Tuesday, January 27, 2015

1) Komnas HAM protests govt for allowing Freeport Gresik smelter

2)  Willem Wandik: Papua Has Been Treated Unfairly Since Decades
3) Hundreds of Muting Anggae People Unreachable by Boven Digoel Government
4) Economic Factor to Cause A Laziness of Civil Servants at Remote Areas
5)  Papuans Opposes Proposal to Build Container Port at Teluk Yotefa
6) West Papua Police to sink  Vietnamese vessel

1) Komnas HAM protests govt  for allowing Freeport Gresik  smelter 
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Tue, January 27 2015, 5:19 PM - 
The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has protested the government’s approval of giant miner PT Freeport Indonesia’s plans to build a smelter in Gresik, East Java, saying that the smelter should be built in Papua to help development in the eastern region.
“We have criticized Freeport and the government’s agreement to build a smelter in Gresik. The smelter should be built in Papua in order to fairly distribute and balance national development,” Komnas HAM commissioner Natalius Pigai said on Tuesday as quoted by kontan.co.id.
Freeport Indonesia, which is a subsidiary of US copper and gold mining company Freeport-McMoRan, has been operating a mine in Papua for decades. Natalius added that the company must also be responsible for opening Indonesia’s easternmost region from isolation; not doing so would be an egregious exploitation of Papua.
“Corporate crimes are not only found in civil and political matters, but also in economic and social aspects, as is the case with Freeport,” Natalius added, saying that the commission would file a protest to the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry.
The government had previously extended Freeport’s memorandum of understanding on its renegotiated work contract, which would allow the company to continue exporting copper concentrate. (dyl/nfo)(+++)

2) Willem Wandik: Papua Has Been Treated Unfairly Since Decades

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Legislative Council urged the Central Government enforcing PT Freeport Indonesia to build a smelter in Papua, said a Papuan Councilor, Willem Wandik.
He said for whatever the reason is, the smelter could not be built at the outside of Papua. According to him, it’s a time for the industrial company and regional financial management to be returned to the local government.
“We shouldn’t be the second. Papua has equal right in this country. The Central Government always treated it unfairly. So, now we demanded a smelter to be built in Papua,” Willem Wandik said by phone on Sunday (25/1).
Few times ago, the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe with the Chairman of Papua Legislative Council, Yunus Wonda and the Chairman of Papua People’s Assembly, Timotius Murib held a meeting with the Papuan local and national parliament members. They agreed not support the development of smelter at outside of Papua.
“If the smelter was built outside of Papua, we will blockade the Freeport mining activities. We want the attention, not to be the second,” he said.
Last week, the Papua Governor Lukas Enembes said the government officials and Papuan community leaders rejected a smelter development plan at Gresik, East Java. He said the natural resources of Papua must be processed in Papua instead of in other regions.
“For decades, the people of Papua are living in poverty because the mining of PT Freeport Indonesia has been processed abroad. Now PT Freeport will build a smelter at Gresik, East Java. Therefore we rejected it,” Enembe told reporters at on Friday in Jakarta (23/01).
According to him, a smelter would be cost about seven trillion rupiahs while Papuans only get the revenue sharing fund of three hundred billion rupiahs. “Foreign investors in Indonesia, in particular in Papua, should consider the aspects of justice, welfare and prosperity of local community. We represented the people of Papua asking PT. Freeport to endorse the justice and welfare of the people of Papua,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/Rom)

3) Hundreds of Muting Anggae People Unreachable by Boven Digoel Government

Merauke, Jubi – As many as 200 people of 56 families in Muting Anggae village, Boven Digoel regency did not have identity cards, family cards and other documents for nearly 30 years, an activist said.
An agricultural counseling activist in Boven Digoel regency, Hendra Ririhena, said Friday (01/23) that people still lived in traditional ways and have not received any attention from the local government for years.
After establishing communication with the government, regent deputy finally visited the village on December 2, 2014 and recorded them in order to have identity cards and family cards at once.
“So, they’ve just got their identity card. During this time, they lived without citizenship documents. I thank the regent deputy of Boven Digoel, Christian who was able to come and see the real conditions in the village,” he said.
Up to now, there have no school and health service in the village. “I would say that the government officials never come to the village since 1986 and their visit on December 2, 2014was the first. last. Later I will invite my friends journalists to get into he village,” he said again.
Separately, Boven Digoel regent, Yesaya Merasi admitted if the topography of the Boven Digoel regency is very challenging and not all villages cannot be reached and served by the government.
“I think, the government strongly supports the Muyu to be a new division regency,” he added. (Frans L Kobun/Tina)


