August / September 2015: Shootings in Timika echo Bloody Paniai incident

In brief

At the end of August 2015, there were at least 45 political prisoners in Papua. At the end of September, the number of political prisoners remained the same.

In Timika alone, there were three separate incidents of shootings against young indigenous Papuans perpetrated by Indonesian security forces during the extended period of this Update. On 28 August, Imanuel Marimau and Yulianus Okare, both 23 years old, were shot dead by two soldiers from Military District Command 1710 (Komando Distrik Militer 1710, Kodim 1710) during a traditional ritual held in honour of a local man who had received a doctorate degree. At least five others were injured. On 28 September, two separate shootings occurred. The first involved the shooting of three teenagers by Mimika Baru District Police (Polsek Mimika Baru), resulting in the death of 18-year-old Kalep Bagau and the injuring of two others. While the motives behind the shootings remain unclear, witnesses allege that it was in response to an act of vandalism earlier that day. An hour following this incident, Niko Bedes, aged 21, was shot and seriously injured by two army officers after a motorcycle he was riding pillion on collided into their vehicle, on Yos Sudarso street in Timika.

In Jayapura, three young men were kidnapped and tortured by Jayapura City police officers over the alleged theft of a motorcycle. In another incident in Intan Jaya, students were brutally beaten by authorities, including the Regent of Intan Jaya, Natalis Tabuni, and police Mobile Brigades (Brigades Mobil, Brimob) officers under his instruction.

The willingness to resort to excessive use of force not only demonstrates a low standard of professionalism and discipline within security forces, but also shows a poor understanding of basic human rights obligations. This climate of increasing police and military brutality further exacerbates existing tensions and distrust towards state authorities amongst indigenous Papuans.

The arrests of students in Intan Jaya and Sorong who were protesting the poor state of the education system in Papua shows that it is not only political demonstrations that are shut down; restrictions on freedom of expression are wide-ranging and can affect any attempt to criticise the government.

Arrests

13 students arrested in Sorong for demonstrating against poor education system

On 13 August, 13 students were arrested by Sorong City Regional Police on their way to hold a demonstration demanding the resignation of the Sorong City Head of Education and Culture due to the poor state of the education system. Amad Rumalean, the Head of the Sorong Regional Police Criminal Investigation Unit (Kasat Reskrim), told Jubi that the demonstration was forcibly dispersed as the demonstrators did not have a letter of ‘consent’ from the police, thus making the action ‘illegal.’ It is believed that the 13 demonstrators have since been released without charge.

KNPB Merauke leader arrested during raid on secretariat

On 8 August 2015, at around 11:00 Papua time, Gento Emerikus, a KNPB leader from Merauke was arrested by police during a raid on the KNPB secretariat led by Marthin Koagouw, the Head of the Operational Division, (Kepala Bagian Operasional, Kabagops) of Merauke Regional Police. According to an eyewitness interviewed by Jubi, police reportedly cited a planned event boycotting Indonesia’s Independence Day on 17 August and prevented them from holding any gatherings. KNPB members denied planning a boycott. It is believed that Emerikus has since been released.

Two KNPB activists arrested and beaten for distributing flyers

On 16 September, two KNPB members, Hariel Luluk and Arpinus Magayong were arrested by Yahukimo police for distributing flyers announcing the outcome of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting in Papua New Guinea. They were beaten in detention in Yahukimo Regional Police Station and were released without charge a few hours later.

Releases

Yoseph Arwakon released following sentence remission

On 17 August, Yoseph Arwakon, one of five remaining detainees in the Biak 1 May case was released after receiving remission. Remissions are regularly given to prisoners on Indonesian Independence Day. The four remaining detainees, Oktovianus Warnares, Markus Sawias, George Syors Simyapen and Jantje Wamaer continue to serve their sentences in Biak prison.

Three activists in Fakfak released

Information from KNPB activists in Fakfak reported that the three men arrested in Fakfak on 3 July 2015 for participating in a demonstration in support of the ULMWP have been released. Apnel Hegemur, Roy Marten Mury and Daniel Hegemur were detained for several hours before being released without charge.

