Friday, October 28, 2016

1) Manokwari worst incidents of post 1999, the National Human Rights Commission expressly requested LP3BH

2) Government making West Papua more accessible

3) Indonesia: Farming brings stability to remote villages in Papua
4) Indonesia, Australia to strengthen military ties

5) Rioting in Mankowari not connected to elections: Security minister

6) Indonesia, Australia reaffirm commitment to security ties

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1) Manokwari worst incidents of post 1999, the National Human Rights Commission expressly requested LP3BH

Jubi | News Portal Papua No. 1,

The people of Manokwari carrying the bodies of Onesimus Rumayom - Doc. LP3BH

Jayapura, Jubi - The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) condemned the incident of stabbing, shooting and persecution in Manokwari, West Papua, which occurred on October 26, 2016.

The tragedy that claimed seven Papuans. Two of them died and the remaining injuries were critical and twists.

"Son of Papua named Vigal Pauspaus origin Fak-Fak stabbed, then officials issued a fire that resulted in the death of a community named Onesimus Rumayom (40) and several other civilians were seriously wounded and was being treated in hospital Lift Sea Fasharkan Manokwari," said Natalius Pigai, Komsioner Commission, through information received Jubi, Thursday (27/10/2016).

Komnas HAM request immediate legal proceedings against the perpetrators, "must be transparent and objective," said Pigai.

Inside the release Pigai again stressed that one of the main factors of human rights violations continue to occur in Papua because until now the President Jokowi never mentioned a word about human rights conditions in Papua.

According to him, Jokowi respond to all cases of human rights violations ranging from past human rights violations, agrarian conflicts, to freedom of expression, but not human rights issues in Papua.

"It is unfortunate that not a single word about the human rights situation in Papua is delivered. It shows the president deliberately allowed human rights violations in Papua and can be categorized as an omission (by ommision), "he said.

In the records of Komnas HAM, Pigai remind some state violence that also killed many civilians such as the shooting and killing of the activists.

In Yahukimo allegedly committed by Brimob shootings on March 20, 2015; shooting incident also occurred in the District Dogiyai on June 25, 2015; while in Tolikara on July 17, one person was killed and 11 people injured 015. Then Timika shooting case in the District on August 28, 2015 killed two people and wounded six; and previously as many as 18 people died in Jayanti, Timika.

"We also witnessed in April and May two Papuans were arrested; likewise not in July and August 2016 more than 2,000 people were arrested and detained, "said Natalius.

Separately, the Executive Director of the Manokwari LP3BH, Yan Christian Warinussy asserted, reports of violence in recent Manokwari will be delivered through a network of international human rights advocacy.

"We continue to network in Geneva, Switzerland, London, United Kingdom, complete with chronology data and photo of the person alleged to have suffered gunshot wounds from weapons belonging to the security forces Polda Papua Barat, Police Manokwari and the Police Mobile Brigade West Papua" he said in a release received Jubi Thursday (27/10).

"We also urge the Commission to request information directly from Manokwari police chief, Adjunct Senior Men's Christian Roni visible along West Papua Police Mobile Brigade, Pol. Desman Tarin and West Papua provincial police chief, Brig. Drs. Royke Lumowa allegedly responsible for these violent events, "said Warinussy.

LP3BH noted, Manokwari event has become the worst record of human rights violations in Manokwari since 1999. "After the events of Manokwari bloody September 1999 that killed John Wamafma and have not been resolved by law until now," said Yan Christian Warinussy. (*)


2) Government making West Papua more accessible

Sabtu, 29 Oktober 2016 00:58 WIB | 471 Views

Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has been making efforts to make West Papua province more accessible by constructing ports, a container terminal as well as an airport to develop the economy of the area.

"In the last two years, the government of Joko Widodo constructed transportation infrastructure in West Papua, particularly for air and sea transportation," the Head of Communication and Informatics Service of West Papua, Bambang Heriawan Soesanto, said here on Friday.

Jokowi launched a sea toll system in 2015 to develop Indonesias transportation system, including in eastern Indonesia.

The government selected the Sorong City as the first center for sea toll in eastern Indonesia.

The government also built a container terminal and developed ports in Sorong to end the disparity in prices in rural areas.

"The program will be expanded to cover areas which are not accessible for commercial ships, such as Oransbari, South Manokwari and Bintuni Gulf," Soesanto noted.

Besides, Jokowi also built several airports in West Papua Province such as the Dominie Edward Osok Airport and the Rendani Manokwari Airport.

In order to support the tourism sector in Raja Ampat, the government will also extend Waisay Raja Ampat Port to accommodate direct flights from other provinces.

He hoped that a direct flight can be operated from Makassar, Manado and Denpasar.

