Tuesday, September 27, 2016

1) Solomon Islands - First Right of Reply


2) INDONESIA - SECOND RIGHT OF REPLY
3) Local Languages Included in Local Curriculum
4) 18 Young Papuans Reportedly Shot by Security Forces Since Paniai Incident
5) Papuan Work Force Can’t Keep up with Investment : BI
6) Classes Halted for Two Months as Two Schools Blocked in Nabire
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1) Solomon Islands - First Right of Reply 

26 Sep 2016 - 1st Right of Reply by the Solomon Islands at the general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016).

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2) INDONESIA - SECOND RIGHT OF REPLY
26-Sep-2016 00:01:22
2nd Right of Reply by Indonesia at general debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 20-26 September 2016).


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3) Local Languages Included in Local Curriculum
26 September 2016
Sentani, Jubi – Local languages in Jayapura Regency will be included in the curriculum of local content initially for the third grade of the elementary school, junior and high schools.
The Head of Jayapura Regional Education Office Alpius Toam said the use of local languages is an important thing for today’s generation.
“In this modern era, there are a lot of positive and negative influences for our generation. As a consequence the local languages that are actually part of our culture and identity have been gradually forgotten, even it is hardly spoken in the daily conversation,” he said in Sentani on Sunday (25/9/2016).
Therefore, the education office would encourage the use of the local languages in the new curriculum for the elementary, junior and high schools, so that the local values of children would not disappear, he said.
“It certainly would also taught to non-Papuan students too,” he said.
Jayapura customary leader Teo Kere considered the local language is crucial to be taught to the generation today, because it is a human’s identity.
“If we don’t know about our own languages, so the question is where did we come from? Therefore, as part of the traditional community, I hope these cultural values must be protected and kept sustainable at anytime. Because the local languages are definitely reflecting the community’s social life at this present time,” he said.
Meanwhile Sentani Timur Sub-district Chief Steven Ohee admitted he already implemented the use of the local language in his sub-district, that is every first day of the month. The implementation of the use of the local languages is endorsed through the Sub-district Government and the Language Research Agency of Papua Province.
“This (local language) is an obligation,” he said.
Following that endorsement, he is active to socialize among his community about the importance of the use of the local languages. (*/rom)

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4) 18 Young Papuans Reportedly Shot by Security Forces Since Paniai Incident
24 September 2016



Jayapura, Jubi – Since the shooting incident in Karel Gobay Square, Enarotali, Paniai, that killed four students, security forces have shot 18 Papuans aged 14–19, eight of them fatally. It has become a new trend of violence in Papua.
The incident at Karel Gobay Square on 8 December 2014 killed Yulian Yeimo (17), Simon Degei (18), Alpius Gobay (18) and Alpius Youw (17).  Some civilians were also injured by bullets during the violence. The Police have not name any suspect even after though more than eight investigation teams have been involved in this case.
A teenager called Inter Segenil (16) also been shot by security personnel in Yahukimo on 21 March 2015 after the dissolution of fundraising event held by the West Papua National Committee.  Besides him, Isai Dapla (37), Salomon Pahabol (47), Titus Giban (39),Simson Giban (42) and Obang Sengenil (48) also hit by the bullets in this incident.

