REJECT AND DO NOT TRUST THE INVESTIGATION TEAM FORMED BY THE STATE TO INVESTIGATE THE SHOOTING OF YEREMIAS ZANABANI IN HITADIPA ON 19 SEPTEMBER 2020 AS IT IS NOT INDEPENDENT
The Fellowship of Baptist Churches in West Papua (PGBWP) reject and do not trust this team set up to investigate the murder of Pastor Yeremias Zanabani as it is has been set up by the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, MD Mahfud and is not independent. The team is not independent because the shooters form the team and are also directly involved in the investigation team.
Pastor Yeremias Zanabani from Hitadipa, Intan Jaya Regency, Papua was shot dead by a member of the Indonesian National Army (TNI) on Saturday, 19 September 2020. Pastor Yeremias was killed by TNI troops during a military operation when Pastor Yeremias went to his pig pen for food. This incident causes the wound to rot and fester in the Indonesian Nation.
Pastor Yeremias was the Chairperson of the Senior Theological School (STA) in Hitadipa and Pastor of the Imanuel Hitadipa congregation of the Indonesian Gospel Camp Church (GKII) in the Hitadipa Region of Papua, a Bible translator in the Moni language and also a leader of the Moni tribe.
The formation of this Investigation Team repeats State fabrications and state dramas such as the Investigation Team formed by the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs during the Luhut Panjaitan era to resolve 13 cases of gross human rights violations in Papua.
The formation of investigative teams from the State in 2015 and 2020 had the aim of avoiding international pressure and obstructing the visit of the delegation of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights to West Papua to directly monitor the state of gross human rights violations.
In the UN General Assembly, the Indonesian government always appears defensive and angrily attacks countries that care and speak out for respecting human dignity, justice and peace for West Papua. If indeed there are no human rights violations committed by the State, Indonesia should open up space for representatives of the UN Human Rights Commission to visit West Papua.
State crimes have caused the shedding of blood for 57 years and it is not only Pastor Yeremias who has died at the hands of the Army, there was also Rev. Geyimin Nirigi who was shot dead by elite Army troops on 19 December 2018 in Mapenduma District. The victim was ordered to dig the ground in the backyard of the house and was then shot dead. The body was doused with Kerosene and set on fire. The Head of the Local Military Command XVII Cenderawasih, Mohamad Aidi spread a hoax that Pastor Geyimin Nigiri is still alive and well. However, the results of the investigation by the Papuan Human Integrity Justice and Peace Foundation led directly by Director Theo Hesegem on December between the 25 – 27 December 2018 proved that Pdt. Giyimin Nigiri (80 / L) died at the hands of elite TNI troops.
Indonesia carried out military operations in Nduga from 4 December 2018 to 2020 which have killed 110 children, 38 women and 95 boys. What is even more cruel, is that the Indonesian government with its military power has created a permanent poverty war for the people in Nduga specifically but also throughout West Papua from Sorong to Merauke.
During a military operation in Nduga, the Army shot and killed 5 civilians on 20 September 2019 in Kenbobo Mountain Cave, Inye District and their bodies were buried in a grave. The names of the dead victims are: (1) Yuliana Dorongi (35 / Female), (2) Yulince Bugi (25 / Female; (3) Masen Kusumburue (26 / Female; (4) Tolop Bugi (13 / Female; (5) Hardius Bugi (15 / L). (Official source: Theo Hesegem, Papuan Human Integrity Justice and Peace Foundation).
Other crimes and serious human rights violations committed by the Army include the killing of Pastor Elisa Tabuni in Tingginambut, Puncak Jaya on August 16, 2004. Pastor Elisa Tabuni was arrested, handcuffed and shot dead by Kopassus troops under the leadership of Dansatgas BAN-II / Koppasus, Lt. Col. Inf.Yogi Gunawan.
Indonesian military killed 4 students in Paniai on 8 December 2014: The murders of Simon Degey, Apinus Gobay, Alfius You and Yulian Yeimo have never been resolved, even though the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Joko Widodo promised a complete settlement of this case in December 2014.
As well as the Bloody Wamena tragedy on October 6, 2000, there are several other cases of gross human rights violations that have occurred in Papua. These include (1) The Bloody Biak Tragedy, July 6, 1998; (2) Bloody Abepura, December 7, 2000; (3) Bloody Wasior, June 13, 2001, (4) The murder of Theys Hiyo Eluay and the enforced disappearance of Aristotle Masoka, 10 November 2001; (5) Abepura, March 16, 2006; (6) The shooting of Opinus Tabuni, 9 August 2008. (7) The shooting of Yawan Yaweni in Serui, 2009, the perpetrator was a police officer. (8) The shooting of Mako Tabuni, 12 June 2012 at Perumbas 3 Waena. The perpetrator was from Densus 88.
Amnesty International Indonesia recorded that from February 2018 – September 2020 there were 47 extrajudicial killings with 96 fatalities. “7 cases of ongoing investigations, 14 cases of unpublished investigations, 9 cases of no investigations, 5 cases of internal police discipline mechanisms, 1 case settled through cultural means, 2 cases settled in military courts, 2 cases in criminal courts, and 7 cases in the process of verification.”
The Indonesian government has failed to carry out its obligations in upholding human rights in West Papua. State violence that causes gross human rights violations and humanitarian tragedy continues to increase and the perpetrators are the same, namely the State. The perpetrators of crimes against humanity are always protected and receive impunity from the State and they are also recognized as national heroes after killing helpless and guilty civilians.
1. The Government of the Republic of Indonesia should cancel the Investigation Team formed by the State because it is not independent and the Team itself includes the perpetrators of the murder
2. Komnas HAM should immediately form an investigation team to investigate the killing of Pastor Yeremias Zanabani.
3. The Indonesian government should invite the UN Special Rapporteur to visit West Papua.
4. The Indonesian government should immediately withdraw all non-organic Army troops from West Papua from Sorong to Merauke.
5. The Indonesian government should resolve the problem of gross human rights violations in Papua not partially, but completely and comprehensively.
Therefore, the Indonesian government should resolve the rotting wounds on the body of the Indonesian nation, namely the 4 main roots of the Papuan problem formulated by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) which are contained in the book Papua Road Map: Negotiating the Past, Improving the Present and Securing the Future (2008). The four root causes are as follows:
1) History and political status of the integration of Papua into Indonesia; (2) State violence and gross human rights violations since 1965 that have not been resolved; (3) Discrimination and marginalization of indigenous Papuans in their own land; (4) Development failure including education, health, and the economy of the Papuan people.
The solution to treating the rotting and festering wounds in the body of the Indonesian nation is that the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the ULMWP sit at one table for unconditional peace negotiations mediated by a neutral third party to find a permanent peaceful solution.
Ita Wakhu Purom (Jayapura), West Papua, Monday, 5 October 2020
President of the Fellowship of Baptist Churches in West Papua.
Dr. Socratez S.Yoman,MA
1. Member: West Papuan Council of Churches (WPCC).
2. Member of the World Baptist Alliance (BWA).
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