Thursday, March 20, 2014


2) Police Pledge to Resolve Tribal Conflict in Mimika
3) Timika communities told  to stop tribal war
5) Japan plans to send home remains of 20 thousand soldiers

                                                      Freeport’s workers who got fired (Jubi)

Timika, 20/3 (Jubi) – Hundreds of  workers employed by Freeport Indonesia’s contractors gathered in the office of the local trade union to protest their dismissal.
“These colleagues came to fight against their dismissal by PT FI ,” the Secretary of trade union PC SPKEP SPSI of Mimika Regency, Maskat Kaliki, told to on Wednesday night.
Freeport has said that the 25-percent export tax for copper concentrates imposed in January is a burden and it may have to lay off thousands of employees.
He said it was clear that the company started to fire some workers, either they were registered as members of SPSI or not. Furher, he said that PT Inamco has fired two hundred workers, including their temporary and permanent staffers as well as the daily-wage workers. “We will report to the Social, Manpower and Transmigration Department of Mimika Regency about this situation. And according to department, they has not yet received the information from related companies about the workers’ reduction,” he said.
Hengky Binur, the Deputy Secretary of Human Resources and Organization Division said the task of PUK SPSI (Working Unit Officer of Indonesian Trade Union) is to protect, defend and fight for the rights of workers. Though they respected to the government’ regulations, they wished it would not raise a negative impact.
“However, if the regulation affected to the termination of contract against the workers, we would ask the government as a regulator to able to allocate budgets to cover the needs of workers and their families when they get fired,” he said.
Binur further said if this situation continued, he and his workers would come to the Parliament Office of Mimika Regency to warn the government about what was happening. He said they are ready for any consequences to defend people’s interests.
The Chairman of PUK SPKEP SPSI PT Inamco Varia Jasa, Samuel George Awom said the Mining Law was not only affecting the workers but also all the economic sectors. He said both economic and development sectors of Mimika Regency depended on PT FI.
“We want the management’s transparency to clearly inform us who will be fired, because the number is likely to increase but is unknown,” Awom said.(Jubi/Eveerth/rom)
THURSDAY, 20 MARCH, 2014 | 12:18 WIB
2) Police Pledge to Resolve Tribal Conflict in Mimika
TEMPO.COJakarta - The Indonesian Police Headquarter has pledged to take several measures to anticipate growing tribal conflict in Mimika, Papua. "We ensured that we will act to enforce the law. There is no attempt to fabricate conflict in Mimika," said Indonesian Police spokesman Inspector General Ronny F. Sompie.
Ronny said that the Papuan Police have deployed security forces in neutral zones. Local police had also drawn border line to divide the two conflicted tribes, the Dani and Moni tribe. "We established barricade to prevent more casualties," he said.
Moreover, local police also assigned special team from different forces, together with religious and local leaders, to initiate peace talk. Ronny added that despite numerous peace talks, the two groups kept violating the agreement, thus prolonging the conflict.

3) Timika communities told  to stop tribal war
The Jakarta Post, Timika, Papua | Archipelago | Thu, March 20 2014, 6:20 AM
Papua Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw urged two warring groups in Timika, Papua, to ensure peace in the area.
“Stop the war. If you continue to do so, you will be arrested and persecuted outside Papua,” Paulus said, while chairing a meeting with the two warring groups Wednesday. The tribal war has claimed nine lives.
“Violence only ends up with the suffering of your own people. It wastes your time. If there is a misunderstanding, you’d better file a report with the local administration,” he added.
The police, Paulus said, will confiscate weapons from both sides. He said that the police would also beef up security in both villages.

Merauke, Jubi ( 19/3 ) -  The head of the Health Department in Merauke, Stefanus Ozok said malnutrition remains a concern among communities especially in rural areas and transmigration sites.
Places where malnutrition is a problem include Kimaam, Okaba and several other districts.
“We must find out whether the problem stems from lack of food or some other causes,” he told at Swissbel Hotel on Wednesday ( 19/3 ).
He said that there has been no improvement in the situation, so he plans to invite representatives from each working unit and (SKPD ) to discuss the matter.
“We can’t work alone as our task is much more on public information and supervision, ” he said .
A number of related agencies such as the department of agriculture and fisheries  also play an important role, according to him.
For example, the Department of agriculture can encourage communities to cultivate existing land for survival.
In addition, local residents also need to eat fish in line with  the program of Merauke Regent Romanus Mbaraka to promote higher intelligence among children.
Separately, the head of Women Empowerment and Family Planning Merauke, Albertina Mekiuw added, the eat-fish program should continue to be encouraged because the benefit is huge .
“We always remind parents to routinely encourage children to eat fish, ” he said . ( Jubi / Frans L Kobun / Tina)

5) Japan plans to send home remains of 20 thousand soldiers

Wed, March 19 2014 08:34 | 656 Views

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Japanese government plans to return home the remains of as many as 20 thousand World War II troops who fought in the South Pacific and are buried in Biak Noemfoor District, Papua Province.

"The Papua provincial government and I wish to cooperate on the repatriation process because around 20 thousand Japanese skeletons still remain in Biak," Japanese deputy ambassador to Indonesia, Junji Shimada, told newsmen here on Tuesday.

Several months ago, the Indonesian representative in Japan, Bambang Sulistyanto, handed over ashes of the remains of 282 Japanese soldiers from World War II found in Biak to Japanese representative Toshinobu Tsuchimoto at the Paray War Memorial. 

Toshinobu expressed his appreciation for the ashes of Japanese soldiers who died in World War II in Papua, especially in Biak.(*)

Editor: Heru

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