Archive for January, 2009

Sabar Iwanggin Arrest: Original IPAHR Reports

January 29, 2009

Human Rights Brief                                                               26 October 2007

Update:  West Papuan Lawyer arrested by anti Terrorism Police is moved to Jakarta.

Human rights workers in Jayapura report today that Sabar Iwanggin who was arrested by Indonesia’s special anti terrorism police force, Detachment 88,  last Thursday in Jayapura has been moved to Police Headquaerters in Jakarta today.

Sabar Iwaggin is a lawyer who works wth the respected Human Rights organisation, Els-ham  West Papua.

Sabar Iwanggin appears to have been charged with receiving & passing on a SMS text message which Police say is insulting to the Indonesian President.

Human Rights workers cannot understand why Sabar Iwanggin would be arrested by Indonesia’s most highly trained anti-terrorism police for his very minor role in the spread of this text message.

Police in Jayapura are now denying that Sabar Iwanggin was arrested by Detachment 88 and are saying that his arrest is a criminal matter.

Witnesses who were present with Sabar Iwanggin outside the Sports Hall in Jayapura on Thursday 18 October 2007 at the time confirm that his arrest was made by members of Detachment 88 and that the were 30 police officers present to make the arrest.

Police are reported to have sent Sabar Iwanggin in the company of another lawyer representing him and have made arrangements for his family to travel to Jakarta tomorrow.

Human rights workers have recommended that concerned people ring or fax  the Indonesian Police Headquarters and politely ask the reason why Sabar Iwanggin is being detained and to ask for his immediate release.

Alternate telephone numbers for Indonesian National Police Headquarters are:

+62 21 721800 ,  7251989,   7251967  and   7218014

The police fax number is :     +62 21 7246656

Matthew Jamieson representing the Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights said today,  “It is incredible that the Indonesian Police would use personnel from the Detachment 88, their highly trained anti terrorism force, to arrest the lawyer Sabar Iwanggin for his trivial involvement in this test message issue.”

“Human rights workers are very concern that the Indonesian Police have another agenda and that they will continue to ignore Sabar Iwanggin’s basic rights.   Sabar Iwanggin’s arrest, detention and now transportation  to Jakarta Police Headquarters clearly has a trivial legal basis.   His legal and human rights are at risk while he remains in Indonesian police custardy charged on this basis.”

For more information contact:

Matthew Jamieson +61 418291998

Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights has sent out a previous and related document   “Human rights report 24 October 2007,  ‘West Papuan Human Rights Lawyer arrested by US & Australian trained Anti Terrorism police’ “.

Matthew Jamieson
Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights
PO box 1805, Byron bay NSW 2481 Australia
tel +61(0) 418291998

West Papua Human Rights  Report                         24 October 2007                    xi

West Papuan Human Rights Lawyer arrested by US & Australian trained Anti Terrorism police

A statement released today by the Human Rights organsiation, Els-ham West Papua, details how a West Papuan human rights lawyer, Sabar Iwanggin, has been arrested, detained and interrogated by members of Detachment 88, Indonesia’s special police anti-terrorism force.  Detachment 88 received substantial training and financial assistance from the Australian and US Governments after the Bali Bombing in 2002.

Mr Iwanggin has reportedly been charged under the Indonesian Criminal Code for spreading SMS messages which are insulting to the Indonesian President.  The SMS message says that the President  ‘has an agenda to wipe out Papuans by poisoning food and hiring members of the army as doctors, restaurant workers, and motorcycle taxi drivers to kill Papuans’.

Incredibly Sabar Iwanggin is reported to have only received the incriminating message, was not the person who originally sent the message.  He is reported to have sent the message onto a handful of friends and family members.

Human Rights workers in Jayapura report that this SMS message had been spread around Papua since July 2007.  Thousands of people in Papua have received the same message.

In an unusual development the Police in West Papua have said that they intend to move Mr. Iwanggin to Jakarta for further interrogation later this week.

