Friday, May 31, 2013

1) Worker Not Injured Due to Mine Collapse: Freeport

1) Worker Not Injured Due to Mine Collapse: Freeport
2) freeport worker in critical condition after mud slide - (d)
3) Freeport denies collapsed tunnel report
4) Chronology of the arrest of seven activists involved in the Aimas, Sorong incident.
5) MIFEE: Customary Landowners Block Access to PT Rajawali’s Land


1) Worker Not Injured Due to Mine Collapse: Freeport

[Updated at 6:31 p.m.]
A worker was fighting for his life after a mining accident on Friday at Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold’s Indonesian mine, a union official said, calling on members to stop work at the huge copper mine after the second major accident in just over two weeks.
Freeport denied that a collapse was responsible for the injury and released a statement saying “the company regrets that an accident occurred while it was performing approved maintenance activities in the DOZ underground mine. Wet ore material [wet muck] flowed from an ore bin covering a truck and its operator.
“This event was not the result of any collapse of the mine tunnel, as has been incorrectly reported, and does not in any way reflect upon the integrity of the mine.
“The driver of the truck has been taken to Tembagapura Hospital and is in critical condition. We are saddened by this accident and are praying for our fellow worker and his family at this difficult time.”
“The victim is still in a critical condition. Hopefully, we can save his life,” Papua-based union official Virgo Solossa told Reuters by telephone. He had earlier said the worker had been killed.
“We hope this is the last incident … that’s why we ask the company to stop all activities at the mining area to review safety systems for the sake of the workers.”
However, another worker at the mine, who asked not to be identified, said that two other workers were rescued and taken to hospital after the tunnel collapse at the Deep Ore Zone (DOZ) underground mine in the Grasberg complex.
Freeport suspended operations at the complex in eastern Indonesia on May 15, a day after a training area in another tunnel, away from the site of its main operations, caved in on 38 workers.
Twenty-eight people died in what was one of the worst mining disasters in Indonesia’s history.
The accidents raise concerns over whether Freeport will have to default on shipments to customers.
They also cast doubts over Freeport’s ambitious plans to turn Grasberg into the world’s biggest underground mining complex after 2016 when its open pit operations are due to end.
Open pit mining currently accounts for two-thirds of production.
Force majeure in 2011
Industry sources say large mining operations typically have three to four weeks of ore stockpiled at port, and around three days on site.
Freeport declared a force majeure on some concentrate sales about one month into a 2011 strike, freeing itself from some of its contractual supply obligations.
Freeport said on Wednesday it had resumed some operations at the mine, which also holds the world’s largest gold reserves.
The union had reiterated that work would not resume until all investigations into the May 14 accident were complete.
“This latest accident shows how Freeport management is arrogant after they have forced themselves and the workers to go back to work and re-start production activity,” the union’s Solossa said.
“That’s why the union calls on all workers to stop working at all Freeport mining areas,” said Solossa. The union represents about 18,000 of the mine’s 24,000 workers.
After the May 14 tunnel collapse, the company and the union put on hold pay talks that began on May 13. Relations have remained strained between the two sides since a three-month strike in late 2011.
Freeport Indonesia’s sales are expected to reach 1.1 billion pounds of copper and 1.2 million ounces of gold in 2013, up 54 percent and 31 percent over 2012, respectively.
Open-pit mining at Grasberg normally produces around 140,000 tons of copper ore a day, while underground operations yield 80,000 tons.
The problems at the mine have helped underpin copper prices, although a prolonged shutdown would be necessary to hit world supplies, which are still seen in a small surplus this year.
Freeport has been drawing on stocks to keep up overseas shipments during the production shutdown.
There was no immediate impact on copper prices on Friday with benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange trading at $7,268.75 a ton, slightly higher than where it was trading after the mine closure.


2) freeport worker in critical condition after mud slide - (d)

Fri, May 31 2013 23:06 | 91 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - A worker of PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua is in critical condition after being buried in a wet mud following a mud slide at around 1.40pm on Friday. 

Papua Regional Police Command spokesman Senior Commissioner Gede Sumerta confirmed to Antara that based on a report he received the victim, Herman Wahid, with employee number 832366 was carrying a truck at Loading Point 1 Charlie West DOZ, which is an underground area, when the incident happened.

Herman Wahid who was buried in a wet mud is now being intensively treated at the local Tembagapura hospital.

Twenty-eight people were four dead after 38 workers were trapped in an underground facility of the US-owned mining company following a land slide on May 14.

