Saturday, November 2, 2013

1) Governor hands over free, healthy houses to Papuans

1) Governor hands over free,  healthy houses to Papuans 
2) Papua protest at Exam Schools
3) Papua campaigners take to street


 1) Governor hands over free,  healthy houses to Papuans 

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Sat, November 02 2013, 9:16 AM

Papua Governor Lukas Enembe handed over on Friday free and healthy homes to 26 families in Asei Kecil village, located on the banks of Lake Sentani in Jayapura regency, Papua.

The houses, each measuring 45 square meters, are equipped with two bedrooms, a family room, bathroom, kitchen and terrace. The houses, which have timber frames and corrugated iron roofs, have been constructed on stilts above the surface of the lake.

Previously, the 26 families had been evicted to make way for the widening of the Sentani-Jayapura highway.

“Our homes were demolished to make way for the road construction,” said Ronald Kaigere, 79, who was one of the recipients of the new homes.

The houses were built by 27 forestry entrepreneurs from Papua chapters of the Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires (APHI) and the Indonesian Sawmill Woodworking Association (ISWA) who used corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds in cooperation with the Papua Forestry and Conservation Agency and the Jayapura regency administration.

One 45-square-meter house cost Rp 200 million (US$17,644) to build. The total investment needed to build all the houses amounted to Rp 5 billion, which also included land acquisition costs, and the installation of electricity and tap water.

Each house also comes equipped with a free floating fish cage and fish fries.

In the village, the Papua Forestry and Conservation Agency plans to build a facility in the Cyclops Mountains to serve as a source of clean water for residents in Jayapura regency and Jayapura city as well as a Lake Sentani preservation program.

Lukas expressed his hope that the private sector in Papua would follow the example set by APHI and ISWA in providing direct attention to the people of Papua.

“It is ironic that the people of Papua, which is so rich in natural resources, remain so poor and live in uninhabitable homes,” said Lukas.

The houses, added Lukas, would serve as the models for the construction of 13,000 healthy homes for native Papuans in regencies and municipalities across the province.

ISWA head Daniel Gerden said Asei Kecil village on Lake Sentani was chosen as the location for the construction of the houses because the Sentani-Jayapura highway, which runs along the shore of the lake, was so significant to the province. All visitors to Papua travel on the highway, so the area needs to be well-developed.

“That’s why we chose to build the free and healthy homes on the lake. Moreover, the previous dwellings were unfit for habitation,” Gerden said.


2) Papua protest at Exam Schools

The University Exam Schools were the site of protest today, as members of the ‘Free Papua Movement’ campaigned against the University’s invitation of the Indonesian Vice President to deliver a lecture in the venue. Doctor Boediono had been invited to speak on the subject of “Transforming Indonesia: the challenges of good governance and Economic Development.”
Campaigners for the movement – an organisation aiming for the overthrow of the Indonesian government in West Papua – brandished banners and the Morning Star flag at the main entrance to the Schools. The West Papua region, part of the island of New Guinea, was annexed by Indonesia in 1963.
Serogo Tabuni, leader of the campaign group and former resident of West Papua said: “Indonesia has illegally occupied West Papua for fifty years, and murder, torture and intimidation is still going on there to this day [...] There is no democracy  and no journalism in West Papua, whilst in Indonesia there is. Even the Red Cross , even Amnesty are banned.”
He added: “we will never give up our fight for self-determination from the colonialism of Indonesia.”
Tabuni referred also to the support the campaign has gained from public figures including the Lord Mayor of Oxford and Richard Harries, the former Bishop of Oxford.
Lauren Horswell, an activist for the Free Papua Movement, commented: “the situation in West Papua is horrendous [...] the university welcoming the Vice President of Indonesia to speak on good governance is ironic.”
Asked what her message would be to the University, she added: “they should think about the people they invite to speak, and the messages that they’re allowing them to bring, and ask them to take into account some different perspectives.”


3) Papua campaigners take to street

WEST Papua campaigners protested outside Oxford’s Examination Schools in High Street yesterday.
They were protesting against a decision to invite the Indonesian vice-president to an event organised by the Blavatnik School of Government.
Dr Boediono was visiting Oxford for a special lecture called Transforming Indonesia: The Challenges of Good Governance and Economic Development.
The Free West Papua Campaign, which is based in Cowley Road, is calling for the region to become independent from Indonesia.
The Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, Professor Ngaire Woods, said: “Dr Boediono’s visit was an opportunity to stimulate intellectual discussion on the challenges of good governance and economic development in Indonesia.
“We are, of course, aware of the strongly held views of the Free West Papua campaign.
“Since many students and faculty have informed views about Indonesia’s economic and political progress, I have every confidence in their ability to question and challenge.”
Serago Tabuni, 28, who lives in Cowley, said: “We were protesting because the vice-president of Indonesia came to give a talk and we wanted to remind him that there is no democracy in West Papua.

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