30 May 2013The secretary of the KNPB – National Committee for West Papua -, Ones Suhuniap has said that the governor of Papua, the chief of police and the commander of XVII Cenderawasih Military Command must all be held responsible for the mysterious killings that occurred in Puncak Jaya during the month of April.
‘Mysterious disappearances and murders have again been happening in Puncak Jaya. Thirty people have disappeared. Eleven have been found of whom two were already dead. They also included two women and an SMA school pupil who had been raped. Two children ran away and were drowned in Yamo Canal.”
The KNPB said that these senior officials must accept responsibility for the mysterious killings that have been occurring in Puncak Jaya and should do everything possible to find out who was responsible for these crimes.
The KNPB also called on the president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to immediately withdraw all troops, organic as well non-organic from Puncak Jaya.
A senior officer of the Cenderawasih military command, Lieut-Colonel Jansen Simandjuntak, was asked to confirm this report. In response he said: “Who committed those murders? I think we need firm evidence when accusing the TNI – the Indonesian Army – for being responsible for these murders.'”
He went on to say that if the bodies have been found, it is the duty of the police to carry out the investigation. He said that in cases that occurred in Wamena and Oksibil a short while ago, military officers were involved and the case had been taken to court. If need be, the men will be dismissed, he said.
“Two weeks ago, the military commander set up an investigation team for the Puncak Jaya case, but after investigation, it was decided that no TNI officer was involved.
Finally he said that if anyone feels dissatisfied with the results of these internal TNI investigations, his men will investigate the matter more thoroughly.
by Oktovianus Pogau at Suara Papua, with additional reporting from West Papua Media
27 May 2013
PAPUA, Jayapura: Filep Karma, who is a political prisoner being held in the Abepura Prison, refuses to accept the use of the term ‘Narapidana Politik‘ or ‘Napol’ (convicted political prisoner) which is used for him and about forty of his colleagues who are being detained in various prisons in the Land of Papua.
‘We feel more comfortable with the term ‘Tahanan Politik‘ – tapol – or political prisoner. Using the term ‘napol’ suggests that we committed acts of violence for which we were imprisoned.’
He went on to say that the vast majority of political prisoners were being held because of their political beliefs and not because they had committed any acts of violence or other crimes.
Several separate SMS messages were received by West Papua Media from various Tapols including Karma at Abepura prison, that read:
“We here have all jointly agreed that we want to change the term of Tapol-Napol used for us to instead TAHANAN POLITIK PAPUA MERDEKA (Political Prisoners Papua Liberation)” (Emphasis from original Bahasa Indonesia message maintained).
Earlier, there were reports in the media under the heading: ‘Papuan Political Prisoners reject Amnesty from the Indonesian Government, according to which around 25 political prisoners now being detained in Abepura Prison declared that the reject either ‘clemency’ or ‘amnesty’ which has been offered to them by the Indonesian government, via the intermediary of the Department for Law and Human Rights.
‘All we want and demand is for the Papuan people to be freed from being colonised by the colonial Indonesian government,’ he said in a statement issued by the tapols which was sent to the media.
[Simultaneous Translations by TAPOL and West Papua Media]
(note: WPM has independently verified this through separate sources, however this is an analysis Op-Ed rather than a straight news item)
May 21, 2013 (apologies for translation delay)
Yahukimo Police have shot a student, whilst he was with friends at the Blue Creek at Yahukimo following their school graduation. The incident occurred on Sunday 19 May 2013 at 04.00 (West Papuan time) when Yahukimo Police were using a Police Patrol vehicle went to the above location.
At the moment the Police arrived they came upon a group of students at the location. A group of five students had been drinking alcohol. The police without questioning the students fired warning shots in the direction of the students. The students fled afraid of the police gunfire. Four of them succeeded in fleeing but the fifth named Carles Suhuniap was hit in the right shoulder by further police gunfire whilst trying to flee. Wounded, he was arrested by the police who became smeared with his blood.
The victim was later evacuated to Jayapura where he is at this time being treated at the Dian Harapan Hospital in Jayapura. Of those students that successfully fled three have been named as Deni Asso, Andre Kiban and Gelgi Giban.