Iwanggin is a volunteer lawyer who has worked with the Human Rights organisation, Els-ham West Papua.

Very serious concerns are held for Mr. Iwanggin’s safety as the reason for his interrogation and detention appear trivial and the intentions of the Indonesian police are not clear.

Other Human Rights lawyers from Els-ham in Jayapura are seeking to challenge the legal basis for the Police action against Sabar Iwanggin, who has been held since Thursday 18th of October 2007.

Human Rights workers report that personnel from Detachment 88 came from Indonesian Police Headquarters in Jakarta to arrest  Sabar Iwanggin in the street in Jayapura.

Human Rights workers said that the case against Mr Iwanggin appears to be based around Police intercepting his mobile phone messages.   Mobile phone monitoring and recording devices have reportedly been set up in several areas in West Papua.

Other inflammatory SMS messages about the threat of biological warfare by the Indonesian military and the deliberate spread of disease and the poisoning of crops have also been sent around  West Papua.    The cultivation of a ‘climate of fear’ in West Papua appears to the intention of these SMS messages.

Widespread instances of server sickness & deaths of Papuans from consuming poisoned food and toxic drink have been reported.  This new danger has prompted a major change eating and buying habits of West Papuan people.

Ongoing security operations by the military and police forces have disrupted community life in many regions and ‘mysterious’  killings and accidental killings have entrenched this ‘climate of fear’. Abductions and assaults of young Papuan women have also been reported.

Special Police Detachment 88 is a 400 strong anti-terrorist police force, which has been supported by Singaporean, Australian and US Governments,  was set up to fight terrorism in Indonesian after the Bali bombings.  Detachment 88 was originally raised from members of the Brimob, Indonesia’s notorious paramilitary police.

The establishment and operation of Detachment 88 was touted by the conservative US based Heritage Foundation in 2006 as a US – Indonesia bi-lateral success story.   This source says that members of Detachment 88 are vetted by the U.S. Embassy for their respect for human rights.

Indonesian rights campaigners allege the crackdown on terrorism  conducted by Detachment 88 has resulted in numerous instances of rights violation, as most of the arrests it made were illegal. (The Jakarta Post, December 8, 2005)

“The Human Rights workers in Jayapura ask why Detachment 88 Anti terrorism police should have singled out and arrested Sabar Iwanggin, a civilian lawyer who has acted on Human Rights cases.”

“It appears that Police are using the trivial involvement of Iwanggin in the insulting SMS issue as a way to disrupt the legitimate work of a Human Rights organisation.”  said Matthew  Jamieson spokesperson for the Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human  Rights.

“Given the recent brutal history of the Indonesian Police and the elite training of the Detachment 88 very serious concerns are held for Sabar Iwanggin’s safety during detention & interrogation.”

“Sabar Iwanggin who is 43 years old is one of the volunteer lawyers of the Human Rights organisation Els-ham,  which acted  for students tried after the violent demonstration in Jayapura on March 16, 2006.   Four Brimob police and one  Indonesian military personnel were killed in this demonstration.”

“During the round up of students in relation to the incident and  throughout the subsequent trial process there were documented reports of human rights abuse, forced confession,  torture and judicial bias.”

“The arrest of Sabar Iwanggin gives a clear indication that the Indonesian police are intent on restricting the already limited legal rights afforded to West Papuans.”

“Media restrictions in West Papua mean that the Indonesian security forces receive limited international attention over their tactics which make human rights abuse commonplace.”

Matthew Jamieson went on to say, “What we are seeing is an example of the internationally created, trained & sponsored anti-terrorism police force, the Detachment 88, being used to remove a Human Rights defender who is critical of the Police.”

“The Indonesian security forces are clearly engaged in psychological warfare operations in West Papua which is combined with deliberate widespread human right abuse at a level which stays under the radar for the international community. Human Rights defenders like Sabar Iwanggin are one of the only defenses for the people in West Papua because access by the international community is restricted.”