UNIPA student leader released

Information from lawyers from the Institute for Research, Investigation and Development of Legal Aid, (Lembaga Penelitian, Pengkajian dan Pengembangan Bantuan Hukum, LP3BH) reported that Domingus Babika, a student at the State University of Papua (Universitas Papua, UNIPA) active in leading demonstrations in Manokwari, was released shortly after his detention on 1 May 2015. Babika was arrested for his role in leading a demonstration in Manokwari commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the administrative transfer of Papua to Indonesia.

Political trials and cases overview

Lanny Jaya torture case victims sentenced to three years’ imprisonment; Kelpis Wenda escapes prison

Lawyers from AlDP reported that on 20 August, Kamori Murib and Kelpis Wenda were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for possessing a firearm under charges of Emergency Law 12/1951. The Public Prosecutor had previously called for a four-year sentence each for the two men. On 23 August, Kelpis Wenda reportedly escaped Wamena prison during a mass prison break.

The two men were arrested and tortured in relation to the possession of a pistol. They had reportedly intended to hand over a pistol belonging to a deceased relative to the Papuan Legislative Council (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Papua, DPRD) authorities in Puncak Jaya regency, in response to a weapons amnesty.

Palm oil plantation protestors sentenced

On 25 August, Obed Korie was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment while Odie Aitago to seven months. Prosecutor Katrina Dimara previously demanded a prison sentence of one year for Obed Korie and eight months for Odi Aitago. On 15 May 2015, the two men were arrested in Sorong for demonstrating against palm oil plantation company PT Permata Putera Mandiri (PPM), a subsidiary of the Austindo Nusantara Jaya Group. Korie and Aitago were among a group of indigenous Papuans from the Iwaro tribe who protested against PPM’s seizure of their customary land. They were charged with violence towards persons or property under Article 170 of the Indonesian Criminal Code. Korie is expected to be released in October and Aitago in December this year.

MSG demo detainees in Manokwari still detained at Brimob HQ

Lawyers with LP3BH reported that the four detainees – Alexander Nekenem, Narko Murib, Maikel Aso and Yoram Magai – arrested in May for their participation in a demonstration in support of the ULMWP bid for MSG (Melanesian Spearhead Group) membership remain in detention at the Brimob Headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Manokwari. Lawyers reported that their detention at the Brimob headquarters make access to healthcare, family and lawyers particularly difficult for the four detainees. The four men have been charged with incitement under Article 160 of the Indonesian Criminal Code.

ULMWP supporters detained in Biak to face trial in October

Human rights lawyers accompanying Apolos Sroyer, Dorteus Bonsapia and Wamoka Yudas Kossay reported that the trial for the three men will begin on 15 October. The three men face charges of incitement and spreading lies under Article 160 of the Indonesian Criminal Code and Article 14 of Law 1/1946 respectively. The three men are currently being detained in Biak Prison.

Piethein Manggaprouw sentence increased to three years

Kontras Papua lawyers accompanying Piethein Manggaprouw reported that his prison sentence was increased from two to three years following a court decision of an appeal launched by the Prosecution. On 19 October 2013, Manggaprouw was arrested for leading a peaceful demonstration in Biak commemorating the Third Papuan Peoples’ Congress.

Markus Sawias sentence increased to four years

KontraS Papua reported that Markus Sawias, one of the four remaining detainees in the Biak 1 May case received an increased prison sentence of four years following a decision on a second appeal launched by the Prosecution. On 1 May 2013, Sawias was one of six people arrested following a peaceful flag-raising ceremony at which police opened fire.

Cases of concern

Three teenagers shot by district police in Timika; one dead, two injured

Information received by local human rights investigators reported that on 28 September, at around 19:00 Papuan time, three teenagers were shot by Mimika Baru District Police (Polsek Mimika Baru) at Gorong-Gorong market in Timika regency. While the motive behind the shooting remains unclear, according to witness statements recorded by local investigators, the shootings were reportedly in response to the vandalism of a house. 18-year-old Kalep Bagau was shot dead while two other teenagers, Efrando Sabarofek and Bastian Korwa, both 17 years old, sustained injuries.

