Monday, June 8, 2015

1) Vanuatu to maintain Papua rights drive, says Moli

‪2) Authorities Demolish Papua for MSG Post
‪3) Papua Students Support ULMWP to Become MSG Member‪4) Police Have Arrested 479 Papuan Activists Since Late April
‪5) Leaflets Urging Papuans to Support Indonesia Circulated in Merauke and Jayapura
6) Random Arrests Against KNPB Activists Disconcerting, says Human Right Observer

7) Free West Papua Music by: Papa Yanni - MORNING STAR

1) Vanuatu to maintain Papua rights drive, says Moli

Updated at 6:25 am today
Vanuatu's new foreign minister says the government will continue to fight for the rights of West Papuans in international fora.
Kalfau Moli was appointed last week after the prime minister Joe Natuman sacked Sato Kilman from the foreign minister's role.
Mr Kilman had been accused of misrepresenting Vanuatu's long-running support for West Papuan rights in his dealings with Indonesia.
With a Melanesian Spearhead Group decision on a West Papuan membership bid looming, Mr Moli says Vanuatu's support remains strong.
"Vanuatu's position as a sovereign state is that we want to address the human rights issue and then consider the supposed political independence. However having said that, it is very important that a clear forum be put in place before we can look at the issues. but I am very much for a human rights drive."
Mr Moli suggests Vanuatu's good relationship with Indonesia can be instrumental in leveraging positive change in Papua.
2) Authorities Demolish Papua for MSG Post

Jayapura, Jubi – Police in Abepura dismantled a student post supporting Papua’s membership in the Melanesian Support Group (MSG).
“We did it under the instruction of Papua Police through Jayapura Sector Police. It came based on the request of Third Assistant Rector for student affairs representing the campus authority,” Abepura Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commisionaire M.W. Asmuruf, who led the disbanding of the post, told reporters.
The post was set up by activists from Youth and Student Movement (GempaR), Independent Student Forum (FIM), Student Executive Body of Jayapura Technology and Science University (USTJ) and Student Executive Body of Umel Mandiri on 6 June 2015 at 18:30 Papua time.
He said the police’s action was in accordance with procedures.
His office received the request from the campus authority to Papua Police to remove the post since it was considered disturbing the academic activities.
Before the post was demolished, police verbally warned the students to disperse.
“We gave them some time until 5pm. But they kept staying there. So we came to dismantle the post. We passed them our letter of command,” he said.
Meanwhile, Third Assistant Rector of Cenderawasih University, Fredrik Sokoy admitted that campus authority asked the demolition of the post to the police. There are three reasons underlying this request. First, it disturbed the campus comfort; second, the students’ activities were excluded of the academic study; and third, it wasn’t internal campus organization that established the post. “I have told them through Student Executive Body to express their aspiration through academic studies,” Sokoy said.
However, the man who is very close to the students said the campus authority was forced taking this decision. The security authorities pressed the campus authority to immediately address the student movement.
“I am also under pressure. Let’s say it is connected with security issue. They constantly push me, why I couldn’t deal with this campus. How could I just leave it?” Sokoy explained about his situation since the students decided to set up a post in the campus.
Meanwhile, GempaR activist Samuel Womsiwor stated the post dismantling would not sweep away the ideology that they fight for with dignified ways, away from what was accused by campus authority. “This demolition would not disperse us. We will stick together and exist for sovereign Papua. We believe for whatever has been done right now, one day Papua would become MSG member and free,” said Womsiwor. (Jubi/Mawel/rom)
3) Papua Students Support ULMWP to Become MSG Member

Jayapura, Jubi – Students from several universities in Papua have expressed support for a pro-independence coalition to become a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
Through his email to Jubi, student representative Samuel Womsiwor said to help the struggle of the Papua nation to become an MSG member, three major Papuan factions consisting of NRFPB, WPNCL and PNWP have established the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as a requirement of Papuan membership in THE MSG.
“Therefore, we are the students from Papuan People, Students and Youth Movement (GempaR), Student Independent Forum (FIM), Department of Anthropology, Social Health Faculty, Department of Administration Science state our support to ULMWP,” he said last week.
He urged students, youths and Papuan people to unite and support ULMWP’s efforts and called on the Indonesian government to recognize the fate and identity of Papuan nation.
“The Government of Indonesia to immediately recognize the membership of West Papua in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). Papuan people should forget and fight all Indonesian policies that actually inhibited the struggle of Papuan nation today, such as Special Autonomy 2001, UP4B (Papua Development Acceleration Program) and so on that only continue raising the horizontal conflict among Papuans,” he said.
Meanwhile, during the last two months, the Alliance of Papuan Students in Java, Solidarity for West Papua from abroad and West Papua National Committee gave their support to ULMWP to be accepted and recognized as MSG member.
While in domestic level, KNPB conducted three times of protest in the entire regions of Papua to obtain support from West Papua people towards ULMWP to become MSG member. And KNPB recorded 479 activists were arrested during the period of 30 April to 01 June 2013 in peace demonstration to support ULMWP. (Arnold Belau/rom)

