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Political assassination of West Papuan High School student by Indonesian Police

September 29, 2015

Media release                                                                                          29/09/15

 
Monday evening, September 28, Indonesian Police shot two Senior High School Students in Gorong Gorong, Timika, West Papua. Around 7pm Kaleb Bogau (17 years old) was shot in the chest and died on the scene. Efrando Sabarofek (also 17 years old) was shot in the chest and leg and is in a critical condition in the Timika hospital.

The family of Kaleb Bogau has treated this case as a political assassination. Kaleb Bogau was the son of KNPB (Committee National West Papua) activist Reverend Obed Bogau from Kingme Church. Kaleb Bogau body was taken from Timika hospital by his family to the KNPB office.

Obed Bogau is also reported to have received a text message apology from Paulus Waterpau, the Regional Chief of Police (Kapolda), based in Jayapura, Papua. It is reported that Obed Bogau refused the apology message from Waterpau saying that Indonesia had killed so many Papuans and was treating them like animals. He asked the Police to properly investigate this case and, additionally, the recent killing of Kamoro students by military at a traditional ceremony in the Catholic church in Timika last month.

The KNPB is a non-violent movement seeking Independence from Indonesia, comprising mostly youth and students who are active in all major centres across Papua.
Within the past year there have been at least five cases of civilian shootings in Papua by soldiers or police force. A total of eight people have died as a result.

Paula Makabory representing the Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights said today, “This Indonesian police assassination is directed against Papuan youth and the KNPB in an attempt to quell political protest by a new generation of Papuans. This political assassination of a West Papuan youth should draw international condemnation.”

Paula Makabory also stated, “The Pacific Island Forum this month has talked about sending a Human Rights fact finding mission to West Papua. The Indonesian foreign minister had said it was wrong for the Pacific Island Forum to speak about the internal affairs of Indonesia. The Australian and New Zealand Government appear to have sided with Indonesia to attempt to sideline attempts for International access and attention to the Human Rights situation.”

“It is clearly time that our brothers and sisters in the Pacific and wider international community condemn Indonesia for its callous & vicious State control over the West Papuan people”.

For Further Information contact: Paula Makabory +61 (0) 423451540

Or Matthew Jamieson +61 (0) 418291998   <matthew@hr.minihub.org>

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Kaleb Bogau (deceased)         &   Efrando Sabarofek in Timika Hospital

Chronology of Events

A witness says the two students who were shot were sitting with other friends in a public place near to the Biak residential housing complex in Gorong Gorong, Timika 28/09/15.  This witness also reported that four police officers approached the group and one police officer asked if there was any trouble, intimating that the group of youths were making trouble.

Other reports state that Police trucks came to the housing complex and questioned a civilian; “Where is young people who making the trouble situation here?”   The housing complex was reportedly peaceful up to the time when the police arrived.

It is reported in the media and elsewhere that someone in the complex said to the police that the young people are always there and that their parents are members of the OPM. (OPM is the banned organisation of the West Papuan liberation movement)

The witness reported that the youth group began to move back to the nearby housing complex. The housing complex was reportedly surrounded by a large contingent of police, including three trucks, 15 motorbikes and three police cars.

As a result Kaleb Bogau and Efrando Sabarofek ran reportedly scared from the police operation. Kaleb Bogau and Efrando Sabarofek and the others ran along the path toward the housing complex and then into a group of police. The three students were shot by police in different locations in this vicinity. Both of the serious shooting victims where then transferred by police to Timika hospital.  The third victim is reported to have escaped with a less serious gunshot wound.

Local witness in Gorong Gorong also report that when residents found out that Kaleb Bogau had been shot dead they tried to determine who had initially called the police to the site. Local people then staged a demonstration, which became a riot and one house was burnt. The Police who stayed on the scene then fired into the crowd, injuring three more persons one girl and two boys. These persons were reportedly not admitted to hospital as they feared for their safety.

Another such incident recently in Timika highlights Indonesia’s intelligence operations against the KNPB.   On Friday night 25/09/15 from 8pm until midnight a drone with a camera presumed to come from Indonesian Secret Intelligence Agency was seen hovering outside the KNPB office in Timika. This drone was shot down with a traditional bow and arrow. The drone was then identified as a Zyna brand drone with its control located across the street from the KNPB office.

