Komnas HAM Papua asks TPNPB not to target civilians

The Head of the Office of the National Human Rights Commission or Komnas HAM Papua Representative, Frits Ramandey when delivering material during the discussion on "Secretion and Armed Conflict in Papua" organized by the Alliance for Democracy for Papua online on Friday (15/7/2022). - Youtube/AlDP screenshot

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Papua Office of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM Papua) Frits Ramandey asked the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) not to target civilians. Ramandey said this responding to the shooting that killed one employee of PT MUJ in Sugapa District, Intan Jaya Regency.

“We received a report that an excavator operator in Intan Jaya was shot, allegedly by the TPNPB. There were three shots, it is very unfortunate,” Ramandey said when contacted by Jubi via telephone call on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

Ramandey said that TPNPB combatants should not target civilians working for development. According to Ramandey, people in rural areas, especially in Intan Jaya’s Mamba, need road access.

“We ask the armed groups in several regions of Papua not to target civilians. We deeply regret that an armed group allegedly shot an excavator operator in Intan Jaya. In that area, there are Aibon Kogoya and Paulus Kobogau. They are the leaders of the armed group there. I have met them and asked them not to shoot,” he said.

Earlier, Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said a PT MUJ employee named Manoach Rumansara was killed with three gunshot wounds to the abdomen and chest.

“The victim was one of the heavy equipment operators at the company. He was repairing a road in Sugapa, Intan Jaya,” Kamal said in Jayapura City on Tuesday.

According to Kamal, Rumansara was evacuated from the shooting site to the nearest health center. However, he died while being flown to Nabire Regency. (*)

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