Friday, May 9, 2014

1) West Papua: Call To End Impunity Of “Forgotten Genocide” Perpetrators -

1) West Papua: Call To End Impunity Of “Forgotten Genocide” Perpetrators - 
3) Indonesia's ambassador to Australia Najib Riphat Kesoema set to return to Canberra
May 9, 2014
1) West Papua: Call To End Impunity Of “Forgotten Genocide” Perpetrators - 

Jennifer Robinson, a human rights lawyer has spoken out against the impunity of perpetrators of mass killings of the Suharto regime, at a recent screening of the documentary ‘The Act of Killing’. Robinson used the screening as a platform to raise awareness of the ongoing human rights violations perpetrated by the regime against West Papua.

Below is an article by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society:

A leading human rights lawyer has called for measures to ensure that the perpetrators of mass killings in Indonesia are brought to justice, at a screening of the BAFTA-winning documentary The Act of Killing, held at Wolfson College on behalf of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society. Jennifer Robinson, a Wikileaks lawyer and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Bertha Foundation, made the comments by way of introduction to the film, which investigates how up to a million Indonesians were murdered in the 1960s, at the hands of a government that is still in power.
Mrs Robinson, who lived and worked in Indonesia and has represented West Papuan independence activists for the past decade, praised the film for its important role in shedding light on what has been referred to as the forgotten genocide, obscured by a censorship and propaganda campaign by the Suharto regime in Indonesia. Addressing an audience of over 100 people, she argued that, “those responsible for heinous crimes must be held accountable in order to deter acts like these from happening in the future, so that society says ‘never again’.
Describing the transitional justice mechanisms developed by the Indonesia government, she argued that these were designed as a means to escape international prosecution, and had singularly failed to deal with past crimes, citing the Human Rights Court that has failed to bring a single successful conviction, and a proposed Truth Reconciliation Commission that was stuck down as unconstitutional. The consequences of such failings were starkly brought home by her assertion that, “Where societies fail to examine and come to terms with their past, a culture of impunity develops and that allows a continuing circle of violence. Indonesia is the perfect example of this.”
Mrs Robinson concluded by describing the ongoing violence perpetrated by the regime, both through its illegal annexation of West Papua, and the widespread crimes against humanity committed in East Timor. She was joined by the West Papua independence leader and Nobel Prize nominee Benny Wenda, who vividly recounted his own experience of human rights abuses perpetrated by the Indonesian regime, his current exile in Oxford, and efforts to secure self-determination of West Papua through the Free West Papua Campaign.
The event was one of a series of free termly film screenings that shed light on issues related to law, justice and society organized by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society at Wolfson College. 
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Jayapura, 8/5 (Jubi)- The chairman of Papua Customary Council (DAP/Dewan Adat Papua) in the provincial parliament, Wilem Bonay, said Governor Lukas Enembe should be supported as the Governor General of Papua and West Papua.
“We must support the post of governor general because the result of the Legislature Election is clearly a disadvantage for Papuans because it’s dominated by non-Papuans,” he told in Jayapura on Thursday (8/5). He added the fact showed that the population of Papuans is smaller than the migrants. “Furthermore, many national political parties have provided the opportunity to all citizens becoming the representatives of the people and turned Papuans into marginalized people. It should be a policy within the political parties to support the people of Papua by providing quota of 70 percent for Papuans,” he said.
He further said based on the DAP’s consolidation meeting in Biak in last April, the council concluded that the number Papuan legislators at both regency and provincial levels will be smaller. “Imagine the Merauke Regency had only 10 percent of indigenous Papuans of the total number of the local legislators, though the Election Commission has not yet announced the final result. But based on the number of the population of Papuans, the chance to be a legislator should be dominated by the majority,” he said.
He further said if this issue was not be solved, it would give a negative impact and harm the Papuans as few Papuans representing the interest of the Indigenous People in the Papua Parliament.
He said the importance of the Governor General is to control and to protect the people of Papua. “The Governor General, the Papua People Assembly and the Papua Parliament should be united and the Papua People Assembly should not be established in West Papua. Further he said the Governor General along with those people representatives should able to protect and provide the political rights to the Indigenous Papuans.
He also said the Papua People Parliament should be different with the parliament at the provincial level for both Province Papua and West Papua because it would be concluded the legislators from the local political parties instead of the national political parties. “The members of the Papua People Parliament consist of the representatives from seven customary areas in Papua Island, therefore their task is to protect and to conserve the existence of Papuans,” he said.
He concerned if without a solution and a political will, it would discourage the Papuans and made them away from the political policy that protect their interests. “I saw the implementation of the legislature election has raised some problems either at the level of sub-district, municipality or regency. And it discourage the Papuans,” he said. Meanwhile the Papua Commission Election has determined the result of the Legislator Election with many of objection, event the Election Supervisory Body is being a target of candidates’ supporters who considered being cheated.
The former lecturer of Papua State University, Weynand Watori said the similar thing. He said the result of the election has not fixed yet. Thought currently the Papua Election Commission has already in Jakarta to report the result, it doesn’t mean the Central Commission agrees with the result.
Statistical data shows that the number of population in Papua is going to increase due to the population growth because of high migration. The rate of population growth in Papua/Irian Jaya in 1971-1980 was 2.67 percent per year, while in 1980 to 1990 was 3.46 percent per year. The number is increased to 3.22% in 1990 – 2000. After the separation of Irian Jaya Province into two provinces Papua and West Papua, the population growth in Papua for 2000-2010 is 5.39 percent per year while West Papua is 3.71 percent per year. (Jubi/dominggus a mampioper/rom)

3) Indonesia's ambassador to Australia Najib Riphat Kesoema set to return to Canberra
Indonesia is sending its ambassador back to Canberra as part of its efforts to normalise relations between the two countries.
A presidential office spokesman says Najib Riphat Kesoema will return to Australia within the month, a decision made by president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after speaking with Prime Minister Tony Abbott by phone earlier in the week.
It was the first contact between the two leaders since revelations last year that Australia attempted to listen in to the president's phone calls, and that of his inner circle.
Mr Kesoema was abruptly called back last November as part of Jakarta's response.
Diplomatic tension has also flared over Australia's asylum seeker policy.
Spokesman Teuku Faizasyah says progress on a code of conduct has led to the decision.
Mr Faizasyah says the move will also help with the organisation of a possible visit by Mr Abbott to Indonesia in June.

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