On Thursday, 25 June 2016, a teenager Yoseni Agapa (15) was dead and the rest of seven was injured when some ununiformed people opened fire towards eight civilians in Ugapuga, Kamu Timur, Dogiyai Sub-district. Five of seven injured victims are teenagers, namely Melianus Mote (16), Podepai Agapa (14), Yulius Agapa (17), Yunias Agapa (16), Feri Goo (15). Two other victims, Neles Douw and Menki Agapa were accused for being blocked the street that triggered the shooting.
On 17 July 2015, another incident occurred during the Ied praying at Karubaga, Tolikara when the Evangelist Church Youngster in Indonesia (GIDI) held the church event from 13 to 19 July in Karubaga intended to negotiate with the Muslims to not using the speakers during the Ied praying in the yard, have been shot by security forces that also in the scene for praying. As the result, Edi Wanimbo, 15 years old teenager was dead with the bullet hit on his stomach. Eight people were also wounded in this incident.
The shooting incident that murdered another teenager was occurred in Timika on 28 August 2015. Student Martinus Imaputa (17) was shot on the left chest, while Amalia Apoka (girl, 19) was shot on right foot by military personnel from Military District Command 1701 Timika. Two were dead in this incident that was occurred after the Kamoro tribe art festival in Koperapoka. Two dead victims are Imanuel Herman Mairimau (23) and Yulianus Okoware (23).
Kalep Zera Bagau (18) and Efrado I. S. Sabarofek (17), the students of Vocational High School (SMK) Petra, Timika and Efrando I.S.Sabarofek (17) are the next victims. The police shot both students on 28 September 2015 in Gorong-Gorong Timika. Kalep was dead. The Police said both students were involved in the attack on the house of Timika resident. But the family denied they were involved in the attack and burning of the resident’s house.
In 2016, Mobile Brigade personnel shot Otinus Sondegau (16) in Sugapa. He was killed in front of his own house on 27 August 2016 for the accusation being involved in a blockage in Sugapa traditional market. As the result of this shooting, his family was irritated and Sugapa people burned Sugapa Police Station.
Another incident happened in this September. On 14 September, two personnel of Water and Air Police (Polairud/Polair) beat Melky Balagaize (19) in Wanam Wogikel, Ilwayab Sub-district, Merauke Regency after return from the Karaoke Club with his friends. The Police said he was drunk and made noise as well as brought the sharp weapon to run after the local resident. But the family declined the police’s statement. Melky’s brother, Seimon Petrus Balagaize, said the officers who beat his brother were also drunk.
Of these cases mentioned above, only three cases that reportedly taken to the court for legal and ethics process by each institution of the perpetrators. The three cases are Koperapoka case that involved the military personnel, Gorong-Gorong case that involved the police officer, and Sugapa case that involved the Papua Mobile Brigade personnel. (*/rom)
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5) Papuan Work Force Can’t Keep up with Investment : BI

26 September 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Chief Representative of Bank Indonesia Papua Province Joko Supratikto stated Papua’s rich natural wealth has not turned into more investment due to a lack of poor infrastructure and a low skilled work force.
Joko said a study by Bank Indonesia found many investors were interested in doing business in Papua,
“But it can only be materialized if the government improved the infrastructures including the facilities of transport and electricity, human resources development and security guarantee,” he said in the national seminar of Papua Banking Expo 2016 in Jayapura on last week.
According to him, the government could not count on the State Budget only, but should manage private investment for the achievement of the development.
“We can take the opportunity and improve it for the welfare of the Papuan community,” said Joko.
Deputy of Bank Papua Fauzan explained Papua economic growth fluctuated to suit the achievements of the mining sector with the average growth of 3.35 percent within the last 15 years. If compared with the economic growth without the mining sector, it is relatively high and stable with the average 8.76 percent in the last five years.
The challenge of investment, said Fauzan, depends on the natural resources commodities, the price of global commodity and the basic development capital that yet not optimized such as road quality, electrification, and low-quality human resources.
“Of 183 respondents consisting of the entrepreneurs, corporations and banks stated Papua must be achieved 31 percent to be considered for investment is the feasible infrastructure, local potencies, proper employers and security,” he said.
Economist David Samula urged all parties including the government and stakeholder to walk together in order to materialize the Papuan vision, Risen, Developed and Prosperous.
“To build Papua should be started from all sectors in every stages gradually,” he said. (*/rom)
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6) Classes Halted for Two Months as Two Schools Blocked in Nabire
24 September 2016

