Sunday, August 30, 2015

1) Timika shooting victims buried on Sunday

2) Komnas HAM to investigate  Timika shooting incident - 
3) Alumni expected to play  greater roles in RI, Australia  relations - 
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1) Timika shooting victims  buried on Sunday
Nethy Dharma Somba, thejakartapost.com, Jayapura | Archipelago | Sun, August 30 2015, 9:00 PM -
Two civilians from the Kamoro tribe, Herman Mairimau and Yulianus Okoware, who were allegedly shot by soldiers, have been buried in public cemetery TPU SP-4 Timika after a Requiem Mass led by Catholic priest Amandus Rahaded Pr at St. Fransiskus Koprapoka Church in Timika, Mimika, Papua, on Sunday.
Police and military officials, including Military Resort Command (Danrem) 174/AWT commander Brig. Gen. Supartodi, Papua Police Monitoring Inspectorate chief Sr. Comr. Petrus Waine, Regional Military Command (Kodam) XVII/Cendrawasih deputy commander Lt. Col. Ayub Akbar, Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Yustanto Mujiharso, Military District Command (Dandim) 1710/Mimika commander Lt. Col. Andi Koswara and the Mimika administration’s regional secretary, Ausilius You, attended the burial.
“The Mass ran smoothly and safely. The burial procession also ran peacefully. The victims’ families urged security authorities to bring the alleged perpetrators to justice in line with prevailing laws,” Santon Tekege of the Timika Diocese told thejakartapost. com on Sunday.
Danrem 174 commander Supartodi said the Army had covered all burial costs. It is also covering the medical costs of those injured in the incident, he added.
Timika Bishop John Saklil condemned the shooting of the civilians.
“The Catholic church condemns all violent acts, especially those resulting in fatalities. There is no justification for such violent acts because any incident that leads to a loss of life, especially those involving representatives of state institutions, must be brought to justice,” John said in a press statement.
The two civilians were reportedly shot dead by two soldiers, Chief Pvt. Makher and First Pvt. Ashar, who were intoxicated when they arrived at a party held by the Kamoro tribe early on Friday. The party was being held to honor Leonardus Tumuka, a Kamoro tribesman, who obtained a doctorate degree from a Philippine university.
Kodam XVII/Cendrawasih commander Maj. Gen. Hinsa Siburian apologized to the families of the victims, the Kamoro and all Timika residents for the incident. 
“[. . . ] there will be legal procedures against the perpetrators. Military tribunals will be organized to hear the charges against the perpetrators,” said Hinsa. (ebf)
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2) Komnas HAM to investigate  Timika shooting incident - 
thejakartapost.com, Jakarta | National | Sun, August 30 2015, 6:28 PM - 
A National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) team is scheduled to visit Timika, Papua, in the beginning of September to investigate into a shooting incident allegedly perpetrated by military personnel on Friday that killed two Kamoro ethnic group members.
Komnas HAM commissioner Natalius Pigai said the commission deplored the case, one of a great number in which innocent civilians were killed in attacks by security personnel in the province.
“We are scheduled to arrive in Timika in the beginning of September to investigate the case,” he said as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Sunday.
Natalius said the shooting incident, which killed Emanuel Mairimau, 23, and Yulianus Okoare, 18, and injured a number of Kamoro ethnic group people in the Koperapoka Catholic Church complex, showed that security officers in Papua continued to use military approaches.
“We condemn the incident. Military approaches to solve the problems facing Papuans and the use of state institutions to kill people could not be justified,” said Natalius.
The commissioner further questioned President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s commitments to immediately resolve human rights violations that continued to occur in Papua. He said President Jokowi’s recent visits to Papua were mostly aimed at inaugurating projects in the area.
“We never heard that President Jokowi expressed his strong commitments, which were followed by concrete policies, to resolve root problems in Papua. In fact, Papuan people have long waited for such commitments so that security attacks that have killed civilians in Papua will not occur again in the future,” said Natalius.
He went on to say that the Timika shooting incident on Friday was a tough challenge for the two newly appointed Indonesian Military and National Police leaders in Papua, namely Papua Police chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw and the commander of Regional Military Command (Kodam) XVII/Cendrawasih, Maj. Gen. Hinsa Siburian, to resolve the case fairly and honestly. 
“Initially, we really hoped that the two new TNI and Polri leaders could apply better approaches to the Papuan people. Moreover, Paulus is a Papuan while Hinsa has long been assigned in Papua. Unfortunately, such a horrible case had occurred in the beginning of their new duties,” said Natalius. (ebf)


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3) Alumni expected to play  greater roles in RI, Australia  relations - 
Bambang Muryanto, thejakartapost.com, Yogyakarta | World | Sun, August 30 2015, 8:54 PM 

Alumni of the Australian Consortium for “In-Country” Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) should be able to play greater roles in easing political tension between Indonesia and Australia when bilateral relations of the two countries heat up, an expert has said.
“They can participate in calming down the political tensions by using simple measures, such as writing letters to the editor in news media companies,” ACICIS director David T. Hill told journalists in Yogyakarta on Friday.
The ACICIS is an Australian education consortium that aims to help students from Australia and other countries gain entry to universities in Indonesia. The organization is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding a string of activities in Yogyakarta from Aug. 28 to 30 and in Canberra on Oct.13.
“Established 20 years ago, the number of ACICIS alumni has reached around 2,000 people,” said Hill, an Australian academic and noted expert on Indonesia.
He said ACICIS alumni cultures worked in key positions in various important institutions, such as in departments of the Australian government and in the Australian Embassy in Indonesia. Many of them had worked as academics at various universities and had become experts in business institutions. Those who understood Indonesian culture could give important input to increase mutual understanding between Indonesia and Australia.
“Many officials in Indonesia, such as former vice president Budiono, former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa and Ibu Mari Elka Pangestu [former trade minister], are alumni of universities in Australia who can help strengthen relationships between the two countries,” said Hill.
Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Australia have at times heated up due to certain political reasons. The last major flare up was when Indonesia executed two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, in April for drug trafficking.
ACICIS resident director Elena Williams said the organization was developing new programs in the field of agriculture, health and art for Australian students who wished to pursue their studies in Indonesia.
The ACICIS has 22 university members in Australia and two international members from the Netherlands and the UK. This year ACICIS is growing stronger thanks to support from the New Colombo Plan, an Australian government initiative that aims to increase Australians’ knowledge of Indo-Pacific issues by funding Australian students wanting to study in the region. (ebf)

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