Friday, September 30, 2016

1) Regional Heads in Papua Should Unite to End Military Approach

2) Talk of Tackling Papuan Rights Violations Only to Appease International Critics
3) Bogiyategi Elementary School Poorly Equipped for 18 Years
4) Jayapura Launches Digital School Program
5) A Ray of Hope for Education in Papua

6) Ethnic Chinese to run in Papua election
1) Regional Heads in Papua Should Unite to End Military Approach
30 September 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua legislator Laurenzus Kadepa reminded both current and future regional heads in Papua to urge the Central Government to change its military approach to Papua and put an end to human rights violations.
A member of Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council for Government, Politics, Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Kadepa warned the Indonesian government that international support for Papua has increased.
“It is impossible for other countries, especially the countries in Pacific, to pay attention to Indonesia without any reasons, whether it has done a historical mistake or whatever. It would also become the task of the elected heads to correct the mistakes that occurred in Papua. It’s not only the Central Government’s responsibility, because the local heads are the extended of the Central Government in the province and municipal/regency,” Kadepa told Jubi by phone on Thursday (29/9/2016).
The local heads should also follow the current dynamics, in particular on the Papua issue upon the international community instead of being paid and do nothing but let the State become a spotlight and take all the responsibilities. The local heads in Papua have a duty to assist the State to find a resolution of Papua issue and change the method of approach towards Papuan people.

“The regional heads should not only build their own good image in the media everyday and do not understand about the Papua issue and where the direction of the State would go. Do not just say that you stand for the unison of the Republic of Indonesia but do not understand about the State’s internal issue. They should able to see this dynamics globally for being able to help the Central Government in correcting the system that was applied for Papua, especially the military approach,” he said.
He said although the regional heads in Papua are from many different political parties, but they should be united to see the progress in Papua and urge the Central Government to change their method towards Papua that tends to see Papua from the political side.
“As the result the approach used for Papua is the military system and it is only to raise the issue of free Papua and the international community’s support. The world’s intervention towards Papua issue is like a slap in the face. Now, there are not only six countries showing their supports to Papua but seven. If the condition in Papua are not changing, it would gain many more supports,” he added.

Separately, another Papua legislator Ruben Magai said the international supports towards Papua have described about something wrong has been happened in Papua. “It means that something wrong was considered happening. Other countries would not continuously highlight it if nothing is not wrong,” said Magai. According to him, it cannot be denied that the Papua issue has been worldwide. Other countries always keep monitoring the progress of Papua, especially the countries in the Pacific region. (*/rom)

2) Talk of Tackling Papuan Rights Violations Only to Appease International Critics

28 September 2016

Jayapura, Jubi – Talk of settling cases of human rights violations in Papua is only aimed at pacifying the criticism of the international community, the coordinator of human rights group Kontras Jakarta, Haris Azhar ,told Jubi on Tuesday (27/9/2016).
He was responding to a meeting of the Minister of Politic, Legal, Human Rights and Security Affairs Wiranto with Papua and Papua Barat Police, the representatives of Attorney General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Human Rights Commission and Papua human rights activists on Thursday (22/9) in Jakarta.
“The memories and suffering of Papuans have not become a lesson learned for today’s government. Jakarta and Joko Widodo’s administration are not sensitive,” said Haris.
As consequence, he said, what is applied by the state is only an image through a statement to other statement. Even it went to the UN plenary meeting in a last few days in New York.

“My assumption, the Indonesian’s plan to apply as a temporarily member at the UN Security Council is intended to block international voices against Indonesia because of the Papua issue, as the one of the reasons,” he said.
Haris also said attempts by the Minister of Politics, Legal, Human Rights and Security Affairs as well as other state’s institutions to get input and suggestions in order to settle the case of alleged severe human rights violations in Papua, as an inefficient mechanism. He also told about the problem related to the performance of government’s control, such as the role of deputies of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP).
“Under the KSP, there are deputies, who said are the military experts. Well, why did the human rights perpetrators in Papua couldn’t report to the president, or did it be ignored? It means KSP is less important than military?” he said.
For the example, the appointment of Major General Hartomo who involved in the murder case of Theys Elluay, as BAIS Chief. According to Azhar, it was occurred because the Joko Widodo’s administration is an unrespected human rights administration.

