Rev. Neles Tebay of Papua has been named the winner of the Tji Hak-Soon Peace and Justice Award for 2013 for mediating peace talks between Papuan separatists and the Indonesia government. Neles is slated to come to Seoul, South Korea, to accept the award on March 13. “I have never expected this award. I was just informed on February 27 about this,” Neles said on Saturday. Neles has been praised for his work with the globally-recognized Papua Peace Network, which has organized several rounds of negotiations between the separatists and the government. Neles, a former contributor to The Jakarta Post, is also a lecturer at the Fajar Timur Theology Institute in Jayapura. The Tji Hak-Soon Peace and Justice award is given in the name of the late Bishop Daniel Tji Hak-Soon, who gave his life and works to struggle to free those who experience injustice. (dic)
http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/nieuws/2013/03/01/timmermans-bepleit-meer-openheid-papua.html 2) Timmermans advocates more disclosure Papua Government press release | 01/03/2013 Translation Pro Papua Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Timmermans has called for access of international media and civil society organizations into the Indonesian provinces Papua and West Papua. He did this in an interview with the head of a special unit of the Indonesian Government which accelerates socio-economic development of the provinces Papua and West Papua, Bambang Darmono. Timmermans: "Lack of transparency leads to bias and misunderstandings. More disclosure is also in the interest of Indonesia. " Darmono will make a two-day visit to the Netherlands, to explain the Indonesian policy for both provinces. Timmermans spoke to him about the experience gained since the founding of the unit (UP4B) by the Indonesian President in October 2011. During his visit to Jakarta on the 20th and 21 of February Timmermans announced that the Netherlands support a community policing program in the provinces Papua and West Papua, which aims at a better understanding between the police and the population, with a focus on human rights and cultural differences.