Arrest of TPNPB Leader in Paniai fuels tensions between joint security forces and TPNPB

The arrest of Peni Petrus Pekei, also known as Petrus Pekei, by the Cartenz Peace Operation Task Force Cartenz and the Dogiyai Police on 17 May 2024, has sparked controversy in Paniai, Central Papua. Pekei, allegedly the General Operations Commander for the TPNPB-OPM (West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Organisation) in the Dokoge-Paniai region, was arrested near Paniai.

Police prevent peaceful protests against torture in Sentani and Jayapura City – 77 activists arrested in Sentani on 1 and 2 April

According to information received, police officers arrested fifteen FMRPAM activists on 1 April while distributing leaflets in Sentani, Jayapura Regency. They were released on the same day. On 2 April 2024, police officers arrested 62 protesters while gathering at the Sentani Road junction and temporarily detained than at Jayapura District Police Station. Police officers reportedly beat protesters during the arrest. According to the protesters, the ill-treatment did not result in injuries.

Police prevent peaceful protests against torture in Sentani and Jayapura City – at least two activists ill-treated and injured in Jayapura on 2 April

Police officers reportedly prevented activists from distributing leaflets for the demonstration. carried out arbitrary arrests, and cracked down on protesters using teargas and batons at the road junction in the town of Sentani, Jayapura Regency, and also near the Jayapura University of Science and Technology (USTJ), and the Perumnas III Waena residential area in Jayapura City. Two protesters, Mr Edison Tebay, 24, and Mr Yonas Magai, 24, sustained injuries after being hit by teargas grenades on the head as police officers dispersed the crowd of protesters in Waena, Jayapura City