Human rights groups are condemning a police enforced ban on ‘Kamisan’ protests in Jayapura, the capital and largest city of the Indonesian province of Papua. The ‘Kamisan’ is a peaceful and silent protest which is held every week, calling on the government to resolve past human rights violations. Activists say the ban reflects the state’s repression of the freedom of expression and contradicts the government’s promise to resolve cases of human rights abuses in Papua.
The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence called on the National Commission on Human Rights and the National Police Commission to evaluate the Papua Police’s actions and to stop issuing policies that restrict peaceful protests.
Activists demanded that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ensure all police, uphold principles of human rights and democracy and to instruct the National Police to protect and respect the rights of the protesters.