“I am personally concern to my brothers in Papua who were trapped to elect the President Widodo in 2014,” he said.
Haris Azhar admitted in general he was hardly to understand on the today’s government that seems want to solve the Papua issues with many problems of human rights violation, on the other hand the strategic position of the policy makers related to the fulfillment and protection of human rights violations are under those who had a record on severe human rights violations.
“For example, Wiranto as the Coordinating Minister of Politic, Legal, Human Rights and Security Affairs, his name was recorded as the responsible person for some human rights violations cases including East Timor 1999, Student Shooting incident 1998, Semanggi I and Semanggi II incidents. The worst is those cases never been resolved until now,” he said.
Such situation, he said, triggered the controversial and trauma.
“It’s controversial for a question whether this figure could be dealing with the human rights violations? Also Papuans might have traumatic with the military figure who handle this case,” he said.

He asserted this situation is a prove that President Joko Widodo doesn’t care and doesn’t understand about the problem of this nation, including and especially the problem related to the Indonesian Government’s mistakes in treating people and Papuan community.
In response the coordination meeting held by Minister Wiranto on last Thursday, Latifah Anum Siregar, lawyer form Alliance for Democracy in Papua (AIDP) reasserted that since the beginning the integrated team under this ministry to solve the human right violation cases in Papua has not had the formal legality.
“Team received many responses due to their inability to solve the human rights cases in Papua,” said Siregar to Jubi on Sunday (25/9/2016).

She said they don’t have the authority to determine the what cases should be solved.
“Because according to the Law no 39 Year 1999 the investigation authority is on the hand of the Indonesian Human Rights Commission and Attorney General. So that team had no formal legality to solve the human rights violation cases,” he said.
When he was sworn replacing Luhut Binsar Panjaitan as the Coordinating Minister of Politic, Legal and Security Affairs, Wirantos aid he would settle the human right violation cases. He promised to solve it fairly and referred to the national interest. 
“I will continue and solve the human rights problem in a fair, transparent, dignified, but it shouldn’t harm the national interest. Because it is still the number one,” said Wiranto as cited by CNN Indonesia.
According to him, the former Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has attempted to solve the severe human rights violations in the past. (*/rom)

3) Bogiyategi Elementary School Poorly Equipped for 18 Years
29 September 2016

Dogiyai, Jubi – The Dogiyai Education Office urged the local government to renovate SDN (elementary school) Bogiyateugi at Kamuu Selatan Sub-district, saying that since it was built in 1998, it has never been revamped and only had three unfurnished classrooms to accommodate 98 pupils.
The principal, Eneas Anou, said the government has not paid attention to the school and its facilities are also inadequate.
“There are no ceilings, no furniture for each classroom, no doors as well. So we use a plank as the door. Also, the terrace’s floor have lost its base because the planks were already rotten,” the principal told Jubi in Moanemani on Tuesday (27/9/2016).
He said another problem is there are not enough teachers.
“Currently the school building only has three classrooms without any supporting facilities. Also, we only have five teachers, including one civil servant and four contract teachers who must teaching the 98 pupils from the 1st to 6th grades,” he said.
School Renovation and Teachers’ Housing
Anou asked the local government to immediately response to his proposal in order to improve the quality of education in the sub-district.

He said, besides of the school building, he hoped the government would provide facilities such as chairs and tables for the pupils as well as teachers’ housing to be built near the school location.
“I hope the local government, in this case Dogiyai Education Office, can visit soon to see the school’s poor condition,” said Anou. He said the local government would be touched and meet the school’s request.
“We hope the government is prioritizing our proposal and able to realize it (allocate in the budget) within this year or next year,” he said. However, the learning process is still running although it has been encountering some difficulties sometimes.
KNPI (Indonesian Youth National Committee) Chairman of Kamuu Selatan Sub-district, Dogiyai, Melianus Woge who’s sub-district native confirmed the principal’s statement when he was contacted. He said this elementary school has obtained less attention from the local government.
“During the time the local government has never looked after the development in the remote area, including the school at Kamuu Selatan sub-district,” said the man who just been elected for five months as KNPI Chairman at Kamuu Selatan. (*/rom)
4) Jayapura Launches Digital School Program
30 September 2016

