Saturday, May 2, 2015

1) Papua Parliament Says Human Right Violations Occurred in Yahukimo Case

2) Intel move when activists unfurl a banner
3) Former Leading Figures of ‘Free Papua Movement’ Attend Kopasus Gathering
4) Russia Offers Scholarships for Papuan Students
5) Border Market Uses Kina for Transactions
6) KAPP Urges Gubernatorial Regulation Through Economic Democracy Workshop

1) Papua Parliament Says Human Right Violations Occurred in Yahukimo Case
Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legislative Council’s Special Committee on Human Rights for Paniai and Yahukimo concluded that human right violations occurred during the forced disbanding of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) activists by police.
Committee chairman Laurenzus Kadepa said on Tuesday (28/4/2015) the committee has conducted an investigation in Yahukimo and collected some data from related parties including the police and KNPB officials, residents, victims and witnesses as well.
“We have seven recommendations on this case. First, we concluded there’s human right violations in the incident occurred in Yahukimo. It is based on our investigation on the ground and information from the victims and witnesses as well as the way the police officers conducted the sweep and came into people’s houses,” said Kadepa.
He said  the parliament wants no longer bloodshed in Yahukimo and police.should be held responsible for the shooting of civilians.
The local government and KNPB should compensate for the material losses suffered by the local community; sixth, the government, the police and local leaders must retrieve their letter of statement about prohibition of peace demonstration, and the seventh, the local government to immediately facilitate the reconciliation of all related parties.
“We would recommend this result to the Indonesian National Human Right Committee. About the material losses, we would submit it to the local government. We have listed all, including the victims, witnesses and the incident chronology. And we will explain it later to the competent,” he said.
According to him, the Police report is different from the report they received from KNPB. The Police reported the victims are non-Papuans while KNPB said all victims are Papuans. “We found both reports are contradictive, so we prefer to consider the people’s aspirations who impaired by both parties. We are neutral, not taking sides and confronting certain party. We just want to solve this case thoroughly and harmless Yahukimo,” he said.
Meanwhile the special committee member Gerson Soma said the similar thing. According to him the Police are the main actors. He said the KNPB activities on the first day took place peacefully. But it changed in the next day when the local Police Chief instructed the troop to conduct the operation without acknowledgement to KNPB.
The Special Committee Secretary Lazarus Siep added the police and KNPB was blaming each other. The committee will use the information from witnesses and victims who directly experienced the violence as reference. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


2) Intel move when activists unfurl a banner
Statement by the Executive Director of  the LP3BH, Yan Christian
Warinussy on 29th April 2015.

   On 29 April at 10am, some staff members of the LP3BH, Semuel Harun Yensenem (head of the Department of Education and Legal Studies),
Ferry Manufandu, head of the Information and Documentation Division were hanging out a long banner which bore the words: We support and
call on the government of Indonesia to immediately allow access to the Land of Papua for international journalists, human rights
organisations from around the world.  We unfurled the banner in front of a window facing Jalan Raya Gunung Saldji.
  Our decision to hang that banner was to show that the LP3BH fully supports the international campaign which was taking place around the
world with activists demonstrating in front of Indonesian embassies in many countries.

  Of course, we knew what would happen then. Our banner would attract the attention of the intelligence units of the army and the police.

   Earlier that day when Semuel Yensenem was working in the LP3BH office, he went out to buy food for the evening from a stall in front
of the LP3BH office which sells chicken and fish dishes. He noticed that there was a vehicle with a police number plate that was parked in
front of Toko Shalom and he saw several policemen get out of the vehicle and stand there for a couple of seconds looking at the LP3BH
office. They then went to a shop nearby to buy some food.

  Semuel  didn't see them any more but he later saw the vehicle reverse and drive in the direction of Fanindi Makalew.

  On Thursday, at about 10am, I received a phone call from Pauwilona Marisan, a member of the LP3BH staff, informing me that there was a
staff member of the 12703 Command from Kodim [the local military command] Manokwari who wanted to meet me and who was at that moment
chatting with Semuel Yensenem. I had  just returned from a visit to Manokwari Hospital for a routine check up.

  When I entered my office, Semuel  was talking to the military officer who was wearing a black jacket, dark green trousers and black
boots. This officer who was speaking Indonesian with a Javanese accent asked Semuel about the LP3BH and wanted to know who was financing our organisation. They also asked where the staff came from, what were our\ activities, how many staff members there were and whether they were
government officials (PNS). Our friend gave them the usual answers. Then I heard him ask the officer to sit down and meet the Director but
the officer declined and decided to leave our office. While this was happening, I was sitting at our meeting table  which was a couple of
metres from where they had been sitting.

 This is what happened here at our office in Manokwari on that day.

   The day before, there was an action when students from a college in Manokwari went to the office of the Papuan People's Council of West
Papua (Majelis Rakyat Papua) to tell them what their opinion was regarding the present situation. Before that, they had made a long
march but the security forces ordered them to disperse, saying that they did not have a permit. As a result, the security forces starting
to take violent action against the students and prevented them for continuing their march.Then four of the students were held  and taken
to the headquarters of the police in Manokwari, interrogated and then ordered to draft a statement. After that the students were released in
the afternoon.