Nabire, Jubi – Two schools in Siriwo Sub-district, Nabire Regency, have been forced to halt classes for almost two months because the buildings were blocked by a contract teacher.
Commission C members of the Nabire Regional Council was informed of the blockade on SDN I and SMPN I Siriwo on Friday (23/9/2016) during a visit there.
The councilors said they would summon the Head of the Education Office to resolve this case.
A contract teacher in SDN I and SMPN I Siriwo, Bertha Laiduma Alah, explained the schools were blocked by a teacher who’s not recruited as the civil servant.
“We’ll wait until she open it, so that classes can run as usual. We do not defend her or her demand,” Bertha told Jubi in Nabire on Thursday (22/9/2016).
Related to the action, Bertha explained that the contract teacher with initial KB is a woman who’s a pioneer teacher for the both schools. She started teaching in these schools since twelve years ago.
“However, up to now, she hasn’t yet recruited as civil servant because of her age. We don’t know whether she is still expecting to become a civil servant. The government should pay attention to her demand,” she said.
School Committee Chairman Samuel Tukayo said both schools have six teachers including the Principal. “Related to this blockage, we forcedly find a spare time to give the additional lessons to the children,” he explained.
The blockage was already opened three days ago but the keys are missing. “We strongly expect the government to pay attention and solve this problem for the sake of our children,” he said. (*/rom)
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Peter King, tireless campaigner for West Papua’s struggle for self-determination

PETER KING 1936 - 2016

Peter King, tireless campaigner for West Papua’s struggle for self-determination
It is rare that an Australian academic would be farewelled from this life by a salute from a West Papuan freedom fighter but such was the significance of Peter King's contribution to the international arena that it seemed the perfect gesture to those who attended his "living tribute" a few weeks ago.
Professor Peter King, of the department of government at the University of Sydney, who has died after a short illness, was a modern thinker, an internationalist dedicated to making world affairs intelligible to mid-20th century Australia.

Peter King with Benny Wenda, spokesman for United Liberation Movement of West Papua. Photo: Supplied

Peter King was born in 1936, the son of Philip Cardigan King, who fought and was gassed in the First World War and who later co-founded King and Heath Real Estate. His mother, Ada Emily Lilian King (nee Davey), was an amateur doubles tennis champion.
Peter King earned his bachelor of arts with honours in political science from Melbourne, where he was as admired for his prowess in the athletics team (as a sprinter) as for his eloquence in debate. 
With a PhD in international relations from the Australian National University, King took up a lectureship in government at Sydney University. It was 1965 and the government of Robert Menzies was coming under pressure to back a negotiated settlement to the growing crisis in Vietnam.



Peter King at his "living tribute" saluted by West Papua leader Rex Rumakiek. Photo: Supplied

It was at this point that King came into his own. Campuses across the country were seeing an increasingly radicalised student body opposing the war and King was one of the few lecturers who encouraged them. Among those who jostled for elbow room at his politics classes were many who went on to become luminaries of public life, including Meredith Burgmann, former president of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, who has recalled being "radicalised" by him. Others remember King as a "jaunty" figure, who attended anti-war demos in a proletarian cap – worn at a rakish angle.

