Wednesday, January 20, 2016

1) Papua Activists Discuss Freeport With US Ambassador

2) US ambassador concerned about West Papua abuses

1) Papua Activists Discuss Freeport With US Ambassador

Papuan activists rallying at the Freeport Indonesia headquarters in Jakarta in November 2015. (Reuters Photo/Garry Lotulung)
By : Robert Isidorus | on 7:01 PM January 20, 2016
Jayapura. Papuan activists met with US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake in the provincial capital on Tuesday to discuss human rights, politics and US-owned Freeport Indonesia.
“The US ambassador said that Papua was important to the US, and he felt it was necessary to pay a visit to Papua. He wanted to know about Papua's human rights and political condition,” Yuliano Languwuyo, coordinator of local organization Justice, Peace and Unity Secretariat (SKPKC), said after the meeting on Tuesday night.
Yuliano said the organization was told in mid-2014 that the restive easternmost province of Indonesia would have civilian leaders and see a steady downgrade of military presence in the area.
"If they disappeared, so would the violence. But it never happened," he said.
Tight military monitoring of Freeport Indonesia sites on the island have a largely negative impact on locals, including reports of violence from officers, Yuliano said.
"We asked the ambassador if Freeport had any control over security, and if they [security personnel] have any training in human rights while performing their duties. They have to be trained by the National Commission on Human Rights [Komnas HAM] so they will be less violent when protecting the areas," he said.
Blake reportedly questioned the necessity of human rights training and refused to comment on Freeport's security, Yuliano said. Blake also refused to take questions from reporters after the meeting.
The meeting was held at a restaurant in Jayapura's East Sentani district and was attended by Yuliano, chairman of the Papuan NGO Cooperation Forum Septer Manufandu, Papua Komnas HAM chairman Frits Ramandey and Papuan Peace Network activist Neles Tebay.

2) US ambassador concerned about West Papua abuses
Updated at 8:17 pm on 20 January 2016

