Yahukimo Regency: Police crackdown on protests against new autonomy regions in West Papua, 2 shot dead

A peaceful demonstration against the formation of new provinces in West Papua took place on 15 March 2022 in Yakuhimo’s largest town Dekai. A heated argument between police personnel and protesters quickly escalated into unrest. The police opened fire indiscriminately at the crowd injuring at least ten protestors. Two of them died due to their injuries, and three were hospitalised at the General Hospital in Dekai. Following the crackdown, police officers reportedly arrested the person registering the protest, Mr Denias Helembo, and several other protesters.

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Dekai
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Province, Yahukimo Regency, Dekai district
total number of victims: dozens
period of incident: 15.03.2022
perpetrator: police
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: freedom of opinion and expression, torture, executions, freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, indigenous peoples, arbitrary detention
Sources:
Further HRM News: https://humanrightsmonitor.org/news/police-crack-down-on-protests-against-new-autonomy-regions-in-west-papua-two-protesters-shot-dead-14-injured-103-arrested/

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
1Yakob Meklokmale39activists, indigenousexecution
1Erson Weipsamale18activists, indigenousexecution
1Anton Itlaymale23activists, indigenoustorture
1Ripen Keromanmale20activists, indigenoustorture
1Omori Bahabolmale22activists, indigenoustorture
1Setti Kobakmale23activists, indigenoustorture
1Lukas Busupmale37activists, indigenoustorture
1Ance Kaninggamale17activists, indigenoustorture
1Luki Kobakmale21activists, indigenoustorture
1Miren Omumale22activists, indigenoustorture
1Denias Helembomaleunknownactivists, indigenousarbitrary detention