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Victor MamborDes 09, 2015

Protest held by West Papua National Committee on this year – Jubi
Jayapura, Jubi – Every year Christmas in Papua is a meaningless and profane event for Christians, as people turn the festivities to cheer upon sorrow and tears of others, the he Secretary General of Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Ones Suhuniap, said.

Suhuniap said people would talk about peace in Christmas, but it has never been materialized in Papua.
“There is still murder, oppression and massacres towards the people, while Jesus was born only for one reason, that is to save the entire humans on the earth from being destroyed,” Suhuniap told Jubi in Jayapura on Monday (07/12).

He asserted every year; the Military and Police personnel always play a game for Christmas. “There is a game behind Christmas celebration which played by Indonesian apparatus. On 2 December 2015, for greeting Christmas, the Manokwari Military Regional Command held the Christmas carnival in Manokwari,” he said.
While on 1 December 2015, Cenderawasih Military Regional Command also held the Christmas worship event with Jayawijaya residents in Wamena. “It’s only a political game of colonialism,” he said.

Because at the time of the Military personnel was celebrating the Christmas carnival and prayer in Manokwari and Wamena, the Military personnel of Yapen (Serui) Military District Command and Serui Police have killed and massacred the civilians by accusing them as Free Papua Movement’s members.

The Central KNPB spokesperson, Bazoka Logo, said every year the Indonesian Government always gives a ‘Christmas gift’ to the people of Papua. Such a violence leading to killing is always happened every year before Christmas.
“On 16 December 2009, General Kelly Kwalik was killed at Kali Kopi, Timika for the safety of the Republic of Indonesia. In December 2011, the National Liberation Army/Free Papua Movement Headquarters in Eduda, Paniai was brutally burned using the helicopter,” Logo said.

He continued that on 16 December 2012, Hubertus Mabel was killed in Wamena, while on 8 December 2014, four students and a citizens were shot dead by military personnel. And this current year, on 1 December 2015, the Police and Military personnel shot civilians in Serui caused one death and seven were in critical condition. And the last, the Police arrested and shot the Papua students in Jakarta during the peace rally.

“Papuans must be aware, that there is no peace on this land. We oppose the oppression and murder perpetrated by the Indonesian Government against Papuans in Christmas occasion this year, for there is no more ‘gift’ for Papuans in 2016,” said Logo. (Abeth You/rom)



Victor MamborDes 10, 2015
Jayapura, Jubi – Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) today (9/12/2015) announced additional actions in response to market conditions, including further revisions to its oil and gas capital spending plans, additional curtailments in copper and molybdenum production and the suspension of its common stock dividend.

Oil & Gas Review. As previously reported on August 5, 2015, Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas (FM O&G) is deferring investments in several long-term projects in response to oil and gas market conditions. Following an ongoing review, capital expenditures for 2016 and 2017 have been reduced further from $2.0 billion per year in 2016 and 2017 to $1.8 billion in 2016 and $1.2 billion in 2017, including idle rig costs. The revised plans, together with initiatives to obtain third party financing or other strategic alternatives, will be pursued with the goal of achieving funding for oil and gas capital spending within its cash flows and resources.

The revised plans incorporate a reduction in rig utilization from three Deepwater Gulf of Mexico drillships to one drillship while increasing production from third quarter 2015 rates of 150 barrels of oil equivalents per day (MBOE/d) to an average of 159 MBOE/d in 2016 and 2017. FM O&G expects to bring eight wells on line in late 2015 and 2016 from its successful tie back drilling operations at the Holstein Deep, Horn Mountain and King Projects in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. These projects, combined with other initiatives, are expected to add low cost oil production, enabling cash production costs to decline from $19 per barrel of oil equivalents (BOE) in 2015 to less than $16 per BOE in 2016 and 2017. Under the revised plans, FM O&G’s cash flows would substantially fund its capital expenditures at $45 per barrel of Brent crude oil in 2017.

FM O&G is engaged in ongoing discussions with its rig vendors and other service providers to obtain reductions in costs and to evaluate opportunities to market idled equipment to third parties.

As previously reported on October 6, 2015, the FCX Board is engaged in a strategic review of its oil and gas business to evaluate alternative courses of action designed to improve FCX’s financial position, enhance value to FCX shareholders and achieve self-funding of its oil and gas business from its cash flows and resources. FM O&G’s high quality asset base, its substantial underutilized Deepwater Gulf of Mexico infrastructure, its large inventory of low risk development opportunities and its talented and experienced personnel and management team provide alternatives to generate value.


