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Amnesty demands probe on Papua clashes

April 9, 2009

Amnesty demands probe on Papua clashes
ABC Radio thursday 9, 2009

Amnesty International is calling for an investigation into an earlier incident in Papua, in which Indonesian paramilitary police are alleged to have shot about nine people at a pro-independence protest.

Radio Australia’s parent organisation, the ABC, has obtained video footage said to show the police shooting in the town of Nabire.

Reporter Matt Brown says the footage shows paramilitary police armed with automatic weapons running towards the crowd.

An officer is then rushed back to a police truck with a traditional arrow sticking out of his leg. A colleague pulls it out quickly before he is bundled into the back of the vehicle.

Brown reports: “The images are focused on the police. One chuckles as he displays a grazed leg. But human rights activists say at least nine other people were hurt; several suffered critical injuries.”

Amnesty International’s Isabelle Arradon says this is not the first incident in the town and there should be an independent investigation.

“It is the third demonstration since December 2008 where some demonstrators in Nabire have been shot by police,” she said.

‘Boy injured’

“Basically the use of firearms should only be used as a last resort. It is very shocking that a 10-year-old boy was injured during the demonstration on Monday.”

Papuan human rights activist Paula Makabory says the violence was orchestrated by provocateurs employed by the Indonesian military.

Ms Makabory says many Papuans did not want to vote in the national elections.

“They say that we are not Indonesian; we are Papuan Melanesians. So we will not vote in the Indonesian public election,” she said.

Matt Brown reports that without an impartial inquiry it is hard to know what happened in Nabire.

But he says the footage clearly shows uniformed officers working with other men dressed in civilian clothes.

In the film, some of them are wearing crash helmets and another wearing military-style pants and a cut-off T-shirt brandishes an automatic rifle.

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Human Rights in West Papua deteriorates with shootings, arrests and orchestrated violence reported in Nabire

April 9, 2009

Human Rights Report 8 April 2009

Human Rights in West Papua deteriorates with shootings, arrests and orchestrated violence reported in Nabire

The human rights situation in West Papua continues to deteriorate before Indonesia’ General Election tomorrow. Local people have been shot and critically injured in a operation reportedly organised by Indonesian security forces against West Papuan demonstrators in Nabire on the 6 April 2009.

This report provides details of nine people who are confirmed shot by security forces. A policeman was also wounded by a traditional arrow in Nabire on the 6th April and many other protesters and police are reported to have also suffered injuries.

Paula Makabory from Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights said today, “Reports received from Nabire indicate that the violent confrontation that occurred on Monday the 6 April between the security forces and Pro-independence protesters was actually promoted by a Pro-Indonesian militia member and other Papuans working with the Indonesian security forces.” “The fact that there are reports that the Indonesian security personnel were positioned in the buildings & armed clearly suggests that this confrontation and the subsequent shooting and wounding of civilians was planned & staged by the Indonesian security forces.”

“This incident occurred following two other Pro-Independence rallies by about 15,000 local people in the town of Nabire, and another of 10,000 people in the Wamena district on Friday-the 3 April which the police had attempted to prohibit. Rally organizers ignored the attempted ban claiming their right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.”

The protesters at both these rallies said they were supporting the launch of the group “International Lawyers for West Papua” [ILWP] and said they would boycott Indonesia’s general elections this year. Protesters also called for a referendum on self-determination. A report containing information about the incidents in Nabire on 6 April 2009 is detailed below.

For further information, including video footage of the protesters contact: Paula Makabory Institute for Papuan Advocacy & human Rights (+61) 402 547 517;  or Matthew Jamieson (+61) 418291998;

— 1.0 Events in Nabire from 30 March to 6 April 2009

The KNPB (National Committee for West Papua) set up their tents on 30 March 2009 as a base camp for KNPB in Nabire, under the leadership of Zeth Giay. On Friday 3 April 2009, the KNPB held a large rally with more than 15,000 people involved. This peaceful rally was in support of the launch of International Lawyer for West Papua (ILWP). The rally also called for a referendum in West Papua and a boycott of the Indonesia Election and a demand for Independence for West Papua. One of the organisers of the rally and the chair of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) for Nabire, Zet Giay, said the rally had been the biggest ever in Nabire. ‘We support the launch of ILWP in America and we know that we are not Indonesian, we are Papuan, Melanesian, so we will not vote in the Indonesian Public election 2009,’ Mr Giay said. He added that the protesters would continue to rally against these attacks by the security forces and in support of the ILWP. The protesters were also calling for investigations into the widespread human rights violations that have occurred in West Papua, and for a review of the 1969 so-called ‘Act of Free Choice’, which saw West Papua’s formal incorporation into Indonesia. On Saturday the 4 April 2009, KNPB sent an information letter to the police precinct to let them know about the second rally that was to be held on Monday 6 April. There was no response from the police.

