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One day in Jayapura in land of ‘Big Brother’

  • Darmawan Triwibowo

    Civil society activist

Jayapura   /   Tue, September 24 2019   /  01:00 am

On a Sunday evening, after considering various advice from colleagues, I decided to fly to Jayapura – just 10 days after violent protests rocked the city. There were friends to visit and people to meet to understand the current circumstances. Gloomy news greeted me as soon as I landed in Sentani. A brief meeting with a local human rights lawyer at the airport provided me a vivid illustration of the widespread arrests and detentions in the cities of Jayapura, Fakfak, Deiyai and Timika by security forces in the aftermath of the demonstrations in each city. In Timika, the lawyer cited data showing that 33 people had been arrested with 10 still in detention since Aug. 21. Some of them experienced violence and excessive use of force — including being shot — during their arrests. Moreover, although human rights organizations in Papua and West Papua are trying to organize legal aid and co...