4) Police Have Arrested 479 Papuan Activists Since Late April

From 30 April to 01 June, police have arrested protesters expressing support for ULMWP and West Papua campaign of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), KNPB said in a statement to Jubi, Monday (8/6/2015).
Police arrested 12 people in Manokwari on 30 April and 205 people on 1 May. Around the same time 15 people were arrested in Merauke, 30 in Jayapura and 2 pin Kaimana. On 20 May, the police arrested 75 people in Manokwari, 3 people in Biak and 6 people in Sentani. On the following day, they arrest 27 people in Biak and 1 people in Manado. Thus, during the time, they have arrested 129 activists.
On 28 May, the Police continued to arrest 52 people in Jayapura, 6 people in Nabire, 25 people in Wamena and 2 people in Yahukimo. Total activists arrested in that day were 85 people. And the last, on 1 June 2015, the Police arrested 1 activist.
Of 479 people arrested, 4 activists in Manokwari and 3 activists in Biak have been detained and charged with incitement.
The KNPB report was issued on 3 June 2015 in Jayapura.
Meanwhile, the Papuaitukita Movement in Jakarta issued the release on the arrests of 444 Papuans in May 2015 during the protest. They reported during 1 – 10 May 2015, 269 people were arrested in Manokwari in peace demonstration while 30 were arrested in Jayapura, 15 were arrested during the preparation of protest and 2 were arrested in the demonstration in Merauke, while 3 Papuan students were arrested during the protest in Surabaya.
During the period of 11 – 20 May 2015, 12 people were arrested in peace demonstration to reject PT PPM on 16 May 2015, and 75 people were arrested before the demonstration and 2 were arrested in Biak when intended to send a letter of announcement to the Police Office while 6 were arrested in Sentani while distributing leaflets.
Between 21 – 31 May 2015, 17 people were arrested in Biak when being assembled to prepare peace demonstration. 27 people were arrested in Jayapura before peace demonstration and 1 was arrested in Manado.
Earlier, the Papua Police said the police would not compromise with any kind of KNPB activities. “The Police would not comprise any kind of KNPB activities, especially in Jayawijaya Regency and its surrounding areas. The readiness indicates our concern in personnel assignment to follow up their plan of demonstration on 28 May 2015. Jayawijaya Police would not compromise any kind of their activities including the advanced demonstration,” Jayawijaya Police Chief Semmy Ronny TH Abaa said at that time.
Meanwhile the Papua Police Chief Inspector General Jotje Mende earlier proposed KNPB dissolution, and relayed to the Commission III of Indonesian Representative House some time ago. (Arnold Belau/Dominggus Mampioper/rom)

5) Leaflets Urging Papuans to Support Indonesia Circulated in Merauke and Jayapura

Leaflets calling on Papuans to support Indonesia were circulated in Merauke and Jayapura on 4 June 2015 – Jubi
Jayapura, Jubi – Leaflets calling on Papuans to support Indonesia were circulated in Merauke and Jayapura on 4 June 2015.
There were rumours that the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) was responsible for those leaflets in Merauke while GempaR was responsible for the calling in Jayapura.
KNPB spokesperson Bazoko Logo denied the rumours, saying that they were spread by “irresponsible people”.
“It indicated the fear of Indonesia towards the struggle of Papuan people. It was obviously propaganda. But today Papuan people are educated; therefore they just wasted their energy in doing any attempts against Papuans,” he told Jubi last week in Waena, Jayapura.
Logo said Papuan in regards to this propaganda, Papuan people must be aware and considered those who distribute the black leaflets were crazy people. “KNPB firmly said to the invader Indonesia for not using this out of date method. We are not living in the Stone Age anymore. However, KNPB also feel grateful due to those leaflets, it convince the Papuan people that what was fought by KNPB is truly true,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Merauke Regional People Parliament (PRD), Pankrasia Yem when contacted by Juby confirmed that around 6 o’clock in the morning, Merauke residents stunned to find the leaflets distributed by unknown people. “This morning, a guy told me so. He said he got it in front of Catholic Church at Kelapa Lima while jogging. For that reason, Merauke KNPB and Merauke PRD announced that it was not true because they never issued it,” he explained.
Based on the latest information received by Jubi, those black leaflets were distributed by unknown people in Jayapura using the name of GempaR Papua. It said “Support Jokowi’s Program Development in Papua. We are not Melanesians but we are Indonesians. Wear your alma mater jacket. Refuse the politicized KNPB, no more demonstration. Get ready with your pens. Let’s carve our better future for us, Papua Indonesia.”
Meanwhile leaflet in Merauke said “Prayer invitation on 4 – 5 June 2015 to support Papua development. MSG countries admit the progress on Papua development. Praise Lord for the blessings. Let’s keep our heart to create a prosperous Papua apart from the chains of poverty, ignorance and politicking. Let’s pray on 4 – 5 June 2015 for all the best for Papua in the future for us and our children. We are not Melanesians, we are Papua Indonesia,” (Arnold Belau/rom)
6) Random Arrests Against KNPB Activists Disconcerting, says Human Right Observer
7) Free West Papua Music by: Papa Yanni - MORNING STAR

New Free West Papua song from the Solomon Islands! 
"I turned my eyes to the Morning Star, I thought I heard the sounds of mothers crying" 
"Free West Papua! Free West Papua! Freedom to the children of the land." 
Please listen to the new song-Morning Star by our Melanesian brother Papa Yanni. Thanks very much for all the support brother! Soldiarity from the Solomon Islands and all Melanesia is only growing faster every day! 

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