Saturday, October 15, 2016

1) Papua Police to beef up security for 2017 elections

2) UN requests Indonesia response to allegations of violent discrimination
3) Fest Papuan Rocks

1) Papua Police to beef up security for 2017 elections
Nether The Jakarta Post
Jayapura, Papua | October 15, 2016 | 06:05 pm
Around 10,000 security personnel from the National Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the Community Protection Agency (linmas) will be deployed to guard the 2017 general elections in Papua.
Eleven regencies and municipalities will take part in the election scheduled for Feb. 15, 2017.
"The security umbrella will be implemented from the registration of hopefuls up to the announcement of the winners," Papua Police chief Inps. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said during a simulation event of regional elections security in Jayapura on Saturday.
Papua Police have arranged strategic planning for all regencies and municipalities that participate in the elections.
"We will press down on any conflicts that might happen," Paulus said.
From the 11 areas, security authorities have listed four areas as potential zones of conflict, namely Jayapura, Lanny Jaya, Puncak Jaya and Tolikara.
In Jayapura, conflict may emerge after the Golkar Party mistakenly endorsed two candidate pairs, Abisai Rollo-Dipo Wibowo and Benhur Tommy Mano-Rustan Saru. The mistake led to the acting secretary of Golkar’s Papua branch, Marthinus Werimon, to receive a bomb threat on Thursday.

Furthermore, in Puncak Jaya, there is a potential for conflict from armed militia groups operating in the area. (rin) 

2) UN requests Indonesia response to allegations of violent discrimination
RUBY TAYLOR Saturday, October 15, 2016
Update: 1:14PM THE request made by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) to Indonesia to formally respond to allegations of racial violence and discrimination against Papuans by November is a sign that the attitude of the UN to West Papua's case is beginning to change, a PACIFIC Islands Association of NGO's (PIANGO) press release has stated.
In the statement, Pacific Islands Association of NGOs executive director, Emele Duituturaga expressed these sentiments following UN CERD chair, Anastasia Crickley's notification to Indonesia's UN Permanent Representative, Triyono Wibowo that the committee's recent session had considered allegations of killings and violence of indigenous Papuans in West Papua.
"I write to inform you that in the course of its 90th session, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has considered, under its early warning and urgent action procedure, allegations of excessive use of force, arrests, killings and torture of persons belonging to the Papuan indigenous people in West Papua, Indonesia, and allegations of discrimination against this people, that have been brought to its attention by a non-governmental organization," Ms Crickley stated in the October 3rd dated correspondence.
Duituturaga said the committee's specific requests for information indicated how seriously it was treating the allegations made by civil societies to the UN about the treatment of indigenous West Papuans by the Indonesian government.
The ball  is in their court now and Pacific civil societies are eagerly awaiting November 14 alongside UN CERD to read their response," Duituturaga was quoted as saying.
3) Fest Papuan Rocks

Thousands gathered down at Saralana Stage this week as Fest Napuan celebrated independence in the Pacific with an outstanding showcase of local and international talent.
This year’s festival, which celebrates 21 years of bringing Pacific islands music to the people of the Vanuatu, features half a dozen international acts as well as 18 local bands.
With an improved sound system, bigger stage and better lighting, Fest Napuan is moving from strength to strength. This year’s theme is ‘Independence in the Pacific’ and features music from West Papua, Kanaky, Solomon Islands and PNG as well as over a dozen local acts.

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