2) MSG leaders summit scheduled for Honiara
1) Spanish Man Among Hundreds Detained in Free West Papua Rally
By : Edo Karensa | on 4:42 PM June 16, 2016
A Spanish national was among hundreds of people detained on Wednesday (15/06) for attempting to stage a rally in Jayapura to support West Papua's independence. (Antara Photo/Indrayadi TH)
Jakarta. A Spanish national was among hundreds of people detained on Wednesday (15/06) for attempting to stage a rally in Jayapura to support West Papua's independence and reject a reconciliation plan prepared by the Indonesian government.
Thousands of protesters from pro-independence group West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, had descended from neighboring districts into Jayapura but were intercepted by the police before they could reach the Papua Provincial Council office in Jayapura.
The KNPB has rejected a reconciliation plan prepared by Chief Security Minister Luhut Panjaitan, arguing that the Indonesian government is still pursuing repressive tactics toward pro-independence Papuans.
Among the detained protesters was Andreu Arino I Prats, a Spanish national and a student at Fisica University in Barcelona.
Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Patrige Renwarin told Vivanews the police are questioning the Spanish national about his involvement with the KNPB.
According to the police, Prats entered Indonesia through the border city of Tarakan in North Kalimantan around two and a half months ago.
“He had just been here in Jayapura for two days and decided to join the protest,” Patrige said.
KNPB claimed more than 1,236 activists had been detained in West Papua and Papua for taking part in a number of rallies since June 10.
“Most of the detained activists had been released, but only after much questioning by the police. In Nabire, the police held them in custody for a whole day,” KNPB spokesman Bazoka Logo told local media Suara Papua.
2) MSG leaders summit scheduled for Honiara
4:50 pm on 16 June 2016
Foreign Ministers and senior official of Melanesian Spearhead Group member states have held respective meetings this week in Lautoka, Fiji.
The meetings come ahead of a special MSG leaders summit which is understood to be scheduled for the Solomon islands capital, Honiara, on July 14.
The leaders' summit, which was originally scheduled for Port Vila in Vanuatu last month, has been postponed twice amid a busy schedule for the various leaders involved.
The summit is expected to formalise the appointment of the MSG's new director-general, Amena Yauvoli, and to discuss a bid by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua for full membership in the group.
The venue of the summit was changed after an aborted attempt at holding the summit in Port Moresby two weeks ago, ahead of which the leader of the Liberation Movement was not allowed to enter Papua New Guinea.
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"I will meet all community elements, including religious figures, students, military and police officials and also non-governmental organizations. The government wishes to show to the world that we are serious and transparent in settling the cases. There is no engineering," he said at Sentani airport in Jayapura, Papua.
He said the process has been going well. The integrated team that was set up in May 2016 to handle alleged cases of human rights violations in Papua and West Papua provinces has been assigned to collect data, information and analysis and it will submit its report to the President.
Minister Luhut said in a written statement received here that day that a team had indeed been set up by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) in 2011 and this integrated team was set up by the government and was aimed at helping accelerate the settlement of the cases.
"The integrated team has defined the criteria for a human right violation. The criteria have been formulated transparently, and are measurable with impartiality. Based on the criteria, out of 22 reported cases, three could be categorized as human right violations, namely the Wasior, Wamena and Paniai cases," he said, adding that he had never intervened in the process of work of the team.
Minister Luhut said whoever is declared guilty by the team will face judicial process. "Whoever he is, be they community members or law enforcement officials. In principle, whoever is declared guilty will be taken through a judicial process," he said.
To assure that the process is transparent, he said he had invited New Zealands Ambassador to Indonesia, Trevor Matheson, Solomon Ambassador Salana Kalu, Fiji Ambassador S.T. Cavuilati and Papua New Guinea Ambassador Peter Ilau to Papua.
"Their presence here is to make the international community see what we have been doing. They are not a fact-finding team," he said.
When asked about the rejection of the team by a Komnas HAM Commissioner, Minister Luhut said he had received confirmation from Komnas HAM Chairman Nur Kholis that this is a matter of a personal view and not the decision of Komnas HAM.
"When he was contacted by our staff, Pak (Mr) Nur Kholis said the decision of Komnas HAMs plenary meeting is to establish a working task force that will help Nur Khlis and Ibu (Mrs) Zandra Mambrasar to work for Papua together with the governments team," he said.
With regards to reports about more than 1,000 people being arrested while conducting a demonstration to protest the governments team, Papua Regional Police Chief Paulus Waterpauw denied this, saying, "There has never been any arrest made. We only asked them to disperse."
During his visit to the office of the Financial Service Authority (OJK) in Jayapura, Minister Luhut and the Head of the National Planning Board, Sofyan Djalil, had been briefed on OJK activities so far.
OJK has emphasized on financial education and boosting economic development in Papua.
On the occasion, Minister Luhut also expressed support for the development of entrepreneurship in the coffee, cocoa and palm oil plantation sectors.
He advised OJK to set a target and find indigenous business cadres.
Minister Luhut plans to visit Wamena, Manokwari and Merauke while in Papua.
(Reporting by Syaiful Hakim/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR)