Monday, May 2, 2016

1) Ruben Magai Massa slams arrest KNPB

2) Indonesia detains hundreds of pro-independence demonstrators in Papua  

3) Demonstration Action Plan KNPB Disbanded, Single Defined Suspect

4) Broken promises let Papuans down

5) Jokowi kicks off construction of Papua market

6) Papua tribal leader lauds President Jokowi


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1) Ruben Magai Massa slams arrest KNPB

Demonstrators supporting the Liberation of West Papua were dried in the field Mako Brimob Papua Police, Monday (02/05/2016) - Jubi.

Jayapura, Jubi - Since the old Order, New Order to Reform the government in this case the security forces are still arresting society organizations (CSOs) who did criticism of the government of Indonesia. The arrests form of inhumane as it happens on the mass of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) who want to do a demonstration, Monday (05/02/2016) this.

"What do the security forces is a setback understanding of the country which is currently diganda doubles as a democracy," said Member of the Commission I DPRP, Ruben Magai told reporters on Monday (05.02.2016) in Jayapura.

It is said there are only two solutions to resolve the problems in Papua related to political issues that are currently developing in Papua as a whole. Magai said that if security forces still practice the arrest of aktofitas Organizations that want to give criticism to the government by way of arrest of the country seems to want to tap to Papua regardless of the Homeland.

"But if the pattern changed with the approach, I think Papua will continue to exist in the frame of the Homeland. Supposedly pattern security approaches do not violence to the arrest of people who want to criticize the government's performance in this case the State of Indonesia, "he said.

Mention of the KNPB organizations that have not registered with the National Unity and Politics (Kesbangpol), Magai said that the mass organizations in Papua this is never done criticism against the state? "I want to ask public organizations registered in Kesbangpol if they ever did criticism of countries that have committed violations against Papuans? If KNPB not currently registered in Kesbangpol and want to criticize the State is not allowed? This is a democratic country, "he said.

In addition to the mass arrests of KNPB, the security forces are also to ban the number of journalists who wish to cover the mass detention in Mako Brimob Polda Papua. Seeing this as a Yaung Marinus Cenderawasih University professor of international relations deeply regrets the action taken by the authorities.

"By suppressing the news and publications carried the picture of Papua to the outside world is to minimize the attention of the outside world as well as other Indonesian people in the archipelago of supporting the aspirations of the Liberation of West Papua (United Liberation Movement for West Papua / ULMWP). There is an attempt to close the media because the media campaign that echoes more strongly to national and international, "said Marinus Yaung. (*)


2) Indonesia detains hundreds of pro-independence demonstrators in Papua  

Jakarta: Indonesian police have detained hundreds of pro-independence demonstrators in the eastern province of Papua on the anniversary of Dutch New Guinea's 1963 integration into Indonesia.
About 500 people were detained in the provincial capital, Jayapura, police said, and dozens in other cities of the province of around 3.5 million. There were no reports of violence.

"In spirit they support Papua's separation from Indonesia," said Papua police spokesman Patridge Renwarin.
"We are trying to explain to them that this goes against the spirit of the unitary state of Indonesia."
Papuan activist Markus Haluk told Reuters demonstrators had voiced support for calls for an internationally monitored referendum for independence.
Papua has seen a long-running and often violent separatist conflict since being incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticised UN-backed referendum in 1969. Dutch colonial rule ended in 1963.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has made several trips to Papua since taking office in 2014 and has promised to bring development to the impoverished region after decades of neglect.
His government has also released several political prisoners and pledged to resolve cases of human rights violations.
But security forces still maintain a strong presence in the restive region and are often seen as taking a heavy-handed approach to peaceful demonstrations, activists say.
Papua province and West Papua make up the western half of the island, with independent Papua New Guinea to the east.

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3) Demonstration Action Plan KNPB Disbanded, Single Defined Suspect

KNPB members and sympathizers were secured, will conduct demonstrations after morning. Jubi / Frans L Kobun,

Merauke, Jubi - Merauke Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Superintendent) Sri Satyatama said the planned demonstration was going to do KNPB Southern District of Papua, was dissolved because the organization is not a formal organization and unregistered Kesbangpol. So any form of activity to be carried out, it is illegal and obligatory dissolved. The confirmation Merauke police chief told reporters at his office on Monday (05/02/2016).

He said, before they held a demonstration on foot, immediately secured and taken to the police station Merauke. Includes overnight has secured seven people. So that the existing number at the police station around 60 people including the frontman. From the results of the development is done, the person designated to be secured and the suspect, for carrying weapons. While others are still in the review process.

