Kamis, Oktober 24

A Report detailing series of abuses in 1977 – 1978 in Papua is launched

                                                                                              For Immediate Release

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Hong kong/Wupertal, Thrusday, 24 October 2013, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and Human Rights and Peace for Papua (ICP) are launching a report on the human rights abuses that took place in the central highlands of Papua, Indonesia during the course of 1977 – 1978. The report discusses violation under the Conventiom on the Prevention and punishment of the Crime of Genocide and aims at truth-building. The report, wich was concluded after three three years of research by the AHRC, reveals the death of over 4,000 indigenous Papuans, including minors, as a result of operation conducted by the Indonesian military in the area.

Amongst those who were killed were onfants and children, 10 years-old and younger as well as elderly persons aged over 60. The methods of killing commonly used by the military at that time include aeriel boombings and strafing by America-supplied OV-10 Bronco planes.

In addition to reveling the details of the murdered victim, the report narrates the stories of survivors who witnessed the brutality and inhumane treatment perpetrated by the Indonesian military at that time. An interviewed survivor, Reverend Wenda (not his real name) shared his experience in witnessing the Indonesian military officers forcing the elderly Papuans to consume their waste. Another victim narrated how the arrested Papuans were forced to stand in line in a field before being shot indiscriminately by the Indonesian military. The victim himself managed to survive by pretending to be dead.

Sexual violence against Papuan women is also reported to have been common during the military operation around the Central Highlands between 1977 – 1978, as described by one of the interviewed female survivors : Breasts of some women were cut and they died. We were raped, abused and killed.. Some women were only raped but others were raped and murdered.
The AHRCE argues that the series of atrocities described in the report amounts to genocide as defined by the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The Hong kong based organization claims that the horrendous human rights violation are attributable to high rangking officials of the Indonesian military at that time, including the former Indonesian president, General Soeharto.

Director for policy and Programme Development af AHRC, Basil Fernando, states that, “The Publication of the report is aimed at rising awarnesess amongst the general public, particularly in Indonesia, on the history of violence in Papua.

The report is available for download in English and Indonesian here :

Resoucre : this information received from AHRC groups emails