Friday, June 10, 2016

Media release-More KNPB activists arrested in West Papua

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Media release- 11 June 2016

 More KNPB activists arrested in West Papua

Local media ( ) has  reported the arrests of up to 31 KNPB activists in Jayapura on Friday the 10 June. Those arrested were simply handing out leaflets informing the public about an upcoming rally to be held on the 15 June.
Joe Collins of AWPA said, “ in the past month  the security forces have cracked down  on a number of peaceful rallies in West Papua. On the 2 May over 1800 people were arrested and approximately 500 people were arrested in the days leading up to and on the 31 May “.  These  arrests go against the principles laid down in the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states,

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. (Article 19)
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. (Article 20)
Joe Collins of AWPA said, “Hopefully the security forces will allow any rallies that take place on the 15 June to go ahead peacefully without more mass arrests as in the past.”

Update 13 June

LP3BH Protest Arrest 31 Activists KNPB
A google translate of article below. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic. 
Original bahasa link at

Police Arrest 31 Activists KNPB For Flyers Port Numbly Currently in Jayapura

JAYAPURA, West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Center reported this morning police from Jayapura City Police have arrested 31 activists KNPB and securing dozens of activists in Jayapura Mapolresta while distributing leaflets action will be held on 15 June in nationally throughout Papua.

Spokesman of the National KNPB Centre, bazookas Logo to say, on this day, Friday, June 10, 2016, 31 activists have been arrested KNPB Port Numbay around Polimak, Kota Jayapura while leaflets call for action to be held on 15 June in Papua.

"Today 30s KNPB activists have been arrested by the police and they were in Jayapura Police. It's funny, because we do not commit crimes but continued to be arrested. This means that the country is already restless and uneasy with the awareness of the Papuan people to self-determination so as to use the apparatus to catch abysmally, "said bazookas to, Friday (10/06/2016) in Jayapura.

Bazooka requested that the police should not be bebasakan 30s KNPB activists were arrested today. If the police say committed the crime KNPB please arrested and prosecuted. Because KNPB will never be a step backwards for the rights of self-determination for the people of Papua.

"We ask the Indonesian Police should not be freed KNPB activists were arrested, wearing only appropriate punishment Negara Indonesia 1945 Indonesian and colonial laws," he said.

Meanwhile, related to the arrest of dozens of activists KNPB, Laurenzus Kadepa, members of the House of Representatives (DPR) Papua to the media said, he had received information that there are dozens of KNPB activists have been arrested and detained at the Jayapura Police.

Kadepa requested that the police did not forward the old ways. Because each of arrests of activists nor Mr KNPB students and human rights activists in Papua makes Papua into conflict zones and dangerous.

"I've heard the info arrest of dozens of activists KNPB time for flyers in Jayapuara. I hope the police stop making as if in Papua there masala. So the police stop the ancient ways. Respect democracy prevailing in this country, "he said.

According Kadepa, police and state considers oraganisasi KNPB is dangerous, criminals, vandals and terrorists should not be given space to express yourself. KNPB was Papuans, they have the right to expression and the rights they are guaranteed by the constitution in force in Indonesia.

"As if this KNPB dangerous, criminals, vandals, or terrorists. people in KNPB also human, just like any other human being worthy to live free. Unconsciously, the police are mengambat demokarasi space in Papua, "he said.

Until this news was broadcast, Jayapura police chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Tober Marison H. Sirait confirmed via cell phone about the arrests of dozens of aktivs KNPB Port Numbay has not responded.

31 activists KNPB Yang was arrested and detained at the Police Jayapura is, Calvin Wenda (Chairman KNPB Port Numbay), Jimy Poroai (chairman I KNPB Port Numbay), Regi Wenda (secretary KNPB Port Numbay), Kesman wenda (Secretary II KNPB Port Numbay), Anis Kogoya (Chairman militant KNPB Port Numbay), Saugas Goo (chief commissioner diplomacy KNPB Port Numbay), Hosea Yeimo (chairman Commissariat Piplop KNPB Port Numbay), Ocha Wetipo, Simon Boma, Arnos Bahabol, Wesko Wenda, Oncel Balingga, Jason Bahabol, Alex Pigai, Abet Yeimo, Samuel Madai, Novi Wenda, Opince Yeimo, Frengki Pigai, Dominic Dimi, Semi Molama, Laskar Sama, Kobabe, Yan Degey, Pebian Fouw, wadai kegiye, Prengki Pigai, Walo Wanimbo, Donny Dogomo and Bernat Haeo.

Announcers: Arnold Belau

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