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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Special Report: Wamena investigation: What the government is not telling us

In Wamena in Papua’s Jayawijaya regency there is a customary belief that women and children are innocent, that’s why the men have to protect them. “Humi yukurugi wene inyokodek,” said Dominikus Surabut, head of the customary council of La Pago. But if women and children become victims, he said, the men are going to fight in the afternoon and evening. “Inyawim hiam-hiam ninane uok...,” Dominikus went on.
By: Victor Mambor and Syofiardi BachyulThe Jakarta Post
This belief played a role in the events that took place in Wamena on Sept. 23, a tragedy shInrouded in mystery amid a communication blackout in the region.
According to statements from the government, at least 33 were killed in the violence, eight of them native Papuans. An armed rebel group – referred to as an “armed criminal group” by the police – was reportedly behind the atrocity. Thousands of people, both native Papuans and non-native residents, fled the town following the riot.
The police said the non-native Papuans had died in fire while some had sustained injuries from sharp weapons. The official statement said nothing about what had caused the death of the native Papuans.
On Oct. 2, security and terrorism researcher Sidney Jones of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) published a piece on Lowy Institute website, saying that “nine Papuans also died, mostly stabbed by migrants trying to fend off the mob.” Sidney told the Post on Oct. 23 that she had got the information from a hospital in Wamena.
The Jakarta Post and several journalists from Jayapura-based Jubi and Jakarta-based Tirto.id conducted an investigation in the field in Wamena in Jayawijaya from Oct. 3 to 10 and discovered what the government has failed to reveal.
One of the most important pieces of information is that more than eight native Papuans died that day and that they died of gunshot wounds allegedly inflicted by what locals call “security apparatus”, a joint force of Indonesian Military and National Police personnel.
The National Police said there had been an exchange of fire between security officers and an “armed criminal group” that day. Cendrawasih Military Command spokesperson Lt. Col. Eko Daryanto echoed the police’s statement.
The Post and other journalists talked to more than 30 witnesses in Wamena about what happened during the riot. They were native and non-native residents, including religious figures, restaurant workers, traders, students and activists who were at the location that day.
Witnesses said they first noticed a crowd numbering in the hundreds on Jl. Hom-Hom in Wamena at about 8 a.m. on Sept. 23. Some people gathered in front of Yudha Supermarket in Hom-Hom while others gathered nearby.
The protest turned violent after a young man, later identified as Kelion Tabuni, a sophomore at the Manado State University in North Sulawesi, was allegedly shot by security personnel in Hom-Hom at 8:30 a.m.
Kelion, who arrived in Wamena from Manado two weeks prior to his death, was standing among hundreds of people when he was shot. A number of people in the crowd wore high school uniforms, witnesses said. Locals living in the area said they did not recognize anyone in the crowd.
After Kelion was shot, people in his crowd carried his body while they were going on a rampage. They walked past a traders’ area called Pikhe and along the road were kiosks selling gasoline in bottles and jerrycans for motorcyclists.
The mob stole fuel and burned down houses and stores on Jl. Pikhe. Witnesses said local residents had warned the people in the houses and stores, mostly non-native Papuans, to flee to save themselves from being burned alive. Pikhe became a place of heroic tales in which native Papuans helped hundreds of non-native residents.
One such person was Obet Mabel, who, together with other native residents, helped at least 58 families reach a safe place in the city center. Obet also said he did not recognize any of the rioters.
“The [non-native] Papuans then were brought to churches near a bridge in Pikhe,” said Simet Jikwa, a pastor at the Protestant Wesaroma Church. His church, along with the Kibaid and Panorama churches, provided shelter to hundreds of scared non-native Papuans that day.

A young man who requested anonymity shows a gunshot wound on his leg.
He was shot when attempting to enter Wamena via the Wouma Bridge. (JP/Albertus Vembrianto)

‘I did not recognize a single face’

While some men carried away Kelion’s body and others set stores and houses on fire on Jl. Pikhe, some of the crowd headed for a campus in the Hom-Hom area, STISIP Amal Ilmiah Yapis, and set classrooms on fire. They also burned other properties on Jl. Hom-Hom and some non-native Papuans died after become trapped inside burning buildings.
Several witnesses said they did not recognize the faces of arsonists in Hom-Hom. They noticed that some of them wore high school uniforms, but they did not know anyone among the crowd.
The National Police said last month that the perpetrators of the arson and manslaughter were “not from Wamena”.
“We have asked [the National Police] to find out and investigate the allegation [that outside people mobilized the crowd],” National Commission for Human Rights chairman Taufan Damanik said in Jayapura.
He said the police had to explain how people moved and entered Wamena during the riot. “Where did they come from? How did they coordinate? They came from everywhere,” he said.
Obeth Alua, a Wamena resident who was on Jl. Hom-Hom on that day, said he did not recognize any of the people who gathered in the area. He claimed that Wamena, the busiest district of Jayawijaya, was a small town, and he should have recognized at least one or two of the people there.
“They said they were there for an antiracism rally. I recognized not a single one of them. And then I saw two people got shot and fell down, one man and one woman,” said Obeth, showing the Post where he stood that day and pointing to the location where he saw the shots.
Later, the Post confirmed that the man was Kelion Tabuni, but the Post could not confirm the female victim, who according to Obeth, was taken into the direction of Wesaput.
Jayawijaya Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Tonny Ananda said the student rally had been infiltrated by an armed group that led to “crossfire” between the armed group and the security forces.
Evacuees wait their turn to board an Indonesian
Military aircraft at Wamena Airport in Jayawijaya regency on
Sept. 28 following a deadly riot on Sept. 23.
 (Antara/Iwan Adisaputra)


“During the rally, there was another mob behind the mob, and behind them there was the armed group. They were involved in crossfire from Monday to Tuesday morning,” said Tonny.
Up until this article was written, the government has never spoken about security forces opening fire at protesters.
They have, however, pointed fingers at the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), a self-determination activist group that has close affiliations to the proindependence movement.
Tonny said people from the KNPB had spread a “hoax” about a racial statement from a teacher. He said most of the perpetrators of the riot came from outside Wamena district. The police, he said, had been investigating “the groups”.

Hoax?