The United States ambassador to Indonesia, Robert Blake, visits West Papua. Photo: West Papua Media
Fresh from a trip to West Papua, the United States Ambassador to Indonesia reportedly expressed concern about human rights abuses in the country's remote, eastern region.
As part of his trip, Robert Blake visited Manokwari in West Papua province where he met with the Executive Director of the Institute for Research, Investigation and the Development of Legal Aid, Yan Christian Warinussy.
Mr Warinussy says the ambassador asked him about recent developments and the human rights situation in West Papua and Papua provinces.
He says he told Mr Blake that the situation continued to be highly unsatisfactory in view of many cases of human rights violations which had not been dealt with in a court of law.
Ambassador Blake was reportedly very concerned about such incidents and said that his government would push for those who had been responsible for these violations to be excluded from any US-linked local programmes related to education and human rights.
Jayapura, Jubi – The poor state of education in Papua, especially in remote areas, is again in the spotlight.
A member of Commission V of the Papua Legislative Council for Education and Health Affairs, Natan Pahablol, said it requires a good will of policy makers to change this situation in Papua.
The leaders at both provincial and regional/municipal levels must share the same perception and intention to change the situation. He said although the Papua Governor has intention and motivation to improve the education in Papua, but it would not be optimal if his officials didn’t pay attention to it.
“It needs a good intention, particularly among the regional heads in Papua, to improve the quality of education. However, if the regents have intention but his officials have no similar intention, it would be the same.
All policy makers should gather their will. It’s not only for the governor, regents or mayor, but also applied for their subordinates,” Pahabol told Jubi by phone on Saturday (16/1/2016).
According to him, the government needs a fixed strategy to improve the education in Papua, because it is important and necessary to build Papua in the future.
“It’s useless if the education grant is budgeted each year if there is no intention among the stakeholders to change the education in Papua,” he said. He also expected the government through provincial and regional/municipal offices to see the situation on the ground. Do not only rely on reports and data on papers. “If they only rely on reports and data, it’s the same. Those who made reports and data might be lie,” he said.
In the final review of the Papua Regional Budget meeting held in last December, the Commission V Chairwoman Yakoba Lokbere said she fully supported the Papua Provincial Government to improve many programs including education and health sectors. She said the education in Papua does need serious attention. Do not let this condition to continuously happen and harm the Papua young generation. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – A Papua legislator, Laurenzus Kadepa, said the terror that hit Jakarta is familiar to Papuans, because they have been living in terror for a long time.
“Every time people in Papua, especially indigenous Papuans, are living in terror threats with many stigmas attached to them. IS or other radical organizations, bombing perpetrators are just ordinary things for Papuan people,” said Kadepa through text message to Jubi on Friday (15/1/2015).
The member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council for Politic, Security, Legal and Human Rights Affairs, said there had been a series of attacks against indigenous Papuans. Many of innocent indigenous Papuans have lost their lives in various ways: being shot, kidnapped and through other violence, but the perpetrators have never been revealed.
“From time to time, the unclaimed bullets keep terrorize the indigenous Papuans. We don’t know whose bullets belong to, which group involved. They were often called the Unknown People. They also could be categorized radical, caused death of innocence people. Don’t know what is their purpose,” he said.
He said now the indigenous Papuans are not fully safe. Many threats stalk. Every time they could lose their life in various ways, in many stigmas. “My words for Papua people are always being aware on the terror threats for any groups in Papua. Radical group has been long in Papua,” he said.
Bomb explosion occurred in Sarinah shopping area at Jalan MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta on Thursday (14/1/2016) that killed five allegedly perpetrators and two civilians, while 26 people were reportedly injured.
The Indonesian Police Spokesperson, Inspector General Anton Charliyan confirmed two of five death terrorists were recidivists on terrorism case. They have been sentenced for two years in prison. “The identity of five perpetrators could not be publicly announced, even their initial. Because we worry the reveal could disturb the investigation process. Their bodies are currently kept in the Police Hospital. We will give announcement in the right time, even though it’s only their initials,” said Anton Charliyan as cited from many media. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuans have been urged not to be provoked by the terrorist attack that occurred in the area of ​​Sarinah Thamrin, Jakarta on Thursday (14/1/2016).
The assistant for Economic Affairs and Social Welfare Secretary Papua Province, Elia Loupatty, said in Jayapura Friday (15/1/2016) that all parties in Papua should remain calm and and always provide information to the authorities if they find things that are suspicious.
“I think our officials are well-prepared and the public has anticipated it. If there may be things that are suspicious, should immediately notify it because the participation of the community is very important,” he said.
In response, Loupatty expects full participation of the community to be able to tell, if there occurs matters in suspicious.
According to him, besides participating, people are also expected to assist the work of the authorities in maintaining security in Papua.
“I hope all people who live in Papua to provide comfort and take part in maintaining stability and security in Papua. We should jointly maintain order and security in Papua,” he said.
He added, government hopes anyone or any group who lives in Papua to not create fear and chaos in Papua
“Go home, if you want to mess up, because we are here is fine, do not infuriated the people of Papua,” he said.
Earlier, the governor of Papua Lukas Enembe urged the groups that go to Papua with the intention of disturbing public order and security in Indonesia’s easternmost province, to immediately leave the earth of Paradise.
“I ask groups who enter Papua to disturb public stability and security, immediately leave Papua,” said Enembe. (Alexander Loen/Tina)
Merauke, Jubi – Hundreds of teachers from elementary to high schools stormed the office of the Regional Representatives Council (DPRD) in Merauke to protest the government failure to pay them 3 T (remote, isolated and farthest) benefits for 2015.
The teachers were received by the Deputy Chairman of the Parliament of Merauke, Marotus Solikah and Chairman of Commission A, Moses Kaibu and also head of education Yohanes Samkakai.
One teacher, Marius Dumot, demanded the relevant office to immediately settle the payments.
“We feel, we are not given attention properly. So we come here to convey our aspirations to be resolved,” he said on Tuesday (12/1/2016).
The teacher also asks additional other income of the central and local levels. Because it is the rights of the teachers who have been carrying out duties in the villages.
A teacher, Maria Theresia said in 2007. until 2012, the former head of Department of Education and Merauke, Vincent Mekiuw been pledged incentives. however, until now she never got it.
“We’ve been waiting for over the years, but never given,” she stated.
Head of Education and Teaching Merauke, Yohanes Samkakai said that the payment of benefits 3 T given to civil servants who go beyond the normal work load as well as serving in a remote area and the farthest. Such payments, followed by a decree (SK) Merauke Regent.
Further, he said, the payment of benefits 3 T from January to December 2015, refers also to the monthly report from the principal, where a duty of the teacher in question. (Frans L Kobun/Tina)

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