“Many countries including New Zealand, Australia and the USA have  increased cooperation with and training of the Indonesian Security  forces arguing that by working with the Indonesian police and military they can be reformed.  Yet it is clear that Indonesian security forces are using anti terrorism training and other international support to maintain illegal & non democratic processes in Indonesia and  particularly in West Papua.”

“The lessons from East Timor need to be learnt. The Australian people and the international community in general cannot stand by and let our Government leave the West Papuan people in the hands of the Indonesian security forces.”

For more information contact Matthew Jamieson tel +61(0) 418291998

A picture of Sabar Iwanggin is available for publication.

Matthew Jamieson
Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights
PO box 1805, Byron bay NSW 2481 Australia
tel +61(0) 418291998


Sabar Iwanggin Released

January 29, 2009

Reports on release of Sabar Iwanggin

According to a report received today from the Evangelical Christian Church in Papua (GKI), Iwanggin Sabar Olaf who was on trial for incitement for circulating an SMS to friends and relatives, has been acquitted of the charges. The panel of judges, announcing their verdict on 29 January, said that the evidence presented in court was not sufficiently convincing to convict him.

Iwanggin, 43 years, a volunteer human rights lawyer working with the Jayapura NGO, ELSHAM, had circulated a message by SMS in October 2007 which he had received from another source drawing attention to various warnings issued by the Indonesian President which might imperil Papua natural resources and cause serious problems for the Papuan people.

Earlier in the trial, the prosecution had asked the court to find him guilty and sentence him to three and a half years in prison.

At the time of his arrest in October 2007, Iwanggin was transferred from Jayapura to Jakarta and he was in the hands of DENSUS 88 (Detachment 88) , the Special Anti-Terror Detachment, a fact that alarmed his family and lawyers because this unit was created following the bombing in Bali in 2002 which killed more than 200 people. They were also concerned about his transfer to Jakarta, whereas the alleged crime had been committed in West Papua.

He was charged under Article 160 of the Criminal Code for inciting others to commit acts of violence against the state authorities, with a maximum penalty of six years.

In their message, the GKI said that Iwanggin had telephoned their office to thank them and everyone else involved for their support, both at home and abroad. He also said: We will continue to struggle for the truth.’

TAPOL warmly welcomes this verdict and congratulates Iwanggin for his steadfastness during what must surely have been a very difficult period.

From Tapol

Amnesty International

29 January 2009
A prominent human rights lawyer in Indonesia has been cleared of charges relating to a text message he is alleged to have sent to his friends and family contacts. Iwanggin Sabar Olif, a member of the Papuan organization ELSHAM (Lembaga Studi dan Advokasi Hak Asasi Manusia, Institute for Human Rights Study and Advocacy), had faced up to six years in prison.

The text message asked people to be careful because Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had ordered a deadly program together with the army aimed at “eradicating” (membasmikan) the Papuan population through food poisoning and other violent actions. However, Iwanggin Sabar Olif always denied having written or sent this message, or even having received it.

He had been charged under Article 160 of Indonesia’s Criminal Code (KUHP, Kitab Undang-Undang Hukum Pidana), which punishes “any person who orally or in writing incites in public to commit a punishable act, a violent action against the public authority or any other disobedience”.

This article has been used in the past against human rights defenders in various parts of Indonesia including Aceh, Java, East Kalimantan and Maluku to suppress freedom of expression and assembly.

However, the Jayapura District Court in Papua province, cleared Iwanggin Sabar Olif of all charges on Thursday.

The decision comes nearly two weeks after the Papuan High Court extended the prison sentences of 11 protesters who were appealing their conviction merely because they had displayed a banned flag.

Amnesty International welcomed the acquittal of Iwanggin Sabar Olif, but called on the Indonesia authorities to ensure that Article 160 is no longer used to undermine the right to freedom of expression.

