Wednesday, April 26, 2017

1) Hary Tanoesoedibjo Reports Allan Nairn to Metro Jaya Police

3) HRW calls for tougher measures to combat violence against journalists

WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL, 2017 | 15:14 WIB
1) Hary Tanoesoedibjo Reports Allan Nairn to Metro Jaya Police

TEMPO.COJakarta - The Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo) chairman Hari Tanoesoedibjo has filed a police report against US journalist Allan Nairn. Perindo legal division head Chris Taufik said that Allan is accused of defaming Hary for referring to him as a financial backer of a mass demonstration staged in November last year that demanded Ahok be jailed for blasphemy.
The police report was filed on Nairn’s investigative article published on local media titled "Ahok Hanyalah Dalih untuk Makar" (a translation of published The Intercept piece titled 'Trump's Indonesian Allies In Bed With ISIS-Backed Militia Seeking to Oust Elected President'). According to Chris, Hary has denied the reports. He also pointed to the lack of specific information in the piece.
Hary, the owner of media giant MNC Group, has denied Allan's claims that he had tried to reach him for comment on the report. "He said that a request for comment had been made, that [Hary] had declined to comment. When was the request made? [He] never have received one," Chris said.
Chris said that Hary prefers to file a police report since he feels that Nairn had violated the law. An option to resolve the dispute through the Press Council, he said, will only be taken to address works of journalism. Chris expects the police to immediately name a suspect in the case. "It's not a journalistic product. There was no 'check and balance', the sources were obscure," Chris said.
Earlier, Nairn's piece had invoked a reaction from the National Armed Forces (TNI). The TNI Headquarters spokesman Major General Wuryanto believed that the piece—which said that the TNI had planned to overthrow the government by backing the anti-Ahok rallies—was not based on facts. The TNI had opted to file a complaint with the Press Council. "We should have been asked for comment," Chris said. chief editor Atmaji Sapta Anggoro said he will take responsibility for the publishing of the report. "Should the Press Council summoned [], we will surely cooperate and be ready to comply," Atmaji said. 


Jayapura, Papua | Wed, April 26, 2017 | 06:50 pm
The Jayapura District Court has sentenced 19 district heads from Jayapura regency, Papua, to six months’ probation for election violations.
The judges read out the sentence in a hearing on Tuesday, during which the court also ordered the defendants to pay Rp 600 million (US$45,146) in fines.
Presiding judge Sarifuddin said the 19 district heads joining with the Jayapura regency’s District Heads Association were guilty of rejecting a re-vote. In so doing, they violated Article 188 of Law No.11/2015 on the home ministry, Article 71 of Law No.10/2016 on regional elections and Article 55 of the Criminal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison.
“The 19 district heads are legally and convincingly guilty of committing a crime by intentionally making a joint decision that benefited one of the Jayapura regent and deputy regent candidate pairs,” said Sarifuddin, accompanied by two panel members, Abdul Gafar Bungin and Lidya Awinero.
Should the 19 district heads violate the probation, they will be sentenced to three months in prison.
The 19 district heads made a decree to reject a re-vote at 229 polling stations in 17 districts across Jayapura regency. The Jayapura Elections Supervisory Committee demanded the re-vote, claiming that it had found that 788 Polling Station Working Committee officials had been replaced without the consent of the Jayapura General Elections Commission.
Gustav Kawer, a lawyer for the district heads, said he would talk with his clients about whether they would accept the ruling or file an appeal. (ebf)


3) HRW calls for tougher measures to combat violence against journalists
Marguerite Afra Sapiie The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Wed, April 26, 2017 | 10:49 pm

Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Indonesian government to adopt bolder steps to ensure the dismissal and prosecution of security officials implicated in violence against journalists.
HRW deputy Asia director Phelim Kine specifically called UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova to publicly address the increase in assaults against journalists during the commemoration of the 2017 World Press Freedom Day next week.
UNESCO has chosen Jakarta to host its annual World Press Freedom Day commemoration on May 3 and thus “it should use the occasion to urge President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to take more decisive action in response to the issue,” Kine said.
“World Press Freedom Day should be a time to celebrate the role journalists play in society, but in Indonesia the focus too often is on reporters’ fears,” Kine said.
“The Indonesian government should reverse the dangerous deterioration of freedom of the press in the country and prosecute security force personnel who physically assault journalists.”
The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) revealed the number of violence against journalists cases increased to 78 incidents in 2016, including attacks by security forces, from 42 in 2015 and 40 in 2014. Only a few of attackers in those 78 incidents were properly brought to justice.
Investigations by the HRW found that the abuse included destruction of journalists' equipment, harassment, intimidation, threats and assault. Theses acts typically occurred in provincial capitals and smaller cities, but less commonly in Jakarta, where journalists are more aware of their rights. (ebf)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1) 33 years since the death of Arnold Ap

3) Were cement company interests behind change of forest land classification?