Reports containing testimonies from the surviving victims stated that the three teenagers were idling away time by the Tiang Tower in Timika when three Mimika Baru District police officers in a patrol car stopped and threatened them. The officers reportedly told the teenagers: “Leave this place. If not, we will shoot you. (Kamu bubar dari tempat itu, kalau tidak kamu dapat tembak).” One of the teenagers replied: “Brother, we are just sitting here, we are not doing anything. (Kaka, kami hanya duduk-duduk saja, kami tidak buat apa-apa).” Following this response, the police drove away. Sometime later, the three teenagers decided to head to Biak Complex (Kompleks Biak Jalur Satu). On their way there, they noticed the patrol car from earlier on parked outside a residence. As they were passing, the three Mimika Baru District police officers opened fire on them from a distance of about six to seven metres away.

Bagau, a high school student at Hope Vocational High School (SMK Harapan), was shot in the chest and died shortly afterwards. Sabarofek was shot on the left side of his chest and inner right thigh. Korwa was shot on the ride side of his chest with a rubber bullet. Both surviving teenagers, Sabarofek and Korwa, managed to escape from the police, and were brought to Timika General Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Timika). According to testimony from one of the surviving victims, shortly after the shootings, security officers arriving in three cars and several motorcycles had gathered at the scene of the shootings. While the motive behind the shootings remain uncertain, witness testimony alleges that it may have been in response to a vandalism on the residence where the patrol car was parked earlier that day.

Latest information from the surviving victims reported that Sabarofek’s condition remains critical and he is currently seeking medical treatment, while Korwa sustained light injuries. Local human rights investigators stated that police have not taken responsibility for medical costs. Reports also alleged that parents of the two victims have been threatened by police officers. Police have reportedly telephoned them threatening that their sons would be detained. Families of the victims have requested human rights defenders accompanying the survivors to seek answers to why police had shot the three teenagers.

Two Papuans shot dead by soldiers in Timika

On 28 August, Imanuel Marimau and Yulianus Okare, both 23 years old, were shot dead while at least five others suffered injuries when two soldiers from Military District Command 1710 (Komando Distrik Militer 1710, Kodim 1710) opened fire on a group of people in Koperapoka in Mimika Regency. Chief Sergeant Serkha Makher and First Sergeant Sertu Arshar were reportedly drunk when they interrupted a traditional ritual held in a church courtyard by members of the Kamoro tribe in Timika in honour of a local man who had received a doctorate degree.

According to information from Timika-based investigators, two army officers arrived on motorcycles in an intoxicated state and attempted to disrupt the celebrations. After being told that they were not welcome at the event, the soldiers reportedly left, only to return a short while later with rifles and bayonets. They then allegedly began threatening the group of people with their weapons before leaving the church courtyard and positioning themselves on the road outside. Reports state that the soldiers then fired shots at the group, killing two and injuring at least four others. Reports state that Mairimau died after he was shot at the back of the head, while Okoare died from a gunshot wound in the stomach. Marthinus Afukafi, Martinus Imputa, Thomas Apoka, Moses Imipu and Amalia Apoka suffered gunshot injuries and were later hospitalised. According to reports in Jubi, there may be more victims of the shooting, but data was unavailable as security forces restricted human rights investigators from collecting information on victims hospitalised at Mimika General Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah Mimika).

According to a report from Jubi, Lieutenant Colonel Andi Kusworo, the District Military Commander of Kodim 1710, stated that a new regulation would be issued regarding restrictions on soldiers carrying weapons while in towns. On 28 August, the two soldiers were arrested and detained in the Military Police office in Timika. According to a military spokesperson, the soldiers had allegedly acted in self-defence after being attacked by members of the group who participated in the celebrations.

On 7 September, the National Human Rights Commission (Komisi Nasional Hak Asasi Manusia, Komnas HAM) sent a monitoring team to Timika tasked with collecting data on the incident. Komnas HAM Chief Nur Kholis criticised the lack of transparency in investigations conducted by relevant state institutions. The military is reported to be conducting its own investigations into the incident.

Local and international civil society groups, including church and student organisations, have strongly condemned the shootings. The Council of Pacific Churches (Dewan Gereja-Gereja Pasifik) urged Indonesian authorities to address arbitrary killings, torture and human rights violations in Papua. On 4 September, demonstrators from the Papuan Students Alliance (Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua, AMP) in Malang demanded that the perpetrators be brought to trial and the military be withdrawn from Papua.

Army officers shoot Papuan man over roadside accident

Reports from Timika-based human rights defenders stated that on 28 September, a 21-year-old man named Niko Bedes was shot by two army officers following a roadside accident. While this incident took place shortly after the shootings of three Papuan teenagers by Mimika Baru District police officers (see item above), it appears to be a separate shooting, unrelated to the earlier incident.