2.0 Raid on KNPB Protest camp

On Monday the 6 April 2009, at around 3am (Papua local time) there was a raid on the KNPB camp in Taman Bunga Bangsa, Oyehe, Nabire. Two tents that had been set up since the 30 March 2009 were burned by the police . The police also searched for Morning Star flags and other political articles. The Nabire Police Precinct under the command of Police Chief AKBP. Rinto Jadmoko, SIK, then arrested 15 people from the KNPB group. One man Jerry Nawipa (Male/ 18 Years old) was shot with a bullet during this police raid on the KNPB camp. The Taman Bunga Bangsa grounds is the location that was used by the West Papua people to raise the Morning Star in a series of flag raising in 1999 and 2000. According to a local KNPB organizer, after the raid the KNPB and their supporters decided to continue the rally and focus their next rally at Taman Bunga Bangsa Oyehe. They decided that the people who were living in each of the regions of Oyehe, Siriwo and Karang Tumaritis would gather and travel together to meet at Taman Bunga Bangsa . The KNPB planned not do a long march to DPRD (Local Provincial Assembly) and to focus their next demonstration at Oyehe. There was some concern reported at that time that their protest was infiltrated by Papuans working as informers for an Indonesian security forces intelligence group (TBO).

3.0 Indonesian militia in Karang Tumartis protest

Later in the morning of the 6 April at about 8am, one of KNPB organizers passed the Karang Tumaritis area and saw that people were blockading the road. A local man, Alipin Pigay, who is recognized as being from a militia group from the Nabire Military District Command (KODIM), was seen clearly encouraging the other demonstrators. Another 6 Papuans who work as TBO (Tenaga Bantuan Operational/ Operational Field Helper) for the Indonesian security forces intelligence organisation, were also seen among the people who were blocking the road. This KNPB organizer told the protesters that he wanted them to clear the road and wait beside the market or in the taxi terminal or by the road at Karang Tumaritis. He told the people that they had to choose to follow the instructions of KNBP or this other party. He asked them to wait for the other KNPB organizers to join the rally from Karang Tumaritis to Oyehe. A local community member who also recognized Alipin Pigay reported that it was Alipin Pigay who encouraged the protesters to block the road and to attack the traffic policemen and the police car. According to this source Alipin Pigay was the first to throw stones at the traffic police and their car. It was reported that Alipin Pigay and the others from TBO encouraged the other people to violently resist the Police and throw stones and then to fire arrows against the traffic policemen. Bribda Jejen (Male/ 24 Years old) a policeman, was shot with an arrow. He was shot during the incident when the police attacked the protesters at Karang Tumaritis. The traffic police had tried to clear the road to allow an army truck from TNI Battalion 753 to pass through. Some people were also arrested by the Nabire police precinct at that time in Karang Tumaritis. An eye witness said that there were casualties on both sides, the Indonesian police and the protesters who were fighting. The police troops were using machine guns and stones against the protesters and the protesters were using arrows and stones against the police. Metro TV has shown footage of this conflict between protestors and police.

4.0 Hidden Security forces and shooting around Karang Tumaritis

According to another local witnesses Indonesian security force intelligence officers with long and short guns were seen hiding in a second floor house in front of the Effata church in Karang Tumaritis and other houses that belonging to non-Papuans around the Karang Tumaritis area before the incident/protest on the road occurred. Those security forces reportedly shot at civilians who were not involved in the conflict & demonstration on the road around Karang Tumaritis. These local people were passing the location of the protest to reach their houses and were shot at by the security forces. Local Human Rights sources reported that while the Police troops were attacking groups protesting on the road and the concealed security forces were shooting as people went past the protest to reach their homes. The shooting in Karang Tumaritis resulted in many civilians suffering server bullet wounds. Reports from Nabire said eight shot with seven of the injured being treated at Emergency Unit (UGD) in the Nabire public hospital. The News Service from Reuters confirms 11 hospitalised in Nabire with serious bullet wounds. It is not clear who the police shot amongst the protesters on the road. Reports provided to IPAHR suggest that 7 people who were shot and injured but were not part of the protest. These people were said to be shot in the vicinity of the protest, amongst this group was an orphaned 4 grade elementary student Albertus Tagi. The shooting of Fritz Singamui and Albertus Tagi had clearly no link to the protest.

Details of victims shot at Karang Tumaritis District, Nabire 6 April 2009:

1. Fritz Samuel Singamui / Roy (Male 30 Years old) is dying in hospital in a very critical condition. He was shot with a real bullet in the left side of the chest, the bullet passed through to his left shoulder blade. He is in a coma in Nabire Public hospital. He was shot when he was trying to take a short cut with his motorcycle to his house. The Indonesian Police members attacked him and pushed him off his motorcycle into the gutter and shot him on the ground. He was not involved in the demonstration. Fritz has been working for an NGO called VCI, which focuses on community service providing clean water, natural disaster relief, promoting health for women and children, and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS. Fritz was reported to be evacuated to Makassar, Sulawesi, for further medical treatment.

2. Albertus Tagi (Male/10 Years old) is an orphan, a 4th grader student at the local elementary school. He is in a very critical condition in Nabire hospital. He was shot with a real bullet in his right ribs as he approached his house after school. He was not in the demonstration. He was sent home early in the morning before the visiting of the Papua Regional Police Chief to the hospital that was planned for the 7 April 2009. According to the medical workers who told activists that as an orphan, Albertus, has no one to look after him in the hospital was sent home.

3. Yunandi Pigome (Male/28 Years old), is a farmer. He is reported to be dying in Nabire hospital. He was shot with a real bullet, the bullet entered his left back skull bone, passed through the front skull and went out above his left eye brow. He was shot on his way to his house. He was not involved in the demonstration.

4. Ipo Boga (Male /28 Years old), a farmer, he was shot with a real bullet in the buttocks and the bullet passed through near his genitals. He went to the local market and bought some rice and was returning home when shot. He was not involved in the demonstration.

5. Hengky Boma (Male/ 25years old), a farmer, was shot in his right thigh. He is supposed to have an operation at Nabire hospital today (April 7, 2009). He was not involved in the demonstration.

6. Alfonse Yeimo (Male/ 22 Years old), a student was shot in the forehead, lost lots of blood.

7. Yafeth Keiya (Male/26 Years old) a farmer, he was shot in the right wrist, he was not involved at the demonstration, he was on his way to market. w

8. Hengky Tenouye (Male/ 20 Years old), a farmer, he was shot on the left side of his chest. He was not involved in the demonstrations.

For further information, including video footage of the protest rally, contact: Paula Makabory (+61) 402 547 517;  or Matthew Jamieson (+61) 418291998;

Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights PO Box 1805 Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia

Nabire: Indonesian police shoot 11 in Papua protest – hospital

April 8, 2009

Indonesian police shoot 11 in Papua protest – hospital
Mon Apr 6, 2009 6:37am EDT

NABIRE, Indonesia, April 6 (Reuters) – Indonesian police shot and injured 11 people on Monday at a pro-independence rally in Papua province, where demonstrators urged an election boycott and protested about a police raid, a hospital worker said.

Indonesia holds parliamentary elections on Thursday, and a presidential election on July 8.

But in Papua, on the western half of New Guinea island, where a separatist movement has simmered for decades, some Papuans have been calling for a boycott of the election.

“At least 11 people were shot and brought to the hospital. One of them was a primary school-aged child,” said Marsel, a worker at the Nabire Regional Public Hospital.

Marsel, who has only one name, said of the 11 injured, four were in a critical condition.

Habel Nawipa, a member of the West Papuan National Committee (KNPB), a pro-independence organisation, said that the protest followed a dawn raid by police on the KNPB office in Nabire.

“Several armed police set fire to the office and took 15 people to the Nabire police station,” he said.