“Iwanggin Sabar Olif should never have been arrested in the first place. His detention from October 2007 to January 2008 and his subsequent trial took over 15 months,” said Donna Guest, from Amnesty International. “This prevented him from carrying out his legitimate work as a human rights defender in Papua.

“As Hina Jilani, then Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, recommended in her report after her June 2007 visit to Indonesia, procedures should be ‘instituted to prevent the prosecution of human rights defenders aimed at their harassment for conducting activities that are legitimately a part of their function for the defence of human rights.”
Papuans face prison in Indonesia for raising a flag (News, 15 January 2009)

Eleven West Papuan Political Prisoners found guilty of subversion in Manokwari, West Papua

January 9, 2009

Eleven West Papuan Political Prisoners  found guilty of subversion in Manokwari, West Papua

Eleven West Papuans have been found guilty of subversion (makar) and sentenced to terms of three and three-and-a-half years by the district court in Manokwari. The verdicts were announced on 8 January 2009.

One of the Papuans, Jack Wanggai was sentenced to three-and-a-half years while the other ten were sentenced to three years.

The men were arrested in March last year in connection with two incidents which took place on 3 March and on 13 March and have been in detention since then.

According to a report from Jan Christian Warinussy of the Manokwari-based legal aid institute, LP3BH, received today, the severity of the sentences came as a huge surprise.

The panel of judges led by Elsa Mutiara Napitupulu said that the  men had posed a threat to the integrity of the Indonesian state in seeking the separation of West Papua. The judgement  said that there had been an increase in separatist activities in the recent past throughout the whole of West Papua  which were  being organised from abroad. It was therefore necessary to ensure strict enforcement of the law so as to halt such activities from spreading and to ensure that no more victims would fall.

She also said that activities such as had been undertaken by the accused were disrupting the work of development which should be supported by the whole of society, bearing in mind the efforts currently being undertaken in accordance with the Special Autonomy Law to bring development to the remote villages and kampungs. Were such activities to be allowed to continue, she went on,  it would damage the consolidation of the ethnic culture of the Papuan people. It was therefore necessary for the court to deal with these matters by passing the heaviest possible sentences on the accused.

In their message, the legal counsel of the convicted Papuans said that these considerations were in contradiction with the social-political and social-cultural situation in West Papua and specifically in Manokwari.

An appeal against the sentence will be filed on 9 January.

[Details of the incidents in March will be posted shortly. TAPOL]

Further information postied by Tapol

Details of 3 and 13 March 2008 incidents in Manokwari

On 8 January 2009, a court in Manokwari passed down verdicts of guilty against eleven Papuans, one of whom was sentenced to three and a half years while the others received sentences of three years each.

The incidents in which they were involved occurred on 3 and 13 March 2008 when the following took place.

1. Monday, 3 March 2008:
At about 10.30 am, a demonstration took place near the Sports Stadium on Ciliwwung Street, Manokwari, organised by the West Papua National Authority, attended by around 200 people. One of the speakers was Jack Wanggai, the spokesperson of the WPNA in Manokwari.

The local chief of police, Drs Yakobus Marjuki came to the venue of the demonstration and told those attending not to display separatist attributes such as the Morning Star flag. But one person in the crowd was carrying a Morning Star flag which was tied to a pole that he was holding which he then placed in front of the policeman. Another demonstrator, Frans Kareth grabbed hold of the flag pole with the intention of handing it over to the police officer but he was immediately arrested by one of the policemen and taken to the police station for interrogation. On the following day, Frans Kareth was declared to be in the custody of the Manokwari police.

II. Thursday, 13 March 2008
At about 10am, a group of people most of whom were students from Gerakan Ekekutif Mahasiswa (BEM) in Manokwari gathered together. There were about 300 of them from state and private universities. They conducted a peaceful demonstration in front of the office of the local assembly (DPRD), having marched along Yos Sudarso Street and  causing congestion so that the traffic was diverted to another road. The demonstration was heavily guarded by the Manokwari police under the command of the police chief, Drs Yakobus Marjuki.

