violence related to the work of the Indonesian police.

Komnas HAM Commissioner Choirul Anam says that they handled around 480 cases of violence against civilians in Papua over two years. The majority of these cases were reportedly related to the work of the Indonesian police.

"Based on case handling data in the monitoring and investigation division in 2020-2021, 480 cases or 41.31 percent out of a total of 1,182 cases which were handled related to the work of Polri members", said Anam during a virtual press conference on Monday January 17.

According to Komnas HAM's records, the forms of violence suffered by civilians in Papua included armed contacts, shootings, assault with a sharp weapon, fires and damage to goods and buildings.

Anam also said that the violence by members of the TNI and police along with the OPM and KKB were marked by the loss of life. "The total number of victims were 47 people, 24 of which died", said Anam.

Despite this, Anam said that nationally complaints by the public over the police's basic duties declined in 2021.

Over a period of two years complaints against the police conducting their basic duties included violence with a total of 71 cases, torture 45 cases, intimidation six cases, arbitrary arrest 35 cases, arbitrary detention 18 cases, slow handling of reports 162 cases, criminalisation 57 cases and deaths in custody 11 cases.

"The focus of the results of investigations and analysis of human rights violations related to state violence was on institutional acts and members of Polri, in particular the use of violence, torture and deaths in custody", said Anam.

The Commission is also asking the TNI and the police to improve their supervisory systems, in particular at criminal investigation units and in the treatment of detainees in order to ensure that acts of violence, torture and criminalisation are not repeated.

"Our recommendations are improvements to supervisory systems especially at criminal investigation units and in the treatment of detainees by installing CCTV systems, improving prison cell facilities as well as ensuring the enforcement of legal and criminal sanctions against Polri members who are proven guilty", he said. (mln/pmg)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "Komnas HAM Catat 480 Kasus Kekerasan di Papua oleh TNI, Polri & KKB".]

Source: https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20220117171151-12-747706/komnas-ham-catat-480-kasus-kekerasan-di-papua-oleh-tni-polri-kkb