At the same time about 4 kilometers from Yudha Supermarket in Hom-Hom, students of PGRI high school on Jl. Bhayangkara in Wamena gathered at about 8 a.m. to protest against one of their teachers, Riris Theodora Panggabean. The students accused Riris of calling fellow student Anton Pahabol a “monkey” on Sept 18.
Michael Asso, a physical education teacher at PGRI, said the teachers had held a meeting on Sept. 21 to question Riris, but Riris denied she had made a racial statement on Sept. 18.
Debora Agapa, the deputy principal for student affairs, said nothing had happened at the school from Sept. 19 to 20.
On Sept. 21, however, students had damaged some school property. Heru, a cafe owner in Wamena, told the Post that his employee, a high school student at PGRI High School, had came home early, at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Heru had asked her and she had said one of her teachers had called a friend “monkey”, and then the students had broken the windows and computers at the school office,” she said. That evening, she left Wamena for her hometown in Yahukimo regency. Later on Monday, Michael said, someone trespassed onto the school ground and damaged a classroom.
Angry students
A teacher at another school, Kartini, told the Post that she had received a text before Monday about the rumor emanating from PGRI high school. She had heard the rumor through a WhatsApp message that called on other students to rally to protest the alleged racism on Monday.
She said not long after 8 a.m. at her school, SMK Yapis vocational high school — located next to the Jayawijaya regent’s office ­­— a crowd, some wearing high school uniforms, others not, threw stones at the school.
Another school, SMA 1 state senior high school in Wamena, was attacked. Three teachers, all native Papuans, told the Post that about 900 students were attending class to sit a test. Sometime after 8 a.m., hundreds of students from outside “swarmed like bees” and called on the students in the classroom to rally with them. They also threw stones at the windows, hurting some of the students.
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe told the Post on Oct. 1 that he had received reports about three junior high school students, native Papuans, who had been doused with gasoline and set on fire by the rioters because they refused to join a rally. “Those who set the children on fire wore high school uniforms, and what they did was cruel,” he said. Media reports said the student victims were from SMP 1 state junior high school in Wamena.
Students that look too old
On Monday morning, police officers arrived to meet the students at the high school, a teacher said. The officers tried to calm down the students, who were angry because they could not speak with Riris, and the police asked them to settle the matter at the Jayawijaya Police station.
So they walked to the police station, and along the way they called on other students to join them, some by force.
While the students walked to the regent’s office, shops in Pikhe and Yapis campus in Hom-Hom had already been set on fire by the other crowd.
Fires were reported in many places, including at Potikelek, located south of Jl. Hom-Hom. Security personnel fired tear gas in Potikelek, witnesses said.
When students reached the regent’s office, they gathered in the front yard to wait for the regent. Local journalist Naftali Pawika said he had received information that the regent was out of the office at the time to assess the situation in Hom-Hom.
When Regent John Banua Rouw arrived, the students delivered their demand that seven school mates be released.
“They also wanted no security forces in the regent’s compound while they were there, and they did not allow anyone to take pictures,” said Dominikus Surabut, the La Pago customary chief.
Naftali said when the regent was talking to the students, someone took pictures of the students, who became angry and chased after the person. But the man left the compound in a car.
“Not long after, while the students were still in commotion due to that man, the regent’s office finance building, located at the very back of the compound, was on fire,” he said.
The principal of SMP 1 state junior high school in Wamena, Yemima Kopeuw, guides her students in dance to eliminate anxiety on the first day back at school on Oct. 7. (JP/Syofiardi Bachyul Jb)

Fire trucks came but the students blocked the trucks, because they did not want the firefighters to extinguish the fire. Tension flared up and the students at the front yard of the compound threw stones at the regent’s office building. Chaos ensued and people ran away from the chaos.
“The fire grew bigger and, I don’t know how, caught other buildings separated from the finance office building. At the end, only one building survived,” he said.
At this time, native Papuan women and children fled the town for kampungs surrounding Wamena.

Chaos in Wouma

While fire was raging at the regent’s office, some of the crowd headed toward the airport to set it on fire, but the security forces intercepted them with tear gas. So they instead went to Wouma, where chaos broke out.
At the same time, witnesses said another crowd began to gather on the fringe of town; they were people from kampungs who had heard rumors that their children who went to school in the city center had been shot by security forces and arrested by the police.
People said the fact that Papuan women and children had fled the town for kampungs had prompted the men in the kampungs head into town.
Many students in Wamena hail from other districts in rural Jayawijaya, a regency that is home to the famous Baliem Valley. They usually stay in rooming houses in Wamena, away from their parents, during the school week.
“We heard that our children had been arrested by police and some had been shot. We also heard the students wanted to go to the airport to burn it down,” said Alex Asso, the elder brother of Yus Asso, one of the native Papuans who was shot dead in the riot.
Parents and family members of Wamena students left their villages and headed for Wamena but were stopped by security forces at the Wouma Bridge.
On the other side of the Wouma Bridge, the crowd at the regent’s office had grown larger and angrier. Mus Mulyadi, a satay restaurant owner, said he saw men dressed in high school uniforms.
“Those who set the kiosks on fire were all men who did not look like students. One had a beard this long,” he said, gesturing to indicate the length.
One witness, who requested anonymity, said security personnel had fired shots here. He was injured by one of the shots before he could reach the town.
The shots made the crowd even angrier and they set alight stores and kiosks in Wouma. Witnesses said more victims were killed here, because the mob did not bother to check whether there were people inside the buildings. Some non-native Papuans were also reportedly stabbed by members of the mob.
Data from the police and the Post’s investigation show that at least 42 died because of the riot. Thousands of people, native and non-natives Papuans, fled Wamena, some flew out of the island and went back to their hometowns in places like West Sumatra and South Sulawesi.
The Post’s investigation revealed many things that had not been published before. But still, some questions are left unanswered: Who were the crowd at Hom-Hom? Why were they there? Was any armed group involved as the police said? The dozens of witnesses did not mention seeing armed civilians.
Komnas HAM commissioner Taufan Damanik said the police and the Indonesian Military had to investigate what really happened there. "So, we don't miss any [facts]," said Taufan.
Governor Lukas said he believed the riot had been planned, not by residents of Wamena nor the Baliem Valley people. He believed the perpetrators pretended to be high school students. “This happened by design,” he said. “But we don’t know who, and it is difficult to prove.”
Whether the riot happened by design or not, it has strained the relationship between the nonnative and native Papuans in Wamena. La Pago customary council chief Dominikus Surabut said in his apology to non-native Papuans that the situation took them by surprise and “was out of their control”. He said they helped all those they could help that day, but he was sorry that they could not help all.
“Let’s build [Wamena] together. We eat from the same plate, we sit side by side, building lives. I cannot prevent [non-natives] from leaving Wamena, but for you who come back, let’s build Papua together, in particular Baliem. For native Papuans, it is our belief that when we say we are best friends, it is not only [empty] words,” he said in a video interview with the Post on Oct. 4. “Before you shed your blood, we will shed ours first [to protect you].