1) 33 years since the death of Arnold Ap
Arnold Ap was a West Papuan cultural leader, anthropologist and musician. He was the leader of the group Mambesak, and Curator of the Cenderawasih University Museum. He also broadcast Papuan culture on a weekly radio show. His Mambesak music is still very popular and his songs are regarded as symbols of Papuan cultural identity and continues to be an integral part of the West Papuan resistance. At the time Indonesian officials were trying to crush Papuan identity and their music and dance became key weapons in the West Papuan Peoples nonviolent struggle for cultural survival.    

He is believed to have been killed by Kopassus soldiers 33 years ago on the 26 April 1984. According to the military he was shot in the back while trying to escape although many believe he was executed. He was arrested by Kopassus troops In November 1983, imprisoned and tortured for suspected sympathies with the Free Papua Movement. 

photo from Jubi 24 April 2013 
                      The protest action of PT. FI workers in front of Mimika Court on Thursday (April 20th) afternoon – IST
Jakarta, Jubi – Two of the five victims of Thursday shooting incident in front of the Mimika Court, Mimika Regency, Papua April 20th 2017 who had been treated at Mimika General Hospital were allowed to go home on the evening.
A member of Working Unit Advocacy Team of the Chemical, Energy and Mining Workers Union (PUK SP-KEP) Tri Puspita ensured the incident took place were nothing to do with the recent Freeport issues.
“This incident is not related to the latest issue of Freeport dispute, for Freeport negotiation is handled by the existing union leaders,” Tri Puspita told Jubi via telephone on Thursday night (April 20th).

Around 1000 workers came to Mimika Court on Thursday afternoon to support Sudiro, SPSI PT FI leader. The action, according to Tri Puspita was part of the strike plan of SPSI PT. Freeport employees to commemorate International Labor Day of May 1, 2017. But the shooting incident is not related to their strike plan.
Condemn the incident

The shooting incident injured five people; four of them are employees of PT. Freeport Indonesia. According to Mimika Public Relation Public Relations, Lucky Mahakena, the four were hit by rubber bullets. They were Muhammad Faidsal (25), wounded on the left buttock, Zainal Arifin (44) wounded on the right thigh, Puguh Prihantono (39) wounded on the lower left knee and Andrian W Santoso (38) wounded on the left foot below the knee.
Tri Puspita condemns the incident. According to him, the police should have understood and implemented the basic procedures of handling protest actions toward around 1000 people in front of the court.
“We deeply regret the attitude and actions of the security apparatus, because these things should be the common procedures of the police to handle. We will ask the union central leadership to complain to the National Police to have it investigated,“ Tri said.
Reported by Antara (April 20th), the court rejected the exception proposed by the Sudiro’s lawyer, chairman of SPSI PT Freeport. The judge stated that the alleged embezzlement case of PT Freeport SPSI funds amounting to Rp3.3 billion continued to the examination stage of witnesses. These processes are rejected by the SPSI members of PT. FI.
Thursday night, Chief of Mimika Resort Police, Papua AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon, as quoted by Antara has apologized related to the shooting incident by his members at the Timika Town Court building Thursday afternoon.
“As an apparatus, we apologize for this unwanted incident, it will not happen if the workers do not break the rules. We hope the situation in Timika remains calm,” Victor said.
Freeport ignore
Following the incident, SPSI PT. FI to launch the strike is till continue.
“Because Freeport is still ignoring the people demand, we then agreed to organize strike. So today we issue a strike notice from May 1 to a month, coinciding with Mayday (international Labor Day), and “said Puspita.
The demands of trade unions for PT. FI, among others are to dismiss employee layoff processes that are inconsistent with legislation. Their strike plan will continue until it opens space and doors for negotiations. They also accused that the process is a form of union busting since it targeted the most outspoken workers.
“Employees layoff process is still ongoing; they are even offered to resign by phone. Up until now, around 700 Freeport (permanent and direct contract) workers have been layoff, together with the sub-contract can reach around 3000’s workers,” said Tri.
Tri also suspect there is an indication that the employee layoff as an ‘act of revenge’ by PT. FI against employees who involved in a mass strike movement in 2011.
“There are indications of ‘revenge’ against workers who participated in 2011 strike. Our commissioner was hit (laid off) too, it’s like ‘cleaning up’,” said Tri which is also in the position ‘waiting’ for his ‘next status’.
“This whole situation has been very uncomfortable for the workers because there is no clarity for our next status. Freeport management said they have not reached the target to lay off workers,” he said.
Related to the growing demand for PT. Freeport to be closed for auditing, Tri Puspita said the workers are ready to support if it can solve all problems caused by PT. FI.
“In principle, the workers (in relation to Freeport’s closure demands) will support if it will resolve all these issues related to Freeport. We see that Freeport is increasingly ignore and stubborn after years of profit accumulation. Freeport still does not want to compromise and submit to the laws in our country, “said Tri with a tone of annoyance.(*)

