Thursday, July 2, 2015

1) Unidentified Security Force Members Are Responsible in Dogiyai Shooting Incident, Says Paniai Customary Council Authority

2) Papua Legislative Council: Frans Albert Joku To Apologize to Papua Governor
3) Merauke to Embark on 10,000-Hectare Farming Expansion
4) MRP Recommendations in Accordance with Special Autonomy Law
5) Papua Police Chief Admits Many Officers Avoid Duty
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1) Unidentified Security Force Members Are Responsible in Dogiyai Shooting Incident, Says Paniai Customary Council Authority
Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Regional Customary Council Authority of Paniai Region said the perpetrators of an armed attack on 10 tboys at Kotubado, Ugapuga of Kamuu Timur Sub-district, Dogiyai Regency (25/6) were not civilians. but members of security forces who came to the scene by car. They are allegedly from Waghete Post.
Paniai Customary Council Chief John R. Gobay said the shooting took place on 25 June at 18:30 Papua time.
He told Jubi on Tuesday (30/6) that the victims brought a dog for hunting rats near the farm’s fence by Nabire-Paniai Road. After getting ten grass-rats, the boys went home. When they arrived at Kotubado, their dog ran to the road and was hit by a high-speed truck. After crashing the dog, the unidentified driver raised sped towards Tigi, Deiyai Regency.
For this reason, they decided to block the road at Kotubado, Ugapuga of Kamuu Timur Sub-district to collect some cash.
“They blocked Papua Trans Road, Nabire – Enarotali at 20:00 where located at Kotubado, Ugapuga Village, Kamuu Timur Sub-district, Dogiyai Regency. They asked for Rp 20.000 to Rp 50.000 per car. They were able to collect some cash from six cars because trucks rarely passed the road at night,” said Gobay.
He further said there is allegation those who felt being impaired made a report to the police officers of Tigi Waghete or District Military Command or Mobile Brigade. Whether it was one of car’s drivers, truck’s driver or officer who drove one of six cars who reported to the security forces. The security forces allegedly came to the scene after accepting the report with a black Avanza car. They stopped the car on location in front of the young men who blocked the road. One of the victims, Yoteni Agapa had no fear and stood by the left car’s door while Melianus Mote stood by the right car’s door. The victims said both driver and passengers in the care were non-Papuans and brought the weapon. “They took the gun out of the car and shot us,” said a witness who declined to be named.
An officer shot Yoteni Agapa who stood beside the left car’s door on the chest twice. He tried to escape by running to Iyadimii Mountain but the shooter didn’t let him go. He shot him for the third and fourth times on his right hand. Agapa kept pushing himself to run for about 20 meters from the scene but he fell in the middle of the road.
The witness said the security forces ran towards Agapa. “They surrounded Yoteni. They kicked the body. They also hit him with their riffle even he was already dead. Then they stabbed him with a bayonet on the chest that hit by bullet. It makes the hole made by gunshot become larger,” said Gobay.
Perhaps they did it to hide the gunshot wound on the chest. But it didn’t work because the shells of bullet were found scattering at the scene. Gobay said Yoteni fell down at approximately 20 meters from the previous scene.
“It could be true, if referring to the report published in Harian Bintang Papua, Page 1 on Monday, 29 June 2015, it was said the team found 37 bullets of caliber 5.56 on location.”Gobay added.
He said when Agapa was shot, Melianus Mote stood besides the driver’s side door. He ran to escape when he saw his friend got shot but he felt something hit his right hand. Soon he felt his right hand was burning and wet. He realized he was stabbed by bayonet. Mote thought it was the driver who stabbed him.
Meanwhile other eight boys made to escape. Some jumped to the river, some ran to the road until Ugapuga. The survivals thought the perpetrators were security forces. “It wasn’t unknown people who shot us but the Mobile Brigade officers from Waghete. They shot us the indigenous Papuans. The entire officers are non-Papuans including the one who shot Yotene Agapa down on the scene,” Gobay cited the victims.
Gobay further said at 22:30 Papua time, Ugapuga residents who got information about the incident, came to the location to evacuate the Yoteni’s body and find the evidences. They found the bullet with pin code PT. PINDAD 556. When examining the victim’s body, they found a gunshot on the chest and hand. They grabbed his hand and found a bump.
“The residents cut off his hand and took out two bullets of his right hand. At 24:00 Papua time, Yoteni Agapa’s body was evacuated to his home village at Jigiuji, Ugapuga Village”.
The victims are Yoteni Agapa (19) a 9th grade student of SMP Boduda at Kamuu Timur Sub-district, Dogiyai Regency, Papua and Melianus Mote (21) newly graduated student of SMP Boduda. While another victims who allegedly injured are Podepai Agapa (14), Yulius Agapa (17), Yunias Agapa (16), Feri Goo (15), Neles Douw and Menki Agapa, Leo Agapa, Eratinus Agapa.
Although the perpetrators could not identified yet, but based on the chronological story and the witness, John Gobay from Paniai Customary Council, Peneas Lokbere from United for Truth (BUK), and Olga Hamadi from KontraS Papua made joint statement,” At first, based on the information we received, there are allegation that the security forces were the perpetrators in the shooting incident in Ugapuga instead of unidentified persons due to the shell of bullets found on the scene.
Secondly, the Papua Police Chief and Regional Military Commander to immediately clarify who’s the bullet’s shells’ owner and the bullets with code number PT.PIN 556 and other 37 bullet shells that were founded on the scene.
And third, based on several cases occurred in Meepago region that indicating the involvement of security forces who are still acting very repressive in facing Papuans, so we asked the police and military to pull the Mobile Brigade Unit and Special Military Team from Meepago region. (Mawel Benny/rom)
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2) Papua Legislative Council: Frans Albert Joku To Apologize to Papua Governor
Jayapura, Jubi – A councilor urged Frans Albert Joku to apologize to Papua Governor Lukas Enembe for accusing him of not being cooperative in helping the central government with a proposal for the application for five provinces to be members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
“He should make an apology to the Papua Governor soon. He’s a provocateur. He doesn’t have capacity. He does for a living on the wrong way,” Papua Legislative Council member Nasson Uti said.
“He sells the people of Papua. Koran Jubi dated 26 June reported the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O’Neil state those who could represent the Indonesian Government in MSG Summit are Papuan people and Papua and West Papua governors. It is clear. But Joku said they were not cooperative against the Central Government,” Uti told Jubi by phone on Wednesday (1/7/2015).
He further questioned who gave the mandate and legitimacy over Frans Alberth Joku to attend in MSG forum and represent Papua. “We are questioning the capacity of Alberth Joku in MSG, because none of five provinces including Papua didn’t give him a mandate. What could be an X factor made him to accuse the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe? While the MSG memberships is clear. He was whom representative, whether Indonesia or the people of Papua?” he said.
Earlier, MSG leaders expected two governors of Papua participated in the MSG Summit held in Honiara on 25 – 26 June 2015 but the two governors, Lukas Enembe and Abraham Ataruri didn’t attend the forum. According to O’Neil, they are the legitimated leader of Papua and officially elected by the people of Papua through General Election. Both governors were considered legitimated to represent the people of Papua in MSG.
Peter O’Neill earlier said MSG wanted to accommodate the West Papua as MSG member. But the representatives must be the one who’ve been elected and got the Papuan people’s mandate officially. “We want one voice in MSG for West Papua. But many groups were representing many interests. The only legitimated person to represent the people of West Papua is the elected leader and it’s the provincial governor,” O’Neill said in the forum.
He repeated his statement one day before the opening of MSG leaders meeting. He cited the meeting with the Indonesian President Joko Widodo in last May. “Indonesian President said there are five governors who represented 11 million Melanesians in Indonesia. They were elected; they are Melanesian, not Javanese. They could represent 11 million Melanesian in MSG,” O’Neill said.
When asked about the absent of two Papuan governors in Honiara, Joku said the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe wasn’t cooperative in the process applying Indonesia as associate member in MSG. Joku claimed about a delegation who represented Papua and West Papua Province attended in the forum in Honiara with Indonesian delegation. “One from Manokwari and the other one from Raja Ampat,” Joku said.
Further Joku who was the former journalist in PNG added the representatives of two Papuan provinces were not a governor, but they must have approval from the Indonesian Government. “No the governors. They must have approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and should work together with Papua Legislative Council and Papua Peeople’s Assembly,” he said.
MSG finally accepted the Indonesian application as Associate Member representing five provinces in Indonesia, namely Papua, West Papua, Maluku, North Maluku and Nusa Tenggara Timur. MSG also approved the application of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as observer representing Melanesians outside of Indonesia. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


