Saturday, May 18, 2013

1) Amateur video of freeport landslide.

1) Amateur video of freeport landslide. 

2) Freeport to conduct investigation on Papua's landslide

3) Freeport uses vibrant detector to find landslide victims

4) 23 workers still trapped in underground tunnel

5) Indonesia Court Ruling Boosts Indigenous Land Rights

6) Answer Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to open letter from
Foundation Pro Papua

1) Amateur video of freeport landslide. 
A google translate of article in Jubi. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Otiginal bahasa at


Author: Victor Mambor | 00:27

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Evacuation efforts of PTFI rescue team carried on the right side of the scene of the incident (Freeport Indonesia)

Jayapura, 18/05 (Jubi) - An amateur video that recorded the panic group of employees of Freeport, which is probably the evacuation team uploaded to facebook by facebook account Najwa Jayapura. 

Video duration of 3:44 minutes shows the situation in the classroom shortly after the landslide occurred at Big Gossan. Apparently, this video was recorded using Mobile because of the position of the image is inverted. Seen in the video, a group of Freeport employees were in one room, while from the other room came the cry for help. Employees who were in the room, looked frantically looking for ways to reach people who were screaming for help from the other room terihat heavily damaged. 

From observation Jubi, this video was broadcast by several TV stations, but not fully, because the last part of the video, does not look the picture, only sound alone. 

This video was uploaded on May 18, at 23:55. Najwa Jayapura account owner, it seems only last week made ​​faceboknya account. (Jubi / Victor Mambor)

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2) Freeport to conduct investigation on Papua's landslide

Sat, May 18 2013 16:02 | 111 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - PT Freeport Indonesia is to conduct investigation on the collapse of its underground training facility Big Gossan in Tembagapura, Papua province, last Tuesday (May 14), President Director Rozik B Soetjipto said here on Saturday.

"We will investigate this incident and make sure that it will never happen again in the future. The safety of workers is our main concern," he said.

Earlier Vice President Corporate Communications of PT Freeport Indonesia Daisy Primayanti said about 23 employees of PT Freeport Indonesia are still being trapped in a landslide occurring in underground mining area in Tembagapura, Papua Province.

"There is a misunderstanding regarding the number of victims. Earlier it was reported there were 39 workers trapped in the landslide area but later we found out a worker has managed to get out from the location. So the total number of people trapped inside was 38," she said.

She explained of the total of 38 workers, 10 survive, five were dead, while the condition of the rest are still unknown. Up till now rescue team from PT Freeport Indonesia has managed to open access to the landslide location. 

Reporting by Hendrina Dian Kandipi
Translating and Editing by Amie Fenia Arimbi
Editor: Jafar M Sidik


3) Freeport uses vibrant detector to find landslide victims

Sat, May 18 2013 16:17 | 123 Views
Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - PT Freeport Indonesia has used a vibrant detector named "Lifepak 3" to detect any survivors in the landslide area of underground training facility Big Gossan in May 14.

Mining General Manager of PT Freeport Nurhadi Sabirin who also leads the evacuation team said here on Saturday that Lifepak 3 was able to detect vibration that likely human`s heartbeats. However, they are still not sure whether there would be more survivors since there are possibilities that those vibrations were caused by other factors.

"We could not detect other potential vibrations yet during the last 72 hours ago," he said.

According to Sabirin, the evacuation team has been working 24 hours non-stops to look for about 23 miners who are suspected still buried in the Big Gossan since the landslide on Tuesday, May 14. Nevertheless, the more time wasted, the smaller chances to find any survivor, he said.

Sabirin added PT Freeport has mobilized all experts and all best equipments to help the victims.

Since the landslide last week, the stone material are still falling, hence hampering the evacuation process.

On the other hand, President Director of PT Freeport Indonesia Rozik B Soetjipto said that a comprehensive investigation would be conducted to find the cause of this tragedy.

"We will provide some international expertise and involve the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry during the investigation," he said.

Soetjipto added PT Freeport would give all out efforts to ensure similar accident not happen again in the future.

Up to now, five of the fifteen evacuated victims were dead. While, five survivors have been boarded to Jakarta for further examination and five others still treated at Tembagapura Hospital, Papua. The company believes there are still 23 victims being trapped in the Big Gossan mining facility. 

Editor: Jafar M Sidik

4) 23 workers still trapped in underground tunnel

Sat, May 18 2013 17:43 | 124 Views

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Twenty-three mining workers of PT Freeport in Papua are still trapped in the company`s underground training facility that collapsed on May 15.

