Major arrest in Papua

Major arrest in Papua

Just few hours ago, the Police of Papua raided the office of the Papuan Customary Council in Waena (about 15 km from Jayapura). They arrested 6 people without any warrant and acknowledged that they found two pistols inside the office. They are currently detained at the Jayapura police station (Polresta Jayapura) without any access to lawyers.

Earlier today two Papuan were also arrested when they just harboured in Jayapura coming from Manokwari. No charge was laid but they were held in the Papua Police headquarters without any access to lawyers.

In Wamena, three people including one junior high school student were arrested after participating in the rally in support of the launching of the International Lawyers for West Papua in Guyana.

The Papuan-based NGOs are working to provide legal aid to the detainees and to get more information on the reason why they were arrested and detained.