Indonesia: more defenders arrested in PapuaEvent
- Initial Date
- Dec 10, 2022
- Event Description
The police arrested five people suspected of being sympathizers of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB).
They were detained during a commemoration of International Human Rights Day in the Uncen Abepura campus area, Jayapura City, Papua, Saturday (10/12/2022).
Jayapura City Police Chief Kombes Victor Mackbon said the action did not receive permission from his party.
Firm action was forced to be taken because the masses put up resistance when given persuasive appeals.
"The action that was carried out today was not permitted, because there were several requirements that could not be met," he told a number of journalists, including Tribun-Papua.com.
Initially the police personnel called on the masses from the KNPB to disperse.
However, it is regrettable that there was resistance from the person who was suspected of being the provocateur of the action.
He said the five demonstrators who were detained were now taken to his headquarters for questioning.
The former Mimika Police Chief emphasized that his party always tries to open up space for the community to express their aspirations in a dignified manner.
"However, there are always provocateurs who take advantage of the situation to disrupt the smooth running of Kamtibmas, of course we always anticipate this," he said.
Meanwhile, Kombes Victor said the current situation in Jayapura City was safe and conducive.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Other (e.g. undefined, organisation, community)
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Administrative Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Freedom of expression
- Right to liberty and security
- Minority rights defender
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 10 December 2022, a number of Papuan minority rights defenders were taken by the police and interrogated for holding a commemorative demonstration allegedly not authorised in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia.