Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Freeport Indonesia Strike Extended, Oil And Silver Prices Rise

Freeport Indonesia Strike Extended, Oil And Silver Prices Rise
By MetalMiner Commodities14 hours ago (May 23, 2017 06:46AM ET)

This morning in metals news, the strike at Freeport McRoRan’s Grasberg copper mine was extended for a second month, oilprices rose in expectation of supply cuts, and silver prices reached a three-week high.

Freeport Indonesia Strike Extended

This past Saturday, the union representing thousands of workers at Freeport’s Grasberg copper mine in Papua, Indonesia announced that the ongoing strike will be extended beyond May 30, Reuters reported. As union industrial relations officer Tri Puspital told Reuters, “We will extend the strike for 30 more days.” Approximately 9,000 workers are participating in the strike.
The reason for the strike revolves around employment. Last month, Freeport laid off about 10% of its 32,000 workers to cut costs, which accrued to the tune of millions thanks to an ongoing dispute with the Indonesian government over rights to the Grasberg mine. MetalMiner analyst Raul de Frutos earlier this month wrote:
With this problematic combination of protests from workers and tensions with the Indonesian government ... it’s no wonder that investors are concerned about further supply disruptions this year.
It looks like supply disruptions will continue.

A Key Week for Oil

One hopes that this will be the only time when news source after news source mentions Saudi Arabia and glowing orbs in the same headline. In more important news, Bloomberg reported yesterday that Saudi Arabia has received Iraq’s support to extend oil output cuts for nine months, after Saudi Minister of Energy Khalid Al-Falih flew to Baghdad to talk to Jabar al-Luaibi, his Iraqi counterpart.
Iraq, the second largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), had been reluctant to reduce oil supply, agreeing initially to prolong the cuts for only six months. OPEC will meet in Vienna on Thursday to make the official decision. Meanwhile, oil prices rose on the expectation that the nine-month prolongation will be passed, settling at a one-month high.

Silver Price is Up, While Gold Stays Put

Let’s conclude with a look at precious metal prices. BullionVault reported that the price of silver has hit a three-week high, reaching $17.08 per ounce yesterday. gold prices, however, remain unchanged for now.
by Sydney Lazarus

Korindo should lose FSC certification over deforestation, says NGO

Korindo should lose FSC certification over deforestation, says NGO
The Korean-Indonesian conglomerate’s timber, pulp and paper companies are certified sustainable by FSC, but its palm oil companies have carried out rampant deforestation in Indonesia, say campaigners.

Widespread land clearing in a Korindo-owned PT Papua Agro Lestari concession in Papua, Indonesia. Image: Mighty
By Vaidehi Shah Friday 19 May 2017
In its latest salvo against Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo, American environmental group Mighty Earth on Monday filed a complaint to sustainability certification body Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), arguing that Korindo’s activities have violated FSC’s rules. The complaint claims that Korindo-owned pulp and paper companies should lose their FSC certification because the group, through its palm oil operations have violated a key FSC rule: That companies are prohibited from clearing more than 10,000 hectares of forest under the organisation’s responsibility, over a five-year period.
Mighty said that the Korindo group has actually cleared some 30,000 hectares of forest in the past five years, a claim that is supported by a report by Dutch non-profit Aidenvironment, as well as photographic and satellite evidence.
Korindo has also cleared at least 11,700 hectares of primary forests since 2013, said Mighty Earth. Primary forests are considered to have a high conservation value, and clearing them is against FSC rules, officially known as the Policy for Association. Thanks to these violations, four Korindo subsidiaries stand to lose their FSC certification. They are: PT Korintiga Hutani, PT Aspex Kumbong, PT Korindo Abadi Asike, and PT Korindo Ariabima Sari. These companies sell products ranging from timber to pulp logs, wood panels, and paper. Losing the certification would mean that Korindo cannot sell to potential clients such as the organisations working to ensure that only FSC-certified wood is used in building facilities for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Deborah Lapidus, campaign director, Mighty Earth, said that “Korindo has not earned the good reputation that comes along with holding FSC certification, and has violated the trust of its wood product customers who believed that the certification brought assurances of sustainability.”
“We call on the FSC to fully investigate Korindo’s violations of the Policy for Association, and take steps to terminate Korindo’s FSC certificates until it strictly complies with its standards,” she added. Mighty Earth, in partnership with Korean and Indonesian groups, first exposed Korindo’s forest clearing activities in Indonesia’s remote Papua province last September, finding about 30,000 ha of deforestation as well as more than 900 hotspots on satellite data, which suggested that fire was being used to clear land. This practice is illegal in Indonesia, except for small-scale use by rural farmers. In response to public pressure, Korindo declared a moratorium on clearing new forest for palm oil in December last year, but Mighty Earth found that the company had violated this commitment by preparing land for forest clearance in remote areas of Papua.
We call on the FSC to fully investigate Korindo’s violations of the Policy for Association, and take steps to terminate Korindo’s FSC certificates until it strictly complies with its standards.
Deborah Lapidus, campaign director, Mighty Earth
To date, Mighty Earth said that Korindo has yet to submit data for independent sustainability reviews of its operations, and it has also not adopted a group-wide policy on zero deforestation and human rights protection.
Lapidus explained that though Korindo’s palm-oil linked deforestation was uncovered back in September and the company has showed slow progress since, it took several months to mount the FSC complaint due to difficulties in establishing that the palm oil firms and FSC-certified paper companies had common majority ownership. This is crucial to make a valid case to FSC. 
“Korindo is purposely an extremely opaque company, which is makes it so difficult to find the truth about its operations,” she told Eco-Business. A Korindo representative said that the company had not been contacted by FSC, and therefore could not comment directly on the complaint. However, the spokesperson pointed out that the four pulp and paper companies have adopted various measures to comply with government regulations and be sustainable. PT Korindo Ariabima and PT Korindo Abadi Asikie for instance have applied for a certification known as the SVLK Timber Legality Verification, which ensures that wood products are not illegally harvested; while PT Aspex Kumbong makes paper from recycled wastepaper, and doesn’t use any wood to do so. The spokesperson also told Eco-Business that as part of Korindo’s sustainability policy, it does not develop, or plan to develop on peat; conducts third-party audits for High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock areas in its operations; and respects the rights of indigenous communities.
However, there is little public information to verify these claims. For instance, while several Korindo-owned palm oil companies were implicated in Mighty Earth’s expose–including PT Tunas Sawa Erma (PT TSE), PT Gelora Mandiri Membangun (PT GMM), and PT Papua Agro Lestari–the HCV Resource Network, which hosts a public record of HCV assessments by licensed auditors, only has records of an official assessment from PT TSE. The status of this assessment is “not ready for Quality Panel review”, and it has been returned to assessors for corrections. Meanwhile, all three companies, along with Korindo subsidiary PT Dongin Prabhawa, have completed High Carbon Stock assessments, and these are awaiting peer review.  Mighty Earth’s Lapidus told Eco-Business that by doing these sustainability assessments before adopting a company-wide zero deforestation policy, “Korindo is putting the cart before the horse”, as it is not clear why they are conducting these assessments, and whether they will do so with integrity.  She also pointed out that the company’s choice of assessors from the Bogor Agricultural Institute is controversial, as the organisation recently published, in Lapidus’s words, an “absurd” study which claims that palm oil does not cause deforestation.  FSC has until May 25 to acknowledge Mighty Earth’s complaint, and another 10 days to confirm the acceptance or rejection of the complaint. If accepted, it will then establish a complaints panel to investigate the matter.  At the time of publication, FSC had not provided responses to Eco-Business on whether FSC was aware that the certified Korindo subsidiaries were indirectly linked to deforestation, and the next steps it would be taking. 

Monday, May 22, 2017


From West Papuan Daily
English version of Tabloidjubi.com


Jayapura, Jubi – Since March 30, 2017, a number of violence occurred in Jayapura City. Five people died from these acts of violence. Since police have not been able to stop this series of violent acts, it then raises a variety of rumors across community in Jayapura City.
On April 30, 2017, a man named Andre Marweri was found dead in a miserable condition at Buper Waena Square, Heram District. The victim suffered a stab wound in the back to the neck.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 in the morning, a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cenderawasih named Dr. Suwandi was intercepted by two strangers when he was about to return home to Buper Waena Street. The perpetrator attacked the victim with a machete to death.

