INDONESIA: Security forces kill at least one person and arrest hundreds at Third Papuan People’s Congress

by Madeali


Dear,

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
The President of Indonesia
Jl. Veteran No. 16 
Jakarta Pusat INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 3863777 / 3503088. 
Fax: +62 21 3442223
 

INDONESIA: Security forces kill at least one person and arrest hundreds at Third Papuan People’s Congress

NAME  of victims: Forkorus Yaboisembut, Edison Gladius Waromi, August Makbrawen Sananay Kraar, Dominikus Sorabut, Gat Wenda, Selfius Bobi, Mr. Kadepa and hundreds participants of congress

Name of alleged perpetrators: members of the Indonesian army (TNI), members of the mobile brigades (BRIMOB) of Regional Police of Papua province

Date of incident: 19 October 2011

Place of incident: the Taboria oval (Zaccheus Field) in Abepura, Papua

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the killing of at least six person and the arrest of hundreds of participants at the Third Papuan People’s Congress including Forkorus Yaboisembut and Edison Waromi on 19 October 2011 by members of the Indonesian army (TNI) and members of the mobile brigades of the police (BRIMOB).

According to the information I have received from the AHRC, around 2200 members of the Indonesian army (TNI) and the mobile brigades (BRIMOB) were mobilized on the occasion of the Third Papuan People’s Congress that began on 17 October 2011, and was attended by more than 4000 indigenous Papuan participants, at the Taboria oval (Zaccheus Field) in Abepura, Papua. At least 100 members of the security forces had surrounded the area andfour police cars, two armoured vehicles from the police and a further two armoured vehicles from the mobile brigades of the police (BRIMOB) had approached close to the area. This show of force with heavy firearms was seen as a form of intimidation to the unarmed participants. Several persons were reported to have refrained from participating at the event due to this.

I am informed that the event concluded at around 2pm on October 19, and a political declaration regarding the self-determination of the indigenous Papuan population was read out. Following this declaration the security forces opened fire, allegedly as warning shots only. Tear gas was used and security personnel from the army and police started dispersing the crowd and beating up numerous participants. About 300 persons were arrested and taken into custody in trucks. Around 200 of them were later released, while 100 remain detained at the Regional police headquarters (POLDA Papua).

Forkorus Yaboisembut and Edison Waromi, elected at the event as indigenous political leaders, were also arrested. Selfius Bobi (Chair of the organising committee of the congress) is currently being investigated by the police as well. According to the law, the police are required to release detained persons within 24 hours or lay charges against them.

I am disturbed to learn that around 4pm on October 19, Mr. Kadepa, one of the Congress participants, was found dead behind the office of the military resort command (KOREM) in Abepura.

In light of the above information I am of the opinion that the killing of one person and the arrest of hundreds of participants at the Third Papuan People’s Congress by members of the Indonesian army (TNI) and members of the mobile brigades (BRIMOB) are a violation of the right to life and a violation of the right to freedom of expression and require and independent investigation.

I am therefore urging you to ensure that all human rights violations are investigated and that no persons remains detained or chareged solely for the peaceful expression of their political opinions. The Regional Police of Papua (POLDA Papua) must ensure a fair treatment of all arrested persons according to international norms and that no person is subjected to torture or ill-treatment.

I also urge you to ensure that an impartial and professional investigation into the death of Mr. Kadepa is conducted and all those found guilty are prosecuted according to the law. I am looking forward to your intervention in this case.

Yours sincerely,

Made Ali

 

CC: 

Mr. Kemal Azis Stamboel
The Chairman of the First Commission of House of Representative of Indonesia
Gedung DPR RI Nusantara II, Lantai 1
Jl. Jenderal Gatot Subroto, Jakarta 10270 INDONESIA, Tel: +62 21 5715518 
Fax: +62 21 5715523
 
Chairman of Third Commission of The House of Representative of Indonesia
Jl. Gatot Subroto No. 6 Jakarta, INDONESIA, Tel:+62 21 5715569, Fax: +62 21 5715566, Military Commander in Chief Mabes TNI, Cilangkap, Jakarta 13870 
INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 8459-1244 / 8459-1243, Fax: +62 21 845-6805
 
Mr. Pramono Edhie Wibowo
Army Chief of Staff
Jl. Veteran No. 5 Jakarta Pusat INDONESIA, Tlp: +62 21 3846002 / 3456838
Fax: +62 21 3848300
 
Mr. Erfi Triassunu
Commander of Regional Military Command XVII Cendrawasih (Kemiliteran Daerah Papua / Kodam Papua)
Jl. Polimak atas Jayapura Provinsi Papua INDONESIA, Fax: +62 967 533763
 
General of Police Timur Pradopo 
Chief of Indonesian National Police Markas Besar Kepolisian Indonesia 
Jl. Trunojoyo No. 3 Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta 12110 INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 3848537 / 7260306 / 7218010, Fax: +62 21 7220669 
Email: info@polri.go.id
 
Head of Division of Profession and Security of Indonesian Police
Markas Besar Kepolisian Indonesia 
Jl. Trunojoyo No. 3 Kebayoran Baru South Jakarta 12110 INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 3848537 / 7260306 / 7218010, Fax: +62 21 7220669 
Email: info@polri.go.id
 
Chairman of the National Police Commission (Kompolnas)
Jl. Tirtayasa VII No. 20 Komplek PTIK Jakarta Selatan INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 739 2352, Fax: +62 21 739 2317
 
Head of National Commission on Human Rights of Indonesia
Jalan Latuharhary No.4-B, Jakarta 10310 INDONESIA
Tel: +62 21 392 5227-30, Fax: +62 21 392 5227, Email: info@komnas.go.id
 
Ms. Harkristuti Harkrisnowo
General Director of Human Rights Department of Law and Human Rights Republic of Indonesia
Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav.6-7 Kuningan, Jakarta 12940, INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 525 3006 / 525 3889 / 526 4280, Fax: +62 21 525 3095
 
Chief of Regional Police of Papua province
Jl. Samratulangi No. 8 Jayapura INDONESIA, Tel: + 62 0967 531014, Fax: +62 0967 533763
 
Chief of Jayapura city district police (Polresta Jayapura)
Jl. A. Yani No.11 Jayapura INDONESIA, Tel: +62 967 531027