INDONESIA: Polish citizen and indigenous Papuans arrested and detained by police

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-045-2018
ISSUES: Accountability,

Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the local network in Jayawijaya Regency, Papua, regarding the arrest and detention of one Polish tourist and other indigenous Papuans. The police have accused the tourist of misusing his visa and being involved in selling illegal bullets in Papua. Civil society and human rights organizations are urging the police to be more transparent in investigating the case.

CASE NARRATIVE:

On 25 August 2018 in Wamena, Papua, the Jayawijaya Police Office (Polres Jayawijaya) arrested Mr. Jakub Fabian Skrzypski (39 years old), a Polish citizen. Jakub entered Indonesia and visited Papua on a tourist visa. The police arrested him at the Military post Napua Wamena at 12:20 p.m. when he visited the Habema lake, and later transferred him to the police office. He was interrogated there for one hour, and released at 2 p.m. Jakub was arrested together with three others, Naftali Wasahe, Edward Wandik and Habel Wilil, while driving to Habema.

After his release, Fabian was again arrested by police officers of the Jayawijaya Police Office from a hotel in Wamena city. Other Papuans were also arrested at the same time, in various places. In Potikelek Market of Wamena, the police arrested Naftali Wasahe (head of village), Edward Wandik (university student), Alfons Hisage (senior high school student) and Linus Wandik (senior high school student).

On the same day, the police went to Elelim, the Capital city of Yalimo regency, where they arrested Yohanis Wandik and Alex Wasahe, who were then taken to Wamena. On 27 August 2018, three people including Jakub were transferred to Jayapura (the capital city of Papua). The police charged them with involvement in the illegal trade of bullets.

SUGGESTED ACTION:

Please write to the authorities listed below. Ask them to ensure that the police investigation of the case is conducted under fair trial principles and in line with international human rights standards. The police investigators must be accountable and transparent, and should also involve the National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) as well as the National Police Commission to ensure the minimum abuse of power. If there is not enough evidence, then all suspects must be released immediately.

The AHRC will write a separate letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers calling for their intervention in this matter.

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SAMPLE LETTER

Dear ___________,

INDONESIA: Polish citizen and indigenous Papuans arrested and detained by police

Name of victims: Jakub Fabian Skrzypski (39 years old) Names of alleged perpetrators: Jayawijaya Police Office (Polres Jayawijaya) Date of incidents: Between 25 August 2018 and September 2018 Place of incident: Jayawijaya, Papua province, Indonesia

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the arrest and detention of one Polish tourist and other indigenous Papuans. The police have accused the tourist of misusing his visa and being involved in selling illegal bullets in Papua. Civil society and human rights organizations are urging the police to be more transparent in investigating the case.

On 25 August 2018 in Wamena, Papua, the Jayawijaya Police Office (Polres Jayawijaya) arrested Mr. Jakub Fabian Skrzypski (39 years old), a Polish citizen. Jakub entered Indonesia and visited Papua on a tourist visa. The police arrested him at the Military post Napua Wamena at 12:20 p.m. when he visited the Habema lake, and later transferred him to the police office. He was interrogated there for one hour, and released at 2 p.m. Jakub was arrested together with three others, Naftali Wasahe, Edward Wandik and Habel Wilil, while driving to Habema.

After his release, Fabian was again arrested by police officers of the Jayawijaya Police Office from a hotel in Wamena city. Other Papuans were also arrested at the same time, in various places. In Potikelek Market of Wamena, the police arrested Naftali Wasahe (head of village), Edward Wandik (university student), Alfons Hisage (senior high school student) and Linus Wandik (senior high school student).

On the same day, the police went to Elelim, the Capital city of Yalimo regency, where they arrested Yohanis Wandik and Alex Wasahe, who were then taken to Wamena. On 27 August 2018, three people including Jakub were transferred to Jayapura (the capital city of Papua). The police charged them with involvement in the illegal trade of bullets.

Therefore, I respectfully request you to ensure that the police investigation of the case is conducted under fair trial principles and in line with international human rights standards. The police investigators must be accountable and transparent, and should also involve the National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) as well as the National Police Commission to ensure the minimum abuse of power. If there is not enough evidence, then all suspects must be released immediately.

I look forward to your prompt action in this matter.

Yours Sincerely,

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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. Mr. Joko Widodo President of the Republic of Indonesia Jl. Veteran No. 16 Jakarta Pusat INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 3458 595 Fax: +62 21 3484 4759 E-mail: webmaster@setneg.go.id 2. Mr. Yasonna Laoly Minister of Law and Human Rights Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 6–7 Kuningan, Jakarta 12940 INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 525 3006, 525 3889 Fax: +62 21 525 3095 3. Dr. Mualimin Abdi SH., MH Director General of Human Rights Office of the Director General of Human Rights Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 6–7 Kuningan, Jakarta 12940 INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 5253006 Fax: +62 21 5253095 4. General Pol. Drs. H.M. Tito Karnavian, M.A., Ph.D Chief of National Police (KAPOLRI) Jl. Trunojoyo No. 3 KebayoranBaru, Jakarta Selatan 12110 INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 384 8537, 726 0306 Fax: +62 21 7220 669 E-mail: info@polri.go.id

5. Ms. Poengky Indarti Commissioner of the National Police Commission Jl. Tirtayasa VII No. 20 KebayoranBaru, Jakarta Selatan INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 739 2315 Fax: +62 21 739 2352 E-mail: secretariat@kompolnas.go.idskm@kompolnas.go.id 6. Professor. Amzulian Rifai S.H, LL.M, PhD Chairperson of Ombudsman of Republic of Indonesia  Jl. HR. Rasuna Said Kav. C-19 Kuningan (GedungPengadilan TIPIKOR) Jakarta Selatan INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 52960894/95 Fax: +62 21-52960904/05

7. Mr. Kahar Muzakir Chairperson of the Commission III of The House of Representative  Ketua Komisi III DPR RI  Gedung Nusantara II DPR RI, Lt I JalanJenderalGatotSubroto, Jakarta, INDONESIA Telp : +62 21 -5715566, +62 21-5715569, +62 21-5715864 Fax : +62 21 5715566

8. Mr. Abdul Haris Semendawai Chairperson of the Agency for Victims and Witness Protection  Lembaga Perlindungan Saksi dan Korban (LPSK)  Jalan Raya Bogor KM. 24 No. 47-49, Susukan, Ciracas, RT.6/RW.1, Susukan, Ciracas, Kota Jakarta Timur, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 13750 Tel: +62 21 29681560 Fax: +62 21 29681551 / +62 21 29681557

9. Mr. Ahmad Taufan Damanik  Chairperson of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Jl. Latuharhary No. 4-B Jakarta 10310 INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 392 5227-30 Fax: +62 21 392 5227 E-mail: info@komnas.go.id 10. Mr. Aidul Fitriciada Azhari  Chairperson of The Judicial Commission  Jalan Kramat Raya No. 57 Jakarta Pusat  INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 3905876 Fax: +62 21 3906215 Email: pengaduan@komisiyudisial.go.id

Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Program Asian Human Rights Commission (ua@ahrc.asia)

Document Type : Urgent Appeal Case
Document ID : AHRC-UAC-045-2018
Countries : Indonesia,
Campaigns : End Violence in West Papua
Issues : Accountability,