                                                       Solidarity action for Papua in England – IST

Saturday, May 13, 2017, a woman named Fitri Diana (22) died after being intercepted by three unidentified people near Kampar Netar East Sentani District. The victim was going to Sentani with a colleague who was also a member of police squad, Paul Tomatala.
On the same day 11 teenagers and children were intercepted by unidentified people in the vicinity of Mount Ottow Geisler Bisoka 2 Complex, Munawir Street, Kotaraja dalam Kelurahan Vim District Abepura, Jayapura City. The offender uses a mask.
This series of violent acts continued until Friday (May 19) after the discovery of a woman body who later known as Tofu street seller in front of Dian Harapan Hospital at 05:15 am Papua time. The body of the 45-year-old woman was found in a gutter right in front of Waena power plant (PLTB). The victim who is a resident the neigborhood is suspected of being killed by murder.
Police arrest and execution
Friday (May 19) afternoon, the community in Perumnas III Waena surprised by a sweeping conducted by Police Resort (Polres) of Jayapura at the depot cutting sawmill (sawmill) to the community neigborhood accross the Kamwolker creek.
More than twenty officers dressed as both officers and thugs rounded up eight people in front of the sawmill. Residents around sawmill suspect the arrest and sweeping in front of the sawmill is related to the founded women body in front of Waena steam power plant.
But only the day after, the police confirmed the sweeping has nothing to do with murder in Friday morning. They were looked for different wanted target persons (DPO) in those neigborhood.
According to the head of Papua Police Public Relations Kombes (Pol) A.M. Kamal said the arrest was conducted by the Jayapura Police team.
Jayapura City Police Chief Adjunct Senior Officer Tober Sirait, who led the sweeping team, said one of eight people arrested for was forced to be shot for fighting when one of the others managed to escape by jumping into the abyss.
According to him, the eight people who were arrested were allegedly the masterminds of a number of cases of violence that occurred in the jurisdiction of Police Jayapura City, Polres Jayapura and Pores Keerom.
“They are secured in Mapolres Jayapura Kota and being investigated, especially MI (one of the alleged perpetrators) who was paralyzed in the arrest, still handled by the medical team at Bhayangkara Jayapura Hospital,” said AKBP Tober Sirait.
Separately, a resident around sawmill said the sweeping was not only done by the police. TNI members  were also participating.
“There are members of the TNI who took part in the sweeping. When we heard gunfire shoots, we were running to protect ourselves. Then we went to the sawmill to see the incident,” said citizen of this Perumas III.
According to these residents, some people were arrested right in front of sawmill, and several others were arrested in the sweeping conducted across Kamwolker creek.
‘Amok’ reaction lead to stabbing
The bodies found in front of the Waena power plant provoked the anger of some community groups in Jayapura City who were originally came from the same area as the victims.
The anger of some of these people is manifested by a blockade action in front of Dian Harapan Hospital on Friday night.
About two hundred people stood forming a crowd on the street and yelling at certain Papuan groups/tribes of people. The group accused the other group of people as perpetrators of violence in Jayapura City and the perpetrators of the murder of victims whose body found in front of the Waena power plant.
As the group is shouting out their anger, two other citizens who use motorcycles broke through the police who were only watching around the crowd.
When they were approaching the crowd, both of them surrpunded by some people and immediately beaten and stabbed.
“One immediately fell off from motorcycle. He was constantly beaten, while the other still safe. They were beaten right in front of a shop across the Hospital (Dian Harapan),” said an eyewitness who witnessed the beatings and stabbings.
This witness claimed to stand around the motor workshop not far from the ‘amok’ location.
From Jubi’s finding, these two victims were brothers from Puncak regency. The younger brother, Yuvenus Kulua is saved. While his older brother, Pius Kulua died on location after being stabbed and beaten by several people from the crowd. The siblings live in the neighborhood.
Cycle of violent and target operation
Violence and murder committed by ‘unidentified people’ which lead to sweeping and arresting by security apparatus seemed to be a cycle in Jayapura City since They Eluay’s murdered in 2001.
Before the murder, a number of violent acts occurred. The issue of masked people makes people in Jayapura City worried and afraid to leave their house, especially at night.
The same happened before Mako Tabuni’s murdered. A series of violent acts occurred from Base G to Sentani. Several shootings occurred several times, even in front of Papua Police Office. The victims were not only non-Papuans, but also indigenous Papuans and foreigners.
These experience seems to be confirmed that the cycle of violence occurred in Jayapura City will lead to an operation targeting Papuan independence figures.
It is said by a member of Papua House of Representatives, Laurens Kadepa that based on those experience, it was believe these series of violence allegedly target the figure of a certain Papuan indegenous political leaders.
He asked for the governor and deputy governor, legislative body, leadership of TNI / Polri and church leaders should immediately sit together to stop rumours and allegations that increasingly troubling the community.
The same thing also recalled by Anum Siregar, Director of the Alliance for Democracy for Papua (ALDP). She said that the recent series of violence reminds her of a series of terror before Theys Eluai’s murder and violence in mids 2012 following Mako Tabuni’s assassination.
“There are several possibilities. For example a target against a particular political figure. So this event is not yet ‘mature’. This could be related to ULMWP (United Liberation Movement for West Papua) issue ahead of the Melanesia Spearhead Groups (MSG) Summit in Port Moresby, can also be related to local politics contestation. So there are those who play out this issue of horizontal conflict, “said Anum.
Anum believes  that ‘through the ‘other hand’ of the government, there are certain targets of people who are perceived as political figures against the government which being targeted. “Now it’s not impossible that such a scenario will happen again,” Anum said.
She hopes police officers can reveal these violent acts accordingly and at the right time.
The police themselves promised to clarify each of the violence incidents as well as the sweeping and arrest.
“The arrests last night, gunshot wounds, as well as the dead bodies discovery in Bambu Kuning, Polimak, South Jayapura District, Jayapura City and the incident in front of SMA Teruna Bhakti Waena last night. All these cases will be clarified,” said Kombes (Pol) Kamal, Saturday (May 20).
According to him, a series of cases from Friday (May 19) to Saturday (May 20) will be clarified later after cases development.(*)
*Contributed by Arjuna Pademme, Abeth You and Simon Daisio.
Reporter              : Victor Mambor
Editor                    : Zely Ariane


