Saturday, April 18, 2015

1) The Police Chief of NRFPB Suspect in Treason Case

2) Health Care Program Needs To Be Improved
3) Provincial Government To Build Rice Depot in Merauke
4) West Papua: Video shows aftermath of Indonesia's Paniai massacre
5) Papua Aviation Firm Opens International Network

6) Poverty Drops in Papua,  Government Says

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1) The Police Chief of NRFPB Suspect in Treason Case

Jayapura, Jubi – 
Papua Police have named one of seven people arrested on suspicions of treason, as a suspect.
Police said the man identified as AE, who claimed to be the police chief of the Federal Republic of West Papua (NRFPB), could face 20 years in prison if found guilty.
“The suspect led to action seeking secession from the unity of the Republic of Indonesia,” Renwarin said this week.
For the six others were arrested along with AE are still under further investigation. The decision will be immediately determined whether they will be released or not.
“Depending on the case committed , we will decide what the next steps to be taken by investigators, “he said.
Previously, Papua Police arrested seven people suspected of ideology contrary to Pancasila and the Indonesian constitution. They were arrested at the airport Sentani, Jayapura regency, Papua, on Tuesday (04/14/2015) approximately at 06:55 CET.
Jayapura Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sondra Siagian confirmed the arrest of seven men in their jurisdiction. He said, now seventh been submitted to the Papua Police for further investigation.
The supsects are LM, OB, MS, MD, DF and TF are considered from the Independent Committee delegation of Papua (KIP), and AE is admitted as generals State Police Federal Republic of West Papua (NRFPB). (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)
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2) Health Care Program Needs To Be Improved

Jayapura, Jubi – A Golkar Party councilor , Tan Wie Long, said the Healthy Papaua Card has failed as some native Papuans have trouble to get medical treatment.
He said sometimes they were just given a prescription and purchased the medicine outside the hospital.
“Sometimes drugs in a prescription are not available in the hospital and patients must buy them from outside. So I think the program has not met the governor and deputy’s vision and mission,” Tan Wie Long said on Tuesday (04/14/2015).
Card holders have only been prescribed generic drugs.
“How can the sick people be cured if they only take generic drugs? It is not only in private hospitals, but also in government hospitals. I hope the program is laid out better in order to realize the vision and mission of the governor and his deputy, ” he said.
People need to get better medical service so that their lives can be saved.
Separately, Papua health chief Aloysius Giay said the government continues to improve basic services to the villages so that People of Papua will get a better health care. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)

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3) Provincial Government To Build Rice Depot in Merauke
Merauke, Jubi – Papua Province will build a rice warehouse in Merauke, an official said.
“To support local government in Merauke, we will soon build warehouse to distribute rice for the entire regencies in Papua. Besides Merauke, Keerom will also be a rice supplier,” said Regional Secretary of Papua, Hery Dosinaen, in Merauke this week.
For distribution, the provincial government will cooperate with the Army, and plans to buy a cargo ship.
“We are looking forward to having it and we hope the Merauke government will be ready to provide land for the construction of the rice barn,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Regional Secretary of Merauke, Daniel Pautam said the regency was ready to build the warehouse.
“Merauke local government is ready because each year, we could harvest rice twice. Thus, the requested quota, can be accommodated, “Daniel Pauta said.
He continued, various support facilities primarily concerned with irrigation and fertilizer procurement, must be prepared first. “So when farmers want to work, do not complain because of the problems of fertilizer and irrigation canals to their rice fields,” he said. (Alexander Loen/Tina)

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4) West Papua: Video shows aftermath of Indonesia's Paniai massacre