Ten of the workers who were saved in the incident are now still being treated in several hospitals.
Editor: Priyambodo RH

3) Freeport denies collapsed tunnel report

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PT Freeport Indonesia spokesperson Daisy Primayanti has denied media reports that said another
tunnel collapsed at one of the company’s mines.
“Wet ore material or wet muck flowed from an ore bin covering a truck and its operator,” she said in a statement.
She said the company found strong indication that the circumstances involved in this incident were inconsistent with the company’s established safety protocols for handling wet muck.
She went on to say that the event was not the result of a collapsing tunnel, citing that it “has been incorrectly reported” by several online media outlets and thus “does not in any way reflect upon the
integrity of the mine.”
Separately, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's mineral director, Dede Indra Suhendra, told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview that the government had sent a mining inspector to Papua immediately to investigate Friday’s incident.(dic)

4) Chronology of the arrest of seven activists involved in the Aimas, Sorong incident.


In accordance with an agrrement reached between the following mass organisations, the KNPB - National Committee for West Papua, the West Papua National Authority, the Students Executive Board of the Faculty of Social and  Political Sciences of Cenderawasih University (BEM-FISIP Uncen), various NGOs  and the church, they would hold a demonstration on 13 May 2013 calling on the Regional Military Commander, the Chief of Police and the Governor of Papua to accept responsibility for  the acts of violence committed on 1 May 2013.These acts of violence resulted in three deaths in Aimas, Sorong and the arrest of dozens of Papuans who were detained in prisons in Biak, Timika and a number of other places in Papua  where events had been held to commemorate the annexation of Papua by the Republic of Indonesia.

On 13 May, at 6.00 am, Uncen students closed the gate into their campus and people started making speeches.The co-ordinator of the event was  the Chairman of BEM-FISIP Uncen (Yason) who had since early morning been delivering speeeches in front of the campus.The closing of the gate resulted in the Deputy Rector  of Uncen, Mr Homer, as well as other  Uncen lecturers arriving to negotiate about re-opening the gate. In response, the students said that  the day was being devoted  to holding peaceful demonstrations in solidarity with people in civil society who had been shot dead by members of the TNI - Indonesian Army - and Polri, the Police Force in Sorong.

While the negotiations were under way, at 8.00am. the police led by the chief of the local area, Kiki Kurnia pushed their way into the area in order to take control of the situation by intimidating the mass of people who had already gathered since early morning. The commander of the police  operation said that this was not permissible and they were told to disperse while remaining at the site. Negotiations then took place with the chief of police of Jayapura City, Alfred Papare, with those who were responsible for continuing the peaceful demonstration, among others Viktor Yeimo (KNPB), Yason (BEM Uncen), Bovit (Garde-P) and Alfares Kapisa (WNPA)  As a result of the negotiations, twenty students representing the mass of people who had gathered went to the MRP (Papuan People's Assembly) riding in a truck. As more and more people  wanted to accompany the group, Victor Yeimo asked for an additional truck.

While negotiations were still proceeding and people were still making speeches,the chief of police ground operations started to provoke the crowd of people, usisng the megaphone to stir the emotions of the demonstrators, but these provocations only caused th demonstrators to smile. Before the demonstrators started to get onto the trucks, those responsible for the action called on all the demonstrators to abide by the guidelines 'SAFEGUARD SECURITY AND PEACE'. Then the crowds were led to the two trucks and a pick-up. Things began to get tense when the chief of the KIKIK KURNIA operations  prevented the demonstrators from using motorbikes The chief of operations ordered tthe police along the road to stop all those who were travelling in convoy by motorbikes to the MRP. When they reached the Perunas Junction, the police began to attack those who were on motorbikes which led to  chaos because the police began to attack the riders who abandoned their motorbikes leaving the bikes unattended.The police then began to destroy the motorbikes which  infuriated the owners of the vehicles. There were furious arguments  and things began to be thrown at the police.  It is not clear who was responsible for doing that.

The police then began to act brutally  and started beating those who were on board the trucks. The chief of the operation then ordered Victor Yeimo to be arrested; he was beaten in the face which caused his face to start bleeding. Victor was pushed onto a Barakuda  and a short while later, he taken from the Barakuda and put onto a police van for detainees.

After Yeimo  had been beaten and arrested, Marthen Manggprouw/MM  was also arrested and beaten. and pushed onto a police detention truck. The police then started beating two other students while pushing them onto the trucks.

Following the arrests, four of the detainees were taken to Polresta Jayapura and as soon as they arrived there , they were interrogated while being driven to  police headquarters.which they reached at 12 noon. Soon afterwards, another three students were arrested and beaten by the police and taken to police headquarters. So, altogether seven activists were arrested and beaten. They are:

Yongky Ulimpa, 23 years old, studying at FISIP Uncen. He was beaten on the head with rattan causing swellings in his head.

Ely Kobak, 17 years old, a student. He was beaten in the face and rattan was tied round his neck  making it difficult for him to eat or drink.or to stand up straight.

