Monday, December 3, 2018

1) 233 Papuans Not Arrested but Protected from Angry Masses: Police

2) Activist calls for NZ rethink on West Papua after mass arrests
3) Solomons PM says his govt want nothing to do with West Papua

4) Lack of judges, Polish’s tourist trial postponed
5) Australian among hundreds of Papuan activists arrested in Indonesia 

1) 233 Papuans Not Arrested but Protected from Angry Masses: Police
Papuan activists march as police keep watch during a rally to commemorate the West Papuan declaration of independence from Dutch colonial rule in Surabaya, December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas
TEMPO.COJakarta- The East Java Police clarified that the Surabaya Police resort has not arrested 233 college Papuan students and civilians in Surabaya on Sunday, December 2.
East Java Police Spokesman Grand Commissioner Frans Barung Mangera said that police personnel was securing the hundreds of students for protection purposes following 
a report of a number of mass-organizations provoked by the Papuans that reportedly chanted about Papua’s freedom.
“We, in fact, secured them because there were groups outside that were already triggered, groups like KPPI, Pemuda Pancasila (Pancasila Youths), and many more,” said Frans on Sunday.
He explained that this was deemed necessary by police since the mass-organizations were already surrounding the area where the students were.
“They chanted slogans that enraged other groups such as the ‘free Papua’ chant. We secured the 233 people to the police station for the sake of their own safety,” Frans explained.
537 people were arrested following the December 1 movement which commemorates Papua`s independence movement. The hundreds were arrested in Kupang, Ternate, Ambon, Manado, Makassar, Jayapura, Asmat, Waropen, and Surabaya. Surabaya was where the movement was concentrated.


2) Activist calls for NZ rethink on West Papua after mass arrests

From 4:03 pm today 

A human rights activist says New Zealand needs to rethink its policy towards West Papua in the wake of violent demonstrations and mass arrests over the weekend.
Saturday marked the 57th anniversary since the Papuan Morning Star flag was first flown officially, and rallies took place across Indonesia.
More than 500 people were arrested in the fallout, including hundreds in Surabaya, where Papuans openly clashed with counter-protestors.
Seventeen people were reportedly injured.
In New Zealand, supporters marked the event peacefully, including MPs from the coalition-government Labour and Green parties.
Activist Maire Leadbeater says New Zealand should urgently respond to the weekend's arrests.
She told Mackenzie Smith they marked an escalation of violence towards Papuans.


3) Solomons PM says his govt want nothing to do with West Papua
5:20 pm today
The Solomon Islands prime minister Rick Hou says his government wants nothing to do with West Papua.
In his most public comments on the subject to date the Solomon Star reported Mr Hou saying West Papua was a domestic one issue for Indonesia to deal with.
This was in response to questions from local journalists asking whether West Papua was discussed during his meeting with Indonesia's president Joko Widodo on the fringes of the recent APEC leaders meeting.
Mr Hou likened the plight of West Papuans to that of the indigenous peoples of New Zealand Australia.
He said Solomon Islands had no policy on West Papua so it is a non-issue for his government and he did not discuss it with Mr Widodo.
The Solomon Islands prime minister's stance is in direct contrast with his predecessor and now deputy prime minister Manasseh Sogavare who championed the cause for self-determination for West Papuans and who regularly urged world leaders not to turn a blind eye to alleged atrocities committed by Indonesia's security forces in the region.

4) Lack of judges, Polish’s tourist trial postponed

Published 1 hour ago on 3 December 2018 
By pr9c6tr3_juben
Wamena, Jubi– the Legal team of a Polish tourist Jakup Skrzypski who detained by Jayawijaya State Attorney Office requested the trial of his client to
A member of Skrzypsky’s legal advisors Yance Tenoye said he hoped the trial could be conducted immediately, however, the lacking number of judges in Wamena District Court could not make it happened.
“Regarding the number of judges in the court, we do know it because we had the circular. However, as legal advisors, we hope it can do immediately,” Tenoye told Jubi in Wamena on Thursday (29/11/2018).
Moreover, he said this trial is critical because his client has detained at Jayawijaya Regional Police Prison. ”Since the beginning, the legal team has objected our client to be detained at the police station, because it’s not feasible. Our client should get the same treatment as others who detained in the correctional institution,” he said.
“So far, our client is fine. With the addition detention time, it expected that before 21 December 2018 we can have the information,” he said.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Wamena District Court Class II Imelda Indah said that currently her institution only has three judges. Therefore it affects the process of every trial.
“It’s not only his trial is suspended. There are more than 100 cases that led only by a single judge,” he told reporters in Wamena on Monday (26/10/2018).
She also admitted that currently, she is still waiting for the arrival of new judges so that the case involving the Polish need to postpone before taking to the court.
In the meantime, the Head of Jayawijaya District Attorney Office Togar Raflion confirmed the extension of Skrzypski’s detention until 21 December 2018 due to a trial delayed.
“Last week we wanted to delegate this case to the court. However, after consulting with the court, they stated they lacked judges,” he said in his office.
As a result, the prosecutor’s office has extended Skrzypski’s detention period for the next 30 days. (*)
Reporter: Islamic Adisubrata
Editor: Pipit Maizier


5) Australian among hundreds of Papuan activists arrested in Indonesia 
03 Dec 2018 02:19PM

JAKARTA: An Australian was among hundreds of pro-Papuan independence activists arrested across Indonesia at the weekend, police and rights groups said Monday (Dec 3).
Some 233 activists, including Australian Ronda Amy Harman, were detained late Saturday in Indonesia's second-largest city Surabaya, East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said.
Local media reported that the arrests were made at a student dormitory.

They were among more than 500 activists swept up in a nationwide police crackdown that coincided with rallies on Dec 1, a date many Papuans consider should be the anniversary of their independence from the Dutch.
Papua declared itself an independent nation on that date in 1961, but neighbouring Indonesia took control of the region by force in 1963. It officially annexed Papua in 1969 with a UN-backed vote, widely seen as a sham.
No one was formally charged in the Surabaya arrests including Harman, Mangera said, adding that the 35-year-old woman was reported to immigration officials.
A spokesperson at the Australian embassy in Jakarta could not immediately be reached for comment. The arrests followed a rally in which counter protestors threw stones at around 300 Papuans, injuring 16 people, Amnesty International said.Rights groups have blasted authorities for the mass detentions, saying it was an assault on Papuans right to freedom of expression and assembly. "These people did nothing but peacefully attend public events," Amnesty International Indonesia's executive director Usman Hamid said in a statement."These arbitrary arrests add to the long list of acts of harassment, intimidation and arrests faced by Papuans.” Jakarta keeps a tight grip on resource-rich Papua, which has been the scene of a low-level independence insurgency since the late Sixties. Some of the violence has been centred on protests against a huge gold and copper mine owned by US-based firm Freeport McMoRan - a frequent flashpoint in the local struggle for independence and a bigger share of the region's rich resources

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