Manokwari, WP – Police carry out mass arrests in response to peaceful flag-raising ceremony

On 27 November 2022, dozens of indigenous Papuans came together to commemorate the anniversary of the proclamation of the independent state of West Papua New Guinea on 27 November 1997. They gathered at the Wosi Terminal. Protesters raised Morning Star flags and flags of other countries, including the Netherlands, the United States of America and New Zealand. Around 12.30 pm, joint security forces dispersed the peaceful protest and seized the flags. According to the Manokwari Police Chief, Commissioner Parisian Herman Gultom, fifteen protesters were arrested and taken into custody. He elaborated that the police would press treason charges under Article 106 of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP) against those who organized the commemoration.

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Wosi Terminal (-0.8668882182126872, 134.05176054197966)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Barat Province, Manokwari Regency, Manokwari Barat District
total number of victims: dozens
period of incident: 27.11.2022
perpetrator: police
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: freedom of expression, arbitrary detention, freedom of peaceful assembly, indigenous peoples
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Further HRM News: https://humanrightsmonitor.org/news/police-carry-out-mass-arrests-in-response-to-peaceful-flag-raising-ceremony-in-kaimana/

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
15unknownunknownunknown indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
dozensunknownmixedunknown indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly