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The Pacific Network for Globalization (PANG) asks that the UN human rights mission be allowed to go to West Papua

Jayapura, Jubi – The Pacific Network for Globalization (PANG) in Suva Fiji has issued a statement of solidarity with civil groups and student protesters who demonstrated against the torture of Papuan man Definaus Kogoya by Indonesian troops in Tanah Papua (West Papua) in early February 2024 .

"PANG said the peaceful demonstration occurred after a video circulated showing Defianus Kogoya tied in a barrel filled with water, beaten and slashed with a knife, allegedly by Indonesian soldiers," as quoted by Jubi from, Sunday (7/4/2024) .

It was also reported in the PANG statement that in the same incident, two other Papuan men, Warinus Murib and Alianus Murib, were also arrested and allegedly tortured. Warinus Murib died from his injuries.

Reports also said 62 students were arrested and questioned before they were released, while two were seriously injured. In previous protests, 15 people were arrested for distributing pamphlets. Protesters demand that all military operations must stop in West Papua.

“We condemn the excessive military presence in West Papua and the associated human rights violations against the Papuan people. "We also condemn the use of violent tactics by the Indonesian police to attack and detain students who should have the right and freedom to express their views," he said.

He added that this shows the ongoing oppression by the Indonesian government in West Papua, despite decades of official denial and media censorship.

UN experts have expressed serious concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in Papua and West Papua Provinces, including child murder, disappearances, torture and mass displacement.

In concluding its observations on the second periodic report on Indonesia, based on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights adopted on March 24 2024, the Human Rights Committee (HAM) expressed deep concern over the pattern of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture , and other forms of cruelty and degrading human dignity, ill-treatment, particularly of indigenous Papuans and failure to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.

The Committee also calls on the Melanesian Speardhead Group (MSG), the Pacific Island Forum (PIF), and the communities and governments of all Pacific Island countries to demand that Indonesia allow the implementation of the PIF Leaders' decision in August 2019 for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a mission to West Papua.

"We call on the PIF special envoy for West Papua to accelerate their mandate to facilitate dialogue with Indonesia, in particular to pave the way for an emergency UN visit," he said.

He added that he would echo the call made by the 62 students arrested by the Indonesian government to stop all military operations in West Papua and allow the UN to do its job.

"Our Pacific governments should not expect anything less from Indonesia, especially considering its special position as a member of the MSG and as a dialogue partner of the PIF," said PANG.

Quoted from Pacific Network on Globalization (PANG) is a regional monitoring institution that promotes the right of Pacific peoples to self-determination.

PANG mobilizes movements and advocacy based on substantive research and analysis to advocate and promote a Pacific people-centered development agenda.

PANG operates through a network model to support and work with community groups representing diverse constituencies and interests, including trade unions, feminists, young people, traditional landowners, community and environmental groups, scientists, lawyers, economists, political analysts, academics, members parliament and government.

Founded in 2000 by a regional NGO based in Suva, Fiji, the Pacific Network on Globalization (PANG) is a regional organization that describes itself as ‘the people's watchdog on trade and economic issues’.

PANG sees how civil society is not involved in the debate on trade liberalization and how the free trade agenda ignores the priorities of human development and poverty alleviation. PANG developed into a research, advocacy, capacity building and campaign organization. (*)

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