Thursday, August 1, 2013

1) Violence in West Papua not just caused by military, says advisor.


3) Two wounded, one dead in  Papua ambulance ambush 

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Posted at 23:54 on 31 July, 2013 UTC
A senior Indonesia vice-presidential advisor says ongoing violence in Papua region cannot be solely pinned on the security forces.
The UN Human rights Committee recently highlighted ongoing violence in Papua region and deplored the excessive use of force by security forces.
Referring to a high number of extra-judicial killings in Papua in the past two years, the Committee says violations are likely to continue with no effective mechanism available to hold the military accountable.
The Deputy for Political Affairs to Vice President Boediono, Dewi Fortuna Anwar says there are many different perpetrators of violence in Papua, and military have been among the victims.
“A lot of the victims are in fact not the result of state oppressions against Papuans. A lot of the conflicts in the past years have taken place due to local conflicts related to local elections for example.”
Dewi Fortuna Anwar says inter-tribal conflicts also account for violence in the region.
She says Jakarta is still concerned about undemocratic behaviour by the military.



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Posted at 06:41 on 01 August, 2013 UTC
A senior Indonesia vice-presidential advisor has questioned why people in western countries focus on problems in West Papua while ignoring many other parts of Indonesia with problems.
The Deputy for Political Affairs to Vice President Boediono, Dewi Fortuna Anwar, says while there are issues of violence and undemocratic behaviour by the military in Papua region, it is not always the security forces who perpetrate abuses.
She says the government is doing its best to develop the Papua region, with an emphasis on improving the welfare of its citizens.
“A lot of problems have taken place in many parts of Indonesia. We are still struggling to consolidate our democracy, Our state institutions are still being reformed and we have to admit that we have problems of injustices or violence, sometimes police and military violence, in different parts of Indonesia. But I must say that people in New Zealand, Australia and in Europe have zoned in mostly on what is happening in Papua.”
Dewi Fortuna Anwar
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3) Two wounded, one dead in  Papua ambulance ambush 
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura, Papua | Archipelago | Thu, August 01 2013, 11:09 AM
An ambulance carrying 11 passengers, was shot by an unidentified group of armed men, injuring two and killing one, said a military official.
Cenderawasih Military Command spokesman Col. Lismer Luman Siantar said the three victims were passengers who were sitting next to the driver. He said the ambulance was en route from Tingginambut to the Mulia General Hospital in Mulia subdistrict, Puncak Jaya.
“The passengers are identified as Erik Yoman, 25, medical officer Prins Baransano, 30, and the driver, Darson, 25,” he told The Jakarta Post, adding that all the victims were currently at the Mulia General Hospital.
No information is currently available regarding efforts to pursue those responsible for the attack. (hrl/dic)

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