Sunday, October 22, 2017


2) Two Cops Shot in a Papua Shootout Taken to Jakarta

3) Gunmen Open Fire on Police in Papua, Wounding 2

4) Disaster risk reduction event in West Papua a boost for sustainability
5) Pacific expects Australia to advance rights issues

Jayapura, Papua | Mon, October 23, 2017 | 11:06 am

Security officers from the "Amole Task Force" are on standby at Mile 61 in Tembagapura in Mimika, Papua, on Sept. 24. Two vehicles belonging to mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia were shot at by unknown assailants while traveling to the mining area at Mile 61. (Photo courtesy of/Papua Police)

First. Brig. Berry Pramana Putra, a member of the National Police’s Mobile Brigade stationed in Timika, Papua was killed in an exchange of fire with unidentified gunmen on Utikini bridge, Tembagapura, Mimika regency on Sunday.
Berry died during a pursuit of armed assailants who were allegedly behind a shooting incident in the mining area of US-based PT Freeport Indonesia at Mile 60 to 67, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said.
“The victim died on the scene while Mobile Brigade members were in an exchange of fire with an armed criminal group on Utikini bridge, a day after the group shot at two patrol vehicles owned by PT Freeport,” he said in Jayapura on Monday.
He alleged the group was behind security disturbances in Freeport's mining area. He also suspected it was the same group who seized two Steyr assault rifles and ammunition from members of the Mobile Brigade two years ago, as the same weapons were believed to have been used in the shooting that killed Berry. The allegations arose from the bullet casings found at the scene.
“We have identified the group, although we will not yet publish the name of the group,” Boy added.
No additional security personnel would be added despite the incidents, he said, adding that police would handle the issue in accordance with law enforcement procedures to end the security disturbances in Papua.
The Papua Police delivered the body of First. Brig Berry to his hometown in Bengkulu in a release ceremony led by Boy. As Berry died on duty, the police also granted him a posthumous promotion to one level above his rank to Brig. (rin)

MONDAY, 23 OCTOBER, 2017 | 07:20 WIB
2) Two Cops Shot in a Papua Shootout Taken to Jakarta

TEMPO.COJakarta - Two members of the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob), who were shot in a shootout with armed criminals in Tembagapura, Papua, have been taken to Jakarta for a more intensive treatment in Kramat Jati Police Hospital.
Despite being in a stable condition, they will further be examined for their gunshot wounds, Mimika Police chief Sr. Comr. Viktor Makbon told Antara news agency on Sunday.
A police officer was shot in the foot while the other had a gunshot wound in the abdomen.
Victor Makbon said that they were involved in a shootout in Mount Sanker, Tembagapura, Papua.
“In a chase after a shooting at two operational vehicles of PT Freeport at mile 67.5, a shootout took place with an armed criminal group,” he said.
He said that the police and the Brimob will continue chasing the criminal group.


3) Gunmen Open Fire on Police in Papua, Wounding 2
By : Telly Nathalia | on 1:41 PM October 22, 2017
Jakarta. Two members of Brimob, the National Police's mobile brigade unit, were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a patrol in Papua on Saturday (21/10).
A police spokesman said the incident occurred at 12.35 p.m. in the hamlet of Utikini in Tembagapura district.
Tembagapura is about an hour's drive from the Grasberg Mine, operated by Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of United States mining giant Feeport-McMoRan.
"When members of Brimob arrived in the village near Sangker Mountain, they came under fire from a criminal group led by Sabinus Waker," Papua Police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said in a statement.
Two police officers were shot, one in the left leg and another in the stomach; they were taken to Freeport Indonesia's hospital, Suryadi said.
"Police are still looking for the group, led by Sabinus Waker," the spokesman added.
In a separate incident in Tembagapura earlier on the same day, an unidentified gunman opened fire on a car driven by an employee of mining contractor Mitra Siaga. The driver sustained minor injuries, Freeport Indonesia confirmed.
Suryadi said police are also searching for the perpetrator in this attack.


4) Disaster risk reduction event in West Papua a boost for sustainability
 October 23, 2017

Disaster risk reduction efforts need to be understood as investments to sustain development plans rather than mere budget expenditures, says Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
The agency is holding the 2017 Disaster Risk Reduction Month event in four areas of West Papua from today until Wednesday, the head of BNPB Willem Rampangilei announced.
Rampangilei added that the Nawacita (Nine Priorities) programme and the 2015-2019 National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) document emphasise disaster management, particularly disaster risk reduction into national to local development planning, reports Netral News.
“The objective of the plan is to protect the economic growth centers from the threat of disaster so as to ensure the sustainability of development,” Rampangilei said.
In the RPJMN document, the government set the priority of 136 regencies/municipalities as the center of high-risk economic growth.
Disaster risk reduction would increase resilience so that it did not significantly affect the development process, Rampangilei said.
One of the disaster risk reduction efforts was by lowering the risk index of disaster at the centres of economic growth.
In 2016, BNPB together with the government and other stakeholders, lowered the disaster risk index by 15.98 percent. In 2019, the disaster risk index is targeted to fall by 30 percent, according to the RPJMN.
Rampangilei said it was vital to strengthen government and community understanding of disaster risk reduction activities as an investment for resilience.
Expected investments include building of joint awareness, dialogue and networking among stakeholders involved in disaster risk reduction activities.


5) Pacific expects Australia to advance rights issues
From 5:03 am today
Vanuatu's government says it expects Australia to advance the concerns of Pacific Islands states now that it has a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.
Support from Pacific countries played a part in Australia's election to the 47-seat body last week.
Vanuatu's parliamentary secetary responsible for international development co-operation, Jonny Koanapo congratulated Australia, saying it was important that it had a voice on the council.
"There's also the obligation that the Australian representative on the human rights council needs to also take on board the views and different perspectives on human rights issues that have been raised by Pacific Island countries."
Mr Koanapo also said they considered it important that Australia fulfilled its commitment to issues such as rights of indigenous peoples.
He said for Vanuatu in particular this meant action on West Papua.
"We are hopeful that the membership of the Australian government, or the Australian people, at the Human Rights Council will be an opportunity that Australia will use to explore the allegations that the indigenous people of West Papua are facing a sort of cultural genocide, they are being marginalised, they're not being given an opportunity to fully participate in their political and civil rights, all these things", he said.

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