Wednesday, March 5, 2014

1) INDONESIA STRONGLY REJECTS THE STATEMENT OF PRIME MINISTER OF VANUATU

1) INDONESIA STRONGLY REJECTS THE STATEMENT OF PRIME MINISTER OF VANUATU
2) Vanuatu pushes UN to investigate allegations of rights abuses in Papua 
3) DON’T DIVIDE KOROWAI PEOPLE, WARNS FORMER MERAUKE REGENT

4) Vanuatu PM launches criticism of Indonesia treatment of Papua Province
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1) INDONESIA STRONGLY REJECTS THE STATEMENT OF PRIME MINISTER OF VANUATU


Jayapura, 6/7 (Jubi) – Using the right of reply, Indonesian Ambassador to the United Nations Indonesia’s rejected the statement of Prime Minister of Vanuatu.
Please watch the reply by Indonesia’s Amabassador here http://webtv.un.org/watch/rights-of-reply-6th-meeting-25th-regular-session-human-rights-council/3292582057001/
And bellow is the transcript of the reply by Indonesia Ambassador.
Right of Reply
Mr. President,
My delegation takes the floor to exercise its right of reply to the statement made by Vanuatu.
The Government of the Republic of Indonesia strongly rejects the statement concerning the so-called ‘issue of West Papua’, made by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, H.E. MoanaCarcessessKalosil, at the High-Level Segment on this morning.
His statement represents an unfortunate and sadly lack of understanding of basic facts on historical role of the UN and the principled position of international community at large as well as the current state of Indonesia, including the actual development in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, Indonesia.
We are just too conscious that internal political dynamics in Vanuatu have often played a role in the raising of the so-called ‘issue of West Papua’ in various fora, including the United Nations, as evidently stated in a statement made by the Office of Prime Minister Sato Kilman of Vanuatu in May 2012 and published by the Vanuatu Daily Post on 22 May 2012, which stated inter alia:
“in Vanuatu, the West Papua issue has been politicized and used by different political parties and movements not for the interests of the people in West Papua but more so for elections and political campaign propaganda …”
Furthermore, the statement of Mr. Kalosil is simply in contradiction with the visit of a high-level delegation of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members representing Melanesian Community, to Indonesia from 11 to 16 January 2014 in which Ministerial Level Delegation of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and representative of the Front de Liberation NationaleKanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) of New Caledonia as well as MSG High Representative conducted in situ visit to Papua province and obtained firsthand information. The Communique resulted from the visit stipulates that the government of Indonesia and members of the MSG are determined to strengthen cooperation and further enhance constructive relationship.
Worse, his statement is also in contradiction to the will of the Vanuatu government itself towards its relation with Indonesia as reflected in the 2011 Bilateral Development Cooperation Agreement that provides a legal framework for the two countries to respect each other’s sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity and principles of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.
Mr. President,
For its part,Indonesia will not be distracted by such inclination. We will continue fostering our agenda for democracy, including the promotion and respect for the human rights of all its peoples.
At the same time, we will also persevere in the promotion of friendly relations with the Government and people of Vanuatu based on principles governing friendly relations between countries. A good will that we have demonstrated by presenting constructive recommendations to Vanuatu in their UPR consideration on last January.
Finally, Mr. President, we also would like to request to you that this statement to be put as an official document and record of the Human Rights Council.
I thank you.
(Jubi/Victor Mambor)

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2) Vanuatu pushes UN to investigate allegations of rights abuses in Papua 
Updated 6 March 2014, 3:21 AEST
Vanuatu's PM has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the Indonesian province of Papua.
Vanuatu's prime minister has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate allegations of human rights abuses in the Indonesian province of Papua.
Moana Carcasses Kalosil used his address to the Council's annual human rights review in Geneva to focus on what he described as "chronic human rights challenges" affecting the province's indigenous Melanesian people.
During his speech he outlined several alleged cases of torture and murder of Melanesian Papuans by Indonesia's military.
"Why are we not discussing it in this council?" Mr Carcasses asked.
"Why are we turning a blind eye to them, closing our ears to the voice of the Papuan people, many of whom have shed innocent blood because they want justice and freedom?"
Mr Carcasses called on the Human Rights Council to investigate the situation in Papua and pressure the Indonesian Government to open the province to scrutiny.
"Access must be allowed for human rights monitors, international journalists and international human rights NGO's to visit West Papua," he said.
The Vanuatu Government has been a vocal supporter of pro-independence groups in Papua.
It has supported the push by the Vanuatu-based West Papua National Coalition for Liberation to be given membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
Last month Vanuatu boycotted a MSG foreign minister's mission to Indonesia because it believed the mission was not granted enough access to civil society groups, pro-independence groups and church leaders in Papua.
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3) DON’T DIVIDE KOROWAI PEOPLE, WARNS FORMER MERAUKE REGENT
Jayapura , 4/3 ( Jubi ) – A former Merauke regent, John Gluba Gebze, has warned against the division of the Korowai tribe.
“There should be no division within Korowai tribe. If they want to open a new autonomous region ( DOB ), all must be united,”  Gebze told reporters at Grand Abe hotel during a meeting between traditional leaders, intellectuals and public figures from Korowai who live in Jayapura on Monday night ( 3/3 ).
“Divisions  will only trigger conflicts. If that happens , who will be responsible? ” Gebze asked.
He said that should a South Papua province be established and Korowai become  a new autonomous region ( DOB ), there would be shops along the road linking Korowai with Merauke .
“Korowai People should not be employees but employers, so that they won’t  become slaves on their own land, ” he said.
Ismail, one of youth leaders from Korowai  told tabloidjubi.com that he was very proud to be able to meet  and hear in person the advice of the former of Merauke regent because Korowai people are concerned about attempts to divide communities by unscrupulous elements .
“We do not want Korowai people to be divided. We want all Korowai people to be united. Even if our territories are divided, we do not want to join other tribes, ” Ismail said in the meeting. ( Jubi / Aprila/ Tina )
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http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/vanuatu-pm-launches-criticism-of-indonesia-treatment-of-papua-province/1275602

4) Vanuatu PM launches criticism of Indonesia treatment of Papua Province

Updated 6 March 2014, 5:34 AEST
Vanuatu's Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil has used a speech before the United Nations in Switzerland to voice his support for the Melanesian people living in the Indonesian Province of Papua.
Vanuatu has long provided refuge and support for members of the West Papua independence movement who have left their homeland, claiming they are escaping persecution by the Indonesian ministry. While the previous Vanuatu government tried to strengthen its links to Indonesia, and appeared to distance itself from the independence supporters living there, since coming to power last year the government of Mr Carcasses has publicly pledged its support. Earlier this year it boycotted a Melanesian Spearhead Group ministerial mission to Indonesia, after its intended purpose, of investigating the claims of the movement, was changed by organisers at the last minute.
Speaking overnight in Geneva as the UN"s current session of the Human Rights Council, Prime Minister Carcasses pulled no punches in his criticism of Indonesia.
Moana Carcasses Kalosil, Prime Minister of Vanuatu

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