Thursday, June 18, 2015

1) Solomon Islands to Support West Papua, With Conditions

2) 157,427 People Sign Petition Supporting West Papua for MSG
3) Sorong Municipal Police Arrest KNPB Activist During Inspection
4) Access for Foreign Press in Papua Will Never be Revoked, Legislator Says
5)  5 ‘traitors’ dismissed  from Army, sent to prison
6) Indonesian government to investigate report on human skull smuggling

Solomon Times Online

Friday, 19 June 2015 7:32 AM

1) Solomon Islands to Support West Papua, With Conditions

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured the people of West Papua that his government will support its bid to join the MSG as an Observer.

The Prime Minister has, however, reiterated the need to grant such recognition to one united group, and the need to consult Indonesia should West Papua seek full membership.

Below is the full official statement.
I hereby make this official announcement on behalf of the Sovereign State of Solomon Islands on the application by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) for Membership of the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG). The Cabinet, in exercising its decision-making mandate on behalf of the people of Solomon Islands, agreed that:

1. Solomon Islands Government will endorse West Papua to be an Observer of the MSG and this Observer Status is given only to one united group.

2. Solomon Islands Government will agree that any submission for full membership to the MSG by a group representing Melanesians in Indonesia must be united and done in consultation with Indonesia as agreed by MSG Leaders in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

3. Solomon Islands Government will encourage MSG to continue to explore avenues for Indonesia in its interest to be an Associated Member of MSG within the guidelines approved by Leaders in 2012.

4. Solomon Islands Government will engage with all MSG stakeholders in communicating the above positions.

The above mentioned positions had been made in light of the need to enhance Melanesian solidarity, values, continuity and maintain good neighbourliness.
Geopolitics and international commerce aside, these resolutions are founded on Christian principles which form the bedrock of our National Constitution. They also recognise the need to create international space for Melanesians seeking the inalienable rights and freedoms they sought to achieve through peaceful co-existence.
Hon Manasseh. D. Sogavare MP
Prime Minister
2) 157,427 People Sign Petition Supporting West Papua for MSG
Jayapura, Jubi – Ahead to Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) in Solomon Islands, the support and enthusiasm of West Papuan people toward ULMWP as representation of nation unity are very clear. People’s awareness on ULMWP is very strong and positive. Many activities were held to support the ULMWP open campaign. These activities indicated the supports of Papuan people to the process of struggle on Free Papua.
Central West Papua National Committee, Bazoka Logo said the West Papuan people awareness to support ULMWP has come true through spontaneous support during the socialization of ULMWP since the early of April to June 2015.
“The enthusiasm of indigenous Papuans is clear and real. Within two months, they supported ULMWP through petition, peace demonstration, prayer and fasting as well as other moral supports that are real and pure,” Bazoka Loga told reporters in Waena, Jayapura on Tuesday (16/6).
He said the petition to support ULMWP has exceeded the votes on Pepera (People’s Vote) in 1969. Whereas Indonesia often said Papuans who asked for Independence, but KNPB said it’s not true. The reality is the Papua’s nation want to separate from the Republic of Indonesia and want self-determination through international mechanism.
“The petition of Papuan people is coming from many individuals, namely academics, religious leaders, customary leaders, youth leaders, women leaders, student organizations, opponent organizations, village chiefs, civil servants, construction workers, company workers, cargo workers, street traders and all West Papuan people. The number reaches 157,427 (one hundred fifty seven thousand and four hundred twenty seven) votes,” Logo said.
According to him, those who support ULMWP through petition are indigenous Papuans and partisans in Papua, from Sorong to Merauke. “So, the petition to support Free Papua has been come true and it exceeded the votes in 1969 that only had 1025 votes at that time,” he said.
The Secretary General of Central KNPB, Onesh Suhuniap said KNPB called on Papuan people to be optimistic to support ULMWP towards MSG Summit. “We will mediate Papuan people. KNOB will support the process of MSG Summit in Solomon Islands. We support them through collective prayer and fasting that will be held on 21, 22 and 23 June 2015 in the entire Regional People’s Parliament and KNPB secretariat and open spaces in West Papua,” said Suhuniap. (Abeth You/rom)

3) Sorong Municipal Police Arrest KNPB Activist During Inspection

The police arrested an activist as patrolled to stop a peaceful demonstration led by West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Sorong Raya – Jubi

Sorong, Jubi – The police arrested an activist as patrolled to stop a peaceful demonstration led by West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Sorong Raya that was supposed to be held in front of Sorong Municipal Legislative Office to support the West Papua membership in Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
The KNPB activist, Nando Kogoya, was later released after being questioned briefly by police, who also seized a motorcycle.
Jubi observed that on Wednesday (17/6) at around 10:00 Papua time, the local police officers and military personnel monitored the situation before the inspection against KNPB activists who planned to hold rally from Kilometer 10 Cemetery Complex towards Sorong Municipal Legislative Office where located at Jalan Jupiter, Kilometer 10, Sorong City.
After some times, the protesters had no indication to move. So, the police conducted raids on some vehicles, which passed the street, and people who suspected as KNPB activists who secretly want to participate in the protest. The raid was effective. The police found and seized a leaflet from a biker’s bag that alleged as KNPB activist. He was questioned but then released.
KNPB Sorong Raya Spokesperson, Agustinus Aud admitted KNPB Sorong Raya planned to conduct a long march to Sorong Municipal Legislative Office at around 9:00 Papua time, but their planning was stopped by the police and military.
“Police officer briefly detained KNPB activist Nando Kogoya and his bike but he was released at 16:00 Papua time,” Aud said.
According to him, the purpose of KNPB action is to provide fully support to ULMWP for MSG. “Remember, West Papuan people are standing beside Indonesia for 54 years. But indigenous Papuans are still living in poverty and suffered on their own rich land,” he said by phone. (Niko MB/rom)