4) Economic Factor to Cause A Laziness of Civil Servants at Remote Areas

Jayapura, Jubi – A Papuan Councilor, Sinut Busup said the economic factor is behind a motive of civil servants to be rarely conducting their service at the remote areas.
He said the high cost of living at Papuan remote areas without concerning the welfare has made them uncomforted to live there. “Hence, the government must support the transportation to remote area. Several areas at the Papua Highland have been supported, but it should be improved,” Busup said on Saturday (24/1).
He said people could not blame the civil servants working in the Papuan remote areas. In fact, we should find out the reason why, whether the facilities are meet with their needs.
“Imagine a second grade civil servant with salary of three million rupiahs, how could he struggle with the high cost of daily needs. If Local Government often said the civil servants often deserted from their duty station, it must consider many aspects, included the welfare of employee,” he said.
Another Papuan Councilor, Natan Pahabol almost similarly said one of many problems that constrained the promotion of education in Papua was the supporting facility.
“There are schools without teachers. If there were teachers, let say five, there is no house for them. It also becomes a problem, “ Pahabol said at that time. According to him the teachers in the remote areas were often be blamed. But on the other hand, the teachers argued that they were not ease to live there because the lack of supporting facility. (Arjuna Pademme/Rom)


5) Papuans Opposes Proposal to Build Container Port at Teluk Yotefa

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua government, legislators and indigenous people are opposed to PT. Pelindo’s plan to construct a container port at Teluk Yotefa.
A member of Papua Legislative Council (DPRP), H. Syamsunar Rashid, said the plan is not in accordance with the conditions of the region and an in-depth study is still needed.
“We need to think first. I think it’s better to renovate Jayapura port and Jayapura port can not be expanded without relocating people who live around the port to another location,” H. Syamsunar said on Saturday (01/23).
He said building a new port costs a lot of money.
Last week, the mayor of Jayapura, Benhur Tommy Mano, also expressed his opposition to the plan. Mano suggested that a port be built in Holtekam, Muara Tami District, or the Jayapura port be expanded.
“Teluk Yotefa (Yotefa gulf) is not suitable for containers. The depth of the water also must be considered,” Mano added.
Earlier, General Manager of Indonesia Port (Pelabuhan Indonesia) of Jayapura branch, Yusuf Yunus said, it is just a plan. Actually, it will take a long process to make it happen. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)
6) West Papua Police to sink  Vietnamese vessel
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Tue, January 27 2015, 8:28 PM - 
The West Papua Police have said they will sink a Vietnamese-flagged vessel named the KM Thank Cong, which they caught allegedly fishing illegally in the province’s waters on Jan. 19.
“The West Papua Police will not give up their fight against illegal fishing perpetrators in West Papua. The Vietnamese fishermen proven guilty of stealing our resources will be brought to justice in the hope that this can have a deterrent effect,” West Papua Police chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
“We have coordinated with prosecutors for special measures to be taken to sink the foreign vessel,” he went on.
Waterpauw directly monitored the handling of the Vietnamese fishing vessel docked at Waisai Port in Raja Ampat, West Papua. The vessel’s captain and crew are reported to have been questioned at Raja Ampat police precinct office.
Twelve people, all Vietnamese citizens, were on board the KM Thank Cong when it was seized. Of the 12, two have been named suspects. They are Nguyen Trong Nhan, 44, the vessel’s captain, and Nguyen Than Minh, 43, a crew member. The remaining 10 are still under investigation.
The two suspects are accused of having violated several articles stipulated in Law No.45/2009 on fisheries, in reference to Law No.31/2004 on fisheries, with a maximum sentence of eight years in prison and a Rp 2 billion (US$160,290.6) fine.
Waterpauw said the police’s sinking of the vessel was based on Article 69 (4) of the 2009 Fisheries Law.
“We will not play games. We are ensuring that our sea resources are protected,” he said.
The West Papua Police chief said during the arrest that the police had found 2,100 kilograms (kg) of shark fins, 45 dead turtles, five dead mantas, 586 manta fins, one vessel document in Vietnamese language, a gill net, and 3.5 kg of formalin powder to preserve fish. (ebf)(+++)

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