Thursday, February 21, 2013

1) Two different groups involved in Papua attacks: Djoko

1) Two different groups involved in Papua attacks: Djoko

2) Govt condemns Papua attacks

3) Peaceful Dialogue between Papua and Indonesia  is the best solution

4West Papuan exiled tribal leader calls on Australia to act

5) kill eight soldiers in Indonesian Papua


1) Two different groups involved in Papua attacks: Djoko

Fri, February 22 2013 00:35 | 70 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Chief security minister Djoko Suyanto said two different groups had been involved in the attacks on military (TNI) members in Papua that had left eight dead on Thursday morning. 

The gunmen that had carried out the attack in Tingginambut in the district of Puncak Jaya that left one dead were believed to belong to the Goliat Tabani group, he said at a press conference here that day. 

"The conclusion was based on intelligence information showing that the region has so far been indicated to be the location used by an armed group led by Goliat Tabuni for its activities," he said.

The attack in Tanggulinik, Sinak District, in the district of Puncak that had left seven members of the Sinak Military Resort Command dead meanwhile is believed to have been carried out by an armed group led by Murib, he said.

"This is according to intelligence information which shows that the area has so far been used for the activities of an armed group led by Murib," he said. 

The minister however said that no group had so far claimed responsibility for the incidents.

In view of that he said he had ordered the commander of the XVII Cenderawasih Military Command, Major General Christian Zebua, and the Papua Regional Police commander, to coordinate for the arrest of the group members.

"The perpetrators must be caught and immediately judicially processed whoever they are. We hope those who have conducted the attack and ambush must be caught and their identities, groups and motives are known," he said.

The minister appealed to all people especially community leaders, tribal leaders and religious leaders to cooperate with the government to maintain the situation in Papua conducive and not to be provoked by irresponsible persons.

"The incidents did reflect the situation in general in Papua, which remains conducive, so that people still carry out their daily activities smoothly and peacefully," he said.

The minister condemned the violence and "expressed deep condolences to the victims` families." (*)
Editor: Heru

2) Govt condemns Papua attacks

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Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto has condemned the shootings in Papua on Thursday, which left eight Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel dead. 
“These shootings, which were carried out by persons unknown, have been perpetrated amid the government’s massive efforts to accelerate development in Papua and improve the welfare of its people,” Djoko told a press conference. 
“Therefore, I have instructed both the military and police to pursue the suspects and bring them to court,” he added. 
Djoko said that right now the Papuan authorities were trying to determine the motive.
“As of this afternoon, no group has claimed responsibility for the shootings,” he said on Thursday. 
Djoko also asked local churches and tribal leaders to work hand-in-hand with the government to persuade these armed groups to abandon their violent acts.
As many as eight soldiers were shot dead in two separate attacks in the mountainous Puncak Jaya regency in Papua on Thursday morning, the most severe attack in Papua this year. 
A military post in the Tingginambut district was attacked at 9:30 a.m. local time (7:30 am Jakarta time), killing First Pvt. Wahyu Bowo, who was shot in the chest and neck, and injuring First Lt. Reza, who was shot in his left arm, according to data released by Djoko’s office. 
An hour later, a group of 10 soldiers were ambushed while heading to the Sinak airstrip in Sinak district. Seven of the 10 soldiers were killed, namely First Sgt. Ramadhan; First Sgt. M. Udin; First Sgt. Frans; First Sgt. Edi; Chief Pvt. Jojon; Chief Pvt. Wemprik; and First Pvt. Mustofa.(dic)
3) Peaceful Dialogue between Papua and Indonesia  is the best solution

Comment by Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of the human rights organisation, LP3BH in Manokwari:

The holding of peaceful dialogue between Papua and Indonesia is the truly just and responsible way forward for the Papuan people and the Indonesian Government in order to resolve the social and political conflict which has lasted between them for such a long time.

At the core of the conflict is a difference of opinion regarding the history of Papua's integration into Indonesia, which began with the holding of the Act of Free Choice held in 1969, which the Indonesian government refers to as 'pepera'. This is a matter that needs to be openly discussed between the Papuan people and the Indonesian government.

This is at the root of the conflict because, to this day and no doubt into the foreseeable future, Papuan people will continue to feel that they  have been treated  unjustly and inhumanely and continue to feel that they are a people  whose rights have been disregarded as a community of people who have never been involved in discussions about their fate since 1962.

