Police officers arrest four ULMWP representatives in Jayapura

Police officers arrested four political activists in the Papuan city of Jayapura on 17 October 2022. All are members of the Provisional Government Council formed by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) under the lead of transitional president, Mr Benny Wenda. Among the arrested activist is Mr Buchtar Tabuni, the chairman of the interim council, as well as the provisional Minister for Political Affairs, Mr Bazoka Logo, and the provisional Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs, Mrs Iche Murib. Another Papuan activist named Mr Simion Surabut Alua was reportedly arrested as well.

Dozens of fully equipped officers of the Police Mobile Brigade special unit came to Buchtar Tabuni´s house in the Permunas III residential area in Waena around 10.00 am (see photo below, source: independent HRDs), where the activists had come together for an annual ULMWP meeting. According to Buchtar Tabuni the police officers entered his house, searched his room and arrested him and the other activists without showing a warrant. The officers allegedly seized Mr Tabuni’s mobile phone during the police operation. They brought the activists to the Jayapura municipality police station, where they were temporarily detained and interrogated (see photo below, source: independent HRDs). All were released without criminal charges after the interrogation.

The Jayapura Police chief, Commissioner Victor D Mackbon, declared in an interview that the police consider the meeting at Mr Tabuni’s house as illegal, arguing the meeting agenda is contrary to the Indonesian state ideology.

Arrest and interrogation at the Jayapura Police headquarters

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Waena (-2.587490368853398, 140.64224396600457)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Province, Jayapura City
total number of victims: four
period of incident: 17.10.2022
perpetrator: police
perpetrator details: Police Mobile Brigade special unit
Issues: freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, indigenous peoples, arbitrary detention
Further HRM News:

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
1Buchtar Tabunimaleunknownindigenous, activistfreedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Bazoka Logomaleunknownindigenous, activistfreedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Iche Muribfemaleunknownindigenous, activistfreedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Simion Surabutmaleunknownindigenous, activistfreedom of assembly, arbitrary detention