Police arrest 24 protesters demanding justice for Victor Yeimo in Jayapura

Activists have been closely following the trial and repeatedly launched peaceful actions in support of Victor Yeimo in front of the district court in the city of Jayapura (PN Jayapura). Police officers arbitrarily arrested 54 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and supporters in the city of Jayapura and the neighbouring town of Sentani, Jayapura District, between 8 and 11 April 2023.

In Jayapura, the police carried out the arrests without showing a warrant while KNPB members distributed leaflets for the protest demanding justice for Victor Yeimo. On 9 April 2023, the police reportedly arrested three activists in front of the Heram District Office in Jayapura at 5.15 pm. Police officers arrested 20 KNPB activists near the traffic light in the Kamkey area in Jayapura on 10 April 2023 at 10.00 am.

On 11 April 2023, police officers forcefully dispersed a silent protest in front of the PN Jayapura. One protester was arrested. The protesters Ronal Mirin, Kurus Felle, Eko Passe, Kenias Payage, Kelaus Bay, Pumegen, Nodi, Anto, and Awe Gobai were reportedly injured as a result of the excessive force. The police officers seized banners and used rubber batons to disperse the crowd.

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Jayapura (-2.5774434067519545, 140.65684937531748)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Province, Jayapura City
total number of victims: 24
period of incident: 09.04.2023 – 11.04.2023
perpetrator: police
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: freedom of expression, arbitrary arrest, freedom of peaceful assembly, indigenous peoples, ill-treatment
Further HRM News: https://humanrightsmonitor.org/news/police-disperse-peaceful-assembly-with-excessive-force-and-arrest-54-protesters-demanding-justice-for-victor-yeimo-in-jayapura/

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
1Bob Kogoyamaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1unknown maleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1unknown maleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Hiyong Suhuniapmaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Ropi Esemamaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Nonce Sabumaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Pura Yahulimaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Hason Baymaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Lius Baymaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Arki Enggalimmaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Amon Helukamaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Wolex Heselomaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Yali Sabumaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Narius Yahulimaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Bayam Heselomaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Esano Gibanmaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Asah Gibanmaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Elly Hilukamaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Gule Kalolikmaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Budi Hilukamaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Amos Musimaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Amenas Helukamaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Erem Pagawakmaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Iman Kogoyamaleunknownindigenousarbitrary detention
1Ronal Mirinmaleunknownindigenousill-treatment
1Kelaus Baymaleunknownindigenousill-treatment
1Kurus Fellemaleunknownindigenousill-treatment
1Eko Passemaleunknownindigenousill-treatment
1Kenias Payagemaleunknownindigenousill-treatment
1Awe Gobaimaleunknownindigenousill-treatment