Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1) Police hunt for instigators of ‘religious strife’ in Papua

1) Police hunt for instigators  of ‘religious strife’  in Papua

2) INDONESIA: Peaceful protesters arrested & tortured by police in Papua

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1) Police hunt for instigators  of ‘religious strife’  in Papua
Ina Parlina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Wed, April 23 2014, 8:58 AM
The police had identified and were currently hunting the instigators of a recent clash between Christians and Muslims in Sorong, West Papua, which left three people injured with arrow wounds, National Police chief Gen. Sutarman said.

The police chief said the clash was triggered by the beating last Friday of a man, identified as Haji Soleh Johar, who was on his way to a mosque for dawn prayers. The incident was used by a pro-independence group to wreak havoc in the region, he said.

“We are searching for [Haji’s] assailant. He belongs to a group that wants to gain Papua’s independence by pitting Muslims and Christians against one another,” Sutarman said on the sidelines of an event at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday.

He called on the public in Papua and West Papua provinces to not allow itself to be provoked by the recent incident. “We have explained everything to the public to ensure that similar incidents do not occur in the future,” Sutarman added.

“The people there do want to be divided along [religious or ethnic lines].”

Friday’s incident was followed by a clash on Monday between the victim’s relatives and friends and a group of people who supported the perpetrator.

Three people, two civilians and a soldier, were wounded in the skirmish and rushed to a military hospital in Sorong for treatment. As of Monday evening, the situation in the city had been brought under control.

Previously, West Papua Legislative Council (DPRD) deputy speaker Jimmy Demianus Idjie had urged the police to take stern measures against the instigators of the clash, saying that he believed there was a larger scheme — to turn a criminal case into one resonating with religious nuance — behind the incident, as most people lived peacefully in Sorong.

Cenderawasih Regional Military Command (Kodam) chief Maj. Gen. Christian Zebua called on people to remain calm, adding that he was aware that some people were trying to use the recent incidents to stir religious and tribal conflicts.

“I have received a brief message that contains very provocative information, which is entirely false,” Christian said as quoted by Antara.

“No mosque or church was destroyed in the clash. The information was false,” he asserted.

He also urged the media to act responsibly, so that the public could obtain the facts about what really took place in Sorong.

“We hope the incident will not disrupt the Sail Raja Ampat event, which is being held in West Papua. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is also scheduled to attend the event in Raja Ampat,” Christian remarked, adding that the clash had no connection with the Sail Raja Ampat event.

Sorong Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Harry Goldenhart said officials from the city administration along with respected religious figures and those from the community and a number of young people had joined forces to prevent tensions in the city from escalating.
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2) INDONESIA: Peaceful protesters arrested & tortured by police in Papua

  
April 23, 2014
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME
Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-057-2014


23 April 2014
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INDONESIA: Peaceful protesters arrested & tortured by police in Papua
ISSUES: Arbitrary arrest & detention; freedom of assembly; freedom of expression; inhuman & degrading treatment; police violence; torture
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Dear friends,
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the arbitrary arrest and the torture of two Papuans participating in a peaceful protest. The protesters are reported to have been electrocuted and beaten while being transported to the Jayapura police station in a police truck. They have been forced to sign a falsified police investigation report and have been denied medical treatment and access to lawyers.
CASE NARRATIVE:

