Wednesday, August 26, 2015

1) Not All Papuan Kids Enjoy their Childhood

2) Pastor Neles Tebay: Papua Cannot Be Built Through Violence
3) Family Ask Police to Return General Yogi’s Body
4) We Agree to Achieve Peace Through Customary Law, Ustad Ali Muhktar Says
5) Don’t Just Give Comments, Emus Gwijangge Says
6) Papua to Host Women Conference
7) Thailand Local Media, Wartani Wants to be Like Jubi
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1) Not All Papuan Kids Enjoy their Childhood
 

                                                                  Children in West Papua – Jubi
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said not all Papuan children in rural and coastal areas spend their childhood as they should.
“There are many children who work hard to help parents in order to sustain life and do not have a chance to play and develop themselves because of the limitations,” Enembe said in Jayapura on Monday (24/08/2015).
Therefore, according to Enembe this should be a concern to all parties to and spur efforts to increase welfare both in the city and in the villages of Papua.
Hence, the government of Papua province has programmed the construction of the philosophy of building from the village to the city.
“It is devoted to build the character of children in the village in order to develop Papuan children to be healthy, have intelligent faith and morals,” he said.
Earlier, Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise has submitted 31 indicators of child-friendly city to the Governor of Papua.
“31 indicators of child-friendly cities have been submitted to the governor,” said Yohana Yembise.
According to her, to be a child-friendly city, Papua must be free of violence, violence against children and the household.
“Violence to children and domestic violence are quite high in Papua. To that end, the government should pay attention “he said. (Alexander Loen/ Tina)

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2) Pastor Neles Tebay: Papua Cannot Be Built Through Violence
Jayapura, Jubi – A better future for Papua should be built through constructive communication to avoid conflicts, said the Chairman of Peace Papua Network (JPD) Pater Neles Tebay.
“Today’s discussion reminds us that Papuans could not be built upon the violence, but communication could involved many parties in the efforts to manage the future of Papua,” Tebay said at a public discussion held by the Indonesian Journalism Network (IJN) at Grand Abe Hotel in Monday (24/8/2015).
“I emphasize the need for discussions between Papuans to collectively build understanding to develop the better future of Papua,” he said.
Therefore, according to him, if the outsiders are coming and asking, Papuans could explain what is the meaning of Papua Land of Peace according to Papuans. “Today, we want build Papua as Land of Peace but we who are living in Papua have not similar understanding about what it is, therefore a discussion is needed to determine its indicator,” he said.
Tebay further added there are many factors that slow down the turning process of Papua to become the land of peace. He asked Papuans to identify the problem together, so that the problems could be accommodated and it becomes the common problems of Papuans.
“All of us in Papua have a problem. Therefore, through a discussion we could resolve the problem in order to achieve Papua the Land of Peace. We are not forcing the government or president to create Papua as the Land of Peace, but it’s us who should do it. For whatever our background, religion or ethnic is, those who live in Papua should be involved in the efforts to materialize better future of Papua as the Land of Peace.
In order to materialize Papua as the Land of Peace through constructive communication, he recommended two options. First, the Central Government through the Coordinating Ministry of Politic, Law and Human Rights need to formulate a team consisting of three people who are responsible to build communication with all related stakeholders and to manage the feasible mechanism.
“These three people are not indigenous Papuans but they are trusted by the People of Papua, support the constructive communication and officially assigned by the President,” he said.
Secondly, the Local Government at provincial, regional and municipal levels of Papua and West Papua provinces should be actively involved. The Coordinating Minister of Politic, Law and Human Rights need to invite all governors, regents and mayors of Papua to discuss about the role of Local Government to support Papua as the Land of Peace.
“With endorsement from the Central Government, the Local Government could facilitate meetings such as seminar and workshop at the entire regencies/municipalities, to discuss about the indicators of Papua the Land of Peace, to identify any problems that prohibit the process of peace in Papua, and to offer some concrete and measured solutions. These meetings should be involved both indigenous people and Non-Papua associations, therefore they could sit together in materializing Papua to become the Land of Peace,” said Neles Tebay.

