Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
AWPA Update No 1/ 2023
14 February 2023
Two recent incidents in West Papua received a large amount of coverage in the main stream media .
There was an attack on the home of Journalist Victor Mambor on the 23 January when an unknown person threw a bomb near his house in Jayapura City, West Papua. Although no one was injured in the blast Victor told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ ) that he has faced persistent harassment over his reporting on human rights issues associated with the long-running conflict between Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army. Victor said he frequently receives threats and hate speech on his social media accounts and his witter account was hacked and deleted last year after he posted a video showing Indonesian security forces allegedly abusing a disabled civilian.
Victor Mambor in Jayapura (Engelbeth Wally/Jubi)
Asia Pacific Report ‘Terror’ bomb explodes near Papua journalist Victor Mambor’s home. https://asiapacificreport.nz/2023/01/24/terror-bomb-explodes-near-papua-journalist-victor-mambors-home/
Victor received the 2022 Udin Award from the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) on AJI’s 28th-anniversary celebration and has just received the Oktovianus Pogau Award from the Pantau Foundation for courage in journalism. https://en.jubi.id/papuan-journalist-victor-mambor-wins-oktovianus-pogau-journalism-award/
The second incident to receive international media attention was when New Zealand pilot , Phillip Mehrtens, was taken hostage by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) at a remote airport in Paro, in the mountainous district of Nduga on the 7 February. The small aircraft was operated by Susi Air and carried five passengers including a young child. The passengers were released because they were indigenous Papuans. The plane was set on fire on the tarmac .
There is still much to be clarified around the incident but it is encouraging that the
spokesperson for the group, Sebby Sambom has told RNZ Pacific (14 February) that although it continues to demand negotiations from the New Zealand Government for the release of Phillip Mehrtens, he also said they would not harm the New Zealander. "He is safe with our boys in the field, and everything is ok. He's staying with our friends and family at the ...headquarters. https://asiapacificreport.nz/2023/02/14/west-papuan-national-liberation-rebel-group-says-kidnapped-nz-pilot-safe/
Of more concern is the joint military and police security operation to rescue the pilot. In the past security operations have only increased fear and caused causalities amongst civilians in the area of operations. Hopefully the NZ Government and the international community will be encouraging Jakarta to control any heavy handy security response to the situation and continue to respond to the situation through negotiation.
It has been reported in various Indonesian media that people are leaving the Nduga region because of security force activity.
"NZ pilot held hostage is pawn in conflict only real international engagement can resolve". https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/300805448/nz-pilot-held-hostage-is-pawn-in-conflict-only-real-international-engagement-can-resolve
Benny Wenda offered his deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the New Zealand pilot taken hostage in Nduga. At the same time, the ULMWP Executive reiterates and reassures the New Zealand government and the world that we are to a peaceful, diplomatic approach. Our roadmap is very clear: we are pursuing the unified West Papuan goal of Merdeka – national liberation – peacefully, through diplomatic political mechanisms.
New Zealand Police Attache Arrives in Mimika
A google translate Original Bahasa link
Tomorrow New Zealand Police Attache Arrives in Mimika, Coordination of Pilot Susi Air
Senin, 13 Februari 2023 20:13 WIT
TIMIKA | Diplomats from New Zealand (New Zealand) led by Deputy Ambassador (Ambassador) Brendan Stanbury are now in Mimika Regency, Central Papua. It is also planned that tomorrow, Tuesday 14 February 2023, the New Zealand Police Attache will follow up to Mimika. The arrival of the New Zealand Police Attache was explained by the XVII/Cendrawasih Regional Military Commander (Pangdam), Maj. Gen. TNI Muhammad Saleh Mustafa in Timika, Monday (13/2/2023), with the aim of finding out the progress of the search for the pilot of the Susi Air plane, Philip Mark Mehrtens who had not been found.
“Tomorrow, the police attaché will also be present (coming). So there are two groups, one from a diplomat under the leadership of the Deputy Ambassador and one from their police aspect," said the Military Commander. The Military Commander explained that the arrival of New Zealand Police Diplomats and Attaches to Central Papua was limited to finding out about the handling or search for the Susi Air pilot, nothing more.
