Wednesday, November 25, 2015

1) Freeport Shut Down and Referendum Execution :


4) Churches and citizens in  Papua reject circumcision -
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General Chairman of the Central West Papua National Committee, Victor Yeimo – Jubi


Victor Mambor Nov 24, 2015
Nabire, Jubi – General Chairman of the Central West Papua National Committee, Victor Yeimo, urged Indonesia and the United States to withdraw from Papua. 
“To Indonesian colonialists and American imperialists, we are Papuans, the nation you’ve occupied and robbed, we convey that we are surprised, disgusted and sick of watching you act like wild animals living in our garden,” Yeimo said on Monday (23/11/2015).
He said the dispute over PT. Freeport Indonesia’s contract extension demonstrates the colonialistic and imperialistic tendencies of the two countries.
No better future is in sight for Papuans under Indonesian rule, he said.
“We only ask for the right of self-determination that have been sabotaged in 1969 by the United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia for the presence of Freeport McMoRand in West Papua territorial in 1967,” he said.
He claimed that Freeport was the main reason behind the implementation of Act of Free Choice in 1969  that certainly has violated international law and human rights principles. Therefore, he will keep asking PT. FI to be terminated and exit from Papua.
“Therefore we ask Freeport to stop operating in West Papua until the completion of the political status of West Papua thoroughly, democratically and peacefully according to the appropriated universal principles through referendum,” he said.
He also condemned a number of elites and culprits who talk on behalf of Papua nation to get involved in the political and economic compromise with Indonesia and the United States. “Because, everything related to politic and economy partnership in West Papua territorial is fully in the hands of KNPB as mediator of West Papua’s struggle to fight for their self-determination,” he said.
Earlier, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe claimed the provincial government had never been involved by the central government concerning to contract extension of PT. Freeport Indonesia located in Mimika Regency.
“So, if Freeport or other parties said they have involved the government, what government? Because the Papua Provincial Government is the representative of the central government at regional level,” he said in Jayapura on Monday (16/11/2015). (Abeth You/rom)

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Victor Mambor Nov 24, 2015
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua legislator Laurenzus Kandepa said House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto has tarnished the reputation of the legislature because his alleged attempt to extort Freeport Indonesia over contract extension negotiations, but the mining compnay is no better. 
“Freeport is worst than Novanto who used the president and vice-president’s names concerning to the contract extension with PT. Freeport,” Kadepa said.
“All this time Freeport has never respected the land tenure owners. What it has given to the seven tribes is not comparable to local natural resources it took,” Kadepa told Jubi by phone on Monday (23/11/2015).
According to him, Freeport ignored the voices of the Papuan people, the landowners and local government in Papua.
“Freeport accommodates only the interest of Jakarta while it’s located in Papua. It’s certainly not right,” he said.
Even so, he agreed if Setya Novanto to be prosecuted according to the Law. But, he further said, it doesn’t mean Freeport could think they are fine. “It’s time to abolish mafia. The attitude shown by Freeport Chief in the recording must be appreciated,” he said. According to him, the central government’s officials to not just take benefit from Freeport, while the landowners in Papua never had been considered though its operation area are located in Papua.
“Today the people’s House of Representative means nothing in this country. However we also should question the Freeport’s alibi to record their conversation,” he said.
Setya Novanto himself admitted the publictor Mambor Nov 24, 2015shed recording transcript was his conversation with Freeport Chief, but it is not complete. He regretted it.  “If the transcript is complete, you will find out that Freeport has good intention. Therefore I regret it. My conversation had good intention. I suspect there is certain purpose in distributing the conversation transcript, furthermore it’s not complete,” said Setya Novanto as cited from various online media. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
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Victor Mambor Nov 24, 2015

