‘There should have been no loss of life or the injuries; what happened has only made the situation in Papua worse than than ever and is not in accord with the pledge made by the president – SBY -in his address on the occasion of 17 August this year that the situation in West Papua must be handled with care.
In an open letter. Poengky Indarti, executive-director of Imparsial said that the use of excessive force by the security forces, alleging that the congress was engaged in subversion ws totally unjustified. ‘ The mobilisation of the security forces which was very un-coordinated has only resulted in Papuan people feeling more insecure,’ said Indarti.
‘Now is the time to resolve the problems in Papua by means of good communication with the Papuan people.’ she said. The continued use of force and violence will not only destroy the Papuan people’s confidence in Indonesia, but will also undermine the confidence of the international community in the the president’s respect for human rights principles.’ Imparsial called on all sides to do everything to preserve peace in Papua, by showing respect for human rights.
According to the Papuan branch of Komnas HAM, the National Human Rights Commission, the six people who died were: James Gobay, 25 years old, Yosaphat Yogi 28, Daniel Kadepa 25, Maxsasa Yewi 35, Yacob Samonsabra 53, and Pilatus Wetipo. 40.
Those under arrest include Forkorus Yaboisembut, chairman of the Papuan Customary Council, and Edison Waromi who will face the charge of subversion under article 106 of the Criminal Code.
Others currently being interrogated include: August Makbrawnen Sananay Kraar, Selpius Bobii, chairman of the Congress, and Dominikus Sirabat, a Papuan human rights activist.
- At Papuan Congress, a Brutal Show of Force (westpapuamedia.info)
- Report by GKI on Third Papuan Congress and Declaration of Independence (westpapuamedia.info)
- AWPA: CHOGM leaders should condemn the brutal crackdown on the West Papuan people (westpapuamedia.info)
- Indonesian crackdown on Papuan Congress sparks outrage (westpapuamedia.info)