Nabire police chief, Rinto Djatmono, declined to comment. (Reporting by John Pakage, Writing by Sunanda Creagh; Editing by Sara Webb)

Four Shot In Indonesian Papua Election Protests: Activist

April 6, 2009

Four Shot In Indonesian Papua Election Protests: Activist

JAKARTA, April 6 (AFP) — At least four people were wounded when
police opened fire on a protest in Indonesia’s remote Papua
region on Monday, demanding independence and a boycott of
elections, an activist said.

The protesters were shot when police fired into a crowd of
around 200 indigenous Papuans rallying in the streets of Nabire
town in West Papua province, Catholic Church activist Yones Douw
told AFP.

“The people didn’t react or throw anything but Brimob
(paramilitary police) attacked them,” Douw said, adding that the
four injured were in “critical” condition in hospital.

Three other protesters were hit with rubber bullets and one
woman was arrested at the rally, which followed a dawn raid on
an office being used by activists in which 15 people were
arrested, Douw said.

One person was also shot and hurt by police in the raid, but it
was unclear if he was shot with a rubber bullet or a live round,
he said.

Local police chief Rinto Jatmono refused to confirm the
shootings but acknowledged the earlier arrest of
pro-independence activists.

“We arrested the 15 people in connection with subversion,”
Jatmono said.

Meanwhile, around 300 people rallied peacefully in Jayapura, the
capital of neighbouring Papua province, to call for a boycott of
national legislative elections on Thursday.

The crowd chanted “boycott the election” and called for the
release of 17 activists arrested last week in a raid on the
headquarters of the Papuan Customary Council, the top cultural
representative body for Papuan tribes.

Pro-independence sentiment runs high in Papua, which sits on the
western end of New Guinea island and is populated mainly by the
Melanesian ethnic minority.

Indonesia took formal control of the region in a 1969
UN-sponsored vote by select tribal elders widely seen as a sham
and the area has seen a long-running insurgency by poorly armed
pro-independence guerrillas.

Papua/Indonesia Arreests after thousands rally in Papua for independence

April 3, 2009

Arreests after thousands rally in Papua for independence

Article published on the 2009-04-03 Latest update 2009-04-03 14:31 TU

Radio France Internationale

Rallies and arrests in West Papua coincide with establishment of ‘International lawyers for West Papua’

April 3, 2009

Media Alert

Friday 3 April 2009

Rallies and arrests in West Papua coincide with establishment of ‘International lawyers for West Papua’

Reports from West Papua today indicate that 10,000 people are staging a rally in Nabire, while another rally planned for Wamena is occurring in the grounds of the Efata Church after a joint Police and Military security operation to block that rally.

Other reports from the capital Jayapura say that Police have arrested 11 West Papuans off the street in Abepura & a further 2 are detained at Police Headquarters in Jayapura, apparently in relation to the organisation of these rallies.

Reports from West Papua over the last few days had indicated that a rally would be held today in Wamena to coincide with the establishment of ‘International Lawyers for West Papua’ reportedly occurring in the US.

The large rally of 10,000 people in Nabire is said to have been ongoing since 8.00 am local time. Banners reported on display say: “West Papua people support the launch of International Lawyers for West Papua”; ‘Review the Act of Free Choice’; ‘Demand that Human Rights cases in West Papua be fixed’ and also ‘West Papua people demand Independence’. West Papua women speakers were addressing the rally at the time of the report.

A report, provided this morning from Wamena, indicated that there was a very large contingent of police and military presence on the streets of Wamena. These report said that there were checkpoints on the roads and that security forces were present on the road intersections(corners). These extra security forces were said to be stopping any people beginning the planned rally.

It is also noted that media reports have said that the Local Government in Wamena, had banned the rally and that Police commanders also reportedly stated that the Wamena rally and other Pro-Independence rallies could not proceed.

The names of the two West Papuan men detained in Jayapura at Police Headquarters were Musa Tabuni and Dias, who were both arrested at the harbour. Of the 11 detained at the Abepura Police station only Robert Takimai and Made Agapa were named. As no rally was being staged in Jayapura or Abepura it is speculated that these arrests in the capital were related to the other rallies.

