KontraS Asks TNI-Polri to Find Missing People in Intan Jaya Papua

KontraS activist, Rozy Brilian, fears that the disappearance of a civilian named Sem Kobogau in Intan Jaya, Papua, will repeat what happened to Pastor Yeremia Zanambani, who died last year. KontraS noted that two other civilians in Intan Jaya had a similar incident last year.

KontraS Activist Rozy Brilliant.  (Photo: Private Dock)

KontraS Activist Rozy Brilliant. (Photo: Private Dock)

According to Rozy, Sem Kobogau was allegedly arrested by four TNI members on October 5, 2021 in front of SMA Negeri 1 Sugapa. Referring to the Criminal Procedure Code and the TNI Law, TNI soldiers do not have the authority to make coercive efforts for law enforcement.

“When the security approach is always the main option for the government to resolve the situation or systemic problems in Papua, it will be directly proportional to the potential or human rights violations that occur,” Rozy explained to FLY, Thursday (10/28/2021).

Rozy said that Sem Kobogau’s family had visited the Sugapa Sector Police to seek information regarding the whereabouts of the victim. However, the family did not get this information.

Rozy added that the enforced disappearance of victims violated the provisions of the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, which in Article 1 number 1 states that “no one may be enforced disappearance.”

He explained that the enforced disappearance of victims violated a number of statutory provisions, particularly those stated in Article 33 Paragraph (2) and Article 34 of Law Number 39 of 1999 concerning Human Rights. The article states, “everyone has the right to be free from enforced disappearances and disappearances of life, and may not be arrested, detained, forced, excluded, exiled, or disposed of arbitrarily.”

Soldiers take part in preparations for increased security ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Timika, Papua on May 12, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Sevianto Pakiding)

Soldiers take part in preparations for increased security ahead of Eid al-Fitr in Timika, Papua on May 12, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Sevianto Pakiding)

“Yesterday there were also children who were victims of shootings. We ask that they be investigated thoroughly and fairly. There must be a humanist conflict resolution,” he added.

Rozy urged the joint TNI-Polri to carry out a thorough investigation to find the missing civilians and reveal the motive for the arbitrary arrests. He also encouraged the TNI to take firm action against its soldiers if they were found to have committed acts of enforced disappearance against victims and to investigate the perpetrators’ mistakes in the realm of public justice.

A number of people in Mamba Village, Sugapa District, Intan Jaya Regency, Papua, gather around the body of a civilian who was shot dead by an armed group.  Saturday 30 May 2020. (Photo: Papuan Police)

A number of people in Mamba Village, Sugapa District, Intan Jaya Regency, Papua, gather around the body of a civilian who was shot dead by an armed group. Saturday 30 May 2020. (Photo: Papuan Police)

Papuan Police Silence, TNI Hasn’t Responded

The Head of Public Relations of the Papuan Police, Senior Commissioner Ahmad Musthofa Kamal, refused to give information about the whereabouts of Sem Kobogau. He asked FLY ask the TNI about this. FLY has tried to ask for an explanation to the Head of the TNI Information Center, Major General Prantara Santosa, but there has been no response until this news is revealed.

Ahmad Musthofa Kamal, who is also the Head of the Nemangkawi Public Relations Task Force, added that the security situation in Intan Jaya Regency has been conducive in the last two months. However, he said that the criminal group shot the Koramil Post and Sugapa Polsek so that the officers returned fire.

“At the time of the gunfight, two children were with their parents moving around the house, so they became targets of the Armed Criminal Group. It is known that the two children suffered gunshot wounds, one died and one was shot in the back,” said Kamal through accepted release FLY, Thursday (10/28/2021).

Kamal added that armed groups had also attacked TNI members who were on patrol before the incident that resulted in the death of two children. He said joint TNI-Polri personnel were continuing to pursue the group. [sm/em]

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