Medical staff take their complaints to the DPRP and to the govt in Jakarta

Bintang Papua, 23 March 2011

The secretary of the provincial administration of Papua has been
reported to the police by nurses and midwives who work at the hospital for his deceitful actions towards the medical staff and for conveying false information to the public. He had promised to pay monthly ‘incentives’ to the staff throughout 2010 but this has failed to

Hundreds of nurses and midwives demonstrated outside the office of
provincial legislative assembly, the DPRP and outside the office of the
provincial governor.

The lawyer, Anum Siregar told the press that the provincial secretary ,
Constan Karmadi, had deceived the public when he promised as long ago as December 2010 that incentives would be paid as promised, describing it at the time as a ‘Christmas present’.

The medical staff are planning to make a formal complaint against the
provincial secretary to the Administrative Court, pointing out that
Instruction 125/2010 has been issued for the payment of the incentives, only to be cancelled out by a later instruction that withdrew any such payments.

Letters have also been sent to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono , as well as to Vice-President Budiono about all this as well as about the
arrest of five nurses and midwives who work at the general hospital, or
alleged incitement in bringing other members of the profession out on
strike, which resulted in a breakdown in the provision of services at
the hospital. The arrested nurses are now being treated as ‘suspects’.

The lawyer said that the hospital authorities had acted in violation of
the regulations and in a very irresponsible way.

When a journalist from Bintang Papua approached the director of DokII
hospital, Dr, Maurits Okasaray, for a comment on this situation as he
was seen leaving the police criminal investigation unit, he refused to
say anything, remarking only that the question should be put the police authorities who are investigating the matter.

The Observatory: Indonesia: Brutal attack against journalist Banjir Ambarita


IDN 001 / 0311 / OBS 049



March 25, 2011

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint
programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new
information and requests your urgent intervention in the following
situation in Indonesia.

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources of the brutal
attack against Mr. Banjir Ambarita, journalist, after the publication of several of his articles in the local newspaper Bintang Papua of Jayapura, Papua province, and in the Jakarta Globe, denouncing sexual abuses committed by police officers in Jayapura.

According to the information received, on March 3, 2011, Mr. Banjir
Ambarita was riding his motorcycle in front of the Jayapura Mayor?s
office, when two unknown men on a motorcycle reportedly approached him, stabbed him twice in the chest and stomach and fled. As he began to bleed, Mr. Banjir Ambarita drove to the nearby police station. Police officers took him to the Marthen Indey Hospital in Aryoko, Jayapura, where he underwent surgery. He has reportedly recovered since then.

The Papua Regional Police and the Jayapura Police have set up a joint
force to investigate the case, but to date, perpetrators remain unknown.

Mr. Banjir Ambarita had recently written articles in the Bintang Papua and in the Jakarta Globe about two alleged rape cases involving the police.

In the first article, he had written that four police officers and three
civilians allegedly raped and tortured a 15 year old girl in February
2011, in Biak, Papua province. The last article, dated February 27,
2011, covered a second case in which three police officers forced a
woman detainee to perform oral sex on them from November 2010 to January 2011 at the Jayapura Police Detention Centre in Papua province. The media coverage of this incident led to the resignation of the Jayapura’s Police Chief, Mr. Imam Setiawan, and to the sentencing to 21 days of jail for the officers involved.

The Observatory expresses its deepest concern about the attack on Mr. Banjir Ambarita, which seems to merely aim at sanctioning his
denunciation of human rights violations, and urges the authorities to
ensure his protection and to promptly investigate into the
above-mentioned facts.

Actions requested:

The Observatory urges the authorities of Indonesia to:

i. Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological
integrity of Mr. Banjir Ambarita, as well as all human rights defenders
in Indonesia;

ii. Carry out a prompt, effective, thorough, independent and impartial
investigation into the above-mentioned events, the result of which must be made public, in order to prosecute and try the perpetrators of these violations before a competent, independent and impartial tribunal;

iii. Conform in all circumstances with the provisions of the Declaration
on Human Rights Defenders, adopted on December 9, 1998 by the United Nations General Assembly, in particular:

– Article 1, which states that ?Everyone has the right, individually or
in association with others, to promote the protection and realization of
human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels;

– Article 6, which provides that: “Everyone has the right, individually
and in association with others: (a) to know, seek, obtain, receive and
hold information about all human rights and fundamental freedoms (?);
(b) freely to publish, impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms”;
(c) to study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters”,

– Article 12.2 which provides that “The State shall take all necessary
measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of
everyone, individually and in association with others, against any
violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence
of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration”;

iv. Ensure in all circumstances the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and with international and regional human rights
instruments ratified by Indonesia.