1) Two dead in latest spate of violence in Papua

2) Indonesian Institute of Sciences cultivates 120 species of Papuan Rhododendron


1) Two dead in latest spate of violence in Papua
3:44 pm today 
There's been more deadly violence in Indonesia's Papua province.
The body of a 45-year old woman from Maluku province was discovered outside a power plant in Waena, near Jayapura, early on Saturday morning.
As police moved the following day to make arrests in connection with the alleged murder ,a mob of around two hundred Moluccans gathered in Waena to avenge the woman's death.
The mob stirred unrest, with Tabloid Jubi reporting that two Highlands men were stabbed - one died and the other was seriously injured.
Jayapura City Police Chief Tober Sirait, who led the team responding to the first murder, confirmed eight suspects had been arrested.
Chief Sirait described them as alleged masterminds in a number of recent cases of violence in Jayapura and Keerom regencies.
He said one of the eight was shot in the process of being arrested.
The weekend's violence in Waena is the latest in a series of reported cases of violence in Jayapura in the past two months.
At least five people have been killed in these attacks, including a University of Cenderawasih lecturer eleven days ago in Waena.
On this case, a member of Indonesia's National Commission for Human Rights, or Komnas HAM, has claimed to have been the subject of an attack by police conducting investigations.
Nareky Kogoya he was assaulted and detained by police after being accused of protecting the perpetrators of the murder.
Mr Kogoya claims he was trying to help the police who subsequently pressured him not to reveal their attack on him to the public.
Chief Sirait told local media that not all of the witnesses they have questioned have been co-operative.


2) Indonesian Institute of Sciences cultivates 120 species of Papuan Rhododendron

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Wamena, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) is cultivating 120 different species of the Papuan Rhododendron in the Biological Botanical Garden of Wamena, Papua Province, in a bid to save indigenous Indonesian plants.

Soekarno, a researcher at LIPI in Wamena who is also a colleague at the botanical garden, said Rhododendron is a flowering shrub, and most of its species widely grow in Papua.

"As many as 120 species of Rhododendron grow in Papua, and all of them have not been well identified. Typical Rhododhendron plants here are yellow and red," Soekarno noted here on Monday.

Based on data from LIPI, Soekarno said, overall, there are 180 species of Rhododendron plants in Indonesia, and most of them grow in Papua.

"Until now, only 28 of the 120 species of Rhododendron plants in Papua have been identified. In a nursery area of Wamenas Biological Botanical Garden, several species of Rhododendron have been bred but are not yet in bloom, so we are still confused while differentiating one flower from another based on their differences," he revealed.

He added that the preservation of Papuas various native plant species is being done on 165 hectares of the Biological Botanical Garden, with the aim of preventing the plants from becoming extinct.

"We have built a 500-square-meter special garden for Rhododendron conservation. The flowers of the Rhododendron plants that grow in the area are not just of different colors but also different sizes, and it helps us to determine the different types of flowers," he noted.

He added that LIPI will also conduct research on May grass, which are wild grass plants that always change color from green to pink and purple in May in Wamena.(*)

Congratulations to Maire Leadbeater of West Papua Action Auckland

Congratulations to Maire Leadbeater on receiving the Order of Timor award for her  campaigning for East Timor’s independence.

