Wednesday, March 30, 2016

1) Indonesia to firm up Fiji ties

2) Minister Luhut Pandjaitan visits Fiji
3) INDONESIA will provide up to $USD5million in assistance,  to help in Fiji’s rehabilitation after Tropical Cyclone Winston.
4) Eliminate the “Smoke” ULMWP
5) Activists call on wise  men to solve historic human  rights abuses 
1) Indonesia to firm up Fiji ties
5:28 pm on 30 March 2016
A senior Indonesian government minister is due in Fiji today in what is seen as a further step by Jakarta to strengthen ties with Melanesian countries.
During his visit, Luhut Pandjaitan, who is the Co-ordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security, is reportedly expected to give five million US dollars in assistance to South Pacific countries.
A senior Indonesian official has told the BBC that the ministerial visit is to suppress the United Liberation Movement for West Papua diplomatically.
An academic says the visit is the political language to show other countries that they cannot interfere in Indonesia's internal affairs, and that the issue of Papua is final.
The Movement has observer status at the Melanesian Spearhead Group, which is currently chaired by the Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare.
It has also established offices in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, whose prime minister backs the Papuans' right to self-determination.
2) Minister Luhut Pandjaitan visits Fiji
Kamis, 31 Maret 2016 01:29 WIB

Suva, Fiji (ANTARA News) - Indonesias Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Legal Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan and the accompanying delegation arrived at Suva, the capital of Fiji, on Wednesday for a day long visit to the island state in the South Pacific region to improve bilateral relations.

He was accompanied by Djauhari Oratmangun, former ambassador to Russia who is now a special ministerial staff for strategic issues.

Upon arrival at Nausori International airport in Suva after flying for more than six hours from Jayapura, Minister Luhut Panjaitan immediately went to Hotel Grand Pacific and Holiday Inn to spend the night.

Minister Pandjaitan is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister J.V. Bainimarama, flanked by Djauhari Oratmangun, the Indonesian ambassador to Fiji, Papuas deputy governor and Maluku governor.

Minister Pandjaitan and delegation would meet with Fijis Minister of Agricultural, Rural, Maritime Affairs and National Disaster Management.

During the meeting with the minister, Pandjaitan will be flanked by North Maluku governor, deputy head of National Disaster Mitigation Agency, head of East Nusa Tenggara tourism service and first assistant of the West Papua provincial administration.

As part of the agenda, the head of the National Election Commission, Husni Kamil Manik, would sign a memorandum of understanding on election management with his counterpart from the Fiji Elections Office.

Later, the coordinating minister and delegation will be hosted for a lunch by Fijis Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. After the lunch, he and the delegation will leave Suva for Papua New Guinea.

Regarding South Pacific countries position on Indonesias foreign policy, Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in Jayapura, Papua, on Monday that Indonesia is committed to strengthening its bilateral relations with these countries.

"We wish for better relations with countries in the South Pacific," he said.

Luhut Pandjaitan said the visit of the Indonesian delegation to Fiji was aimed at extending financial assistance worth US$5 million to help the victims of the Winston typhoon that hit in February.

"I also bring with me a letter from President Joko Widodo for Prime Minister J.V. Bainimarama," he said.

Besides extending financial funds, Indonesia also sent US$3 million worth of goods and a company of army engineers to help in the reconstruction efforts after the category 5 typhoon, he said. 

Reporting by Rahmad Nasution
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3) INDONESIA will provide up to $USD5million in assistance,  to help in Fiji’s rehabilitation after Tropical Cyclone Winston.
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INDONESIA will provide up to $USD5million in assistance, including a contingent of army engineers to help in Fiji's rehabilitation after Tropical Cyclone Winston.
The deal is expected to be cemented later this week during a visit to Fiji by Indonesia's Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister General Luhut Pandjaitan.
On this visit Pandjiatan - accompanied by two provincial governors of Papua - will meet Fiji's Prime Minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama.
While Pandjiatan denied any links between his visit and the rising anti-Indonesian sentiment within Melanesian Spearhead Group countries, he will carry a letter from President Joko Widodo to Bainimarama.
His visit comes on the back of a visit by MSG Chair and Solomon Islands PM Mannaseh Sogovare to Fiji.
Sogovare has promised to pursue West Papua's inclusion in the United Nations Decoloniosation List - the C24.
PNG and Fiji are the two MSG countries which have consistently failed to speak out against Indonesian human rights abuses in the territory it annexed in 1961.


