Friday, September 23, 2016

1) Govt renews vows to solve rights abuse cases in Papua

2) RI, NZ look beyond dairy, palm oil for new business
3) 124 State Defense members introduced to nationalism

1) Govt renews vows to solve rights abuse cases in Papua
Marguerite Afra Sapiie The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, September 23 2016 | 09:26 am
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has admitted that the authorities faced numerous obstacles in resolving human rights abuse cases in Papua.
"The obstacles include a lack of evidence to prove some of the allegations. We also see, in several cases, a lack of witnesses to testify, since the cases occurred years ago," Wiranto told journalists on Thursday.
Nevertheless, he reiterated that the government remained committed to settling rights abuse cases, claiming law enforcers had made some progress by intensifying investigation efforts to deal with gross violations in Papua, so that the cases could be immediately prosecuted at the Attorney General's Office.
Similarly, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said there were some difficult cases that the force was currently trying to settle, including the incident during the third Papuan People's Congress in 2011, when action by police and military officials to disperse the crowd allegedly resulted in the death of at least three Papuans.
Aside from that case, Papuan Police were currently handling three other cases, namely the Wamena incidents, the Yapen Waropen case, as well as the disappearance of Aristoteles Masoka, the driver of Theys Hiyo Eluay, one of Papua's best-known separatist leaders, Paulus said.
Meanwhile, other cases on a list of 12 incidents of alleged gross human rights violations in Papua, including the 2003 Wasior incident and the Paniai shooting of 2014, were being investigated by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the AGO. (dmr)

2) RI, NZ look beyond dairy, palm oil for new business
Stefani Ribka The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, September 23 2016 | 09:14 am 

New Zealand is seeking to forge stronger relations with Indonesia, following a recent high-ranking visit made by Prime Minister John Key to Jakarta.

Both countries now aim to achieve annual bilateral trade of US$4 billion by 2024, an increase from the current $1 billion.

New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay, who is back on his second visit to Jakarta, said that many opportunities were still waiting to be tapped beyond the traditional fields of dairy and crude petroleum oil.

“There is a significant number of areas that I talked about with your trade minister today and we need to find very constructive ways to work closely together,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday after meeting with Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita.

Among the potential fields to explore are specialty coffee, tropical fruits, education, the digital economy and tourism.

Data from the Geneva-based International Trade Center (ITC) show that trade activities between the two countries have grown substantially during the past 10 years. 

In 2006, Indonesia exported goods worth $320 million to New Zealand and the figure had risen by 36.3 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, Indonesia imported goods worth $333.75 million from New Zealand in 2006 and had seen this figure jump by more than 90 percent by the end of 2015.

McClay added that constructive cooperation was already ongoing with several pilot projects to improve productivity in several industries, like beef, renewable energy and aviation. 

The world’s number one dairy exporter has been helping Indonesia create a sustainable beef industry with research and development that will result in better breeding genetics. New Zealand has a population of 4.5 million, but has the capacity to feed about 40 million people worldwide through its robust food production.

McClay said New Zealand was looking to help Indonesia realize its renewable energy target of 23 percent by 2025 as well, adding that it was already generating 80 percent of its energy from renewable sources, such as hydropower and geothermal.

The two countries’ energy partnership was reflected by a deal signed in 2012 between Geothermal New Zealand (Geonz) and Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE)—the subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina—to develop 1,000 megawatts of electricity generation in Sulawesi and Sumatra.

In aviation, McClay said Indonesia stood a chance of becoming the world’s sixth largest aviation market by 2030 with its more than 250 million people. 

McClay is slated to meet with other senior Indonesian officials during his visit, including Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto and Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Tom Lembong. 

Separately, Industry Ministry director general for international industrial security and access development Harjanto said Indonesia saw the partnership with New Zealand as a “new trade order approach” that enabled it to source raw materials from the Pacific country to be processed as highly value-added products.

3) 124 State Defense members introduced to nationalism
Jayapura, Papua | Thu, September 22 2016 | 03:21 pm
Nether Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post

A sense of nationalism -- Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu puts a pin on one of the Bela Negara (State Defense) program recruits in an inauguration ceremony in Skouw-Wutung, on the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border, on Tuesday.(JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

Recruited as the members of the Bela Negara (State Defense) program, 124 school aged youths from areas across Papua attended a three-day-training, where they learned the fundamentals of state defense and nationalism. 
“The state defense program is aimed at implanting love to our motherland for the sake of national unity under the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia [NKRI],” said Yonif 122/TS Task Force commander Lt. Col. Kohir on Thursday.
“We hope that by participating in the state defense program, all youths, who previously tended to only prioritize their personal and group interests, can change their behavior, becoming a person who always puts the country and nation’s best interests over anything,” he went on.
The 124 state defense recruits also learned about social ethics and the dangers of drugs and narcotics during the training, which was held at the Skouw-Wutung border area in Jayapura, Papua, from Sept.18 to 20. The camp provided outbound activities to improve their leadership and communication skills as well.  
As reported earlier, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu inaugurated 124 state defense members in Skouw-Wutung, the border area of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG), on Tuesday. Thirty out of the 124 recruits are street children currently handled by the Jayapura Social Affairs Agency.
“State defense awareness is very important because it becomes the power of this nation for the sake of the NKRI and can guarantee the safety of this nation from all kinds of threats coming from inside or outside the country,” he said.
In the event, Ryamizard was declared a Skouw Mabo native son. “We hope he can help protect people on this Indonesia-PNG border,” Skouw Mabo village leader Yans S. Mallo said. (ebf)

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