3) Were cement company interests behind change of forest land classification?

The Radar Sorong newspaper, on 19th April 2017, published a story about the Environment and Forestry Minister signing an agreement to change the land use designation an area of protected forest in Gunung Botak (bald mountain), Momiwaren sub-district, South Manokwari Regency, West Papua province.
According to the head of the Papua Barat Province Forestry Agency, Hendrik Runaweri, the local government recommended a change of land use designation, where 2000 hectares of protected forest around Gunung Botak would be classified as production forest, and the minister agreed to 40 hectares. It was also reported that this protected forest had its status changed to accommodate the interests of PT SDIC Papua Cement Indonesia, which has a cement works in Maruni, Manokwari Regency, West Papua Province, as a source of raw materials for cement production.
No information is yet available about how the local government or the minister managed to fulfill various conditions and procedures needed to change the land use classification of the forest, such as a study by an integrated team, a study of impacts and an agreement on boundaries involving local communities. Because of this, opinions have been voiced that the government has neglected to carry out these steps and has been overly accommodating to corporate interests.
In 2014, the Environment and Forestry Minister (at that time still just the Forestry Minister), issued decree SK710 about changes of use and function of the forest estate, and land being excluded from the forest estate, which included classifying Gunung Botak in Momiwaren sub-district as an area of protected forest. According to the Strategic Environmental Review in the Papua Barat Provincial Spatial Plan (2013), Gunung Botak is a hilly and mountainous karst area, and also a zone with a risk of disaster. In accordance with the Ministerial Regulation 17/2012 from the Energy and Mineral Resource ministry which establishes Karst Landscapes, this area of state forest should ideally be maintained with a classification of protected forest.
The Government policy to change the land use and issue a permit to exchange the forest area also disregards the land rights of the local indigenous communities and their right to participation. Community leaders and clans who claim ownership of the land, the Sayori, Ainusi, Tirirbo and Mukiri clans living in and around Siep, Yekwandi and Mawi village, have said that there has still not been any decision-making meetings with the government and companies to discuss the use of the Gunung Botak area. (Further reading (Indonesian): PT SPCI Membohongi Masyarakat Adat Pemilik Gunung Botak)
The local community explained the mythology of Gunung Botak as it related to their cultural identity and ancestors, such as the story of the Yaimeki cave or source. This is also their source of food and water catchment. This sort of knowledge and value is rarely considered when making decisions about development projects.
The government is using the pretext that the extraction of quartz sand from Gunung Botak would reduce the price of the Conch brand cement SDIC produces which currently costs 57,000 Rupiah per sack on the local market. Quartz sand is currently being brought from Kalimantan, which increases the price. However, the strange thing is, Conch cement produced in Manokwari is being sold in Tual (Maluku) at 46,000 Rupiah per sack.
This sort of change in policy which only takes into account the group’s interests and is based solely on a cost-benefit economic analysis will only bring conflict, injustice and discrimination, to the benefit of certain groups and individuals.
The controversy around SDIC Papua.
The PT SDIC Papua Indonesia cement company is a collaboration between a Chinese state-owned company, SDIC (State Development and Investment Corp) and Anhui Conch Group, which was signed on 25th September 2014. The brand of cement the company produces is called Conch. Apart from Maruni, Papua. the Conch cement company also has operations in Tabalong, South Kalimantan, Maros, South Sulawesi and Merak, Banten. It has 200 factories throughout the world with a production capacity of 300 million tonnes per year.
Since the beginning, the creation of the Conch cement factory has invited problems due to the land issue, and how profits from the use of raw materials for cement are shared with the local indigenous community. In news from early January 2017, it was reported that local indigenous people were still blockading the entrance gate to the cement works, demanding the payment of land compensation.
The cement factory is located in an area dotted with villages and people who live around the Maruni River, and therefore it is sure that it will impact or reduce the quality of the environment, or have other social impacts. Because of this the Papua Barat Indigenous Peoples’ Association (LMA) has urged the governmentand company to explain the impacts and how the environmental change caused by the company’s activities will be managed.
Another of PT SDIC’s contradictions concerns labour issues. The company is using workers from China, which do not have full legal documents. However, the government has already taken action to send these illegal workers home. The company has also reduced workers’ pay by 200,000 Rupiah and so it does not match with the sum written on their payslips. This has triggered a strike amongst the workers.



