Jayapura, Jubi – Violence and arrests targeting activists and those accused of being members of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) have failed to extinguish the issue of separatism, a councilor said.
A member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council for Politic, Government, Law and Human Right Affairs, Laurenzus Kadepa, said the government should adopt a humane approach instead of militarism towards the people of Papua.
He said in order to restore the people’s trust; the government must dare admit mistakes in Papua in the past, because it has become a worldwide issue. “The arrests and shootings against the activists or those accused of being OPM members have strengthened the movement for a free Papua. I speak from the humane side, not representing those who support Indonesia or a free Papua. Too many lives have been taken due to conflicts of interests,” Kadepa told Jubi by phone on Wednesday (23/9/2015).
In addition, he said, the regional authorities and Military/Police leaders should act as Statesmen. They must prioritize the public interest than personal or group interest. Do not let personal interest give a negative impact on the country. “For example, logging business and so on. It’s not possible if there are culprits involved or standing behind the logging businessmen. This is an example of personal interest, but affecting the country,” he said.
In the last mid-September, Papua legislator who also the Chairman of Coordination Forum of Indonesian Retired Military Personnel Youngsters, Yan Ayomi, said currently it is no need to talk about Free Papua. The people of Papua must think about how to attach the attention of Central Government to improve Papua through Special Autonomy funds. “Papuans must have a dream that one day they could lead this country. Now forget the thought of being ‘independence’,” Ayomi said at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – The Wamena chief prosecutor has released on bail two suspects in the Tolikara incident that took place on 17 July 2015.
The release of JW and AK, who are kept in the custody of Papua Police, was announced on Wednesday (23/9/2015) at around 17:00 Papua time and attended by the suspects’ lawyer Gustaf Kawer,
President of GIDI Dorman Wandikbo, Wamena chief prosecutor Nurcahyo, Papua Police representative and the families of both suspects.
Gustaf Kawer said the suspects were released due to several considerations, including the meeting of Regional Heads Communication Forum of Papua Province held in Papua Police Headquarters earlier this week. “It’s to suspend their detention, but the legal process is still continuing. It’s applied due to several considerations, including the community peace agreement in Tolikara to stop the conflict. Now the situation in Tolikara is conducive, so this suspension could make the situation getting better,” said Gustaf Kawer.
In the same place, Wamena State Attorney Chief, Nurcahyo, said Wamena State Attorney Office approved this suspension based on the guarantee provided by several parties. “There are guarantee from many parties. Several days ago, their lawyer sent us a written request of suspension and enclosed several documents, including the letters of guarantee from their families, religious and community leaders,” Nurcahyo said.
In addition, he said, their lawyers also attached the result of reconciliation meeting and peace agreement between both parties, the statement of victims of various ethnics including Toraja, Java and local community, as well as the letter from Forkopimda Province Papua signed by Papua Governor, Papua Police Chief, Papua People’s Assembly, Papua Legislative Council and other parties. “However, the legal process is not terminated. It’s only to transfer the status of police’s detention to city’s detention. They are not allowed to go out from Tolikara. This suspension has another consideration. It is applied until 7 October, and need to extend after that,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
Sorong, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Sorong, West Papua Province, thanked the Pacific countries for supporting Papua on self-determination.
KNPB conducted a prayer as a token of appreciation for those who support Papua in the Pacific Islands Forum in the early of September 2015. KNPB Sorong Raya spokesperson, Gusti Prabu, said this appreciation is to support the West Papua struggle for independence voiced by KNPB.
“We highly appreciate the Pacific leaders to guard and support the Papua issue,” he told Jubi in Sorong, Tuesday (22/9/2015).
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Sorong Raya Parliament, Yulius Wondiwoy, said the recommendation of Melanisian Spearhead Group (MSG) in PIF plenary in Vanuatu at early September has resulted three key decisions, including human right violation on the land of Papua must be thoroughly settled. “We hope it is a good step to determine the fate of Papuans,” said Wondiwoy. (Niko MB/rom)
Sorong, Jubi – Many elementary school students (SD) in Sorong, West Papua, are unable to speak Indonesian, Sorong Regent Dr. Dors. Stepanus Malak.
Malak said during a visit to Sailala village, East Sayosa District that there were no teachers in some schools in Sorong and facilities were poor . “I was shocked with this condition. I will follow up with the related authorities. And for those teachers who do not do their duties, should be given strict punishments, “ Malak said told Jubi in Sorong on Thursday (24/9/2015).
The regent said he would soon discuss the matter with the education department in order to find solutions to those problems. If he finds any teacher does not want to teach, then he as regent will not hesitate to take action.
Education observer in Sorong Raya, Klois Yable deplored the conditions that occur in Sorong. “These teachers are very irresponsible, got paid but do not do their duties well,”he added. (Niko MB)
Semarang, Jubi – The deputy chairman of the Advisory Council of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI MP), Rev. Karel Phil Erari, said that the presence of church is above politics.
He was speaking in response to a statement by the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan that reminded church leaders to not incorporate political ambitions into the church. “The role of church is not for politics. The Church is an extension of the hand of God and must bring unity upright and intact to his people so that the congregation be a beacon of development anywhere throughout Indonesia,” said Luhut, when opening the 33 Synod Christian Gospel Church in Timor (GMIT), in Tii Langga, East Nusa Tenggara on Sunday (09/20/2015), which quoted from the website indonesia.ucanews.com on Thursday (24/9/2015).
He hoped GMIT to be able to play a unifying role as well as to educate the church congregation. “I hope the Synod of GMIT should be able to put forward this agenda and GMIT Synod should have color, so that pastors can educate the community and not just preach,” he added.
In response, Rev. Erari said the church is not to be practical politics, but it must be critical of unfair politics. “The church is above politics. If the government is not fair in its policies, then the church must remind the government. It should be said by the church in Papua, “he said.
Furthermore, Rev. Erari also told the pastors that joined practical politics have one reason, looking for power and money and not to be salt and light in the world. “You may share it to anyone or any minister in Papua,” he said. (Arnold Belau/ Tina)