Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) urged activists and the public not to be afraid following remarks by the Merauke police chief declaring that the organization is illegal.
“I appeal to the Indonesian people in Merauke to not be afraid or intimidated by the Merauke Police Chief’s statement released in Jubi newspaper, because KNPB and Papuan people are waging their struggle in dignity,” KNPB chairman for Merauke, Gento Emerikus Dop told Jubi last week.
He clarified that KNPB has not did something wrong because its principle is clear that is the history of West Papuan nation. The KNPB was born from the people’s voice and is now struggling to represent the people in justifying the history of West Papuan nation for self-determination through the rules and mechanisms of the International Law in peaceful, democratic, honest, dignified and respectful on human values.
“I must explain that KNPB wasn’t a terrorist or criminal organization that could be stigmatized as restricted organization, but it is the organization of West Papuan people that was born from the people to encourage the completion of legal and political status of West Papua,” he said.
In responding the Merauke Police Chief’s statement, the Chairman of Regional People’s Parliament of Merauke Region, Panggrasia Yeem asked to both Indonesian and Papuan people who lived in the southern Papua to stay calm in doing their activities.
“But still following the process of political progress of free Papua because Papua is the land with many unsolved issues by proper political and international law,” she said.
According to Yeem, the Police Chief must not give a statement that actually tricking people, he should learn about Papuan history before acting as the Police Chief in Merauke.
“KNPB is the people’s organization to pursue the people’s aspiration in raising the issue in Papua that triggered conflict in this land in order getting a spotlight from the Indonesian Government and international community,” she said.
KNPB and Parliament will keep fighting for self-determination of Papuan people in dignified and democratic way. Through his statement, the chief expressed his attitude towards colonialism, but the KNPB and Parliament will keep using the political fact to dismiss the Indonesian’s occupation on Papua land.
Earlier, as published by Tabloid Jubi online on Saturday (4/4/2015), the Merauke Police Chief Sri Satyatama said KNPB was illegal organization, thus all their activities would be dispersed and he asked the people for not get involved their activities. (Arnold Belau/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – Indonesian National Human Right Commission after the two days plenary meeting last week announced receiving an investigative report from Paniai Investigation Team on the shooting dead of four students on 8 December 2014.
“The commission received the report from Paniai Investigation Team and recommended the submission of this report taking to Law 26/2000 with a note for the team to complete the report with a case matrix and legal assessment,” the Investigation Team Chairman Dr. Maneger Nasution to dozens of Papuan students and other supporters last week.
He and other Commissioner Natalius Pigay added the case matrix and legal process would be presented in the next plenary in May. “Within one month we must complete the report with legal assessment and case matrix to fulfill the standard of international law’s instrument,” he said.
Further, in responding the students’s question about the plenary’s recommendation, Pigay answered,” If the commission has categorized the case into Law 26, it means it would form the Ad Hoc team that earlier recognized as KPP HAM for Paniai case.”
However, several Papuan human activists considered this recommendation is still bias. “Its phrase is bias, “taking to” means it has not taken to Law 26/2000,” Papuan human right activist Budi Hernawan said.
Meanwhile, the Papua Legislative Council’s Commission I Laurenzius Kadepa in responding to the plenary’s result said since beginning he believed the Indonesian Human Right Commission was working under the certain parties’ pressure. “I suspect it is a scenario to protect the perpetrators taking to the Court. The National Human Right Commission doesn’t respect Papuan people’s voice, in particular the victims’ families,” said Kadepa. (Victor Mambor/rom)
Manokwari (ANTARA News) - The local government of Manokwari District, West Papua, is prioritizing the completion of the runway extension project of Manokwaris Rendani Airport this year to accommodate larger airplanes such as Boeing 800-series.
"We are now approaching the local people to procure some 500 meters of land in the western part of the airport in order to extend its runway," Manokwari District Head Bastian Salabai said here on Sunday.
He said that Manokwari was the provincial capital of West Papua and its airport should be able to accommodate larger planes. Therefore the runway of Rendani aiport should be extended by about 500 meters.
"Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan when visiting Manokwari recently agreed to the extension of the airports runway by 500 meters," the district head said.
The funds for the project will be taken from the state budget allocated by the transportation ministry, he said.
Salabai did not reveal the amount of funds needed to develop the runway extension project but he hoped it would be finished by December 2015. (Uu.A014/F001)