"There are some being examined. It has not become a suspect can be improved, "he said. He explained that, when secured, in addition to a number of sharp weapons, also Flag KNPB as well as other documents.

"We have secured and brought to Merauke police as evidence in the development process of the investigation," he said.

He added, before most investigators who participate in conducting demonstrations discharged, will be given guidance in advance.

"I ask not to follow the activities as such, because it did not provide benefits. No better time, used to work for a living, "he said.

Watched Jubi on the ground at around 11:00 CET, after the meeting with the Regent of Merauke and the officials, all mutual bersamalan and directly invited to dine together. Merauke Regent, Frederikus Gebze added that everyone must keep this area remained safe-conducive. There should be no physical impact to disrupt the activities being carried out and or implemented.

"Let us remain alive in the frame of the family as the slogan Izakod Bekai-Izakod Kai or One Heart-One Goal. Not to build conflict or hostility, "asked the regent Freddy. (*)


4) Broken promises let Papuans down

Posted: Mon, May 2 2016 | 08:37 am
Conditional love: Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ( sporting headdress ) is welcomed with an indigenous dance as he arrives at the Sentani Airport in Jayapura, Papua, as part of his presidential campaign on June 5, 2014. Improvements that Jokowi promised have come painfully slowly, risking the rapport that he built with locals.( Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf )
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is having a hard time fulfilling his election promises in restive, impoverished Papua. The Jakarta Post’s Margareth S. Aritonang, Nethy Dharma Somba and Pandaya found that poor coordination among the President’s aides, continuing violence and the lack of trust in the central government among Papuan natives have left long-standing delicate issues unresolved.

In the midst of shrubs and tall grass, a flimsy hut stands unattended in one corner of a vacant patch of land in the Sentani area of Jayapura, Papua. The structure was built last year for workers on a project that was supposed to turn the 62-hectare property into a sports complex with a 40,000-capacity stadium, about half the size of Jakarta’s Bung Karno Stadium. 

It was going to be the realization of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s dream to make Jayapura the soccer capital of Indonesia as part of his much-lauded “look to Papua” vision. Local people celebrated when Jokowi laid the cornerstone last May of the gigantic project that would cost Rp 1.2 trillion ( US$91 million ).

Alas, a few days before the work was about to begin, there arrived Yan Puhiri, the Puhiri tribal chief, to block the entrance to the property, which he claimed was his communal property. He vowed never to surrender the land until the government met his demand for Rp 465 billion in compensation. 

Now, the abandoned hut is a testament to Jokowi’s broken dreams. And it is only one of his big campaign promises that have turned sour and eroded the budding mutual trust they had built up ever since he set foot for the first time in the land he calls “a little heaven on Earth”.

Elsewhere in Jayapura, the location earmarked for a women’s market has also been left standing high and dry due to land-acquisition red tape that requires the House of Representatives and State-Owned Enterprises Ministry’s legal intervention to resolve.

“Perhaps the cornerstone that Jokowi laid there during the groundbreaking ceremony is already gone as well,” quipped Robert Jitmau, a Papua Solidarity activist. 

Unfulfilled promises — from the sports stadium, a women’s market and a waterfront presidential palace to a resolution of the numerous cases of gross violations of human rights and new infrastructure – have increasingly deflated the once buoyant faith that Jokowi had carefully created in the hearts of Papuans.

Jokowi spellbound the Papuans when he waged his 2014 presidential campaign in the vast, resource-rich but underdeveloped easternmost territory. Welcomed like a messiah, he was the first presidential hopeful to have campaigned in the provinces ( Papua and West Papua ), which have been beset by conflict by armed secessionists since it became part of Indonesia in 1963.

He managed to win the locals’ hearts and minds with his promises of prosperity, a non-militaristic approach and uplifting the dignity of Papuans, who have suffered decades of repression, poverty and discrimination, which have left them feeling like second-class citizens. His new approach was hailed as a breakthrough in the efforts to restore Papuans’ long-lost trust. 

The immediate result was stunning: He and his running mate Jusuf Kalla swept 73 percent of votes in the two provinces, the pair’s largest margin nationwide.

Papuan leaders declared then that Jokowi was the only central government leader they would trust and hung on him their hopes for peace and prosperity. 

To show his sincerity, Jokowi promised to visit at least three times a year so that he could have direct control of all the programs he personally designed for Papua. He planned to build a railway and highways linking major Papuan cities to end isolation, traditional markets to invigorate local economies, allow foreign journalists better transparency and construct sports facilities, among other developments.

Last June, Jokowi granted amnesty to five political detainees linked to the Free Papua Movement ( OPM ) in a gesture of political will to resolve the armed conflict. 