According to reports, at around 20:00 Papua time, Bedes hitched a motorcycle ride from a friend following a trip to the market. On their way back, his friend lost control of the motorcycle and collided with an oncoming vehicle on Yos Sudarso street in front of the post office in Timika. Two army officers then reportedly stepped out of the vehicle. While Bedes remained laying on the road after the collision, his friend managed to run away. The two army officers then shot Bedes, injuring his left calf.

Shortly after that, Bedes was forced into a police patrol car that had arrived at the scene. He was brought to Mimika Baru District Police Station and put in a detention cell separate from other detainees. Local reports stated that the two army officers also confiscated his mobile phone and wallet containing IDR 250,000 and his identity card. Bedes was kept overnight in a cell and not given any medical attention despite his screams for help the whole night. He bled continuously from his leg. The next morning, at around 08:00, he was told by police officers that he could return home. He was not offered any medical assistance by police. As he could not walk, a police officer, whose identity is not known, drove him to the main road and gave him IDR 20,000 to pay for a motorcycle taxi ride home. He was later brought to Timika General Hospital by his wife. On 30 September, when asked about the incident, police reportedly stated that the victim had got into an accident when his motorcycle collided with a metal beam by the side of the road. There has been no police investigation into this case thus far.

Three Papuans kidnapped and tortured in Jayapura

On 28 August, three men were kidnapped and tortured in Jayapura by Jayapura City police (Polresta Jayapura). Jubi reported that at around 03:00, Elieser Awom, Soleman Yom and Yafet Awom were out buying cigarettes at a kiosk close to their home when they were forced into a car by four men. One of the four men reportedly wore a police uniform while the other three were dressed in plainclothes. The three young Papuan men were accused of stealing a motorcycle and were told that they were to be interrogated at a police station.

Instead of being taken to a police station, they were driven to East Sentani, a town at the opposite end of Jayapura. Throughout the journey there, they were forced to confess to the accusations under torture. According to testimony reported in Jubi, Yafet Awom was stabbed on the thigh with a knife and burned with cigarette butts. He also suffered bruises on the right side of his body from being beaten with a butt of a bayonet. He is reported to be in a state of trauma and is having difficulty speaking and eating. Soleman Awom was stabbed in the neck with a bayonet and also suffered other bruises from being beaten and kicked. Elieser Awom was stabbed in the back and on the right shoulder and kicked in the chest. He is having difficulty walking due to the beatings he suffered.

Once they arrived in Sentani, Soleman Yom and Elieser Awom were forced out of the car. When they started running away, the men in the car fired four shots in their direction. Yom and Awom hid in a village nearby and were sent home by local villagers the following day. Yafet Awom was detained in Jayapura City Regional Police Station and released the following morning.

On 31 August, relatives of the three victims went to the Papuan Police Headquarters to demand a thorough investigation into the incident. According to a statement made by Papuan Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Warterpauw, the two Jayapura City police officers, Second Brigadiers (Bripda) Suherman and Damani, are currently being investigated by Propam (Provos Pengamanan, Provost Security), the police internal complaints and investigations mechanism and the Criminal Investigations unit (Reskrim Polda). The three men are receiving legal accompaniment from the Democracy Alliance for Papua (Aliansi Demokrasi untuk Papua, AlDP).

Roby Pekey shot then charged with theft

In our July update, we reported on the detention and shooting of 21-year-old Roby Pekey by Jayawijaya Regional police in Wamena. He was then sent to Wamena General Hospital for medical treatment for his gunshot injuries. Information from lawyers accompanying him stated that Pekey is currently in detention at Wamena Regional Police Station while awaiting trial. He has been charged with theft under Article 362 of the Indonesian Criminal Code for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.

Lawyers accompanying Pekey has stated that his arrest and detention were carried out in contravention with regular police procedure. AlDP reported that his detention warrant was released two days, or more than 24 hours, after his arrest. According to Indonesian criminal procedure, a detention warrant must be issued 24 hours after a detainees’ arrest. Additionally, lawyers stated that he was arrested without an arrest warrant.