For more information contact:

Paula Makabory +61 402547517

Matthew Jamieson +61 418291998

Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights
PO Box 1805
Byron Bay, NSW Australia

Indonesian Security Forces attack Human Rights Defender and pro democracy demonstrators in Nabire

February 2, 2009

Human Rights Report                              Monday 2 February 2009

Indonesian Security Forces attack Human Rights Defender and pro democracy demonstrators in Nabire, West Papua

Indonesian Security forces have attacked a group of 100 local people protesting about delays in local election in Nabire. As the police attacked some of the demonstrators telephoned Mr. Yones Douw, a respected human rights activist from the Kingmi church and asked him to come. When Mr. Douw arrived and began documenting the violence the Police attacked him.

Local eyewitnesses, say that Yones Douw was kicked by police officers with their boots 3 times, then beaten on the side of his head and then punched in the face and before being arrested.

Seven of the demonstrators were also arrested.  An unreported number of others were also beaten and shot by police.   Those arrested, including Yones Douw, were released after being held in custody for one day.

The Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights (IPAHR) has compiled a more detailed report about the incident, including details of the injuries to Yones Douw & thirteen local people.  The range of injuries to the demonstrators included five people who suffered serious wounds after being shot by rubber bullets in the body & stomach. Others received head injuries and puncture wounds to the head, body limbs & feet after being kicked, beaten and shot with rubber bullets.

A local source has stated that a range of security personnel participated in these abuses, including units from the Police Dalmas and a unit of the notorious Brimob, Indonesia’s para-military Police, together with members of the Indonesian National Intelligence Service, BIN and military officers from Army Battalion 753 Nabire.

Paula Makabory from IPAHR said,  “The original cause of the peaceful demonstration in Nabire is that the local election, PILKADA, has been postponed 3 times since October 2008.  The budget for the Nabire Region has been allocated and the Provincial Secretary, Mr Umar Kacili, a man from Sulawesi, has been effectively acting as Regent.”

“It appears that the local people are concerned that the budget is being administered by an unelected Regency Secretary to the Regency and that the local people interests will be ignored.”

“The Nabire & Paniai region has a long history of state violence, especially against the Mee people and members of the Kingmi church. Human Rights abuses routinely occur.   It is an area where community health and education services have been neglected by the State.  In 2008 two outbreaks of Cholera occurred.  One of these outbreaks is ongoing and has caused hundreds of deaths. The area has mineral resources, including some surface gold mining operations which appear to be managed by the Indonesian security forces.”

“In many regions of West Papua there is dysfunction in the process of Regency elections but in this case local people are organised enough to protest the delay in local elections,” said Paula Makabory.

“The Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights demands that Indonesian Government, international governments and international Agencies at least take note of the ongoing violence occurring in West Papua at hands of Indonesian security forces and intelligence services.”

“The Indonesian Government must act to reverse the increasing violence perpetrated by Indonesian security forces, particularly by Brimob, in West Papua, in the lead up to the Indonesian General Election in April 2009.  That West Papuan people be allowed to exercise their democratic rights of organisation and assembly and vote without threat to their lives, intimidation and violence.”

In particular IPAHR notes that:

1.    Indonesian police have brutality attacked Indigenous West Papuans who were a conducting a peaceful demonstration seeking democratic process in local elections in Nabire. From what local sources have told IPAHR it is clear that the head of police in Nabire, Commander Rinto Jatmono is directly responsible for the assault  of these people by ordering this attack. This event should be investigated to determine who gave the order to attack, as this kind of state violence is widespread in West Papua. There is a pattern of similar state violence in Nabire including an attack by Police on members of the Kingmi Church in December 2008;

2.    Indonesian Security forces have attacked a recognised Human Rights Defender in Nabire. The Indonesian Government must ensure that the personal safety of Human Rights Defenders are safeguarded. Their role must be recognized as being crucial to bringing Peace in West Papua;

3.    The Indonesian Government should allow free international media access to West Papua so that Indonesian Government activities can be internationally accountable;

4.    Outside and international observers should be allowed by the Indonesian Government to monitor elections in West Papua.

For further information contact Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights:

–    Paula Makabory +61 402547517

–    Matthew Jamieson +61 418291998

Further Detail of Human Rights Report:   2 February 2009  Indonesian Security Forces attack Human Rights Defender and pro democracy demonstrators in Nabire is available at…tors-in-nabirefurther-report-indonesian-security-forces-attack-human-rights-defender-and-pro-democracy-demonstrators-in-nabire/

A photograph of Yones Douw is available from site above and one request.