He further said the methodology of constructive communication need to be considered and prepared carefully. “We knew without proper methodology, a communication –even it was admitted as constructive communication—would never produce a constructive result for relevant stakeholders. Sometimes we are tempted not to account the lack of appropriate methodology, either because it requires a long time or for pursuing the results. Therefore, it should be stressed once again that the constructive result would be obtained through a methodology of constructive communication,” said Tebay. (Roy Ratumakin/rom)
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3) Family Ask Police to Return General Yogi’s Body

 
Jayapura, Jubi – Family of a Papuan rebel leader, Leonardus Magai Yogi, urged the police to show his tomb after he was killed in Nabire.
Yogi, commander of the National Liberation Army – Free Papua Movement (TPN-OPM) Division II of Paniai Region, was shot dead at Sanoba Vilalge, Nabire Regency, Papua on Thursday (30/4/2015).
“From the beginning, we have asked them (the police) if he was shot and dead please return his body to the family, but they didn’t do it,” Damianus Magai Yogi told Jubi by phone on Sunday (23/8/2015).
He said as a human, if he was killed, his body should be return to his family. “But they acted as if he was their family. It really made me upset. They supposed to think humanly,” he said,
He denied the police asked the family to take the Yogi’s body at Nabire Hospital. According to him the police never contacted the family whether by phone or mediator.
“If we came to the hospital, we might be shot by the police as we are the family of the general of TPN/OPM. So, I just recognized he (Leonardus) was shot dead at Sanoba and still alive when taken to the hospital. Well, when arrived in the hospital he was killed. And his body was taken away from the hospital at night without knowing the location where they buried or dumped or burned him. I don’t know,” he said.
According to him the police has turned down the fact. It does not make sense if they shot him and then buried him.
“What rule they refer to? Leo was shot dead and brought to mortuary with two people while the security forces guarded from the entrance to the road in front of the hospital. If he was just shot on foot, how could he possibly died?” he said.
Despite to his tomb, the family also questioned about two others, namely Yulian Nawipa and Marchel Muyapa (driver) who’ve also been shot in the shooting incident.
“We also had no information about the other two. We don’t know where they are until now,” Soleman Yogi said. He further said Marcel Muyapa is taxi driver of Nabire, Dogiyai, Deiyai and Paniai route. He said the police must convey their presence to their family or relevant NGOs. (Abeth You/rom)


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4) We Agree to Achieve Peace Through Customary Law, Ustad Ali Muhktar Says

 
Jayapura, Jubi – Tolikara Muslim leader Ali Mukhtar urged the Papua Police to respect a joint agreement to resolve the Tolikara conflict through customary laws and to stop the questioning of GIDI leaders by police.
“We have agreed to solve our problem through customary laws. As an ustad (Muslim religious teacher) in Tolikara, I am consistent with seven points of peace agreement signed on 29 July 2015. I am asking the police to be wise in solving this issue, forcing is possibly raising another problem. Tolikara incident wasn’t an interfaith conflict,” Ustad Ali Muhktar told Jubi in Jayapura on Sunday (23/8/2015).
He further said if the police still insist and ignore the reality facing by Tolikara residents, therefore the anxiety among local residents would keep on going.
“Please release our brothers who are still detained. I hope the police do not hamper our journey of togetherness and freedom for decades in Tolikara. I have been ustad in Tolikara for eleven years; that local people called me ‘Islam priest’. It’s an evidence of their sincere, honest and closeness over me,” he said.
“If the police take a wrong direction and ignore the reality of Tolikara people, it could raise the anxiety among both Muslims and our community in Tolikara. Many media spread wrong information without referring on factual data. I have conveyed the truth about Tolikara when met with the Vice President Jusuf Kala on 15 August 2015 in Jakarta,” he said.
He further said in the meeting, he and the Chairman of Nadhatul Ulama (NU) Region Papua, Dr. Toni Wanggai, asked the government and all parties to respect and accept the peace agreement signed by both sides.
“I ask all parties to give a respect on the agreement. Our goal is to achieve a safety live, free to worship, free to interact with local people like it was, and to immediately create the harmony and peace among us. It could only be achieved through customary law,” he said.
Dr. Toni Wanggai similarly said the peace agreement of both parties that facilitated by Interfaith Forum in Jayapura by this time is representative. “This joint agreement facilitated by FKUB on 29 July 2015 has represented both Christian and Muslim communities. It is legitimate and unquestionable,” said Wanggai.
Meanwhile, three GIDI leaders of Tolikara region –the Rev. Nayus Wonra, Rev. Marthen Jingga and Rec. Yakop Jikwa—have been questioned as witnesses by Papua Police investigators on Saturday (22/8/2015).
Papua Police Chief Brigadier General Paulus Waterpauw in Papua Leaders Communication Forum with religious institution leaders held in Papua Governor Office on Friday (21/8/2015) said the police would continue working in accordance with a mechanism of promoting the process of positive law.
“Indonesian Police Chief always reminds me that for the case of Tolikara, we should be careful. In Tolikara, in Papua, we are family. Now we are safe. But out of Papua, there’s still a strong reaction over the victims of this incident,” Papua Police Chief said.
“We are only State’s instruments, who want providing answer to the law. But the one who could decide whether it’s right or wrong is the Judge.” he added. (Yuliana Lantipo/rom)
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5) Don’t Just Give Comments, Emus Gwijangge Says
 