When a political conflict emerged between  the Indonesian Government and the  Government of the Dutch Kingdom regarding the status of the Land of Papua in 1962, it resulted in the signing of the New York Agreement on 15 August 1962. The indigenous Papuan people who were the occupants of the Land of Papua were not involved nor were they ever asked for their opinion on this agreement, either by Indonesia, by the  Dutch government, by the United States or by the United Nations.

It should be stressed that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his governmental associates should understand that, in accordance with the law and according to (UN) Resolution 2504, their status was neither final nor was it legally binding. This means that a political solution is extremely important and it should be handled by means of the afore-mentioned Peaceful Dialogue.

As a senior legal advocate in the Land of Papua, I herwith call upon President SBY and his governmental associates  to seriously consider the offer to hold a Peaceful Dialogue  as the only alternative to resolve this conflict that has already lasted for almost fifty years.

Translated by TAPOL

4) West Papuan exiled tribal leader calls on Australia to act

Exiled West Papua tribal leader Benny Wenda is currently in Australia as part of a world tour raising awareness of the independence cause, Shalailah Medhora reports. 
New vision has emerged of independence demonstrations in West Papua. Activists say many of the people involved in the protests have since been arrested for treason.
Indonesian authorities and secessionists have been engaged in a battle for the region spanning the last half a century.
Benny Wenda is a West Papuan independence leader in exile, visiting Australia for the first time. As a child he says he witnessed atrocities in his Central Highlands village.
"Two Aunties were raped in front of my eyes. My mum was beaten up. Indonesians visited my village and my uncle Kapas Wenda was tortured," he told SBS.
That made him join the independence movement, a decision he says saw him locked up on falsified charges. Following a daring jailbreak, Benny Wenda fled Indonesia and escaped to Papua New Guinea.
From there he was able to successfully seek asylum in Britain. But he wasn't able to travel, after Indonesia issued him with an Interpol red notice. His lawyer successfully argued that the international arrest warrant was illegal.
"There is quite a wide-spread abuse of the system that countries like Indonesia, Iran are using the Interpol system to extend their persecution across borders," said Jennifer Robinson, from the International Lawyers for West Papua.
Benny Wenda is currently in Australia as part of a world tour raising awareness of the independence cause.
Indonesia has been heavily criticised for alleged human rights violations in the 50 years since the conflict began.
"There is a kind of apartheid of administrative and political kind which hasn't prevented Papua from having a facade of democracy, " said Professor Peter King, from Sydney University.
The media is not allowed to enter the province and raising the Morning Star flag brings with it a hefty jail term. Mr Wenda hopes Australia can put pressure on its close ally to change that.
"Indonesia committed genocide towards my people. That's why look to Australia as our big brother," he said.
But so far the federal government hasn't changed its stance.
"Both sides of Australian politics fully recognise Indonesian sovereignty over Papuan provinces, " said Foreign Minister Bob Carr. 
The Indonesian Ambassador declined the invitation to speak to SBS. His office says there are bigger issues in the relationship that need to be dealt with and that Indonesia continues to count on Australia's support in territorial matters.
The MPs and Senators from all major parties who make up the Parliamentary Friends of West Papua want the issue put front and centre.
"If we claim to have a good, close relationship with Indonesian authorities, then we need to express differences," said Greens Senator Richard Di Natale.
"It is my belief that one day my people and myself will be free, and I will go back as a free man," says Benny Wenda
Until then, Benny Wenda will contine to pray, and play for independence.

5) kill eight soldiers in Indonesian Papua
(AFP) – 2 hours ago  
TIMIKA, Indonesia — Unidentified gunmen shot dead eight soldiers and seriously wounded another in two separate incidents in Indonesia's restive Papua region on Thursday, a military spokesman said.
"A total of eight soldiers were shot dead in two different locations this morning," Papua province military spokesman Jansen Simanjuntak told AFP.
The first incident took place in the district of Puncak Jaya at 9:30 am local time (0030 GMT), when an armed group opened fire on a military post in Tingginambut village, killing one soldier and injuring another, he said.
The second attack occurred an hour later in the neighbouring district of Sinak, some 60 kilometres away (37-mile), when armed attackers shot at nine soldiers walking to a nearby airport, killing seven.
Simanjuntak said the perpetrators had not been identified.
Gun attacks are common in Papua, in Indonesia's extreme east, where poorly-armed separatists have for decades fought a low-level insurgency on behalf of the mostly ethnic Melanesian population.
The mountainous Puncak Jaya district is a known hideout for armed separatists.

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