West Papuan church members attacked by police in Nabire West Papua

December 8, 2008

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Media release 9 December 2008

West Papuan church members attacked by police in Nabire West Papua

Just days before International Human Rights Day, Indonesian police including Brimob attacked Papuan members of the GKIP church (Gereja Kemah Injil Papua/(Tabernacle Bible Church of Papua) in Nabire West Papua. 12 members were beaten, 5 students shot and wounded

AWPA (Sydney) calls on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to raise the human rights situation in West Papua with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Bali Democracy Forum (10-12 December ).

The Forum is aimed at promoting democracy both regionally and globally and will discuss strengthening democratic institutions in Asia . Joe Collins of AWPA (Sydney) said ‘”the Australian Prime Minister should raise the human rights situation in West Papua with the Indonesian President as a priority. West Papua is one of our nearest neighbours and we have a moral duty to raise the ongoing abuses in West Papua including the recent attack on the GKIP church in Nabire with the Indonesian Government.

Joe Collins
04077 857 97

Summary of report received

Indonesian police including Brimob attacked Papuan members of the GKIP church (Gereja Kemah Injil Papua/(Tabernacle Bible Church of Papua)) in Nabire West Papua. 12 members were beaten including 5 students who were shot.

The incident which occurred on the 3rd and 4th of December was over the ownership of a church in Nabire called the Bethesda Church which is the property of the GKIP (Papua Kingmi Church). However the church is claimed by a local priest, Roy Raja as the property of GKII (Indonesia Kingmi Church).

(In 2006,the GKIP officially separated from GKII, but following allegations that the GKIP Kingmi Church was supporting the Papuan self determination struggle members of GKII rejected the autonomy of the Papuan church) .

At a proposed ceremony of the establishment of the church which had been refurbished, the GKIP demanded that the name of the GKIP church should be used on the front of the church, otherwise the ceremony would be cancelled. The Papuan congregation of the GKIP (Papua Kingmi Church) sat in front of the church in a peaceful protest but the Indonesian Kingmi Church (GKII) called on the Indonesian Police to support them.

The Indonesian police including Brimob (the TNI were present looking on) instead of trying to solve the problem attacked the Papuan congregtation shooting and beating them resulting in 5 students been shot and others beatinf with rattan sticks.

Names of victims and injuries
1. Rev. Daud Auwe M. Div (46 years of age) a Lecturer at STTWP Campus II, Nabire ). Was hit with a rifle butt, kicked by police and beaten with rattan sticks.

2. Samuel Pekey ( 26years) a student of STTWP Campus II, Nabire)
Suffered a head wound when hit by flying chips from the result of a bullet stricking closeby. Also received some injures to his arms and legs.

3.Yulianus Pigome (30years) Head of the student senate at STTWP Campus II, Nabire) . Suffered wounds to his head and forehead.

4. Demianus Wandegau (26years) a student of STTWP Campus II, Nabire) Suffered an open wound to his head and lost a large amount of blood and broken lips.

5. Marthen Pigai (28years) a student of STTWP Campus II, Nabire)
Suffered an open wound to his head, lost lots of blood, hit by a rubber/false bullet.

Yulius Tebai (17years) a High School student of YPPGI, Nabire)
Also hit by rubber/false bullet while at work in his class room.

7.Marthen Ogetai ( 35years) a member of the Justice and Peace Bureau of GKIP church at Kebo) Suffered a wound to his leg.

8. Oktopianus Pigai (24years , a youth from the GKIP church)
Hand injury

9. Ev. Marthen Douw, MA ( 34years, a Lecturer at STTWP Campus II, Nabire)
Shot in the neck.

Other victims include
10. Derek Nawipa, S.Sos
11. Yakob Pekei
12. Melkianus Gobai although their type of injuries are not yet confirmed.


This report concerns the Kingmi Church of West Papua whose church and members have been repeatedly attacked and abused by Indonesian security forces in the past few years. Nabire is a region in which the Kingmi church has a strong support base within the indigenous commuity. Nabire is also an region which has recent history of very serious human rights abuse, apparent extra judicial killings and forms of torture carried out by Police and Indonesian military. The region is the access point for the Paniai region affected by a Cholera outbreak earlier in the year. MJ IPAHR

Cholera outbreak in West Papua: Indonesian Government response ineffective

July 21, 2008

West Papua Human Rights Report,  29 June 08

Cholera outbreak in West Papua:  Indonesian Government response ineffective

New reports from Human Rights and Church sources in West Papua state that 85 people have died in a Cholera outbreak over the past 3 months in the adjacent Nabire and Paniai regencies of West Papua.