A google translate of article in Jubi. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link at

4) Eliminate the “Smoke” ULMWP
By Neles Tebay

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

VARIOUS media at home and abroad reported the events official opening of West Papua Liberation Movement Unity (The United Liberation Movement for West Papua / ULMWP), 15/2, 2016 in Wamena, Jayawijaya, Papua. With this inauguration, ULMWP now has offices in three places: Country Vanuatu, Solomon Islands State, and Wamena.

Government reaction
The initial reaction of the government is denying the news about the inauguration of the office ULMWP in Wamena. Head of Information Regional Military Command (Kodam) XVII / Cenderawasih, Kol. Inf. Teguh Praise Prog, denied that the Free Papua Movement (OPM) has established an Office ULMWP in Wamena (, 17/2). Cenderawasih announced that there was no evidence of OPM established an office in Wamena (Coverage 6.Com, 17/2). President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, through a spokesman, Johan Budi, also denied reports about the opening of the Office ULMWP in Wamena (, 17/2).

Though denied by the government, it turns out that the police and the Local Government Jayawijaya managed to lose office signboard ULMWP in Wamena (, 16/2). Nameplate reduction action itself, indirectly, have justified their report on the establishment and inauguration of the office ULMWP.

According to the Papua Police Chief, Inspector General of Police Paul Waterpauw (, 18/2), ULMWP prohibited conduct its activities in Indonesia, including in Papua. The prohibition was made because ULMWP activities contrary to positive law and statutory provisions in force in Indonesia. The presence ULMWP organization, according Waterpauw, contrary to the integrity of the Republic.

For the government, any attempt establishment ULMWP office, either by whoever had done and where any place in the Republic of Indonesia, is seen as an act of violation of Indonesian law. For that reason, the establishment of the Office of ULMWP in Wamena categorized as an offense, the police lowered the office signboard.

Subsequently, the police are looking for parties who violate the law. Police have called a number of people as witnesses, among others, Father John Jonga, Engelbertus Surabut, and Bonny Mulait. That said, Markus Haluk and Edison Waromi will be called the police.

According Jayawijaya Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Ronny Semmy Thaba, the suspects will be charged with Article 106 of makar (KBR, 3/3). Police categorize establishment ULMWP Office as an act of treason. Thus, the suspects will be brought to court and imprisoned, as was the case over the years, for 10 to 20 years. The application of Article treason, of course, will increase the number of Political Prisoners (Prisoners) Papua.

Discover the fire
The question that needs to be struggled by all the parties is: How can I make ULMWP office was not established for ever, both at home and abroad? To answer this question, we must have a proper understanding of the office opening ULMWP. Note that ULMWP is a political umbrella organization of all the resistance groups Papuans who associate themselves with OPM striving for independence of West Papua. So, ULMWP, by nature, a political organization, not a criminal group. Establishment of the Office of ULMWP a political activity. If ULMWP office establishment in question, then the problem must be viewed from a political rather than a legal standpoint. Carrying cases ULMWP establishment into law, means that efforts are being made to criminalize politics. Obviously, this means never managed to solve the problem of Papua, due to political problems require political solutions.

The application of Article treason would not touch, let alone resolve, the political issues underlying the establishment of the office ULMWP in Wamena. The founders ULMWP office, or everyone who attended the inauguration of the office they may be imprisoned, tortured and even killed. But all of these measures will not solve the political problems that encourage the formation of ULMWP, including the establishment of its representative office.

Activity ULMWP establishment and inauguration of the office in Wamena can be likened like a puff of smoke. Smoke rises because there is a fire. The smoke indicates fire. The smoke would be driven out, driven and aligned to be missing. But all efforts to evict the smoke will be futile, since the smoke would reappear, which produce smoke during the fire has not been extinguished. Thus, the inauguration of the office can ULMWP westernized like a puff of smoke that was indicating that there was a fire smoldering. The decline in office signboard ULMWP, imprisonment or even murder suspects against the suspects, can be carried out but only to eliminate the time the smoke ULMWP. Because, as long as political issues into the smoldering fire ULMWP undiscovered and off, during which the smoke will be billowing ULMWP back. We will continue to be presented news about the opening of the Office ULMWP in various places, both at home and abroad.