“He wants to personally check on every development of all programs and make sure that everything is well-coordinated among the government institutions involved,” says Jaleswari Pramodawardhani, head of the Presidential Chief of Staff’s Office in charge of human rights, political and security issues in Papua. 

But the short patience of Papuans is well-known. They had wanted see the President “work, work, work” as he has always preached, to get things done as soon as possible but after 18 months at the helm with many promises having yet to materialize, many Papuans say they are losing faith in him.

What has been immediately apparent as a reason for the flop is the poor coordination between government authorities in both Jakarta and Papua — a classic problem that also occurred during the administration of Jokowi’s predecessors. 

As part of his hands-on tactics, Jokowi dissolved the Special Unit of Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua ( UP4B ) set up by the then president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. 

Last year, Jokowi picked Lenis Kogoya, a native Papuan tribal chief, as an adviser. The President is also supported by the Presidential Chief of Staff’s Office, which has two deputies, Darmawan Prasodjo who is in charge of infrastructure development projects, and Jaleswari, who oversees peace building and human rights. 

Unfortunately, Jokowi’s aides in charge of Papua lack coordination. Darmawan, Jaleswari and Lenis answer to Jokowi individually instead of working as a solid team. Communication between them occurs only during closed-door meetings with the President, according to officials familiar with the President’s inner circle.

Albeit a native Papuan, Lenis is little known among the indigenous Papuans largely because of the diverse sub-ethnic communities scattered across the two provinces. 

Yudhoyono had teams to assist him oversee development programs in Papua and reach out to rebel groups that the military has often used to justify the use of violence. His main team was the UP4B headed by retired Army general Bambang Darmono, who was assigned to coordinate, synchronize, facilitate, evaluate and monitor all the government’s development programs in Papua.

Aside from the UP4B, Yudhoyono also appointed a team of special envoys chaired by medical doctor Farid Husain in 2010 to reach out to members of the OPM to pave the way for peace dialogue with Jakarta. But Yudhoyono’s efforts were discontinued when his term ended, and the comprehensive report Farid submitted to Yudhoyono has lain unread.

In an interview with The Jakarta Post, Farid revealed that one of his most egregious findings, after two years of interaction with OPM rebels, was that the Papuans’ determination to achieve independence had only strengthened in spite of all of Jakarta’s well-intentioned plans to develop the provinces. 

Since the central government granted special autonomy status to Papua in 2002 with the main aim of alleviating poverty and promoting peace, Jakarta has funneled Rp 67 trillion. But, 14 years on, most Papuans still live in abject poverty. Public services such as health and education remain poor while corruption is rampant. Former governor Barnabas Suebu and Boven Digoel regent Yusak Yaluwo are among local officials who have been imprisoned for graft.

Security remains a basic issue despite Jokowi’s pledge. The latest well-documented incidents happened on Dec. 27, just three days ahead of Jokowi’s year-end visit, when gunmen attacked a police post in Puncak regency, killing three officers. Earlier on Dec. 1, police shot dead four civilians for raising the separatist Bintang Kejora ( Morning Star ) flag.

Countless cases of gross human rights violations remain unresolved. Investigations are going nowhere because the police, the National Commission on Human Rights ( Komnas HAM ) and the military usually form their own investigative teams instead of working together as a joint force.

Despite all the pitfalls, Jokowi looks set to keep on trying to mend his rapport with Papua and the people he admires so much, as he has expressed in various occasions. 

Maybe he will have to prove his sincerity by building the Mamas’ Market to please the very demanding women and kicking off the giant sports stadium project to allow youths to let off steam playing soccer instead of toting guns. 

But perhaps Papuans, too, should give Jokowi more time to deliver on his promises.
Lofty promises 

* Resolving human rights violations, including two cases declared as gross rights abuses in Wasior and Wamena

* Ending use of force by security forces

* Releasing political detainees

* Regular visits to Papua

* Building presidential palace in Papua

* Building traditional women’s markets ( Mama’s Market )

* Opening Papua to foreign journalists

* Developing infrastructure

Progress so far

* Cases of rights violations remain unsolved. Shooting incidents that claim the lives of civilians and security forces still occur. The legal process lacks transparency. There have been at least five shooting incidents since Jokowi paid his first visit to Papua as president in December 2014. 

* Locals still fear police and military due to continuing violence. An unresolved shooting that left five civilians dead and 21 injured in Paniai regency in December 2014 shows that the use of force by the military and police remains unchecked. 

* Jokowi granted clemency to five political prisoners in May 2015. He is expected to free all political detainees.

* Jokowi has regularly visited Papua and kept his promise to visit the easternmost provinces three times a year.