Every chapter of his PHD thesis commenced with a quote from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which King assembled in such a way as to make Carroll's classic text seem to purposefully reflect the frightening climate of the Cold War nuclear arms race.
While on secondment from his Sydney post, King spent three formative years of the early 1980s as professor of political and administrative studies at the University of Papua New Guinea. It was here that he became engaged with West Papua's struggle for self-determination while under Indonesian rule. He saw the pressing need for the Australian community to develop a much clearer understanding of the issues in Papua; of our part in creating them, and our responsibility to foster progress towards a just peace.
On his return from Port Moresby, King helped found Sydney University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), of which he became first president, then director, combining the role with his duties as a senior lecturer in government.
A short spell overseas followed, as professor of Australian studies at the University of Tokyo. King then came home to Australia to take up his final full-time post before retirement, as professor of politics at the University of Wollongong, before launching CPACS' West Papua Project, in 1999.
King's activist and scholarly fervour never wavered. His work on the Papuan question inspiring the occasional, but persistent thread of Australian journalism on the subject – ensuring that King's passing was marked by generous tributes from distinguished members of the Papuan émigré community. Indeed, during their final, emotional discussion Octo Mote – Secretary General of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua – assured King that he would be "written into the history" on the day West Papua gains independence.
King's interest in nuclear disarmament also continued. A passionate pacifist, he was the first to propose the radical concept of total non-retaliation. More recently, King joined with others, including the veteran campaigner John Hallam, to launch a Human Survival Project at CPACS. Its latest eye-catching public initiative, a people's tribunal in which the leaders of nuclear-armed states were put "on trial", attracted international attention and participation, and dominated what turned out to be the final weeks of his life.
Michael Kirby, the former High Court judge, a former student of King's, recently paid tribute to his endeavours. King, he said, "never gave up the effort to open the eyes of today's generation to the fearsome dangers of nuclear proliferation. All of us should take inspiration from his efforts… This will be his legacy".
Peter King is survived by two sons, Daniel and Nick, from his first marriage to Inese, as well as his second wife, Xue, and their daughter Madeleine. 
Associate Professor Jake Lynch, director of the department of peace and conflict studies

1) Jokowi Opens New Flight School in Papua


2) Indonesia begins lobbying for UN Security Council seat 

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MONDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER, 2016 | 21:32 WIB
1) Jokowi Opens New Flight School in Papua

TEMPO.COJakarta - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo plans to open a flight school for the people of Biak, Papua, on October 2016. According to Lenis Kagoya, the Presidential Special Staff for Papua, the establishment of the flight school is the answer to the lack of educational progress in Papua.
"This flight school will be inaugurated on the second week of October 2016," Lenis said after a meeting with the President on Monday, September 26, 2016. Lenis added that infrastructures of the school have been built complete with its supporting facilities.
Currently, there are 30 Papuan pilot candidates who have received training in Cirebon. The candidates will return to Papua to continue their training with other candidates at the new flight school.
Lanis said that the President hoped that the flight school would allow Papuans to become pilots for Indonesian airlines, such as Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, and other airlines.
"We built [the new flight school] in Papua, because in Papua there are many mountains and sea winds. We want [pilot candidates] to get used to these conditions," Lenis said.
ISTMAN MP 

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2) Indonesia begins lobbying for UN Security Council seat 
Liza Josephine The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Mon, September 26 2016 | 09:24 pm 
Indonesia has begun lobbying for its bid for UN Security Council non-permanent membership for the term 2019-2020 as the country kicked off its campaign at the UN headquarters in New York over the weekend.
"Indonesia has received full support from ASEAN for its candidacy for UNSC 2019-2020," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement following an informal meeting between foreign ministers of the organization's 10 member countries on Saturday. 
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi also conveyed Indonesia's candidacy throughout a string of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's 71st session over the past week. 
On Thursday, Retno spoken to the UK's parliamentary undersecretary of state for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (minister for Asia and the Pacific), Alok Sharma, whose country is one of the five permanent members of the UNSC. The two also discussed strengthening bilateral relations in the fields of trade, infrastructure development, prevention of radicalism and promotion of tolerance.
Retno also conveyed hope that the bid would be supported by the United Arab Emirates, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. During a meeting with Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák on Sept. 19, the two parties agreed to support each other, with Slovakia intending to bid for the 2028-2029 period.  (evi)