The company`s mining technique chief, Nurhadi Sabirin, said in a press statement to ANTARA here on Saturday that efforts had been slow because rocks continued to fall from the tunnel roof hindering the rescue team`s move to reach the location of the workers.

"We will continue exerting every effort and resources available for the rescue mission at the Big Gossan training area," he said.

Nurhadi who led the rescue team also said that the company had deployed world-class experts and equipment in its efforts to finish the rescue operation as quickly as possible.

"One of the equipment used for the rescue efforts is an instrument to detect vibration called `Lifepak 3`", he said.

He said the instrument had detected vibration like heart beat but this could not as yet be confirmed as vibration could also come from other sources.

"We have not identified any other sign in the past 72 hours," he added.

Nurhadi said his team had kept working 24 hours non-stop and very quickly and in a safest way possible to rescue the workers.

"The more time it takes however the slimmer the possibility of the workers to be found save would be. So, we ask for prayers and support from all parties concerned for them and their families," he said.

A total of 38 workers were trapped in an underground training facility following a landslide in the area on May 15. Ten of them had been saved but five others had died.
reporting by hendrina dian kandipi
Editor: Jafar M Sidik

5) Indonesia Court Ruling Boosts Indigenous Land Rights

An Indonesian court has ruled indigenous people have the right to manage forests where they live, a move which supporters said prevents the government from handing over community-run land to businesses.
Disputes between indigenous groups and companies have become increasingly tense in recent years, as soaring global demand for commodities like palm oil has seen plantations encroach on forests.
In Thursday’s ruling, Constitutional Court judges said that a 1999 law should be changed so it no longer defines forest that has been inhabited by indigenous groups for generations as “state forest,” according to court documents.
“Indigenous Indonesians have the right to log their forests and cultivate the land for their personal needs, and the needs of their families,” judge Muhammad Alim said as he handed down the ruling, state news agency Antara reported.
While environmentalists welcomed the ruling, they warned it could unintentionally lead to an upsurge in disputes between authorities and communities over the classification of indigenous land.
In March, seven villagers were shot and at least 15 police officers were injured in North Sumatra, where a dispute over a forest claimed by both the community and government has been simmering since 1998.
The National People’s Indigenous Organization filed the challenge to the 1999 law, which they say has let officials sell permits allowing palm oil, paper, mining and timber companies to exploit their land.
The group said Friday’s ruling affected 40 million hectare of forest — slightly larger than Japan, and 30 percent of Indonesia’s forest coverage.
They said this area was legally classified as “customary forest,” the term that describes forests that have been inhabited by indigenous people for a long time.
“About 40 million indigenous people are now the rightful owners of our customary forests,” said the group’s chief Abdon Nababan.
However, a senior forestry minister official said he believed the total amount of “customary forest” was far lower, and stressed it could take time to implement the changes as local governments would all need to issue a decree.
Stepi Hakim, Indonesia director of the Clinton Climate Initiative, said the ruling would give legal grounds for indigenous communities to challenge businesses operating in their forests, but this could lead to a string of new disputes.
“As soon as this policy is delivered, local governments have to be ready to mitigate conflicts,” he said.
Indigenous groups are commonly defined as those that retain economic, social and cultural characteristics that are different from those of the wider societies in which they live.
Agence France-Presse

6) Answer Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in response of the open letter from
Foundation Pro Papua  about the ‘crackdown’ of the May 1 demonstrations in
West Papua.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Asia & Oceania Department
Postbox 20061
2500 EB The Hague
The Netherlands

To: Foundation Pro Papua
Mr Koen de Jager
Rembrandthage 326
3437 PA Nieuwegein

Our ref. MINBUZA-2013.163994

Date 15 May 2013
Concerning Indonesia – Papua

Dear Mr de Jager,

Thank you for your letter of 3 May to Minister Timmermans. Your letter has
handed over to the Asia & Oceania Department for further attendance.

In your letter you kindly request the Dutch government to call the Indonesian
authorities to guarantee the freedom of speech, the prosecution of those
responsible and permission for the UN Human Rights Special Rapporteurs to
the area.

The Dutch government is aware of the events that have transpired in Papua.
The situation in Papua will remain high on the agenda in the on-going
between the Indonesian government and The Netherlands.

With kind regards,
Mrs Martine van Hoogstraten
Head of South Asia & Oceania Division

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