* The Presidential Chief of Staff’s Office says building a presidential palace in Papua is not a priority at present. 

* Two women’s markets have been built in Sorong in West Papua and Sentani in Papua. But, the construction of another one in Jayapura in Papua has yet to start due to land-acquisition problems.

* A feasibility study for the construction of a railway in Sorong has been ongoing since last year and is expected to be completed this year.

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5) Jokowi kicks off construction of Papua market
Nethy Dharma Somba | | Jayapura  Posted: Sun, May 1 2016 | 02:21 pm

The construction of a long-awaited traditional market in Papua began as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo laid the first stone of the market’s building foundation in Jayapura, on Saturday.
The Papua administration and people have campaigned for the building of the Mama-Mama market for 13 years. The market is designed to have three storys with an open-plan construction style. The first floor will be used as a wet market while the second and third floors will be used as a Papuan handicraft trading center and offices respectively.
“Can this building be finished within 10 months?” President Jokowi asked State-owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, who quickly replied “Yes, it can.”
“I hope the market’s development will last no more than 10 months. So, 10 months from today I will come to inaugurate this market,” he said after the groundbreaking ceremony.
Apart from Rini, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe and Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tommy Mano also attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the market, which is built on a location previously used as offices by the state-owned bus company Perum Damri office in Jayapura.
Four Papuan women representing the mainly female vegetable vendors who will run kiosks in the new market were also present.
Jokowi explained in his speech that it took so long for the government to start the construction of the market as it had to go through a string of procedures. The President added that it was only in the last three weeks that he gave an ultimatum to the state-owned enterprises minister to immediately realize the development of the market.
“I said: ‘I don’t care how you do it but the one thing I want to see is that the market must be built,” he said to loud applause.
Jokowi later told the vendors to always pay attention to the market’s cleanliness and provide a quality service to their customers.
“Mayor, if it is possible, please give these ladies uniforms or aprons they can wear when serving their customers. They should be as clean and neat as sales clerks in shopping malls or other modern markets,” said Jokowi.
The President also reminded the vendors to keep smiling to buyers so that customers would always return. “How can you expect more customers if you never smile?” he said.
Trade Minister Thomas Lembong said that apart from a trade center, the Mama-Mama market would also serve as an education center and provide other public services.
“Many [vendors] have to bring their children to the market so there will be an education center for children in this market,” he said.
Papua Solidarity ( Solpap ) coordinator Robert Djitmau hoped the market could be handled by a local administration-owned enterprise ( BUMD ) instead of by the local administration’s working unit ( SKPD ). “There should be a BUMD to handle this market, so it can be managed professionally,” said Robert.
Meanwhile, Mayor Benhur Tommy hoped that no vendor who got a kiosk in the market would sell them to other vendors and then return to selling commodities on the street.
“It is expected that after the market is completed, there will be no more selling along the street because they already have a proper [trading] place,” the mayor said. The Mama-Mama market is being built by state-owned construction firm PT Waskita. ( ebf )


6) Papua tribal leader lauds President Jokowi

Senin, 2 Mei 2016 17:15 WIB | 568 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Agustinus Donald Ohee, a tribal leader from Jayapura District, Papua Province, lauded President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) for paying serious attention to the development of all sectors in the Indonesian easternmost province. 

"President Jokowis recent visit to Papua for several days was viewed as part of his commitment to improving the welfare of the indigenous people of Papua," Ohee remarked here on Monday.

To this end, he noted that the Papua tribal community would reciprocate the presidents gesture through enthusiasm and hard work.

"The indigenous people of Papua, especially the chiefs, will be in one accord and join hands to support the development in Papua," he affirmed.

Over the weekend, President Jokowi was in Papua to conduct the groundbreaking ceremony of the Mama-Mana cultural market in Jayapura, the capital of the province. 

To be built on a four thousand-square-meter plot of land in the Jayapura city center, the market is expected to support local economic development.

"I urge the relevant ministers to complete the construction of the market in a short period of time," President Jokowi remarked in his speech at the time.

He said the government was making efforts to build the Mama-Mama market quickly without flouting any rules.

During the visit, President Jokowi also inaugurated the Depapre Port in Jayapura District as one of the sea toll gateways in East Indonesia.

"This will be a great seaport and will be interconnected with the medium and small port hubs," President Jokowi stated here, Saturday.

The president emphasized that the inauguration of Depapre Port, as a sea toll gateway, was expected to help ship out Papuas products without the need to transition at other sea ports.

"Therefore, we expect that Papuas products can be sent directly to the destination country without having to ship the goods to the ports of Makassar or Surabaya first," the president explained.(*)

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