Sentani, Jubi – Papua Provincial Government plan to build the Statue of Jesus Christ in Bukit Kayu Batu Jayapura City begins by conducting a survey on the location to be used to build the statue.
Djuli Mambaya, Head of Public Works Office of Papua Province after conducting a survey with his team said that the statue of Jesus Christ to be built on the hills close to Kampung Kayu Batu on the eastern part of Jayapura City.
It is said, the statue to be built is the highest in the world, with the height reaches 67 meters made by bronze and copper material, some special parts will use pure gold.
“The statue will stand as high as 67 meters in the area of six hectares we have agreed on, and under it will also be built like a museum which recorded all the history of church denomination in Papua. When it finished, would be an international spiritual destinations,” said Djuli Mambaya in Sentani, Saturday (April 22nd).
He explained, the construction process will begin this year with cost range from 300-500 billion rupiah.
“Development progress will begin this year, the customary right issue is partly discussed with customary owners, while the sculptors we bring to build this statue are those who are truly experts in their fields at national and international scale,” he explained.
The construction of the statue will involve five artistic and modeling teams. It is targeted that the sculpture will be finished within a year and a half.
Noor Ibrahim is one of the sculptors involved coming from Yogyakarta. He said it is important for Papuan people particularly and tourists in general to have one icon that will attracts national and international community.(*)

1) ANZAC Day message from West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda

2) Papua to enjoy improved flow of goods with ‘air-bridge’ program


1) ANZAC Day message from West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda

APRIL 25, 2017
This statement has been released by West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda as a message for ANZAC Day which has considerable importance for the people of West Papua and the rest of the Pacific, as well as to Australia and New Zealand………………….


2) Papua to enjoy improved flow of goods with ‘air-bridge’ program

Winny Tang The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Tue, April 25, 2017 | 08:34 am

The government is set to start its “air bridge” program this year to improve the flow of goods and reduce price disparities in Papua, the country’s easternmost province.
Under the program, the government will operate 11 air routes, so that it can better distribute staple goods to the province’s remote and mountainous areas.
It will operate as soon as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo revises Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 106/2015 on goods and sea transportation for the public, expected this month.
“The air bridge program can be implemented as soon as the legal umbrella exists,” Ubaedillah, head of the sub-directorate of non-scheduled commercial air transportation at the Transportation Ministry, said on Thursday.
The decree will regulate whether the operations of the routes will be managed by state-owned enterprises or private companies. At present, there is no state air transportation company that is focused on logistics distribution.
The Transportation Ministry has allocated Rp 22 billion (US$1.65 million) as a subsidy to wholly cover the cost of flying the 11 routes. The routes will have three airport hubs, namely in Timika, Wamena and Dekai.
The 11 routes comprise Timika-Beoga, Timika-Sinak, Timika-Ilaga, Timika-Kenyam, Wamena-Mugi, Wamena-Mamit, Wamena-Mapenduma, DekaiSilimo, Dekai-Ubahak, DekaiAnggruk and Dekai-Korupun.
Each route will be served by one flight per week. Ubaedillah said the types of aircraft needed were small, such as the CessnaGrand Caravan 208B, Twin Otter or Pilatus Porter.
The government is also planning to set up a direct flight from Timika to Wamena using a Boeing 737-freighter with a maximum capacity of 14 tons per flight. It will provide subsidies for the route as well, but only to cover half the costs.
“The current price of cement in Timika is Rp 90,000 per sack, while in Wamena, it can cost Rp 600,000 to Rp 700,000 per sack. In 2017, we are trying to optimize the state budget to subsidize air cargo from Timika to Wamena,” he said. As the government needs morefundstosubsidizetheTimikaWamena route, it is looking to increase the overall subsidy amount for the air bridge program to Rp 60 billion.
The government plans to implement the program in remote areas in Sulawesi and Kalimantan in 2018, so that cargo aircraft can transport goods from Masamba to Seko and Rampi in South Sulawesi, and from Tarakan to Long Bawan and Long Apung in North Kalimantan.
The Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA) has welcomed the plan to establish the 11 routes, but the decision to participate in the program will be up to each member’s own assessment.
INACA secretary-general Tengku Burhanuddin said the subsidy provision would be a key factor in the program as route profitability was paramount among airlines.
“The private sector is commercially oriented. We will fly if [the business is] profitable and won’t fly if it’s not profitable,” he said.
Meanwhile, safety remains a challenge for the program due to Papua’s difficult terrain.
State-run air navigation company AirNav has said it plans to install seven automatic dependent surveillance broadcasts (ADS-B), a more modern navigation system, in Papua.
The tool will be purchased by AirNav from PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia (INTI), which had its ADS-B equipment certified by the government this year.

