Wednesday, May 27, 2015

1) Armed Group Seizes Two Soldiers in Papua

2) One Dead, Five Injured in Papua Shooting by Unknown Gunmen

3) One killed, four wounded  in Papua attack

5) Jokowi’s ministers reluctant  to open up Papua

WEDNESDAY, 27 MAY, 2015 | 10:00 WIB
1) Armed Group Seizes Two Soldiers in Papua
TEMPO.COJakarta - Armed group on Wednesday reportedly have taken two soldiers along with a teacher in Enarotali, Paniai District, Papua, as hostages.
The two soldiers that were allegedly taken as hostages are Second Class Sergeant Lery, from Koramil Komopa, and Private Second Class Soleh, from Kostrad 303/Raider posted in Komopa Post.
A civilian also taken hostage is Elda Sanadi, a teacher in Inpres Komopa elementary.
According to a report gathered by Antara, the two soldiers and some civilians were shopping on a speed boat.  Then all the sudden a group of armed men approached and taken the two soldiers and a teacher as hostages, while the others were released.
No official statements were released from the security forces until now.

2) One Dead, Five Injured in Papua Shooting by Unknown Gunmen

By Robertus Wardhy on 12:55 pm May 27, 2015
Category CrimeFront PageNews

Police in Papua have launched an investigation after one person was killed and another five injured in Puncak Jaya district, Paupa on Tuesday. (Antara photo/Spedy Paereng)

Jayapura. Five local residents have been injured and one killed during a shooting by unknown gunmen at a house in Puncak Jaya district, Paupa, on Tuesday night.
Sr. Comr. Patrige Renwarin, a spokesman for the Papua Police, told the Jakarta Globe that the shooting took place at 11 p.m. at the family home of a Papuan civilian named Jufri Tandi Payung
Pengga Anumbi, 31, died after being shot in the head while five others, Suryanto Tandi Payung, 26, Alfret Tandi Payung, 28, Yulianus Tandidatu, 32, Yogi Gerang, 21, and Marten Tandi Payung, 39, were wounded on their hands and legs.
“The victims were evacuated at 11:20 p.m. to Mulia Regional Hospital in Puncak Jaya to get treatment,” Patrige said.
The police have not yet identified the assailants, but are investigating the incident, he added.
Patrige said the situation is secure and called on local residents to remain vigilant.
“The people were a bit worried. However, police officers have urged them the remain calm and aware, and also asked them to contact the police if they receive irregular information,” said Patrige.

3) One killed, four wounded  in Papua attack
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Wed, May 27 2015, 12:19 PM -
One person was shot dead and four others were wounded by an unidentified group of people in Purleme kampung in Mulia district, Puncak Jaya regency, Papua, on Tuesday night.
The dead victim has been identifed as Pengga Enumbi, while the wounded are Marthen Tandipayung, Yulianus Tandidatu, Alfred Tandipayung and Suryanto Tandipayung, according to Antara news agency.
Three of the wounded victims were being treated at Mulia General Hospital as of Wednesday morning.
The incident took place at 11:45 p.m. local time. The police had made no official statements as of Wednesday morning. (hhr) (++++)

HUNDREDS of Solomon Islanders demonstrated their support for West Papua with an appeal for the government to consider West Papua a full member of the Melanesia Spearhead Group, during a peaceful rally last Friday.

West Papua through the United Liberation Movement for West Papua will made an application for membership when the MSG leaders meet in Honiara next month.

Leaders from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji will attend the meeting and their votes are import for the West Papua cause.

With that intention, Solomon Islands Solidarity for West Papua (SISWP) group staged the peaceful rally to get the government’s attention to West Papua’s struggles.

The message during the rally was loud and clear and that is for MSG leaders to vote for West Papua.

Representative of the Secretary of the SISWP Reverend Mark Graham said the rally goes back to a one day Pacific Conference of Churches held in Honiara on March 20.

He said Solomon Islands Solidarity for West Papua Freedom was born out of the conference to create a link with the government with the intention to inform the leaders and government of the situation of West Papua.

“It is important that our leaders are well versed with the situation in West Papua particularly on the issues of justice and their struggle for freedom.”

He said they have written a letter to the Prime Minister on April 7 to consider the application of West Papua and on April 12, they also wrote a letter to all MPs for the same reason.

He said the peaceful rally yesterday was a public demonstration and an appeal to the current government to consider West Papua to become a member of the MSG.

He said the most of those that took part in the rally were USP students thus encouraging to see young generations standing up for justice.

“We felt that the time is right to inform the government of the plights of West Papua because when the Prime Minister was in the opposition seat, he was vocal about West Papua.

“Now that he is the Prime Minister, it is important for him to be informed of the cries of West Papua and should give a big yes,” he said.

Rev Graham said West Papua is part of Melanesia therefore it is not right to stand and watch our own people tortured and killed or pushed around.

He acknowledged the presence of the Police and the behaviour of those who partook in yesterday’s rally.

“I think, the police commissioner’s decision to allow the rally was great understanding on his part and that of the police and shows the ability to weigh issues of risk to the society.

“The behaviour and good peaceful demonstration also demonstrated the same reciprocal token of responsibility by the group to police that such activities are done with good intentions.”


5) Jokowi’s ministers reluctant  to open up Papua
Tama Salim & Margareth S. Aritonang, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Wed, May 27 2015, 1:31 PM -President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo may have confidently ordered his Cabinet ministers and the security apparatus to open up Papua to foreign journalists, but his ministers appear unenthusiastic about overturning decades-long policy on restricted media access. 

Coordinating Political, Legal & Security Affairs Minister Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno said the government would maintain its controversial “clearance house” team, which scrutinized the visits of foreign journalists to Papua. It recently changed its name to the Monitoring Team for Foreign Journalists in Indonesia.

The team, consisting of 12 government ministries and agencies, as well as the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police, will retain its previous functions despite the name change.

“[What the team does is] monitor the journalists’ movements. If for instance, they enter dangerous territory, we’d be able to watch over them so no one ends up missing,” Tedjo said on Tuesday.

The President announced his policy on May 10 while visiting the rebellious provinces of Papua and West Papua. The area has been closed to international media coverage for several decades on the basis that the presence of journalists there will endanger security and stability in the country’s eastern most provinces.

The government also practiced such a policy in Aceh during the civil war there and in East Timor (now Timor Leste), when the latter was still under Indonesia’s control.

“We aren’t spying on them [the journalists]. We’re simply monitoring their activities,” Tedjo said.

He added that local law and security enforcers were responsible for the safety of foreign journalists venturing into the area, but maintained that the government’s prerogative was to protect national interests.

“Foreign journalists should still respect Indonesia as a sovereign country with its own set of laws and regulations,” he said.

Separately, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu expanded on the government’s policy of opening up the Papua region to foreign journalists.

Ryamizard told a press briefing on Tuesday that the Jokowi administration was committed to such a policy as long as foreign journalists helped to communicate Indonesia’s interests.

“We will support them if they produce good reports, but we can easily expel them if they are found commiting sedition,” said Ryamizard.

Meanwhile, University of Indonesia international law expert Hikmahanto Juwana was hopeful that international press coverage could help eliminate the negative perceptions of Indonesia, especially on Papua-related issues.

“There should not be any discrimination. Foreign journalists and media outlets are subject to sanctions from the Indonesian Press Council if found guilty of violating the journalistic code of ethics,” Hikmahanto explained.

“Just because they are foreign journalists, it doesn’t mean they get special treatment.”


2009: Police arrested four Dutch journalists in Papua for covering a rally marking the return of Free Papua Organization (OPM) cofounder Nicholas Jouwe after 40 years in exile in the Netherlands. They are Gabriela Babette, Peter Mariaw Smith and Ronald Wigman are from the channel NRC TV. The fourth, Elske Schouten, is the Jakarta-based correspondent of the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad.

 Two French television journalists, Baudouin Koenig and Carole Lorthiois, were detained in Papua after filming a human rights rally by some 100 students.

 French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat were arrested and jailed for not having the proper permits to report in Papua. The journalists were caught trying to make a documentary on a Papuan separatist movement.

On Oct. 24, 2014,
 the Jayapura District Court convicted Dandois and Bourrat of visa abuse and sentenced them to two months and 15 days in jail. The two journalists have been detained since Aug. 6

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