3) Home  Infrastructure  Freeport’s Contract Extension to Not Undermine Autonomy Law

Victor MamborDes 09, 2015

Jayapura, Jubi – The controversy over Freeport’s requested contract extension has sparked reactions in Papua, including from the local legislators.

A member of the Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council for terrestrial, legal and human rights, government and politic affairs, H. Syamsunar Rasyid questioned whether the contract extension would benefit the people of Papua in general and customary landowners in particular.

“It needs to be considered whether could it benefit the Papuans, in particular the landowners. During the time they have been scarified,” said Rasyid on Monday (7/12/2015).

He also asked the Central Government to read the Papua Autonomy Law carefully. He said the Law has provided authorities to the Papua Provincial Government to manage everything, including the natural resources.
“I question the rights of Papuans, especially after the Special Autonomy Law. We should remember that the Central Government provides the Special Autonomy Law for Papua in the Article 4, that the authority has given to the Provincial Government, except for foreign political policy, security and defense, monetary, fiscal, religion and Judicial Court,” he said. According to him, before negotiating with the Freeport, the Central Government must consult with all stakeholders in Papua, not only with the Provincial Government but also involved the Papua Legislative Council, Papua People’s Assembly and customary landowners.

“Papua has special authority, including the right of tenureship. Is the tenure right of the customary people has been solved? It should be reminded. Do not just argue about the shares, but forget the people’s tenure right,” he said.

He said the current situation is different with the situation before the Special Autonomy Law. He also reminded the Papua Provincial Government to involve the entire relevant stakeholders in solving the Freeport’s issue.

“The purpose is for the welfare of Papuans. I asked the governor, vice governor, Papua Legislative Council, Papua People’s Assembly and the land owners to sit together to discuss about the Freeport’s issue that is now a headline issue in Jakarta,” he said.

Separately, a member of Commission IV of the Papua Legislative Council for mining affairs, Thomas Sondegau said the Central Government should not only think about the distribution of royalties. Now the Moni tribe also demanded compensation. They thought the Freeport’s mining area has crossed their customary land.

“Do not ignore the rights of customary people. The representative of Moni tribe has submitted their aspiration in written to us. We will forward their aspiration to the Chairman of Commission to be submitted to the Chairman of Papua Legislative Council,” he said.

He said before the Freeport’s contract was discussed; the issue of the border of Freeport’s mining area should be clarified. According to him, the area is not belonging to a tribe but several tribes. Moni tribe Chief of Intan Jaya Regency at Papua Provincial level, Agustinus Somau asked PT. Freeport Indonesia to pay 10 percent compensation to his tribe because the Freeport’s mining area has crossed their customary area.

“Moni tribe asked Freeport to pay 10 percent compensation. We have written an official letter to the Papua Legislative Council related to our demand. We submitted it to the Commission IV for mining afffairs,” Somau told on last week. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


Victor MamborDes 09, 2015

Jayapura, Jubi – Sounds of gunfire on a Tuesday morning last year will not be forgotten by Paniai residents. Bullets flew and and killed four high school students at Karel Gobai Ground, Enarotali. At least 17 people were injured.

Speculations were raised following the incident. Some thought the perpetrators were the Military/Police personnel, while the Military/Police authorities said the perpetrators were the rebels in the area who attempted to provoke a riot. But until now neither speculation has been proven, although the investigation teams of the Indonesian Military/Police Headquarters, the National Human Right Commission and other team from Papua Legislative Council have come to Paniai.

Now, people in Papua insisted Jokowi to fulfill his promise to solve this case. Papua legislator Laurenzus Kadepa stated the president only said empty promise that until now the case has not yet been resolved.
“Jokowi’s statement and promise to resolve the human right violation in Papua, in particular Pania, is only a promise. It’s not proven because the Paniai case has not been settled,” Kadepa told on Monday (7/12/2015).

He also considered the National Human Rights Commission has been failed to conduct its duty. According to him, the Papua Police Chief previously stated the Paniai case is the jurisdiction of the National Human Rights Commission, but it failed to do its job.
“I am not sure the National Human Rights Commission will stand and solve the case. A discourse on the establishment of investigation team on human right violations by the commission was impressed as an attempt to divert the Paniai case.”

