Arrests of KNPB members in Dekai, Yahukimo – 16 arbitrarily arrested

On 14 August 2023, police officers arbitrarily arrested 16 KNPB members at Baliem Road, the BRI Bank Branch intersection in Dekai, Yahukimo Regency. The arrests took place at 11:20 AM, as they were intending to participate in a funeral. The activists were subsequently taken to the Yahukimo District Police Office, where they were interrogated for one hour. All were released at 12:15 PM after the police did not find incriminating evidence against them.

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Bank BRI Dekai (-4.859313353308456, 139.48843442607412)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Pegunungan Province, Yahukimo Regency, Dekai District
total number of victims:16
period of incident: 14.08.2023
perpetrator: other security forces
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, indigenous peoples, arbitrary arrest
Further HRM News:

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
1Lanni Husage, KNPBunknown16activistarbitrary detention
1Yosua Siep, KNPBmale18 activistarbitrary detention
1Hernus Siep, KNPBmale15 activistarbitrary detention
1Manu Husage, KNPBmale14 activistarbitrary detention
1Yally Esema, KNPBunknown14 activistarbitrary detention
1Ayalkek Matuan, KNPBmale27activistarbitrary detention
1Wenas Siep, KNPBmale14 activistarbitrary detention
1Elius Itlay, KNPBmale35 activistarbitrary detention
1Arius Siep, KNPBmale13activistarbitrary detention
1Amonius Siep, KNPBmale14 activistarbitrary detention
1Eben Matuan, KNPBmale24activistarbitrary detention
1Oelekma Matuan, KNPBmale19 activistarbitrary detention
1Yepianus Siep, KNPBmale14activistarbitrary detention
1Yopius Siep, KNPBmale35activistarbitrary detention
1Oppy Lokon, KNPBmale16 activistarbitrary detention
1Ebber Matuan, KNPBmale14 activistarbitrary detention