During court hearings in August, Second Brigadier (Bripda) Eko Putra Wijaya Basri, one of the policeman involved in Pekey’s arrest, testified that he had shot Pekey in the left ankle to incapacitate him. Basri admitted that even though Pekey had fallen to the ground and had been secured by police officers, he was shot again by another police officer. His testimony contradicts previous statements by Jayawijaya Regional Police that Pekey had only been shot once. His lawyers report that Pekey was shot three times. Pekey, a nursing student, maintained that he had not stolen the motorcycle but had instead bought it from a pawn shop.

Tolikara incident detainees under town arrest

In our July update, we reported on the detention of two men in relation to the Tolikara case. Human rights lawyers with KontraS Papua accompanying Jundi Wanimbo and Ariyanto Kogoya reported that the two men have been released from detention but remain under city arrest. The two men were arrested in relation to the burning of kiosks on 17 July, which spread to a musholla (a prayer room) where Eid al-Fitr prayers were taking place.

On 18 September, lawyers accompanying the two men submitted a bail appeal to the Wamena High Court. On 23 September, the two men were released from detention in the Papuan Police Headquarters (Polda Papua) on bail but remain under town arrest in Tolikara. They still face charges of arson and violence against person or property under Articles 187 and 170 of the Indonesian Criminal Code, but it is not yet clear when their trial will begin.

On 17 July, a 16-year-old teenager named Endy Wanimbo was shot dead and at least 11 people suffered gunshot injuries when security officers started shooting at a crowd of people who were protesting the use loudspeakers during an Eid prayer session. According to KontraS Papua lawyers, there is little sign that the perpetrators of the shootings will be brought to account.

Intan Jaya Regent participates in brutal forced dispersal of student demonstration

On 17 and 18 August, student demonstrators demanding transparency regarding mismanagement of student aid funds were brutally dispersed by Intan Jaya authorities. Students also protested against planned mining activity in Intan Jaya without proper consultation with local customary land owners

On 17 August, students from the Intan Jaya Student Movement (Gerakan Pelajar dan Mahasiswa Peduli Intan Jaya, GPMPI) demonstrating outside Soko Paki Airport in Intan Jaya were forcibly dispersed by Brimob officers under the instruction of Natalis Tabuni, the Regent of Intan Jaya. According to a witness account as reported by Suara Papua, Brimob officers reportedly beat demonstrators with rifle butts and fired five shots in the direction of the student demonstrators. None sustained injuries.

The following day, on 18 August, the same group of student demonstrators embarked on a long march. When they arrived outside the Regent’s residence, they began to negotiate with a security officer who instructed the students not to demonstrate. In an attempt to disperse the students, Natalis Tabuni reportedly came out of his house with a firearm and began firing shots into the air. Tabuni also reportedly joined Brimob officers that were present at his residence in beating the students. Suara Papua reported that several other local government officials also threw stones at the students. At least 14 students sustained injuries.

Student leader Melianus Duwitau, who also suffered beatings, told Majalah Selangkah that despite having met with authorities from the Ministry of People’s Welfare in Intan Jaya, action had not been taken regarding the disbursement of funds to students in need. He stated that 68 university students from Intan Jaya had not yet received student aid that had been promised to them.

News

Filep Karma rejects remission

West Papuan activist and political prisoner, Filep Karma, has rejected an offer of remission on his 15-year prison sentence. Remissions are typically given to prisoners on Indonesian Independence Day on 17 August. Karma has stated that he would only leave Abepura Prison, where he is currently being detained, if he was given unconditional release. Karma stated that “I did not commit any crime when I raised the Morning Star Flag in 2004. I will keep campaigning for independence once I am free.”

In 2004, Karma was arrested and charged with treason for raising the Morning Star Flag, a symbol of Papuan identity. However, Bagus Kurniawan, Head of Abepura Prison, has claimed that the prison did not received any official decree from Jakarta offering remission to Filep Karma.

Attempts to further restrict foreign media scrapped as two British journalists face possible five-year prison sentence

A new regulation attempting to widen restrictions on foreign journalists was promptly scrapped following opposition from President Joko Widodo regarding the move. On 26 August, Major General Soedarmo, the Director General of Political and General Administration at the Ministry of Home Affairs (Ditjen Polpum Kemendagri) announced new procedures for foreign journalists, movie crew members and NGO workers seeking to conduct work in Papua.

