KNPB Report Yahukimo Case to National Human Rights Commission


Jayapura, Jubi – The Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB) lodged a report to the National Commission on Human Rights accusing police of human right violations in Yahukimo when they dispersed a fundraising frive for disaster victims in Vanuatu.

The police forcibly dispersed the crowd and raided the secretariat of KNPB in Dekai, the capital of Yahukimo Regency.

During this operation, the officers shot five civilians. Obang Sengenil (48) died at Yahukimo Public Hospital during the treatment while four others are under treatment in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency. Thus, KNPB reported the alleged human right violation by police officers to Indonesian National Human Right Commissioner Natalius Pigai in Jayapura last week.

“We have reported the shooting incident by police officers to the National Human Right Commission for they could reveal the real culprits. So people would know. Because in some medias, both Papua Police Chief and Yahukimo Police Chief said no victims who died or being shot,” Central KNPB Secretary General Ones Suhuniap told Jubi in Jayapura after meet and submit a report to Natalius Pigai.

After receiving the report, Pigai promised he would follow up the case to the Papua Police. “I have received the report from KNPB and I will follow up this case, including asking for clarification from Papua Police. I will also ask the Papua Police Chief to investigate the case because there’s a dead victim,” Pigai told Jubi in Jayapura after the meeting.


He further said KNPB did a positive action. He hoped they could maintain the close coordination with the National Human Right Commission for the future. “Whether I was with the National Human Right Commission or not, I hoped Papuans should always close with the National Human Right Commission. Because it could help raising the humanity issues including in Papua to be heard by the international community,” said Pigai.

Earlier, on 19 March 2015, the police officers shot two civilians Isai Dapla (37) who also Yahukimo KNPB member on the chest and elementary teacher Salomon Pahabol (47) on left foot and arrested another Yahukimo member Elias Kabak (40). Then they also shot a school principal Titus Giban (39) on the rib, the Silikon Village Chief Simson Giban (42) on the left hand and a high school boy Inter Segenil (16) while Obang Segenil (48) died during a treatment at Yahukimo Public Hospital. (Arnold Belau/rom)

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