Shot, wounded and dead: Wamena riot death toll remains shrouded in mystery
On Monday, Sept. 23, Amandus, took his son on a motorcycle to SMA YPPK Santo Thomas senior high school in Wamena, Jayawijaya, Papua. When they arrived, his son got off and went to his class while Amandus went to park his motorcycle because he needed to meet his son’s teacher. Not long after he left the bike, he heard gunshots.
“Children were running out of the classrooms, including my son. He saw me and he ran to me,” Amandus, a resident of Pisugi district, said.
He did not quite understand what was happening. The commotion continued and he heard gunshots getting nearer the school. The students ran in panic, knocking his motorcycle to the ground. He pulled his son’s arm, ran outside the school and hid in his relative’s house not far from the school.
From the house, he peeked out. He heard people yelling amid the gunshots.
“I tried to look from the open door. Suddenly I felt pain in my thumb and my thigh. I fell. I was shot and the bullet was in my thigh,” Amandus said in Wamena.

17 reported dead from gunshots

Amandus was lucky, he was taken to the hospital immediately, received emergency treatment and was flown to the provincial capital in Jayapura for surgery. Others were not so lucky.
A young man who requested anonymity told The Jakarta Post he was shot in his thigh on Wouma bridge, when he tried to enter Wamena after hearing that high school students were being arrested and shot. He never got to Wamena and went home to treat his wound. But he was at least alive.
Naligi Wenda, Keitron Kogoya, Eles Himan, Yus Asso, Mison Lokbere, Marius Wenda, Manu Meage, Elakim Wetapo, Gestanus Hisage, Kelion Tabuni and Lawan Hesegem did not survive.
Naligi was a security guard at Yudha Supermarket on Jl. Homhom, the place where the earliest crowd was spotted by witnesses on the day of the bloody riot. He was reportedly shot near Wouma bridge, about 4 kilometers from his workplace. His family said that day he did not work but he went to Wouma on his way to the airport. He was shot dead, his family told the Post.
Keitron Kogoya suffered the same fate. He was reportedly shot near Wouma bridge. Neither he nor Niligi ever reached the hospital; that was why their names do not appear on the official list. From the killing zone in Wouma, their family members took their bodies home and cremated them as is their tradition.
“My uncle went to his campus, STISIP Amal Ilmiah Wamena, to finalize his thesis topic. In the afternoon, we heard that he was dead from a gunshot wound to the hip,” Iton Pahabol told the Post about the fate of his uncle, Eles Himan.
A man stands at the location of
Eles Himan grave, one of the dead victims
among native Papuans. (JP/Albertus Vembrianto)
Eles, he said, was found by family members in Wamena Regional Hospital (RSUD Wamena). The body was dressed only in pants.
Yus Asso, a Kampung Megapura resident, was reportedly shot in Wouma. Yus was still alive when he was taken to the hospital, said his brother, Alex Asso, but he was not able to see Yus before he died. “They did not allow men to enter the hospital, only the women,” he said.

Brought home directly

Alex said the bodies of several people that had been shot were taken to the hospital. Many of those who were shot and injured did not go to the hospital for treatment because they were afraid of the police and military guarding the hospital. Most of them were afraid of being arrested if they went to the hospital for treatment. They heard stories about the police rounding up injured victims, naming them suspects and detaining them.
“Ruben Esema, a student, is now detained in Jayawijaya Police. When his family members went to take him home from the hospital after surgery for his gunshot wounds, he had already been taken into police custody,” Alex said.
A similar fate befell Anderson Uaga, a student at SMA 1 high school Wamena. He was shot in his stomach. After getting treatment at RSUD Wamena, Anderson was taken by the police on Sept. 30. He is still detained and receiving medical treatment at Jayawijaya Police’s health clinic.
Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. AM Kamal said on Oct. 7 that the police had named 13 people suspects in the Wamena riot. Three are still at large, those detained have been identified only as DM, 19, RW, 18, AU, 16, RA, 16, AK, 19, DC 32, YP, 22, ES, 27, NT, 27, and SK, 40.
La Pago Customary Council chief, Dominikus Surabut, said he was certain the official data did not reveal everything. Many victims, dead or injured, were not on the official list.
The Customary Council held an extraordinary congress after the riot and collected information about eight people who were believed to have been shot dead but were not on the police list.
The Post and Jayapura-based Jubi also received information about one man who was shot dead during the riot. He has been identified as Nisaba Himan. His body was found in Pisugi with a gunshot wound in his chest.
Not on national media
From Oct. 3 to 8, journalists from the Post, Tirto.id and Jubi investigated claims by native Papuan residents that the police and the military fired into the crowd on Sept. 23. Many of them said families did not want to go to hospitals because they believed the hospitals were heavily guarded by the security forces, which for a lot of native Papuans means trouble. So, the Post went to villages quite far from the town center—Pisugi, Asotipo, Wesaput and Megapura—to verify the claims.

A family member shows the location where Kelion Tabuni was buried in
Kampung Pisugi in Jayawijaya, Papua, on Oct. 7. (JP/Syofiardi Bachyul Jb)
These claims have been largely unreported by the national media. No one has said anything about security forces shooting into the crowd.
The Health Ministry has reported 33 fatalities in the riot. Twenty-six were dead on arrival at the hospital while five died in the hospital. An additional two victims died as a result of underlying conditions or illness but the government included them in the death toll because there was a suspicion that their deaths were related to the riot.
The government released 31 names from the death toll and eight of the names have been identified as probably being of native Papuans, while the remainder appear to be of people from other ethnic origins such as West Sumatra and South Sulawesi.
The government said the causes of the deaths of the 31 were fire and stabbing. On Oct. 2, Sidney Jones from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict wrote on the Lowy Institute’s website that “nine Papuans also died, mostly stabbed by migrants trying to fend off the mob.”

Verified deaths and causes

The Post, in collaboration with Jubi and Tirto.id, however, has verified at least 11 native Papuans who died as a result of gunshot wounds. The Post received 17 names and nine were new names that were not on the government list. The eight native Papuans on the government list were verified too, and the family members have confirmed that they sustained gunshot wounds. Some were taken from the site directly to their homes to be cremated.
The National Commission of Human Rights said on Oct. 18 that it had discovered 10 additional fatalities apart from those the government published. Commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara said the 10 people were reportedly shot dead but their names were not on the list because their families brought the bodies directly to their homes. “We still have to investigate this, it will not be easy to clarify and validate whether there are really additional fatalities outside the 33 published,” commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara said in Jayapura on Oct. 12.
Eleven verified fatalities:
1.    Ketron Kogoya (shot in Wouma, on government list)
2.    Eles Himan (shot in Homhom, on government list)
3.    Yus Asso (shot in Wouma, on government list)
4.    Nison Lokbere (shot in Homhom, on government list)
5.    Marius Wenda (shot in Homhom, on government list)
6.    Manu Meage (shot in Wouma, on government list)
7.    Elakim Wetapo (shot in Homhom, on government list)
8.    Gestanus Hisage (shot in Wouma, on government list)
9.    Kelion Tabuni (shot in Homhom, on Papua Customary Council list)
10. Naligi Wenda (shot in Wouma, on Papua Customary Council list)
11. Lawan Hesegem (shot in Wouma, on Papua Customary Council list)
Six names from the Papua Customary Council and named locally, not yet verified:
1.    Nisaba Himan (shot and later found in Pisugi)
2.    Inius Tabuni (shot and later found in Baliem River)
3.    Beam Wenda (shot and later found in Tulem)
4.    Naligin Yikwa (shot in Homhom)
5.    Wenas Babingga (shot in Homhom)

6.    Yandrik Wenda (shot in Wouma)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Three people killed by West Papua rebels in disputed clash

Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited Papua
on Sunday, state-news agency Antara reported. Photo: AFP
Three people were killed by rebels in Indonesia's West Papua on Friday, ahead of a presidential visit to the troubled region over the weekend.

Indonesia's military claims the dead were civilian motorcycle taxi drivers, while the West Papua Liberation Army says they were soldiers.

The incident in Intan Jaya district is one of many disputed clashes between rebels and the state in Papua's Central Highlands to take place since December.

Military spokesperson Eko Daryanto was quoted by state media saying the three drivers were shot dead, before their bodies were hacked at with machetes.

A report from the pro-independence Liberation Army said the soldiers they claimed to have killed died during a shootout.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited Papua on Sunday, state-news agency Antara reported.

Source: RNZ

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Veronica Koman meets with Australian MPs about Papua

News Desk - The Jakarta Post
Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman (tribunnews/-)
Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman met with the Australian parliament's human rights subcommittee on Wednesday to speak with its members about the current situation in West Papua.

In a Facebook post about the visit, Veronica said that, together with Amnesty International Australia, she asked the Australian federal government to "do more to help stop the bloodshed in West Papua".

"[The MPs] were enthusiastic and asked many questions because they have heard of the unrest but do not know the details," she said.

Previously, Veronica had also met with United Nations high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet in Sydney.

"I updated her about the current crisis gripping West Papua, particularly about the security approach by the Indonesian government, the displacement of civilians and the massive clampdown on freedom of expression, including arrests of peaceful activists," Veronica said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

Veronica, a lawyer for the Papuan Student Alliance, is currently wanted by the East Java Police who accuse her of provoking the protests and riots in Papua and West Papua that started in August.

She has been named a suspect for allegedly violating four laws: the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, Law No. 1/1946 on misinformation, Article 160 of the Criminal Code and Law 40/2008 on the eradication of racial and ethnic discrimination.

Veronica has denied the charges, saying that the police have "overstepped their authority and gone over the top with exaggerations in an attempt to criminalize [her actions]". (kmt)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Indonesian human rights lawyer wins prize for West Papua work

Veronica Koman, after being awarded Australia's
Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights
Award at a ceremony in Sydney. Photo: Facebook / Veronica Koman
An Indonesian lawyer being pursued by the state has won a human rights award for shining "a light on violations of the rights" of West Papuans.
Veronica Koman was awarded Australia's Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights Award on Wednesday at a ceremony in Sydney.
Ms Koman is now living in Australia after receiving threats in Indonesia, where police have sought an Interpol Red Notice for the lawyer.
She's accused of spreading false information online but denies all wrongdoing, saying the claims are fabricated.
Ms Koman dedicated her award to the victims of a security crackdown in West Papua due to riots taking place there.
"Especially the dozens who have died at the hands of security forces, and the 22 political prisoners charged with treason over the past couple of months," she said in an acceptance speech on Wednesday.
"I have the West Papuan people to thank for changing my life. They have taught me how to be resilient, how to keep fighting, how to keep going in circumstances where many outsiders may feel they have to stop."
Marc Purcell, the chief executive of the Australian Council for International Development, which awards the prize, said the award represented "the strength and bravery of all people who defend the human rights of West Papuans, who will not be silenced, and who will work towards a world where the human rights of all are protected and upheld".
"Veronica has shone a light on violations of the rights of the West Papuan people at great personal cost," he said.
He also called on Australia to protect Ms Koman and urge Indonesia to drop the charges against her.
In September, Ms Koman was named as a "suspect" by Indonesian authorities who accused her of provoking recent unrest, after she published reports on the protests and on a racist attack against Papuan students in Java.
Regarding Ms Koman's claims about receiving death threats and other intimidating messages, a spokesman for East Java police, which has been investigating Koman, denied that officers would be behind such actions and told Reuters that Ms Koman had made many enemies.
The Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights Award is presented annually to an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to advancing human rights. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tim Gabungan TNI-Polri Menangkap Pelaku Pembunuhan di Wamena, Kapolda: Masih ada Pelaku Lain

MAJALAHWEKO, JAYAPURA – Tim gabungan TNI – Polri menangkap pelaku pembunuhan Deri Datu Padang, warga wamena pada 12 oktober lalu.

Aparat Gabungan Tembak Pelaku
Penikaman di Jembatan Wouma Wamena
Kapolda Papua, Irjen Pol Paulus Waterpauw menjelaskan penangkapan terhadap pelaku penikaman alm. Deri atas dasar informasi yang di terima dari masyarakat. Diduga pelaku di ketahui berinisial MW (35 tahun) berprofesi sebagai petani dan tinggal di distrik piramid, Kabupaten Jayawijaya Papua.

”Penangkapan pelaku ini atas informasi dari warga, untuk itu saya selaku Kapolda Papua mengucapkan terima kasih banyak kepada warga yang telah memberikan informasi kepada kami,” Ungkap Kapolda kepada wartawan di wamena, Kamis (17/10/19).

Dijelaskan Kapolda bila saat tim gabungan hendak mengamankan pelaku di tempat persembunyiannya, pelaku mencoba untuk melawan sehingga anggota terpaksa melumpuhkan pelaku dengan menembak kaki kanan pelaku.

”Saat hendak diamankan pelaku mencoba kabur sehingga anggota kami melumpuhkan pelaku dengan tembakan di kaki, ” Kata Irjen Paulus.

Hingga saat ini Polisi sudah memeriksa empat orang saksi dan atas keterangan mereka, terungkap masih ada pelaku lain yang saat ini masih dalam proses pengejaran. ”Informasi dari saksi ada beberapa pelaku yang masih kita kejar, ” Kata Kapolda.

Selain mengamankan pelaku MW Aparat juga berhasil mengamankan sejumlah barang bukti yang di pakai pelaku.

”Pisau yang di gunakan untuk menusuk sudah kita amankan dan sudah kita kirim ke lapfor makassar untuk di paeriksa. selain pisau kami juga mengamankan parang, katapel dan sajam lainnya di tempat persembunyian pelaku, ” Beber Irjen Paulus. (Redaksi/MW)

Aparat Gabungan Tembak Pelaku Penikaman di Jembatan Wouma Wamena

Solidaritas dari ILPS Hong Kong - Macau untuk West Papua

REALITA:: Dari Rasisme berubah menjadi Suku makan Suku

Warpo Sampari Warik Wetipo is with Mambri Sampari and 48 othees
2 OAP pembunuh OAP, bangga apa kkalian?
DARI RASISME berubah menjadi SUKU MAKAN SUKU (Papua bunuh Papua). Itulah Indonesia raya, Liciknya negara Penjajah colonial indonesia.

Meloloskan diri, dari ancaman internasional terkait Krisis kemanusiaan (pemusnahan), pelanggaran HAM terbesar terhadap ras, suku, dan bangsa tertentu.

Nanti ada perang serius Di Papua baru Topengnya maju duluan. Yang penting Nyawa_Nya dibayar dengan Sebatang Rokok.

Kita tidak sadar, kalau kita bunuh atas nama NKRI adalah Saudaranya sendiri, adiknya/ kakaknya, Om sendiri, generasinya sendiri. Padahal Kita tidak tahu, kalau jakarta hanya membuat kita seperti Robot, Topeng atau Boneka. Yang Jakarta cari adalah : Pangkat, Jabatan, Makan dan Minum sehari-hari.

Sedangkan Yang Pegang Remot NKRI adalah negara-negara Kapitalis dan Imperialis yang punya saham di West Papua, seperti Amerika yang sedang kelola PT. Freeport Indonesia.

Kita (Papua) baku pukul, hanya karena tulang kecil, dos rokoknya, botol birNya, kaleng saurisnya, plastik migorengnya...............

Kita (Papua) sedang Punah, mati kawanku.

#SADAR_PAHAM_BANGKIT_BERSATU_LAWAN_SISTEM_PERBUDAKAN_COLONIALISME_Indonesia.

Rawa Grimenawa, Kamis17 Oktober 2019
By.Warpo Sampari Warik Wetipo.

'Kode Keras' Komisioner Tinggi HAM PBB soal Kerusuhan Papua

VIVA – Kerusuhan yang pecah di Papua dan Papua Barat beberapa waktu lalu masih menyisakan pedih. Akibat kerusuhan tersebut, sejumlah fasilitas publik, gedung milik pemerintah hingga kawasan niaga porak poranda. Yang paling menyedihkan, aksi massa yang berakhir ricuh itu sampai merenggut korban jiwa.

Michelle Bachelet Komisioner Tinggi
 Hak Asasi Manusia atau KTHAM PBB
Hal itu pun menjadi perhatian dan keprihatinan banyak pihak, enggak hanya di Indonesia tapi juga di dunia internasional. Soal rusuh Papua juga disinggung oleh Komisioner Tinggi Hak Asasi Manusia atau KTHAM PBB, Michelle Bachelet saat konferensi pers satu tahun jabatannya sebagai KTHAM di Jenewa, Swiss pada Rabu, 4 September 2019. Michelle mengaku memantau kisruh yang terjadi di Papua dan Papua Barat selama dua pekan terakhir.

"Saya menyambut dengan baik bahwa Presiden Jokowi dan pemangku kepentingan di level tinggi sudah membuat pernyataan melawan segala bentuk rasisme dan diskriminasi yang memang menjadi isu serius di Papua dan Papua Barat. Mereka juga mengimbau agar tenang dan damai. Saya juga sudah mendapatkan informasi soal tindak lanjutnya seperti sejumlah aparat keamanan yang diberikan sanksi karena terlibat kekerasan terhadap mahasiswa Papua di Surabaya dan Malang," kata dia.

Berkaitan dengan kerusuhan Papua, diplomat Indonesia di Perutusan Tetap Republik Indonesia (PTRI) Jenewa sudah melakukan komunikasi dengan pejabat KTHAM sebelum konferensi pers berlangsung. "Pertemuan dimaksudkan untuk memberikan gambaran yang lebih akurat terkait situasi di Papua mengingat terdapatnya berbagai distorsi pemberitaan yang tidak mencerminkan situasi sebenarnya dan latar belakang kejadian," dikutip dari rilis pers PTRI melalui laman VIVAnews.com. 

Dalam pertemuan dengan kantor KTHAM, PTRI juga menyampaikan perkembangan situasi dan sejumlah usaha yang dilakukan termasuk penegakan hukum, dialog dan persuasi. Aparat keamanan di Papua menurut PTRI telah bertindak secara profesional dan menghindari penggunaan kekerasan dalam menghadapi massa.

Meski begitu, ada beberapa hal yang jadi catatan KTHAM terkait rusuh di provinsi Papua dan provinsi Papua Barat.

Komentar tajam Michelle Bachel

Situs KTHAM telah memuat pernyataan media yang berisi komentar KTHAM terkait situasi di Papua dan Papua Barat. Enggak ketinggalan, KTHAM menyampaikan keprihatinan atas jatuhnya korban, baik sipil maupun aparat keamanan.

Michelle Bachel berkata lebih lanjut, "Saya terusik dengan meningkatnya eskalasi kekerasan selama dua pekan terakhir di dua provinsi di Indonesia, Papua dan Papua Barat. Terlebih dengan tewasnya sejumlah pengunjuk rasa dan aparat keamanan," kata Michelle, dikutip dari laporan pers Dewan HAM PBB dari Jenewa.

KTHAM sudah membaca gelagat

Selain memantau perkembangan situasi di Papua dan Papua Barat pasca kerusuhan, KTHAM mengklaim telah melihat potensi pecahnya konflik sejak akhir tahun lalu. "Sebenarnya gelagat dan potensi ini sudah kami observasi sejak Desember 2018 dan hal tersebut sudah kami diskusikan dengan pemangku terkait di Indonesia," ujar Michelle Bachel.

Tapi kini kerusuhan sudah kadung terjadi, KTHAM pun meminta pemerintah untuk mengedepankan dialog untuk menjaga kondusifitas."Seharusnya tidak boleh ada kekerasan di mana pun di sebuah negara demokrasi dan majemuk seperti di Indonesia. Saya menekankan agar otoritas di sana mengedepankan dialog dengan Papua dan Papua Barat agar aspirasi bisa disalurkan," lanjutnya.

Tuntut pemulihan internet

Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika memblokir akses data internet di Papua sejak Rabu 21 Agustus 2019. Kepala Biro Humas Kementerian Kominfo, Ferdinandus Setu mengatakan, pemblokiran dilakukan untuk mempercepat proses pemulihan situasi keamanan dan ketertiban di wilayah Papua dan sekitarnya.