Other legislator Decky Nawipa said until now Jokowi has not fulfilled his promise to reveal the human right violation cases in Papua, including Paniai case, while the Paniai residents gave 100 percent of vote for Jokowi in the presidential election.
“Approaching 2016, Paniai people expected the Paniai case resolution could become a Christmas and New Year’s gift. When could Jokowi reveal that case?” said Nawipa.

He further said the Paniai Regional Government could not only depend to the Central Government, but it should take its own step to push the case settlement. “The local government should invite all local figures and discuss this problem with them to determine further step,” he said.

He urged the president, the Paniai Regional Government, Papua Police Chief and Regional Military Command to pay attention to this case. Furthermore, the Papua Police Chief is Papua native. “As Paniai native, I ask this case to be resolved. Now the Christmas atmosphere in Paniai is not the same. There’s no activity. People are still trauma. They demanded this case to be resolved,” he said. Furhter, he reminded the alteration of Police Chief could not be a reason to stop or divert the case.

Separately, the Paniai Regional Customary Council Chief, John R. Gobay said the case was a State’s lie towards the people. The Military/Police team has conducted investigation to Paniai. They must have sketch, but they made it unclear. If the Military or Police culprits were involved, it would remain uncovered. There is no transparency in the two institutions.
“On the other hand, the Police/Military also intervene the National Human Right Violation that reportedly has established an ad hoc team, but until now it remains unclear who the members are. When it was established, it should be a meeting but it’s not clear when it was occurred. There’s certainly an intervention,” Gobay told Jubi by phone.

He further said the National Human Right Commission also asked approval from the victims’ families to conduct autopsy to ensure whose bullets were. But he thought it was the Police/Military’s statement as they cover each other.
“It is clear the National Human Right Commission has been intervened by the Police/Military in the Paniai case. The result of investigation from the first day must have the finding. My question is why the police/military didn’t announce their findings,” he said.

According to him, if they wanted to work, the National Human Right Commission must have coordination with other parties who have already done the investigation. So, they can apply the findings to determine the suspects.
“But they have nothing. It’s because of the State’s intervention. The State must responsible. The President Jokowi stated he would solve the case thoroughly. But what is it? It’s because of the intervention of the Police/Military towards the Human Rights Commission. Their independence in this case should be questioned,” he said.

The human rights commissionaire Natalius Pigai when contacted by Jubi didn’t answer the phone as well as the short message. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

Victor MamborDes 07, 2015

Manokwari, Jubi – The number of HIV / AIDS cases in Manokwari, West Papua Province, continues to increase from year to year, said Program Manager Health Care Association of Manokwari Denny Nepa.

“Manokwari Department of Health recorded, from 2002 to 2015 the HIV-Aids cases continues to increase, between eight to164 cases per year,” said Denny in Manokwari on last week.

This year, HIV / AIDS cases in Manokwari reached 1,183 cases, an increase of 113 cases from last year’s 1,070 cases.
“Of the 1,183 cases, 628 cases of which have been positively identified as AIDS,” he said.

He further said this cases like an iceberg phenomenon with a number ratio of 1: 100, in which the cases have a tendency to pass the virus to 100 people.
“If the current number is1,183 cases, how many thousands of people who may have been infected, and it is they who have not been identified,” he said.

He also mentioned that until now the profession housewife is still ranked first from other professions with 325 cases where 179 of which are already suffering from AIDS, and the rest is HIV.

He added, this cases also are experienced by children under one year to 14 years. As many as 15 children infected, six of them living with HIV and the other nine are already infected with AIDS.
“23 children, aged one to four years old are living with HIV- Aids, 16 of whom are already infected with AIDS. While, eight children aged 5 to 14 years old have infected with AIDS,” he said.

This case is also experienced by a group of Civil Servants, members of the military and police, commercial sex workers (CSW), the private sector, labor, and student.
“There are 150 civil servants infected, seven military, eight police,154 commercial sex workers, 75 private employees, 70 workers, 37 students, 40 college students and other 317 cases,” said Denny.

“If all the people in Manokwari willing to check up, surely we will find how high incidence of HIV / AIDS in this region,” he said again. (*/ Tina)

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