Media sources reported that the students after drinking alcohol at the time of the shooting incident, had not being doing anything untoward or acting negatively towards anyone in particular or causing any harm or threat to anyones’ property. They merely had an intention of going home. The police had no cause to shoot.
This incident was a human rights violation. The Police wanted an excuse to kill (dengan dalih menewaskan) the victim but rather he was not killed but left seriously wounded.
It is not just this incident as killing of community members in Yahukimo is happening regularly via para-military agents that are assigned to the hospitals in Yahukimo as sisters, medical aides and doctors. There have been many experiences of people entering the hospitals in Yahukimo as patients not in any critical or particularly serious condition, only to rather than get better and be released to instead come out as dead bodies. This has been happening and continues to happen in Yahukimo.
This is the problem in Yahukimo at this time. The regional government does not appear to be serious about addressing the problem. Covert killings are happening in Yahukimo and this is the mission of the State to kill the Papuan community throughout Papua. The situation is similar to that news reported by Bintang Papua last year with the news regarding 15 people from Paniai who were killed whilst drunk. These things are happening as part of a mission of the Republic of Indonesia in Papua.
Jayapura, 25/05 – The bid by the Indonesian Government through the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, to grant amnesty for some political prisoners in Papua was rejected by political prisoners at Abepura penitentiary.
The Papuan political prisoners’ statement which was signed by 25 political prisoners serving sentences in Abepura prison stated the following: “We reject the plan granting clemency by the President of the Republic of Indonesia.”
This statement, received by Jubi on Friday (24/05) reinforces the position of these political prisoners: they themselves do not need to be released from prison, but they demand the release of the people of West Papua from the colonial occupation by the Indonesian Republic.
A few hours earlier, the Minister of Law and Human Rights, Amir Syamsuddin, had conveyed to journalists at the Parliament Building in Jakarta that amnesty would be granted to political prisoners in Papua.
“We are considering the granting of amnesty for political prisoners, because of the political background, especially the situation in Papua,” said Law Minister Amir Syamsuddin.
The 25 political prisoners who rejected the amnesty offer by the Indonesian Government are:
1. Filep J.S. Karma
2. Victor F Yeimo
3. Selpius Bobii
4. A. Makbrawen Sananay Krasar
5. Dominikus Sarabut
6. Beni Teno
7. Alex Makabori
8. Nico D. Sosomar
9. Petrus Nerotou
10. Denny I Hisage
11. Dago Ronald Gobai
12. Jefry Wandikbo
13. Mathan Klembiab
14. Rendy W. Wetipo
15. Boas Gombo
16. Jhon Pekei
17. Oliken giyai
18. Panus Kogoya
19. Warsel Asso
20. Yunias Itlay
21. Timur Waker
22. Kondison Jikibalom
23. Serko Itlay
24. Japrai Murib
25. Yulianus Wenda
In Papua, until last April, according to the UK-based NGO, Tapol, there are around 40 political prisoners scattered in several prisons in Papua and West Papua. (Jubi)
Credible and disturbing reports are continuing to emerge from Tingginambut, Puncak Jaya, in the West Papuan highlands, detailing evidence of another violent rampage by the Indonesian army special forces (Kopassus) against civilians throughout May, allegedly by Kopassus officers stationed in the district which has been suffering war conditions since February.
The death toll is mounting, with six of the victims village chiefs and social leaders returning from invited attendance at the inauguration of new Papua Governor Lukas Enembe in Jayapura, and were intercepted, tortured and killed by Kopassus officers mounting a roadblock at Ilu on the Mulia road on May 8, 2013, according to preliminary evidence uncovered by human rights investigators in the field and provided to West Papua Media.
At least 18 headless, mutilated or amputated bodies have since been confirmed found in roadside ditches and drains, and named as victims from around the Mulia and Pirime areas of Tingginambut, with unconfirmed but credible reports putting the total toll of the “mysterious killings” at over 41 people to date. Activists from the West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat or KNPB) have said that the discovery of so many bodies points to “a covert operation of killing and forced disappearances of indigenous Papuans in Puncak Jaya that has been operating since 1 April 2013 until now”.
