Papuan man arbitrarily arrested in Manokwari, West Papua

On 16 October 2023, in Manokwari, West Papua Province, a resident named Melianus Iba was arrested for allegedly carrying out a shooting at an Indonesian Army Post in Aroba District, Teluk Bintuni Regency, West Papua Province, on 24 September 2023. Melkianus from KontraS Papua, an organisation that advocates for human rights, raised concerns about the arrest.

Melianus Iba was reportedly questioned by the Teluk Bintuni Regional Police without the presence of a legal representative, which raised questions about the validity of his confession. Melkianus from KontraS emphasised that Melianus Iba’s rights as a suspect, including the right to be accompanied by legal representation, should not have been disregarded, especially considering the potential punishment of over five years for his alleged actions.

KontraS Papua suspected that Melianus Iba may have been wrongfully arrested, citing witness statements that suggested this possibility. They also pointed out that the police should adhere to legal procedures and avoid relying solely on a suspect’s confession.

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Manokwari (-0.8454862876106894, 134.06190993239397)
administrative region: Indonesia, West Papua Province, Teluk Bintuni Regency, Manokwari Town
total number of victims: one
period of incident: 16.10.2023
perpetrator: police
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: arbitrary arrest, indigenous peoples
Further HRM News:

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
1Melianus Ibamaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention