Papua Police name 13 suspects for deadly Wamena unrest

Papua Police name 13 suspects for deadly Wamena unrest – National – The Jakarta Post

The Papua Police have named 13 people suspects for allegedly having been behind the recent deadly unrest in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, which caused tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes.

Ten suspects, whose ages range from 16 to 40 years, were already in the custody, while the remaining three are still at large and being hunted by the police, Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. AM Kamal said on Monday.

“The three wanted [suspects] are categorized as provocateurs and are allegedly involved in the KNPB [National Committee of West Papua] and the ULMWP [United Liberation Movement for West Papua],” Kamal said as quoted by

The Indonesian government has blamed both the ULMWP, led by UK-based Papuan exile Benny Wenda, and the affiliated KNPB for orchestrating the unrest that broke out on Sept. 23.

Police investigators claimed they found indications the three were involved with the groups after collecting the testimony of the arrested suspects and witnesses, he said.

Wamena saw violent unrest on Sept. 23 as a mob, reportedly of native Papuans, set hundreds of buildings, including shophouses and government offices, and cars on fire and attacked other residents with weapons.

The turmoil, which the government estimated to have caused material losses amounting to Rp 479.5 billion (US$33.8 million), claimed the lives of at least 33 people, most of whom were non-native Papuans, and injured at least 76 others, according to authorities.

As of Sunday, about 1,726 residents were still staying at a number of evacuation sites, while another 15,544 had left Wamena for other cities across the country after the riots, the Social Ministry said.

Kamal said the police would possibly name more suspects. (gis)

Papua Police name 13 suspects for deadly Wamena unrest – National – The Jakarta Post

Call for Jihadis to go to West Papua following unrest

Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific

Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in West Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesia’s Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in West Papua Photo: Supplied

Jihadis are being encouraged to go and fight in West Papua by Indonesian Muslim hardliners.

Front Jihad Islam, or FJI, issued a call to arms in the Indonesia-ruled Papuan provinces after non-Papuan settlers were among the victims of recent violence there.

Unrest has surged in Papua region since August, including a day of rioting and violence in the Highlands city of Wamena two weeks ago when about 30 people were killed.

The unrest came off the back of widespread public demonstrations by West Papuans protesting against racism and calling for a referendum on independence from Indonesia.

According to Indonesia’s government, more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from Wamena since then due to safety fears. That many of these people are settlers from other parts of Indonesia has caused concern and prompted action back in Java.

FJI has been busy spreading its message online, replete with videoed torching of the Papuan Morning Star Flag and banners calling for Jihadis to be recruited for fighting in Papua against Papuans.

That’s a concern to Saiful Islam Payage, the head of Papua’s chapter of the Ulema Council, Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body.

“I am very worried. So, I strongly forbid the Laskar who are in the name of religion for war or jihad in Papua,” he said.

He said that for now, there were only demonstrations in Java, and that no mobilisation of jihadis had yet occurred in the Papuan provinces. But he warned that if hardliners sought to bring their brand of divisiveness to Papua, he would have them expelled.

Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesia’s Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in Papua Photo: Supplied

Indonesian human rights researcher Andreas Harsono said that following recent violence in Wamena, a number of Islamic groups mobilised in Javanese cities.

Those organisations had been making two types of public calls – one, from a Muslim NGO network, was urging people to donate to humanitarian assistance for victims of the unrest in Wamena and other parts of Papua.

The other, from the likes of the FJI and the Islamic Defenders Front, was a call to recruit jihadis to go to Papua and protect fellow Muslims.

According to Mr Harsono, his concern stems from the way that most Indonesians have limited knowledge of the situation in Papua and the context of widespread human rights abuses there.

“Most victims are indigenous Papuans. Many Indonesians do not know the problems there,” he said.

“But because of emotions, because of sentiment, Muslim sentiment, they might think that fellow Muslims are being victimised in Papua. Thus, they will provide the ingredients to support these kind of misleading calls.”

While noting his concern, the researcher also said that he didn’t deem the threat as major currently because as yet no cleric of significant influence had called for jihadis in Papua.