Those confirmed dead are:
Mili Tabuni (37),
Sony Tabuni (35) ,
Ella Enumbi. Born Mewoluk DOB 12 March 1986, Secondary school student at Mulia State School Class III, Male,
Yerson Wonda, Born at Wondagobak, Mulia, Male. Tertiary College Student in Technical Trade in Jayapura; Also worked as Secretary of KNPB Puncak Jaya Region at Puncak Jaya.
Yos Kogoya (40) Former village head Mewoluk;
Pauwuli Tabuni (35) Village Head of Regional District Tingginambut;
Yaningga Tabuni (37) Village Head Regional District Yembuni Tingginambut;
Tepaus Tabuni (40) Village Head of Regional District Tingginambut;
Terius Enumbi (39) Shepherd of the Church of Kampung Kalome; and
Yemundan Enumby (35)
West Papuan human rights activists in Puncak Jaya have also reported that women in villages under occupation by the TNI are being regularly raped by soldiers, with at least 12 documented cases since April and unconfirmed reports of many more. Two female high school students among the dead were found to have been brutally raped and beaten in Tingginambut by Kopassus officers, West Papua Media is not publishing the names of these sexual assault victims in line with ethical journalism practice.
Relatives of the a total of 30 missing adults are still searching across Puncak Jaya for their family members, though unconfirmed reports have emerged that Kopassus have arrested and detained at least 15 more people while searching for their family members. Grave fears are being held for the safety of these detainees, with at least one case of torture believed to have occurred on family members. According to statements from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), a senior high-school aged youth of class III was arrested in the town area and is believed to have been tortured over a period of 2 weeks after which he was killed and beheaded, with his beheaded body placed in a sack and thrown under a bridge. His family is still hunting for his head, according the KNPB.
Wim Medlama, the spokesperson for the KNPB, told KNPBNews.com, “Every person in the community known for activist activities in Puncak Jaya has been interrogated such that the whole community is now terrified to even carry out their usual daily activities.”
TNI soldier aims .50 Calibre heavy machine gun at Papuan villagers in TIngginambut during recent sweep operations in May 2013 (Photo: supplied by indp human rights investogators)
Independent human rights investigator Yasons Sambon have just returned from Puncak Jaya interviewing surviving victims and witness who have pointed the finger at new Papua governor Lukas Enembe, detailing that six of the victims were returning as invited guests from Enembes inauguration in Jayapura. Enembe’s electoral team provided the six with transport to attend the inauguration, but allegedly left them stranded in Jayapura after allegedly reneging on their transport home, however Enembe’s team finally covered their fares back to Wamena only after the Governor had arrived back in Jayapura from a visit to Jakarta..
On the afternoon of May 8, 2013, the six men, (Yos Kogoya (40) Former village head Mewoluk; Pauwuli Tabuni (35) Village Head of Regional District Tingginambut; Yaningga Tabuni (37) Village Head Regional District Yembuni Tingginambut; Tepaus Tabuni (40) Village Head of Regional District Tingginambut; Terius Enumbi (39) Shepherd of the Church of Kampung Kalome; and Yemundan Enumby (35) Society of Kampung Yembuni), left Wamena to return home by car to their villages in TIngginambut, Puncak Jaya, when they were stopped at the Ilu military infantry post on the Mulia road. According to the testimony from surviving witnesses interviewed by Sambon, the victims were forced out of the car and were beaten and tortured whilst being interrogated by the soldiers and detained through the night.
The testimony provided by the witnesses reported that at 0800 the next morning (May 9), the victims were then confronted by” a number Kopassus officers in the middle of the road”, further adding that “Kopassus in Puncak Jaya were assigned to kill people in a way like the mafia”. (Kopassus officers are regularly referred to across Indonesia as Mafia or gangsters, given their well-documented control of vast, well organised criminal cartels of drugs, money laundering, prostititution, illegal logging and mining, finance, human trafficking, and a myriad of other illegal business activities.)