1) Indonesia accuses Pacific countries of interference

2) Pacific leaders raise West Papua at the UN
3) Indonesia responds to leaders of six Pacific countries on West Papua claims  
4) Two police and a civilian shot in Papua
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1) Indonesia accuses Pacific countries of interference
5:08 pm today
Indonesia has accused a number of Pacific Islands countries of interfering in its domestic matters regarding West Papua at the United Nations.
The accusation during the UN General Assembly came after leaders from six Pacific countries - Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Nauru, the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu - expressed concern about human rights abuses in Papua.
Pacific leaders at the UN General Assembly expressed concern about human rights abuses in Papua. Left to right: Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai; Solomon Islands Prime Minsister Manasseh Sogavare; Tonga Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva; Nauru President Baron Waqa; Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine; Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga  Photo: UN Photo
Calls for Papuan self-determination rights to be respected were also made by some of the leaders during this 71st session of the general assembly debate.
"Human rights violations in West Papua and the pursuit for self-determination of West Papua are two sides of the same coin," said the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare.
"Many reports on human rights violations in West Papua emphasise the inherent corroboration between the right to self-determination that results in direct violations of human rights by Indonesia in its attempts to smother any form of opposition."
In a call echoed by the other Pacific leaders, Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine urged the UN Human Rights Council to initiate a credible investigation of violations in West Papua.
While Indonesia's Vice-President, Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, did not address Papua in his speech at the session, Jakarta's response to Pacific governments' criticism came from an official at Indonesia's permanent mission to the UN.
Nara Masista Rakhmatia said her government was shocked to hear the island countries' claims about Papua when discussion at the session should have been about sustainable development goals and the global response to climate change.
"The same leaders chose instead to violate the UN charter by interfering in other countries' sovereignty and violating its territorial integrity," she said.
She said her government categorically rejected accusations of rights abuses in Papua, and that they reflected an unfortunate misunderstanding of the history of Indonesia and its current progressive developments.

Ms Rakhmatia singled out Vanuatu and Solomon Islands in particular, suggesting other countries with human rights problems shouldn't point the finger at Indonesia.
"Their politically motivated statements were designed to support separatist groups in the said provinces [West Papua and Papua] who have consistently engaged in inciting public disorder and in conducting armed terrorist attacks."
The official reiterated Jakarta's stand that it had mechanisms in place to deal with human rights abuses in Papua.
"With such a vibrant national democracy, coupled with the highest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights at all levels, it would be nearly impossible for any human rights allegations to go un-noticed and un-scrutinised," she said.
Jakarta, however, maintains restrictions on access to Papua for leading international humanitarian and rights organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Amnesty International.
Furthermore, Indonesian police chiefs in Papua region have taken a strict line on a series of large, peaceful demonstrations by Papuans calling for self-determination in recent months, resulting in mass arrests in some cases.
The prime minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, said that the UN could not and must not ignore the "deplorable situations" in Papua by hiding "behind the guise of the principles of non-interference and sovereignty".
“The UN must act on this issue and find a workable solution to give autonomy to the indigenous peoples of West Papua," he said.
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2) Pacific leaders raise West Papua at the UN
6:03 pm today
Leaders of six Pacific Island nations have highlighted concern about West Papua while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly.
At the general debate of the Assembly's 71st session, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Nauru, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu called for UN action on alleged human rights abuses in Papua.
Calls for West Papuan self-determination rights to be respected were also made by some of the leaders.
Johnny Blades filed this report.

