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November 16, 2020

CNN Indonesia - November 16, 2020

Jakarta – Demonstrators from the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) have protested the police's actions in blocking them when they wanted to hold a rally at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday November 16. They have experienced the same problem during demonstrations in Papua.

November 15, 2020

Tempo - November 15, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – General Chairman of the Indonesian Mosques Council (DMI) and former VP Jusuf Kalla has hinted that he is ready to mediate a dialogue between the central government and Papuan people to seek solutions to various problems in the Indonesian province of Papua.

November 14, 2020

Tempo - November 14, 2020

Jakarta – The shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Kampung Hitadipa in Intan Jaya Regency, Papua, on September 19, conjured up memories of similar incidents in Gustaf Rudolf Kawer's mind.

November 13, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 13, 2020

Jakarta – The Army Military Police have named eight soldiers suspects for allegedly burning down an official residence of the Intan Jaya Health Agency in Hitadipa village, Intan Jaya, Papua, amid a series of alleged violence preceding the fatal shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani.

November 12, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 12, 2020

Jakarta – The family of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani, who was shot dead in September in Intan Jaya Regency, Papua, has demanded that the military personnel allegedly responsible for the killing be brought to a human rights court instead of undergoing prosecution in a military court.

CNN Indonesia - November 12, 2020

Jakarta – The Army's Central Military Police commander, Lieutenant General Dodik Wijanarko, says that a joint army (TNI AD) investigation team has yet to find any hard evidence to upgrade the status of the investigation into the fatal shooting of Intan Jaya Pastor Yeremia Zanambani to a criminal investigation.

November 10, 2020

CNN Indonesia - November 10, 2020

Jakarta – The family of Papuan Pastor Yeremia Zanambani who was shot dead on September 19 in Hitadipa district, Intan Jaya, Papua, says it does not want Zanambani's killer to be tried in a military tribunal.

November 9, 2020

Radio New Zealand - November 9, 2020

Indonesia's military has denied that a West Papuan teenager died as a result of a raid by its officers.

Trouble began with a traffic incident in Sentani. A soldier from Infantry Battalion 751 had been involved in the incident, had his motorbike confiscated by two residents from Soloitma dormitory.

November 7, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 7, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti and Benny Mawel, Jakarta and Jayapura – Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers reportedly attacked and arrested civilians at a dormitory and nearby houses in Jayapura after a traffic accident and a quarrel between two dorm inhabitants and a soldier.

November 6, 2020

Tempo - November 6, 2020

Jakarta – The Indonesian Military is strongly suspected of being behind the death of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani. This only moves Papua further away from Indonesia.

November 5, 2020

Jakarta Post - November 5, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has ensured that the government is committed to a thorough and impartial investigation into the torture and subsequent murder of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya regency.

November 4, 2020

Jakarta Post Editorial - November 4, 2020

Jakarta – Both the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the local independent Humanitarian Team for Intan Jaya reached a more or less similar conclusion about the cause of the death of a pastor in the Papua highland regency recently.

November 3, 2020

Kompas.com - November 3, 2020

Devina Halim, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) monitoring and investigation team has revealed that there have been efforts to obscure the facts surrounding the shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Hitadipa district, Intan Jaya, Papua, on September 19.

Kompas.com - November 3, 2020

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – Indonesian Human Rights Watch (Imparsial) director Al Araf is asking on the government to reevaluate the security policies applied to bring the conflict in Papua under control.

November 2, 2020

Reuters - November 2, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia's human rights commission said on Monday that a fact-finding team believed the military had tortured a pastor in the country's Papua region in a bid to extract information on stolen military weapons before shooting him dead.

Asia Pacific Report - November 2, 2020

West Papuan activists and an Indonesian human rights lawyer criticised the recent military crackdown on the two Melanesian provinces of Papua and West Papua in a New Zealand-hosted webinar at the weekend.