See: https://www.facebook.com/nesta.gimbal/posts/952180298196612?pnref=story

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Demonstration in Timika 29/09/15

Today local people in Timika have staged a further demonstration as result of the police shooting. The Freeport copper mine, which is the worlds’ richest copper and gold mining deposit, is serviced from Timika.   This region has a long held reputation for having the worse record of Human Rights abuses in Indonesia, primarily perpetrated by Indonesian police and military.demo timika 290915#demo timika 290915#1

Police in Timika 29/09/15

Also see recent report about Timika and Papuan killings in http://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/papua-shootings-09172015183311.html

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West Papua – Bloody Moanemani incident: Teenagers are run-over and killed, then Indonesia Police machine gun three relatives

May 7, 2014

Media Release

7 May 2014

West Papua – Bloody Moanemani incident: Teenagers are run-over and killed, then Indonesia Police machine gun three relatives
Yesterday, Indonesian BRIMOB para-military police, are reported to have shot three Papuan men, who are now in a critical condition. This shooting has occurred after local people tried to negotiate an outcome from an incident where a truck driver has run-over and killed two Papuan youths, returning from a Church service early that morning. After the shooting a non-Papua resident has been killed, apparantly to avenge the Police action.

Paula Makabory from Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights in Australia, said today, ”The series of incidents in Moanemani highlights how military-style policing perpetuates the endless cycle of violence in the 50 year Indonesian occupation of West Papua.”

Ms Makabory also stated, ”The Indonesia Police Commander Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian has misrepresented this bloody Moanemani event in the Indonesian press. The Police have escalated the incident by ignoring local custom and quickly resorting to shooting local people rather than any form of negotiation.”

For further information contact:

Paula Makabory +61 423451540 ; or

Matthew Jamieson +61 418291998 matthew@hr.minihub.org

Please make inquiry for Indonesian language interviews with Yones Douw in Nabire Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights

Full story at https://ipahr.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/west-papua-bloody-moanemani-incident-teenagers-are-run-over-and-killed-then-indonesia-police-machine-gun-three-relatives/

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West Papua: Bloody Moanemani incident

Report produced by Yones Douw and Paula Makabory, Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights 07 May 2014 Chronology of events.

On 5th May 2014, the Christian youths from the indigenous Kingmi Church of Kamu District, Moanemani, Dogiyai, conducted a Praise and worship in Digikotu Kingmi Church till the early morning.

On 6th May 2014 at around 6am local time after the worship, a group of youths were on their way homes passing Epeida. Witnesses report that a truck travelling at high speed crossed to the wrong side of the road and crashed into the group. Two male youths were struck and killed at the scene as truck drove right over the top of them and sped away. It is reported that the victims stomachs burst out with their bellies went out on the road. The group of youths was reported to be walking on the left safe side of the road.

The non-Papuan driver went directly from the scene past the nearby local police station to the Brimob (Paramilitary Police) Post in Moanemani. Such roadside incidents are not an uncommon occurrence in this region. Reportedly drunken Papuans have been deliberately run over in the past.

Around 10am local time, more than 100 family and kinsman of the dead teenagers, together with 4 local priest from the Kingme Church, went to the Brimob Post. The victim’s family asked the police for “secara keluarga” or negotiation with the driver to resolve the ‘accident’. ( This “secara keluarga” translates to talk in a family way to make a peaceful solution in a traditional customary way). With the priest the victims family and kinsman were seeking to negotiate a solution, which would have involved compensation, consistent with traditional law or custom.

The Brimob officers at the post wouldn’t allow this negotiation process to occur. The people become very emotional at this point. Then it is reported that someone among the crowd of people began to throw stones smashing the glass windows of Brimob Post. Witnesses could not provide detail of who escalated the situation, though it is reported not to be a member of the victims’ family. The priests together with other members of crowd were active in efforts to maintain calm.

After the windows were smashed the Brimob officers are then reported to have immediately began shooting automatic weapons into the crowd. The Brimob officers were reported as saying, “Mana kamu punya jago itu ayo tunjukkan jagoan kamu itu“, This translates to “Where are your guts, show your guts”. The shooting resulted in 3 Papuan relatives being shot and other people with injuries reportedly fled the scene.

According to a priest, who was at the front of the crowd, the 3 victims were helping him to calm the people down when they were shot. He reports that Brimob shot the crowd not like 1 or 2 shots but shot like a rain (= automatic shooting). He said that he also should have got shot but the Lord protects him.
It is reported that to avenge the Police shooting, local people killed then a non-Papuan man.

