Tuesday, August 4, 2015


2) Government Uses Diplomatic Efforts to Approach OPM
3) Indonesia Must Change Its Approach to Papua
4) Villagers Suffer from Diarrhea Due to Contaminated Water
5) Papuans Express Condolences on Death of Former Vanuatu Prime Minister
6) Tanah Merah Bay Maritime Festival Celebrates Papuan Diversity

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua’s Department of Education and Culture in will send teachers and principals to participate in management training at the University of the Sunshine Coast of Australia.
“This year there will definitely be teachers and principals who will take training management in Australia,” head of Education and Culture Department, Elias Wonda said in Jayapura on last week.
He said the program is designed to meet the demands of high schools or vocational schools in each regency/city.
“Teachers and principals will be sent gradually. The first cohort will be 30 people,” he added.
He said before going to Australia, the teachers must take English lessons.
“This program is a partnership with University of the Sunshine Coast of Australia and this program has been run from 2014 and will end in 2016, “he said.
He added that this cooperation is designed to strengthen the capacity of elementary teachers in five regions including Jayapura, Mimika, Wamena and Merauke regions.
“The training will be conducted twice and will be participated by 100 and 60 teachers for each, “said Wonda.
Earlier, the Rector of the University of the Sunshine Coast of Australia, Greg Hill said University of Sunshine Coast focused on education because it is believed that education could bring progress and change particularly more emphasis on the development of the younger generation.
Continued, University of the Sunshine Coast has brought many changes and it believes Cendrawasih University in Papua could do the same thing for its regions.
“What we do is more emphasis on the quality of education in order eradicate illiterates. To that end, we hope the children will have a better ducation in order to bring changes for Papua and their families, “said Greg Hill. (Alexander Loen/Tina)

2) Government Uses Diplomatic Efforts to Approach OPM

Jakarta, Jubi – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno said the government is adopting a persuasive approach to deal with Free Papua Movement (OPM).
“The government put forward a persuasive approach within the framework of development and welfare in order to deal with OPM, “said Tedjo, during a discussion entitled “Vote for Papua”  in Jakarta on last week.
He said Indonesian authorities in Papua were actually exploring diplomatic efforts with groups who are seeking independence for Papua.
“There are representative of Kemenkopolhukam and the Intelligence Agency State in Papua,” he said.
In addition, President Joko Widodo has also urged for fighters hiding in the jungle and mountains in Papua to come out and join the government.
“The president always encourages them to jointly develop Papua. However, it can not be forced upon them,” he said.
The government will always give space to Papuans who want to come and express their opinions, he said.
He said government welfare programs include national granary in Merauke, infrastructure, road construction, and plans to build a cement plant in Papua.
Discussion on “Vote for Papua” was also attended by the Minister of Transportation Indonesia 2009-2011 period, Freddy Numberi and Indonesian Ambassador for the Philippines and former Military Commander VII / Trikora or now known as the Military Command XVII / Cendrawasih Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Johny Lumintang. (*/Tina)