According to information gathered by London-based human rights organisation TAPOL, Alfares Kapisa and Yali Wenda were participating in a peaceful demonstration at Cendrawasih University on 2 April 2014. The protest was part of theGlobal Day of Action, demanding the release of 76 Papuan political prisoners.
Protesters began gathering at 8 a.m. in Cendrawasih University, Waena. Soon thereafter, three trucks of the Jayapura Crowd Control police, three trucks of the police Mobile Brigades, a water cannon, and a barracuda tank were deployed.
Photo: Yali Wenda (left) and Alfares Kapisa (right) were arrested and tortured by Jayapura police officers for participating in a protest calling for the release of Papuan political prisoners. Courtesy of Tabloid Jubi)
At around 10.20 a.m., the protesters were about to march to join other protesters at Abepura. The police, however, blocked them from doing so and asked the protesters to disperse. The protesters refused the order and sent Alfares Kapisa, who is the field coordinator of the demonstration, as well as Yali Wenda, who delivered a speech during the protest, to negotiate with the police. The police, however, arrested them for no reason, beat them, and threw them into the police truck. Yali Wenda informed TAPOL that he and Alfares were held in the truck for about one and a half hours, where they were beaten in various parts of their bodies, kicked, trampled on, and electrocuted using electric stun batons. The police also reportedly stamped on Yali’s wounded foot. Alfares told local newspaper Tabloid Jubi there were about 10 police officers who beat them.
At Jayapura district police station, Yali and Alfares were put in a cell. They were ordered to take off their clothes which were by then covered with blood. They were given other clothes while those covered with blood were being washed. A doctor entered their cell to clean their wounds and to stitch up Yali Wenda’s ear. The stitching was performed without anaesthetic.
Following the torture, Alfares told TAPOL that he thought his ribs might be broken and that it was very painful for him to sit down.
At 7.30 p.m, the same day, lawyer Olga Hamadi of the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) and Pastor Dora Balubun visited Jayapura district police station and requested to meet with Alfares Kapisa and Yali Wenda. They were not given permission to see any of the arrested and tortured protesters. Another Papuan human rights lawyer, Gustaf Kawer, contacted the Chief of Jayapura District Police, Alfred Papare, requesting permission to meet the protesters but his request was also denied. At 9 a.m. the following day, 3 April 2014, lawyer Ivon Tetjuari demanded a meeting with the protesters. She was also refused permission.
On the same morning, between 8 to 11 a.m., Alfares and Yali were interrogated and asked to sign a falsified police investigation report. The report states that neither Alfares nor Yali was beaten and that both of them had attacked the police. Against their will, they were made to sign a statement, which implied that they would not hold demonstrations in the future.
They were released that afternoon and taken to Dian Harapan hospital for medical treatment. However, the hospital refused to provide them with a medical report unless they provided a letter from the police. Having been held captive and tortured, Alfares and Yali were reluctant to obtain such a letter from the Jayapura district police. The following day, lawyer Olga Hamadi of KontraS also made a request to the hospital for a medical report to no avail.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Freedom of expression is disproportionately restricted in West Papua. International journalists are forbidden by the Indonesian government to enter the region and demonstrations are often violently dispersed. A peaceful protest commemorating theInternational Day of Democracy last year, for instance, ended with the arrest of 71 protesters. Previously, in a peaceful protest on 1 May 2013 in Sorong, the Indonesian security forces shot two Papuan protesters to death and injured three others. The Indonesian government admitted the restriction on freedom of expression in West Papua during the UN Human Rights Committee’s session on Indonesia last year. However, the government insisted that they would continue to stop peaceful expressions of political views that aim to separate Papua from Indonesia by means of criminal charges.
Torture is commonly practiced by state officials in West Papua. The AHRC has earlier reported, for example, the torture of Nahor Stefanus Yalak in September 2013. He was beaten and kicked in various parts of his body by police and military officials.
Torture is yet to be criminalised in Indonesia, despite the country’s ratification of the UN Convention against Torture in May 1998. Perpetrators are not usually brought before criminal court. On the rare occasion when a perpetrator is tried, punishments imposed are typically lenient. In a recent torture case in West Sumatra, the judges granted probation to two prison guards who beat and electrocuted an inmate.
SUGGESTED ACTION:
Please write to the listed authorities below, asking them to ensure that the allegation of torture against Alfares Kapisa and Yali Wenda is investigated. The police officers responsible for the torture should be tried in a criminal court and punished with adequate sentence which reflect the abuses they have perpetrated.
The AHRC is writing separately to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to peaceful assembly and association, as well as the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
To support this appeal, please click here:  

