Civilian groups being armed by Indon Govt in Papua, says human rights activist

1 June 2012

West Papuan human rights activist, Sebby Sambom has declared that the Indonesian government has armed  a group of civilian personnel in Papua which have been armed armed in order to  carry out actions like the shooting of a foreign visitor, in order to damage the reputation of Papuan people in the outside world.’

He said that the shooting of the German, Dietmar Pieper, was part of a political conspiracy  of the Indonesian government  to undermine international opinion regarding the  People people, claiming that the perpetrator of the shooting was by someone from the OPM or  its armed wing, Tentara Pembebasan Papua.

‘The government has decided upon this conspiracy, now that the international community is paying greater attention to Papua, as was the case at a UN session on 23 May this year. The shooting was clearly the work of a Papuan who is now in the pay of the Indonesian government,’ said Sambom, who has spent time in prison as a political prisoner.

This can be proven, he said, by the fact that the Indonesians have armed some indigenous Papuans who have now decided to ally themselves with the Indonesians. He also drew attention to the emergence of other pro-NKRI groups in Papua such as the Barisan Merah Putih – the Red-and-White Brigade –  which is trying to stir up conflict in Papua.

‘I have proof of the fact that some Papuans have been armed by the government. I have in my possession the licences of some Papuan people who own guns and I am willing to show this evidence to someone from media or to the general public,’ he said.

This is all part of attempts being made to  discredit the struggle of the Papuan people in the eyes of the international community.

Sambom said that it was very important to exert presure pressure on the Gernan govermnet to adopt a firm stand with regard the shooting of one of its citizens here on Indonesian territory. ‘The German government should press for an independent team to be set up to investigate who was responsible for this shooting,’ said Sambom.

Translated by TAPOL

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  1. Arming civilians (papuans and non-papuans)and having them on organised payroll by the authorities both armed forces and civilian) is one of the strategies strenuosly explored and applied against the papuans’struggle for independence.

    The recent shooting of a German tourist in Base G is the calculated action of that group and the Indonesian authority. They serve the interest of the Indonesian authority.

    It is no surprise that the authority have resolved to use such strategies from only arresting and deporting to their country of origin.

    West papua and the world expect more of this to occur. The Indonesian outhority and the armed forces will continue to blame such action on OPM/TPN as their excape path of impunity. And I believe the Indonesian authorities are resolving to this kind of strategies after recent pressure exerted on them by members of the United Nations (at the UPR meeting in Geneva) to open up West Papua for international journalists and foreign missions.

    The recent shooting is an obvious desperate and frustrated attempt by the Indonesian authorities to discourage the Governments of world and the international communities to refrain from further exerting pressure on Indonesian Government to open up Papua for the free access by the International journalists and communities at large.

    The desperate actions always prove to be wrong but will the Indonesian military personels and other people who are trained and paid to do job
    continue to enjoy impunity? and for how much longer?

    Ignatius Mujijauw.

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