  • HE. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia, Presidential Palace, Istana Merdeka, Jakarta 10110, Indonesia; Fax: +6221 345 2685/526 8726
  • Mr. Gamawan Fauzi. Minister of Home Affairs, Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara No. 7, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia, Fax +62 21 385 1193 / +62 21 384 6430, Email:⁢>
  • Mr. Patrialis Akbar, Minister for Justice and Human Rights, Department of Justice and Human Rights, Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav No. 4-5, Kuningan – Jakarta Selatan 12950, Indonesia,
    Fax: + 62 21 525 3095/ 310 4149/ 522 5036,
  • Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights, Jl. Latuharhary No 4B, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat 10310, Indonesia, Fax : +62 21 392 5227, Email:
  • Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in Geneva, Rue de Saint-Jean 16, Case Postale 2271, 1211 Geneva 2, Suisse, Fax: +41 22 345 57 33, Email:
  • Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Belgium, Boulevard de la Woluwe 38, B-1200, Brussels, Belgium, Fax +32 27 72 82 10, Email:

Please also write to the diplomatic representations of Indonesia in your
respective countries.

Geneva-Paris, March 25, 2011

* *

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this
appeal in your reply.

The Observatory, an OMCT and FIDH venture, is dedicated to the
protection of Human Rights Defenders and aims to offer them concrete
support in their time of need.

To contact the Observatory, call the emergency line:

· E-mail:

· Tel and fax OMCT + 41 22 809 49 39 / + 41 22 809 49 29

· Tel and fax FIDH + 33 1 43 55 25 18 / +33 1 43 55 18 80

More actions to release five detained nurses

JUBI, 24 March 2011

Nurses arrests violate human rights

KontraS Papua, the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of
Violence, is convinced that the detention of five nurses by the police
in Papua is a violation of their human rights. KontraS Papua member,
Olga Helena Hamadi said that the police should not treat the nurses as criminals, adding that the government should quickly act to resolve this case.

She also said that it was wrong for the governor of Papua Barnabas Suebu to ignore this case, as the consequences are being felt by many others in Papua. ‘Many people have already become victims.’

[This refers to the impact the case is having on services at the
hospital where the nurses work, which are vital to all local Papuans in
need of medical treatment at a hospital where they can be treated at
minimal cost. TAPOL]

Hamadi urged Komnas HAM, the National Human Rights Commission, to
continue with its investigations into this case to mediate in the case.
‘They need to work harder to produce stronger evidence to bring an end to this case,’ she said.

She also suggested that the police should hand this case over the
government in order to reach a settlement.

As already reported, eight nurses have been identified for questioning,
five of whom have been arrested and are being held by the police. Five
of the nurses have already been declared suspects, while two others are currently being interrogated.


JUBI, 24 March 2011

Nurses working at DokII General Hospital in Jayapura have reported the secretary of the province of Papua Costant Karma to the police. They were accompanied by the team of lawyers who are acting for the nurses.

One of the lawyers, Michael Tieret, said they had produced the
governor’s instruction No 125/2010 which granted payment of an
incentive to the nurses, alongside the governor’s instruction No 141
which cancelled the incentive.

One of the lawyers, Cory Silpa, said that the provincial secretary had
also used abusive words against the nurses at a meeting in mid December 2010, when the nurses had made their demand for the incentive to be paid. He had said: ‘You lot seem to think I have no brains. I’ll use my own ways, just you wait and see. The names of all of you sitting here now are with me. ‘

The lawyer, Michael Tieret, said that this had caused great anxiety
among the nurses. He said that he hoped that the provincial secretary
would be summoned by the police for an explanation.

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