The first requirement included an application for a permit issued by the Coordinating Team for Visiting Foreigners at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The Coordinating Team was to consist of a task force that includes amongst others, members from the State Intelligence Body (Badan Intelejen Negara, BIN) and the national police. Foreign journalists, movie crew members and NGO workers were also required to apply for a permit from the Directorate General for Political Affairs and General Administration at the Home Affairs Ministry. In addition to this, a permit from local administrative authorities under the National Unity and Political Affairs office was also required for access to remote areas. Lastly, foreign journalists, movie crew members and NGO workers were required to present IDs officially issued by Indonesian representatives abroad.

Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo stated in the Jakarta Post that the new regulation was needed “to prevent foreign journalists from conducting intelligence activities.” Soedarmo also stated that such regulations were “a form of protection for the state.” National civil society groups criticized the regulations as a setback for media freedom in Indonesia. The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia stated that the regulation contravened Article 28 of the Indonesian Constitution and Law No. 40/1999 on the press which guarantees media freedom. The Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club criticized the regulation as “a stain on Indonesia’s transition to democracy and claims by its government that it supports a free press and human rights.”

According to various media reports, Kumolo apologized to President Jokowi by telephone and rescinded the new regulation. While the Clearing House committee which vetted visa applications for foreign journalists has been disbanded, the current application process remains unclear.

Two British journalists, Rebecca Prosser and Neil Bonner are currently standing trial under charges of violating Indonesian immigration law and face a possible five-year prison sentence. The journalists were making a National Geographic-funded documentary about piracy in the Malacca Strait. On 29 September, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called on Indonesian authorities “to stop abusing its draconian immigration legislation and to drop the proceedings against these two journalists.”

September 2015 Papuan Political Prisoners

No Prisoner Arrested Charges Sentence Case Accused of violence? Concerns reported re legal process? Prison/

Place of detention

1 Arnes Silak 15 June 2015 Uncertain Police investigation pending KNPB Sentani Airport arrest Uncertain Uncertain Papuan Police Headquarters
2 Yafet Keiya 28 May 2015 Uncertain Police investigation pending MSG demo in Nabire Uncertain Uncertain Nabire

 

 

3 Ottis Munipa 28 May 2015 Uncertain Police investigation pending MSG demo in Nabire Uncertain Uncertain Nabire

 

 

4 Wamoka Yudas Kossay 22 May 2015 Article 160 Indonesian Criminal Code, Article 14 of Law 1/1946 Trial beginning 15 October

 

MSG demo in Biak

 

Uncertain  Yes Biak
5 Apolos Sroyer 20 May 2015 Article 160 Indonesian Criminal Code, Article 14 of Law 1/1946 Trial beginning 15 October

 

MSG demo in Biak

 

Uncertain  Yes Biak
6 Dorteus Bonsapia 20 May 2015 Article 160 Indonesian Criminal Code, Article 14 of Law 1/1946 Trial beginning 15 October

 

MSG demo in Biak

 