Around 12.30, the victims (the 3 Papuans and the dead non-Papuan}, who were accompanied by a Kingmi priest, were taken by plane to Nabire. From the airport they were taken straight to Siriwini public hospital. The three Papuan men were reported to be in a critical condition. The body of the non-Papuan man, whose identity is unknown, is reported to have been taken by his family.

The Papuan men critically injured were: Yulius Anouw S.Sos (27) was shot in his chest the bullet still stuck inside his body and was still in coma today. Gayus Auwe (32) was shot in his chest and his right thigh, the bullet is still inside his body and was today still waiting for surgery. Anton Edoway (28) was shot in his left tight the bullet penetrated and broken his leg bone and went out through the right side.

According to locals, Indonesian security forces in Moanimani always face the Indigenous people with brutality.
Moanemani has now been under full guard by Indonesian security forces with combined Army, Police, and Airforce troops. The non-Papuans population has gathering at the local Military Army Office in Moanemani.

Further comments on the situation by Paula Makabory of Institute for Papuan Advoacy and Human Rights, “The Indonesian police should have understood the culture of the people and give them room for negotiation with the driver with the help of the police.”

“In this case it shows that the Brimob have fanned conflict by being ready with their killing in minds. Which has triggered more killing and conflict for Papuans and non-Papuans.”

“This group of priests and local people involved in the incident who were trying to negotiate with authorities were branded as ‘a lynch mob’ by the Jakarta Globe.”

“ These Brimob police are heavily armed police, with an anti terrorist unit, has nothing to do but fight local people in West Papua. They will always face the local society of Indigenous Papuans as the target for practicing their theory of killing terrorist and military training. Australia and New Zealand have contributed to the training to these Indonesian police. It serves to maintain state of conflict and fear at the community level which allows Indonesian and foreign exploitation of the richness of our land”

Reported by Yones Douw, Human Right Activist of Kingmi/Tabernacle Church from Nabire, Paniai, West Papua.

Translated by Paula Makabory with comments IPAHR 6 May 2013

Related Indonesian Media Report:
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/three-injured-papua-police-fire-civilians/

Brimob shot three Indigenous Papua, in di Moanemani

Details of Victims

1. Dead Victims (who were crashed by a truck on 5th May 2014)

A.

Name: Yunsen Kegakoto

DBO: Doutou 17 Mei 1989

Occupation: –

Status: Single

Religion: Christian Protestant

Village: Apagougi

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B.

Name: Jhon Anouw

DBO/Age: 18 years old

Occupation: – /High School Student

Status: Single

Religion: Christian Protestant

Village: Dogimani

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The two victims died in the crime scene.

2. Victims with critical injuries (who were shot deliberatelly by BRIMOB, 6th May 2014)

C.

Name: Yulius Anouw S.Sos

Age: 27 years old

Status: Married with 1 child

Occupation: Farmer

Religion: Christian Protestant

Village: Dogimani, Distrik Dogiyai

Yulius was shot in his chest, the bullet was in his body, it was taken out in Siriwini Public Hopsital, Nabire.

D.

Name: Gayus Auwe

Age: 32 years old

Status: Married with 3 children

Occupation: Farmer

Religion: Christian Protestant

Village: Apagougi, Distrik Dogiyai

Gayus was shot in his chest and his right tight, the bullet is still inside his body, still waiting for a surgery, in Siriwini Public Hospital, Nabire.

E.

Name: Anton Edowai

Age: 28 years old

Status: Married with 4 children

Occupation: Farmer

Religion: Christian Protestant

Address: Denemani, Distrik Dogiyai

Anthon was shot in his left tight and the bullet hit the left side and penetrated to the right side of his tight, he is suffering of a broken tight bone. He was under surgery in the Siriwini Hospital, still unconscious and in a critical condition.

Download as a pdf Bloody_moanemani_incident_West_Papua.

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

1.0 DEATHS IN WAMENA, WEST PAPUA 28 DECEMBER 2008

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.

VICTIMS:

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.

Cases

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.

4.0 DEATHS IN MANOKWARI, WEST PAPUA, AFTER 25 DECEMBER 2008

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.

[3] https://ipahr.wordpress.com/west-papua-indonesian-police-shoot-man-at-indigenous-peoples-rally/
[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 http://australianetwork.com/newshour/archives.htm?site=October2008#videoplayer
[5] https://ipahr.wordpress.com/2008/12/06/killing-of-activist-in-west-papua/

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