[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo]

3) Former Leading Figures of ‘Free Papua Movement’ Attend Kopasus Gathering
Jakarta, Jubi – Former leading figures of the ‘Free Papua Movement’ and dozens of other leaders from conflict regions, such as Aceh and Maluku got together for the commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of the Army Special Forces Kopassus in Jakarta this week.
Among the guests were Nicolas Youwe, Nick Meset, Frans Yocku, and Supir Murib. While others were Aceh deputy governor Muzakir Manaf (a former GAM commander), founder of the Guerrilla Army of Sarawak (PGRS) Bong Kee Chok, and Ambon War Commander Muhammad Attamimi, and Abdul Wahab Polpoke.
Supir Murib, a member of an armed group from Puncak Jaya, said he joined Indonesia after seeing the progress of development in his region.
“My friends and I are not taking up arms because of the seriousness of the government to build our region,” Supir Murib said.
Supir Murib and Maipur Murib were involved in several cases of shootings in Puncak Jaya such as the killing of security forces.
There were also elite officers who attended the ceremony including TNI Commander Gen. Moeldoko, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, and a number of former officials in the red beret troops, one of them was Prabowo Subianto as well as former Vice President and former Armed Forces Chief Gen Tri Sutrino and a number of officials from neighboring countries such as from East Timor, Malaysia, and Cambodia . (*)

4) Russia Offers Scholarships for Papuan Students
Jayapura, Jubi – The honorary Consul of Russia in Papua, Teo Seng Lee said no Papuans are currently studying in Russia and offered scholarships for the Papuan students to continue their studies.
“Actually, we give subsidies to students, no matter which country they are from. For that we come to Papua, “Teo Seng Lee said this week after meeting Regional Secretary of Papua, Dosinaen Hery.
Within a period of 18 years, 7,000 students from Asia have been studying in Russia because Russia is an advanced country in technology. “They are able to share knowledge and science,” he said. For education, the Russian government also provided subsidies for foreign students.
“Now if you want to study in the United Kingdom or Australia, you can only send one student, but if in Russia, you could send six to seven students with the same tuition,” he said.
He explained, the main major can be taken at University in Rusia is the field of science such as nuclear, oil and gas, mining, agriculture, botany, computer / IT, science, physics, chemistry and biology.
“Now it depends on the government of Papua to decide the number of Papuans to study in Russia. We do not limit it. For the test and selection, we trust the government as until now there is no Papuan students who study there. The program for the first time, we are offering to Papua, “Teo Seng Lee said.
According to him, currently there are 1400 universities Russia so he hoped there would be one student from Papua sent and studies at one of the universities.
“Currently we are working with the most excellent universities, there are 25 federal university and national level, “he said.
Regarding tuition he said, in Russia approximately $ 2,000 or below Rp20 million for the year. Then the boarding cost is $ 4 to $ 20 for a month or approximately Rp40 thousand per month.
“It’s all because subsidized by Russian government. While for the cost of eating in our country is only Rp1-1,5 million,” he said.
In response, the Regional Secretary of Papua Hery Dosinaen said if you want to study in Russia, there is a standard academic grade should be average 7.5 and without a test. While the language problem will be taught in Russia.
“I will report it to the governor. We will prepare Papua students to take nuclear science, mining, medicine and all other sciences discipline in Russia. We will send there, besides we send to other countries, “Hery Dosinaen added. (Alexander Loen/ Tina)

5) Border Market Uses Kina for Transactions
Jayapura, Jubi – Border transactions in the market are still using the PNG currency, Kina , although more are using Rupiah, the head of Border and Foreign Cooperation of Papua Province Suzana Wanggai said.
“Most of the transactions in the border market are in kina, although many are using the rupiah,” Suzana Wanggai said in Jayapura this week.
He said, in the border markets of PNG citizens who become consumers are still using Kina as transaction tool.
Method of payment is determined by the trader and the consumer, but because they still lack the supervision of the parties related technical, so they still use PNG currency.
“Of course, this monitoring should be carried out all parties, especially the relevant technical agencies,” he said.
To that end, the Papua provincial government encourages foreign exchange traders (money changer) official in the border region of Indonesia – Papua New Guinea (PNG), in order to prevent the practice of illegal money exchange.
“One Kina worth Rp4.300 or Rp4.500. So, we need all the legal foreign exchange traders,” she added.
Moreover, the intensity of economic activity in the border region is higher where people often come to buy basic necessities. (*)

6) KAPP Urges Gubernatorial Regulation Through Economic Democracy Workshop

Jayapura, Jubi – At least 30 members of the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Board (KAPP) in Papua attended a workshop in Jayapura this week to encourage the publication of Gubernatorial Regulation as a reference implementation of Special Bylaw (Perdasus) No. 18 of 2008 on Economic Democracy.
Presenters in the workshop in the Hall Development Center and Women’s Development (P3 W) in Padang Bulan were from Perindakop and Papua Provincial Legal Bureau, NGOs, and academics from the University of Cendrawasih.
The chairman of KAPP, Merry Costavina Yoweni, said she hoped there would be the draft of Governor regulation that 3.5 percent of the budget of the Special Autonomy Fund can be allocated and used to increase the economic welfare of Papuans.
“Besides academics, we also invite indigenous experts and NGO. This will be pursued by a formulation team that includes involving the Department of Trade as relevant agencies who will propose the draft to the Bureau of Law,” Merry C Yoweni added.
According to her, a week or two weeks later, KAPP will push it to the Legal Bureau. “We believe that KAPP is a sample used by governor to implement his vision and mission and it gives great opportunities. Hopefully in two years our targets can be seen, “she stated.
Meanwhile, a member of Commission II of Papua Legislative Council on economics, Pendis Enumbi said it hoped, the Governor of Papua immediately issue for the implementation of the gubernatorial regulation No. 18 of 2008. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)

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