Friday, November 27, 2015

1) Military, Freeport Act as Lords in Papua , Says Uncen Faculty Member

4) ACTIVISTS KNPB Mnukwar sentenced to 1 OF 6 MONTHS, prosecutor MAKE AN APPEAL
Jayapura, Jubi – Two lords – the military and Freeport –  are controlling the Land of Papua,  said a Cendrawasih University faculty member, Marinus Yaung.
He made the remarks during a public discussion titled ‘Demanding Jokowi Fulfill Promises’ held at the Grand Abe Hotel, Abepura, Jayapura, Papua, on Saturday (26/11/2015).
“There are only two lords that I observed from the 1960s to the present, namely Freeport and the military,” he said.
He said Freeport represents foreign powers on this land because Indonesia is only regarded as a guardian of foreign power in Papua.
While the military began to infuse its power since Papua became part of Indonesia until now. Power in the sense of control of Papua, without the need to question the past happened.
According to him, President Jokowi just know that Papua is no man’s territory. “Papua has two masters, so be careful with his promise. Why? Because there have been two lords who ruled over this land, before Jokowi elected president, “he said.
He further said, the two lords absolutely are not counted by President Jokowi in delivering its promises to Papua.
At the beginning of January 2015, Kapuspen military issued a statement that TNI is ready to support the president’s policy in resolving problems in Papua. Yet on the second visit, Jokowi statement changed again. He said his visit to Papua means a dialog with Papuans.
“We as the people of Papua confused by this, but for me it is a normal thing because apparently, Jokowi realized that there are two lords in Papua. If the president has an agenda in Papua, he must adjust to the agenda of the two lords, “Yaung said.
According to him, since Jokowi became president, not a single promise is realized in order to resolve a number of problems affecting Papua.
“We Papuans voted in the last presidential election to Jokowi 70-75 percent, with the hope that the future of Papua would be much better, “he said.
In the same place, Father Neles Tebay, Pr. as the religious leaders said, Jokowi has two commitments, the first is a commitment to build Papua and the second is to build a peaceful land.
“I see that president is willing to resolve conflicts peacefully instead of using Article treason (criminalizing politics-red),” he said.
But on the other hand, President Jokowi also must embrace all parties and should be manifested by dialogue. “With dialogue, all the components such as government, Papuan who against Indonesia, Freeport, etc can sit together to find mutual perceptions in order to build Papua and make Papua as a peaceful land, “he said. (Roy Ratumakin/Tina)