Jayapura Jubi – The Jayapura Municipal Government has launched a digitalschool program, requiring all schools to provide both software and hardware such as computers and internet connection to enable e-learning.
The Head of Jayapura Municipal Education I Wayan Mudiasa said the computers should be installed with learning materials including modules and student working pages.
“All applications have been saved in the computers, so the students can save and also download it for learning,” Mudiasa told reporter on Thursday (29/9/2016).
He also said the learning materials and students’ tasks could be saved in the server, therefore using the password the teachers could transfer those tasks in the form of digital e-learning for students.
This program, further he said, has been applied in some referral schools, then to several schools that are ready for applying it. He expected the students from different schools could be adapted with this program, because this is a new advance in education. Mudiasa added for applying the e-learning, the Education Office has been prepared the teachers for using the e-learning as well as to the students through social digital class. This class is provided to the schools without the computer lab, so that the students could take their turn to access it.

The trained teachers could also schedule the curriculum to be put in these digital classes. Several schools in Jayapura Municipality also used the Android mobile phone, but Mudiasya said this would really disturb the students’ concentration for learning.
“I have been warned some schools to be able to differentiate the gadget. Fine if the students bring the laptops, but mobile phone would bring the negative impact,” he said.
Meanwhile one of the student’s parents, Jubaida, strongly agree if the teachers are strict with the rule for not bringing the mobile phone to school. (*/rom)


A series of photos

5) A Ray of Hope for Education in Papua

The students of Lentera Harapan School in Mamit Village, Kembu, in the district of Tolikara in Papua, sprint to their canteen at lunch break. (JG Photo/Donny Andhika Mononimbar)
By : Donny Andhika Mononimbar | on 5:00 PM September 30, 2016

Lentera Harapan School in Mamit Village, Kembu, in the district of Tolikara in Papua, is a free-tuition school. There are several Lentera Hardpan educational institutions in remote areas of Papua and in other regions in Indonesia where no state-run schools are available.


6) Ethnic Chinese to run in Papua election
Nether Dharma Somba, Apriadi Gunawan and Agus Maryono
Medan/Jayapura/Cilacap | Fri, September 30 2016 | 07:58 am

In a place like Papua where communal conflicts are common, it takes unusual courage to even express a different opinion. And, of course, the stakes are even higher for an outsider challenging Papuans in the local elections.

Defying opposition from Papuans, a Chinese-Indonesian woman is running for a top post in the Jayapura regency in the Feb. 15 poll. Yanni is not the only woman who will contest the local elections as there are two other female candidates running for the poll. But, she is the only non-Papuan to contest the local election in the region where tribal sentiment is extremely strong.

When Yanni, along with her running mate Zadrak Afasedanya, registered with the Jayapura General Elections Commission (KPUD) as a regent candidate, a group of local women protested her candidacy simply because she is not a native Papuan.

“Many have criticized my candidacy through social media. Some say [the chance] to become regent is the birthright [only] of native Papuans,” she said.

Yanni said the protest and criticism did not discourage her as she believed that not all Papuans had opinions and thoughts like that.

“It’s the opinion of those who do not like me, but I also cannot ignore the opinion of our Papuan brothers who support my candidacy,” said Yanni, who was a member of the Papua Provincial Legislature (DPRD) for 13 years.

For the upcoming election, Yanni was nominated by the Gerindra Party, National Mandate Party (PAN) and National Awakening Party (PKB). Another woman, Siska Yoku, is also contesting the Jayapura poll as an independent while Robeka Enembe is running for Tolikara vice regent.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) database shows that women make up less than 7 percent of candidates taking part in the 2017 regional elections. As of Thursday, data compiled by the KPU show that, of a total 644 candidates, only 44 are women.

Women’s rights activist Gadis Arivia, who is also the founder of influential feminist publication Jurnal Perempuan, said the prevailing patriarchal culture in the country had made it even more difficult for women to enter politics.

She said the government had not made sufficient efforts to promote gender equality. 

In contrast to Yanni’s experience in Papua, a candidate pair running in Central Tapanuli, North Sumatra, is a historic demonstration of diversity.

For the first time, a Catholic priest is running for regent with a Muslim running mate. 

Catholic priest Rantinus Manalu and Muslim cleric Sodiqin Lubis will register with the Central Tapanuli KPUD on Friday as an independent candidate pair. They will hand over additional copies of ID cards from their supporters as required by the law. (fac)

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