Maire is also a spokesperson for West Papua Action Auckland 

Maire is author of
"Negligent Neighbour New Zealand's Complicity in the Invasion and Occupation of Timor-Leste".
"Peace, Power & Politics. How New Zealand became Nuclear Free"

Sunday, May 21, 2017

1) This is part of the vision of ULMWP leaders related to Papua Merdeka

2) Komnas HAM staff experienced violent acts by police officers, 20 witnesses were questioned

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Original bahasa link at

1) This is part of the vision of ULMWP leaders related to Papua Merdeka
Jubi | News Portal Tanah Papua No. 1,

                          Benny Wenda (left) and Rex Rumakiek (right) - Clare Harding / Free West Papua campaign

Jayapura, Jubi - West Papuan independence movement, Benny Wenda and Rex Rumakiek presented their ideas on Free Papua to New Internationalis Magazine compiled by Danny Chivers from two separate interviews last February, and released May 1, 2017.

Both expose their views on democracy, what will be changed if Papua's independence, how attitudes towards land rights and settlers,

Initial policy

"Everyone in West Papua must have freedom of expression, assembly and religion. We also have to protect our environment, our forests "said Benny Wenda in response to the urgent policy of what will be the earliest 'on the first day of West Papuan independence'.

Wenda also said that since the current wealth of Papua land is being taken out by companies both internationally and Indonesia, it returns the wealth and distributes it based on the needs of the West Papuan people into an initial policy it deems important.

Rex Rumakiek, a ULMWP executive member living in Australia, revealed that they will review all Indonesian government policies and establish a different economic system in West Papua.

"We may take the example of semi-socialist type Scandinavia. We want a system that cares for everyone in democratic ways, "he said, stressing that tribal Papuans want decentralization of power.

Infrastructure, land and migrants

Related to the preparation of basic community infrastructure needs, Benny Wenda emphasized three priorities: health, education and road facilities. He also explained the importance of people learning their own language.

"The needs of people in the most remote corners are health and education services. Each district needs a Puskesmas / clinic and a doctor on standby. Schools should also have teachers, including learning their own local language. We also need a good way so that people can access education and health, "said Wenda.

Protection of the culture is of interest to Wenda while not turning a blind eye to the need for infrastructure procurement to meet the needs of the people. "Life in urban and in the village is different. People in the city already have new ideas but that does not mean they are losing the culture of their origin. (So) we have to protect our cultural identity while fulfilling the society's infrastructure ".

With regard to land ownership, both Wenda and Rumakiek affirm that all land claimed to be owned by the Indonesian government or previously owned by the Netherlands must be returned to its original owner.

"It's a very complicated issue, we know, but we must be careful to handle it," said Wenda.

Attitudes towards migrants in Papua, both decades and new arrivals, said Rumakiek would be similar to Timor Leste.


"(Like Leste) after independence the migrant population from Indonesia (usually) will vote again because they want to live in Indonesia. But of course, willing to adopt (state) West Papua and adjust to Melanesian society then welcome stay, "said Rumakiek.

But he also warned that not all migrant settlers benefit by helping development in the region, many are also destructive. Therefore, he added, the new West Papuan government would dialogue with tribal leaders to make decisions on who settlers are living and who should go in peaceful ways.

"It will also be a very sensitive issue, and the law should be sensitive to these issues," he said.

In addition to the above matters both also explain their vision related to the projection of relations with Indonesia and extractive companies, energy systems, and women's position.

Further read also 'We are ready': why Papuan independence is not just a dream


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2) Komnas HAM staff experienced violent acts by police officers, 20 witnesses were questioned

Jubi | News Portal Tanah Papua No. 1,

Jayapura, Jubi - Komnas HAM staff Papua Representative Nareky Kogoya is allegedly subjected to violence by police officers within the Jayapura Town Police Resort.

Nareky by a police officer allegedly protects the perpetrators of the Cenderawasih University lecturer's murder last week that occurred in the Waena Campground area.

A Nareky's family said Nareky had been hit until his lips were hurt. While detained by the police, he received insults and insults. Though Nareky itself cooperative and want to help the police reveal the murder of the lecturer. Nareky also had pressed so as not to reveal the incident that happened to the public.

"We have reported to Papua human rights defenders," said this Nareky family, without mentioning when Nareky experienced the violence, Sunday (21/05/2017).

Head of Komnas HAM Office of Papua Representative, Frits Ramandey confirmed what his staff experienced.

"Nareky was taken to the Police. I'm on business. Related to the development of uncen lecturer murder case in Buper. Police suspect the perpetrators ran into Narek's house, "said Ramandey.

While Jayapura City Police Chief, AKBP Tober Sirait to Jubi said already 20 witnesses examined related cases of violence experienced by Nareky. But it still continues to deepen the case.

"We're in there first. At the disclosure of the case we have examined more than 20 witnesses. There is a cooperative there is not, “said Police Chief Sirait, (*)