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UN Human Rights Council Serious About Human Rights Violations In West Papua

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We are troubled by the increasing violence over the last few weeks and months in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua and the increasing risk of tension and violence in West Papua.

In one incident on 22 November, a 17-year-old youth was shot dead and another 17-year-old injured in an alleged police shootout, with a body found on Mount Limbaga, Gome District in West Papua.

Previously, in September and October 2020 there was a series of killings that disturbed at least six people, including activists and church workers, as well as non-indigenous residents. At least two members of the security forces also died in the clashes.

An investigation by the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) found a church worker, Pdt. Yeremia Zanambani, a pastor from the Protestant Evangelical Church, may have been killed by members of the security forces, and that his killing was just one “in a series of violence that has occurred throughout the district so far this year.”

We have also received many reports of arrests. At least 84 people, including Wensislaus Fatuban, a well-known human rights defender and human rights adviser at the Papuan People’s Council (MRP) and seven members of MRP staff, were arrested and detained on 17 November by security forces in Merauke District in Papua Province.

Their arrests were made ahead of a public consultation organized by the MRP on the implementation of the Special Autonomy Law in the provinces of Papua and West Papua. Fatuban and others were released on 18 November.

UN human rights experts have also repeatedly expressed serious concern about intimidation, harassment, surveillance and criminalization of human rights defenders to exercise their fundamental freedoms.

The recent violence and arrests are part of a trend we have observed since December 2018, following the killing of 19 people working on the Trans-Papua Highway in Nduga Regency by unscrupulous Papuan armed men.

Further escalation occurred in August 2019, when anti-racism protests and widespread violence erupted in Papua and elsewhere following the detention and discriminatory treatment of Papuan students in Java.

Military and security forces have been strengthened in the region and there have been repeated reports of extrajudicial killings, excessive use of force, arrest and constant harassment and intimidation of protesters and human rights defenders.

We are concerned by reports that armed elements and nationalist militias were actively involved in the violence.

We urge the Government of Indonesia to uphold the people’s rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association in line with its international obligations, especially in the run-up to 1 December, when there are frequent protests, tensions and arrests.

We also call on the authorities to conduct thorough, independent and impartial investigations into all acts of violence, in particular murders, and for all perpetrators – regardless of their affiliation – to be held accountable.

At a time of ongoing discussions regarding the Special Autonomy Law, we urge all parties to work to prevent further violence. There is an urgent need for a platform for meaningful and inclusive dialogue with the people of Papua and West Papua, to address long-standing economic, social and political grievances.

There is also a clear need to ensure accountability for past and recent human rights abuses and violations.

Geneva (30 November 2020) – We are disturbed by the escalation in violence over the last few weeks and months in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua and the increasing risk of renewed tensions and violence.

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