TRANSCRIPT

Human rights abuses in Papua region were linked by the Solomon Islands prime minister to the pursuit of self-determination by indigenous West Papuans. Manasseh Sogavare said there was a case to challenge the legality of the controversial, UN-sanctioned process by which Papua was incorporated into Indonesia.
"Human rights violations in West Papua and the pursuit for self-determination of West Papua are two sides of the same coin. Many reports on human rights violations in West Papua emphasise the inherent corroboration between the right to self-determination that results in direct violations of human rights by Indonesia in its attempts to smother any form of opposition."
In a call echoed by the other Pacific leaders, the Marshall Islands president, Hilda Heine, pushed for the situation to be independently probed.
"Given the importance of human rights to my country, I request that the UN Human Rights Council initiate a credible and independent investigation of alleged human rights violations in West Papua."
Jakarta's response to the speeches came from an official at Indonesia's permanent mission to the UN. Nara Masista Rakhmatia said her government categorically rejected accusations of rights abuses in Papua, accusing the governments concerned of interfering in Indonesia's sovereignty. She singled out Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, suggesting other countries with human rights problems shouldn't point the finger at Indonesia.
"These countries are using the general Assembly to advance their domestic agenda, and for some countries to divert attention from political and social problems at home.The said countries are also using false and fabricated information as the basis of their statement. The conduct of these countries undermines the UN charter and are detrimental to the credibility of this assembly."
The official reiterated Jakarta's stand that it has mechanisms in place to deal with human rights abuses in Papua. Yet the prime minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga said that the UN must not ignore what is happening to Papua's indigenous Melanesians.
"It must not allow actions in the guise of principles of non-interference and sovereignty as reasons for inaction. The UN must act on this issue and find a workable solution to give autonomy to the Indigenous Peoples of West Papua."
Nara Masista Rakhmatia said the Pacific leaders' statements on Papua were "politically motivated and designed to assist separatist groups which have violently attacked civilians". However, it's understood to be the first time so many governments have raised concern about West Papua at a General Assembly debate.
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3) Indonesia responds to leaders of six Pacific countries on West Papua claims  
Published On:September 25, 2016Posted by PNG Today 
A representative of Indonesia attacked leaders of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Tonga for what she claims was ‘lack of understanding on the history and progressive developments’ happening in these two provinces.’

She exhorted the Pacific Leaders to stick to discussing the impacts of climate change than ‘interfere in Indonesia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.’

“Indonesia is shocked to hear that at this august body where leaders are gathered to debate the early implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the transformation of our collective actions and other global challenges such as climate change, of which the Pacific countries are affected the most, the said leaders chose instead to violate the UN charter by interfering in other country’s sovereignty and violating its territorial integrity.’

“We categorically reject the continuing insinuations in their statements. They clearly reflect an unfortunate lack of understanding of the history, current developments and on-going progressive developments in Indonesia including the provinces of Papua and West Papua.’

The Indonesian diplomat said the statements by the six Pacific Leaders were ‘politically motivated designed to support separatist groups in the two provinces who have consistently engaged inciting public disorder and conducting armed terrorist attacks on civilian and security personnel.’

“Evidently, the statements by those leaders clearly violates the purposes and objectives of the UN Charter and violates the principles of friendly nations amongst states as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.

She claimed the Pacific states are using the General Assembly to advance their domestic agenda and for some countries to divert attention from political and social problems at home.

“These countries are using false and fabricated information as the basis of their statements. The conduct of these countries undermine the UN charter and are detrimental to the credibility of this assembly, said the Indonesian diplomat.

She maintains that Indonesia’s commitment to the protection of human rights is unquestionable. Indonesia is a founding member of the UN Human Rights Council and has sat as member of the council for three previous periods and is now serving its fourth term.

“Indonesia is among few countries who have a continued national action plan on Human Rights, active national and robust national commission on human rights since 1993, vibrant civil society and free media. We have a full fledge democracy in full function.

“It would be nearly impossible for any human rights allegations to go unnoticed and unscrutinised. We have domestic mechanisms in place at the national level and at provincial level in Papua and West Papua.”

She said Indonesia will continue to focus on the development of Papua and West Papua provinces in the best interest of all and ended with a well-known saying in the Asia Pacific region, ‘when one points the index finger to others, the thumb finger automatically points to one’s face.


