Jayapura, Jubi/ABC – The rugby league team set up in PNG to promote the West Papuan Freedom Movement, the West Papua Warriors, are going international with a match lined up against the Philippines Tamaraws in the New Year.
The game will be played in Brisbane on January 16th and organisers say it will mark the first time that West Papua is represented on the international sporting stage.
The contest has been officially sanctioned by the Rugby League International Federation, and Warriors’ captain Tala Kami says that was a massive surprise for the team.
The West Papua Warriors made up of local players and two with a direct connection to West Papua, the team have set out to promote the West Papuan Freedom Movement through sport.
Wearing shirts bearing the Morning Star, they’ve already featured in a Rugby League 9s tournament in Port Moresby, but an invitation to participate in a Rugby 7s competition was rescinded, apparently for political reasons.
The Warriors’ manager is Tala Kami, who also plays for Port Moresby Vipers in the Digicel Cup, and he says the new team’s message has struck a chord. (*)
2) Freeport contract should be renewed: Academician
Rabu, 9 Desember 2015 17:50 WIB | 274 Views
Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA News) - Head of the Environmental Research Center of the University of Papua (Unipa) Professor Charly Heatubun believes that the working contract of PT Freeport Indonesia should be continued.
The mining, conducted by PT Freeport in Papua over several years, has significantly affected the local ecology, he stated here, Tuesday.
The ecological damage would be felt by the local people for the next 200 years, he added.
The exploitation by PT Freeport will eventually end. Hence, PT Freeport should be urged to invest part of its earnings for post-mining rehabilitation and restoration activities.
"Particularly for rehabilitation and restoration of the ecosystem and ecology in the Freeport mining location," he remarked.
He said Freeport is a national issue that concerns the Indonesian nation, in general, and the people in Papua in Timika District, in particular.
It is in the hands of the central government to renew the contract of the US gold and copper mining company, and either decision will have positive and negative consequences, he pointed out.
He hoped the government would take the best decision for Papua.
The professor called on the central government to involve the authorities and traditional leaders of Papua while negotiating the contract renewal.
PT Freeport has not only exploited the natural resources of Papua but has also altered its landscape, he stated.
"This is related to the traditions as well as the spiritual and cultural values of the local people," he noted.
He said it would be justified if PT Freeport pays a bigger royalty to Indonesia.
The royalty, however, should not be misused by individuals, including politicians, he remarked.
Besides this, the indigenous people should be more involved in the operations of mining companies in their regions, he added.(*)