Thursday, September 1, 2016

1) Corruption Witnesses Must Come Forward, Be Protected Papuan Agency Says

2) UN helping Bougainville prepare for referendum
1) Corruption Witnesses Must Come Forward, Be Protected Papuan Agency Says
By : Jihaan Risviani & Ratri M. Siniwi | on 11:59 AM September 01, 2016

The agency has encouraged witnesses to come forward and file complaints. (Antara Photo/M. Agung Rajasa)

Jakarta. The Witness and Victim Protection Agency, or LPSK, has highlighted the effect corruption has in development across the archipelago and encouraging witnesses to come forward for the good of the country.
“You can see it from schools built with low quality and also from roads that always require fixing, leaving no opportunity to build more roads,” Abdul Haris Semendawai, LPSK head, said in Jayapura, Papua, on Wednesday (31/08).
He said corruption has ruined the lives of Indonesians and urged the community to call out suspected acts of corruption, including the misuse of budgets, and report it to authorities.
The public should not hesitate in reporting these violations, he added, as they will be protected under the Law on Witness and Victim Protection.

LPSK has collaborated with the Ministry of Law and Human Rights regional office in Jayapura hosted the "Optimizing Disclosures of Corruption Through the Witness Protection, Rapporteurs and Witnesses" on Wednesday, inviting representatives from the High Court of Papua.
Harli Siregar, assistant of general crimes at the High Court, said the implementation of witness protection is necessary in accordance with the Law on Witness and Victim Protection.
Harli added that a witness can request protection from LPSK through authorities who will then get in touch with the agency.
"Protection will be provided beginning from the stage of the investigation, until the trial. In fact, the judge must participate to protect the witnesses, as the witness also has rights," he said.


2) UN helping Bougainville prepare for referendum
7:11 pm today 
The Papua New Guinea resident co-ordinator for the United Nations System says it wants to help raise further awareness about the peace process in Bougainville

Roy Trivedy announced several projects to achieve this during this week's 15th anniversary celebrations of the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
He said a critical factor was preparing the region for the referendum on possible independence from PNG, which was expected in June 2019.
Mr Trivedy said one of the things the UN had done was provide the Autonomous Bougainville Government with a mobile cinema that was to be used to convey the information people needed to make informed decisions.
"It's a mobile audio and cinema vehicle that will go all around all the different parts of Bougainville, ensure that information is provided to people in quite remote areas. It will also ensure that information about the sustainable development goals can be provided to people," said Roy Trivedy.

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