Marthen Manggaprouw, 33 years old, a WPNA activist, who was repeatedly struck in the face and kicked from behind as well as in his private parts. He is still suffering  from pain in his penis.

Victor Yeimo, 33 years old,  who was struck in the face causing his face to start bleeding; he is  still in a lot of pain.

Markus Giban, 19 years old, a student. He was beaten in the face and lips  causing bruises and he has become doubled up with pain.

Nius Matuan, 22 years old, who was struck with an M16 rifle butt which damaged his left eyebrow, making him feel dizzy.

Wily Kombo, 22 years old, a student, who was kicked by a member of the Dalmas police unit.causing him to suffer serious bruising in his ribcage.

The seven activists, after having been beaten, were placed under detention. Victor Yeimo and Marthen Manggabrouw were interrogated by police officers while the other five were interrogated at Polresta.  Manggabrouw,who is secretary general of WPNA was told he was being interrogated for crimes against Article 106 (treason) and also for incitement. Victor Yeimo, after being interrogated was immediately taken away by police officers to the attorney-general's office, in connection with an old case in 2011, and was taken to the Abepura Prison, to undergo investigation.

After the interrogations, six of the activists were allowed to go home just before  midnight, because there was no evidence that they had committed treason or incitement. Meanwhile, four activists - Marthen Manggabrouw, Yongky Ulimpa, Willy Kombo and Nius  Matuan were tsken to a local military command post  KOREM 751 in Padang Bulan at 1.15 am. The other two were sent home. after having been given a check-up, because of the injuries they suffered.

Several of the activists are still suffering from the effects of the beatings they sustained.

According to Bintang Papua on 16 May, the police chief, Alfred Papare has declared that all the organisations involved - KNPB, Garda-P and others) will not be allowed to organise any more peaceful demonstrations.


This Chronology  was received from the GKI, the Movement of Christian Churches.

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[Translated by TAPOL]

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5) MIFEE: Customary Landowners Block Access to PT Rajawali’s Land
[also: Meeting with Company, Local Communities Received Compensation of
IDR 1 Billion - see below]

Customary Landowners Block Access to PT Rajawali’s Land

The issue of PT Rajawali’s compensation to villagers in Kampung Domande,
Merauke, has still not been resolved. The villagers, who are the
customary landowners, have blocked access to around 10,000 hectares of
the land which the company wants to use to plant sugar cane.

When Tabloid Jubi met Efendi Kanan, the head of the forestry and
plantation department of Merauke Regency, in his office on Thursday
(30/5), he confirmed the blockade was taking place. “There is a
blockade, and an accompanying letter has been sent to the Regency
Leader, Romanus Mbaraka. I’ve just received a copy of the letter and now
I’ve called the company to request further discussions. However, so far
only company staff have responded. We were hoping the executives would
come”, he said.

If company leaders would join the process, Efendi continued, there could
be further discussion about how to approach a solution. “I also have to
communicate directly with my superiors. But I hope that in the next
couple of days we can arrange a meeting and then go to the village to
discuss with the people”.

If representatives from the regency government and the company went to
Kampung Domande, Efendi explained, they would bring a final decision. “I
don’t know what sort of compensation has been given, but maybe it
relates to the company’s recent logging activities. I doubt it has to do
with the land issue itself. Because that issue has definitely been
discussed between the company and the local people”, he said.

According to Gubernatorial regulations, Efendi explained, the amount of
the people’s timber that the company has logged must be counted up and
paid for by the company. The problem now is whether that has happened or
not. “As far as I know, the company is currently logging the trees on
the land. But it is still not clear and certain whether the trees felled
have been counted and paid for”.

Meanwhile, when met Merauke District Legislative Council
member Hengky Ndiken on Friday (30/5), he said that he had urged the
company clearing the villagers land to make the local people’s security
their first priority, as those people hold the customary land rights “I
feel that since the company has already taken over the people’s land, it
is their clear duty and responsibility to think about how to attend to
their needs”, he said.

Aside from this, Ndiken continued, the people as customary landowners
have to be directly involved, both in the office and in the field. They
can’t just make all sorts of enticing promises, but then ignore the
people once the operations start. “Despite all the local people’s
limitations and lack of skills, the company must provide training and
other activities,” Hengky said.

Furthermore, Ndiken states, if they were given opportunities and space
to become involved, it is sure that the people would not get carried
away with too many protest actions. In that way the investment could
continue without encountering obstacles. “I am optimistic that if they
are involved, the enterprise should proceed well,” he said.

He also hopes that attention is paid to village development. Of course
when a company arrives and presents its plans to the people, they always
also present a work program to ensure the people’s security. But this
program must be actually put in place once the company starts work in
the field.

