Wednesday, December 9, 2015

1) ARREST AGAINST PAPUAN STUDENTS HEAT UP PAPUA ISSUE

2) THREE MUSLIM WITNESSES IN TOLIKARA CASE SAY SUSPECTS NOT INVOLVED IN ARSON, STONE-THROWING

3)  CHURCH LEADERS CALL FOR PEACE IN PAPUA

4) PAPUA PRIORITIZES NINE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR 2016

5)  MONI TRIBE CHIEF ASKS FREEPORT FOR TENURESHIP COMPENSATION

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1) ARREST AGAINST PAPUAN STUDENTS HEAT UP PAPUA ISSUE


Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan legislator Laurenzus Kadepa addressed the arrest over hundreds of members of the Alliance of Papua Students by the Jakarta Police when planning a long march towards the State Palace on Tuesday (1/12/2015).
He said the Police’s act is even more increasing attention on Papua issues, in particularly from the international community. Moreover, two foreign journalists were reportedly hit by the Police in the incident.
“The international community will question about what was exactly happening in Papua? Why the students were forcibly dispersed, tortured and arrested in the peace rally of Papua issues. It would increasingly heat the Papua issues,” Kadepa said on Thursday (3/12/2015).

Further he said upset against Metro Jaya Police Chief Tito Karnavia. He said as former Papua Police Chief, Karnavian knows Papua very well. He should instruct his officers to escort the students for being anarchist during the rally.
“I saw him to show his bad attitude. I could appoint him as a thug. It is the State’s capital. He burned down the situation, and now it turns an international’s spotlight. He heated up the Papua issues,” he said.
According to him, Karnavian get his current position because he was considered success on duty in Papua. He must appreciate it. “I am upset because he was former Papua Police Chief. He should warn his officers for not acting brutal that ultimately leading to the arrest of hundreds of Papuan student activists,” he said.
Other Papuan legislator Emus Gwijangge said he also deplored the arrest. He said if the Police wanted arrest the students, they must comply with procedure, not at random. “To express the opinion in public is guaranteed by Law. Bring the evidence to prove the Police is nurturing and protecting the people,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
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2) THREE MUSLIM WITNESSES IN TOLIKARA CASE SAY SUSPECTS NOT INVOLVED IN ARSON, STONE-THROWING

Jayapura, Jubi – Three witnesses from Tolikara presented by the Public Prosecutor in the trial over the Tolikara incident held at Jayapura District Court were praised by two defendants and their attorney after they testifed that they did not see Jundi Wandikbo and Arianto Kogoya at the scene, contrary to prosecutors’ charges.
The three witnesses who have lived for 10 years in Tolikara are Sarno, Usman and Ali Mukhtar. The testimony of the three witnesses, who were also victims of the rock-throwing and arson incident on 17 June is a breath of fresh air for the defendants.
The suspect’s attorney Gustaf Kawer said their testimony relieved the charges over his clients. “Their testimony didn’t point to the suspects, but help my clients,” Kawer told Jubi on Thursday (3/12/2015) after the hearing on Wednesday (2/12/2015).

