1) Papuan Students in Malang Ask for Protection from Intimidation
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Dozens of members of Papuan Student Association (IPMP) staged a rally in front of Malang City Hall, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. They demanded protection and more humane treatment following intimidation directed at them in the past month.
“After 36 years studying in Malang, we have been living peacefully with Malang residents. Pleasant and peaceful,” said the coordinator of the rally, Anton Nawipa. However, they have seen banners displayed of late by certain organizations accusing Papuan students of plotting a coup. The organization even had no hesitation in threatening to banish them.
“We have been left distressed from our dorms, to our campus,” he said. He claimed that he often been accused of being involved in a student organization plotting a coup. He had also been subject to racial discrimination. Therefore, he had asked Malang administration and city council to help maintain stability in Malang.
According to him, Malang residents have been welcome to Papuan students studying in Malang. In fact, they have been mingling and interacting with local residents. “Their judgement is wrong, we will never plot a coup, we only came here to study. We are part of Malang residents,” he said.
The rally was also staged to clarify and played down separatism and coup allegations. In the rally they hold posters and banners bearing the words: “Maaf kami bukan separatis” (Sorry, we are not separatists), “Menolak rasis” (Against racism), “Aksi solidaritas anti diskriminasi dan rasis,” (Solidarity action against discrimination and racism).
, Papua (ANTARA News) - The provincial administration of West Papua is opening 20 hectares of lands for coffee plantation in the regency of Pegunungan Arfak this year.
"We are preparing 35,000 arabica coffee seedlings to be grown in farmers lands in the district of Testega," head of the regional plantation service Agus Wali said here on Wednesday.
He said in the beginning the seedlings were to be brought in from the Jember Plantation Research Center in East Java, but it is feared that seedlings from Jember would not grow well in the mountainous area of Pegunungan Arfak.
Pegunungan Arfak is 2000 meters above the sea level, therefore, seedlings from Jember would need time for adjustment to the cold climate of that area unlike seedlings from Wamena which has almost the same climate with Pegunungan Arfak, he said.
"Therefore, the plantation service is seeking to procure the seedlings from Wamena, where seedlings are being grown," he said.(*)
3) ’Wiranto’s appointment bolsters impunity for human rights violators': rights groups
Marguerite Afra Sapiie The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Thu, July 28 2016| 05:10 am
Human rights groups have lambasted President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's decision to appoint Wiranto as the new coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister, claiming it is in contrast to the government's own commitment to resolve the past human rights abuse in which Wiranto was alleged to have been implicated.
Wiranto's appointment manifested concerns that Jokowi did not take human rights abuse into account in his Cabinet shake-up, chairman of human rights advocacy group Setara Institute Hendardi said on Wednesday.
"Wiranto's presence in the Cabinet will bolster the impunity of human rights violators as it will be difficult for him to resolve gross human rights violations, involvement in several cases of which he himself was suspected," Hendardi said in a text message to thejakartapost.com.
His appointment indicated a dim future for Indonesia's efforts toward the fair settlement of rights violation cases, he said, adding that Wiranto held a strategic position that oversaw the performance of the Attorney General's Office, the National Police, ministries and institutions related to politics and legal and security affairs.
Separately, Al-Araf, director of human rights watchdog Imparsial also slammed the appointment of the retired military general with a poor human rights track record as a demonstration of Jokowi's inconsistency in his own vows to uphold human rights in his administration.
Wiranto was inaugurated on Wednesday afternoon replacing Luhut Pandjaitan who was appointed as the coordinating maritime affairs minister in the second Cabinet reshuffle. He was notoriously suspected of having committed gross human rights violations during the referendum in East Timor, now Timor Leste, in 1999 when he served as the commander of the Indonesian Military. (rin)