SAMPLE LETTER:
Dear ___________,
INDONESIA: Peaceful protesters arrested & tortured by police in Papua
Name of victims: Alfares Kapisa, Yali Wenda
Names of alleged perpetrators: Unidentified officers attached to the Crowd Control Unit of Jayapura District Police
Date of incident: 2 April 2014
Place of incident: Jayapura, West Papua
I am writing to voice my concern regarding the arbitrary arrest and the torture of Alfares Kapisa and Yali Wenda, two university students participating in a peaceful protest at Cendrawasih University in Jayapura, West Papua.
According to credible information I have received, on the morning of 2 April 2014, students of Cendrawasih University gathered to hold a protest demanding the release of 76 Papuan political prisoners. They were about to march to Abepura to join other protesters, when their path was blocked by the police. Three trucks of Jayapura Crowd Control police, three trucks of the police Mobile Brigades, a water cannon, and a barracuda tank were deployed. The protesters refused the police order to disperse themselves. Instead, they sent Alfares Kapisa – the field coordinator of the protest – as well as Yali Wenda, who delivered a speech during the protest, to negotiate with the police. Instead of negotiating with the representatives, the police arrested and beat them.
Yali Wenda informed London-based human rights organisation TAPOL that he and Alfares were held in the truck for about one and a half hours, where they were beaten in various parts of their bodies, kicked, trampled on, and electrocuted using electric stun batons. The police also stamped on Yali’s wounded foot. Local newspaper Tabloid Jubi reported that, according to Alfares, there were about 10 police officers torturing him and Yali.
Both Alfares and Yali were later taken to Jayapura district police station where they were put in a cell and ordered to change their blood stained clothes. A doctor came to the cell to clean the wounds and to stitch Yali’s torn ear without using anaesthetic. Later in the evening, a lawyer of the Commission for the Disappeared and the Victims of Violence Papua (KontraS Papua), Olga Hamadi, as well as Pastor Dora Balubun, visited the police station and requested to see the students. Their request, however, was refused. Two other lawyers contacted the police, demanding to meet with Alfares and Yali but their efforts were equally unfruitful.
In the morning of 3 April 2014, Alfares and Yali were interrogated and forced to sign a falsified police investigation report. The report indicates that they had not been tortured and that they have attacked the police during the demonstration. Alfares and Yali were also made to sign a statement mentioning that they will not hold more demonstrations in the future. They were released in the afternoon of the same day and were taken to Dian Harapan hospital for medical treatment. The hospital, however, refused to provide Alfares and Yali with their medical reports. It required the tortured protesters to firstly obtain an official letter from the Jayapura district police, i.e. from those responsible for their detention and torture.
I note with concern that freedom of expression is unreasonably restricted in West Papua and that torture is commonly practised by state officials in the area. This case unfortunately reflects the severity of violations both to the rights to freedom from torture and to freedom of expression, which are guaranteed under the 1945 Constitution and the international human rights instruments ratified by Indonesia. Such instruments, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), oblige Indonesia to provide effective remedies to the victims of human rights violations, as stipulated in Article 2 (3) of the Covenant.
I am therefore calling on you to ensure that the allegations of torture of Alfares Kapisa and Yali Wenda are impartially and effectively investigated. The police officers responsible for the abuse should be tried in a criminal court and punished adequately. Other civil investigations should complement, and not substitute, such criminal proceedings. Medical treatment of both Alfares and Yali should also be covered at the expense of the state.
I look forward to receiving your swift and positive response in this matter.
Yours sincerely,

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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
1. Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
President of the Republic of Indonesia
Jl. Veteran No. 16
Jakarta Pusat
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 3458 595
Fax: +62 21 3484 4759
E-mail: webmaster@setneg.go.id
2. Ms. Harkristuti Harkrisnowo
General Director of Human Rights
Ministry of Law and Human Rights
Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 6–7
Kuningan, Jakarta 12940
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 525 3006, 525 3889
Fax: +62 21 525 3095
3. Gen. Sutarman
Chief of the Indonesian National Police
Jl. Trunojoyo No. 3
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12110
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 384 8537, 726 0306
Fax: +62 21 7220 669
E-mail: info@polri.go.id
4. Mr. Tito Karnavian
Chief of Papua Regional Police
Jl. Samratulangi No. 8 Jayapura
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 967 531014
Fax: +62 967 533763
5. Mr. Djoko Suyanto
Chairperson of National Police Commission
Jl. Tirtayasa VII No. 20
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 739 2315
Fax: +62 21 739 2352
E-mail: secretariat@kompolnas.go.idskm@kompolnas.go.id
6. Mr. Hafid Abbas
Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission
Jl. Latuharhary No. 4-B
Jakarta 10310
INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 392 5227-30
Fax: +62 21 392 5227
E-mail: info@komnas.go.id

Thank you.
Urgent Appeals Programme
Asian Human Rights Commission (ua@ahrc.asia)

Document Type :
Urgent Appeal Case
Document ID :
AHRC-UAC-057-2014
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1) Letter in todays SMH

1) Letter in todays SMH
2) TNI Surround Birthday KNPB Merauke region
3) Stay calm, Papua military urges Sorong citizens after clash
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1) Letter in todays SMH
The Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa should be congratulated for raising concerns about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and our detention centres. However, it’s a pity he does not show the same concern for the people of West Papua where the Indonesian security forces regularly commit human rights abuses.
It is also a shame our government is reluctant to raise the abuses with the Indonesian government. Anzac Day is a national day of commemoration. We should also give a thought to the unfree people in our region.
Joe Collins Australia West Papua Association, Mosman