The most appropriate way to stop the smoke ULMWP, once and for all, is the path of dialogue. So in fact the government respond to the activities this establishment ULMWP Office to engage in dialogue with ULMWP. Government and OPM represented by ULMWP must meet to identify fire or problems which led to the establishment ULMWP office, and jointly seek a political solution that is acceptable to both parties. Once the root of the problem solved, forever there will be no establishment ULMWP offices both at home and abroad. Then the inauguration events ULMWP office in Wamena can be used as an excuse for the police to encourage President Jokowi in order to start a dialogue with ULMWP. (*)

The author is a lecturer at the Fajar Timur School of Philosophy and the coordinator of the Papua Peace Network in Abepura.


5) Activists call on wise  men to solve historic human  rights abuses -
Liza Yosephine,, Jakarta | National | Wed, March 30 2016, 1:27 PM - 

Activists are urging the government to form an independent commission made up of civilian "wise men" to push for a legal settlement of Indonesia's historic human rights abuses to bring justice to the victims and their families.

The commission's members must be representatives of the public and not public officials from institutions involved in the violations, the human rights advocacy group Setara Institute suggested.

Setara and family members of victims of past human rights abuses held a closed door meeting with the Presidential Advisory Board (Wantimpres) to convey to it the proposed formation of a Presidential Commission on the Disclosure of Truth and the Recuperation of Victims on Tuesday.

"It's impossible for governmental elements or officials to be part of this commission because in this case the state itself is subject to law that holds it responsible for historic human rights abuses, even though the current government is not the actual offender," Setara's deputy chairman, Bonar Tigor Naipospos said.

Together the activists met with Wantimpres chairwoman Sri Adiningsih and member Sidarto Dabusubroto to create a commission consisting of well-informed civilians, and not government officials, in the pursuit of a judicial resolution of seven main cases of violations.

The commission's duties would be to validate data that has been investigated by the National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to see what can be taken to court and handled judicially, or alternatively, for the government to issue a formal apology by way of reconciliation.

The ad-hoc committee would be under President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo with the authority to produce binding presidential decrees, Bonar said.

Jokowi has repeatedly reiterated his commitment to settling historic rights abuses that have been declared gross human rights violations by Komnas HAM.

The formation of the commission comes in response to a long-delayed bill on truth and reconciliation that is before the House of Representatives, which is apparently an alternative way in case government officials fail to find a better solution for all.

The selection of the committee members itself would be the prerogative of the President, Bonar said, adding that the backgrounds of the members would be important.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that the government aimed to settle all human rights violations cases by early May through reconciliation only and not through judicial processes because there was a lack of evidence. Such a deadline was "absurd", Bonar said.
Setara chairman Hendardi also derided Luhut's statement, calling it overly ambitious, hasty and unrealistic, as well as unacceptable to the families of the victims who sought for justice.

"There would be no reconciliation without the revelation of the truth," Hendardi said.
Human rights groups and families of the victims are pushing for the resolution of the cases judicially as stipulated in the 2000 law on human rights courts.

Hendardi admitted that with the case of the 1965 communist purge, a judicial settlement would be difficult because of a scarcity of proof and witnesses.

However, he underlined other newer cases must be resolved at court with transparent legal procedures.
Maria Katarina Sumarsih, member of the the Victims Solidarity Network for Justice (JSKK), said her community, along with the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), recently held its 436th Kamisan (a silent protest held every Thursday) across from the State Palace.

The protesters will continue to do so until the government takes concrete steps.

Maria, whose son Bernardus Realino Norma Irawan died in the First Semanggi tragedy in 1998, said the solving of the Semanggi cases could set a precedent as a step forward toward a positive future when the government would be proactive in addressing issues to clear the history.

The unresolved cases consist of a 1989 massacre in Talangsari, Lampung, the forced disappearance of anti-Soeharto activists in 1997 and 1998, the 1998 Trisakti University shootings, the Semanggi I and Semanggi II student shootings in 1998 and 1999, the mysterious killings of alleged criminals in the 1980s, the communist purges of 1965 and various abuses that took place in Wasior and Wamena in Papua in 2001 and 2003, respectively. (+) 

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