"They were tasked with coordinating with us, asking about the handling and also they (present) as a form of the New Zealand government's responsibility to its people and he also had to explain New Zealand's steps towards this incident," explained the Military Commander. The New Zealand Police Attache was also not involved in the handling that is currently being carried out by the TNI-Polri looking for the Susi Air pilot. The New Zealand government only wants to hear what efforts have been made by the TNI-Polri and what they can assist in these efforts. They are not involved. Later they will only hear what we have made, and of course see what they need to help. Technology can help," said the Military Commander. Earlier this afternoon, New Zealand Deputy Ambassador Brendan Stanbury and his staff Patrick Fitzgibbon and Alexander McSporran arrived in Mimika, Central Papua.
Benny Wenda visits Vanuatu.
From MSG Secretariet FB Page
MSG DIRECTOR GENERAL MEETS WITH UNITED LIBERATION MOVEMENT FOR WEST PAPUA (ULMWP)
PORT VILA, VANUATU (20 January 2023): The Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat, Leonard Louma, OBE, this week met with the chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda, and his retinue. The request by ULMWP for the meeting was made through Vanuatu’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr Wenda conversed on two keys matters, firstly providing updates on the situation in West Papua, as they saw it, and secondly, sought information on the ULMWP application for full Membership to the MSG. DG Louma opened his remarks by informing Mr. Wenda of the importance he placed on constructive dialogue between the two parties. Following that, he sought to explain the basic ground rules governing the operations of the Secretariat given that it is owned by five MSG members. “The MSG Secretariat’s conduct and actions on any matter are defined and circumscribed by the MSG Leaders decisions. The Secretariat has no authority to act outside the collective decisions of the Leaders. As such, the Secretariat is not at liberty to prosecute the position of individual members on any matter,” DG Louma said. In terms of the update on the situation in West Papua, DG Louma noted the information provided and pointed out that MSG Leaders have in the past expressed certain views on certain issues raised within the realm of reports of human rights abuses. MSG Leaders, as part of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), have taken a decision with their Forum colleagues on an approach that involves the United Nations and the MSG Secretariat is duty-bound to respect that approach. In relation to the ULMWP membership application, DG Louma emphasised that the MSG Secretariat simply facilitates and implements ‘collective decisions’ made by leaders according to the approved regulations, rules and guidelines.
“As the Head of the MSG Secretariat, I must ensure that the actions I take are in accordance with the decision of the Leaders and the rules approved by them. Consequently, the application by the ULMWP will be considered against the criteria that was approved by the MSG Leaders,” DG Louma added. The DG also underscored that the powers to make a decision on Membership matters in the MSG, rests with the MSG Leaders which is their exclusive preserve.
Vanuatu Daily Post
"Accepting Indonesia into MSG was a mistake", says Mr. Natuman
By Len Garae daily Post 9 Febrtuary 2023
Former Vanuatu Prime Minister (PM) Joe Natuman says allowing Indonesia (by former Prime Minister Mr. Sato Kilman) into the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) was a mistake. “We (Melanesians) have a moral obligation to support West Papua’s struggle in line with our forefathers’ call including first former Prime Minister, Father Walter Lini, Chief Bongmatur, and others,” he said. “Vanuatu has cut its canoe over 40 years ago and successfully sailed into the Ocean of Independence and in the same spirit, we must help our brothers and sisters in the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP), to cut their canoe, raise the sail and also help them sail into the same future for the Promised Land.”
The former PM graced the West Papua Lobby Team on its appointment with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jotham Napat, this week when he agreed to an interview to confirm his support for the West Papua Struggle as above and admitted the mistake During their discussions with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Natuman thanked the Minister and Minister for Climate Change Mr. Ralph Regenvanu and Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau, for their united stand for ULMWP to achieve full membership into the Melanesian Spearhead Group. “When we created MSG, it was a political organisation before economic and other interests were added,” he said. “After our Independence on July 30 of 1980, heads of different political parties in New Caledonia started visiting Port Vila to learn how to stand up strong to challenge France for their freedom. “I joined the Team this week because I was involved under then Prime Minister Father Walter Lini, we advised the Political Leaders of New Caledonia at the time to form one political umbrella organisation to argue their case, and they formed FLNKS. “We created ULMWP in 2014 here in Port Vila, to become your political umbrella organisation. After the child that we helped to create, we must continue to work with it to develop it towards its destiny.”
