Students raise Morning Star Flag inside the university campus in Jayapura – Police react with warning shots, teargas, and mass arrests

Police officers forcefully dispersed a peaceful protest by Papuan university students at the Jayapura University of Science and Technology (USTJ) and arrested sixteen students on 10 November 2022. Students raised the Morning Star Flag inside the campus and made peaceful orations. The students called upon the Indonesian Government to allow a visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to West Papua and rejected a dialogue process initiated by the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM). Around 1.45 pm, dozens of police officers of the Jayapura Police crowd control unit (Dalmas Polresta Jayapura) entered the USTJ campus and dispersed the students using warning shots and teargas. The students reacted by throwing stones at the police officers (see videos below, source. Independent HRDs).

A coalition of Papuan human rights NGOs condemned the harsh intervention of the police, calling upon the Jayapura police chief to respect and protect the freedom of expression as stipulated in the Indonesian 1945 Constitution and international human rights treaties which Indonesia has ratified. The coalition demanded the police chief instruct police officers in Jayapura to adhere to Police Regulation No 9/ 2008 regarding implementing human rights principles in the Indonesian National Police Duties.

As of 13 November 2022, the police released only six students. Nine students remained in custody for further examination. The police will press charges against Mr Ernesto Yoseph Matuan, Mr Devio Basten Tekege and Mr Ambrosius Elopere. They are currently detained at the Papua Regional Police (Polda Papua) headquarters in Jayapura. On 3 December 2022, the Jayapura police released six other protesters, namely, Rein Klafle (23), Davidson Wenda (19), Manase Wenda (23), Andrias Helembo (19), Tehys Sembay (21) and Newius Maling (23) on probation. They are still obliged to report to the Jayapura city police headquarters. It is not clear whether the police will press criminal charges against them.

Table with students arrested at the USTJ Campus on 10 November 2022

NoNameAgeAdditional information
1Yohanes Logo21 yearsElecronics students at USTJ
2Petrus Hubi22 yearsArchitecture student at USTJ
3Yosep Ernesto Matuan21 yearsCivil engineering student at USTJ
4Stevanus Enembe20 yearsElectro technics student at USTJ
5Yohanes Mabel18 yearsStudent of the Cenderawasih University
6Devio Tekege24 yearsMining student at Cenderawasih University
7Dani Mabel18 yearsCivil engineering student at USTJ
8Manase Wenda23 yearsStudent
9Davidson Wenda19 yearsStudent
10Andrias Helembo19 yearsStudent
11Tehys Sembay21 yearsStudent
12Newius Maling23 yearsStudent
13Rein Klafle23 yearsStudent
14Edison Wombi21 yearsStudent
15Taolin Iqnatius26 yearsStudent
16 Ambrosius ElopereN/AStudent

Police officers dispersing students at USTJ Campus with teargas and warning shots

Photos of the peaceful protest and the crowdcontrol operation at the USTJ University Campus

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Jayapura University of Science and Technology (-2.605134416419962, 140.6574989650217)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Province, Jayapura City
total number of victims: 16
period of incident: 10.11.2022
perpetrator: police
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, indigenous peoples, arbitrary detention
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Further HRM News:

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
1Yohannes Logomale21indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Petrus Hubimale22indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Yosep Ernesto Matuanmale21indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Stevanus Enembemale20indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Yohanes Mabelmale18indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Devio Tekegemale24indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention, torture
1Dani Mabelunknown18indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Manase Wendamale23indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Davidson Wendamale19indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Andrias Helembomale19indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Tehys Sembayunknown21indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Newius Malingmale23indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Rein Klaflemale23indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Edison Wombimale21indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Taolin Iqnatiusmale26indigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention
1Ambrosius EloperemaleN/Aindigenous, activistfreedom of expression, freedom of assembly, arbitrary detention

Update: On 8 December 2022, two intoxicated police officers reportedly tortured political detainee Mr Devio Tekege during detention at the Jayapura police headquarters.