Thursday, October 25, 2012

1) Poor Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Indonesia

1) Poor Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Indonesia
2) Foundation Pro Papua has written to The Dutch Min. of FA concerning the
deteriorating situation in West Papua
3) Indonesian President to receive ghoulish Halloween welcome
4)  Papuan independence demo in London
5) London Photos News : KNPB Demo Supporting IPWP meeting in London 2012
6) Photos And Video of police violence against demonstrations 
Papua KNPB Support Meeting in London in West Papua

From Tapol
1) Poor Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Indonesia
The Government of Indonesia is lacking political commitment and has failed to take a clear stand in providing a safe, comfortable working environment for human rights defenders in Indonesia. They are not protected while carrying out their professional activities in various areas in Indonesia, particularly in conflict areas such as the Land of Papua (Papua and West Papua).
This has been proved by various types of physical intimidation towards human rights workers in the Land of Papua such as Theo Hesegem (an activist from the Papua Peace Network in Wamena), Peneas Lokbere (Coordinator of BUK in Jayapura), lawyer Olga Helen Hamadi (Coordinator of KontraS Papua in Jayapura), Fanny Kogoya (Coordinator of Walhi Papua in Jayapura) and most recently Octovianus Pogau (an online media journalist for Papuan Voice and contributor for an English language media outlet based in Jakarta), who was intimidated by members of the Manokwari police force last Tuesday (23/10).

Theo Hesegem received the same threats as those received by Peneas Lokbere and Olga Hamadi; they were visited and threatened with violence, as they undertook advocacy in relation to various cases where human rights violations have been indicated in Jayapura and Wamena. Fanny Kogoya has received some extremely brutal threats; her house has been ransacked, and it was suspected that this was carried out by police intelligence agents, in complete disregard of the law and human rights principles laid out in the Code of Criminal Procedure. Oktovianus Pogau in Manokwari was attacked by police forces from Manokwari Police District Command as he carried out his journalistic work following the KNPB demo on Tuesday (23/10) in front of the UNIPA campus in Amban, Manokwari.
As a Papuan human rights defender myself, I want to emphasise that the state is responsible for providing protection to all citizens of the country – in particular human rights defenders – from terror, threats and intimidation. The responsibility of the State is clearly laid out in article 28)4 of the 1945 Constitution which says “protection, promotion, enforcement and fulfilment of human rights is the responsibility of the state, primarily the Government.” The state is therefore responsible for fulfilling the right to freedom from fear, and this is not restricted for human rights defenders.
In connection with this, Papuan human rights defenders and all activists from non-governmental organisations who carry out humanitarian, human rights and justice work for civil society in Papua and West Papua will be undertaking consolidation work together. We will resist, legally, those actions of the state which are being used by unprofessional members of the security forces.
In particular, as regards the case of Octovianus Pogau in Manokwari, I urge the Head of Manokwari District Police force to receive the young Papuan journalist in question to file a police report, and carry out a prompt investigation in accordance with the mechanisms and legal procedure laid out in the Code of Criminal Procedure (Law 8, 1981), so that the perpetrator can be punished in accordance with his actions.

Yan Christian Warinussy

Executive Director of LP3Bh Manokwari/Human Rights Defender in the Land of Papua/ Member of the Steering Committee of FOKER in the Land of Papua

Translated by TAPOL

2) Foundation Pro Papua has written to The Dutch Min. of FA concerning the
deteriorating situation in West Papua

The Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dr. U. Rosenthal
Postbox 20061
2500 EB  The Haque

25 oktober 2012

Dear Mr. Rosenthal,
We want to share our great concern about the deteriorating situation in Papua
and West Papua, including the arrests and intimidating of KNPB activists,
students and human rights defenders.

On the 29st of September eight members of KNPB were arrested by members of the
security forces including members of Detachment 88 without any reason. They
were arrested during a raid on the KNPB Regional Secretariat in Wamena. The
authorities tried to blame the activists for a bomb accident in Wamena.

On Tuesday the 16th  of October the security forces consisting of intelligence
officers raided student dormitories at the Universitas Cenderawasih (UNCEN) in
Waena, Jayapura in an unsuccessful attempt to arrest peaceful activists Fanny
Kogoya and Danny Wenda.

On the 23rd of October the security forces cracked down on peaceful rallies
which were called by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB). The peaceful
rallies were held in a number of towns throughout Papua and West Papua
including in Timika, Sorong, Biak, Merauke and Jayapura. The rallies were
organized to draw attention to the UN the human rights abuses suffered by the
Papuan people.

Reports indicate that the security forces consisting of Police, TNI,
Koppassus, Detachment 88 and BIN responded violently to the peaceful
demonstrations. In Manokwari the security forces fired rubber bullets at
students injuring at least eight. A local reporter and activist Oktovianus
Pogau who was covering the rally said he was beaten badly by five policemen
when he tried to present his press card. "They punched me twice in the face
and tried to strangle me. They hit other journalists and I saw at least two
people get shot," he reported.

A number of people have also been detained and we are very concerned for the
safety of those human rights defenders that have been arrested, as many
reports have indicated that they routinely use torture to extract confessions.

There is a danger that the situation could deteriorate even further and we ask
you to use you good offices with the Indonesian Government, urging that they
control the security forces in Papua and West Papua and to halt the
intimidation  and arrests of peaceful activists.

yours sincerely
Foundation Pro Papua
TAPOL and Down to Earth
Media advisory

3) Indonesian President to receive ghoulish Halloween welcome

Demonstrations planned for Wednesday, 31 October 2012

What: As Indonesian security forces opened fire on unarmed protestors
attending a demonstration in Papua in support of an International
Parliamentarians for West Papua meeting in the UK Parliament,  human
rights groups are planning to mark the state visit of Indonesian
President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, with protests on behalf the
victims of abuses in Papua, Timor-Leste and elsewhere. During the
visit, from 31 October to 2 November, the British Government will also
be challenged about its policy of increasing arms sales to Indonesia,
its training of anti-terror police implicated in the killing of Papuan
leaders, and its promotion of unsustainable business interests in
Papua and elsewhere.

When: 31 October 2012
13:00–14:30: Demonstration opposite Downing Street, London, SW1A

13:30: Photo opportunity – Mock presentation of giant dossier of
unresolved human rights cases to Indonesian President by the ghosts of

Why: Despite Indonesia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy,
many serious human rights problems remain. The rights groups will be
highlighting key issues during the visit, including UK training of
Indonesia’s counter-terrorism unit, Densus 88; Arms Sales; Human
Rights in Papua; The Need for Dialogue in Papua; Rights, Livelihoods
and Climate Justice; Religious Intolerance; and Timor-Leste and
Impunity.  Information about these issues is set out in a briefing
available here.

Who: Groups organising the protests include TAPOL, Down to Earth,
Survival International, the UK-based NGO Forum for Indonesia and
Timor-Leste and their supporters.

How: For interviews and further information, please contact - Paul
Barber, TAPOL (; 07747 301 739); Chloe Corbin,
Survival International (020 7687 8700); Andrew Hickman, Down to Earth
( 07504 738 696).

4)  Papuan independence demo in London

Bintang Papua, 25 October 2012

Benny Wenda leads an Independence Demo in London

Jayapura: Three British Members of Parliament were present at a meeting which was held in one of the committee rooms in the House of Commons for two hours on 23 October  at which information was given about the situation in West Papua.

The three parliamentarians were Andrew Smith, MP, member  for Oxford, Lord Harris a member of the House of Lords and Dan Rogerson MP, member for Cornwall.

While the meeting was in progress, a group of a dozen or more supporters of the OPM, the Papuan Freedom Organisation, held a demonstration outside, led by Benny Wenda, leader of the West Papuan.organisation overseas, who also addressed the demo. One of the demands made by the speaker was for the United Nations to send an observer mission to West Papua.
[The report is accompanied by a photo of the demonstration, which also shows the Morning  Star flag.]

5) London Photos News : KNPB Demo Supporting IPWP meeting in London 2012

6) Photos And Video of police violence against demonstrations Papua KNPB Support Meeting in London in West Papua

Written By Voice Of Baptist Papua on 10/25/12 | 2:05 AM

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