Tuesday, August 14, 2012

1) Papua Remains Indonesia’s Poorest Region

1) Papua Remains Indonesia’s Poorest Region
2) Masses Damage Dogiyai Regent Office in Papua
3) World Indigenous Day marches spark arrests in West Papua

1) Papua Remains Indonesia’s Poorest Region
Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 | 16:19 WIB
TEMPO InteractiveJakarta:Minister for National Development and Planning Agency Armida Alisjahbana says that based on recent research, West Papua remains Indonesia’s poorest region.

"The level of poverty in Papua is 31.11 percent. The national poverty rate is currently 11.96 percent," Armida said at the Ministry of National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), on Monday.

One of the factors is connectivity as development in Papua is hindered by logistical difficulties.

Another factor is its isolation. Several areas are very isolated so economic growth is not evenly distributed.

"In Papua, prosperous regions are closer to the coastal areas. In mountain areas, poverty rates are still high. Welfare there needs to be equally distributed and that’s what the government’s trying to do," said Armida.

When asked how to solve the problem of poverty in Papua, Armida said the government has prepared a program called MP3KI or a Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Poverty Reduction. It seeks to address the problem of poverty at the national level by promoting infrastructure development, rural industrialization and development activities.

Armida said last week that Bappenas had prepared a map of the construction of new infrastructure projects in the eastern region, particularly for Papua. For example, the construction of infrastructure such as airports and seaports that will help solve the connectivity problem.
2) Masses Damage Dogiyai Regent Office in Papua
Tuesday, 14 August, 2012 | 16:23 WIB
TEMPO InteractiveJayapura:About 1,000 Moanemani people from Dogiyai regency in West Papua damaged the local regent office and set fire to the General Election Commission (KPU) office in Dogiyai on Monday.

"That’s right, it happened because the people were disappointed that one of the candidates did not pass the Constitutional Court (MK)," said commissioner Muhammad Rois from Nabire Police.

He said that initially 1,000 people surrounded the KPU office demanding changes to the Constitutional Court ruling on the Dogiyai electoral dispute. "They rejected the MK’s decision related to the regent selection, refused a letter from the Minister of Home Affairs, and expressed a vote of no confidence in the MK. They believe the Dogiyai election was not democratic," he said.

As the crowd felt the KPU had not responded to their criticims they became enraged and started burning down the office. "No KPU member wanted to speak with the group. We were able to calm them down. Alas, they then decided to burn the office. Some even damaged the office of the regent," said Rois.

Financial losses due to the destruction have not yet been calculated. "We don’t have the data yet. It could be in the hundreds of millions or more," he said.

The masses have so far been appeased. "No one is being interrogated yet. The people are still waiting at the KPU office. The office is in Moenamani. The distance between the regent’s office and the KPU is about 400 meters," he said.

The court declared that duo number 1, Thomas Tigi and Herman Auwe, won with 28,155 votes, higher than the votes received by the two other pairs of candidates, Anthon Iyowau-Clara Apapa Gobay and Natalis Degei-Esau Magay. JERRY OMONA
The Southeast Asian Times 
3) World Indigenous Day marches spark arrests in West Papua
From News Reports:
Jayapura, August 15: West Papua Police arrested 10 people for raising the illegal Bintang Kejora, or Morning Star flag, at a rally for International Day of the World’s Indigenous People in Manokwari western West Papua last Thursday. 
Indonesian news portal tempo.co says those arrested were 100 people who waved the symbol of West Papua independence for an hour outside the office of the Papuan Customary Council.
The ten arrested were accused of sedition.
“You can organize rallies, but don’t bring Morning Star flags with the intention of opposing the State. That is called subversion,” the news portal quotes Papua Police spokesman Senior Commander Yohanes Nugroho as saying in Jayapura on Friday.
“We have seized the flag as evidence.”
West Papua National Authority secretary Topan said police not only seized the flag, but also some documents and electronic equipment. 
“They seized all attributes carried by protesters,” he said.
“Some were beaten.”
Amnesty International posted a statement on its website on Friday saying that Mobile Brigade Brimob police and soldiers from the 1709 District Military Command led by the Yapen District Police Chief blocked hundreds of peaceful protesters as they marched in Serui, Yapen Island, last Thursday morning.
The organisation called for an “independent and impartial investigation into reports that police used unnecessary and excessive force to disperse a peaceful demonstration.” 
“Some demonstrators were reportedly beaten by security forces during their arrest . . . Indonesian security forces then fired their guns into the air to disperse the protesters,” said the statement.
“The rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are guaranteed in Articles 19 and 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Indonesia is a state party. “Amnesty International has documented dozens of other cases of arbitrary arrest and detention in past years of peaceful political activists in Papua.” 
The Southeast Asian Times
In June, West Papua Media reported that members of the Australia-trained Detachment 88 anti-terrorist police and the Indonesia army special forces Kopassus had raided the jungle headquarters of the pro-independence National Liberation Army near the village of Wadapi, in the Angkaisera district, Yapen Island, on Tuesday, May 29.
Many dwellings were reportedly torched in the raid.
The Australia Federal Police provides money for Detachment 88 although the national government insists the money is not used for against “separatist” or pro-independence forces. 
The Southeast Asian Times 

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