Indonesians guilty of crimes against humanity in Papua

The Central Body for the Fellowship of Baptist Churches has expressed alarm at the conduct of Indonesian security forces in Papua, according to a press release dated 01 November.

Examples of crimes by the Indonesian security forces include:

  • The bombing of the parliament Jayawijaya building on 1 September 2012 by OTK (Orang Tak Dikenal)
  • the throwing of bombs at the Jayawijaya police station traffic on 18 September 2012
  • the discovery of a bomb in Timika, Friday, October 19, 2012
  • the discovery of three bombs in Manokwari on October 9, 2012
  • Explosion of three homemade bombs in Sorong on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

The press release states that 7.62 calibre ammunition has been discovered in nine different places, “5 TJ 5.6 bullets in as much as 121 points,  5.6 servant bullets in 20 points and the arrest of four youths known by the initials DIH (26), a resident of Organda, YP (28), a resident Sampan Timika, AK (24) a woman, a resident of Organda, and YJW (27) a Karubaga citizen. (Cenderwasih Pos News, Wednesday, October 31, 2012)”.

The press release goes on to say that on the part of the Indonesian security forces there is a “systematic effort to thwart the Papuan demands to work towards a peace dialogue, to destroy the peaceful struggle of the Papua people for self-determination and to brand those Papuan who strive for independence as terrorists.

It says that “The security forces of the Republic of Indonesia must stop committing crimes against humanity by an engineered situation of bombs and ammunition discovery at the houses of indigenous Papuans” and that “The Government of the Republic of Indonesia immediately open a space for an unconditional peace dialogue between the Government of Indonesia and the Papuans, mediated by a neutral third party, as a political solution to the Special Autonomy has FAILED to answer the complexity of the issue of Papua”.

The press release is signed by Sofyan Yoman Socratez, Chairman of the Central Body for the Fellowship of Baptist Churches in Papua.


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