Kepala Badan Siber dan Sandi Negara, Hinsa Siburian menambahkan, masalah utama rusuh di Papua sebagian besar karena pengaruh konten hoax. "Kita juga melihat itu memonitor bahwa masalah Papua ini lebih kepada sekarang ini kegiatannya itu di siber," ujar Hinsa di Jakarta, Senin 26 Agustus 2019.

Demi alasan itu lah, akhirnya pemerintah RI memblokir akses internet pasca kerusuhan. Tapi, Michelle Bachel enggak sependapat dengan pemerintah Indonesia. Baginya hal itu bertentangan dengan kebebasan berpendapat di mana komunikasi tidak seharusnya dibatasi. Ia juga meminta supaya internet dan saluran komunikasi di Papua dan Papua Barat segera dipulihkan.

Permintaan Michelle mulai terealisasi pada Rabu 4 September 2019 pukul 23.00 WIT. Berdasarkan keterangan resmi Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika, pembukaan blokir di wilayah Papua dan Papua Barat dilakukan secara bertahap.

Keracunan Makanan yang akhirnya Ibu Hadelina Hagabal dan Gerentasia Hagabal menjadi Korban .

Post:Dogopia Eman

Keracunan Makan di Timika, Papua, makanan
dibeli di Warung NKRI
Kronologis Versi Keluarga KORBAN T. Hagabal ( Anak dari ibu korban ) ...!!!

Pada hari sabtu 05-10-2019 saya tiba dirumah kwamki lama jam 02:50 (stengah tiga) saya dari Tembagapura , didalam rumah saya melihat empat orang (mamanya, istrinya , dan kedua adiknya) terlentang tak berdaya di ruang tengah, lalu saya sirami dengan Air Aqua yang saya bawa dan mama saya kaget bangun dan berkata "anak kami sedang sakit karena tadi pagi kami beli makanan di warung gorong-gorong lalu sempat makan jadi badan kami sakit" kemudian saya berinisiatif menelfon teman teman saya untuk membawa mereka ke Rumah Sakit Mitra Masyarakat (RSMM) SP 5 .

Setiba disana (RSMM), lampunya mati sehingga kami pulang , seketika tiba dirumah Istri saya Gerentasia Hagabal ( 24 thn ), ia sudah terlihat sangat tak berdaya sehingga pada malam itu ( malam minggu ) juga ia meninggal dari rumah.

Namun karena melihat kondisi pada mama saya yang begitu memberat saat mengikuti pemakaman istri saya maka pada hari senin 07-10-2019 saya membawa balik ke RSMM ( Rumah Sakit Mitra Masyarakat ) SP 5 . Disana berselang waktu akhirnya Mama saya juga meninggal pada malam harinya .

Selama Mama saya berada diruma , ia selalu muntah hingga sampai pada muntah darah dan kedua adik saya yakni Fery Hagabal ( 10 thn ) dan Fredy Hagaba (12) thn itu sudah baik baik karena mendapatkan perawatan selama dua hari di RSMM dan pada kamis Pagi mereka telah Pulang .

Ketika sadar, saya menanyakan kepada adik dua saya apakah kalian tahu dimana tempat mama beli makanan lalu mereka menjawab tidak tau dan juga memang umur mereka masih kecil untuk mengingatnya kembali .

Saran ...!!

Maka itu kepada saudara saudari yang merasa kulit hitam dan keriting rambut berhati hatilah dalam mengkomsumsi bahan makanan jadi maupun instan yang di jual oleh pihak yang tak bertanggung jawab dan tak jelas .

Salam sadar.....!!!

Arnoldus Jansen Kocu is at Jln. F. Kalasuat, Malanu Kampung. · Sorong

Korban Tabrak Lari di Sorong, Kepala Burung
MASYARAKAT WILAYAH SORONG RAYA – WEST PAPUA DARURAT KASUS TABRAK LARI OLEH NKRI

Pada hari ini tanggal, 08 Oktober 2016 tepat pukul kurang lebih 15:30 WPB di Depan Kampus UKIP Sorong Jln. F. Kalasuat Malanu Kampung, Terjadi tabrakan antara 1 Unit trek berwarna kuning dengan nomor Polisi : PB9673SL (12-18) Menabrak 1 buah kendaran Motor yang dikendari Oleh Bapak almarhum : Otto Mambrisau dari Kampung Ayau.

Sementara Mayat masi tetap terlentang di bawah aspal hingga sekarang. Walaupun POLANTAS SORONG KOTA BANYAK DI TKP. Kronologis lengkapnya menyusul……
KAMI TAU, PEMBUNUHAN BERENCANA ITU DARI PERANGKAT NKRI…!!!
By. Arnoldus Kocu.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

BKO Brimob Jambi Perkuat Polsek Pirime Lanny Jaya

60 personil Brimob dari Jambi BKO Polres Lanny Jaya. (Dok:
Polres Lanny Jaya) Jayapura, BUMIPAPUA.COM –
Dua pleton atau sekitar 60-an orang pasukan
Brimob dari Jambi dikirim ke Polsek Pirime. 
Penebalan pasukan di lokasi itu dilakukan jelang pelantikan anggota DPRD Lanny Jaya dan juga pelantikan Presiden.

Kapolres Lanny Jaya, AKBP Murjatmo Edy menuturkan daerah Pirime rawan gangguan keamanan dari kelompok kriminal bersenjata (KKB) pimpinan Enden Wanimbo.

“Situasi saat ini di Lanny Jaya terpelihara, kondusif, berkat dukungan dari para tokoh masyarakat, tokoh adat dan tokoh agama serta seluruh masyarakat,” kata Kapolres Lanny Jaya, AKBP Murjatmo Edy , Minggu (13/10).

Kedatangan pasukan BKO Brimobda Jambi yang dipimpin Iptu Komaruddin disambut Kapolres Lanny Jaya AKBP Murjatmo Edy bersama Kabag Ops Polres AKP F.D. Tamaela dan Kasat Sabhara Polres Ipda Yuan C. Rumsawir.

Kapolres Lanny Jaya, AKBP Murjatmo Edy menuturkan penebalan pasukan Brimob Jambi untuk membantu Polres Lanny Jaya dalam menjaga kamtibmas.   (Katharina)

Source: https://kumparan.com/

Monday, October 7, 2019

KKB Papua Diusir Warga Papua Nugini di Perbatasan, Kerap Bikin Masalah Hingga Reaksi Tokoh PNG

SERAMBINEWS.COM - Keberadaan kelompok kriminal bersenjata (KKB) Papua terendus di wilayah Papua Nugini (PNG).

Sejumlah tokoh masyarakat Papua Nugini (PNG) pun terang-terangan menolak keberadaan para separatis Papua Merdeka itu di wilayahnya.

Ray Tanji, tokoh masyarakat di Wutung, Vanimo, Propinsi West Sepik yang berbatasan langsung dengan distrik Skouw, Jayapura, Indonesia, meminta aparat berwenang untuk memulangkan KKB Papua Merdeka ke wilayah Jayapura.

Dalam wawancara dengan program radio ABC Pacific Beat, Ray Tanji menyatakan kehadiran elemen KKB Papua di PNG telah menimbulkan banyak masalah bagi warga perbatasan.

"Saya minta Pemerintah Papua Nugini untuk menyingkirkan orang-orang (KKB Papua) ini dari Vanimo, karena merekalah yang menimbulkan masalah di perbatasan selama ini," ujarnya.

Tanji juga meminta aparat PNG untuk menyelidiki kehadiran dan aktivitas elemen KKB Papua demi menjaga keamanan warga setempat.

Menurut dia, warga masyarakat PNG di perbatasan telah menderita akibat ulah para KKB Papua Merdeka tersebut.

"Pemerintah PNG hanya perlu melakukan satu hal, pulangkan mereka ke wilayahnya sendiri, yaitu ke Jayapura," ucap Ray Tanji.

Pada 1 Oktober lalu, dilaporkan adanya kontak senjata antara aparat militer RI dan elemen yang terkait dengan gerakan Papua Merdeka.

Akibat peristiwa itu, pihak berwenang langsung menutup akses perbatasan Indonesia - PNG di Skouw-Wutung, Distrik Muara Tami, Jayapura.

Penutupan perbatasan dibenarkan oleh Komandan Satuan Tugas (Dansatgas) Pengamanan Perbatasan (Pamtas) RI-PNG dari Yonif 713/ST Mayor Inf Dony Gredinand.

Menurut dia, bunyi tembakan terdengar beberapa kali pada Pukul 06.00 WIT menyebabkan kekhawatiran di kalangan warga perbatasan.

Mayor Dony juga membantah adanya aparat keamanan RI yang terkena tembakan.

"Tidak ada yang kena tembakan atau lainnya, warga di perbatasan aman semua," ujar Mayor Dony.

Secara terpisah Komandan Kepolisian Propinsi West Sepik PNG Moses Ibsagi menjelaskan kepada ABC bahwa pihaknya belum pernah mendengar adanya aktivitas KKB Papua Merdeka di wilayah itu.

"Hal ini baru saya dengar. Tim saya sudah ke sana dan menemukan bahwa kontak senjata itu terjadi di dalam wilayah Indonesia, bukan di wilayah PNG," kata Ibsagi.

Dia menjelaskan bahwa warga PNG untuk sementara diminta tidak mengunjungi perbatasan karena pertimbangan keamanan.

"Kami minta para warga untuk jangan menyeberang perbatasan untuk sementara sampai situasi membaik," katanya.

Sementara itu, pada Jumat (4/10/2019) pekan lalu, warga Wutung sepakat mengajukan petisi kepada Pemerintah PNG untuk merelokasi para pengungsi asal Papua yang kini bermukim di Wutung dan wilayah lain di pesisir barat Vanimo.

Petisi ini, katanya, dimaksudkan untuk mengatasi risiko keamanan bagi para pengungsi dan warga setempat di perbatasan.

Pemuka masyarakat setempat menyatakan selama masih ada pengungsi di wilayah itu, maka warga setempat tetap rawan untuk mendapat serangan dari aparat.

Sekolah-sekolah diliburkan dan angkutan umum diminta untuk tidak mengambil penumpang PNG yang akan berangkat ke Pasar Batas yang terletak di wilayah RI.

Warga melaporkan kontak senjata antara militer RI dan KKB Papua tersebut terjadi di sekitar Pasar Batas.

Kelompok yang menamakan dirinya West Papuan Revolutionary Army (WPRA) mengaku bertanggung jawab atas kontak senjata tersebut.

Selama ini aktivitas menyeberang perbatasan baik melalui darat maupun laut terjadi di sekitar pesisir utara PNG di dekat Jayapura.

Dalam situasi normal, sedikitnya 100 warga PNG masuk ke Jayapura dan mengalami peningkatan pesat pada hari pasar di distrik Skouw, dekat perbatasan.(*)


Artikel ini telah tayang di serambinews.com dengan judul KKB Papua Diusir Warga Papua Nugini di Perbatasan, Kerap Bikin Masalah Hingga Reaksi Tokoh PNG, https://aceh.tribunnews.com/2019/10/07/kkb-papua-diusir-warga-papua-nugini-di-perbatasan-kerap-bikin-masalah-hingga-reaksi-tokoh-png?page=3.

Editor: faisal

KKB Papua Diusir Warga Papua Nugini di Perbatasan, Kerap Bikin Masalah Hingga Reaksi Tokoh PNG

SERAMBINEWS.COM - Keberadaan kelompok kriminal bersenjata (KKB) Papua terendus di wilayah Papua Nugini (PNG).

Sejumlah tokoh masyarakat Papua Nugini (PNG) pun terang-terangan menolak keberadaan para separatis Papua Merdeka itu di wilayahnya.

Ray Tanji, tokoh masyarakat di Wutung, Vanimo, Propinsi West Sepik yang berbatasan langsung dengan distrik Skouw, Jayapura, Indonesia, meminta aparat berwenang untuk memulangkan KKB Papua Merdeka ke wilayah Jayapura.

Dalam wawancara dengan program radio ABC Pacific Beat, Ray Tanji menyatakan kehadiran elemen KKB Papua di PNG telah menimbulkan banyak masalah bagi warga perbatasan.

"Saya minta Pemerintah Papua Nugini untuk menyingkirkan orang-orang (KKB Papua) ini dari Vanimo, karena merekalah yang menimbulkan masalah di perbatasan selama ini," ujarnya.

Tanji juga meminta aparat PNG untuk menyelidiki kehadiran dan aktivitas elemen KKB Papua demi menjaga keamanan warga setempat.

Menurut dia, warga masyarakat PNG di perbatasan telah menderita akibat ulah para KKB Papua Merdeka tersebut.

"Pemerintah PNG hanya perlu melakukan satu hal, pulangkan mereka ke wilayahnya sendiri, yaitu ke Jayapura," ucap Ray Tanji.

Pada 1 Oktober lalu, dilaporkan adanya kontak senjata antara aparat militer RI dan elemen yang terkait dengan gerakan Papua Merdeka.

Akibat peristiwa itu, pihak berwenang langsung menutup akses perbatasan Indonesia - PNG di Skouw-Wutung, Distrik Muara Tami, Jayapura.

Penutupan perbatasan dibenarkan oleh Komandan Satuan Tugas (Dansatgas) Pengamanan Perbatasan (Pamtas) RI-PNG dari Yonif 713/ST Mayor Inf Dony Gredinand.

