14 May 2013

Campaign to warn Papua police chief as head of KNPB held

1:51 pm on 14 May 2013

The international Free West Papua campaign is encouraging people to tell the Indonesian police chief of Papua the world is watching him closely.

As another deadly shooting was reported on the weekend in Wamena, four prominent pro-independence activists were detained after a rally yesterday, including the leader of the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, Victor Yeimo.

The Free West Papua campaign is telling police chief Tito Karnavia to respect international human rights.

West Papua Media Alerts is reporting three activists have been released but Mr Yeimo is still held and suffering severe wounds from rifle butts.

The Secretary of the Jayapura branch of Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights, Paul Mambrasar, says Mr Yeimo has been on the police's wanted list and it's likely charges will be laid.

"There was a previous crackdown a few months ago against KNPB leaders, so we won't be expecting him to be released today or very soon."

Paul Mambrasar says the group went ahead with yesterday's rally after police denied permission to hold it.