Monday, November 23, 2015

1) KNPB Spokesperson: Papuans are in Charge of its Own Fate

2) Eight Abepura Prisoners Obtain Decennial Remission
4) Salvaging Democracy for West Papuans in the Face of Australia-Indonesia Obstruction
5) House Ethics Council Begins Setya Freeport Shakedown Probe

1) KNPB Spokesperson: Papuans are in Charge of its Own Fate 
Victor MamborNov 20, 2015

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua is capable of standing on its own feet, Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB) spokesperson Bazoka Logo asserted.
“Papuans can take a lead without anyone’s help,” accompanying Warpo Wetipo and other colleagues he told Jubi during the final volley match of KNPB Cup I volleyball tournament held at Taman Budaya Expo, Jayapura City on last week.
He said his statement was related to the tournament that was held without outside contributions.
“All donation was provided by the people of West Papua. It indicates that we Papuans can stand on our land on our own,” Bazoka said.
He further cited a religious quote from the late I.S. Kijne (Wasior, 25 October 2015), “Upon this stone, I laid the civilization of Papuans. Even if he was genius, wise and well educated, but he shall not able to lead this nation. It would arise and lead themselves,” said Kijne that written on so-called today as the civilization stone. “The message becomes the important historical site in the civilization of the West Papua nation.
His prophecy will become a certainty that still has no answer until today. But, we are sure it will be answered someday,” he said.
Meanwhile the Chairman Committee of KNPB Cup I 2015, Warpo Wetipa said today nationalism has found it way. Through this tournament, it has shown a will to be united. (Abeth You/rom)

2) Eight Abepura Prisoners Obtain Decennial Remission
Victor Mambor Nov 21, 2015
Jayapura, Jubi – Eight prisoners of Abepura Prison, Papua, were granted sentence cuts given every 10 years under Indonesian Law. Prisoners who obtained remission are those who previously given the general and special such as in public holiday.
The current decennial remission was applied in 2015, which was given to eight prisoners including the prominent Papua’s political prisoner Filep Jacob Samuel Karma who’s sentenced for 15 years to peacefully stand for Papua independence.
Karma once refused both general and decennial remission offered by the government. He planned to pursue his fifteen years ‘contract’ at the Abepura Prison until 2019, though finally he was ‘forced’ out on 19 November 2015.
The Head of The Prisoners Division of the Law and Human Rights Ministry of Papua Region, Johan Yarangga said the decennial remission is merely given once every ten years to the prisoners who have undergone a minimum of six months of detentions and considered a good behavior. The remission is given to all types of prisoners, both criminal and political prisoners and to those who have obtained a general or special remission.
Further, Yarangga who’s former Abepura Prison Chief said of eight prisoners given the remission, only Filep Karma is directly released while the seven prisoners still undergo their remaining detention period. “Except Filep Karma, seven prisoners are still in jail to undergo their remaining detention period,” he said.
The decennial remission is referring to the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Right’s Decree No: W.30-300-PK.01.01.02 Year 2015 dated 15 October 2015 of Law and Human Rights Regional Papua Office. The Ministry Official Abner Banosro on behalf the Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights Affairs signed the decree. Yarangga said the eight prisoners are consisting of seven regular prisoners and a political prisoner.
They are Agus Risdiyanto with a month and 15 days remission; Ir. Ahkmad Yusmam MM (2 months); Aloysius Leonard Fanghoy SE (2 months); Asmar Hamza Batjo (3 months); Musrifah SE (2 months); Oktovianus Karet SE (2 months); Amirudin Bedu (1 month, 15 days), political prisoner Drs. Filep J. Samuel Karma with three months remission.
Karma’s Attorney Olga Hamadi said the decennial remission is a prisoner’s right including her client. Though her client refused the offer, she revealed her client didn’t get the same right like other prisoners. “His rights as prisoner to get meals, health service, and so on was gone. And other prisoner will also occupy his jail. He certainly should get out, getting remission is his right,” said Hamadi.
Earlier, Karma refused the remission from the Indonesian Government including the decennial remission. According to him, for the security reason, he preferred to stay in jail rather to become a free man, which he considers more risk. Karma told Jubi at the time before his release on last week ,” This remission gives no different as if escaping from the small jail to the big one. The Indonesian jail, the imperialist jail.” (Yuliana Lantipo/rom)