In the beginning, the action proceeded peacefully until about 2pm when one of the students read out a statement entitled: OTSUS PAPUA SOLUSI ATAU MALAPETAKA? (Is Special Autonomy for Papua the Solution or a Disaster?)

Then Jack Wanggai, spokesperson of the WPNA, arrived. He gave a speech which was responded to with great enthusiasm by all those present. Then all of a sudden, nine young men held up Morning Star flags and started jumping up and down and they were immediately rounded up  by some of the policemen present. Jack Wanggai was also arrested with the others because the police said that they had been watching his movements since the demonstration on 3 March. Altogether 13 people were arrested on this occasion.

Three were later released for lack of evidence, but ten were held in custody, including Jack Wanggai. The arrest of one of the persons, 16-year-old Silas Carlos Teves May was suspended.

In the following days, Elimelek Kaiway was arrested bringing the number of detainees to ten, plus Jack Wanggai, for a total of eleven people.

The police then said that the detainees would be charged under Articles 102, 106 and 110 of the Criminal Code, the articles which were used to convict Philip Karma and Yusak Pakage (who were sentenced to ten and fifteen years each in 2004).

Received from:

Yan Christian Warinussy, lawyer

West Papua: The Police shooting season over the New Year period makes major concern for upcoming Indonesian General Election

January 5, 2009

Human Rights Report 5 January 2008

West Papua: The Police shooting season over the New Year period makes major concern for upcoming Indonesian General Election

Reports of police violence in Timika, Wamena and Sorong are marked resurgence in Human Rights abuse by the Indonesian security forces in West Papua in the later part of 2008.  Also reports of mysterious deaths in Manokwari, before the massive earthquake, suggest ‘black killings’ have occurred there over the Christmas/New Year period.

The reports of killings and ‘accidental’ deaths together with renewed activity by the notorious Red & White (Merah Putih) Militia in Wamena, the arrest of two West Papuan rights activists[1], Buchtar Tabuni and Seblom Sambon in December 08 and the suppression of the indigenous Papuan Kingmi Church[2] are signs of the relentless pattern of Indonesian repressive control and arbitrary violence in West Papua.

In Wamena a youth was reportedly ‘accidentally’ shot dead by Police in a dispute in a market involving another Papuan man, who had been accused of stealing.  Later in the same day it is reported that the man accused of stealing, was then murdered in the street by a group of un-identified non-Papuans.  In a separate incident the unmarked body of another Papuan man had been found in the river at Wamena on the previous day.  Further information is detailed below for each case.

In Teminbuan, South Sorong Indonesian Police fired on a group of Papuans who were celebrating the New Year with firecrackers and sparklers.  This caused one local man to die a horrific death.  Local people responded to his murder by attacking and killing an Indonesian intelligence officer. Police then attacked again and fired at local people killing an 8 year-old boy and injuring others and then reportedly destroying houses and property.

While in Timika the special Para-military police, Brimob, are reported to have shot a local man at a gold mining camp on 30 December 2008.  The dead body of another local man was taken to the Timika hospital on 1 January 2008 but was not identified.

In Manokwari, the site of recent massive earthquake, there are reports of two mysterious deaths during the Christmas period.  The body of a Papuan man with serious wounds to his head was found on 25 December next to his undamaged motorcycle. The body of 75 year-old priest, was found in a ditch also with head injuries on 1 January 2009. Both deaths were suspected to be ‘black killings‘ used by Indonesian security forces.

