Thursday, January 22, 2015

1) Free Papua Movement Has Right to 14 Legislative Seats, Says Councillor

2) HIV/AIDS Prevention in Jayawijaya Regency Still Faces Snags
3) 17 Tons of Rice Delivered to Nasem Village
4) Students of Elementary School SD Inpress Kampung Forced to Sit On the Floor

5) Government may avoid trials  for past human rights  abuses 


1) Free Papua Movement Has Right to 14 Legislative Seats, Says Councillor

Jayapura, Jubi – Every Papuan has the right to 14 legislative seats reserved for indigenous people, even those who represent the Free Papua Movement, said Orgenes Wanimbo, the Deputy Chairman of Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council.
The 14 seats do not belong to certain people or a group. Every Papuan has the same right. It’s not only for the customary councils, NGOs or the National Participant Force, those who joined the Free Papua Movement also have the same right, because they are also Papuan citizens and indigenous Papuans,” Wanimbo told on Wednesday (21/1).
According to him, all indigenous Papuans have the same opportunity competing for the 14 seats. He asked them to fight for it, but they certainly must follow the rule. “The Minister of Internal Affairs has sent a Decree on 14 Seats. The selected persons will join the other 55 parliament’s members. So, the total number of parliament’s member would be 69 members. We hope it will be completed at the mid of this year,” he said.
He further said in the next few weeks, the Commission I will conduct a coordination meeting with the government and the Papua People’s Assembly to discuss about the next step after the registration of Perdasus by the government.
It would include a discussion about the establishment of Special Committee by the Papua Legislative Council. The Special Committee will recruit the Provincial Selection Committee. The result would be submitted to the government for approval,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Commission I, Elvis Tabuni added his commission is only waiting for the registration of Perdasus on 14 seats by the provincial government. He said if it has been completed, the Papua’s Parliament would form a Special Committee to select five candidates of Provincial Selection Committee.
Earlier, the Mamberamo Tabi (Mamta) Customary Council criticized the Perdasus on 14 seats for the indigenous Papuan. They asked the parliament to revise it. The Coordinator of Mamta Territory and Land Tenure Right, Agapus Kere said they wanted a revision because the division of customary areas is not proper.
Mamta customary area is consisting Mamberamo, Tabi and its surrounding areas, while in the Perdasus, Mamberamo Raya is included in the Saireri customary area. “There is a mistake in dividing the customary areas in the Perdasus on 14 seats,” Agapus Kere told Jubi on last Tuesday (20/1).
He said he didn’t talk about 14 seats only, but the entire customary area. If Mamta customary land is now considered as Saireri, how much size of the Mamta’s land has been grabbed, and how much its natural richness would be lost? Further, he said the Mamberamo Raya Regency actually was part of the Tabi customary area along with Jayapura Municipality, Jayapura Regency, Keerom Regency and Sarmi Regency. (Arjuna Pademme/Rom)


2) HIV/AIDS Prevention in Jayawijaya Regency Still Faces Snags

Wamena, Jubi –  The Jayawijaya AIDS Commission said it had faced difficulties in implementing programs and activities to prevent  HIV-AIDS in Jayawijaya Regency for the last four years.
The problems includes programs that can not run properly due delays in funding,” the Secretary of Jayawijaya AIDS Comission, Daulat M. Siregar told reporters on the break of evaluation meeting between the commission and fourteen health services, NGOs,
Working groups and other humanitarian organizations on Wednesday (21/1) at Bappeda Jayawijaya Meeting Room. 
In addtion of financial problems, he admitted the extensive community outreach made the services were only limited to the certain sub-district and could not reach the entire community.
The information can only reach the urban community and nearby sub-districts while the remote villages are outreached. Many villages have no access of vehicle. That’s our obstacle,” said Daulat Siregar.  
The field facilitators are very limited though the office has adequate facilities. “From this description, we can design a very effective program in 2015,” he said.
A meeting participant, Demianus Hubby appreciated the Commission’s performance evaluation, but he regretted the absence of the Chairman of Jayawijaya AIDS Commission and some important figures. “Those competent persons must be here to listen what we’ve faced on the ground. So together we can find a solution,” he said.
Although the Commission Secretary said about the adequate facilities, but the facilitators considered it’s not sufficient. “The facilities are not helpful. When providing health service at Posyandu (integrated health center), we should take a blood sample for taking to Puskesmas (Community Health Center) but we don’t have any tools to do it,” he said.
Based on report issued by the Jayawijaya Health Office,  HIV/AIDS cases in Jayawijaya Regency up to December are 4,905 cases. (Islami/Rom)