Jayapura, Jubi – A member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council on Political, Legal, and Human Rights, Emus Gwijangge challenged Adriana Elizabeth, an expert from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), to provide evidence for her statement about leakages in development funds in Papua, which she said had undermined the welfare of Papuans’ lives.
“LIPI should not just comment. It must provide the evidence. They must know the geographical conditions in Papua. Do not report it without any evidence, “he said on Monday (24/08/2015).
Papua condition is different to other regions in Indonesia. If LIPI suspected that there is a misuse of funds, LIPI has to provide the year of the budget used. Do not just throw this opinion to the public, he said.
“If there is political interest in Papua to drop the Governor of Papua in 2018, now is not the time. Do not disturb the clean and respectable government for this, “he said.
He said the funds from the Central Government to Papua province are now being used according to the mechanism, and the existing rules. Jakarta parties do not just throw the issue regarding Papua.
While other members of the DPRP, Nathan Pahabol said the condition of Papua with other regions in Indonesia is different, both in terms of geography, and society.
“The funding of Rp 30 trillion is not enough. To build infrastructure in Papua, the price of building materials two or even three times in the office “said Nathan.
According to him, the success of development in Papua can not only be seen in one area alone
“Why do I say false, because shop, shopping malls and stores – stores in Jayapura City and its contents do not belong to the Papuan people, but people outside Papua. Papua build takes practice, not by commenting in the media, “he said. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)
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6) Papua to Host Women Conference

 
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Province will play host to the National Women conference which will take place from 19 to October 21, 2015.
The meeting will be attended by representatives of women from all provinces and regencies in Indonesia, and is expected to be opened by President Joko Widodo.
“Governor Lukas Enembe agreed and is ready to host a conference of the National women,” minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise said after meeting with governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe, Friday (21/08/2015).
Yohana said she would send a letter to the Government of Papua Province to soon form a working committee.
“So, we, the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection will cooperate with the Papua provincial administration for conference, so it can run smoothly and successfully,” she added.
According to her, the conference will also be attended by observers of women, NGOs, heads of agencies and related departments. It is estimated approximately one thousand women from all over Indonesia will be attending the conference.
“I will talk with President Joko Widodo to open this event ,” she said. (Alexander Loen/ Tina)
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7) Thailand Local Media, Wartani Wants to be Like Jubi
 

Jayapura, Jubi – Journalists at Wartani, a local media in Patani, Thailand, said they wanted to have a media outlet that represents the voice of the Patani people without fear of government oppression.
Jubi and Wartani reporters shared their experiences in managing media outlets during a week-long visit to southern Thailand.
Wartani was founded by a group of young Patani people in 2012 and established to compensate for the local media, especially in Bangkok, capital of Thailand that do not stand for the rights of Patani people and tend to accommodate the interests of the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand.
“We want to be like Jubi. When reading Jubi’s news, it spoke out for the public. Although the news is against the government. In the present era, the media becomes a business. There are many ways used by the media to exist, but Jubi is brave against the stream,” said one of the crew Wartani, Rusman when talking with Jubi in Patani, Thailand, three days ago.
“Wartani will do its best to work professional and earn trust of the Patani and the international community. We need to learn from the Jubi, “he said.
He said, Wartani is now trying to become a professional media, although it is not easy.
One of Wartani founders, Zahri bin Ishak said, Wartani is now designing a variety of program until 2020 such as training in publishing newspaper and media television. Another Wartani founder, Sabri Mohamad Yusoff said Wartani was formed at the end of 2012, together with the movement of Patani student resistance, and the growth of various civil societies organizations since Malay Patani people’s rights are deprived byThai government.
“Wartani is trying to be professional media, but rather to accommodate the voice of the community, and fight for rights and justice for Patani who are oppressed by government. Media in Bangkok more often take the news material from the government. Through a press release, the government spreads its opinion to the print and electronic media. Wartani presents as a counterweight, offsetting the news media, “said Sobri. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)
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