Tuesday, June 12, 2012

1) ‘Shootings are small-scale’, SBY contrasts Papua with Middle East


1) ‘Shootings are small-scale’, SBY contrasts Papua with Middle East
2) President chairs limited cabinet meeting on Papua
3) SBY: Sanctions for Papua Law Enforcers Committing 'Inappropriate Actions' 
4) Police: Shootings and OPM Not Connected
5) Peaceful Demonstrations Taking place in Jayapura which then broke into Violence Caused by the Indonesian military
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1) ‘Shootings are small-scale’, SBY contrasts Papua with Middle East
Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 06/12/2012 10:05 PM

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono downplayed the tensions in Papua on Tuesday by calling the recent deadly shootings “small-scale incidents compared to those in the Middle East.”
“The recent incidents in Papua can be considered small, with a limited number of victims. They are hardly as severe as the violence in the Middle East where we have witnessed deadly attacks with many fatalities almost every day,” he told a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Office.
“But even though the incidents in Papua are not as big as that, we cannot ignore them.”
The fatal violence in Papua, the country’s easternmost province, has been escalating with rampant shootings and attacks mainly in Papua’s provincial capital of Jayapura and the Jayawijaya regency capital of Wamena.
Reports say at least 16 people have been killed in the past month.
The latest incident was on Sunday when Tri Sarono, 44, a private security guard working for a business center in Jayapura, was shot dead by a gunman near the Cendrawasih University campus. (nvn)

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2) President chairs limited cabinet meeting on Papua
Tue, June 12 2012 19:12 | 270 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at his office here on Tuesday chaired a limited cabinet meeting on the latest security situation in Papua province.

The meeting was attended by the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Djoko Suyanto; Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare, Agung Laksono; Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Hatta Rajasa; the Law and Human Rights Minister, Amir Syamsuddin; Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi; Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam; the Chief of the Armed Forces, Admiral Agus Suhartono; the Chief of the National Police, General Timur Pradopo; and several other ministers.

Over the last several months, Indonesia`s easternmost province of Papua has seen random shootings by unidentified people in various locations.

The latest shooting incident occurred at the University of Cendrawasih`s campus on Sunday evening (June 10). 

During a hearing with the Parliament on Monday, Marciano Norman - the head of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN), Indonesia`s intelligence agency - said that a separatist group called the Free Papua Movement (OPM) was behind the recent shootings in Papua.

Meanwhile, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Djoko Suyanto, has condemned the recent shootings of civilians, foreigners, and military and police personnel in Papua.

"The acts were against the efforts aimed at creating peace in Papua and accelerating development programs in the region," he remarked at a press conference.

In view of this, he called on the police and TNI (military) to immediately capture the perpetrators and bring them to justice. He also requested the people to provide correct information regarding them to the authorities. (*)
Editor: Heru
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3) SBY: Sanctions for Papua Law Enforcers Committing 'Inappropriate Actions'
Arientha Primanita | June 12, 2012
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday warned police officers and soldiers on the ground in Papua to abide by the law and follow proper procedures while attempting to maintain order in the restive province.

“I want inappropriate actions to be prevented,” Yudhoyono said prior to a cabinet meeting to discuss recent violence in Papua. “Though upholding the law is the duty of our officers, the implementation [of that duty] should not exceed what is appropriate, which could cause other problems. 

"In cases where there are violations by military or police officers while carrying out duties in the field — which is not easy and is complex — sanctions should be handed down.”

His comments come after a military (TNI) rampage last week in the village of Wamena, in which police said one civilian was killed and 17 others were wounded. The attack was said to be retaliation for an incident in which angry villagers stabbed a soldier to death after he struck a child while riding his motorcycle.

While there has been criticism from lawmakers that the president has neglected the intensifying conflict in Papua, Yudhoyono said the central government had done no such thing. He called on his cabinet ministers to inform people of the government’s proactive approach.

“If we’re silent, we’re assumed to be not doing anything,” he said. "Talk, so people understand the problem. ... Indonesia respects the law and international conventions, but without explanation, there will be wrong perceptions.”

Last week was a bloody one for Papua, particularly in the provincial capital of Jayapura, where at least seven people were killed. The most recent reported incident took place in front of the Cenderawasih University on Sunday, in which one person was shot dead.

“The action [attacks] can be said to have happened on a small scale with limited victims,” Yudhoyono said.

He contrasted the events in Papua with violence in Middle Eastern nations such as Libya and Syria, which have taken thousands of lives.

“The figure is far [lower] than the violence in the Middle East, [where] we can witnesses, every day, attacks and violence with huge numbers of deaths,” he said. “Despite that, even one casualty should not be neglected.”

With additional reporting from Antara
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http://us.en.vivanews.com/news/read/324344-police--shootings-and-opm-not-connected
4) Police: Shootings and OPM Not Connected
"We've yet to find any link between the shootings and the OPM until today."
VIVAnews - The Indonesian police have yet to find any tie-in between actions set out by the Free Papua Movement (OPM) with mysterious shootings taking place in Papua in the past two months. For the time being, the police considered the gunnings as pure crime. 
"We've yet to find any link between the shootings and the OPM until today," spokesperson of the National Police, Chief. Comm. Boy Rafli Amar, said in Jakarta on Tuesday. 
Boy said the reasons behind the shootings would be revealed after all the perpetrators are arrested. 
"However, it's okay to have an assumption over the motive that the shooters use. [The culprits] may belong to a group which aims at disturbing the people of Papua," he said. 
The police believe that the shootings were cases of single action. He said no connection has been found between one shooting with another.
Papua has witnessed a number of covert shootings. Up until today, the authority can only arrest some alleged perpetrators. 
Earlier, Chief of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), Marciano Norman, said a series of terrors in Papua had to do with the Free Papua Movement.
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FROM VOICE OF BAPTIST PAPUA WEB PAGE

5) Peaceful Demonstrations Taking place in Jayapura which then broke into Violence Caused by the Indonesian military


Report : National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) in Info Papua News

WEST PAPUA URGENT NEWS (Names of the victims):

Panuel Tablo, male,18 years old, from Bintang Mountains. Catholic Yesa Mirin, male 18 years old from Senani, Protestant The third victim has not yet been identified.

Chronology...................
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