Jayapura, Jubi – There have been various reactions to the recent release of Filep Karma, a Papuan hero who was jailed for over a decade in Abepura prison for treason. Papua police chief, Inspector General Paul Waterpauw, said he hoped Filep Karma came to his senses and stopped doing things that could harm himself.
Papuan Legislator Laurenzus Kadepa said Filep Karma’s ideology can not be restricted by anyone. Although he was imprisoned for more than 10 years, Karma never stop voicing the rights of indigenous Papuans from behind bars.
Kadepa questioned Paul Waterpauw’s comment.
“What does it mean when police chief asked Filep Karma to change his behavior and ideology? I think the ideology of Filep Karma can not be restricted by anyone and in any way, “said Kadepa to Jubi on Thursday (26/11/2015).
He said Filep Karma had been a victim of an unjust law. He was convicted because of having thoughts that are considered against the ideology of Pancasila.
“He was subsequently arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison. However the iron bars have not been able to limit the struggle of Filep Karma. He continued to speak out from behind bars,” he said.
He further said, what was done by Filep Karma may be considered against the country, but not by his people. He even got support and sympathy of the Papuan people and even internationally.
“So I think it is not easy to change one’s ideology. Because the mind is believed to be the truth. So, what’s wrong with him. During this time he was fighting for ideology, not with violence, but a peaceful way, “he said.
Filep Karma, Papuan political prisoner was arrested and detained since December 1, 2004 when he delivered political speeches and raised the Morning Star flag in the University of Cendrawasih. On May 26, 2005, the Jayapura District Court sentenced the 15 years in prison. He was then charged on criminal elements contained in article 106 and article 110 Criminal Code.
After serving his sentence, repeatedly states offer remission and pardon, but he always refused the offer. According to him, remission and pardon granted only to those who behave well and admitted his guilt.
“The reason given remission is for good behavior. Did I misbehave in the community? I am a good person. My belief on what is truth made me put into prison. Let me finish the sentence “said Filep Karma to Jubi a few months ago in Abepura Prison.
On November 19, 2015, Karma granted decade remission from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights on the Minister of Law and Human Rights numbers: W.30-300-PK.01.01.02 2015 On Granting Remission Decades of 2015 To the Prisoners and Criminal Child Related with Article 34 paragraph (3) of Government Regulation No. 28 of 2006.
Although he refused it, but eventually he remained excluded from prisons. According to Karma, it is just a diversion from a small prison to a big prison.
Head of the division of corrections office of Kemenkumham Papua, Johan Yarangga said it is obliged to encourage Karma and every person who has been declared legally free live their freedom.
“We have no right to detain people without legal basis. Pak Filep Karma is free. There is no reason to arrest him, “said Johan Yarangga on the Day of liberation of Karma. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)
Merauke, Jubi – Complaints about the shortage of rice seedlings are not only experienced by the farmers in Salor Indah village, Kurik district, but also farmers in Semangga district, Merauke. Crop failure has pro
pted farmers to mill rice that was supposed to be kept for seed planting next month until early 2016.
The chief of Semangga district, Rekianus Samkakai, said last week the current price of rice at the farm reached Rp 8,000 per kg. As a result, farmers took out the rice which is 
stored for seeds to the mills.
“We can not forbid farmers because they need the money. Especially in the second growing season, mostly experienced a crop failure,” he said on Friday (27/11/2015).
Consequently, farmer encountered no seeds again. Therefore, the Department of Agriculture and Foodstuffs of Merauke expected to help in preparing the seed and give to farmers to be planted later.
” In order to help the farmers after a long drought, the government must allocate funds, “he added.
Head of Salor Indah village, Tohaman, some time ago said that people in his village face difficulties of rice seedling due to crop failure. “We expect seed aid from the government,” he said. (Frans L Kobun/ Tina)
A google translate of article in Jubi. Be-aware good;le translate can be a bit erratic.
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4) ACTIVISTS KNPB Mnukwar sentenced to 1 OF 6 MONTHS, prosecutor MAKE AN APPEAL
Benny Mawel Nov 27

Jayapura, Jubi - Public Prosecutor Manokwari District Court, IRNA Indira Ruth. SH an appeal against the sentence of 1 year and 6 months imprisonment against four activists of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Mnukwar region, Alexander Natkeme, Othen Gombo, Nopinus Humawak, Yoram Magay.

"The public prosecutor to appeal to a higher court against Alexander Nekenem Papua et al," said Rafael Natkeme secretary of the Regional Parliament Mnukwar through releasenya, Friday (11/26/2015)

Natkeme words, the prosecutor appealed the verdict on November 25 after ruling the verdict in a trial verdict that led the judges Maryono SH. M.Hum (chairman) and members of judges each, Aris Harsono SH and Thobias Benggian on 23 November 2015. Since, the prosecutor felt decision of the judges that are lighter than the initial claims 2 years.

"Public Prosecutor (Prosecutor) deed filed an appeal to the High Court of Papua with nomot appeal letter registered at No: 08 / / 2015 / PNMnk," said Natkeme in releasenya.

Said Natkeme, four KNPB activists were arrested on 20 May 2015 during a peaceful demonstration in Mnukwari, demanding that the state immediately open access to foreign journalists in Papua. The four were also demanding the state immediately open the democratic space for the people of Papua and the support of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as representatives of the Melanesian people of Papua in clumps.

Legal counsel, Yan Christian Warinus contacted Jubi said he has not received an official letter from the court. The comparative information is only spread through the news media.

He said, he did check the truth in court by requesting a copy of the verdict, but the court simply said that the prosecutor filed an appeal but has not given an official letter. If an official letter out, he was ready to accompany his client.

"I will accompany but should discuss the power of attorney to Alexander Natkeme with colleagues because of the sound power that they give only to the court. We extend the power of attorney to appeal or to the appeal, "he said via telephone, cell, Friday (27/11/2015).

He said, it was never agreed with the decision that is because no one can prove their offense as charged. The verdict handed down more politically charged to restrict freedom of expression in Papua.

"They have not committed treason. We do not agree with the decision but we do not appeal because there are messages to muzzle freedom of expression in the country of Papua, "he said. (Mawel Benny)

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