Details of agitation by the notorious Red & White Militia in the highlands of West Papua were reported in December 2008.  Local Militia leaders are reported to have traveled to Jakarta to attend a meeting at Indonesian Military headquarters in December and then went onto hold meetings in Golkar offices in Wamena.  The Militia leaders are said to be planning a public launch of the Militia in Mulima, which is the site for staging traditional tribal warfare in the old days.  Mulima is an area where some of the grossest human rights abuse in West Papua occurred during the Soeharto era.

Paula Makabory representing the Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights said today, “The recent shootings and reemergence of the Red & White Militia has heightened our concerns that Indonesian politicians and security forces are seeking to further destabilization the situation and promote conflict in West Papua. “

“This Christmas in West Papua has been a shooting season for Indonesian police.  The security forces are trying to encourage conflict: Even a small child of 8 years has been a political target.”  Paula Makabory went onto say.

“By shooting people in West Papua the security forces encourage community based conflict and maintain the community opposition and distrust of Indonesia.   The cycle of conflict with Indonesian authority, leading to state control and the poverty, disease epidemic and dispossession of the indigenous people is ongoing.  Powerful people in Indonesia get political benefits from the conflict, the resource exploitation continues and the West Papuan people gain very little from Indonesian politics.”

“After the assassination of Opinus Tabuni[3][4] occurred in Wamena (10 August 2008) at the Dewan Adat Papua sponsored Indigenous Peoples Day celebration there was notably less police opposition to resultant demonstrations that occurred in Wamena and Jayapura.   Though during this time a member of the Papuan Customary Council (Dewan Adat Papua) Yosias Syet was murdered by unidentified person on 17 October 2008 near village of Waibron close to Jayapura[5].”

“Pro-West Papuan Independence supporters then went onto undertake a series of demonstration in Jayapura around the assassination of Theys Eluay, the West Papua Pro-Independence leader who was killed by members of Kopassus Indonesia’s elite military force in 2001.  Further demonstrations were held supporting the formation of the International Parliamentarian for West Papua in London which appear been the reason for the arrest of Buchtar Tabuni and Seblom Sambon.”

“Papuans in many centers then went onto raise the Nationalist ‘Morning Star’ flag on 1 December 2008 against a police ban and the real threat of arrest and imprisonment.”

For further information contact:

Paula Makabory, Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights, Tel +61(0) 402547517

Matthew Jamieson, Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights, Tel +61 (0) 418291998

Human Rights Report Additional Information 5 January 2008

Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights


After a dispute over a Papuan man accused of stealing in a local market in Wamena Police shot and kill a 13 year old boy while shooting above heads of a local crowd (28 December 2008).  The man who was accused of stealing is then stabbed by a group of non Papuan on his way home.

In an unrelated incident the body of un-indentified & decomposing Papuan man is found in the river on 27 December 2008.


1. Melinus Kogoya (13yo) from Gamelia District, Jayawijaya – Lani tribe and resident of Wamena. He was hit by a gun bullet from the local police;
2. Anus Paragaye (23yo) from Asologaima District, Jayawijaya (Hubula Palika tribe) and resident of Wamena. He was stabbed by unknown assailants;
3. An unidentified dead body was found at Uwe River, he was predicted to be around 26/27 years old.


Melinus Kogoya (13yo) died immediately after a police bullet hit him, at local Jibama market, at around 5pm, on Sunday, 28 December 2008, in Wamena.

He was among others who were at the local market when the local police shot their gun into the crowd.

Melinus Kogoya was at the local market among others who were watching the local Police have a fight against Anus Paragaye (local /23yo).

A non-Papuan shopkeeper at the Jibama market alleged Anus Paragaye and his friend had stolen property. A non-Papuan at the market had previously asked the police to arrest Anus Paragaye.

Anus Paragaye had tried to defend himself against the police because he was innocent of the claim of theft. This dispute attracted the attention of the locals and who demanded that Anus Paragaye to be released.