Furthermore, Mr Harsono said that Indonesian military and police personnel were on hand to provide security in Wamena and other towns in a region where the population was predominantly Christian.

While Papua has generally enjoyed harmonious inter-religious relations, Mr Harsono said groups aggressively promoting sharia law already had a foothold in the region.

“We have one in Sorong; we are also seeing Laskar Jihad, a militant Muslim group, setting up a base in Keerom; also in Wamena – not militant, but quite aggressive.

“So these kinds of organisations are starting to appear in many parts of both Papua and West Papua provinces over the last decade.”

The presence of hardline Islamic campaigners in Keerom regency, which sits right on the border with Papua New Guinea, is not the only security concern along the 141st meridian east.

Land and sea access points between the two countries were closed last weekafter two people died in a shootout near the border on the Indonesian side where there’s been a troop build-up.

The governor of PNG’s West Sepik province, Tony Wouwou, said fellow Melanesians on the other side looked to flee across the border to safety in PNG.

But he said having Indonesian military in pursuit of them brought risk for his people.

“I’m a bit scared. I’m worried if my people go across and you never know what could happen. They might get bullet wounds or something because the Indonesians might think we’re Wamenas [people from Wamena] and all this, and receive a wound, and maybe our people will retaliate or something. I don’t want that to happen.”

He said the border entry point to Indonesia should remain closed until security threats abate.

Source: RNZ

Indonesian cleric suspect in Papua assault case

Indonesian element of Jihadis declare war on West Papuan, Melanesian Christians
Indonesian element of Jihadis declare war on West Papuan, Melanesian Christians

Indonesian police have named a firebrand Muslim cleric as a suspect in an assault case in Papua

The Jakarta Globe reported that Ja’far Umar Thalib is the former commander of the disbanded Islamist militant organisation Laskar Jihad.

Ja’far, a leading proponent of a puritanical form of Islam with a long history of involvement in sectarian conflict, runs an Islamic boarding school in Keerom district.

Police alleged Ja’far incited his followers to attack the house of a resident in Jayapura, 30 kilometers to the north.

The resident was reportedly confronted at around 5.30am by several sword-wielding people dressed in white.

The pretext for the alleged attack was that he played music too loud and that it disrupted morning prayers at a nearby mosque.

The local chapter of Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body, the Indonesian Ulema Council, previously warned that Ja’far and his followers could disrupt delicate religious harmony in Papua.

Source: RNZ

West Papua unrest: Shootout prompts border closure

Land and sea access between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has been closed after a shootout at the border.

This follows reports of an Indonesian troop build-up along the border from communities in PNG’s West Sepik province.

Indonesian-ruled West Papua has been gripped by weeks of protests and violent unrest which has left dozens of people dead.

Amid a security forces crackdown, concern has been raised in neighbouring PNG about another potential influx of West Papuan refugees

PNG’s Immigration and Citizenship Authority has advised that following a shootout the border is closed to nationals from both sides until further notice.

It said shopping at the Batas market, close to the border on the Indonesian side, as well as movement into the West Papuan capital Jayapura was “completely banned”.

Earlier this week, PNG’s EMTV reported villagers at Wutung on the PNG side of the border as saying school children were ordered to return home.

Usually, most land and sea cross-border movement occurs around Papua New Guinea’s north coast.

Source: RNZ

WPRA Will Retaliate against Indonesian army and police if….

Only if the Indonesian army (TNI) and police (Polri) continue to kill students and unarmed civilized on daily basis, unstopped by international civilized community then West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA) will retaliate.

Recent deployments of active military and police troops, equipped with fire arms to kill Melanesians in West Papua clearly indicate that Indonesia is declaring war against Melanesians. All Melanesian leaders must united now, because we are defending our human dignity and integrity. We are not just fighting against foreign occupation, but more than that, these military might has been undermining God created human beings in His own Image by calling us Melanesians “monkeys”, “pigs” and “dogs”.

The world should note that it is Indonesia that love violence, love killing, and Indonesia is NOT a democratic country, but it is fully controlled by military might that terrorize Indonesian civilians.