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3) Merauke to Embark on 10,000-Hectare Farming Expansion

ayapura, Jubi – The head of Papua’s Food Crops and Horticulture Agency Samuel Siriwa revealed that Merauke will embark on a program to expand rice farming areas to 10,000 hectares.
“This year, in accordance with the letter of the cabinet secretary, central government will expand rice field to 10,000 hectares in Merauke,” he said in Jayapura on Wednesday (1/1/2015).
“This program is part of one-million hectares of rice fields in Merauke,” he continued. He said there will be many obstacles that need to be addressed by all parties.
“We will see whether it can be executed or not because it needs to be studied well. Then it also requires mapping of customary rights, “he said.
He continued, human resources is another factor that must be considered both in terms of quality and quantity which need to be improved.
“The issue of human resources should also be a concern, though aided by mechanization but still need manpower as well, so the need to increase local human resources, not through transmigration program,” he said.
“There are many people who want to farm in Merauke,” said Siriwa.
Currently, the land that has been explored in Merauke are 38 thousand hectares, there is a planted one to two times a year. And to realize the program of one million hectares, need the involvement of all stakeholders.
“We expect not only government and farmers to realize one million hectares, but also the private sector will get involved in,” he added. (*)
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4) MRP Recommendations in Accordance with Special Autonomy Law

Jayapura, Jubi – The chairman of the Papua People’s Assembly (MRP) Timothy Murib said a memo requiring candidates for regent and deputy regent to be native Papuans is in accordance with Special Autonomy Law.
“Article 2 regulates on governor and governor deputy, and article 20 (f) regulates on regent and regent deputy. It’s all regulated in Special Autonomy Law, ” Murib told reporters in Jayapura, Papua on Tuesday (30/06/2015).
According to him, during this nomination, the recommendations of the MRP were ignored, in fact it had issued a decree (SK) number 14 in 2010. Therefore, this time MRP will be more assertive.
“As an institution of culture, we recommend the leadership of political parties, candidates who want to move forward as regent and regent deputy must be Papuans because there are stipulated in the Special Autonomy Law,” he added.
He further said, Papua Elections Commission should obey the rules of the recommendations issued by MRP, since the latest Commission Regulation No. 9 of 2015 there is a chapter mentioned that there are, four areas that have such specificity like Aceh, Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Papua.
“Referring to the regulation, the commission should be able to understand the specificity in Papua and implement these recommendations,” Murib said.
Separately, the governor of Papua Luke Enembe stated that reccommendations of MRP must be accommodated, since this MRP has its own political rights.
“Give them the rights to speak back and should not be messing around. I urge non- Papuans to give support and moral responsibility and do not ever to think and try even to register to be regent or regent deputy, “he said.
He added that these rights must be maintained so the disappointment in the hearts of Papua people could be healed.
“Letters of recommendation by MRP is part of the partiality of the Papuans, because when seen from the number of Papuans is very small. I therefore support the recommendation, “ Enembe stressed. (Alexander Loen/ Tina)


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5) Papua Police Chief Admits Many Officers Avoid Duty
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Police Chief Inspector General Yotje Mende admitted that many officers in Papua are often absent from duty.
The local police offices are now taking measures to discipline their officers, he said.
“That’s why I applied an everyday trial policy. It’s meant to enforce the ethics of profession and so on. The president wants the Indonesian Police to improve their performance and provide the best services for the community. Here is the problem because there are so many officers who absent on duty,” said Mende on Wednesday (1/7/2015).
He said the officers who usually absent on duty are those who assigned in Papua Central Highland area such as Pegunungan Bintang, Lanny Jaya, Puncak Jaya and Mamberamo Tengah. “They should be at local police station instead of Jayapura. We will fix this. Discipline among police officers becomes an issue that should be addressed immediately,” he said.
Besides to reform the discipline of its members and other internal issues, the Papua Police is also attempting to optimize their power. He said the power improvement is needed for police stations in several regions, because some stations must oversee more that one regency. “Such as Jayawijaya Police Station, Paniai Police Station and Nabire Police station. Such kind of offices need more personnel,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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