3) Indonesia Must Change Its Approach to Papua
Jayapura, Jubi –  The Coordinator for Legal, Politics, Human Rights and Foreign Affairs of the Papua Legislative Council, Laurenzus Kadepa said he was opposed to the Papua Police’s plan to summons three priests to be questioned as witnesses following the incident at Tolikara.
Kadepa said the government should change its policies with regards to issues in Papua.
‘This is the time whereas the state must change its policies on development and approach to Papua. A policy that gives more priority to the principles of humanity is the one that’s been desired by Papuans,” Kadepa told Jubi through short message on Sunday afternoon (2/8/2015).
According to him, the people of Papua do not trust the Country anymore for many Papuans were killed for being accused as Intruder Movement, Armed Criminal Group, or Free Papua Movement and so on.
“Until now Papuans are still being treated unjustly. They are still stigmatized with various allegations; get wrong accused, being arrested without legal procedure, accused for the increase of crime. The declaration of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia or Death  in Papua would be failed if the humanity crisis in Papua is continuing to increase,” he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the Commission I of Papua Legislative Council, Orwan Tolli Wone said he’s afraid if the summon over these religious leaders would raise a polemic among Tolikara community.
“I don’t agree if the Papua Police will call and question the president and other GIDI leaders. Do not make the local people to have another perception and give unexpected reaction. Do not let it become a polemic. Why are they being questioned but the shooting perpetrators are not. What is it mean?” Orwan Tollik Wone said at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
4) Villagers Suffer from Diarrhea Due to Contaminated Water
Wamena, Jubi – Hailstorms that occurred in Lanny Jaya regency last month caused failure of crops, a shortage of food and water pollution, an official said.
Regional Secretary of Lanny Jaya, Christian Sohilait,  explained that villlagers of Mume had stomach problems after drinking water from the river.
“Villagers suffer from diarrhea from using unclean water from the river, “Sohilait said in Wamena on last week.
Therefore, local government is scheduling to get a sample from the location for further investigation.
“Right now we’re trying to take water samples from the site and take them to a laboratory in Jayapura. Yet because of limited time, we found difficulty to get sample, “he added
According to one of residents in Kuyawage the contaminated water should have not been consumed by villagers because when there is a mixture of oil in the water.
Currently Lanny Jaya government is sending doctors to Kuyawage, and gallons of water by using two aircraft flight for the villagers.
” Based on the latest data recorded that as many as 115 people in Goa Balim had diarrhea and 70 villagers in Mume, Kuyawage. We’ll find out why water can be contaminated, “Sohilait said. (Islami/Tina)
5) Papuans Express Condolences on Death of Former Vanuatu Prime Minister
Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) expressed condolences over the death of former Vanuatu Prime Minister Edward Natapei.  
The people of Papua held traditional mourning ritual at Maria’s cave in Buper Waena, Jayapura City on Saturday (1/8/2015) to express their sorrow over Natapei’s passing.
“People of Papua today showed the mourn on their way. We should express it to people of Vanuatu,” the Secretary of Republic Federal of West Papua (NRFPB) Markus Haluk said.
Spokesperson of West Papua National Parliament, Simeon Alua similarly said the people of Papua should express deep condolence over the former Vanuatu leader due to his merit towards political movement in Papua.
“I express my condolence. He deserved a respect. He has also struggled for the fate of our nation until he died. He should get respect. He had fight for our nation abroad,” he said. (Mawel Benny/rom)


TUESDAY, 04 AUGUST, 2015 | 21:00 WIB
6) Tanah Merah Bay Maritime Festival Celebrates Papuan Diversity
TEMPO.COJakarta - Jayapura Regency's Administration will hold the inaugural Teluk Tanah Merah Maritime Festival between Octber 24-26, 2015. The Festival, which aims to promote the beauty of the coastal region, is designed to entice travellers into the region that has so far been overshadowed by Lake Sentani - the region's premier tourist destination. The event is set to be held annually - along with Lake Sentani Festival, which has been held every year since 2008. The festivities will be focused on Amai Beach, in Depapre District, where a variety of activities will be held, such as a diving competition, underwater photography competition, traditional boating competition, as well as a traditional dance festival that showcases dances native to the coastal region. 

The Regent of Jayapura, Mathius Awoitauw, said that the festival aims to promote the natural and cultural diversity of the region by establishing it as a tourist destination. "As such, the local economy could grow because local residents could capitalise on their customs - which provides an incentive to preserve local customs and traditions," he said. Mathius added that the residents of the coastal area have customs that vary quite significantly compared to the customs of locals residing around Lake Sentani - which could be used as a selling point to attract tourists from all around the region. "Through this festival, we aim to showcase this diversity - both its' natural diversity, as well as its' cultural diversity," he said. In addition to Amai Beach, tourists could also explore the turquoise waters of Harlem Beach, which is known for its' sandy beach, accessible coral gardens mere metres from the break, as well as a fresh water pool some seven metres from the beach. Formed hundreds of years ago - the pool is a sanctuary for several species of fish, which cannot be found on the beach's salty waters. 
Tablamusu Beach is also a gem that could be explored. Its' black corals emit a sound dissimilar to a cry of despair when stepped on; because of which, the nearby village is known as the Wailing Rock Village. History is also a selling point - it was on Tanah Merah Bay when the American fleet led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur first stepped foot on Papuan soil during World War II. The evidence of this encounter could still be seen - abandoned fuel tanks, cannons, shipwrecks, and bunkers litter the area, reminiscent of a time that has long since passed. The festival will be closed by a Bible ceremony on the Island of Metu Debi, where a dance - that tells the story of when the locals first began to embrace Christianity - will be performed. There are so much more to Papua than Lake Sentani - and the Tanah Merah Bay Maritime Festival, is a perfect starting point, to celebrate and explore the diversity of Papua.

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