Menurut dia, bunyi tembakan terdengar beberapa kali pada Pukul 06.00 WIT menyebabkan kekhawatiran di kalangan warga perbatasan.

Mayor Dony juga membantah adanya aparat keamanan RI yang terkena tembakan.

"Tidak ada yang kena tembakan atau lainnya, warga di perbatasan aman semua," ujar Mayor Dony.

Secara terpisah Komandan Kepolisian Propinsi West Sepik PNG Moses Ibsagi menjelaskan kepada ABC bahwa pihaknya belum pernah mendengar adanya aktivitas KKB Papua Merdeka di wilayah itu.

"Hal ini baru saya dengar. Tim saya sudah ke sana dan menemukan bahwa kontak senjata itu terjadi di dalam wilayah Indonesia, bukan di wilayah PNG," kata Ibsagi.

Dia menjelaskan bahwa warga PNG untuk sementara diminta tidak mengunjungi perbatasan karena pertimbangan keamanan.

"Kami minta para warga untuk jangan menyeberang perbatasan untuk sementara sampai situasi membaik," katanya.

Sementara itu, pada Jumat (4/10/2019) pekan lalu, warga Wutung sepakat mengajukan petisi kepada Pemerintah PNG untuk merelokasi para pengungsi asal Papua yang kini bermukim di Wutung dan wilayah lain di pesisir barat Vanimo.

Petisi ini, katanya, dimaksudkan untuk mengatasi risiko keamanan bagi para pengungsi dan warga setempat di perbatasan.

Pemuka masyarakat setempat menyatakan selama masih ada pengungsi di wilayah itu, maka warga setempat tetap rawan untuk mendapat serangan dari aparat.

Sekolah-sekolah diliburkan dan angkutan umum diminta untuk tidak mengambil penumpang PNG yang akan berangkat ke Pasar Batas yang terletak di wilayah RI.

Warga melaporkan kontak senjata antara militer RI dan KKB Papua tersebut terjadi di sekitar Pasar Batas.

Kelompok yang menamakan dirinya West Papuan Revolutionary Army (WPRA) mengaku bertanggung jawab atas kontak senjata tersebut.

Selama ini aktivitas menyeberang perbatasan baik melalui darat maupun laut terjadi di sekitar pesisir utara PNG di dekat Jayapura.

Dalam situasi normal, sedikitnya 100 warga PNG masuk ke Jayapura dan mengalami peningkatan pesat pada hari pasar di distrik Skouw, dekat perbatasan.(*)


Artikel ini telah tayang di serambinews.com dengan judul KKB Papua Diusir Warga Papua Nugini di Perbatasan, Kerap Bikin Masalah Hingga Reaksi Tokoh PNG, https://aceh.tribunnews.com/2019/10/07/kkb-papua-diusir-warga-papua-nugini-di-perbatasan-kerap-bikin-masalah-hingga-reaksi-tokoh-png?page=3.

Editor: faisal

Call for Jihadis to go to West Papua following unrest

Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalistjohnny.blades@rnz.co.nz



Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in West Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in West Papua Photo: Supplied
Jihadis are being encouraged to go and fight in West Papua by Indonesian Muslim hardliners.

Front Jihad Islam, or FJI, issued a call to arms in the Indonesia-ruled Papuan provinces after non-Papuan settlers were among the victims of recent violence there.

Unrest has surged in Papua region since August, including a day of rioting and violence in the Highlands city of Wamena two weeks ago when about 30 people were killed.

The unrest came off the back of widespread public demonstrations by West Papuans protesting against racism and calling for a referendum on independence from Indonesia.

According to Indonesia's government, more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from Wamena since then due to safety fears. That many of these people are settlers from other parts of Indonesia has caused concern and prompted action back in Java.

FJI has been busy spreading its message online, replete with videoed torching of the Papuan Morning Star Flag and banners calling for Jihadis to be recruited for fighting in Papua against Papuans.
That's a concern to Saiful Islam Payage, the head of Papua's chapter of the Ulema Council, Indonesia's top Muslim clerical body.

"I am very worried. So, I strongly forbid the Laskar who are in the name of religion for war or jihad in Papua," he said.

He said that for now, there were only demonstrations in Java, and that no mobilisation of jihadis had yet occurred in the Papuan provinces. But he warned that if hardliners sought to bring their brand of divisiveness to Papua, he would have them expelled.



Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesian human rights researcher Andreas Harsono said that following recent violence in Wamena, a number of Islamic groups mobilised in Javanese cities.


Those organisations had been making two types of public calls - one, from a Muslim NGO network, was urging people to donate to humanitarian assistance for victims of the unrest in Wamena and other parts of Papua.

The other, from the likes of the FJI and the Islamic Defenders Front, was a call to recruit jihadis to go to Papua and protect fellow Muslims.

According to Mr Harsono, his concern stems from the way that most Indonesians have limited knowledge of the situation in Papua and the context of widespread human rights abuses there.
"Most victims are indigenous Papuans. Many Indonesians do not know the problems there," he said.
"But because of emotions, because of sentiment, Muslim sentiment, they might think that fellow Muslims are being victimised in Papua. Thus, they will provide the ingredients to support these kind of misleading calls."

While noting his concern, the researcher also said that he didn't deem the threat as major currently because as yet no cleric of significant influence had called for jihadis in Papua.

Furthermore, Mr Harsono said that Indonesian military and police personnel were on hand to provide security in Wamena and other towns in a region where the population was predominantly Christian.
While Papua has generally enjoyed harmonious inter-religious relations, Mr Harsono said groups aggressively promoting sharia law already had a foothold in the region.

"We have one in Sorong; we are also seeing Laskar Jihad, a militant Muslim group, setting up a base in Keerom; also in Wamena - not militant, but quite aggressive.

"So these kinds of organisations are starting to appear in many parts of both Papua and West Papua provinces over the last decade."

The presence of hardline Islamic campaigners in Keerom regency, which sits right on the border with Papua New Guinea, is not the only security concern along the 141st meridian east.
Land and sea access points between the two countries were closed last week after two people died in a shootout near the border on the Indonesian side where there's been a troop build-up.

The governor of PNG's West Sepik province, Tony Wouwou, said fellow Melanesians on the other side looked to flee across the border to safety in PNG.

But he said having Indonesian military in pursuit of them brought risk for his people.

"I'm a bit scared. I'm worried if my people go across and you never know what could happen. They might get bullet wounds or something because the Indonesians might think we're Wamenas [people from Wamena] and all this, and receive a wound, and maybe our people will retaliate or something. I don't want that to happen."


He said the border entry point to Indonesia should remain closed until security threats abate.

Source: RNZ