Ndiken also requests the Merauke Regency Government to remain vigilant
towards company operations, including regarding the people’s rights. “As
a representative of the people, I will be involved in monitoring the
situation regarding people’s rights. They are the owners of this
country, and we need to pay attention to them”, he requested.

Source: Jubi:
English Translation AwasMIFEE:


Meeting with Company, Local Communities Received Compensation of IDR 1

In the beginning of April 2013, in the Company’s Training Center of Bio
Inti Agrindo (BIA), another meeting was held again with the local
Customary Councils of Mbian and Mandobo tribes. Head of Ulilin District
attended the meeting as well as local Police Chief of Ulilin and Muting
Districts, Commander of local military station in Asiki, and
representatives of Marind Mbian Customary Agency. The agenda is to
discuss a claim of Mandobo people to BIA to pay a penalty of IDR 70
billions (USD 7.7 millions) for appropriation of their tradiitonal
forests and land by the company. The negotiation was hardly moved, spent
time of almost twelve hours overnight, from 18:00 afternoon until 05:00
early morning. Finally, an agreement took place that company will pay of
in advance of IDR 1 billions (USD 111,111) for three clans: IDR 100
millions (USD 11,111) for Basik-basik clan; a similar amount for Mahuze
clan; and IDR 300 millions (USD 33,333( for Mandobo clans. The rest will
be paid later as a compensation for all of trees in the forests cut down
by the company.

Silvester Y. Ndiken, Villager of Muting, District of Muting, Merauke

Source: Sorak

1) The continuing infatuation with Papua

1) The continuing infatuation with Papua

2) Freeport Indonesia Needs Permission to Resume Mining: Energy Minister

3) Socratez Yoman: The Government Invented Indonesian Papua Conflict

1) The continuing infatuation with Papua

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Nowadays many of us non-Papuan Indonesians do not hesitate to express how we “love” Papua, especially since we are disturbed by more and more international exposure of the situation in Indonesia’s easternmost province.

United Nations high commissioner of human rights Navi Pillay’s recent statement on the serious crackdown on peaceful demonstrations across Papua, the opening of a West Papua Organization office
in Oxford, the Sydney Morning Herald’s investigation into the removal and Islamic reeducation of Papuan youth and children, and the Melanesian Spearhead Group’s consideration of West Papua’s request for membership, are examples of such exposure.

However, not all Indonesians love Papua.

Torture and extrajudicial killings against Papuan civilians, Papuans being detained as political prisoners for exercising their freedom of expression, starvation in remote areas that has killed many locals, or dozens of mining workers trapped and dying at mining site of a powerful gold mining company, seem to be “normal” events in Papua, so many Indonesians do not find it necessary to show sympathy and solidarity with their fellow Papuans. Fewer Indonesians feel the need to raise their concerns and immediately push for any solution to the ongoing violence in Papua.

Papua and Papuans are seen as two separate entities. Papua refers to a geographic area, one third of which for decades, has been part of Indonesia. It is perceived as a place with enchanting panoramic views, inhabited by people with distinct cultures and rituals and blessed with rich natural resources.

Contrary to that, in the eyes of many of Indonesians, Papuans are seen as the dark side of Indonesia. The region terrorizes us with images of cruelty, rebellion, ungratefulness and an inability to modernize. It turns our love into unease and suspicion, which often leads to rage and hate.

When images of those killed or tortured are shown widely in media, especially social media, many see this as a type of propaganda by separatist groups.

When Papuans have the opportunity to express in formal and informal forums their grievances and resentment, many judge them as being dishonest individuals who are aiming at nothing but secession from Indonesia.

When some Papuans commit criminal acts, they are seen as the perfect representation of already constructed stereotypes of “uncivilized Papuans”. Similarly, when special autonomy (Otsus) eventually failed to bring welfare to most people in Papua, Papuans themselves were considered responsible for the failure.

Many even turn a blind eye to the fact that Papuans have become a minority in their own land, with more and more migrants arriving to get economic benefits from Otsus money.

Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X in his speech in Jakarta recently suggested that the government build trust with Papuans before holding any dialogue. A crisis of trust also seems to be the problem of any healthy and constructive communication between non-Papuan Indonesians and Papuans.

Our possessive “love” of Papua hinders our willingness to understand Papuans, to listen to their stories and commit to defending their rights. We resist accepting the Papuans’ image of themselves. There are no Papuans, because Papua is Indonesia. Papua is us, even though in reality Papuans are always seen and treated as the other.

I would argue that what we feel about Papua is not love. It’s infatuation. Genuine love requires detailed knowledge of the other, said sociologist Thomas Scheff explaining his theory of “runaway nationalism”.