Friday, April 17, 2015
video released by Minority Rights Group on April 8 shows the aftermath of the “Paniai massacre” in West Papua in December last year, bringing to light Indonesia's human rights abuses.
On December 8,Indonesian security forces shot dead four protesters — Simon Degei, 18; Otianus Gobai, 18; Alfius Youw, 17; Yulian Yeimo, 17 — and wounded dozens of others in Enarotali, Paniai district, in West Papua.
About 800 protesters, including many schoolchildren, had gathered to protest the ill-treatment of children by security forces the previous night. On the evening of December 7, members of Army Battalion 753 had assaulted a group of Papuan children, beating 12-year-old Yulianus Yeimo with their rifle butts.
The four-minute video, shot by members of the public, shows community members tending to and evacuating the bodies of the dead protesters. It also shows wounded protesters in Paniai General Hospital talking about the shooting, including a young child who says he is not at school because "the military shot me in the thigh".
Esther Cann from London-based Indonesia solidarity group TAPOL said on April 9: “This film gives a disturbing insight into the Indonesian military’s casual disregard for the lives of Indigenous Papuans.”
Amnesty International said in an April 10 statement: “The culture of impunity has contributed to previous administrations turning a blind eye to human rights violations by Indonesian security forces in Papua, including unlawful killings, excessive use of force, and torture and other ill-treatment.”
Indonesian President Joko Widodo was hoped by many to bring a more progressive policy in regards to West Papua after being elected last year.
Visiting West Papua in December, he said: “I want this case to be solved immediately so it won’t ever happen again in the future. By forming a fact-finding team, we hope to obtain valid information [about what actually happened], as well as find the root of the problems,” the December 28 Jakarta Globe reported.
Indonesia's National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) began an investigation into the incident in December. Its report has found evidence of gross human rights violations. It has recommended the formation of an inquiry team to investigate the massacre in more detail, which could lead to prosecutions in a human rights court.
Some groups have claimed the government's response has been too ambivalent. Claire Thomas, Deputy Director of Minority Rights Group, said: “President Widodo has left a trail of broken promises on West Papua. If he is serious about implementing political reform in Indonesia, he needs to ensure that the military is open to public scrutiny and state actors perpetrating abuses against Papuans are held to account. The investigation into the Paniai massacre will be a crucial test of Widodo’s commitment to human rights in West Papua.”
The political pressure on Indonesia's occupation of West Papua continues to grow. PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program on March 27 that he calls on Widodo to keep the previous Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono government's promise to cut soldier numbers in West Papua.
“We will try and hold the Indonesian government to that, to make sure that the current government also has the same view about a reduction of presence of military on the island, and of course more autonomy for the people of West Papua,” he said.
“We all need to have a very cordial relationship with Indonesia and we will continue to maintain that. But that does not mean we will not keep quiet about the abuses that are taking place. I'm certain that Indonesia as a member of the international community will do the right thing, they've committed to us.”
This direct challenge to Indonesia is a change from the PNG government's usual soft tone when discussing the sensitive West Papua issue with its larger neighbour. Dr Richard Chauvel from the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute told the ABC on March 28: “Peter O'Neill's directness of laying the responsibility on the Joko Widodo government to fulfil Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono commitments ... The frankness of that was remarkable.
“The language he has used in terms of identifying West Papuans as ‘our people’, the other side of the border as ‘our fellow Papuans’, I think that is a remarkable change from the statements of any of his predecessors.”
Five people were arrested for treason in Jayapura on April 16, the Jakarta Post reported. They had just returned from a meeting in Jakarta with defence minister Ryamizard Ryacudu.
They were linked to the Papuan Independence Committee and the West Papua Federal Republic (NFRPB). The NFRPB was declared on October 19, 2011, during the third Papuan People's Congress. The Congress was broken up by Indonesian security forces.
Papua police spokesperson Senior Commissioner Rudolf Patrick said: “Our country is the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia and there is no other. However, these five people were conducting activities on behalf the NFRPB.”
Meanwhile, the people and government of Vanuatu have been awarded the 2015 John Rumbiak Human Rights Defenders Award, which is given to individuals or organisations that support West Papua.
The Australia West Papua Association said in an April 7 statement: “The Vanuatu Government and its people have been consistent in their support of West Papua. It is the one country in the world where everybody knows the issue and the Vanuatu Government has raised concerns about West Papua in international fora …
“The Vanuatu Government supported the historic meeting of West Papuan leaders in Port Vila in December 2014, where the new organisation called the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) was formed.”
The ULMWP submitted a membership application to the Melanesian Spearhead Group — a regional body composed of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Kanak Socialist National Liberation Front — in February. The application will be considered in a special MSG summit on May 21.
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5) Papua Aviation Firm Opens International Network

Jakarta, Jubi – Papua’s aviation company Unitrade Persada Nusantara has opened an international business network that covers America, Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.
“Unitrade Persada Nusantara is a local company Papua for the aviation business, but its operation is supported by solid international cooperation,” said Commercial Director Unitrade, Helena Kaihatu in Jakarta this week.
The international aviation business network in cooperation with the local company was established in 2009, involving several countries that provide technical and non-technical know-how.
Currently Unitrade operates MI8 helicopters, owned by MTV Megaviation, an international flight services company headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
“To bring the Russian-made aircraft in Papua, we have communicated with management of Megaviation Air Operator Certificate based in Moldova,” she added.
While the crew consists of a pilot, co-pilot, and aircraft technical derived from Ukraine.
“By working together with a number of these countries, we have established a network of international business in the field of special flights to operate a fleet of air in parts of Papua,” he said.
According to him, flying is a business that is run by the strict rules applicable both international and national, and must be supported by cutting-edge technology that makes every flight operations can be carried out safely and efficiently.
Therefore Unitrade also cooperates with the largest helicopter operator in the world, VIH Aviation Group is headquartered in Canada.
“With VIH Unitrade get a lot of useful advice and input to support flight operations in Papua. We also communicate with Heliswiss company located in Switzerland and Sky Works in New Zealand for all matters relating to the operation of a helicopter flight, “he said.
The international airline business network also involves National Aircraft Industry (IPTN) North America located in Seattle, United States to prepare some Sand Quest Kodiak fleet to operate in Papua that the amount and condition of the runway where the air is still very limited.
International cooperation network allows Unitrade can operate helicopters in Papua to support all development activities, especially in the middle of the contoured corners steep mountains, she stated. (*

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6) Poverty Drops in Papua,  Government Says
Jayapura, Jubi – The poverty rate in Papua province dropped 2.25 percent, said Governor Lukas Enembe, citing data from the local statistics bureau.
“As governor, I believe the data released by the statistical agency because there was no intervention from the government and they have their own measures, ” Enembe told reporters in Jayapura, Papua this week.
He explained, there are four policy implemented by the government in order to fight poverty including fiscal policy that helps most of all local revenues increased significantly.
Usually each district received funds around Rp500-600 billion, but it increased to Rp. 1.2 trillion.
“It is a remarkable to see how fiscal revenues is sufficient to carry out the programs,” he said.
“So it is a result of hard working of the regents. There are visible result that we can see but there is also invisble result that we can not see. The results are the accumulation of successes from hard working, “he said.
In addition, the interest and desire of Papuans to invest was quite remarkable. “The younger generation of Papua have started moving. It can be seen many Papuans take a loan from the bank, “said Enembe.(Alexander Loen/ Tina)
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