SOURCE: PACNEWS


Read more: http://news.pngfacts.com/2016/09/indonesia-responds-to-leaders-of-six.html#ixzz4LLbzV2dc
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4) Two police and a civilian shot in Papua
27 minutes ago 
Three people were injured when a military truck was shot at in Indonesia’s Papua.
Tabloid Jubi reported the incident happened in Kota Mulia, Puncak Jaya, on Saturday.
A 25-year-old man, Winingga Tabuni, was shot in the chest, while two policemen were also shot.
The truck, belonging to the Puncak Jaya Military Command, was returning to base in Kota Mulia from Puncak Senyum after fetching timber that was to be used to build traditional Papuan houses.
The injured men were being treated while police searched for the attackers.
On September the 12th, a contract teacher, Ezra Patatang, 27, was shot dead in the same area.
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sydney events for West Papua

Sydney events for West Papua
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Sunday 2nd October

 Sunday at 1 PM  -2nd October


Meet at Sydney Town Hall



                        

The March will begin at Town Hall and make its way to the NSW parliament. 
We would like to invite everyone of you who share this passion of advocating for West Papua's freedom. Please join us on this day to show solidarity with West Papua.
Aim and Purpose of the march:
- West Papua's bid for full membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
- Press for human rights monitoring and open access to foreign journalists in West Papua.
- Press for an Independent Fact Finding mission into West Papua.
- Remembering West Papua's efforts in the Pacific war.
- Abolish or Amend the Lombok Treaty.
- Global Assistance for the West Papuan Refugees in PNG.
- United Nations intervention in West Papua.





 You can bring your own banners etc to represent your groups and communities too, We are encouraging banners and posters if you will be making your own for the march to reflect the purpose of the march as listed above.
PLEASE WEAR YOUR CULTURAL OR TRADITIONAL WEAR IF YOU HAVE ONE.
We will also be selling flags and shirts on the day to support the refigees people of West Papua should you need one.
 
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Friday 30 September
 ROCKIN’ FOR WEST PAPUA: Global Peace Concerts Announced
Rocking’ For West Papua is a worldwide music, arts and cultural festival of events raising awareness of the genocide and human rights abuses on the indigenous people of West Papua, presented by Rize Of The Morning Star.

Friday 30 September – Sydney AUS: Waywards @ Bank Hotel, Newtown featuring Blackbreaks, The MisMade, The Black Turtles, MC Thorn





 Also In Newcastle on Saturday 1 October – Newcastle AUS: The Vault featuring Once Remained, Skinpin, Steinbrenner, The Grounds
More at


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Monday 10 October
Punks for West Papua at
SYDNEY INDIE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 PROGRAM UNVEILED!






Monday, 10th October 2016 – Opening Night Event Part 1Time: 6PM
Location: Screening Cinema Room @ Bald Faced Stag
Leichhardt/Annandale
Film introduced by Filmmakers Anthony Ash Brennan (Punks For West Papua) and Broke Silcox (Meal Tickets) followed by Q&A after screenings
Documentaries:
Punks for West Papua (AUSTRALIA) https://vimeo.com/167078538Meal Tickets (AUSTRALIA) https://vimeo.com/171357659
Tickets for this session (Opening Night Part 1) exclusive via donations to help West Papua
Minimum donation: 10,00
Donate direct to the “Free West Papua Campaign” at: https://www.freewestpapua.org/actions/donate/
Then email your name to be added to door list at: vip@sydneyindiefilmfestival.com
Please add to email subject: PUNKS FOR WEST PAPUA

Monday, 10th October 2016 – Opening Night Event Part 2
 Time: 8:30PM
Location: Screening Cinema Room @ Bald Faced Stag
Leichhardt/Annandale
Film introduced by Filmmaker Tristan Barr (This Little Piggy) followed by Q&A after screenings
Feature Film:
This Little Piggy (AUSTRALIA) https://vimeo.com/144634028
Short Films:
Break (UK) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifDaAXbOI24F Meat (AUSTRALIA) https://vimeo.com/150459983O Brother (AUSTRALIA)
Requires Review (AUSTRALIA/SWEDEN) https://vimeo.com/136688413