In contrary, infatuation needs only the appearances, or what is constructed, of the other. It does not matter whether it is real or not, it is the other that we see, we hear, we imagine. It is a self-generated fantasy and socially amplified. And the shallow understanding of nation and nationalism is an effective tool to amplify negative feelings toward others into orgies of hatred.

For this infatuation, Papua is considered an object, a given entity destined to be part of Indonesia, whether it is true or false. Any space for Papuans to be heard, not only by themselves but also by other external parties such as the United Nations or international communities, has become deeply subversive because it questions the very essence of our infatuation.

Perhaps this is why the government is always reluctant to open any two-way traffic of communication with Papuans in a peace dialogue. Such a dialogue would open the possibility of reinterpreting and even deconstructing Papua and Papuans as the other and us, Indonesia and Indonesians. The shortcut to making sure the status quo remains has been chosen: a developmental and militaristic approach, whether Papuans like it or not.

It is obvious that Jakarta can no longer love Papua and Papuans in just and right ways, but Indonesian people can. A small number of civil society elements in Indonesia, mostly non-governmental organizations and students, have done so much to strengthen our genuine love toward Papuans, but more love is needed.

Acknowledging Papua as a subject in itself is the first step. The next step will be to create more spaces for Papuans to be heard and for us to hear and understand the situation with big hearts. Genuine love requires not only a detailed knowledge of the other, but also, most importantly, trust in one another.

The writer teaches and researches political science at the University of Indonesia and is pursuing a PhD at Australian National University.

2) Freeport Indonesia Needs Permission to Resume Mining: Energy Minister

Workers refuse to return to work until investigation is complete, union says
US gold and copper mining company Freeport Indonesia has to get permission from the government before it resumes operations following the collapse of its underground tunnel in Big Gossan, Timika, Papua recently, a minister said on Friday.
“Underground mining is not yet allowed, they are waiting for the result of the investigation. If they want to open the mine, they should ask permission from me,” Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said.
But he added that it doesn’t mean that the government would instantly approve a request from Freeport to resume mining activities. The government, he said, would need to analyze it first, calculating the risks against the government’s potential revenue.
He said that he would also consider whether it was better to leave Freeport’s employees with nothing to do or to allow them to continue mining activities but only for the open pit.
However, a union that represents 18,000 of the more than 24,000 workers at the mine said its members would not return to work until investigations into the accident were complete.
Union spokesman Virgo Solossa told AFP the decision was in line with Freeport policy to halt operations following accidents while probes were still ongoing.
“We also feel that the people under investigation, such as the head of underground operations and other managers, should be sent home so they don’t interfere with investigations,” he said.
Separate probes by the government and the company into the accident are being carried out but there has as yet been no indication what caused the tunnel to cave in on May 14 as 38 workers underwent a safety training session.
Solossa estimated the probes would likely take between one and two months.
Freeport said on Tuesday that open-pit mining and milling operations had resumed.
“As for operations at the open-pit mine and the mill, we have restarted on May 28, 2013, and are slowly ramping up our operations,” a statement from the company said.
Maintenance work was currently under way at the underground operations, which were also shut down after the tunnel cave-in, Freeport added.
In the days following the accident that left 28 dead, Freeport said it had enough stockpiles to meet existing orders.
The president director of Freeport Indonesia, Rozik B. Soetjipto, however, said that the decision to stop the underground mining operations was not made upon the government’s order.
“It’s our own decision … it’s not related to whether we’re allowed or not,” Rozik said.
Additional reporting from AFP
A google translate of article in Suarapapua. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa at
3) Socratez Yoman: The Government Invented Indonesian Papua Conflict

Published On Friday, May 31, 2013 By Oktovianus Pogau. Under: NATIONAL EDITORS CHOICE. Tags: AMP, BOOK, CHURCH, Military / Police

A demonstrator holds a banner reject Indonesia in Papua (Photo:
PAPUAN, Bandung - Chairman of the Fellowship of Baptist Churches in Papua (PGBP), Pdt. Socratez menengaskan Sofyan Yoman, the conflict in Papua is not a horizontal conflict, but the vertical conflict, namely the conflict between the people of Papua with the Indonesian state.

"All conflict in Papua, Indonesia was created by the government to destabilize the situation in Papua. See, from time to time continued human rights violations committed by the army / police, "Yoman said, while presenting the material in a seminar held by the Papua Student Alliance (AMP), the 15th Anniversary AMP, which was held at Wisma Parahyangan, Bandung, West Java, on Thursday (30/5).

Yoman asserts, indigenous people must build good relationships and rapport with anyone, so that the issue of human rights violations in Papua internasonal knowable world, and has the support of the wider community.

"We all know that Indonesia has failed to clicking-Indonesiakan Papua, because it is very appropriate that the Papuans demanding self-determination for the people of West Papua. Currently the world already know the demands of the Papuan people, "he said.