Victor Mambor Nov 20, 2015
Jakarta, Jubi – The Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) and Papua Peace Network (JDP) held the 7th Exploratory Summit on 17-19 November 2015 at Sentul City, Bogor to discuss the roots of problems in Papua. The previous meetings were held at Jimbaran (Bali), Manado, Lombok, Yogyakarta, Semarang and Jakarta.
“The 7th summit is aimed to (1) discuss the root of political, legal, security and human rights issues in Papua in addition to discussing contributions from participants and speakers in order to materialize Papua as Peace Land,” LIPI researcher Dr. Adriana Elisabeth who led the Road Map Papua study told Jubi on Thursday (19/11/2015) at Hotel Haris, Sentul City.
Further, she said the meeting was also to anticipate the potential for violence in the run up to the simultaneous regional head elections on 9 December 2015.
She said representatives of government ministries, security agencies, univerisities, non-governmental organizations and the media, including Jubi, participated in the meeting.
Dr. Neles Tebai said the exploratory meeting has discussed several issues related to externalization or regionalization of Papua conflict issues in the Asia Pacific region. “It’s including the recognition of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) as observer in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in June 2015. Regionalization gets intents along with the discussion on human right violations issue in Papua during the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in Port Moresby in 2015, which resulted several recommendations including to send the fact finding team against human right violations in Papua. It indicates the conflict of violence and human right violation are still happening in Papua,” said Tebay.
Additionally, he also said the meeting also discussed about the plan to form the Military Regional Command in Manokwari, West Papua Province and Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena. “The objection from mostly Papuan people on the establishment of Military Regional Command could potentially arise the further mistrust towards the Indonesian Government,” Tebay said.
Both Dr. Adriana and Pater Neles also said the implementation of simultaneous regional head election on 9 December 2015 in 11 regencies of Papua Province and 9 regencies of West Papua Province is disposed to conflict as the ‘noken’ system is still applied in some regencies.
“In some polling stations in the Central Highland area, the regional head election would use the noken system referred to the Melanesian cultural tradition. According to the Constitutional Court Decree No. 47-48 Year 2009, the voting used the noken system is legal, but it has a tendency to be manipulated,” Dr. Adriana said.
“Besides, the implementation of regional head election in Pegunungan Bintang Regency and Yahukimo Regency are full risk of geographical and access of transportation of polling box distribution due to the long-distance of the capital city to the polling stations. Another violence potency related to the regional head election is supporters’ crash that potentially occurred in Nabire, Waropen, Keerom, dan Boven Digoel,” added Pater Neles.
Through this 7th exploratory meeting, LIPI, JDP and participants further said both resources have resulted several inputs for the local governments related to the political and security affairs as well as legal and human right issues in Papua.
Here following seven recommendations for the government: 1) State to the public about the progress of investigation and obstacles in the process of human right violation solving in Papua; (2) Conduct socialization about the urgency of Military Regional Command in West Papua Province and Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena; (3) Guarantee the transparent and neutrality of the election commissionaires, Police/Military personnel and civil servants in the implementation of simultaneous regional head election in Papua; 4) Appoint a diplomat who understand the Papua issues in responding the externalization or regionalization of Papua issues; 5) Build a peace in Papua through a gradual process of dialog by involving the relevant stakeholders; (6) Guarantee the implementation of the Law No. 21/2001 about the Special Autonomy for Papua Province as amended in the Law No.35/2008 could run optimal and consistent; and (7) Strengthen the coordination of three pillars (Local Government, Local Parliament and People’s Assembly) in Papua related to the optimization of the Law No. 21/2001 on the Special Autonomy for Papua Province as amended in the Law No. 35/2008. (Victor Mambor/rom)


Salvaging Democracy for West Papuans in the Face of Australia-Indonesia Obstruction

The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 13, Issue. 45, No. 1, November 23, 2015

Camellia Webb-Gannon

This article argues that the democratic ideals espoused by Australia and Indonesia fall short in application to West Papua and West Papuans, and notes that such shortcomings are legitimated by mainstream media’s exoticist portrayals of West Papuans, particularly in Australia. The antidemocratic policies and processes of each government with regard to West Papua actually enable the (by and large) “good” bilateral relations at the state level to remain intact. However, this article contends that democracy, as practiced by civil society actors at the grassroots and digital network level in Australia and West Papua, creates cracks in the official Australia-Indonesia state relationship. Australian concerns over Indonesian human rights abuses in West Papua have traditionally been overlooked at the state level in favor of pursuing an amicable bilateral relationship.
However by forging digital activist networks locally and internationally—including building West Papuan-indigenous Australian partnerships, West Papuans are participating in a grassroots democratization process with global outreach, refusing to be sacrificed on the altar of regional realpolitik. The article concludes with a cautionary account of an apparent attempt by an opportunistic Australian political movement to hijack West Papuan democratization for its own ends, a threat West Papuan and Australian civil society activists are currently moving to contain……………….


5) House Ethics Council Begins Setya Freeport Shakedown Probe
By : Hotman Siregar | on 11:50 AM November 23, 2015
Jakarta. House of Representatives' Ethics Council on Monday begins an internal meeting to determine the fate of House speaker Setya Novanto after his alleged financial shakedown of mining giant Freeport Indonesia.

"This is a massive case which must be solved for the sake of the country and nation," Junimart Girsang, deputy chairman of the Ethics Council, told reporters in Jakarta.
Junimart pointed out that at the meeting, which he expected to be "open for public," experts would face the Ethics Council and submit verification results of a recording conversation between Setya, Freeport Indonesia president director Maroef Sjamsoeddin and businessman M. Riza Chalid, which allegedly proves the huge shakedown attempt.
The recording was enclosed with a complaint lodged by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said who claimed that the Golkar politician, in a meeting in June with Maroef and Riza, sought to have a 20 percent stake in the company divested through him, on the pretext that the shares would go to President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

"[The Ethics Council] meeting will last a maximum seven days during which period we will keep in touch with the plaintiffs, defendants and everyone else who is in the recording," Junimart said.
Junimart ensured that the Ethics Council would only give sanctions for any violations of regulations for House members if Setya was proven guilty.
Setya is currently also facing a possible motion of no confidence, as legislators claim his alleged misconduct has disgraced the House.
The motion — initiated by lawmakers from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the National Democratic (NasDem) Party, the People's Conscience (Hanura) Party and the National Awakening Party (PKB) — is expected to be submitted today.

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