Monday, March 24, 2014

1) BUCHTAR TABUNI ASKS PROTECTION FROM INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

1) BUCHTAR TABUNI ASKS PROTECTION FROM INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
2) PAPUANS SHOULD UNITE IF THEY WANT TO GAIN INDEPENDENCE
3) Timika aircraft terminal  set to operate by end of  the year
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1) BUCHTAR TABUNI ASKS PROTECTION FROM INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Jayapura, (23/3) Jubi – Buchtar Tabuni, who is on a Papua police wanted list, asked the international community to provide protection and security for him in accordance with the international humanitarian law.
“Buchtar Tabuni sent this message from his hiding place. He needs international advocacy because he has become the most wanted person by the Police and Indonesian Military for leading a peaceful demonstration to declare a referendum for West Papua. He has been hiding in the jungle of Papua for five months” Victor Yeimo told to Jubi on Sunday (23/3) via a text message.
Yeimo who is a political prisoner in Abepura Prison said Tabuni has moved from from one place to another while on the run and had difficulties in getting food and medicines.
After the peaceful demonstration on 26 November 2013 that led to clashes between the National Committee for West Papua with security forces, the Police Chief of Jayapura City, the Adjunct Commissionaire Senior Alfred Papare asked Tabuni as the person in charge to come to the Police Office to provide information.
“We ask Buchtar Tabuni to come to the Papua Police in order to provide information related to the protest,” Papare said at that time.
One week later police put him on the wanted list for ignoring the summons. (Jubi/Victor Mambor/rom)
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2) PAPUANS SHOULD UNITE IF THEY WANT TO GAIN INDEPENDENCE


The Discussion held by the Papua Student Association of Central Mountains (AMPTPI) (Jubi)

Jayapura, 22/3 (Jubi)- Papuans must be united if they want to win independence, a human rights activist said.
Unfortunately, many pro-independence Papuans tend to work by themselves and deceive one another, according to human rights defender Mama Yosepha Alomang during her presentation in the seminar and the public discussion titled “Fighting for Just and Peaceful Democracy that Stands for Papuan People” held by the Papua Student Association of Central Mountains (AMPTPI) in Mimika student dormitory on Saturday (22/3).
“The conflict in Timika is actually only for the benefit of others such as the Indonesian government, regents, Freeport,  the military and police. As a result, the community is the victim, brothers kill brothers, “ Alomang said.
She further stated that their customary law is similar to  the 10 commandments so, do not think they do not have such rules. ” I think the youths might not want to kill their father-in-law or brothers,” she said.
She asserted the interests of others caused Papuan people to kill each other in the name Papua war or conflict. “Thus, I call every one to get together for Papua Independence,” she added.
Markus Haluk, AMPTPI General Secretary, said there are three proverbs known among Papuan people, Papuans deceive Papuans ( Papua tipu Papua), the second is Papuans eat Papuans and the last is Papuans kill Papuans .
“Therefore, for me the dialogue is not the goal, referendum is not the goal and neither independence, ” Haluk explained.
He added all Papuans should work based on their skills and expertise in order to reach the gold city.
Meanwhile, one of the other speakers, Esther Haluk, confirmed there is not only the security forces who became the repressive actor against the democratic freedom in Papua but also the Papuan elite within the bureaucracy who are extremely allergic to protesters and criticism from the critical community.
“They collaborate with the security forces in dealing with various forms of terror, threats and intimidation,” she stated.
The muzzling of Papuans democratic rights has peaked, with a full exhibition of military force while escorting all actions or peaceful process and pro-democracy groups in Papua.
“One of the real evidence is the deployment of troops with full equipment plus tanks and barracuda to escort student protests. They even restrict students from demonstrating only on campus area,” she added.
Not only that, Papua police does not often issue permission to protesters who want to hold the peaceful protest against the government policies since they believe it would disturb public stability.
Moreover, there is a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) between the campus and Papua police on detaining and arresting students who are the actors of the protest, she added.
“The most recent case is terror and intimidation against Yusak Reba, academician at Cenderawasih University who use his capacity as an academic to speak out,” she said.
The state policies have also been used in repressing democratic space. “Many state policies benefit the state and be detrimental to society, including people of Papua,” she said.
For example the Law on Public Organization / Community Organization instituted by Law No: 8 of 1985, updated in Law No.17 Year 2013, despite protests, it was still passed by the House of Representatives and enforced throughout Indonesia.
“It means freedom of association and expression become taboo, if it is done by organization that not registered in Political and National Unity office ( Kesbangpol) ,” she further explained.
The second one is the Anti-Terrorism Act No. 15 of 2003 that gives full access to re-play military presence in the public sphere. “In this regulation, intelligent’s  report will be a strong legal reasons to act against the activists labeled as separatists, “he said.
The third, international funds must go through one door which enable the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) to spy on all the financial information of NGOs who speak out the issues related to civil and political issues and even economic, social and culture issues. (Jubi / Dominggus A Mampioper/Tina)


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3) Timika aircraft terminal  set to operate by end of  the year
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Mon, March 24 2014, 11:46 AM
Mimika regency administration in Papua plans to begin operating a new aircraft terminal at Timika Airport by the end of 2014.
Construction of the terminal has been underway since 2012, head of the regency’s air transport office, John Rettob, said in the regional capital of Timika on Monday.
The terminal will be equipped with facilities such as a commercial passenger terminal, John told Antara news agency.
"This year we will finish the construction of the aircraft terminal, so that it can be set to operate by the end of this year," he said.
The airport currently has no commercial passenger terminal, so incoming and outgoing passengers have to use the terminal owned by copper- and gold-mining company PT Freeport Indonesia.
Construction of the new passenger terminal will start this year, John said.
The central government, through the Transportation Ministry, has pledged support for the construction of the project.

The Transportation Ministry, the Mimika regency administration and PT Freeport Indonesia recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding support for the project. (***)

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