Like the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Natuman challenged both the Government and the Lobby Team to continue to lobby for ULMWP victory when all MSG Leaders unanimously vote West Papua in as the latest full member of MSG. “But now that Indonesia is inside, it is not interested in the ULMWP issue but its own interests. So we must be careful here. We have passed resolutions regarding Human Rights and the United Nations have agreed for the UN Human Rights Commissioner to visit West Papua to report on the situation on the ground and Jakarta has blocked the visit,” he said. Mr. Natuman challenged the Government whether or not to allow Indonesia to continue to behave towards MSG by ignoring the ULMWP demands. Meanwhile, then Prime Minister Kilman had the same reasoning for allowing Indonesia into the MSG believing that the occupier would sit on the same table to be allowed to discuss the West Papua dilemma. However, it did not work out. In the latest development, Mr. Natuman thinks new Fiji PM Sitiveni Rabuka is not going to govern in the same manner as former PM Bainimarama, now that he has already ordered the revival of Fiji’s Great Council of Chiefs which his predecessor had revoked. “I also think PM Manasseh Sogavare (of the Solomons) still stands in support of ULMWP. I think the Foreign Affairs Minister of Papua New Guinea has to talk to PM James Marape,” he added.
In his opinion, based on the Mr. Napat’s briefing to the Lobby Team this week, the MSG Secretariat suddenly seems to follow every line to the book regarding the ULMWP Application for full membership of MSG. “There is no need for the Committee of Officials to control the processes towards a positive outcome to the ULMWP Application. I suggest that you recommend to the PM to revisit the processes,” Mr. Natuman suggested. “At the Leaders’ Summit, it is the (MSG) Leaders who decide what to talk about in their Meeting and do not allow ‘smol-smol man’ to dictate to you what or how you should talk about in your meeting.” In addition, he said he was a member of an Eminent Group made up of Ambassador Kaliopate Tavola of Fiji, Roch Wamytan of FLNKS of News Caledonia and Solomons’ Prime Minister Sogavare who produced an MSG Report. “In the Report we suggested that it was good that Indonesia came in and I personally recommended a Melanesian Nakamal Concept which in Polynesia and Fiji, it is called Talanoa (Process),” Mr. Natuman continued. “This would allow Indonesia to sit down within a Melanesian umbrella to discuss their issues. Such a session should be chaired by an independent person such as a church leader or chief. “The Report is there and it should allow Indonesia to talk about their human right issues. Indonesia could use the avenue to hear ULMWP’s view on their proposed Autonomy in West Papua.” Indonesia could also bring in their other supporters to place their issues on the table for discussion. Foreign Affairs Minister Napat recommended his “top to the bottom” approach instead of from a bottom up approach, allowing the ‘smol-smol man’ to dictate to the leaders how to make their decisions.
Foreign diplomacy not enough to solve the Papua issue
Kornelius Purba (The Jakarta Post) Jakarta ● Wed, December 21, 2022
My mind has flashbacks of former foreign minister Ali Alatas telling me about the real power of the Foreign Ministry many years ago when I read the speech of Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi during the first Indonesia-Pacific Forum for Development (IPFD) in Bali early this month.
Alatas’ experience in dealing with East Timor at the time can be a good reminder for Retno in negotiating the Papuan issue. Of course, she fully understands it as she was part of the Foreign Ministry under Alatas.
Retno chaired the first IPFD, which resulted in the Bali message statement. She said Indonesia had intensively cooperated in development projects with Pacific nations since 2019, during which the government granted 211 technical and development aid packages to Pacific nations.
To be honest, one of the main motives behind the Pacific approach is to “appease” the people in the region who have strong emotional and cultural bonds with the people in Papua. Vanuatu is one the most outspoken critics of Indonesia’s Papua policy, as well as Jakarta’s treatment of East Timor before it voted for independence in 1999.
The Bali meeting was attended by ministers, senior officials and representatives of Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Delegations from the United States, China, France, Japan and South Korea also turned up for the event………..
Rights group warns additional military commands in Papua will worsen situation
Kompas.com – February 12, 2023
Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has warned that establishing additional regional military commands (Kodam) in the five new Papuan provinces will only worsen the humanitarian situation in the land of the Cenderawasih, as Papua is known. Kontras Coordinator Fatia Maulidiyanti emphasised that so far there has been minimal evaluation and supervision of the militaristic approach applied by Jakarta in Papua. This approach has never been shown to resolve the humanitarian problems there. "This of course is very dangerous because it could trigger and escalation in violence and could worsen the humanitarian situation. The state and government officials should not be reactionary in dealing with the conflicts that are occurring", Maulidiyanti told Kompas.com on Sunday February 12.