Uncertain  Yes Biak
7 Narko Murib 20 May 2015 Article 160 Awaiting trial MSG demo in Manokwari Uncertain Yes Manokwari
8 Alexander Nekenem 20 May 2015 Article 160 Awaiting trial MSG demo in Manokwari Uncertain Yes Manokwari
9 Yoram Magai 20 May 2015 Article 160 Awaiting trial MSG demo in Manokwari Uncertain Yes Manokwari
10 Othen Gombo 20 May 2015 Article 160 Awaiting trial MSG demo in Manokwari Uncertain Yes Manokwari
11 Obed Korie 15 May 2015 Article 170 5 months Sorong demo against PT PPM Yes Uncertain Sorong
12 Odie Aitago 15 May 2015 Article 170 7 months Sorong demo against PT PPM Yes Uncertain Sorong
13 Ruben Furay 1 May 2015 Uncertain Police investigation pending Kaimana 1 May 2015 Uncertain Uncertain Kaimana
14 Sepi Surbay 1 May 2015 Uncertain Police investigation pending Kaimana 1 May 2015 Uncertain Uncertain Kaimana
15 Dr Don Flassy* 14 April 2015 Articles 106, 55(1),53(1) On bail KIP treason arrests Uncertain Uncertain Bailed, city arrest, cannot leave Jayapura
16 Dr Lawrence Mehue* 14 April 2015 Articles 106, 55(1),53(1) On bail KIP treason arrests Uncertain Uncertain Bailed, city arrest, cannot leave Jayapura
17 Mas Jhon Ebied Suebu* 14 April 2015 Articles 106, 108(2), 55(1), 53(1) On bail KIP treason arrests Uncertain Uncertain Bailed, city arrest, cannot leave Jayapura
18 Onesimus Banundi* 14 April 2015 Articles 106, 108(2), 55(1), 53(1) On bail KIP treason arrests Uncertain Uncertain Bailed, city arrest, cannot leave Jayapura
19 Elias Ayakeding* 14 April 2015 Articles 106, 160 On bail KIP treason arrests Uncertain Uncertain Bailed, city arrest, cannot leave Jayapura
20 Kamori Murib 9 December 2014 Emergency Law 12/1951 3 years Lanny Jaya torture Yes Yes Wamena
21 Yosep Siep 9 July 2014 Articles 187, 164 Supreme Court appeal being considered Pisugi Election Boycott Yes Yes Released pending appeal
22 Marthen Marian 9 July 2014 Articles 187, 164 Supreme Court appeal being considered Pisugi Election Boycott Yes Yes Released pending appeal
23 Jhoni Marian 9 July 2014 Articles 187, 164 Supreme Court appeal being considered Pisugi Election Boycott Yes Yes Released pending appeal
24 Alapia Yalak 4 June 2014 Uncertain Police investigation pending Yahukimo arrests Yes Yes Papua Police Headquarters
 25 Jemi Yermias Kapanai 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 3.5 years Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Serui Prison
26 Septinus Wonawoai 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 3.5 years Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Serui Prison
27 Rudi Otis Barangkea 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 3.5 years Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Serui Prison
28 Kornelius Woniana 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 3.5 years Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Serui Prison
29 Peneas Reri 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 3.5 years Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Serui Prison
30 Salmon Windesi 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 3.5 years Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Serui Prison
31 Obeth Kayoi 1 February 2014 Articles 106, 108, 110 and Emergency Law 12/1951 3.5 years Sasawa military raid arrests Yes Yes Serui Prison
32 Soleman Fonataba* 17 December 2013 Articles 106, 110)1, 53, 55 1.5 years city arrest, appeal pending Sarmi 2013 Melanesian flag arrests No / not yet clear No On bail, cannot leave Sarmi
33 Edison Werimon* 13 December 2013 Articles 106, 110)1, 53, 55 1.5 years city arrest, appeal pending Sarmi 2013 Melanesian flag arrests No / not yet clear No On bail, cannot leave Sarmi
34 Piethein Manggaprouw 19 October 2013 Articles 106, 110 3 years Third Papuan Congress demo in Biak No Yes Biak
35 Oktovianus Warnares 1 May 2013 Articles 106, 110, Emergency Law 12/1951 7 years Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration Yes Yes Biak
36 Markus Sawias 1 May 2013 Articles 106, 110, Emergency Law 12/1951 4 years Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration Yes Yes Biak
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George Syors Simyapen 1 May 2013 Articles 106, 110, Emergency Law 12/1951 4.5 years Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration Yes Yes Biak
38 Jantje Wamaer 1 May 2013 Articles 106, 110, Emergency Law 12/1951 2 years and 6 months Biak flag-raising, 1 May commemoration Yes Yes Biak
39 Isak Klaibin 30 April

2013

Articles 06, 107, 108, 110, 160 and 164 3 years and 6 months Aimas 1 May commemoration No Yes Sorong
40 Jefri Wandikbo 7 June 2012 Articles 340, 56,  Law 8/1981 8 years KNPB activist tortured in Jayapura Yes Yes Abepura
41 Darius Kogoya 1 May 2012 106 3 years 1 May demo and flag-raising No No Abepura
42 Wiki Meaga 20 November 2010 106 8 years Yalengga flag-raising No Yes Wamena
43 Meki Elosak 20 November 2010 106 8 years Yalengga flag-raising No Yes Wamena
44 Filep Karma 1 December 2004 106 15 years Abepura flag-raising 2004 No Yes Abepura
45 Yusanur Wenda 30 April 2004 106 17 years Wunin arrests Yes No Wamena

* While these detainees have been bailed and are not currently behind bars, they continue to face charges and are currently undergoing investigation. As they are vulnerable to re-arrest, we will continue to monitor any developments in these cases.

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