Jayapura, Jubi – The Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB) lodged a report to the National Commission on Human Rights accusing police of human right violations in Yahukimo when they dispersed a fundraising frive for disaster victims in Vanuatu.
The police forcibly dispersed the crowd and raided the secretariat of KNPB in Dekai, the capital of Yahukimo Regency.
During this operation, the officers shot five civilians. Obang Sengenil (48) died at Yahukimo Public Hospital during the treatment while four others are under treatment in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency. Thus, KNPB reported the alleged human right violation by police officers to Indonesian National Human Right Commissioner Natalius Pigai in Jayapura last week.
“We have reported the shooting incident by police officers to the National Human Right Commission for they could reveal the real culprits. So people would know. Because in some medias, both Papua Police Chief and Yahukimo Police Chief said no victims who died or being shot,” Central KNPB Secretary General Ones Suhuniap told Jubi in Jayapura after meet and submit a report to Natalius Pigai.
After receiving the report, Pigai promised he would follow up the case to the Papua Police. “I have received the report from KNPB and I will follow up this case, including asking for clarification from Papua Police. I will also ask the Papua Police Chief to investigate the case because there’s a dead victim,” Pigai told Jubi in Jayapura after the meeting.
He further said KNPB did a positive action. He hoped they could maintain the close coordination with the National Human Right Commission for the future. “Whether I was with the National Human Right Commission or not, I hoped Papuans should always close with the National Human Right Commission. Because it could help raising the humanity issues including in Papua to be heard by the international community,” said Pigai.
Earlier, on 19 March 2015, the police officers shot two civilians Isai Dapla (37) who also Yahukimo KNPB member on the chest and elementary teacher Salomon Pahabol (47) on left foot and arrested another Yahukimo member Elias Kabak (40). Then they also shot a school principal Titus Giban (39) on the rib, the Silikon Village Chief Simson Giban (42) on the left hand and a high school boy Inter Segenil (16) while Obang Segenil (48) died during a treatment at Yahukimo Public Hospital. (Arnold Belau/rom)
Merauke, Jubi – Marines have guarded an area at Mopah Airport, Merauke, at the instruction of their commander.
XI Marine Battalion Commander Major Nioko Budi Harun B told reporters Thursday said he was simply following an order to assign the soldiers at Mopah Airport. “Yes, if needed we will coordinate with the supporting unit, but this keeps running as instructed from high level chief,” he said.
Meanwhile, Merauke XI Marine Spokesperson Major H. Azhari similarly said the marine assignment at the airport area was implemented after the Mopah Airport Director Rajoki Aritonang officially sent a letter to XI Marine Commander Brigadier General Buyung Lelana and copy the letter to Indonesian Military Commander.
Following the instruction of Indonesian Military Commander, Marine Commander assigned his officers to guard the airport area. “Up to now they are still doing their task securing the airport area. While their withdrawal was the chief’s authority,” he said.
When asked about the number of marines who assigned at the airport, Major Azhari said the number is fluctuate and only the Marine Commander who is competent to make a detail explanation on it. But the point is this assignment is solely for the people’s safe.
Earlier, the Merauke Military District Commander Brigadier Supartodi said marine officers have been pulled back and the police will replace them to safeguard the airport’s security. (Frans L Kobun/rom)
Timika, Jubi/Antara – Mimika Forestry Office, Syahrial is tracing the alleged smuggling of thousands cubic of timber logs from Paumako Seaport’s estuary by tugboat.
“I am now attending a meeting on the ground with the regent. I just got the information and will follow it up later,” he said from Timika last week.
It is said the authorities arrested the tugboat while trying to smuggle thousands cubic of timber logs from Pronggo, Mimika Barat Jauh Sub-district to outside of Papua.
For further investigation, the authorities detained the tugboat loaded with thousands of high quality and very expensive Papua’s Meranti and Merbau woods at international market off to Paumako Seaport’s estuary. “The boat was anchored there since few days ago with thousands of timber logs inside. Rumor said the Indonesian Military authorities from Jakarta who detained it,” a ship businessman said at Paumako Seaport, Timika. The detention was the first time occurred in Papua since 2015.
Papua has a very extended area covering lots of its rivers flowing to remote areas and weak of control of authorities has become an opportunity for people smuggling the timber and other natural products to outside of Papua.
With lots of rivers flowing in remote areas and weak of control by authorities become lots of rivers flowing in remote areas and weak control area is very large
Papua region which is very spacious with lots of river flow conditions in remote areas and weak oversight of officers an opportunity for smugglers sailing out the timber and other local commodities to outside of Papua. (*/rom)
West Papuan leaders and solidarity groups join the Palm Sunday rally in Brisbane
West Papuan leaders and solidarity groups from Australia and
Aotearoa (New Zealand) joined in the Palm Sunday rally on Sunday the 29
March in Brisbane which had a peace and a refugee theme. Benny Wenda was
one of the many speakers at the rally.