Monday, September 9, 2019

1) Snake - Filled Bags Reportedly Thrown Into Papuan Dormitory



2) Veronica Koman's Suspect Naming is Police's Trick: LBH Jakarta
3) UN rights chief unable to secure West Papua visit
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1) Snake - Filled Bags Reportedly Thrown Into Papuan Dormitory

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Petir Garda Bhwana

TEMPO.COJakarta - Several unknown people reportedly attacked the Papuan dormitory in Surabaya on the early dawn of Monday, September 9. Witnesses claimed that two people riding a single motorcycle threw four bags into the dormitory which was filled with snakes.
The Papuan community’s spokesman in the dormitory, Alince Takege, said that the intimidation happened while most of the students were asleep. He also said one of the bags was filled with a 15-20 kilogram python snake.
“Someone screamed snake, snake, and then was followed by a commotion. I, myself, immediately woke up,” said Alince to Tempo today.

Furthermore, Alince said the students captured the harmless snakes which eventually escaped the bag but some managed to escape to a nearby drainage system.
“We were scared since the snakes were quick. We don’t know whether [the escaped snakes] are poisonous or not, the entire students from the dorm are still hunting the snakes down,” he said.
Prior to the intimidation, one of the students saw a number of unknown people monitoring the Papuan dormitory from a distance. “One of them even watched us with binoculars,” said one of the dorm’s residents.
The East Java Police Department’s Spokesman, Grand Commissioner Frans Barung Mangera said that he has yet to received an official report regarding the incident as he is still in Jakarta for the past month.
KUKUH S. WIBOWO
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2) Veronica Koman's Suspect Naming is Police's Trick: LBH Jakarta

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Petir Garda Bhwana


TEMPO.COJakarta - Jakarta Legal Aid (LBH Jakarta) public defender Muhammad Rasyid Ridha Saragih said that communication with human rights lawyer Veronica Koman is at the bare minimum as she is currently undergoing her studies overseas. Veronica was recently named by Indonesian Police as a suspect in relation to the Papua unrest.
“It is highly possible that [Veronica] will be accompanied by the civil society coalition if for instance she returns to Indonesia and gets nabbed by police,” said Muhammad Rasyid regarding Veronica who was once actively involved in legal aid's activities.
In what some consider as a controversial move, the Indonesian National Police (Polri) named Veronica suspect in the alleged case of hoax spreading of the incident in the Papuan students’ dormitory in Surabaya mid-August, which was eventually followed by massive public unrest in Papua.

Police are charging Veronica with multiple legal charges under the criminal law (KUHP) and the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law as she was deemed responsible for perpetuating and provoking what would later be a national incident.
Moreover, Muhammad Rasyid deemed police’s naming as a form of criminalization against human rights activists and defenders. He also called the police’s move as a trick to curb Veronica from speaking in an international forum.
“Even if Veronica is charged for spreading a hoax and other sorts, the pieces of evidence presented by the government can be easily rebuffed since Veronica’s Tweets were backed by pieces of evidence and legit news as comparisons,” said LBH Jakarta's public defender.
REZKI ALVIONITASARI
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3) UN rights chief unable to secure West Papua visit

3:36 pm today 



The UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet says her office has so far been unable to secure a trip to Indonesia's West Papua.
In January, Indonesia agreed in principle to allow a visit by the rights chief, but this has not yet eventuated, despite international backing for it.
Amid violent unrest which has rocked Papua since mid-August, Ms Bachelet last week urged Jakarta to enter a dialogue with Papuans.
Her statement on Wednesday didn't directly address a visit by her office to the region.
But in previously unreported comments made after a public talk in Geneva, Ms Bachelet said it hadn't moved forward.
"We have been working with the authorities, but we haven't been able to progress it. But we will continue to talk to them because they promised to my predecessor the visit to West Papua but afterward we try to make it work and it hasn't worked yet but I hope it will work."
"The [Indonesian government] have told me that they're looking forward to it," she added*.
*These comments were reported by Samuel Pablo
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