Yahukimo Police have shot a student, whilst he was with friends at the Blue Creek at Yahukimo following their school graduation. The incident occurred on Sunday 19 May 2013 at 04.00 (West Papuan time) when Yahukimo Police were using a Police Patrol vehicle went to the above location.
At the moment the Police arrived they came upon a group of students
at the location. A group of five students had been drinking alcohol. The
police without questioning the students fired warning shots in the
direction of the students. The students fled afraid of the police
gunfire. Four of them succeeded in fleeing but the fifth named Carles
Suhuniap was hit in the right shoulder by further police gunfire whilst
trying to flee. Wounded, he was arrested by the police who became
smeared with his blood.
The victim was later evacuated to Jayapura where he is at this time
being treated at the Dian Harapan Hospital in Jayapura. Of those
students that successfully fled three have been named as Deni Asso,
Andre Kiban and Gelgi Giban.
Media sources reported that the students after drinking alcohol at
the time of the shooting incident, had not being doing anything untoward
or acting negatively towards anyone in particular or causing any harm
or threat to anyones’ property. They merely had an intention of going
home. The police had no cause to shoot.
This incident was a human rights violation. The Police wanted an excuse to kill (dengan dalih menewaskan) the victim but rather he was not killed but left seriously wounded.
It is not just this incident as killing of community members in
Yahukimo is happening regularly via para-military agents that are
assigned to the hospitals in Yahukimo as sisters, medical aides and
doctors. There have been many experiences of people entering the
hospitals in Yahukimo as patients not in any critical or particularly
serious condition, only to rather than get better and be released to
instead come out as dead bodies. This has been happening and continues
to happen in Yahukimo.
This is the problem in Yahukimo at this time. The regional government
does not appear to be serious about addressing the problem. Covert
killings are happening in Yahukimo and this is the mission of the State
to kill the Papuan community throughout Papua. The situation is similar
to that news reported by Bintang Papua last year with the news regarding
15 people from Paniai who were killed whilst drunk. These things are
happening as part of a mission of the Republic of Indonesia in Papua.