Yoman also the occasion to invite young people of Papua to improve the quality of education, in order to continue to resist the occupation in Indonesia by means of dignified and berintelek.

"I also have younger siblings of students continue to write to tell anyone about the situation in Papua. I am also currently in the process of writing a book titled "Is Indonesia dub Papuan Nation?", By writing we will continue to live, "said Yoman who has written 15 other books.

Meanwhile, Herman Katmo from National Papua Solidarity (BREATH) in his presentation invites all struggle movement in Papua, and outside Papua to unite in order to fight against colonialism and oppression in Papua.

"We must unite, and urged the world's nations and international occupiers to recognize Papua as a sovereign nation. Ptersatuan so we need right now, "said Karmo.

After four principal speakers presented their thoughts, followed by a discussion and question and answer, which is followed with great enthusiasm by all participants.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

1) Protest disrupts Sorong airport

1) Protest disrupts Sorong airport
2) Australia’s Security Heavily Reliant on Indonesia’s: Paper
3)  KNPB: Senior army and police officers are responsible for recent killings in Puncak Jaya
4) Activists KNPB Sentani Has Died
5)  Freeport set to resume operations amid probe
6) Four killed, dozens injured in latest Papua clash


1) Protest disrupts Sorong airport

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Wednesday that the protest had forced the airport’s management to suspend some flights.

“At 11 a.m. local time [9 a.m. Jakarta time], between 30 and 40 people staged a rally around the airport’s compound. The local police deployed personnel to monitor the protest,” he said at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta.

According to Agus, the protesters demanded compensation for land belonging to them that has been taken over by the airport.

“The airport’s management is still discussing the settlement plan,” he said.

Sorong Airport, which opened in 2012, is one of the largest and busiest airports in the province.

2) Australia’s Security Heavily Reliant on Indonesia’s: Paper

When the Australian government released its 2013 defense white paper earlier this month, a key point that emerged was the prominent role played by Indonesia in Canberra’s overall strategy for security and trade in the region.
The white paper notes that “the archipelago to Australia’s north shapes our strategic geography.”
“As Indonesia comprises much of this archipelago, Australia’s strong partnership with Indonesia remains our most important regional strategic relationship and the partnership continues to deepen and broaden in support of our significant shared interests,” it says.
Those shared interests, says Hikmahanto Juwana, an international relations expert at the University of Indonesia, go beyond security and trade and also cover democracy and the environment.
He notes that as a “direct defense buffer” for Australia, Indonesia features greatly in the latter’s security strategy and thus has a case to make for increased cooperation and burden-sharing on key issues.
“It’s important to note that some of the issues that Indonesia deals with directly will also impact Australia directly if they aren’t addressed properly,” he tells the Jakarta Globe.
“Thus these issues can be seen as regional issues.”
Hikmahanto highlights counterterrorism, disease prevention and immigration as among the more prominent issues that have tested the ties between the two countries in recent years.
The academic says he believes that given Indonesia’s importance in this regard, the level of cooperation and burden sharing that currently exists between the two countries remains low, and argues that the Australian government has not made every effort to help Indonesia address these issues effectively.
“Take the matter of defense cooperation, for instance,” he says.
“Yes, they have sent us some secondhand military equipment. But the question is, why secondhand?”
Hikmahanto adds that the Indonesian government has also not done enough to push for greater cooperation.
“We should be the ones who request [defense aid and cooperation]. We shouldn’t just accept whatever is being offered,” he says.
The white paper also addresses ongoing developments within Indonesia as being of concern to Australia, particularly terrorism.
“Although the reach and potency of Southeast Asian terrorism has been constrained by the success of regional counterterrorism efforts — especially in Indonesia — it remains the case that it is in Southeast Asia that Australians are more likely to be targeted,” the paper says.
On the matter of security, the paper also addresses China’s growing clout in the region and the United States’ “pivot” to counterbalance Beijing’s influence.
The pivot includes the establishment of a permanent US military presence in the northern Australian city of Darwin — a point that Hikmahanto says should be of concern to Jakarta, given how close it is to Indonesian territory.
He argues that just as Australia needs reassurances of security from Indonesia, the relationship also goes the other way and Canberra should consider the ramifications of hosting a third country’s armed forces in such close proximity to a country with which it shares what it calls “our most important defense relationship in the region.”
The white paper contends that Indonesia will play an instrumental role, alongside the United States, in ensuring regional security.
“In addition to shared security challenges, Australia and Indonesia maintain a common commitment to regional security, which is reflected in our wider governmental strategic partnership,” the paper says.
In addition to regional security, the white paper also focuses on the issue of trade, highlighting Indonesia as a major partner in that regard and also as the gateway to Asia and to seven of Australia’s 10 most important trading partners — China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and Singapore.
“Indonesia seems to be pretty instrumental in Australia’s policy for nurturing good relations with other countries in the region,” says Aleksius Jemadu, the dean of the school of social and political sciences at Pelita Harapan University.
Aleksius cites the paper’s assertion that “Indonesia’s importance to Australia will grow as its significant regional influence becomes global,” and the additional comment that Australia benefits “from having a strong and cohesive Indonesia as a partner to our north, as Indonesia does from a secure Australia to its south.”
Australia also has a vested interest in Indonesia’s economic health, the paper suggests, hinting at the importance of the country as a target market for exports.
“Indonesia’s success as a democracy and its economic growth will see it emerge as one of the world’s major economies,” it says.
“We have a shared aspiration for the stability and economic prosperity of our region that underpins our partnership and is driving increased breadth and depth in our defense cooperation.”
Richard Woolcott, a former Australian ambassador to Indonesia, summed up the relationship in a statement earlier this month at the University of Melbourne: “In the longer term, no bilateral relationship [in the region] is more important to Australia than that with Indonesia.”