WPRA Strongly Condemns the Killing of Students and Civilians by TNI/ Polri

From the Central Defense Headwaters of West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA), Amunggut Tabi, Gen. WPRA hereby


the brutal unlawful shootings against un-armed students and civilians who are demonstrating against violation of human dignity by Indonesian TNI and Police officers as well as Indonesian teachers calling Melanesians as “monkeys”.

This time the shootings and killings happened in Wamena and Jayapura on 23 September 2019, adding the numbers to hundreds of thousands of Melanesians, man, women and children, young, adult and children, male and female.

This Nazism of Indonesia and inhuman government should end its occupation over the Republic of West Papua and the international community must respond to humanitarian crises happening for so long.

Issued at: Central Headwaters of WPRA
On Date: 24 September 2019



Amunggut Tabi, Gen. WPRA
BRN: A.DF 018676

WPRA Congratulates Kausea Natano as the Prime Minister of Tuvalu

From the Central Headquarters of the West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA), an affiliate command of West Papua Army (WPA) in Vanimo, Sandaun Province of Papua New Guinea, on behalf of all our ancestors, those Melanesians who have died for our cause, all of us who are still alive and those to come, I am General WPRA Amunggut Tabi , as the elder of the Walak Tribe and as the Secretary-General of West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA), hereby express



The WPRA would like to thank the support from Tuvalu for the protection and promotion of human rights in West Papua, including the rights to self-termination.

Issued at: The WPRA Central Defense Headquarters
On Date: 19 September 2019


Gen. Amunggut Tabi, Gen. WPRA
BRN: A.DF 018676

Thousands of West Papuan students return home over safety fears

Over 2000 West Papuan university students have returned home from Indonesian cities since last month over safety fears.

Protesters march in Jayapura. Photo: Whens Tebay

Racist harassment of Papuan students in university dormitories in Javanese cities last month sparked weeks of widespread protests and unrest in Papua.

While Indonesian police have started investigations into the harassment, many students claim they continue to face threats and feel unsafe.

As of Monday, 2047 students had been recorded by Papua’s provincial government as having left their studies to return to their home region since August.

The majority of the students are from Highlands regencies in Papua.

Last month, in response to the harassment, Papua’s Governor Lukas Enembe offered support to students who wished to return home from Java.

Source: RNZ

WPRA: “Happy 44th Birthday Papua New Guinea!”

The West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA), from the Central Defense Headquarters, the Secretary-General Gen. WPRA Amunggut Tabi says

“Happy 44th Birthday Papua New Guinea!”

Wishing you a happy Independence Day

As we celebrate our political independence 44 years ago, let us look forward at least 44 years from now, how far we have come, and have far we have to go from here:

  1. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea politically;
  2. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea socially;
  3. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea culturally;
  4. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea technologically;
  5. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea scientifically;
  6. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea spiritually, mentally and emotionally; and
  7. To free Melanesians in the Isle of New Guinea economically.

While celebrating our political independence, we are reminded of our job to free our Melanesian countries and our Melanesian people in other aspects of lives, until finally all Melanesians are free, and all Melanesia is free, in all aspects of life, at all levels of life.

From the Central Headquarters of the WPRA, an affiliate Command of the West Papua Army (WPA), I, the Secretary-General of the WPRA, hereby would like to invite Melanesians in Papua New Guinea to finish our job to free New Guinea from any kinds, forms and levels of colonialism on our Island.

Let us raise up beyond fear, as Hon. Powed Parkop, MP has invited us to to so. Let us come out bringing solutions to all big powers in the world, to Indonesians and to Melanesians, that West Papua independence is part of the independence of all parties. West Papua independence is not a problem, but it is a solution for all parties, and particularly for us living on this beautiful, peaceful, healthy Island of New Guinea.

Issued at: The Central HQs of the WPRA
On Date: September 16th, 2019

Respectfully Yours,

Amunggut Tabi, Gen. WPRA
BRN: A.DF 018676

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