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“He put electric shock on me”: a glimpse of the persistent, widespread practice of torture in Papua

Matan Klembiap
Photograph courtesy of Anum Siregar, Democratic Alliance for Papua

By Budi Hernawan

On 15 February 2013, in the sub-district of Depapre (approximately 30 kilometres west of the Papuan provincial capital of Jayapura), six Papuan men were arrested and detained by the local police. Daniel Gobay (30), Arsel Kobak (23), Eneko Pahabol (23), Yosafat Satto (41), and Salim Yaru (35) were in a car when the police stopped and searched them. Matan Klembiap (40), who was on his motorbike behind the car that the police stopped, was also detained. During the police interrogation all of the men were tortured to confess that they knew the whereabouts of two key pro-Papuan independence activists, Sebby Sambom and Terrianus Sato, who have gone into hiding. On the following day, four of the men were released without any charge; Daniel Gobay and Matan Klembiap remain in police custody, charged with “possessing a sharp weapon” under the Emergency Regulation 12/1951, a legacy from the Dutch colonial laws. Continue Reading →


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Centre for International Governance and Justice: News and Events

Jacqueline ParryCIGJ PhD Scholar Awarded American Society of International Law Grant

CIGJ PhD student, Jacqueline Parry, has been awarded a prestigious Arthur C. Helton Fellowship micro-grant by the American Society of International Law. The Fellowship is named in honour of the renowned refugee scholar, Arthur Helton, who died along with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello and 20 others when the UN compound was bombed in Baghdad in 2003.

Jacky was selected from among 50 applicants from all over the world and will use the fellowship to support her fieldwork on refugees and transitional justice in Liberia.

The Decline of Consent in International Law

Marie-Eve Loiselle, CIGJ Research Officer and Centre Co-Ordinator, recently contributed to the Lowy Institute for International Policy’s Interpreter blog. Marie-Eve’s piece, which examines national sovereignty and the consensual nature of treaty obligations, can be read here. Continue Reading →