In answering the prosecutor’s question, the witnesses justified the stone throwing towards approximately 400-500 Muslims who were doing Eid prayer at Karubaga Military Command yard at 06:20 AM. They heard a voice screaming “Dismiss! Dismiss! from megaphone to the Muslims. But they confessed they didn’t see both suspects among the GIDI at that morning.
The first witness to testify was Sarno. He said,” There was screaming after fifth takbir. I thought it was not too long, about ten minutes, I heard screaming “Dismiss’,” Sarno told in the trial answering the Judge. His hand was bleeding due to stone throwing in that incident.
He also confessed he didn’t see the suspect’s face to answer the prosecutor’s question whether he saw who was behind the megaphone screaming to disperse the Muslims. “Yes, there was someone hold the megaphone, but I don’t know who is he because there were about 50 or 70 people out there. But yes, there it was (holding megaphone),” he said.
He admitted recognize Jundi Wadimbo because the suspect shopped at his kiosk, which was burned in the incident for several times. But, he just knew Arianto after the trial. “I didn’t see, I was panic at that time. When I say Arianto at the scene, but I didn’t see him throwing the stone,” he said.
Two other witnesses Ali Usman and Ustadz Ali Mukthar said the similar thing. “It’s right there was fire on houses, kiosks and stone throwing, but they were not involved at all. And the most important of their testimony, they talked about peace agreement that the problem out there has been settled,” said Kawer.
Arianto Kogoya expressed his gratitude to Sarno who were his former teacher at Karubaga Junior High School to come in the trial though he should come from distance, from Karubaga to Jayapura.
‘Thank you to this old man for coming and want to present in this court. I must thank him for clearly testifying in this court, and furthermore, he was my former teacher at Junior High School. He was one of my parents and now he was testified over me, spoke the truth about what I did with Jundi, and the police also knew both I and Jundi were to secure the situation at that time. We were to calm down the crowd,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Public Prosecutor Gloria Sinohaji didn’t bother whether the testimony of three witnesses to relieve the charges. According to her, the witnesses are both victims and witnesses based on what they have seen and heard.
“The incident is truly occurred, there was creaming, incitement. That’s we want to prove, that both suspects did the incitement, fire and violence. That’s we want to prove,” Prosecutor told Jubi at the court.
Related to the testimony considered to be relieved the suspects, she said she want to prove something. “When we want to prove a case, we had a strategy. Look, I was the victim, I was beaten, but we can prove it through other witnesses about who was beat people, who was threw the stones. When you were the victim, you got beaten you might don’t know who did it. We can not force the victims to tell but at least they can hear the screaming,” she said.
The trial will continue on Thursday (10/12/2015) with the agenda of hearing the witness from the Public Prosecutor. (Yuliana Lantipo/rom)


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3)  CHURCH LEADERS CALL FOR PEACE IN PAPUA



Jayapura, Jubi – The General Chairman of the Communion of Baptist Churches in Papua, the Rev. Socratez Sofyan Yoman for an end to injustice, discrimination and murder against Papuans perpetrated by the Indonesian government through the military and police in Papua.
“Do not kill Papuans on this land for the sake of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. The murder case of four students and a citizen on 8 December 2014 in Enarotali, Paniai Regency has not yet been resolved while the perpetrators are at large,” said Yoman in a speech at the Christmas praise of the Central Service Agency (BPP) of the Communicon of Baptist Churches in Papua held in Jayapura City on Friday (04/12/2015).
The shooting perpetrator in Tolikara has not revealed, but GIDI members are undergoing the trial,” he said.

Further he said the shooting of a pastor in Mamberamo, the shooting of five civilians in Serui, the shooting of a student in Jakarta and other murders must be terminated. Because they are all human beings, the God’s creatures, nobody has right for taking their life. He also said do not kill people in the name of the Republic of Indonesia or Free Papua Movement.
“Talking about Free Papua is not prohibited by the Bible or the Baptist Church. Go ahead talking about Free Papua,” he said. “Once again, do not take human’s life as God’s creature for any kind of reasons. Stop the colonial injustice and discrimination,” he said.
The Chairman of Kingmi Church Synod in Papua, the Rev. Benny Giay reminded all Christians would celebrate Christmas 2015 in a grieve over the killing everywhere, the everlasting injustice, the death of 32 children in Nduga, the series of shooting in Serui, Paniai, Dogiyai, Tolikara and Jakarta.
“Do not fill Christmas with decorations and lights only, but decorate and lighten our hearts with interpretation that Jesus was born to safe the human’s life,” said Giay. Further he said creating peace on this land is accordance with the national Christmas theme, that is Jesus the King of Peace, Magic Advisor (Isaiah Chapter 9:1-6).
“When Christmas comes, there is always a murder in Papua. Let’s change this paradigm. We must create peace among us, Papua must be the land of peace,” he said.(Abeth You/rom)
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4) PAPUA PRIORITIZES NINE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR 2016


Jakarta, Jubi – Papua Provincial Government prioritize nine development programs for 2016, ranging from the fulfillment of basic needs to disaster management.
Based on the data received from the Papua Regional Planning and Development Body (Bappeda Papua) in Jakarta on Saturday (05/12/2015), the first priority in the Regional Development Work Plan (RKPD) for 2016 is the reduction of poverty and the fulfillment of basic needs. It includes the improvement of market development and intra-village transportation, improvement of social aid service, improvement of access and education quality of nine years basic learning, the development of appropriate housing and entrepreneurship development.
The second priority is the improvement of quality and competitiveness of human resources through creative economic development on local wisdom base, labor skills training, the eradication of illiteracy, endemic disease control and the improvement of maternal and infant health.

