West Papua

The indigenous peoples in West Papua suffer from human rights violations in the decades long lasting political and economical conflict there. West Papua refers to the western half of the New Guinea island. It is comprised of the two Indonesian provinces Papua and Papua Barat.

West Papua: Police mobile brigade occupy schools in Yahukimo regency – Students launch peaceful protest

Papuan pupils launched a peaceful protest against the occupation of three schools in the Yahukimo regency. Members of the police mobile brigade (Brimob) have used the education facilities since October 2021 and reportedly led to a breakdown of school activities in the affected areas. On 20 January 2021, about 300 protesters walked to the Yahukimo …

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Military member ill-treats civilians inside Karaoke bar in Merauke

An Indonesian military member named Major Sergeant HW and four of his comrades allegedly ill-treated multiple civilians inside a karaoke bar in the Samkai Village, Merauke regency, on 15 January 2021. According to news outlet CNN Indonesia, the military officer was intoxicated and started a fight with another guest who allegedly recorded inside the Karaoke …

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West Papua: Further case of enforced disappearance in the Pegunungan Bintang Regency

New allegations about the enforced disappearance of Papuan pastor, Rev Elisa Kalakmabin (see photo, source: Suara Papua), have been reported from the Pegunungan Bintang regency, West Papua, where the armed violence has significantly aggravated through 2021. According to Papuan news outlet Suara Papua, Rev Kalakmabin was arbitrarily arrested and interrogated at the Police Mobile Brigade …

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Administrative court rules against palm oil companies in Sorong

In September 2021, the palm oil companies PT Inti Kebun Lestari (PT IKL), PT Sorong Agro Sawitindo (PT SAS), and PT Papua Lestari Abadi (PT PLA) filed a lawsuit against the regent, Mr Johny Kamuru, because the local government in the West Papuan regency Sorong had revoked their operational licenses in April 2021. The trial …

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At least 17 victims killed and 5 forcefully disappeared in West Papua throughout 2021

Human Rights Monitor (HRM) has compiled a list of victims of enforced disappearance and extra-judicial killings between January and December 2021. The chronology of events and witness testimonies allege members of the Indonesian police or military of committing these atrocities. All victims are indigenous Papuans – a finding which reflects the continuing pattern of state …

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Military members accused of raping woman in Jayapura

Two military members reportedly raped a woman inside a hotel in Jayapura, Papua Province. The soldiers had consumed alcohol with the victim and then lured her to a hotel. The spokesperson of the XVII/Cenderawasih military command, Kolonel Inf Aqsha Erlangga, declared in an interview with media outlet CNN Indonesia, that the suspects had been arrested …

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The Armed Conflict in West Papua throughout 2021 – Trends, Developments and Future Indications

On 23 December 2021, the chief of the Papua Regional Police in Indonesia, Mathius Fakhiri, gave a press conference in which he announced that armed contacts between Indonesian security forces and resistance fighters in the Papua Province had risen by 87,57% in comparison to the previous year. Fakhiri referred to 92 armed clashes throughout 2021. …

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