Jayapura, Jubi – The beatings and arrests against a Yance Wenda, a journalist at Koran Jubi and tabloidjubi.com by alleged members of Jayapura Resort Police, Monday (5/1/2017) in Sentani Jayapura District, Papua, were reported to police division of Professional and Security (Propam) Regional Police (Polda), Tuesday (2/5/2017).
Yance was accompanied by Editor in Chief of Koran Jubi, Dominggus A Mampioper; Jubi editors, Yuliana Lantipo and Timoteus Marthen; and Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) Jayapura City, Lucky Ireuw, Anang Budiono, Roy Ratumakin and Veni Mahuze.
Yance then unravels the chronology of his arrest and ill-treatment to the division. He said he was at a kiosk about 50 meters in front of Jayapura Police Station while eating areca nut. He was observing the arrest of KNPB Sentani activists. Not long, a police officer approaved him. He removed Yance’s black glasses without excuse and asked questions.
“I said I am a journalist. When I’m about to show them my letter of assignment that I keep in my bag, another police officer grabs the bag then I am taken into the Police station by some police officers while being kicked and beaten by their hands and rattan,” Yance said before the division officers.
Yance claimed could not recognise the police officers who beat him, because he covered his face to avoid the blows of the officers.
“When I was taken into the police station, there was an intelligence member who defended me, he told the police ‘don’t do it, if anything happened (we’ll be troubled), and he said he knew me,” Yance explained.
The Propam division then asked him for witnesses, and he said the police intelligence can be the witness. The Propam police received the report then promised to deepen the case.
Koran Jubi Editor in Chief, Dominggus Mampioper said he would keep an eye on the case of his journalist.
“We will give attention to this case until it is completed and has a fixed legal basis. We hope that this case will be the last one, should not be repeated to other journalists in Papua, especially in Jayapura City,” he said.
Lucky Ireuw who is also the Senior Editor of Cenderawasih Pos Daily Morning agreed with Dominggus. He hoped that Yance’s case could be resolved legally in order to bring a deterrent effect to the security forces who often conducted repressive actions. (*)
Reporter : Arjuna Pedemme
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Indonesian soldier dead after attack at Papua airport
Papua, Jubi – Indonesia’s military has evacuated the body of a soldier killed at an airport in Papua’s Highlands on Monday.
Xinhua reported that gunmen shot at an arriving aircraft carrying soldiers at Mapenduma airport of Nduga district, leaving one soldier dead.
Military spokesman Colonel Muhammad Aidi said when the plane was about to land, it was shot at, and soldiers who were guarding the airport shot back, triggering gunfire exchange.
He said the gunmen retreated and escaped to the forest and the plane landed.
Tempo reported that two soldiers were shot, and hospitalised, with one dying later.
The soldier’s body has been evacuated to Papua’s provincial capital Jayapura,
He is the latest apparent victim in the Highlands conflict between guerilla forces of the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces that intensified last year. (*)
Truth and Reconciliation Commission might not be working in resolving human rights violations in Papua
Jayapura, Jubi – A human rights activist in Papua Iwan Niode said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission might be not useful in resolving the human rights violations in Papua due to the absence of regulation.
In the workshop ‘the settlement of Human Rights Violations in Wasior 2001 and Wamena 2004: “Opportunities and Challenges”‘ held by the Papua Democracy Alliance on Thursday (24/1/2019), Niode said the Constitutional Court had cancelled the Regulation No 27 of 2004.
“This is understandable why such a plan to resolve the human rights violations cases via the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has stopped until now. Although the Special Autonomy Law indeed recommended it, there is no specific regulation supporting the TRC to conduct its task,” said Niode.
Moreover, Niode said the TRC should not only support the human rights victims to speak but also to cover the whole stories of both sides, victims and perpetrators. That makes the resolution through the TRC never been successful.
Meanwhile, a lecturer of International Relations of the Faculty of Social and Politics Science of the University of Cenderawasih, Elvira Rumkabu, thought that besides it needs the judicial process enforcement, the settlement of human rights violations in Papua also need to bring justice to the victims, how they can get their rights for justice.
“If this injury remains not cured, it would spread anywhere towards many issues. The issue of personal identity, for example,” said Rumkabu. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Call for Pacific regional groups to investigate Papua chemical attacks
Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua is calling for Pacific regional groups to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Indonesia’s Papua region.
The movement’s chair, Benny Wenda, said the Pacific Islands Forum and the Melanesian Spearhead Group should urgently send fact-finding missions to Nduga regency.
This comes after unverified reports of the suspected use of white phosphorus weapons by Indonesia’s military against civilians in Nduga.
Indonesia last month called the claims “totally baseless”.
But Mr Wenda said its security operations in Nduga had created a “humanitarian crisis”.
In a statement, he said Indonesia should also grant the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights access to West Papua to complete its own fact-finding mission.
Mr Wenda said humanitarian aid organisations should also be allowed in to Nduga to “relieve the suffering of West Papuans”.
A massive joint police and military operation has been underway in the remote Highlands regency, as well as neighbouring regencies, since December, in a hunt for members of the West Papua Liberation Army.
The armed group is responsible for the killings of at least 16 Indonesian construction workers and one soldier in November.
The joint operation has sparked sporadic shootouts between the Liberation Army and Indonesia’s military, with at least one soldier and one rebel fighter shot dead this year. (*)
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