JAYAPURA, JUBI – PAPUA POLITICAL PRISONER FILEP KARMA SAID HE WOULD NEVER TAKE AN OFFER OF PARDON AS A CONDITION FOR HIS RELEASE AND INSTEAD DEMANDED AMNESTY OR ABOLITION.
“I’ll turn it down. From my point of view the content of the letter of pardon indicates the State has no good intention in solving the problems in Papua thoroughly,” said Karma to reporters at Abepura Prison, Jayapura City, Papua on Monday (17/8/2015).
He stated if the Indonesian Government wants to resolve the Papua issues, it must release all political prisoners instead of only him, and rehabilitate their names and abolish the wanted list and sit together with Papuans. “Let’s talk politics as an adult. Let’s conduct dialogue with Papuans who want freedom, not with the Local Government instead,” he said.
He said the government has no good intention of releasing him; moreover the pardon would only turn his status as a political prisoner to criminal. He said he’s not a criminal but a Free Papua political prisoner.
Therefore, if the government thinks it does the right thing by granting him a pardon, he would never step out of prison on that way.
If the government forces him to get out, he said it has authority to do that. “I was imprisoned by force, so if they want to force me out, that’s their authority. I will not voluntarily get out from here,” he said.
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said this rejection is the right of Filep Karma. He has a right to refuse or accept the pardon. “It’s his right as citizen. He has right to make that statement,” Enembe said after leading a ceremony of remission granting at Abepura Prison on Monday (17/8/2015). (Mawel Benny/rom)
Patani/Thailand, Jubi – Alawi, a resident in southern Thailand, is familiar with the reputation of US-owned gold company PT. Freeport McMoRan in Papua as his final course work while he was a student in Indonesia was about the firm.
Alawi, from Bendang Sta, Yala province, said even though he had never been to Papua, he understands that PT. Freeport has exploited Papua natural resources for decades without caring for local communities. “I know a little bit about Freeport, including how its behavior of not caring for Papuan indigenous people or in a sort way doing imperialism. So, is Freeport still operating in Papua?” Alawi said in conversation with Jubi at Bendang Sta, Patani, on Monday (17/8/2015).
Alawi who is graduated in 1996 from Universitas Pasundan, Bandung West Java, majoring International relations said he did his final research on PT. Freeport for his final study at university. That’s why he had a lot of information about this American gold company. “At that time, I get a lot of data from Freeport Company Office in Jakarta. Not like most of my friends, I can get the data about PT. Freeport easily because I am not Indonesian Citizen, and I took the letter from the Thailand Embassy,” he said. From his research, he found out how Freeport exploits the natural resources in Papua, but it not give profit to Papuans. “At that time, Freeport said it just exploited the copper, but the reality is it has mined the gold too,” he said.
According to him, he came to the Freeport Headquarters in Jakarta for several times when doing a research. He never thought that the Freeport’s staffs are foreign citizens. “When I came to Freeport Office in Jakarta, I was surprised to find out many foreign citizens who work there. The office seems not located in Indonesia. No Papuans there though from the mining production Freeport could finance and pay the salary of State’s employees,” he said.
Lately, the Freeport issue becomes a public focus in regards to the plan of contract extension in Papua. Papua Government and Papua Parliament convicted PT. Freeport management for only involving the Central Government into discussion of the extension of contract of work. “Freeport was doing operation in Papua, but never involving the Papua Provincial Government into discussion of the extension of contract of work. During its operation in Papua, Freeport did not give impact towards the welfare of Papua indigenous people,” Chairman of Papua Legislative Council Yunus Wonda said in one occasion. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – Seven of 54 passengers of Trigana Air Service flight number IL 267 were not listed on the flight manifest, said an official at Jasaraharja Mobile Service Abitnego Kudiai.
The plane crashed while flying around Obibak Sub-district. The 49 passengers consisted of 44 adults, 2 babies and 3 infants. “Three passengers are not listed in the manifest but using someone else’s name, that are Teguh, office post employee who replaced Dewa, John Gasperz who replaced Petrus Tekege and Yana who replaced Yunus,” Abitnego told Jubi on Monday (17/8/2015) in Sentani.
Meanwhile four passengers were not registered were Tinius Dipnur, Obet Trukna, Elipas Urbanim and Lukas Uropmabin.
He also said families and relatives of 32 victims have reported to his office. “Those who match with the manifest are 32, while there are 7 victims’ family have made the report,” he said.
When asked if the unlisted names could get insurance claim from Jasa Raharja, he said,” Jasa Rahaja will pay the claim but we need to go through the appropriate payment process according to the result of identification by Disaster Victim Identification (DVI). Jasa Raharja will give Rp 50 million as compensation to each victim,” said Kudiai. (Roy Ratumakin/rom)