“Then victim number 6 is tortured until killed by inhumane way, gunshot victims by Kopassus and cut the legs and head off, and waste (dumped) in different places,” the witness reported to Sambom. Sambom described the witness as an ordinary villager who found the bodies of the chiefs, and who begged for his name not to be published for “fear he will be searched again by Kopassus and removed after being found as the the source of this news report”.
According to the sources interviewed by Sambom, “we found the victims dead, they (perpetrators) had dismembered the head and feet and hands in different places, we gathered all of the victim’s body.” “Once we found them, we made a grave all in one place. Right now we’re done mourning, and sympathizers close to the family who came to pay respects had returned to their respective villages,” the village witness said.
“We now, all the people are afraid, because Kopassus kill again we are all scared,” he said.
The driver, who according to witnesses was a “newly posted” member of the State Intelligence Agency BIN provided by the pro-military Governor Enembe, has not been seen since, and witnesses have questioned if he was a participant in the murder of the Chiefs, or if he himself was murdered by the Kopassus officers seeking to cover their tracks.
According to sources from the KNPB, two more victims, Yerson Wonda – the Secretary of KNPB in the Puncak Jaya region – and KNPB member and high school student Ella Enumbi were also arrested by Kopassus at Ilu TNI post, then killed and their bodies beheaded. The body of Yerson Wonda and the head only of Ella Enumbi were thrown under a bridge in a sack, and their bodies were found on 26 April 2013. KNPB News reported that “It is suspected that for two weeks following the date of their deaths that their bodies were hidden by Kopassus at the place of detention at the Kopassus Post at Purume (Pirime), Mulia. The family is still searching for the remainder of the body of Ella Enumbi.”
Sweep operations by Indonesian security forces have not lessened in intensity since December 2012, when a new phase of repression against local civilians and non-violent political activists began with the violent raids by joint Detachment 88 counter terror and TNI soldiers on the home villages of the KNPB political activists. Several of those still missing include non-violent political activist members of the local chapter of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), which has seen a massive and violent crackdown led by new Australian trained Papua Police Chief Tito Karnavian, the former head of the notorious counter-terror unit turned extrajudicial death squad, Detachment 88.
The area of the latest alleged TNI rampage is the same area in Sinak subdistrict, close to Mulia, where troops from General Goliat Tabuni’s West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB) unit attacked Kopassus soldiers who had built a military post on a sacred burial ground in on February 21. A massive influx of several thousand soldiersfrom the Indonesian Army’s (TNI) Kostrad (strategic reserve), notorious locally based Indonesian battalions 753 and 756, several hundred Kopassus special forces soldiers, and members of the Australian-trained and funded Detachment 88 counter-tterror unit flooded into the area to hunt Tabuni’s unit. Since the influx, constant operations have caused thousands of people to be displaced from their villages, whilst those remaining behind are subjected to arbitrary and brutal treatment from the military and police on a daily basis. Hundreds of houses, livestock and food gardens have been destroyed in a collective punishment against civilians that breaches international laws on war crimes.
Disturbing footage from human rights investigators has also been released showing the brutal conduct of Indonesian troops terrorising unarmed civilians as they raid a unidentified village in Tingginambut during this years sweep operations. The video can be viewed below.
The KNPB has reiterated a call made from local residents for human rights monitors to be present in the region. “We urgently seek the help of KOMNAS HAM (National Human Rights Commission) in Papua, and any independent persons with humanitarian concerns to please immediately come to Puncak Jaya to investigate,” said Wim Medlama. “These covert operations and mysterious killings are still to this moment continuing.”
Sambon also contacted General Tabuni by phone on May 23 and reported that Tabuni was shocked at the killings and denied involvement. “They are the people and the village head, not my TPNPB-OPM members who do not shoot” … According to Tabuni, “the public spotlight is on me, why Goliath is silent? But the village head make themselves part of the Indonesian government, why should they be shot like that? I have no link related to this event. It is the responsibility of the Governor,” Tabuni said.