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Legislator from Tolikara Electoral area, Orwan Tolli Wone, criticized the trial against two GIDI young members JW and AK related to the incident occurred in Tolikara on 17 July 2015.
Wone, who’s Deputy Chairman of the Commission I of the Papua Representative Council for Politics, Government, Law and Human Rights Affairs, said he suspected there are parties who forced the Tolikara Muslim figure Ustadz Ali Muktar to testify in the trial.
“I assume there are those want to force Ustadz Ali Muktar to testify on the trial. Please stop it. Do not mess up the situation. Ustadz Ali Muktar also knew the problem is over,” said Wone on Monday (23/11/2015).
According to him, Ustadz Ali is certainly do not want to misstep. He knew if he made a mistake, people would have questioned his attitude. “Finally he tried to escape. He is an ustadz (religious teacher), so he won’t do a mistake,” he said.
Further Wone asked the law enforcement in particular the prosecutor to terminate the legal process against JW and AK. He said do not let the situation arising clash among people, while now people in Tolikara are now living in harmony, secured and peaceful. He said stop to play a scenario to charge both suspects with lawsuits. “It’s not too complicated issue. GIDI and Muslim in Tolikara have agreed to reconcile. The local government has been built Mushola (small mosque) and stalls that were burned in the incident. But certain parties want the case taken to the court. I assume there is a political interest behind it,” he said.
He said now the public emphasizes the law enforcement in this case that the law was not executed according to the principle of justice. 11 people were shot and one was died but it has never been investigated.
“They are also Indonesian citizens, are they? But why did it get less attention from the Military Commander, Papua Police Chief and other officials to investigate it. It’s a failure of law enforcement in Papua.  Do not because of law it triggers a friction in the community.  “Because if the trial against both suspects still continue, people would think they are discriminated, especially the shooting victims families,” he added.
Earlier, the trial of Tolikara incident on Tuesday (17/11/2015) was suspended to Thursday (19/11/2015) due to the absence of witnesses including Ustadz Ali Muhktar who was in Java for the family reason. When contacted by Jubi,
Ali Muktar said he would like to come if he was asked to. However, right now he cannot leave his wife who currently under medical treatment. “Yes, if I was asked I will go there (Jayapura), but currently my wife must get a therapy, so I must accompany her,” he said by phone at that time.
According to him he expected the interfaith communities in Tolikara could live peacefully as previous. Related to the request to withdraw his report and release the two young men, he said he also should ask the opinion from other Muslim community in Tolikara. “I really understand if these young men were still in custody, people in Tolikara must feel uncomforted. I want them to be released, their legal process to be terminated, but also must think the Muslim communities in Tolikara. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
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4) Churches and citizens in  Papua reject circumcision - 

thejakartapost.com, Jakarta | Archipelago | Wed, November 25 2015, 3:49 PM -
Arguing based on religious belief, citizens and church leaders in Paniai regency, Papua, have rejected a local hospital policy of circumcising boys and men to help curb the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Febur Mote, head of the Paniai regional hospital, said on Wednesday that several churches immediately destroyed the invitations flyers they received. He said that the predominantly Christian population of Paniai was against circumcision because they believed that God's creation must not be altered, and because the practice is widely believed to be something done by Muslims and not Christians.
"The Health Office only wanted to promote [circumcision] to prevent HIV/AIDS and other sexual transmitted diseases," Febur said as quoted by Antara news agency.
The hospital had tried to educate people about the health benefits of circumcision but, as Febur explains, it proved a difficult task to change people’s minds.
Despite the rejections, the hospital will continue to promote circumcision to government agencies (SKPD), churches and schools around Paniai.
“So far, as a result of our efforts, only 67 people have been circumcised. A large portion of the population have rejected it,” he said.
The Papua AIDS Eradication Commission (KPAD) revealed that people infected with AIDS had grown at an alarming rate in Indonesia's eastern-most province, with the disease having affecting 19,000 people since the virus was first detected in Merauke in 1992, KPAD secretary Constant Karma said in July. She further explained that circumcision prevented men from contracting venereal diseases, a stepping stone in the spread of HIV/AIDS.
In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS argued that circumcising men in high-risk AIDS areas could reduce the risk of HIV infection by approximately 60 percent. (liz/rin)(+)

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