Open Letter from ILWP to Inspektur Jenderal Drs BL Tobing Papua Police Chief

International Lawyers for West Papua


Inspektur Jenderal Drs BL Tobing
Papua Police Chief
Regional Head of Police (Kapolda)
JI. Samratulangi No. 8 Jayapura

Fax: +62 967 533763
21 October 20
Dear Kapolda,

We, the International Lawyers for West Papua, respectfully seek to remind you
of your duties under international law.

It has been reported from a police source (Republika, 19 October 2011) that
approximately 600 people were arrested at the Third Papua Congress, a peaceful
assembly at which the Papuan community were gathered to discuss their future.
Other media outlets have reported that between four and seven people were
killed and many others injured after security services opened fire on the
assembly and that hundreds more were beaten before being taken into custody.

As a Police Chief you are an agent of the Indonesian State and you are bound to
obey the human rights standards set by international law, particularly the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which Indonesia
acceded to on 23 February 2006. We also remind you of your obligations under
the Indonesian Human Rights Act and Human Rights Courts Act.

The right to freedom of assembly is protected by Articles 21 and 22 of the
ICCPR. The right to free speech is guaranteed by Article 19 of the ICCPR. The
people of West Papua are entitled to meet and discuss freely their opinions,
including their right to self-determination and their desire for independence
and self-government. If they have been arrested for doing so, they are
prisoners of conscience and must be released immediately.

We therefore request that you immediately confirm the basis for the arrests and
ensure that all detainees that were injured during the violence have access to
medical care. We also request that you:

Comply with Articles 19, 21 and 22 of the ICCPR and release any detainees
held for engaging in peaceful assembly;
Comply with Article 7 of the ICCPR and guarantee that all of those detained
will not be tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in detention;
Comply with Article 14 of the ICCPR and allow all detainees immediate
access to a lawyer of their choosing;
Comply with Article 2 of the ICCPR in instituting a full and thorough
investigation of the extra-judicial killings and violence at the assembly in
breach of Articles 6 and 7 of the ICCPR.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Yours sincerely,

International Lawyers for West Papua

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