Jakarta Post - November 2, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – A soldier allegedly tortured and shot Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani at close range in the latter's pig pen in Hitadipa district, Intan Jaya regency, which led to his death hours later amid escalating tensions in the area, according to the findings of an independent investigation carried out by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).

October 30, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 30, 2020

Nina A. Loasana, Jakarta – An independent team calling itself the Intan Jaya Humanity Team has alleged that Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel were behind the fatal shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani last month in Intan Jaya regency, Papua as well as a series of violence prior to the killing.

CNN Indonesia - October 30, 2020

Jakarta – The head of the Papua Province Humanitarian Team for Cases of Violence Against Religious Figures in Intan Jaya Regency, Haris Azhar, has announced the results of their investigation into the shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani who was allegedly shot by a rogue Indonesian military (TNI) officer in Hitadipa District, Intan Jaya, on September 19.

October 28, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 28, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated a new station of state-owned television provider TVRI in West Papua on Wednesday, coinciding with the commemoration of the country's Youth Pledge Day. The West Papua station is the 30th TVRI station.

CNN Indonesia - October 28, 2020

Jakarta – The Papua regional police managed to arrest 13 people protesting against Special Autonomy in the vicinity of the Cenderawasih University (Uncen), Papua, and in several other areas on October 27. The demonstrators however were released after being questioned at the Abepura sectoral police headquarters.

Asia Pacific Report - October 28, 2020

Pacific Media Watch – The United Liberation Movement if West Papua (ULMWP) has accused the Indonesian government of imposing martial law on the Melanesian region of West Papua and brutally suppressing protests in a crackdown.

October 27, 2020

CNN Indonesia - October 27, 2020

Jakarta – On Monday October 26 combined units of Indonesian military (TNI) and police (Polri) conducted operations against an armed criminal group (KKB) in Jalai village, Sugapa district, Intan Jaya regency, Papua.

The operations were conducted to apprehend the perpetrators of the shooting attack on the Intan Jaya Joint Fact Finding Team (TGPF) on October 9.

Jakarta Post - October 27, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – A Papuan resident whom authorities claimed was a member of a local armed criminal group was shot dead during a joint police-military operation in Jalae village in Intan Jaya regency, Papua, on Monday.

The Timika Diocese, however, identified the victim as Rufinus Tigau, a catechist who had served the Parish of Saint Michael Bilogai since 2015.

SBS News - October 27, 2020

Virginia Langeberg – More than a dozen university students have been injured in an incident in the Papuan capital, Jayapura, with witnesses claiming Indonesian troops opened fire to disperse a peaceful rally.

Mongabay - October 27, 2020

The alleged assault of an Indigenous man in the Indonesian province of Papua by a police officer around two hours before he died was caught on CCTV camera, Mongabay and The Gecko Project have learned.

Radio New Zealand - October 27, 2020

Students in the capital of Indonesia's Papua province have had to flee gunshots as security forces disbanded a demonstration.

The university students were demonstrating against the Indonesian government's plans for a new Special Autonomy law in Papua region when members of both police and military forces came to disperse them.

October 25, 2020

Tempo - October 25, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The North Jakarta District Court scheduled the first trial of PT Freeport Indonesia security officer Ivan Sambom, alias Indius Sambom, who is accused of involvement in an armed criminal group in Papua on October 27.

Organisation for World Peace (OWP) - October 25, 2020

Pasepa Katia – West Papua, a Melanesian island bordering Papua New Guinea in the Pacific, has struggled for decades to achieve independence.

October 24, 2020

International Christian Concern - October 24, 2020

Washington D.C. – A pastor named Yeremia Zanambani was killed on September 19, 2020, in Hitadipa, Papua.

October 23, 2020

Radio New Zealand - October 23, 2020

A British parliamentarian has told lawmakers in the UK parliament about racism faced by West Papuans in Indonesia.

Alex Sobel, who is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on West Papua, was speaking during a discussion on Black History.

Sobel said the plight of West Papuans under Indonesian rule was rarely taught in British academic institutions or schools.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) has expressed its readiness to follow up on a request for witness protection following the shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya, Papua, in September.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – A coalition of human rights groups have called on the government to reveal detailed information on the suspected killers of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya regency, Papua, after a state-formed fact-finding (TGPF) reportedly found indications of security forces' involvement.

October 22, 2020

Kompas.com - October 22, 2020

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia investigator Ari Pramuditya has criticised a recommendation by Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD to deploy more troops in Papua.

Mahfud's recommendation was to add more troops to areas in Papua which do not yet have pockets of military troops.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Human Rights Minister Mahfud MD has suggested that the solution to the ongoing violence in Papua is to send more security forces to the region and that Papuans in fact do not want the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police withdrawn from the province.

Tempo - October 22, 2020

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) has urged the government to take the shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremias Zanambani to civilian court trial if members of the National Armed Forces (TNI) are proven guilty in the pastor's death.

Reuters - October 22, 2020

Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesian activists called on Thursday for deeper investigation into the killing of a Papuan pastor, a day after a top security official said a government fact-finding mission had found signs of possible involvement by state forces.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) have called on the government to further investigate the killing of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani following the publication of a government-sanctioned joint fact-finding team report.

October 21, 2020

Radio New Zealand - October 21, 2020

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua says it is adopting a provisional constitution for a democratic state.

The organisation is pursuing a referendum in West Papua on independence from Indonesia. The Movement's Legislative Council had been holding its third annual session in Jayapura.

Jakarta Post - October 21, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – A government-sanctioned joint fact-finding team has reported that it found indications that security forces were involved in the shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani after investigating a series of shootings in Intan Jaya regency, Papua.

October 19, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 19, 2020

Jakarta – Asmat regency in Papua has decided to limit access to and from the area for 28 days, starting on Sunday, after eight people in the regency's capital Agats tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

October 18, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 18, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has stated that the fatal shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Hitadipa district, Intan Jaya, Papua is not a standalone incident, but rather a part of a series of violence occurring across the regency throughout this year.

October 16, 2020

The Interpreter - October 16, 2020

Dan McGarry – During Covid, the independence campaign could have been forgotten. But a new generation of activists is forging ahead.

October 15, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Victor Mambor, Jayapura – Family members of pastor Yeremia Zanambani, who was recently shot dead in Intan Jaya regency, Papua, claimed they were reluctant to sign an investigation report (BAP) on the priest's death and had only agreed to do so after they were promised that the report would be sent to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

October 14, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has defended a joint fact-finding team sanctioned by the government to conduct probes into recent killings in Intan Jaya regency, Papua, saying the team is full of professionals with unyielding independence.

October 13, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 13, 2020

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – The government-sanctioned joint fact-finding team (TGPF) says it has concluded the field investigation of the shooting case of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani, despite naming no suspects yet.

October 12, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 12, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The members of a government-sanctioned joint fact-finding team (TGPF) for the Intan Jaya shooting case have convinced the wife and family members of slain Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani to allow the body to be autopsied as part of an ongoing investigation.Benny Mamoto of the National Police Commission (Kompolnas), who leads the field investigation unit, sai

Radio New Zealand - October 12, 2020

The West Papua Council of Churches wants an end to what it says is the re-militarisation of the region.

It wrote to Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and also asked him to follow through on his commitment to meet with Papuan pro-referendum groups.

October 10, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 10, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti and Benny Mawel, Jakarta/Papua – The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) has confirmed it was behind an attack on members of the government's joint fact-finding team (TGPF) in Mamba village, Sugapa district, Intan Jaya regency, Papua, on Friday.

October 9, 2020

Tempo - October 9, 2020

Jakarta – Rejecting an extension of special autonomy status, a number of groups in Papua have demanded a referendum. The government must prioritize dialogue.