Tuesday, December 20, 2016

1) Rights groups decry violence against activists, civilians in Papua

2) Arrest December 19, two people are at risk of criminal 20 years

1) Rights groups decry violence against activists, civilians in Papua
Margareth S. Aritonang The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Tue, December 20, 2016 | 07:20 pm

Controversial demands -- Activists joining with the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua and the Papuan Students Alliance stage a rally in front of the UN headquarters in Jakarta on Dec. 19. (Antara/M.Agung Rajasa)

Jakarta-based human rights watchdog Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (Elsam) and its local partner in Papua, Elsham Papua, condemned intimidation and violence by police officers against activist Whens Tebay during a rally in Jayapura on Monday.
The two groups said Whens went to monitor the rally, which was held to promote West Papuan independence, before the police forcibly dispersed it. The police arrested 10 protestors and physically attacked several people attending the rally, the activist said.
Elsham Papua said in a press statement that the police had arrested, interrogated and hit Whens during the rally. The police later confiscated his camera and forced him to erase all photos taken during the rally.
“This is deeply regretful,” said Elsham Papua director Ferdinand Marrisan. “The police did not give Whens a chance to speak as he was immediately arrested”.
The group said the police had also arrested Papuans in other parts across the country during the commemoration of Trikora Day, during which they protested what they consider to be the illegitimate annexation of the region into Indonesia.
In the celebration of Trikora Day earlier this week, the Manado Police in North Sulawesi arrested 72 students from Papua and charged them with treason for planning to hold an event calling for the independence of West Papua.
Both Elsham Papua and Elsam called President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to remind law enforcers of his commitment to maintain peace in Papua.
 “President Jokowi must tell the National Police chief [Gen. Tito Karnavian] to oblige police officers throughout the country, including in Papua, to respect and uphold human rights when carrying out their job,” the organizations declared. (ebf)

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2) Arrest December 19, two people are at risk of criminal 20 years
News Portal Papua No. 1 | Jubi,

TNI members along with the police conducting searches and checks around Rusunawa, Waena - Jubi / Zely Ariane

Jayapura, Jubi - As many as 39 of the 41 votes secured mass Resort Jayapura City police in action December 19, 2016 have been released, Tuesday (12/20/2016). The other two namely HY (20) and IA (24) called the police as the field coordinator ditatapkan as a suspect.

Jayapura City Police Chief, City of Jayapura Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Tober Marison Sirait said dozens of people were secured when demonstrations December 19, 2016 in the city of Jayapura. Dozens of people are secured in several different locations. 24 secured in Unit VI, Rusunawa, Housing III, Waena, secured in Waena nine people, four people at Expo Waena and four others in North Jayapura.

"While the two suspects charged with Article 106 Subsidiary Article 110 more subsidiary Article 157 junto Article 87 junto Article 55 of the Criminal Code on treason and disseminating incitement to hatred. The threat of punishment of 20 years in prison. Until now the two suspects still undergoing examination at the police station Jayapura City," said Tober AKBP Sirait, Tuesday (20/12/2016).

In addition to securing 41 people, the police according to AKBP Tober, also seized a number of items of evidence in the form of a single white board contains the results of the meeting ready for action, December 19, 2016, the fruit megaphones to make speeches, flags KNPB brought when oration, famlet contains photographs of victims persecution, video recording while speeches and leaflets took action.

"We have examined more demo participants as witnesses before being sent home. They were escorted by members of Sabhara to the destination," he said.

While the Head of Public Relations of Papua Police, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ahmad Mustafa Kamal asserted, evidence that the police held the two suspects reinforce the act of treason. Investigators are also still doing the deepening of the case in order to entrap the actor or more above their head.

"We will soon complete the case file, in coordination with the Attorney General Penunt (prosecutor) and deepening the case in order to attempt to ensnare actor or more above their head," said Head of Public Relations Polda Papua. (*)

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