Monday, February 15, 2016


2) West Papuan Liberation movement opens office in Wamena

3) Impact of forest fires on Papua on climate change agenda


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Victor MamborFeb 15, 2016

Installation nameplate ULMWP office in Wamena by one announcer ULMWP, Edison Waromi - Jubi / Victor Mambor

Jayapura, Jubi - About five thousand people gathered at the Indigenous Council Office Lapago,
Grave Complex in Jalan Lama, Wamena town to attend the inauguration of the office of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Monday (15/02/2016). These communities come from different cultural regions Lapago.

Honai shaped office was built on the efforts of society. They raise money by selling agricultural produce, pork or vegetables. Total costs used to build this office reached 350 million.

"This office was once just a regular honai. Which is then burned by bad people. Now people can prove that they can build their own offices for tribal councils and ULMWP. This is incredible, "said Father John Jonga who lead worship of thanksgiving for the establishment of indigenous honai used as office ULMWP together Lapago Tribal Council offices.

people who had gathered to attend the inauguration of the office ULMWP - Jubi / Victor Mambor

The inauguration of this ULMWP office, according to Markus Haluk, one high-ranking ULMWP, to provide answers to the Indonesian government statement said ULMWP just a bunch of people who are outside Papua. ULMWP, continued Mark, is the people of Papua, West Papua nation itself.

"People are waking up this office. They provide the land, they have to pay, to be this office. That is evidence that ULMWP in the Land of Papua. Those outside Papua is simply the person appointed to carry out the task of liberating the people of West Papua, "said Markus.

Three chief of the indigenous Lapago received reports of ULMWP - Jubi / Victor Mambor

ULMWP office in Papua, as stated by the Chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Manasseh Sogavare, is very important. Sogavare in a meeting with leaders of West Papua in Honiara in late January, the Chairman of MSG ULMWP welcomed plans to build an office in West Papua. He said ULMWP presence in West Papua, is strategically important.

"People criticize MSG MSG when receiving ULMWP as observers. They say ULMWP are people who live outside of West Papua and do not represent the people of West Papua. This is wrong thinking that must be confronted, "said Sogavare.

Community generously contributed to the office ULMWP - Jubi / Victor Mambor

The same is conveyed Octovianus Mote, Secretary General ULMWP.
"ULMWP not katifitas group of people abroad. ULMWP are a nation of Papua itself. ULMWP there in the Land of Papua, in seven indigenous territories of Papua, "said Oktovianus Mote.

ULMWP office in Wamena is the result of an agreement ULMWP in Honiara, last January.
"We agree ULMWP office we have placed in the community, in the heart of the Land of Papua," said Oktovianus Mote.

Other ULMWP office, according to ULMWP Secretary General, will be opened in several regions in Papua. But the position of these offices later as a liaison office. (Victor Mambor)


2) West Papuan Liberation movement opens office in Wamena
Updated at 1:37 pm today

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua has opened an office in the town of Wamena in the Highlands of Indonesia’s Papua province.
The Movement comprises leading West Papuan political organisations, representing the indigenous people of Indonesia's Papua region at the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
A spokesman for the OPM National Liberation Army for West Papua, Sebby Sambom, said the Wamena office was opened with the support of the current MSG chairman, Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.
After being granted observer status at the MSG last year, the Movement continues to build its international network lobbying for Papuan self-determination.
It also has offices in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.
Mr Sambom said he hoped the presence of a ULMWP office in Wamena would strengthen international support for Papuan independence.
Meanwhile, Kompas reports the Regional Military Commander, Major General Hinsa Siburian, as saying he has not received a report about the inauguration of the ULMWP office, but that the unitary republic of Indonesia remains firm.


3) Impact of forest fires on Papua on climate change agenda

Updated at 1:31 pm today

Impact of forest fires on Papua on climate change agenda

Forest and peatland fires across Indonesia, especially Papua region, have created an ecological disaster, health problems and economic losses in the past half year.
The effects have also been felt in neighbouring Papua New Guinea with village communities near the border reporting increased respiratory health problems due to pervasive fire haze.
The issue, in relation to the marginalisation of West Papuans under Indonesian rule, was the subject of a session at this week's In the Eye of the Storm: Pacific Climate Change Conference.
A specialist on indigenous rights in international law Catherine Iorns said while there was not a lot of ways to stop Indonesia's burning of rainforest, the trans-boundary air pollution may provide a way in.
"That has been recognised. Trans-national boundary environmental effects had been recognised as illegal under international law.
"And so yes, there is a duty not to do that. The question is what other state is going to take them to court under just that?
"But it's not a climate change thing as such. It's like getting a symptom, you tackle a little piece of a symptom and hope to stop it at the root."

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