The third is the empowerment of economic community on competitive base and the increased investment in respective customary areas. And fourth, the acceleration of underdeveloped, outermost, foremost and post-conflict regions’ development through provision of basic infrastructures such as clean water, housing, sanitation and electricity.
The fifth is the accelerated development of infrastructure and basic need connectivity, regional development and competitive commodities. The implementation would include the development of irrigation, raw water, clean water, sanitation, electricity and communication networks in 200 villages as well as the development of 2 thousands of appropriate housing in five regions.
Sixth is the bureaucracy and governance reform.
Seventh, improving performance and familiarization of sports, arts and culture.
Eight, improving the safety and security as well as legal assurances through facilitating the harmonious relations between religious, ethnic and social groups, as well as increasing the role of law enforcement officials.
Ninth, strengthening the implementation of spatial planning, environmental and disaster management. The Papua Provincial Government held Papua Investment Year 2016 in Jakarta on Friday (4/12) to attract the investors to invest in Papua. (*/rom)
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5)  MONI TRIBE CHIEF ASKS FREEPORT FOR TENURESHIP COMPENSATION


Jayapura, Jubi – Moni Tribal Chief of Intan Jaya Regency, Agustinus Somau asked PT. Freeport Indonesia to pay 10 percent in compensation to his tribe because the company’s mining area has crossed their customary territory.
“Moni tribe asked Freeport to pay 10 percent compensation. We have officially written to Papua Legislative Council concerning our demand. We submitted the letter to the Commission IV of the Papua Legislative Council for mining affairs,” Somau said last week.
According to him, he rejected a contract extension of PT. Freeport Indonesia before discussing with the customary landowners. There should be a Memorandum of Understanding between PT. Freeport and the customary landowners.
“Customary people have right to ask compensation. During the time the landowners of Freeport’s mining area are always deprived. Freeport is not open about the boundary of their operation area. Now their operation area has crossed to Moni tribe area,” he said.

He said this condition deprives the Moni tribe. Now it’s their time to speak because they do not want to be sacrificed for the sake of Freeport. PT. Freeport is currently attempting to get assurance on their contract extension that would be ended in 2012.
The Director of PT. Freeport Indonesia, Maroef Sjamsoeddin when testifying before the Honor Council Court mentioned there would be a problem if the Freeport’s contract of work does not be extended. He said it would be huge. Freeport is not only about business but also connected with the social aspect.
“The termination of Freeport’s operation would also give impact to the environment. The mining area should keep be maintained. From the security side, there would raise a conflict between seven tribes of landowners if Freeport exit from Papua,” said Maroef as cited by media.
According to him, Freeport’s operation area at seven customary areas could raise a dispute. The seven tribes might possibly claim the status of tenureship over this area, in spite of disturbing the bilateral relations between Indonesia and the United States.
The Papua Provincial Government earlier gave disapproval sign on contract extension if 17 points of proposed agreement have not been approved, including the provincial government proposed to gain 10.46 percent of share divestment. But, lately it turns ‘to be soft’.
After attending the closed meeting with the Director of PT. Freeport Indonesia, Maroef Sjamsoeddin in Tembagapura, Papua on Wednesday (11/2/2015), the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said the provincial government agreed on Freeport’s contract extension until 2041, since it has contributed to the prosperity and development in Papua. The Papua Provincial Government also want the mining sector could assist the Bank Papua to become the foreign exchange bank.
Freeport is the one that could support the Bank of Papua driven into foreign exchange bank. The other reason is the Papua economic situation. Freeport is considered to give contribution of 46 percent to Papua from mining sector. And for Mimika Regency, 91 percent of its regional revenue (PAD) is from Freeport.
Meanwhile the Papua legislator Ruben Magay said during the time the Papua Provincial Government impressed to walk alone. Before deciding to extend the Freeport’s contract, the provincial government, Papua Legislative Council, the Papua People’s Assembly and Papua Customary People, in particular seven tribes of land tenure owners should be deliberated. He said deliberation would result a recommendation to be transferred to the Central Government and Freeport’s management about what is expected by all stakeholders in Papua.
“All stakeholders should be united. It needs a political bargain. If not, the condition would remain the same like this. The landowners would be harmed, as well as the Papua Provincial Government,” said Magay. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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