The Cenderawasih Pos (CEPOS) 29/12/08 reported that when the police arrested Anus Paragaye as he struggled and fought against the police. The CEPOS reported that the attending crowd threw stones at the police post.  The police then started to fire their guns in the air to stop the crowd.  Malinus Kogoya appears to have died in this shooting. The head of police precinct, Wamena, AKBP Drs. Abd Azis Dj, SH, is reported to have said Malinus Kogoya was killed with a stray bullet.

According to local witnesses that police pointed their guns at the local people. Malianus Kogoya was taken to the hospital for autopsy and the result showed that a the bullet caused his death. Malinus Kogoya dead body was handed back to his family to be burial.

Anus Paragaye (23yo) was stabbed by unknown persons on his way back home from Pike to Hom-Hom, at around 5.45pm, on 28 December 2008. He was stabbed on the Trans Irian road in front of the Yali Hom-Hom Dormitory in Wamena. During the incident Anus Paragaye was stopped by 10 non-Papuan people and was stabbed by a sharp weapon in the stomach. The local people (who did not want his named for security reasons) saw the incident at the crime scene & tried to get Anus Paragaye to the local hospital.   But Anus Paragaye lost lots of his blood from critical wound and died in the hospital at around 22.30 at the same day.

Unidentified dead body (predicted to be 26/27yo) was also found at Uwe/ Wouma River on Saturday, 27 December 2008 at 6pm. According to the local newspaper, CEPOS, that this man had been died for 3-4 days before he was found.  CEPOS reported that it was assumed the man suffer from chronic epilepsy disease because there is no violent mark on the body.

2.0 Deaths on New Year Eve 31 December 2008, in Teminabuan, South Sorong, West Papua

1.              Ishak Lemauk (29 yo) was shot dead by the local police;

2.              Supriyono (40yo) was killed by the locals;

3.              Michael Kocu (8yo) was shot dead by the police.

It is customary in  West Papua that people celebrate the New Year by letting off firecrackers at midnight. Many of the people  in the Papuan town of Teminabuan, South Sorong, including children, were playing with sparklers and firecrackers during the celebration of the New Year 2009.

During the celebration people in Teminabuan had lit the firecrackers and sparklers for New Year, when a police truck carrying a detachment of the local police came. Reportedly these police then fired their guns on the people who were celebrating the New Year.

One man Ishak Lemauk was hit in the the stomach which caused an open wound and his belly come out from his stomach and he died horrifically at the scene.

After 40 minutes, other local people heard the news of the death of Ishak Lemauk and went to the scene and confronted the police.   The local people chased and killed an Indonesian police intelligence officer, Supriono (40yo).

The local Police then acting against the local people and shot and killed a small boy, Michael Kocu (8yo).  The local people were then chased with the shots of machine guns and some of their houses and properties were destroyed.   Beside the 3 deaths, Human Rights workers report that there are more wounded victims that require further attention.

All dead victims were buried on 02 January 2009, at 9am Papua local time. The events have caused serious trauma in Teminabuan.

3.0 Timika:  Brimob Shot Local Man Timika 30 December 2008.

Local sources report that the special police unit Brimob shot Teau Dang, a Damal Beaga man, on 30 December 2008 at a gold panning camp at Mile 50 in the Freeport Rio Mining Concession.  These local reports say that Brimob had demanded that a group of gold panners vacate the campsite at about 6 pm on that day.  After being told to leave one man Teau Dang returned to the camp to pick up a ‘nokem’ traditional bag, containing gold and other belongings.  The Brimob officers were said to be upset by Teau Dang’s action and had shot Dang seriously wounding his shoulder.  Dang colleagues heard the shot and returned to the campsite and found him lying on the ground.  They then took him to hospital.  Information about Dangs current condition is was not available.

Cenderawasih Pos 5/1/08 report a mysterious dead body taken to Timika Hospital on 1 January 2009.  The person name was Pianus, aged 28 years.  This man was buried by social department, on 4 January 2009, as no family members claimed his body.


