Monday, August 27, 2012

1) Concerns Papuan prisoner is denied access to medical treatment‎


RNZI Posted at 22:54 on 26 August, 2012 UTC
Amnesty International says former prisoner of conscience Yusak Pakage is being denied access to medical treatment while in police detention in Papua province, Indonesia.
It says he has reportedly been threatened with torture and has not had access to a lawyer since his arrest.
According to sources he is suffering from stomach pains and has not been able to eat.
Mr Pakage was arrested on the 23rd of July during the trial of Papuan political activist Buchtar Tabuni.
Police arrested Mr Pakage after they found a pen-knife in his bag.
He was later charged under Emergency Regulation 12/1951 for possession of a weapon, which carries a maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment.


2) ‘Don’t ignore West Papua’ appeal from human rights advocate

Paula Makabory and other West Papuans and supporters protest in Auckland during the Pacific Islands Forum last year. Photo: Alex Perrottet / PMC
Pacific Scoop:
Report – By the Pacific Media Centre news desk
A prominent Australian advocate on West Papuan human rights has appealed to the Pacific Islands Forum not to “ignore the issue as it has done in the past” at the leaders meeting in the Cook Islands this week.
Responding to a briefing to a Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) media briefing on the Forum yesterday by Secretary-General Tuiloma Neroni Slade that one of issues to be discussed would be regional security, Joe Collins of the Australia West Papua Association warned of current security issues in the Indonesian-ruled region.
“Although it is to be expected that RAMSI  (Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands) and the situation in Fiji will be the top security issues of concern, we hope the PIF leaders will not ignore the issue of West Papua as it has in the past,” Collins said in Sydney.
Collins said a security operation was ongoing in the Paniai region of West Papua after a police officer was shot and killed.
Authorities had also imposed a curfew in the district.
The district police chief, Adj. Sr. Comr. Anton Diance, had reportedly said the police were tracking down those responsible for the killing, Collins said in a statement.
“Activists in Paniai have reported that during the security operation the police have raided homes and arbitrarily arrested innocent civilians,” he said.
‘Home torches’
“At least five homes were torched by police officers, the activists claimed, and at least 15 civilians were tortured.
“The police deny the claims, saying they are in pursuit [of the suspects] according to procedures,” Collins said.
According to the AWPA statement, the Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto said last week the government’s heavy-handed response to the recent shootings in Papua should not be misconstrued as a human rights violation, as it was a “risk that had to be taken in locating the perpetrators”.
“We will take all necessary action to track them down, so don’t blame us for any human rights violations, because they are the human rights violators who terrorise members of the security forces and the people of the land,” Djoko said at his ministry.
The comments were made after a coordination meeting with the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Lt. Gen. Marciano Norman, National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo, and Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Adm. Agus Suhartono on Thursday.
Sweeping operations
“These statements are of concern as they imply the security forces can act with impunity in their sweeping operations,” said Collins, who was one of the leaders at a pro-West Papuan demonstration during the Forum in Auckland last year and at a regional conference on the issue.
He called on the PIF leaders to raise the human rights situation in West Papua with the Indonesian government and also to urge Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to “control” his security forces in the territory.
“The West Papuan conflict should be of great concern to the Forum leaders and if it is ignored we will see increasing conflict in West Papua which in turn could affect the region,” he said.
for Tok Pisin speakers

3) Pacific Forum imas toktok long West Papua

Updated 27 August 2012, 13:40 AEST

Pacific Islands Forum long despla wik long Cook Islands imas toktok long wari blong ol West Papuan pipal sopos oli gat laik long lukautim ol wok securiti long Pacific rijan.
Despla toktok ibin kam long Australian West Papua association husat itok olsem, Pacific Islands Forum isave pasim eye blong en long ol heve blong ol West Papua pipal.

Tokman blong despla association Joe Collins itok, ol heve em ol militari blong Indonesia isave mekim long ronim na bagarapim human rights blong ol Papua pipal, inap kapsaet igo long Pacific rijan.

Wanpla bikpla toktok em Pacific Forum bai toktok long en, em ol wok securiti long Pacific.

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