Wednesday, September 14, 2016

1) Tahiti and New Caledonia full members of PIF

2) Police up security in Papua, hunt down teacher shooter
3) KNPB Papua Owned Everyone, Not Just Yakuhimo
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1) Tahiti and New Caledonia full members of PIF
  • By Len Garae
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While the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) accepted New Caledonia and French Polynesia to full membership of PIF during its 47th Forum at Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia last week (September 8-10)
, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai says full membership comes with benefits as well as obligations, and Vanuatu’s support won’t compromise the country’s stand on self determination for New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
He says the French Government specifically requested during COP 21 in Paris in December of last year, and the same request was made by the President of New Caledonia for Vanuatu to support New Caledonia to become a full member of PIF.
The Prime Minister says on his official trip to New Caledonia, he was asked to support New Caledonia and French Polynesia to become full members of PIF.
“Also the French High Commissioner in New Caledonia requested the same favour for the two Associate Members to become full members of PIF and MSG as part of regional integration,” the Prime Minister continues.
“Vanuatu supports both Territories since both have their own Governments which are elected by their peoples. Now that they are full members particularly nearby New Caledonia, there are obligations that they are expected to comply with. New Caledonia must now open up.
“I told the President of New Caledonia that when you came to Vanuatu, you promised visa-free access to New Caledonia and it has not happened yet. Now you are a full member of PIF, when are you going to comply with your promise? Now you have an obligation and it is not restricted to Vanuatu but to the member countries of the PIF which allow visa free travel to each other’s countries apart from New Zealand and Australia, but on the other hand, they are providing employment opportunities for our people.
“I also reminded the President of New Caledonia of reports that there are people from Vanuatu who are employed on the black market in New Caledonia and that it has to cease when the process is legalised”.
The Prime Minister says there are areas in the social sector including education and health that have to be formalised bilaterally, now that they are members of PIF”.
In terms of trade, he says, “Vanuatu wants to be able to export its yam, taro and meat to New Caledonia which means the Territory’s traditional stand on protectionism has to be relaxed”.
The Prime Minister says the truth is that it is not Paris that is restricting such trade to protect New Caledonia’s own products but the Territory’s own leaders who are imposing the ban. “Now it is the leaders in New Caledonia who must open their doors to regionalism to materialise so this is why we support them to become full members”, the Prime Minister says.
“But I also made it clear to the Presidents of New Caledonia and French Polynesia that Vanuatu’s support for them to become full members of PIF does not in any way comprise our stand for self-determination for New Caledonia and Tahiti.
“We have common issues in health, education and climate change and trade which we have to deal with, which are the reasons why we support you to become full members of PIF”.
On the issue of West Papua, PIF reached a consensus on reports of alleged human rights violations committed by Indonesia, for the Forum to bring the allegations to the table with Indonesia, and to take the case to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
“Very few PIF members support the call for self-determination for West Papua, with the Solomons and Vanuatu in Melanesia and Tonga and Tuvalu (and Kiribati) in Polynesia. Those countries who support self-determination for West Papua believe that if there are human rights violations, it is because of their political aspirations”.
PIF resolved for the five countries to take up the case to the UN Decolonisation Committee.
The Prime minister says he is going to raise the issue of alleged human rights abuse (against West Papuans by Indonesian) at the UN General Assembly in New York next week.

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2) Police up security in Papua, hunt down teacher shooter
 Nether Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura | Wed, September 14 2016 | 08:24 am

Police in Papua have increased security measures by sending two special teams to Puncak Jaya regency following the fatal shooting of a teacher in the regency’s Mulia district.

Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said Tuesday that the special teams would help local police and Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel in Puncak Jaya to hunt down the perpetrators.

“We will hunt down and arrest the perpetrators who committed the barbaric and inhumane act of shooting and killing a teacher who taught children everyday to become smart,” Waterpauw said at Sentani Airport in Jayapura while seeing off the special teams.

Ezra Patatang, 27, who had taught Catholicism for two years at the SDN Kulirik elementary school in Mulia, Puncak Jaya, was shot and killed by unidentified persons in Karubate village, Mulia district on Aug. 12 at around 6:30 p.m. local time.

Aside from having served as a non-permanent teacher at the school, Ezra also drove an ojek motorcycle taxi after teaching. He was also the OMK Catholic Youth leader of the Illaga parish in Mulia.

“That afternoon, he was carrying a passenger from Kota Baru to Kota Lama, where his house is also located. He was then found dead with gunshot wounds,” said Markus Tandiayu, a fellow teacher and deputy chairman of the Toraja Family Association’s Puncak Jaya chapter.

In Mulia, Ezra lived with his sister Resty Patatang who is also a teacher.

“Three months ago, before traveling to Jayapura to teach, I told him to teach the children well and watch the church, and it was the last time I saw my brother,” Resty said when met at Sentani Airport in Jayapura.

She recalled that people in her community welcomed her brother and he was often called by his profession as a teacher rather than by his name.

“But why was he killed like this?” she said.

Ezra had worked as a temporary teacher in Mulia for the past two years.

Markus expressed hope that authorities would soon capture the perpetrators, adding that as an innocent person who served as an assistant teacher, Ezra should not have been killed.

“Ezra served as a teacher to teach children to be able to read and write. He had a noble duty, but shouldn’t have been killed,” he said.

Based on the crime scene investigation, the bullet hit Ezra at point-blank range on his right temple before piercing through to the back of his head. “When the victim was found, he was about 10 meters from his bike. It appeared to be a struggle before he was shot,” said Waterpauw.

Ezra’s body was flown on a small plane from Mulia to Sentani Airport where his body was then flown to Makassar, South Sulawesi, on a Batik Air flight, before finally being brought to his hometown of Masamba in Luwuk regency.

All transportation costs were covered by the Puncak Jaya regency administration. “Transportation costs for the body and for the nine family members who accompanied the body have been covered by the Puncak Jaya regency administration,” said Markus.


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3) KNPB Papua Owned Everyone, Not Just Yakuhimo

Jubi | News Portal Papua No. 1

Jayapura, Jubi - Legislators Papua, Natan Pahabol said West Papua National Committee (KNPB) - the organization that is intensively mangkampanyekan issue of Papuan independence, not only belong to Yakuhimo, but belongs to all the people of Papua.

If anyone believes as if KNPB belong only to the Yakuhimo, it was mistaken. KNPB is not formed by the Yakuhimo, but all the people of Papua.

"All the elements of the Papuan people in the KNPB," said Natan Pahabol last week.

According to the legislator from the constituency Yahukimo, Yalimo and the Bintang Mountains, there are those who do not think KNPB which has been aggressively campaigned freedom Papua in Jayapura City and other areas in Papua only beranggotan Yakuhimo society.

"Never again there are statements that seemed to call KNPB belongs only to those Yakuhimo or as if they were there in person only Yakuhimo KNPB. KNPB is not only in Yahukimo, but in all the districts / cities in Papua and West Papua, "he said.

Papua legislators more constituencies Bintang Mountains, Yalimo and Yahukimo, Gerson Soma said KNPB is one of the organizations that formed the original person Papua (OAP) for voicing injustice.

 "This KNPB formed by indigenous Papuans from various regions. KNPB This is the organization that represents OAP, both locally, nationally and internationally, "said Gerson.

According KNPB aggressively campaigned and spoke about the rights and dignity of OAP. They struggle because there is injustice. (*)
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