4) Access for Foreign Press in Papua Will Never be Revoked, Legislator Says
Jakarta, Jubi – The deputy chairman of Commission I of the House of Representatives, Hanafi Rais said the new State Intelligent Agency chief was facing five challenges, including the agency’s strategic position in the interconnection intelligence in Military, Police, General Attorney and Ministry.
“First, as a major affiliation of intelligence policy, the State Intelligent Agency (BIN) must have a capacity of internal consolidation for being solid and objectively to provide data to the government,” he said at Gedung Nusantara III in Jakarta on Wednesday (17/6/2015).
He said under the new leadership, BIN must be independent and not tied to political interests and the interpretation of institution should be based on intelligence performance.
The second challenge is cyber intelligent technology war and cyber war. “Espionage today is not executing in conventional way but cyber intelligent instead. So, BIN skills in using modern intelligent technology must be in preference,” he said.
And the third, Jokowi and JK looks overwhelmed in dealing with foreign issues during their first semester. Hanafi took the example on some cases of foreign ship explosion, Australia-Indonesia strained relations concerning to deportation of immigrants and tapping on Indonesian officials. “We expect BIN has a strategy for the government in dealing with other countries that interfere the national interests,” he said.
BIN also must have a counter-intelligent roadmap and capability on neutralizing the opponent strength in the global region in both state and non-state sectors. It is to keep the foreign affairs for being protracted dan Indonesia tidak pandang lemah.
Fourth, BIN must keep the ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ in particularly against terror and separatist movement in Papua. The policy on freedom of press for foreign press to cover the activity in Papua has been applied and would never been revoked. “BIN must have a strategy to not let the freedom (in Papua) to be a threat for the sovereignty of Indonesia,” he said.
Fifth, the world is changing quickly, especially in economics. BIN should have proficiency in mapping the economic and monetary impacts for Indonesia. (*/rom)

5)  5 ‘traitors’ dismissed  from Army, sent to prison
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Thu, June 18 2015, 9:31 PM - 
Five soldiers deployed in the Cendrawasih Military Command, overseeing Papua and West Papua, were dismissed from military service for selling ammunition to Papuan rebels.

The military tribunal presided by Col. Priyo Mustiko decided in a hearing in Jayapura on Thursday that on top of their dismissal, the five defendants, namely First Private Supratman, First Private Rahmat Agung, First Sergeant Nurul Huda Septari, Major Sergeant Supriadi and Chief Sergeant Ikrom, would also serve prison sentences ranging from three years to 12 years.
Col. Priyo Mustiko, who presided over the tribunal hearing, found that the five defendants were guilty of selling 5,000 bullets worth Rp 11.25 million (US$850.00), a crime which breaches Law No. 12/1951 on arsenals and ammunitions.
Supriadi, who masterminded the sale, was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment. He was arrested on Jan. 28, 2015, when handing over the bullets to a rebel in the Papua trade center of Jayapura.
Military Command chief Maj. Gen. Fransen G. Siahaan was deeply angered by the incident, labeling the offenders traitors.
He said the five had to be punished severely and dismissed from military service.(++++)


6) Indonesian government to investigate report on human skull smuggling

Kamis, 18 Juni 2015 18:58 WIB | 426 Views
Tangerang, Banten (ANTARA News) - The Government of Indonesia will investigate the report of human skulls being allegedly smuggled to Australia and New York in the United States.

Head of Subdirectorate of Protection of Cultural Heritage and Museum Preservation of the Ministry of Education and Culture Widiyati stated here on Thursday that the office has received a report that at least 10 human skulls were allegedly smuggled from Indonesia to the two countries.

The smuggled human skulls were believed to be from the Asmat tribe, an ethnic group from the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua.

The skulls were believed to be smuggled by a collector for sale as the global demand for human skulls belonging to ethnic groups has increased, and skulls from Indonesia, a country having various ethnic groups, are one of the most desired by the collectors, Widiyati remarked.

"Human skulls are part of the cultural heritage that should be registered and reported if they are to be taken overseas," Widiyati affirmed.

However, a person may collect human skulls for research and exhibition with a permit from the government but not for trade, she noted.

Previously, customs officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport had foiled attempts to smuggle six human skulls out of the country to Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Australia.

The first incident occurred on February 3, when the authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle four human skulls, which were hidden in a saucepan.

The remaining two skulls were delivered at the airport on March 30 in a package, which was declared to contain craft shell, clay, and statues.

The human skulls, which are more than 50 years old, were believed to originate from the Dayak tribe.

The skulls were allegedly sent by a collector to meet the demands of buyers from the two countries.

(Reporting by Achmad Irfan/Uu.A059/INE/KR-BSR/F001)


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