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Jakarta Post

Third pastor killed in Papua: Church

  • Benny Mawel and Budi Sutrisno

    Papua, Jakarta

Papua, Jakarta   /   Wed, September 23 2020   /  01:00 am
Intan Jaya regency is marked with the red line.(JP/-)

The recent killing of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya regency, Papua, allegedly carried out by personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI), is the third case targeting a churchman in Papua since 2004, a church fellowship has said.        The TNI has denied involvement in all three killings, accusing separatists of killing two of them and claiming that the other one was not actually dead. Human rights institutions have called on the government to open an independent investigation to shed light on the killings. President of the Papuan Baptist Churches Fellowship, Sokratez Sofyan Yoman, has alleged that prior to Yeremia, TNI members shot dead two other pastors, namely Geyimin Nirigi and Elisa Tabuni, in separate incidents. Geyimin was killed in Mapenduma district, Nduga regency, on Dec. 19, 2018, he said, adding that the victim was reportedly f...