by West Papua Media
November 7, 2012
Credible Reports have again emerged detailing a rampage by troops from the notorious Indonesian Army (TNI) Battalion 756, who have reportedly run amok burning houses and beating up Papuan civilians, during a recent security sweep against Papuan civil society activists.
At 2pm local time on November 4, a joint force of 756 BTn troops, together with Brimob paramilitary police units and troops described as “non-organic special forces” – most likely troops from the Australian-supported Detachment 88 counter-terror unit – conducted a sweep of the houses behind the New Jibama market in Wamena town. The troops laid siege to a group of houses and started shooting at the houses and directly at residents, according to witnesses interviewed by local human rights sources.
One person was reportedly seriously injured by gunshot wounds sustained during the attack, and many more people received major burn injuries after being caught in three houses that were torched by the joint force. Exact casualty figures have been unable to be ascertained and the gunshot victim has yet to be identified, however family members confirmed that several people had been treated at the Wamena hospital for their injuries.
Family members of those targeted, spoken to by stringers for West Papua Media, have fled Wamena after their houses were set on fire by the joint force. According to local sources, they fled to the forest outside Wamena, and are too scared to return for fear of being shot by Indonesian security force. Those fleeing are being forced to survive on the resources in the forest, as the security presence makes in difficult to return home, according to our sources.
Local human rights activists have also claimed that people in Wamena are confused over the reason behind the attack and the arson, and have questioned who has commanded the attack. “What forces are behind this? This case is not obvious, but the combined forces commit arson and loot residents’ property in the home of all three victims,” said the activist.
The behaviour of security forces against Papuans “is very exaggerated beyond procedures that should be enforced under applicable human rights law in Indonesia and Internationally,” he continued.
On june 7, members of Battalion 756 went on another rampage of arson, looting, shootings and beatings after one of their members was killed after an accident that seriously injured a young boy. In recent months, Detachment 88 troops have also led an intensifying and brutal crackdown on activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), after claims of their involvement in a bombing campaign.
Many credible observers have cast doubt on the motivations of the security forces in this crackdown, accusing them of engineering a situation to criminalise legitimate peaceful free expression.
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by KNPB News
November 6 , 2012
Fakfak, KNPBnews – In their insatiable witch hunt against members one of West Papua’s main mass organizations, the KNPB (West Papua National Committee), the Indonesian security forces are continuing with the illegal and extrajudicial killing, torture and detention of KNPB activists and leaders.
This time, one of the regional leaders (KNPB Sorong), Paul Horik was found dead on A. Matondang Road, near the Fakfak riverbank on Sunday (4/11) at 1 a.m. Meanwhile, another KNPB activist, Klisman Woi is in critical condition at the Regional General Hospital of Fakfak. There are indications that the attacks were carried out by the Indonesian special forces.
The Regional coordinators of the Fakfak region submitted to KNPBnews a chronology of the events which led to the murder of the activist. According to the preliminary investigation conducted in the field, the tragic episode started when the two activists hired a motorcycle. For reasons which are still unclear, at 1 a.m., a traffic officer found the two victims lying on the road in very deplorable conditions, whereas the motorcycle itself was in perfect state with no damage or scratches.
The victims’ families were informed of these tragic events at 7 a.m. at the hospital of Fakfak. The autopsy conducted by the hospital doctor revealed that Paul Horik had been killed: a big hole was found in the upper side of his head, his neck was broken, and his nose and face showed signs of serious injuries.
The second victim, Klisman Woi is still in critical condition at the hospital. He was also seriously wounded in the front of his head, both eyes were severely swollen and bluish, countless bruises and contusions, injuries on his left rib and feet.
Arnold Kocu, coordinator of KNPB for the Fakfak region, says that he is pursuing the investigation together with the families to find more information on this tragic event. “We are at great loss, and the People of West Papua in its entirety is in mourning. The KNPB and the Regional Parliament will continue their fact finding operations and should their inquiry be conclusive then they will act accordingly and do everything in their power in order to encourage and put pressure on the Fakfak regional police to fully investigate this tragedy”.
Paulus Horik was part of the leadership of the KNPB commissariat for the Fakfak region. Klismon Woi is also a member of KNPB. Their activities were being monitored extensively by a Special Unit of the Indonesian forces.
Earlier on, the Secretary of the Regional Parliament in Merauke underwent severe beatings by members of the Indonesian military.