Additionally, the South Manokwari District administration has handed over the Abbreso Ransiki Air Strip to the Transportation Ministry for development.

The local people of South Manokwari have also supported the development program by giving 600 hectares of land to be developed as the air strip is extended.

The government also plans to build a new airport in the Wondama Gulf District.

Soesanto informed that the ministry was conducting a feasibility study for the construction of the Wondama Gulf Airport.

Meanwhile, the Head of Arfak Tribe, Dominggus Mandacan, said the government has come up with a number of programs to develop West Papua.

He invited other heads of districts and cities to support the government in developing Papua.

Mandacan commented that the enhanced infrastructure facilities will positively affect the development of education, health and local economy in Papua and West Papua.(*)

3) Indonesia: Farming brings stability to remote villages in Papua
Published on 24 Oct 2016 
SENGGI, Indonesia, Oct 24 2016 (IPS) - Only two decades ago, Usku, Molof and Namla, three villages in Senggi District, Papua, were the battlefield of feuding tribes fighting for their ulayat (communal land). Afra, the triumphant tribe, then settled in the villages and led a life of hunting and gathering.
Their semi-nomadic lifestyle carried on despite the so-called transmigration in the adjacent village of Waris, where villagers from Java started a new life under central government sanction.
The three villages border Papua New Guinea, covering around 4,000 square kms, and are the least developed spots in the island of Papua.
Now the villages are being transformed, with permanent houses and front-yard farming. Where there used to be scarcity, food abounds.
It all began less than three months ago when the ministry of villages, underdeveloped regions and transmigration sent a team of agricultural and social experts to the villages and worked together with the locals to improve the living conditions of the Indonesia’s eastern-most border communities.
Dasarus Daraserme, 50, said that farming makes his life much easier. “These days, I don’t have to go deep into the forest to find food. It’s all right here in my front yard, you see?” he told IPS, pointing at his newly-sown crops.
“It was getting harder and harder to find food, animals and herbs there [in the forest],” he added.
Expansion by three big palm oil plantations has reduced forest resources in the Keerom District.
Daraserme said his plot yields more than he and his family need, even after he sold the surplus. “We need only one and half kilogrammes of vegetables and fruits a day in average, or some five kilogrammes a week. Now we have hundreds of kilogrammes of cucumber, soybean, chilly, tomatoes, green beans. We don’t know what to do about it,” he said.
Anton Sirmei, 53, who grows pumpkin, kale, cabbage, chilly and tomatoes, also has a surplus. “In the past, there was a lack of food. That’s a problem. Now we have more. This is also a problem,” he said.
The closest town with a market is Senggi, which is 12 hours away on foot. Car transportation is available only once a week.
Professor Ali Zum Mashar, who trains the locals in farming techniques, is now helping them organise a cooperative to sell their agricultural products.
“The government invested some money in the village corporation, just the set the wheel of business in motion,” Mashar said.
Mashar said he actually expected a large surplus. “My microbe-based fertilizer can change bare lands into fertile spots. It is able to convert an ex-mining site to a green farm, let alone this fertile soil of Usku,” he said.
He found 18 species of microbes in the forests of Kalimantan while doing his doctoral studies in 2000. He eventually developed a technology that converts the microbes into liquid form, which he calls Bio P 2000 Z. Successful experiments have proved their capability to increase crop yields by as much as threefold.
“The crop yields should double in quantity, quality and speed. We started working in August, now after only three months, you can see for yourself,” he added, pointing at the gardens in the houses’ front yards.
He said the first goal is that the people have enough food, which has been achieved. Expanding the markets is the next step.
The villagers harvest their crops every two weeks. In terms of both quantity and quality, the Usku villagers produce better vegetables and fruit than their counterparts in the transmigration enclave, who are mostly skilled farmers from Java.
Usku, Molof and Namla village definitely have much more to offer than vegetables, fruits and crops to the outside. Non-timber forest products such as herbs and spices, honey, cinnamon, resin, sandalwood and various fruits also have high economic values for the local community.
Mashar and his team are now constructing a ranch for deer breeding in effort to reduce deer hunting in the forest. “But deer breeding is more than just foodstock. It will become tourist attraction too. So soon we will have a sort of village tourism here,” he said.
The biggest challenge now is training villagers in business management, in a community where 80 percent of the population is illiterate. The village has only one primary school with poor facilities. Four teachers manage around 150 students.
Health care is another major issue. The clinic has only one doctor and often has no medicines. Common diseases here are elephantiasis, skin fungus and mumps.
But hopes are high that the increasing harvest will improve incomes, and bring better medical services, education and infrastructure.
“There is still a long way to go. But we are paving the way to a better tomorrow,” Mashar said.


