Police officers intimidate activists in Sorong

On 25 March 2024, a plain cloth police officer wanted to attend a student discussion organised by the Papuan Anti-Militarism and Human Rights Solidarity regarding the torture of three indigenous Papuans in the Puncak Regency (see photo on top, Source: independent HRDs). The other participants refused to have the debate monitored by a police member. Thereupon, the officer and five uniformed police officers observed the discussion from a nearby convenience store on the opposite side of the street across the road (see photos below, Source: independent HRDs), creating an atmosphere of intimidation.

The officers stayed at the store from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, raising suspicions of ongoing surveillance by intelligence units nearby. The incident exemplifies the suppression of freedom of assembly and expression in West Papua as guaranteed by the Indonesian Constitution and international human rights treaties.

Police officers monitoring the discussion in Sorong, 25 March 2024

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Sorong (-0.8802024775833014, 131.28362469368327)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Barat Daya Province, Sorong City
total number of victims: dozens
period of incident: 25.03.2024
perpetrator: police
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, indigenous peoples, intimidation
Further HRM News:

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
dozensstudents unknownunknownindigenous, activistsfreedom of assembly, intimidation