The military occupation in Papua is actually seen as contributing to the wave of internally displaced people who are constantly besieged by armed contacts between the TNI(Indonesian military) and the West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Movement (TPNPB-OPM). In addition to this, the plan to augment the number of regional military commands will in fact be counter-productive in terms of the state's efforts through National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to achieve a humanitarian pause. Moreover the humanitarian pause being sought by Komnas HAM has not yet succeeded because of the minimal representation by Papuan people. "The TNI and TPNPB are actually engaged in hostilities and this is also the basis of the military operations in Papua itself", said Maulidiyanti.
The government has also never clearly announced the security status in Papua. So there is concern that the deployment of more armed troops to Papua, including by adding new regional military commands, will endanger the accountability of security operations there. Earlier, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto said that they plan to establish regional military commands in every province in Indonesia, including the four new provinces in Papua, namely Central Papua, South Papua, South-West Papua and the Papua Highlands. "There are 38 provinces (in all) right. Currently (the number of) Kodam is 15. It will perhaps be the same (for) the new provinces, yes", said Prabowo at the Lanud Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in East Jakarta on Saturday February 11. Prabowo revealed that the plan to establish regional military commands in all of Indonesia's provinces is still being finalised.
According to Prabowo, the realisation of this plan will begin in stages. "We're continuing to discuss it. God willing we can begin bit by bit", said Prabowo.
He then explained why there must be regional military commands in every province, saying that Indonesia's defense system emphasises a joint and total people's defense (pertahanan rakyat semesta). Therefore there has to be cooperation between local governments and the civilian population. "So we always need to work together with local governments, always with civilian governments. Always side by side. The same as the police that are heading in that direction, in every province there is a Polda (regional police)", said Prabowo. "And now in every province we will raise the troop presence to a Kodam. Currently there are only Korem [sub-regional military commands]. That's our plan", he reiterated.
The TNI's territorial command structure mandates the deployment of military command posts and detachments at all levels of the civil administration: provincial, district, sub-district and village. This structure provides the organisational framework for the TNI to act as a political security force at all levels of society.
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "Kontras Ingatkan Penambahan Kodam di Papua Akan Perburuk Situasi Kemanusiaan".]
TPNPB allegedly attacks civilians in Bintang Mountains, kills three
News Desk – Jubi 7 December 2022
Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) allegedly attacked six motorcycle taxi drivers in Mangabib Village, Oksebang District, Bintang Mountains Regency on Monday, December 5, 2022. Three of the civilians died in the attack.
The incident was confirmed at 5 p.m. Papua time when the head of the Criminal Investigation Unit of Bintang Mountains Police, First Insp. Budi Payung received a report from the community that there had been an attack by the TPNPB against six motorcycle taxi drivers in Mangabib Village who were waiting for passengers.
During the attack, three drivers escaped and survived. While three other drivers, La Ati, La Usu, and La Aman were killed.
La Usu and La Aman both died after attacked with sharp weapons, while La Ati suffered gunshot wounds. La Ati was previously reported missing and was later found dead by joint forces of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and police, not far from the crime scene.
Bintang Mountains Police chief Adj. Sr. Come. Cahyo Sukarnito suspected La Ati was shot while trying to escape. “The one who had run [La Ati] was found to have a gunshot wound to the head,” Sukarnito said. According to Sukarnito, all three casualties had been evacuated to Oksibil, the capital of Bintang Mountains. “All of them have been evacuated to the Oksibil Regional General Hospital,” he said. (*)
TNI/Police and TPNPB must comply with 1949 Geneva Conventions and protect civilians: LBH Papua
Jubi News Desk - 16 December 2022
Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) calls on all conflicting parties in the armed conflict in Papua, including the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police, and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), to protect all civilians in the conflict area as obliged in the 1949 Geneva Convention.
LBH Papua Director Emanuel Gobay in a written statement on Thursday, December 15, 2022, said his party saw that armed conflicts between the TNI and police and TPNPB continued to occur. Civilians often fall victim to these conflicts, contrary to the principles of the 1949 Geneva Convention which demand conflicting parties to ensure that civilians do not fall victim. Indonesia has ratified the 1949 Geneva Conventions through Law No. 59/1958 on the Participation of the Republic of Indonesia in All Geneva Conventions dated August 12, 1949. The Indonesian government has a legal obligation to apply the principles of the 1949 Geneva Convention in the armed conflict in Papua. “The TNI, police, and the TPNPB must protect civilians in the conflict area as stipulated by Article 3 number 1 of the 1949 Geneva Convention 1949,” he said.
Based on data compiled by LBH Papua, from 2018 to date, armed conflict continued to occur and took civilians’ lives, as well as displaced civilians in Nduga Regency (2018), Intan Jaya Regency (2019 – 2020), Mimika Regency (2020), Maybrat Regency (2020), Puncak Regency (2021), Tambrauw Regency (2021), Bintang Mountains Regency (2021), and Yapen Waropen Regency (December 2022).
According to Gobay, by holding the principles in the 1949 Geneva Convention, the impact of conflict on civilians could be reduced. (*)
KPA Jayawijaya to validate HIV/AIDS data that reached 6,867 cases
Jubi News Desk - HIV/AIDS 30 January 2023
Wamena, Jubi – Based on the Papua Provincial Health Office data as of September 30, 2022, in the third quarter of 2022, HIV/AIDS cases were 9,189 cases in Nabire, followed by Jayapura City 7,761 case and Jayawijaya Regency6,867 cases. The Jayawijaya AIDS Commission (KPA Jayawijaya) chair, Margaretha Wetipo, said her party was in the process of validating the Papua Provincial Health Office data. “Currently we are still waiting for a meeting with the Health Office to validate the data. They are the facilitator for all services so we need to talk to them to get accurate data,” she said in Wamena on Friday, January 27, 2023. According to her, most of the data are people who have been treated or consumed ARVs but stopped halfway. “We are going to reevaluate the data. I also hope that all NGOs can work together with KPA and the Jayawijaya Health Office to promote the dangers of HIV/AIDS to the people in Jayawijaya both in villages, districts, and cities,” she said. (*)
Families of mutilation victims hope four soldiers be given maximum punishment
Jubi News Desk - Murder Of 4 Nduga Residents In Mimika
30 January 2023
Jayapura, Jubi – The Military Court III-19 Jayapura will hold a hearing on February 6, 2023 to read the charges for four soldiers of the 20/Ima Jaya Keramo Raider Infantry Brigade who are defendants in the Mimika murder and mutilation case. The victims’ families hope that the Military Prosecutor will charge them with the maximum penalty. This was stated by the families’ legal council Gustaf Kawer on Saturday, January 28, 2023. The four soldier defendants are First Pvt. Rahmat Amin Sese, First Pvt. Risky Oktaf Muliawan, First Pvt. Robertus Putra Clinsman, and Chief Pvt. Pargo Rumbouw. According to Kawer, the four of them gave inconsistent testimony but clearly showed the planning of the murder. “From all witness testimonies, there was a murder plan. So, the element of premeditated murder is proven. We hope that the prosecutor can charge the four defendants with the maximum sentence,” Kawer said.
The murder and mutilation of four Nduga residents occurred in Settlement Unit 1, Mimika Baru District, Mimika Regency on August 22, 2022. The victims were Arnold Lokbere, Irian Nirigi, Lemaniel Nirigi, and Atis Tini. Another soldier defendant, Maj. Inf Helmanto Fransiskus Dakhi, was already sentenced by the same court to life imprisonment and dismissal from the Army. Kawer stated that the offense of premeditated murder jointly regulated in Article 340 jo Article 55 paragraph (1) of the Criminal Code had a clear penalty, namely death penalty, life imprisonment, and a maximum imprisonment of 20 years. “We hope that when the charges are read out, the prosecutor will demand the maximum sentence according to the article,” he said. (*)
INDONESIA: MASS ARRESTS AND FORCED DISPERSALS IN WEST PAPUA ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
11 December 2022
Amnesty International Indonesia and Amnesty International Australia condemn the repression used against the people in West Papua when they were commemorating Human Rights Day on December 10, which marks the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Indonesian authorities made 116 arrests and caused injury to at least 17 people during multiple forced dispersals of rallies in the lead up to and during December 10 in four regencies across West Papua.
“We are appalled to hear about these mass arrests. Many were arrested when the rally had not even started. This shows Indonesian authorities’ utter disregard of West Papuans’ right to peaceful assembly,” Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director, Usman Hamid, said.
“Criminalising them for simply peacefully exercising such right will only breed further resentment and distrust. That discriminatory treatment against them has to stop,” says Usman.
“People all over the globe commemorated Human Rights Day yesterday. The fact that West Papuan people could not enjoy the same right, shows that there is a human rights emergency in West Papua. Australia needs to demand accountability from Indonesian authorities, especially as they are recipients of so much Australian aid,” Amnesty International Australia National Director, Sam Klintworth, said.
On 8 December, 23 people in Wamena were arrested for several hours when they were distributing leaflets for people to join the Human Rights Day rally.
On December 10, forced dispersals and mass arrests took place in Wamena and Jayapura. In Jayapura, 56 people were arrested and at least sixteen people were known to be injured during forced dispersals in multiple locations. In Wamena, 37 people were arrested and at least one person was injured when the multiple rallies were forcibly dispersed. Also on 10 December, the rally in Sorong was forcibly dispersed, and the protest in Manokwari was blocked by police.
Most of the protesters were members of the West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat – KNPB), a peaceful grassroot organisation campaigning for right to self-determination. Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Indonesia has ratified through Law No. 12/2005, explicitly guarantees the right of any person to hold opinions without interference. Freedom of peaceful assembly is also guaranteed under Article 21 of the ICCPR.
Amnesty International does not take on any position regarding political status within Indonesia, including calls for independence. However, the organization believes that the right to freedom of expression includes the right to peacefully advocate for independence referenda, or other political positions.
AWPA Statement World Human Rights Day -West Papua
700 residents of Jayapura City evacuated following earthquake: BNPB
10 February 2023
Yogyakarta, Jubi – At least 700 residents fled to four different locations after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake shook Jayapura City on Thursday, February 9, 2023. This was stated by the Acting Head of the Center for Disaster Data, Information and Communication of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Abdul Muhari through a written statement on Thursday. Abdul stated that the BNPB Control and Operations Center (Pusdalops) recorded that 50 families fled to the CV Thomas Complex, Entrop. In addition, there were 50 families who fled to the BTN Bank Office in Jayapura City.
Some 200 residents fled to Christ the King Catholic Church in Dok 5. There were also 400 residents who fled to Bhayangkara I. The residents evacuated because a number of aftershocks occurred in Jayapura City on Thursday afternoon and evening.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 occurred in Jayapura City on Thursday at 3:28 p.m Papua time. The shallow earthquake with an epicenter of 10 kilometers deep and located at coordinates 2.60 South Latitude and 140.66 East Longitude caused four people to die and injured five people.
As of Thursday night, the BNPB’s Pusdalops recorded the damage of at least five houses (three of which heavily damaged and two moderately damaged). In addition, a cafe collapsed and fell into the sea, while the building of Jayapura’s Dok 2 Hospital, two churches, a mosque, and a hotel were damaged.
The earthquake also caused the top part of the Cendrawasih University Postgraduate Building to collapse. The Jayapura Mall building in the city center also suffered cracks on the left side of the building, and the roof of the right side of the 4th floor of the building collapsed.
“As an effort to handle the disaster emergency, the Jayapura City Disaster Management Agency together with the Papua Province BPBD and related agencies have set up emergency tents, provided evacuation sites, public kitchens and basic support for the evacuees. The urgent needs are emergency tents and generators for electricity,” Abdul Muhari said, as quoted from his press statement. (*)
Opinion pieces/media releases/ reports etc.
New Zealander's kidnapping in Papua has brought a hidden conflict into focus
Who Burned the Plane and Detained the Pilot in Paro District, Nduga?
Yamin Kogoya: The fate of Papua’s governor Enembe – where is he now?
Benny Wenda: A West Papuan Christmas message
Yamin Kogoya: While West Papuans face an ‘existential threat’ under Indonesia, PNG plans defence pact with Jakarta
Statement -AWPA condemns the bomb attack on the home of Papuan journalist Victor Mambor. https://awpasydneynews.blogspot.com/2023/01/statement-awpa-condemns-bomb-attack-on.html
Amnesty condemns mass arrests of West Papuans on Human Rights Day
Talking Indonesia: acknowledging past rights violations
Powerpoint presentation (In Bahasa)
MULTI-VIOLENCE and PEACE OPPORTUNITIES
rom PERSPECTIVE OF THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE OF PAPUA
Papua 2019-2022 - Overview Des 2022 PPT
PAPUA 2023 Januari Oleh: Theo van den Broek
PAPUA report (in Bahasa) 2022 Desember [bagian pelengkap]
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