Tag Archives: Human Rights

Poumako incident: lethal military violence against indigenous fisherfolk defending their livelihood

On 9th August 2017, a member of the Indonesian armed forces shot dead Theo Kamtar in Poumako Port, Timika. This incident was part of a dispute where indigenous fisherfolk felt their livelihood threatened by better equipped migrants from other islands in Indonesia, who were dominating the catch. Elements of the state appear to have sided […]

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Komnas HAM’s National Inquiry into Indigenous Rights arrives in Papua

Commissioners of Indonesia’s National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) arrived in Jayapura last week for the Papuan leg of their National Inquiry into the rights of Indigenous People living on land classified as forest. Between 26th and 28th of November 2014 in Jayapura, the inquiry listened to the testimony of local residents from five areas […]

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As President celebrates ‘Sail Raja Ampat’, one of his critics is abducted, killed and dumped at sea

On 19th August, Martinus Yohame in his role as the chair of the Sorong Branch of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) held a press conference, explaining his organisation’s opposition to the Indonesian President’s visit to the area to open the Sail Raja Ampat event aimed at promoting tourism to Papua. He also raised the […]

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Oil palm Workers Imprisoned for Demanding Workers’ Rights.

Jayapura, 21st May 2014, SKPKC received a report from two employees of PT Tandan Sawita Papua. In the report, they related their frustration with the company after having been fired without having received a warning letter beforehand. According to Alexander Tnesi and Marthen Watory’s explanation, the dismissal was a result of a demonstration by oil […]

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Police and Company Security Guard beat a man to Death while in Police Detention.

A man was beaten to death while in police detention by a local police officer and a man working for the Astra Group as head of security. The assault took place on New Year’s Eve in Okaba near Merauke. The Astra Group has plans for a massive sugar cane plantation which has met with opposition […]

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