A man, Anis Asmuruf (16yo) was found dead in a bad physical condition in Bakaro, District of East Manokwari on 25 December 2008. He was found by the local people who were on their way home after attended the local church Christmas service, at around 10am (Papua local time). The body was sent to the Manokwari General Hospital for an autopsy.

It was reported by the CEPOS on 27 December 2008 that the victim went out from his house by his motorcycle on the Christmas Eve, 24 December 2008 and did not return home.

Local people who found the man report that the body was lying on the ground with some serious wounds in the face, his motor was near him without any damage.

The dead body of priest Daud Garyono 75 years also seems suspicious according to the local police after investigating the scene.  His body partly was in a ditch and had some injuries on his forehead. His vehicle not found around him, police were doing an investigation on his death to find out the reason on what cause his death. (1 January 2009)

5.0 Red & White Militia in Wamena

During December a group of ‘Red and White’ militia under the leadership of a local man, Salogo Walilo, traveled to Jakarta meet with the Indonesian
National Military Commander in Jakarta.  The group reportedly were told to ‘Defend Indonesian until the last drop of blood’ and were given a very large Indonesian National flag.

The name of those local men who attended this meeting were:
1. Salogo Walilo
2. Kuluwit Huby
3.Herman Doga
4. Yokoye Logo.

The group returned to Wamena and held a meeting in the office of the Indonesian Political party Golkar (Golongan Karya) in Wamena on 2 January 2009 at 09.00 pm.  The meeting was to decide the time for the public declaration of the ‘Red and White’ Militia’s in the Highlands.

This meeting was attending by the Tribal leaders ‘Kepala suku’ from the region around Wamena and middle mountains.  The names of eleven of those who attended were:

1. Salogo Walilo ( kordinator Milisi Merah Putih)
2. Dauke Mabel
3. Marius Marian
4. Yakoye Logo
5. Amandus Mabel
7. Kuluwit Huby
8. Nikilik Huby
9. Herman Doga
10. Naligi Kurisi
11. Lukas Itlay
12. others

The place chosen for the launch was the site of traditional site for tribal war (Markas Menara Perang Suku ( Libarek) Desa Mulima, Kurulu Kabupatan Jayawijaya). The planned declaration of the Militia was reported to be February 2009.

The selection of Mulima as a site has major connotations for local people.  During the period 1972 – 1977 that area Mulima was the site of gross Human Rights violation from the Military Operation in Jayawijaya.  Cases of extra judicial killing, rapes, large numbers of local people were forced into long periods of refuge in jungle & while the military burned down their houses.  The Human Rights organisation Els-ham reported that four periods of military offensives led to massacre of 12,397 Papuans (Team Els-ham Papua in 2003 p 125. Potrat HAM Jayapura: Els-ham, 2003, pp. 125).

Mysterious killings disappearances, rape, torture and sexual violence, including incidences where women were pierced through the vagina with bayonets, were reported.  Some of these abused women were sliced through their bodies cutting unborn babies in half.  Woman and married women were also raped and their husband and families were forced to watch.

Members of the community who were witness to these events are still traumatized by these events.

Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights
5 January 2009

[1] Buchtar Tabuni was arrested on 03/12/09 for organizing a demonstration on 16 October 2008 relating to the formation of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua. Seblom Sambon was arrested on 17 December 2008 also apparently over the formation International Parliamentarians for West Papua.
[2] Indonesian police including Brimob attacked Papuan members of the GKIP (Kingmi) church (Gereja Kemah Injil Papua) in Nabire West Papua. 12 members were injured including 5 students who were shot with rubber bullets on the 3 & 4 December 2008.

[4] Papua shooting :In Indonesia’s Papua province, a tribal leader was killed at a rally two months ago. Human rights groups suspect he was murdered by a gunman working for the military or intelligence services. Jeff Waters reports. 15/10/2008

Matthew Jamieson
Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights
PO Box 1805, Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
tel +61 (0) 418291998