3)  KNPB: Senior army and police officers are responsible for recent killings in Puncak Jaya

JUBI, 30 May 2013

The secretary of the KNPB - National Committee for West Papua -, Ones Suhuniap has said that the governor of Papua, the chief of police and the commander of  XVII Cenderawasih Military Command must all be held responsible for  the mysterious killings that occurred in Puncak Jaya during the month of April.

'Mysterious disappearances and murders have again been happening in Puncak Jaya. Thirty people have disappeared. Eleven have been found of whom two were already dead. They also included two women and an SMU school pupil who had been raped. Two children ran away and were drowned in Yamo Canal."

The KNPB said that these senior officials must accept responsibility for the mysterious killings that have been occurring in Puncak Jaya and should do everything possible to find out who was responsible for these crimes.

The KNPB also called on the president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to immediately withdraw all troops, organic as well non-organic from  Puncak Jaya.

A senior officer of the Cenderawasih military command, Lieut-Colonel  Jansen Simandjuntak, was asked to confirm this report. In response he said: "Who committed those murders? I think we need firm evidence  when accusing the TNI - the Indonesian Army - for being responsible for these murders.'"

He went on to say that if the bodies have been found, it is the duty of the police to carry out the investigation. He said that in cases that occurred in Wamena and Oksibil a short while ago, military officers were involved and the case had been taken to court. If need be, the men will be dismissed, he said.

"Two weeks ago, the military commander set up an investigation team for the Puncak Jaya case, but after investigation, it was decided that no TNI officer was involved.

Finally he said that if anyone feels dissatisfied with the results of these internal TNI investigations, his men will investigate the matter more thoroughly.

[Translated by TAPOL]

A google translate of article in KNPB news. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa at

4) Activists KNPB Sentani Has Died
May 30, 2013 By: willaks Category: News


   Sentani week on the 26th May 2013, the victim died in the name of

Name: Faith Jecson Wenda,
Type-Gender: Male
Age: 23 Years
Occupation: Activist KNPB Sentani
Ethnicity: Lanny
Nationality: West Papua
Religion: Christian
Denomination Church: Fellowship of Baptist Churches in Papua (PGGP)

Faith Jekson deceased Wenda
Testimony of victims, Iman Jecson Wenda became a member of KNPB Sentani in 2011. The deceased was one of the structural body KNPB Sentani region, he was one of the members of the Commissariat of Diplomacy Documentation and media fields West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Sentani area in 2011 to enter in 2012. In 2012 he was one of the victims of gunshot wounds by police as clashes between police and Future Action Demo at the Village of Hope.

Natural Jekson Luka Shoot On Demonstration KNPB

 Jayapura on June 4-June 2012. KNPB carry out demonstration in order to address a series of shootings terdahap 5 civilians in Paniai, 1 KNPB members in Jayapura and 1 German foreign nationals in the Base G Beach on June 29, 2012.

KNPB general mobilization on June 3, 2012 to all the people throughout Papua Papua, on Monday, June 4, 2012. On Monday, the KNPB Sentani with hundreds of protesters were heading Abepura using 12 trucks loaded term action. But of Talaga Maya Police handang demonstrators led KNPB Sentani area, police suru back to all future actions that loaded the truck 12.

