TNI and POLRI’s brutal assault

Between the 2-3 rd September 2012 the Indonesian TNI operated together with the National Police POLRI around the hill country at Abepura, West Papua. They captured 21 OPM / TPM members. Among the captives was Dani Kogoya, OPM / TPM’s leader and two of his brothers, one named Pendimin Kogoya. When the TNI and POLRI captured the leader Dani Kogoya they beat him, among other things, on the leg with the back of the rifle butt until they broke the femur in two. They almost let him to bleed to death before the ambulance came and picked him up for transport to Bayankara hospital in Abepura. The assault by Dani Kogoya was so severe that his chances of full recovery are non-existent when the damage to the leg was so severe that doctors had to amputate the leg. The risk is that Dani Kogoya will die as a result of the injuries inflicted upon him by TNI and POLRI. His belongings were transported to Jayapuras port.

Early yesterday morning we also were informed that his two brothers were beaten so hard in the head that their skulls were cracked and as a result they lost a lot of blood. After the beating they were transported to the hospital in Abepura, where they were placed in the psyche ward.

Meanwhile TNI and POLRI personnel burned homes in a suburb to Abepura to the ground. Until this day the Indonesian police keep five of the members detained in Abepura. These individuals are: Tontinus Kogy, Mabi Jikwa, Lambertus Sief, Satlin Jikwa, Sammy Jikwa. Where the remainder of the 14 are being detained and how the health status of all these members is currently unknown.

Indonesia does not have three military sections in the TNI (Army, Navy and Air Force)! They also have a fourth, it is the national police POLRI. POLRI is supposed to act, serve and protect the civilian population. Despite this POLRI acts as the fourth section of the military and is actively involved in military operations when the rest of the world’s democratic powers distinguishes between civil and military power. How can the West Papuans be safe and able to get their legal rights secured from POLRI under such conditions?

No, all relatives and Papuan countrymen, inform yourself of what the military and the police are doing with our fellow citizens and report and send out all the information you can to the world. We will write and report as much as we can.

J.H Prai

Clinton defends Indonesia arms deal

Posted at Sidney Morning Herrald September 4, 2012 – 3:20AM

HILLARY Clinton has defended the Obama administration’s decision to provide air-to-surface missiles to the Indonesian military despite its record of human rights abuses in West Papua. Asked about the decision on Monday night, the US Secretary of State said, “Indonesia has a right to enhance its security,” before congratulating the country on its role in combatting terrorism using tough law enforcement. The comments come as Indonesia seems about to appoint a former head of the uncompromising counter terrorism police agency, Detachment 88, to lead the police force in Papua. Brigadier General Tito Karnavian will soon be appointed Papua police chief, according to a letter obtained by the Jakarta Globe newspaper, at a time when the work in the restive province of his former unit, Detachment 88, is coming under serious scrutiny.

General Karnavian, 47, led the Australian-funded and trained anti-terror police between 2004 and 2010, instituting a tough but successful crackdown on terrorist groups in Indonesia. However, Detachment 88’s work to suppress separatist strife in West Papua is considered much more controversial, particularly after allegations that the unit was involved in the recent, allegedly unprovoked, killing of independence activist Mako Tabuni. The American government has recently promised to give Indonesia two F16 fighter jets, and sell it air-to-surface guided missiles valued at $25 million. The missiles are designed to hit targets including ships, vehicles and fuel storage facilities.

Ms Clinton nodded towards the concerns of activists over the Tabuni killing, saying: “We deplore violence of any sort in Papua and when it does occur there should be full and transparent investigations under the rule of law and make sure that the lessons are learned from that”. However, she added that the United States “believe that there has been an enormous amount of good work done by the Indonesian government”. Australian foreign minister Bob Carr recently called for a full and open inquiry into the Tabuni killing – earning a rebuke from a senior Indonesian parliamentarian. The Indonesian government has so far made no moves towards an inquiry. On the police version of events, Mr Tabuni was armed.

Sorce from The Sydney Morning Herrald, follow link below for the whole article.

Michael Bachelard, Indonesia


Defending West Papuan activism

Updated Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:27pm AEST

Australia has raised hackles in Jakarta over Canberra’s response to an ABC report accusing an Indonesian counter-terrorism unit of human rights violations in West Papua. Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has called on Jakarta to investigate the killing of a West Papuan activist Mako Tabuni. Jennifer Robinson is an Australian lawyer best known for representing Julian Assange. But for a decade she was deeply involved in providing legal assistance to West Papuan activists.

Jim Middleton
Source: Newsline | Duration: 8min 17sec

Topics: international-law, international-aid-and-trade, papua