Urgent appeal to United Nations on deteriorating situation in West Papua

Following recent representations made by Human Rights Watch regarding the widespread practises of torture and abuse at Abepura Prison, the following is an appeal to the United Nations to undertake an urgent and far-reaching investigation into the activities of the Indonesian authorities in West Papua. In particular prisoner abuse at Abepura and other prisons across the region, the continuing military build-up (planeloads of military personnel are arriving in Sentani and Wamena each day from Java), the human rights violations that have become prevalent in the region. The refusal to give access to NGO or foreign journalists, and the unfurling humanitarian crisis in the Puncak Jaya region where hundreds of people remain in hiding in the jungle should also be investigated

Regarding prisoner abuse at Abepura Prison, Indonesia has broken the United Nation’s ‘Convention on Torture’ in their refusal to launch an investigation into torture claims (the Convention requires countries to make torture illegal and provide appropriate punishment for those who commit torture).

Indonesia have also broken article 5 of the UN charter for Human Rights which states ‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’ as well as article 9 – ‘No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.’

A legal document is currently being prepared that will be presented to the United Nations detailing further evidence of violations that Indonesia are committing and the legal requirement for the UN to act against Indonesia.

The following is a list of political prisoners currently being held at Abepura prison whose welfare we are attempting to monitor following further reports of torture against them which have have been received from reliable sources.

1. Filep Karma
2. Yance Motte
3. Selpius Bobii
4. Aris Mandowen
5. Ferdinan Pakage
6. Nelson Rumbiak
7. Luis Gedy
8. Mhatias Dimara
9. Patris Aronggear
10. Sem Wandik
11. Besiur Mirin
12. Steven Wandik
13. Otenus Dabyal
14. Tomhas Lokobal
15. Piter Buiney
16. Moses Lokobal
17. Kosmos Yual
18. Mussa Asso
19. Penius Waker
20. Elias Tamaka
21. Riky Jitmau
22. Elkana Lokobal
23. Buchtar Tabuni
24. Sebby Sambom
25. Musa Tabuni
26. Eko Bratabuy
27. Dias Servin

Amnesty International ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ Yusak Pakage remains in isolation at a narcotics prison.

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About Sentani

Indonesia is committing crimes against humanity in West Papua. Indonesia is killing, raping, torturing and imprisoning anyone that calls for independence. The people of West Papua want to be free! The struggle for freedom will always continue. Viva la resistance. Freedom and justice will come to West Papua.
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