When the return trip back from Kampung Harapan clashes between police and past actions, in this incident Jekson Wenda is one of the victims of police gunshot wounds in the incident. Wenda Jekson shot above the waist section, other than that he was beaten by the police chief and other body parts. For more chronological note on the link below:

Jekson Jatu Experiencing Pain

Jekson fell ill suffered for 10 months, starting from June 4 2012-25 May 2013, Jekson sick because of two sick, first due to blow and got shot by the police and got sick Tumors of the Heart and Guts in the body in Jekson. After Jekson ill, the family of the deceased did upayah to get help at a public hospital in Abepura, but it can not be helped. Finally the doctor referred to the hospital for treatment Dock 2 further but also helped, said Dr. experts Tumor states are not able to be helped finally bring home to the family of the deceased home to Jekson deceased died on 26 Mai 2013.

Grief and the Funeral of the late Jenaza

Jayapura Sunday 26th May 2013, has died of Faith Jecson Mr. Wenda as a West Papuan fighters, and was buried at his home in Sabron Jenaza sari Baptist Church of Papua, on Mai 27th event held the church funeral, family and KNPB. Funeral underway with a ceremonial procession of activists general pengormatan West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and KNPB Sentani and Solidarity Center of Law and Human Rights in Papua.


Warrior Nation throughout Papua, from KNPB Management Center, Board KNPB Se-Papua region, entire KNPB Consulate and all elements of the Papuan independence struggle, congratulated Mr Jecson road in pangguan Wenda Faith God the Father in heaven.

By. KNPB Sentani Admin


5)  Freeport set to resume operations amid probe

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Mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of Arizona-based Freeport-McMoran, is set to resume operations on Thursday amid ongoing investigation into an accident at its facility in Grasberg, Papua, that killed 28 workers.

Freeport Indonesia president director Rozik B. Soetjipto said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the company — one of the country’s biggest taxpayers — would begin production activities at its open mine site as of Thursday although it would not produce at maximum capacity.

“We have started the preparations already. Maybe tomorrow [Thursday] we may start, but we must do it slowly before going to the normal production,” he said.

The Grasberg open mine produces on average 140,000 tons of ore per day. However, activities at the site were temporarily halted following the cave-in at its underground training facility on May 14.

The facility is located 2.7 kilometers from Grasberg open mine.

Of the 38 workers trapped in the tunnel, 28 died and 10 suffered injuries. The evacuation process concluded on Tuesday evening.

A team from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry was dispatched to Papua to review the safety operations at Freeport’s underground mine. Another government team is currently investigating the incident simultaneously assisted by the police.
Last week, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s director general for minerals and coal Thamrin Sihite said the government prohibited Freeport from conducting “any production activities” until investigations were concluded.

Rozik said on Wednesday that Freeport had only been prohibited from restarting activities at its underground mine, not at its open mine.

Currently, Freeport ships concentrates to its customers from its stockpile that, according to Freeport-McMoran president and CEO Richard C. Adkerson in his visit last week, would be sufficient to serve the firm’s customers for several days.

Contacted separately, Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Susilo Siswoutomo said in a text-message that Freeport’s plan to resume operations at its open-mine site on Thursday had been communicated with the officials of the ministry’s mining bureau.

Irwandy Arif, a mining expert from the Bandung Institute of Technology, said while he urged the government to review the safety of mining operations in Indonesia, he recommended Freeport to go on with their operations in Papua.

“I would not recommend Freeport cease production at the open mine site because halting operations could harm the maintenance of the facility and further risk the future safety of the workers,” said Irwandy, who currently chairs newly formed Jakarta-based mining think tank, Indonesia Mining Institute.

Freeport planned to invest US$15 billion to develop the underground mining operations at the Grasberg mine.

The new site, which would be called the Grasberg block cave mine, is expected to begin production in 2017 with an estimated production of 160,000 tons of ore per day as the open-mine activity would be ended.

The combined production of the planned Grasberg block cave mine and the existing DOZ mine would bring Freeport’s production in Papua to be about 240,000 tons of ore per day or 9 percent higher from the current output capacity, as previously reported.

6) Four killed, dozens injured in latest Papua clash

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The recent murder of a councilor led to a clash between two groups of people at Ndunga Regency, Papua, on Thursday, claiming the lives of four people and injuring 26 others, a police official says.
“The clash lasted around two hours. Four people, who are coming from the Elekma Bawah and the Elekma Atas groups, were killed, while 26 others from both groups were injured,” National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Thursday.
Agus said the Papua Police had cordoned off the area to prevent another clash.
The clash broke out after Ndunga councilor Eka Tabuni was murdered on Jl Raya Hawai Sentani, Papua, on Wednesday evening. Eka was reportedly beaten and stabbed by three men identified as Letia Gwijangge, 36, Ijanus Wandikbo, 19, and Nanggaluk Ara, 25.
The three allegedly assaulted the councilor to avenge the death of a relative, Yustinus, who they believed Eka murdered.
Eka’s friends could not accept the killing and retaliated by gathering other friends to confront the three. Agus said the police had detained the three right for further questioning.(dic)