Friday, August 4, 2017

1) Shooting in Deiyai, Haluk: Colonial Face For 56 Years



5) Papua to hold Baliem Valley Festival
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1) Shooting in Deiyai, Haluk: Colonial Face For 56 Years
By Suara Papua - August 4, 201701

JAYAPURA, - The shooting incident against Papuan civilians in Kampung Oneibo, Deiyai ​​District, Papua, Tuesday (1/8/2017) and then, part of the series of genocide by the colonial state through armed forces.
This statement was made by Markus Haluk, a young Papuan figure, who admitted he was very disappointed with the brutal actions of Brimob and Tigi police attacked the residents with "rain of bullets" at the camp site of PT. Son of the God of Papua.
"What happened to the people of Papua in Deiyai ​​yesterday August 1, 2017, is the face of colonial Indonesia that continues to happen during the 56 years annexation of Papua. Indonesia has and continues to perpetrate human rights violations on the people of Papua which resulted in the genocide process, "he said through a press release sent to the editor of, Friday afternoon.
Haluk did not forget to express their sorrow for the death of the victims as a result of the shootings by members of the police and Brimob Indonesia.
"To the victim who is undergoing treatment, I pray and hope it will be recovered quickly through the current medication."
In response to the bloody tragedy, Haluk asked the UN Human Rights Council members to hold a special session to form an independent investigative team to investigate indications of genocide in the Papuan people of Melanesia in West Papua from 1963-2017.
He also revealed his assessment of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Joko Widodo during the period of leadership.
"The president has failed to solve political and human rights problems in Papua. During the 34 months of its leadership, violence after violence continued in Papua. The life expectancy of the Papuan people on their land is at its lowest point, "he said.
Therefore, Haluk emphasized, "In line with the preamble of the 1945 Constitution, Pancasila and international instruments, it is now time to recognize the right of self-determination for the Papuan people."
He continued to hope for the support of people's prayers and solidarity from the Pacific (Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia, Australia), the people of Indonesia, Asia, Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, the Carribea to save the remaining 1.5 million Papuans as well as the exercise of self- Papuans.
Pewarta: CR-3 / SP

Editor: Arnold Belau
Jayapura, Jubi – According to the Provincial Revenue Management Board (Bapenda) of Papua Province, many contractors are hiding their heavy equipment inside palm oil plantations to avoid paying taxes.
Gerson Jitmau, Head of Bapenda said that in general, those contractors who usuallly do not pay the heavy equipment tax are engaged in mining, road and palm oil infrastructure development.
“We will withhold the contractor’s permission which is proven not to pay the tax on heavy equipment operating in Papua,” Gerson told reporters in Jayapura on Wednesday (August 2).
According to him, Bapenda has formed a team of builder consist of police and prosecutors, who served to look for the owners of heavy equipment that does not pay taxes in the field.
“The team, chaired by the Regional Secretary of Papua, based at regional police office will record the contractors who do not pay taxes,” he said.
In response, Gerson appealed to corporate leaders to be obedient in paying heavy equipment taxes. The government will provide strict sanctions for any taxpayers who are reluctant to pay.
This is one of the efforts to increase local revenue, he said.
Meanwhile, Assistant for Economic Affairs and People’s Welfare of Papua, Elia Loupatty asked Bapenda Papua to improve its performance, especially in terms of tax levies.
“Even the smallest amount of taxes should be collected, received and managed well,” said Elia as he also appealed the taxpayers to not forget paying theirtaxes according to the rules applied.(*)


Sentani, Jubi – The impact of heavy rain since Wednesday night (August 2) the City of Jayapura and surrounding areas are flooded, a number of public facilities inundated with water and sand material, and trees are float drifted by flood.
The highway from Sentani to Waena is filled with sand and stone materials and mud. This resulted in hundreds of vehicles from Sentani direction to Waena forced to make a long line of queues on the street. The same thing happened in Kampung Harapan and Nendali East Sentani roads.
Yorgen a resident who are cleaning the pile of material said that the material descended from the mountain due to the rain poured the city of Sentani since the night.