4) Indonesia, Australia to strengthen military ties
News Desk The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, October 28, 2016 | 09:09 am

Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has said Indonesia and Australia are set to discuss efforts on strengthening military ties in an upcoming meeting involving foreign and defense ministers of each respective country. 
Ryamizard said the meeting on Friday, which would take place in Bali, was expected to discuss regional and security issues, including the disputed South China Sea, where neither country was a claimant, as well as how to address terrorist threats. He noted that terrorism was an issue of common concern and an enemy that must be faced together. 
"We'll talk about the South China Sea, we'll talk about terrorist threats. These are issues that we have to discuss together. We'll strengthen the good relationship we have [with Australia]. There are no other issues," Ryamizard said on Thursday, as quoted by Antara news agency. 
He went on to say that the Australian Defense Minister, Marise Payne, had also invited him to visit military bases in Australia, such as a marine headquarters in Darwin, the Northern Territory. He noted that the move demonstrates the openness of each country's military.
Ryamizard further said he would discuss with Australia the issue of countries that had expressed support for an independent Papua, for them to not interfere. 
Further in the meeting, the minister said he would not refuse if Australia suggested a joint military exercise to ward off regional and global security threats.
The meeting on Friday would be the fourth occasion involving the four ministers of both countries since it was first initiated in 2010. 
Foreign Ministry officials had previously said the ministers were set to discuss the strengthening of cooperation on strategic security issues between the two countries, including possible collaboration in cybersecurity. (liz/dmr)

5) Rioting in Mankowari not connected to elections: Security minister

Jumat, 28 Oktober 2016 09:22 WIB | 756 Views

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The recent incident of rioting in Manokwari, West Papua, should not be seen as election related, a senior security minister said Thursday.

Indonesia will witness regional elections in various regions in February next year.

"Do not jump to any conclusion that the violence was related to regional elections," Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Legal Affairs, Wiranto, said.

He said Papua, Aceh as well as Jakarta were among the regions considered vulnerable to election related rioting.

The government, however, would keep working to ensure smooth conduct of the elections to be held simultaneously to elect provincial governors and district heads in 101 regions, including seven provinces.

"Indeed, chances of regional elections-linked law and order problems occurring in Papua, Aceh and Jakarta are quite high. However, while the situation was bad two months ago, we are now trying to cool things down so that by the time of voting, we have the situation under control," he stressed.

Wiranto hoped that the elections next year would run peacefully and in an orderly manner. People would be able to cast their ballots without any pressure to choose who they find the best candidate.

Seven provinces, 76 districts and 18 cities are scheduled to elect governors, district heads and city mayors in simultaneous elections on February 15, 2017.

Clashes took place in Manokwari on Wednesday (October 26), and lasted until Thursday morning. Several people were injured in these, with two suffering gunshot injuries. A local military commandant, Major Suhargono, was manhandled.

"Six people fell victim to the violence. Of the two who were hit by gunshots, one named Onisimus Rumayon died. However, I am confident that he did not die because of the gunshot injury," West Papua Regional Police Chief, Brig. Gen. Royke Lumowa, said.

Explaining another incident, Royke narrated that one Vijay was stabbed when he and his friends were not able to pay for the rice he had bought. People chased Vijay because he was causing nuisance at the food stall.(*)

6) Indonesia, Australia reaffirm commitment to security ties
Liza Yosephine The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, October 28, 2016 | 11:34 pm
Indonesia and Australia are set to continue strengthening the security ties they have developed in various areas, an official has said.
"Indonesia and Australia are committed to strengthening cooperation in counterterrorism and maritime affairs and exploring new cooperation in the field of cybersecurity," the Foreign Ministry's director general for Asia Pacific and Africa, Desra Percaya, said on Friday.
Desra represented Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi at the 2+2 Dialogue attended by foreign and defense ministers of both countries to discuss strategic security talks in Bali.
He said the meeting took place at a time when relations between Indonesia and Australia continued to improve.
Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu earlier said at the meeting that Australia and Indonesia could take advantage of their geographic proximity to jointly maintain security and promote the welfare of people and the region. 
The Foreign Ministry said several agreements were raised at the Bali meeting, including Australia's support for Indonesia's initiative to build a deradicalization center in Sentul, Bogor, as part of the implementation of a memorandum of understanding on international terrorism eradication cooperation signed by the two countries at the same forum last year.
Both parties also agreed to forge a cooperation on capacity building within the framework of security and cybercrime.
A joint statement resulting from the meeting noted defense and military weaponry system cooperation.
"Ministers welcome increased defense industry and military modernization cooperation such as through the agreement between leading Indonesian and Australian defense industry members to develop an armored vehicle, based on the Australian Bushmaster design and customized for the Indonesian Military’s operational needs," it stated. (ebf)

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