[Translation by LT] http://knpbnews.com/blog/archives/1180
(Note: West Papua Media has independently verified all contents of this report with contacts in Fak-Fak, and is reprinting the KNPB News report in full as WPM has confidence in this reportage).
Papuan Baptist Church: “Indonesian Security Forces Must STOP Committing Crimes Against Humanity in Papua”
Fellowship of Baptist Churches in Papua
1 November 2012
The Central Body for the Fellowship of Baptist Churches are very concerned about Indonesian security forces towards God’s people in Papua. The cause for this concern came after General Kelly Kwalik killed in Timika on December 16, 2009 by Joint TIM – TNI, Indonesian Police, BRIMOB and Detachment 88, and Musa Mako Tabuni, Chairman of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) were killed by Detachment 88 on June 14, 2012 at Waena, Jayapura, Papuans are confronted with strange and uncivilised events such as a bomb discoveries, bombings, and the arrest of Papuan civilians on suspicion of possessing ammunition throughout the entirety of Papua.
- The bombing of the parliament Jayawijaya building on 1 September 2012 at 02:15 WIT by OTK;
- the throwing of bombs at the Jayawijaya police station traffic on 18 September 2012 at 20:55 WIT;
- the discovery of a bomb in Timika, Friday, October 19, 2012,
- the discovery of three bombs in Manokwari on October 9, 2012.
- Explosion of three homemade bombs in Sorong on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 22.00.
As of October 30, 2012 there has been the discovery of 7.62 calibre ammunition in as many as 9 points, 5 TJ 5.6 bullets in as much as 121 points, 5.6 servant bullets in 20 points and the arrest of four youths known by the initials DIH (26), a resident of Organda, YP (28), a resident Sampan Timika, AK (24) a woman, a resident of Organda, and YJW (27) a Karubaga citizen. (Cenderwasih Pos News, Wednesday, October 31, 2012).
On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 and the Papua Regional Police arrested a civilian with the initials OG (27) for the alleged possession of Jayapura PTC ammunition.
From the whole combination of “scenarios” and engineered changes that feature indigenous Papuans as owners of ammunition and bomber gives the VERY clear impression of a SYSTEMATIC STRATEGY being applied by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia through the power of the security apparatus with multiple objectives, agenda and targets, namely:
- A systematic effort to thwart the Papuan demands to work towards a peace dialogue;
- Systematic efforts to destroy and criminalize peaceful struggle for self-determination rights (the right to self-determination) of the people of Papua;
- A systematic effort to make the peaceful struggle for independence of Papuans become known as “terrorists”, so that the international community does not support the struggle of the people of Papua, and the Indonesian security forces instead become supported with funding from the Government of the United States and Australia, which has been instrumental in training and sponsorship of Detachment 88 to fight against “terrorists” in Indonesia.
All ammunition and bombs which have been found and detonated were not owned and operated by indigenous Papuans, but there are several false owners, suppliers and urgers of young Papuans to give truth to the “justification” that those involved in the struggle of the people of Papua are in fact criminals and “terrorists”.
- The entire Papuan society, migrants and indigenous Papuans, do not easily believe that the bombs which were detonated and found, and ammunition recovered from the hands of indigenous Papuans is not true. because the struggle to find justice and political rights for the people of Papua is found through peace, which has already been shown to be true, and not through violence, which would only be a backwards change.
- The security forces of the Republic of Indonesia must stop committing crimes against humanity by an engineered situation of bombs and ammunition discovery at the houses of indigenous Papuans.
- The Government of the Republic of Indonesia immediately open a space for an unconditional peace dialogue between the Government of Indonesia and the Papuans, mediated by a neutral third party, as a political solution to the Special Autonomy has FAILED to answer the complexity of the issue of Papua. Peaceful dialogue with the following conditions:
- Immediately release all political prisoners such as Filep Karma, Forkorus Yaboisembut and friends unconditionally.
- Immediate withdrawal of all non-organic troops, which are not balanced by the number of indigenous Papuans.
- The Government of the Republic of Indonesia immediately allow access for foreign journalists and humanitarian workers to visit Papua.
- The Government of the Republic of Indonesia immediately inviting and allow the United Nation Special Rapporteur to visit Papua.
The Central Body for the Fellowship of Baptist Churches in Papua,
Sofyan Yoman Socratez
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