3) 17 Tons of Rice Delivered to Nasem Village

Merauke, Jubi- After a demonstration held by villagers in Nasem on Tuesday (1/20), Merauke regency directly distributed 17 tons of rice under the rice for the poor program (Raskin) to the village. 
“Following the demonstration, Merauke deputy regent Sunarjo issued a disposition to deliver rice to Nasem village. My friend and I drove into the village,” a regency official, Eko Blasius Sofyan, said on Wednesday (1/21).
Furthermore Blasius explained, this distribution is done every three months after the community deposited their money. According to the rules, Raskin money is paid by citizens to the village head. Next to the district and the district will deal with the state logistics’Agency of Merauke for process of rice distribution to each village.
However, before distributing, the head of the district must apply in advance to the division of Economic Secretariat of Merauke.
“So, we do not have any authority to take care of rice for the poor program. So if there are issues, please ask the head of the district,” he said.
Perkeda received a complete report and as far as they know that rice has been distributed to the people in the villages including Merauke district.
Head of Merauke district Hasan Matdoan confirmed, it will conduct an internal examination to the staff at the district level in order to get detail information. (Frans L Kobun/Tina)

4) Students of Elementary School SD Inpress Kampung Forced to Sit On the Floor

Merauke, Jubi – Chairs and tables of two fifth grade classrooms at elementary school, SD Inpres Kampung were taken back by one of carpentry companies as there was no settlement payment by the contractor.
As a result, students have been forced to sit on the floor, disrupting the teaching and learning process.
“Yes, it has been almost a week fifth grade students in the two classrooms sitting on the floor because the chairs and tables were carried back by the companies,” principal of SD Inpress Kampung Baru, Velisitas Kamudu said to Jubi in the office on Wednesday (1/21).
Head of Education department and his staff went straight to the school. “Yes, the children sat on the floor while receiving a lesson,” he said.
He further explained the case was occurred due to nonpayment of 100 chairs and tables. While the contractor on behalf of Fina has withdrawn all the money in December 2014.
He said, although some chairs and tables have been delivered and used by students, still there is still a shortage of seats as many as 86 pieces. Tables are complete but  they still sit on the chair without table.
Fifth grade teacher Francis Nggoro said, though students sitting on the floor, but learning activities are still running. “Yes, there are only a few chairs and tables in the classroom,” he said. (Frans L Kobun/Tina)

5) Government may avoid trials  for past human rights  abuses 
Margareth S. Aritonang, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Fri, January 23 2015, 10:18 AM - 

Contrary to a previous commitment to set up an ad hoc human rights court to hear cases of past human rights violations, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s officials have signaled the government may instead create a non-judicial mechanism to settle the outstanding matters, dashing years of hope held by many of finally seeing justice done.

In a seminar discussing challenges to law enforcement in Indonesia held at the House of Representatives on Thursday, Attorney General HM Prasetyo suggested that the government might rule out using a judicial process in its attempt to resolve past abuses, explaining that “reconciliation is the best option”.

Addressing an audience that consisted of lawmakers and law enforcers, Prasetyo, a former NasDem politician, cited the often prolonged length of time that had passed since the occurrences as the most challenging factor in any attempt to reopen investigations.

“Reconciliation is the best solution to settle [cases of rights violations that occurred in the past],” Prasetyo said, without elaborating.

He was reluctant to further discuss the matter and avoided more queries from the press regarding
the issue.

Prasetyo made his remarks on the same day that human rights abuse victims and their relatives, as well as rights activists, entered the eighth year of the weekly Kamisan (Thursday) rally across from the Presidential Palace.

His statement during the discussion at the House backed up Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly, who on the previous day had said that the government would focus on a bill to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR), since attempts to establish a rights tribunal had faced political stumbling blocks.

“The problems include whether [the investigations] will encompass cases that took place since the Dutch colonial period, or since the 1965 communist purge,” Yasonna said on the sidelines of a meeting with lawmakers from the House’s Commission III overseeing legal affairs, human rights and security on Wednesday.

“Focusing on this KKR bill is the best option,” he said, adding that his ministry had already prepared a draft.

The National Commission on Human Rights has cited seven cases of past rights violations that it declared “gross violations” after conducting years of investigations.

The unresolved cases consist of the 1989 Talangsari massacre, the forced disappearance of anti-Soeharto activists in 1997 and 1998, the Trisakti University shootings, the Semanggi I and Semanggi II student shootings in 1998 and 1999, the mysterious killing of alleged criminals in the 1980s, the anti-communist massacres of 1965 and various abuses that took place in Wasior and Wamena in Papua in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

Komnas HAM has submitted the results of its investigations to the Attorney General’s Office for further investigation, but to no avail until today since both institutions have been bogged down in years of back-and-forth debate over technicalities.

Despite his recent statement, Yasonna announced in December last year, in the midst of criticisms concerning the paroling of Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, the convicted murderer of prominent human rights defender Munir Said Thalib, that the Jokowi administration was determined to establish an ad hoc human rights tribunal.

The government’s latest proposal for a non-judicial mechanism to solve the cases has raised doubts among human rights campaigners.

Haris Azhar from the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said that “reconciliation is a situation, not a mechanism [to solve the problem]”.

“Reconciliation can only be achieved if the government has fulfilled the principles of truth, justice and recovery of the rights of the victims. And the [rights] tribunal is the most fruitful way to do so,” Haris said.

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