Previous reports by Indonesian authorities in early June stated 17 people had died. At that time Health authorities disputed figures from West Papuan Human Rights workers that there had actually been 34 fatalities if cases in the villages were counted.

“This latest Cholera outbreak started in April and has continued through to June 2008. Based on information supplied from the ground the Institute of Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights believes that the Indonesian Health Department and Provincial government response has been grossly inadequate.  It appears that people were treated in the community health centers when people were able to physically carried there but the government response in those affected villages was very limited.”

“Indeed for the Government personnel the response was a matter of mutual blaming and a refusal to take responsibility. Everybody in the Government has avoided taking responsibility and has blamed each other for what went wrong.”

The Papua Health Office was reported in the Jakarta Post (June 4th, 2008,) as identifying an ‘Ogawa-type vibrio cholera viral infection’ following tests in Jayapura.

Cholera, which is a bacterial disease, attacks the gut lining with infected people quickly developing symptoms of severe diarrhea & massive fluid loss. The disease can be fatal within 18 hours if re-hydration & therapy does not occur.

This Cholera epidemic was first reported in Paniai in early April 2008 at Ekemanida village. It has spread to nearby villages at Kamuu and North Kamuu Districts. The villages where the disease was reported are Ekemanida, Idakotu, Dogimani/Idadagi, Makidimi/Egebutu, Ekimani/Nuwa, Denemani/Apagogi, Kimupugi, Dikiyouwo, Duntek, Boduda, Deiyai, Goodide, Idakebo, Mogou and Dogimani.

In March, April 2006, in the highland regencies of Jayawijaya and Yahukimo 178 and 33 indigenous West Papuans respectively died reportedly from Cholera epidemics.

Paula Makabory representing the Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights said, “Cases of fatal diarrhea, which include undiagnosed Cholera, have been increasingly reported in Nabire and Highland areas of West Papua in the past few years.”

Paula Makabory also said today, “ Earlier this month our organisation alerted the World Health Organisation (WHO) of this current Cholera outbreak but that organisation in Indonesia appears to have not responded.  We contacted the WHO because previous experience is that the Indonesian Government agencies and provincial government would not mount an adequate response.”

“Although there are massive amounts of money available to government in West Papua that money is not being used to control the contagious diseases, which also includes HIV/AIDS, TB, as well as Malaria, in the indigenous population. Little of the Special Autonomy funds budgeted for health is being effectively.  West Papua remains closed to access from international NGO and the media so none knows what is happening.”

“The Special Autonomy process which Jakarta set up 7 years ago is not serving the peoples education and health needs. Many West Papuans view the combination of lack of health services and military occupation as deliberate and ‘Genocide’.”

“West Papua must be opened up to the world so the basic human rights including the right to adequate health of Indigenous West Papuan can be promoted. There is a new set of diseases which have never been experienced by remote & isolated highland communities which are continuing to spread into these communities.”

“West Papua should be opened to international health organisations to assist local communities in developing the ability for detection and treatment of disease and to assist in public health generally, including pre and post natal care of mothers and babies.”

“Talk by international countries such as Germany of swapping Indonesia’s international debt in return for implementation of health programs by the Global Fund[1] will be most effective in West Papua if there is increased political freedom.  International attention is necessary so that the critical health services can be rapidly implemented. The indigenous communities must be given the freedom to join in this health reform so they can help themselves. ”

Paula Makabory said, “There is a need for a major rethink about how community health and human rights is addressed in West Papua as the indigenous people do not trust the Indonesia Government. The international community, NGOs and Governments should be encouraging local health projects which are necessary to respond to the health crises in West Papua.’

“If the West Papuan people are not empowered in the field of health, the health of the West Papuan people will continue to deteriorate.”

For further information contact,

Paula Makabory +61 402547517

Dr Anne Noonan +61 2 99601698

Matthew Jamieson +61 418291998

[1] Germany cancels 50 mln euro Indonesian debt (June 23 2008, Thomson Financial)

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