Saturday, January 23, 2016

1) U.S. Ambassador discusses human rights with church leaders in Papua

2) National scene: Freeport  contributes to RI: US Ambassado
3) Islands in focus: Papua  Police probe cop’s alleged  suicide -

1) U.S. Ambassador discusses human rights with church leaders in Papua

abtu, 23 Januari 2016 15:39 WIB

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Roberth O Blake held a meeting with Papuan church leaders here on Saturday.

No reporters were allowed to cover the meeting such as one the ambassador had earlier with leaders of local non governmental organizations.

The meeting that began with breakfast at the Swiss-BelHotel was attended by chairman of PGGP Socrates Sofyan Yoman, chairman of KINGMI Papua 
priest Benny Giay, deputy chairman of Sinode GKI Priest Yemima Krey and other church leaders from Papua Barat.

Priest Socrates Sofyan Yoman said after the meeting discussions with the ambassador ranged from the present condition in Papua and human rights issue.

"We discussed a a number of things with the ambassador such as human right issue in Papua," he said.

Blake and his group had been here on a working visit since Tuesday this week, meeting regional authorities and non governmental organizations.

On Tuesday Blake met with leaders of Justice , Peace and Totality of Creation (SKPKC) Yuliano Languwuyo at a restaurant in Sentani with discussion focused on human rights issue.

Languwuyo said Blake told him that he wanted to see political situation and human right practices in Papua.

He said he told the ambassador there was no progress in including in the protection of human rights in Papua.

Militarism and violence continued even under a civilian leader, he said referring to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

He said he told Ambassador Blake that the military is concerned more with the security of large companies like Freeport Indonesia and BP at Teluk Bintuni, Papua Barat.

PT Freeport Indonesia is a subsidiary of the U.S. mining giant Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold having larger copper and gold mines in Papua, and the British-based BP is
 operating a large gas reserves at Teluk Bintuni and a liquefied natural gas plant in Tangguh in that area.


2) National scene: Freeport  contributes to RI: US Ambassado
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Sat, January 23 2016, 5:15 PM - 
JAKARTA: PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua has been a major contributor to improving the local economy in the province as well as the national economy, US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake has said.

“I have been away from Jakarta for a week and did not receive the latest information on Freeport, but I can say that the company has made a major contribution to Indonesia by employing 30,000 people and by paying a significant amount in taxes to the country,” Blake said as quoted by Antara.

Blake made the statement in response to a question on reports that PT Freeport Indonesia’s president director Maroef Sjamsoeddin’s had resigned from his post.

The ambassador declined to comment further on the issue.

“Things related to Maroef’s resignation and Freeport are the internal matters of the company, so I have no authority to comment on it,” Blake affirmed.

Maroef was appointed directly by the former chairman of the board of Freeport McMoran, James Robert Moffett, on Jan. 7, 2015, replacing Rozik B. Soetjipto. Before serving as the Freeport Indonesia boss, Maroef was National Intelligence Agency (BIN) deputy head from 2011 to 2014.
Maroef resigned following the brouhaha involving former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto, who was alleged to have sought favors from Freeport Indonesia in return for an extension on its contract of work. 

3) Islands in focus: Papua  Police probe cop’s alleged  suicide -
The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Fri, January 22 2016, 3:21 PM - 
Keerom Police in Papua are investigating the motive behind the death of Brig. Irian Mulyono, who allegedly shot himself dead early Thursday. 

The 30-year-old Irian, who was a Keerom Police office for seven years, was found dead in his house in Skamto district in Keerom at 1 a.m. local time on Thursday by Petrus Ruwey, 54, and Siama, 50, who also live in the house.

“The two witnesses were woken by the sound of gunfire. They ran to the living room and found the victim dead on the floor. A firearm was found 2 meters from his body,” Keerom Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Tober Sirait said, adding that Irian died with a gunshot wound to the chest. 

Tober said police investigators were investigating the motive behind the alleged suicide. “The officer was not known to have any problems at the office,” he said.


Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Legislative Council will form two special committees to tackle the issue of territorial borders and mining boundaries in Papua.
Papua legislator Thomas Sondegau said these committees would respectively handle the Freeport’s mining boundary and regional/municipal border areas.
“Freeport’s Boundary Committee will handle the Freeport’s mining boundary. For instance, to manage the boundary between Mimika Regency and Puncak, Nduga,

Paniai and Intan Jaya. It is also to observe the Freeport’s expansion area, whether it goes to other regional border area or so on. During the time people only knew that Freeport operates in Amungme and Kamoro tribes’ territory,” Sondegau said on Wednesday (20/1/2016).
While, according to him, the Freeport’s underground mining area has crossed to other tribe’s territory such as Moni’s territory in Intan Jaya Regency, Nduga’s in Nduga Regency, Mee’s in Paniai Regency and Dani’s in Puncak.
“Do not only refer to Freeport’s open mining area, but also its underground mining area. The special committees are established to look further on Freeport’s mining area whether it is still in the Amungme’s territory or already cross to others’ territory,” he said.
He said if it has cleared, Papua Legislative Council will coordinated with the regional governments and relevant tribes as well in order to accommodate the customary communities’ interest.
“The establishment of Special Committee had decided in the Papua Parliament’s plenary last year. Five of seven fractions of Papua Legislative Council approved it, namely Hanura, Democrat, PDI Perjuangan, PKB and Golkar,” he said.
Meanwhile the Deputy Chairman of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council, Orgenes Wanimbo Tolli Wone said the Commission I will concern to resolve many disputes related to boundary issues involved regencies/municipal in Papua. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan legislator of Nduga constituency, Emus Gwijangge said Mbua residents currently need health workers to provide health care and immunization for children.
According to him, up to now 74 children have died. But people only got assistance from two paramedics trained by missionary instead of the government’s health workers.
“These two paramedics are certainly not able to serve the whole residents. So immunization and medical treatment is not optimal. Papua Police team actually helped people by providing immunization and mass treatment, while both provincial and regional health offices have not done anything. There are plentiful
foods and medicines; but how could people But how could people take it without medical staffs to advise them,” Gwijangge told on Wednesday (20/1/2016).
He said as a native who was born and grown up at Mbua Sub-district, he felt disappoint with Nduga regional government and parliament. He reminded all related stakeholders to not only wait for the budget, directly go observe on the ground. Do not let this condition spreads out to the nearest sub-districts.
“But I’ve heard that Nduga Regional Government didn’t allocate Mbua case in the regional budget for current year. Well, for whom the budget was allocated? In fact, the budget was allocated for community. I just returned from the sub-district few weeks ago. People’s condition is very concerned,” he said.
He thought the Nduga Regional Government seems laidback with this issue, though, according to him, Papua Governor has provided Rp 1 billion grant to Nduga Regional Government. “The grant has been transferred in late December after the meeting of Papua Provincial Budget 2016. Do not restrain it. It should be utilized for public needs in Mbua sub-district,” he said.
Mbua Sub-district chief, Erias Gwijangge, similarly said it was useless if the local government provided medicines to people without medical staffs.
“If the medicines provided without medical staffs, how could people know how to take the medicines? Also, I want to use the governor’s aid to hire the medical staffs to give medical treatment for residents,” said Erias Gwijangge. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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