Eight KNPB activists were arrested in Sentani

On 4 February 2022, police officers arrested eight members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) working at a construction site in the town of Sentani, Jayapura regency. The police also seized the activists’ mobile phones and four motorcycles without showing a warrant. At the police station, the officers interrogated the detainees in relation to the alleged theft of a motorcycle. The KNPB activists denied any wrongdoing or involvement in a criminal offence. Three of the arrested activists were minors.

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Polsek Sentani Kota (-2.562804764750302, 140.53448651312837) administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Province, Jayapura Regency, Sentani District
total number of victims: 8
period of incident: 4.2.2022
perpetrator: police
perpetrator details:
Issues: freedom of opinion and expression, arbitrary detention
Sources:
Further HRM News: Series of arrests and torture of West Papua activists – 10 arrested, 2 tortured – (humanrightsmonitor.org)

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
1Steven Itlaymale31activistsarbitrary detention, freedom of opinion and expression
1Pais Nasiamale24activists, day labourer arbitrary detention, freedom of opinion and expression
1Yemue Itlaymale17activists, day labourer arbitrary detention, freedom of opinion and expression
1Kalvin Halukmale19activists, day labourer arbitrary detention, freedom of opinion and expression
1Apner Halukmale17activists, day labourer arbitrary detention, freedom of opinion and expression
1Ongko Halukmale16activists, day labourer arbitrary detention, freedom of opinion and expression
1Otto Walilomale22activists, day labourer arbitrary detention, freedom of opinion and expression
1Amrosius Halukmale20activists, day labourer arbitrary detention, freedom of opinion and expression