Images of ANZAC Day Sydney

Images of ANZAC Day Sydney

Below are photos of Indigenous service in Redfern.
Wreath laid at Indonesian Consulate
Main parade Sydney 
An opinion piece in todays SMH by a solider who is 101 old and served in Merauke.

Commemoration ceremony in Redfern. Many Aboriginal soldiers fought for their country but it took a long time for their sacrifices to be recognised.

Pastor Ray



Because of the security surrounding the Dawn Service Ash could not get in to lay wreath and could not wait so laid it at gate of Indonesian Consulate which is very apt.

Main parade Sydney

Although there were many banners mentioning PNG, I took photos of  a number that mention Dutch New Guinea or places in West Papua (missed a few).   

An opinion piece in todays SMH by a solider who is 101 old and served in Merauke.

We're only paying lip service to Anzac Day while shops are allowed to open

Once again, Anzac Day is here. Across the nation, politicians are wrapping themselves in the Australian flag and sombrely attend Anzac Day services. 
The truth is for me, as long as Anzac Day remains just a half day of restricted trading for thousands of retail workers, they're only paying lip service to the sacrifice of the thousands of Australians the day seeks to honour.

Despite being 101 years old, I'm still pretty sharp and look after myself in my own home in Bankstown. I'm a life-long retail worker and a World War II veteran.
During the war I left the shop I worked in and joined up. I was a sergeant in Dutch New Guinea fighting the Japanese as part of the 52nd Australian Composite Anti-Aircraft Regiment. I remember those days with little nostalgia or romance.
It was a hot, muddy hell-hole and full of mosquitos. After we arrived and set up our guns, we were desperately filthy, but had no bath and not much clean water.
Unfortunately for my mates and I, it wasn't long before the war found us at the Marauke airfield where we were stationed. The Japanese would fly in so high that our Kittyhawk fighters couldn't reach them fast enough before they'd drop their bombs and leave. We copped it over and over.
Another time we ran into some Japanese barges on the river and all hell broke loose. We opened fire with our machine guns and rifles, and a bloke, who was very bravely firing from the roof threw two grenades which destroyed one of the barges and forced the other to retreat.  When the shooting stopped and we went to congratulate him, we found that he'd been shot.
But the times I remember most were probably less dramatic – moments when we were able to help people, like the young illiterate private named Ernie. I helped him read a letter from his mother, and then helped him write one back.

Life-long retail worker and a World War II veteran: Bert Collins

Life-long retail worker and a World War II veteran: Bert Collins. Bert Collins served in the 52nd Australian Composite Anti-Aircraft Regiment. 

When the war ended I went back to the same shop and worked in retail until I retired. But every year on Anzac Day we closed for the day to honour those who served.  That's' how it should be.
On Anzac Day, the nation seeks to honour people like myself, the mates we lost and the extraordinary sacrifices they made for our country. But those national efforts feel half-hearted to me, because these days as soon as the sacred marches are over, the shop doors are flung open again and it is back to work for our country's retail employees. 
On the one day we set aside to remember not only our own war dead, but more than 76 million other people who died in the First and Second World Wars and all the wars since, there is only a half day retail trading restriction in place.
We used to close for a whole day, but at some point politicians decided to value commerce over honour which means retail staff are now given just half a day off. A society tells you what it values most by what it does rather than what it says. Our veterans, people who gave their lives for their country willingly, should be recognised and remembered forever, but it's not too much to ask that they get one full day's remembrance every year.
The values we honour on Anzac Day, those which we cherish, are more important, more valuable, than half a day's commerce.  That's why it's time to return retail trading restrictions to the whole of Anzac Day.
The mates I lost, fighting for this country and those who fight for it now, deserve better. For our nation, Anzac Day should never be "business as usual."
Bert Collins is a World War Two veteran.