“So the rain starts to fall at night around 21.00. Later at dawn at around 03:00 in the morning rain started heavily,” said Yorgen in Sentani, Thursday (August 3).
Purnomo, retailer of gasoline at Sentani-Waena road segment admits that heavy rains are usually brought down material from the mountains.
“A few weeks ago it was like this, the materials from the mountain brought down all the way to the highway and caused the traffic flow to be interrupted, forced the vehicle to Waena and Sentani to queue while waiting for the road to be cleared,” he said.
Not only in Sentani and Waena, Jayapura City was flooded with water since early in the morning. Entrop to Autonomous Roads are flooded to the level of adult waist. As a result, the street is disconnected. Most of the vehicles switched to alternative way.
Head of Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Jayapura City Bernard Lamia admitted that the current flood have inundated a number of areas around the city. According to him, the worst part is in Entrop Southern Jayapura, Abepura District, Youtefa Market and Organda.
“Even the water level has reached about one meter so there are some locations where the residents have to be evacuated,” said Lamia, as quoted by Antara, while promising to provide rubber boat assistance to BPBD Papua.
The government has not built a good drainage to accommodate the flow of water when the rains come. So it caused the water overflowed into the road and make traffic congestion and piles of material waste from the mountain. (*)
Wamena, Jubi – Jayawijaya Regency’s government together with provincial government of Papua are formulating special regulations to provide job opportunities for indigenous Papuan (OAP) job seekers especially in Jayawijaya.
Head of Manpower, Industry and Trade Department of Jayawijaya Regency, Semuel Munua said that they are now discussing it with investors operating in Jayawijaya.
“We want to make a regulation that will be published in the regent’s decree for the utilization of local personnel, because we see that in retails andcontractors sector are rarely use indigenous Papuans labors,” Munua told reporters in Wamena, Wednesday (August 2).
For that the government facilitate a meeting with hoteliers, restaurants and kiosks, which Semuel hopes to have input on labor issues in Jayawijaya.
“We will also provide training for job seekers, so that employment providers can accommodate Papuan labor,” he said. He added that there is a need for regular training for indigenous job seekers so that they can compete with migrant job seekers.
Meanwhile, Head of Subdivision of Working Conditions of Papua Province, Melky Bosawer explained, this is in accordance with the Law no. 13/2003 on employment, and the government’s duty is to conduct technical assistance and training on management of the company or employees regarding the recruitment of manpower.
For local workers employed in each company in Papua alone, according to Melky the presentation in is unstable because every year there are changes that makes regulation of each district is also different.
“We also expect the regent’s policy so that there is a regulation in order to train indigenous Papuans,” he said.(*)


5) Papua to hold Baliem Valley Festival
Jakarta | Fri, August 4, 2017 | 01:13 pm
Papua is set to hold the Baliem Valley Festival from August 8 to 11 in Baliem Valley, Jayawijaya Mountains.
With the theme 'Art of Dance & War', the festival will showcase the Papuan war tradition and traditional dances including the War Dance.
“The War Dance is a hundred years old dance, visitors can take part in the dance if they want to,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

Some of the Papuan tribes such as Dani, Yali and Yani will take part in the festival where they will perform a mock tribal war battle.
The traditional festival that was first held in 1989 is very popular among travel photographers from abroad.
“Visitors can also directly interact with the indigenous people of Papua and there are plenty of beautiful sceneries that you can enjoy there,” added the Ministry's Archipelago Marketing Development deputy, Esthy Reko Astuti.
Other activities that will be presented at the festival include traditional music performance using Pikon, karapan babi (pig races), theater performance, arrow and spear competition, Sikiki and Puradaan game, cooking demo and handicraft exhibition.
Not only famous for its beautiful scenery and interesting tradition, Baliem Valley is also the place where visitors can see mummies. Three mummies are preserved in Kurulu District, another three are preserved in Assologaima District and one is preserved in Kurima District.
These mummies are the bodies of previous tribal chiefs and commanders of the Dani tribe, the majority tribe in Wamena. They are being preserved using a traditional method and can last up to hundreds of years. (asw)

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