Saturday, February 23, 2019

1) Two KNPB activists arrested in Bitung for carrying morning star t-shirts

2) National Police Chief urged to evaluate Mimika Police Chief’s performance
3) Papua police reject UN call for investigation into snake interrogation

1) Two KNPB activists arrested in Bitung for carrying morning star t-shirts
Published 17 hours ago on 23 February 2019 
By pr9c6tr3_juben

                                       KNPB activists detained in Bitung. – Jubi / Dok KNPB Consulate

Jayapura, Jubi – The police arrested two activists of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Bitung, North Sulawesi Province for carrying clothes with a morning star logo.
The activists Yus Iyai (Chair of KNPB Dogiay) and Siska Auswe (KNPB Consulate member) who were going to return home to Nabire arrested at the port on Sunday (17/02/2019).
“The police checked our bags and found seven pairs of clothes with ‘morning star’ logo among 23 pairs of clothes, two books about the struggle of Free Papua. It is a wrong act because the police cannot distinguish between flag and logo,” Iyai told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (19/02/2019).
Meanwhile, according to officials, both activists carried the Morning Star Flag. Therefore, they were interrogated and stayed one night at the police detention before being released. As a result, they forced to delay their travel because their ticket was forfeited.
“We produced these clothes for sale in Papua because we need extra money for tuition fee. They interrogated us with silly questions, “Are your OPM? Do you have a Papuan flag? Do you want Papua to be free? When do you think you’ll be free?”
In regards to this case, Bitung Police Chief Adjunct Commisionaire Stefanus Michael Tamuntuan refused to give information when contacted by Jubi via cellular phone. He asked the reporter to confirm him directly. “I am sorry, the issue like this cannot be confirmed by phone. So, I cannot give further information,” he said. (*)
 Reporter: Piter Lokon
Editor: Pipit Maizier

2) National Police Chief urged to evaluate Mimika Police Chief’s performance

Published 2 days ago on 22 February 2019 
By pr9c6tr3_juben

Jayapura, Jubi – Human Rights Attorney, Gustaf Kawer urged National Police Chief and Papua Police Chief to evaluate the performance of Mimika Resort Police Chief, Adjunct Senior Commissioner (Pol) Agung Marlianto concerning his statements in public.
Kawer assessed that in his public statements, the Chief Marlianto did not represent himself as a public guardian and the defender of the community. As a result, people who seek justice will even feel any distance to law enforcement.
“His acts and statements are very threatening the justice seekers in Timika, in particular, and Papua, in general,” Kawer told Jubi reporter on Monday (02/18/2019).
Because he continued, the chief does not act as a law defender, for instance, accommodating people seeking for justice to Freeport, especially the former Freeport employees whose contract terminated unilaterally.
“Talking about layoffs or labour issues is not his authority, but the Manpower Office. But this police chief acts as if he is a legal counsel of PT Freeport,” said Kawer.
Earlier, Agung Marlianto responded the letter of Papua Provincial Government urging Freeport to reinstate 8,000 laid-off employees.
“In principle, I obey and respect the law, because the legal proceedings and policies taken by PTFI are based on the applied provisions and have been declared valid. I do not know what made the governor sent a letter through the Head of Provincial Manpower Office saying that PT. Freeport obliges to re-employ (former employees). Of course, this raised a clash. We (the police) do not want this legal decision to intervened by politics,” said Agung as quoted by, Thursday (02/14/2019). (*)
Reporter: Benny Mawel
Editor: Pipit Maizie

3) Papua police reject UN call for investigation into snake interrogation

CNN Indonesia - February 22, 2019

Jakarta -- Papua Regional Police Public Information Head Assistant Superintendent Suryadi Diaz is asking all parties not to dramatise or make a big issue out of the use of a snake during an interrogation by police.

The statement was made in response to calls by United Nations human rights experts for an investigation into the use of the snake. "The problem's already been resolved, so there's no need to make a big deal out of it anymore", Diaz told CNN Indonesia on Friday February 22.

Diaz stated that the investigation conducted by the Papua Regional Police Professionalism and Security Affairs Division (Propam) into the case has already been completed. "Propam has already dealt with the case, so it's resolved", he said.

Nevertheless, Diaz did not explain the results of the investigation or what sanctions will be given to the officers involved.

Speaking to journalists earlier however, Diaz said there were several sanctions that could be applied including a written reprehend, a maximum one-year postponement of education, a postponement in regular wage increases, a postponement of one promotional period or a transfer and demotion.

In addition to this, the heaviest sanction that can be given to officers who violate discipline is to be released from their posts or be assigned to a specific location for a maximum of 21 days.

Several UN human rights experts have urged Indonesia to investigate allegations of violence by the police and military in Papua related to the use of the snake during an interrogation.

"We urge the Indonesian government to take firm measures to prevent the excessive use of force by police and military officials involved in law enforcement in Papua", read a statement by the UN experts on Friday February 22.

"We are also deeply concerned about what appears to be a culture of impunity and general lack of investigations into allegations of human rights violations in Papua.", they said in the statement.

The experts, who are made up of UN special rapporteurs, also said that Papuans had been treated in "cruel, inhuman and degrading" ways.

Jayawijaya District Police Chief Deputy Senior Commissioner Tonny Ananda Swadaya claimed that it was the police officers own initiative to conduct the interrogation into the theft using a python.

According to Swadaya however, it was just trick used during the interrogation so that the perpetrator would confess to their crimes. He also asserted that the snake used to frighten the suspect was a pet snake that was not poisonous and tame.

"This ended up going viral on social media, it's been blown out of proportion in other parts of the country. Here [in Papua] the public is supportive. A tame snake, non-poisonous, it didn't bite [the suspect] and after being given the snake, the thief admitted to the crime", said Swadaya on Monday February 11. (dis/DAL)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "Polda Papua Tolak Usul Ahli PBB soal Interogasi Pakai Ular".]



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