– Evidence has emerged of a horrific attack on a Papuan student
in the town of Wamena in West Papua’s central highlands.
According to a report received by TAPOL, at around 04:45 am on Wednesday 19
October, Yusuf Hiluka, 23, was stopped outside the office of the Regent of
Jayawijaya District by two officers from Satpol PP
(Satuan Polisi Pamong Praja), the district civil security
unit, while making his way from a friend’s house to the
Wamena bus terminal. Without questioning Mr Hiluka,
the Satpol PP officers poured glue on his head and set
it alight. Mr Hiluka’s head and the back of his neck
were engulfed in flames.
Mr Hiluka fled screaming to the nearby police station
to seek protection. The perpetrator was detained
immediately and held in police detention. An
investigation has been conducted, and in accordance
with customary law, a payment by the perpetrators to
the victim’s family is being arranged.
Mr Hiluka suffered burns to his forehead and hands,
and according to reports he is still awaiting hospital treatment for his wounds.
The motive for this attack is not known, but it is yet another unexplained incident in a
series of violent events that have devastated West Papua in recent months. It
occurred on the same day that up to six people were killed during the violent
dispersal of the Third Papuan Peoples’ Congress by Indonesian security forces in the
provincial capital, Jayapura.
TAPOL calls on the regional Chief of Police, Inspector General Bekto Suprapto, to
recognise the gravity of this cowardly attack, ensure that a thorough independent
criminal investigation is carried out and that those responsible are brought to justice.
The use of customary law in such cases cannot be deemed sufficient, either in
obtaining justice for the victim, in punishing the perpetrator, or in acting as a deterrent
against future violations.
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Indonesia has the largest population of Muslims in the world and is home to influential missionary organizations that keep Islamic culture and tradition alive by sponsoring community events such as mass circumcisions. The goal of this event is to circumcise 3,000 boys in a single day, breaking the previously held record and giving residents of Medan circumcision bragging rights over rival Indonesian cities for the next year.
IS MUTILATION AND RELIGIONS NEED TO BLOODY STOP DOING IT, BOTH ON YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS.
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