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-letters/the-neville-wran-contributions-that-were-missed-in-praise-for-former-nsw-premier-20140422-zqxq7.html#ixzz2zeI1qI4F

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A google translate of posting on KNPB web page. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link (with photos) at

2) TNI Surround Birthday KNPB Merauke region
April 22, 2014 By : admin Category : KNPB Region , News

Merauke , KNPBnews - Birthday Celebration KNPB 3rd Merauke region implemented brought terror military police . Dozens of heavily armed military KNPB Secretariat building surrounded Merauke region . Dozens Intelligence seemed monitor in front of the doors and windows celebration activities that took place on 16 April 2014 ago .

The event, which took place at Jln . No. Bupul . 01 , Ex . The Coconut Five originally started at , 09:00 WPB - 12:00 WPB . To KNPBnews , one of the members of KNPB , Yoris Wopay reported that a thanksgiving prayer is terrorized by the Navy was about 13 -armed people .

Although brought terror . These activities still take place . " It is important that the chairman of the anniversary events KNPB KNPB Merauke region , openly giving an open statement about the boycott Flyer Distribution Presidential Election and Referendum openly to the people and the launch of the book " History of Papua " first edition compiled by KNPB Merauke region , " said Wopay .

Hut the Merauke region KNPB take Thema " Freedom of Liberty " quoted from in the book of John 8 : 30-36 , with Sub Thema " Realizing the truth KNPB West Papuan independence struggle .

In agreements KNPB the third anniversary , Parliamentary Secretary Merauke region Peterus Katem said that , kehadiaran TNI / police in KNPB secretariat and surrounded the anniversary events this indicates that in the face of those who come to besiege us this very phobia because they can eat here , this country Sagat free Papua so scared when they have to come besiege us even though we only had Secretariat held a thanksgiving prayer .

" One thing Indonesia know that 2504 was not a strong resolution to the Republic of Indonesia in Papua . Resolution may be revoked at any time when the Supreme Court of Papua sued in the International " , said Katem

The same was delivered by the Chairman of the Regional Parliament ( PRD ) Region Merauke , Mrs. Panggresia yeem . He said that Resolution 2504 is based hasib Act of 1969 was invalid because the agreed and doing talks at international level at the time it was done by the State both Indonesian and Dutch colonists together .

" So we do not know anything Papuan people about the Act and its results. Therefore we push the people of West Papua to Merauke will continue to fight for mentukan own fate Us Through International mechanisms that Referendum " , strictly speaking . ( wd )



                                  Thema Birthday KNPB Merauke region



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3) Stay calm, Papua military urges Sorong citizens after clash

Tue, April 22 2014 19:34 | 379 Views


The Papua Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua with his soldiers. (ANTARA/Evarukdijati)

Sentani (ANTARA News) - The Papua Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua appealed to the Sentani citizens to stay calm and not be provoked by people who triggered riots on April 20, 2014, in Sorong, West Papua Province.


"We have advised all the citizens in Sorong to not be provoked by the problem that occurred in Sorong, and it was not a religious or tribal conflict. It was rather a personal conflict between a drunk person who lashed out at people returning from the mosque," Commander of Cendrawasih Regional Military XVII, Christian, informed in an interview to ANTARA News here on Tuesday.

He also requested the people to show restraint and monitor the security.

"I have received a brief message that contains very provocative news, and it is all false," Christian pointed out.

The Commander hoped that the people will not relate the short message to the personal clash, while the police is still investigating and tracing the culprits.

"No mosque or church was destroyed in the clash. The news was false," Christian asserted.

The Commander also urged the media to act responsibly, so that the people get to know the true facts behind what occurred in Sorong.

"We hoped the incident will not disrupt the Sail Raja Ampat event, which is being organized in West Papua. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is also scheduled to be part of the event in Raja Ampat," Christian remarked, adding that the clash had no connection with the Sail Raja Ampat event.

He called on the people in the West Papua Province to maintain law and order.

The incident occurred due to criminal acts that triggered a clash in Sorong City. Several police and Indonesian Military personnel also suffered injuries after being hit by rocks and arrows as they were trying to enforce law and order.

According to a report received from the location, a soldier of the Indonesian Military suffered injury after being hit by an arrow. The Chief of Sorong Resort Police was also wounded after being struck by a stone, while attempting to gain control of the situation in Yohan shopping center, Sorong. 

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