Tuesday, October 3, 2017



3) West Papua: United Nations Reject Independence Petition


Jayapura, Jubi – Theo Hesegem, Papuan human rights activist declared his withdrawal from involvement in Papua Peace Network (JDP). During this time Hesegem is a facilitator in the network that is coordinated by Father Neles Tebay.
Hesegem delivered his resignation after the JDP discussed sectoral dialogue in Jayapura last week. According to him, the five agenda of sectoral dialogue offered by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), namely education, health, community economy, infrastructure and governance are just some ‘old songs’ to be played back by the central government, to impose on the Papuan indigenous (OAP).
The topics of dialogue are also unilaterally decided by the central government without any involvement of Papuan actors.
“Deciding the agenda of sectoral dialogue without involvement of Papuan is a process of fraud and coercion from the government against OAP to follow the will of government,” explained Hesegem.
The five agendas according to him will not end the violence in the Land of Papua. Surprisingly, he added, there is no agenda of the security sector and the human rights sector that the central government offers.
According to him, the agenda of sectoral dialogue or dialogue in whatever form should be determined by both parties in conflicted, not determined by one party only.
He also questioned the meeting of several OAPs in mid-August with Jokowi. He questioned from whom the 15 people got mandate to meet president.
“They are not official delegates representing OAP. They are invited privately and only through SMS (short message). There was no official agenda to be discussed in Jakarta. It’s a fraudulent process. Departed to Jakarta while the agenda of sectoral dialogue has been determined by Jakarta,” continued Hesegem.
The 15 people according to him, should have explained to Papuan people their position and role at the time.
“If they were invited personally, not in their portion to set agenda of five sectoral dialogue,” Hesegem continued.
Regarding his resignation, in addition to the above reasons, Hesegem also problematized Wiranto’s involvement in settling cases of human rights violations in Papua became another reason. “Wiranto until now has not been able to solve the cases that had promised the government during Luhut Panjaitan served Menkopolhukam. Like the case of student shootings in Paniai that occurred in December 2014,” he said.
Father Neles Tebay, JDP Coordinator to tabloidjubi.com recently said in a meeting of several OAPs with the President last August, the President welcomed the idea of ​​sectoral dialogue to accelerate progress and development in the land of Papua.
These sectoral dialogues, Tebay said, need to be well regulated. The agenda to be discussed in sectoral dialogue needs to be prepared. Participants of sectoral dialogue need to be selected according to the sector that will be the agenda of the discussion. In addition, it is necessary to formulate the objectives, targets, moderators, and minutes of sectoral dialogue. All of these things need to be well prepared for sectoral dialogue to deliver maximum results.(*)
Source: tabloidjubi.com
Editor: Zely Ariane



Jayapura, Jubi – Education Office (Disdik) of Papua Province admits that there are many reports of teachers who are lazy to teach and rarely attend the school. Ironically they still receive certification allowances.
“From the reports we received, there are still many teachers who are lazy to teach and rarely come to school but still receive certification allowances,” said the Head of Education Office of Papua Elias Wonda, in Jayapura, Sunday (October 1).
Under these conditions he appealed to teachers in Papua to be more active in carrying out their duties, and not to leave the place of duty. “This is what the teachers should pay attention to, because the golden generation of Papua is in the hands of the teachers,” Elias said.
The Provincial Education Office (Disdik) of Papua promised that teacher certification allowance funds could be liquidated and handed over to each account on time. Accuracy of the allowance is expected to stimulate the teacher more support in carrying out its duties.
Elias emphasizes that teachers who have certified and received benefits meet the number of teaching hours. “Do not miss school frequently,” warned Elias.
The Expert Staff of Papua Governor for the Field of Community and Human Resources, Anni Rumbiak said that teachers have a big role in advancing education in Papua.
“Actually the core of quality of education is the teacher, that is why they must be qualified,” said Anni.
According to him, education is under the attention of Governor and Vice Governor of Papua so it has its own priority that must be implemented in the program of Gerbangmas Hasrat Papua. (*)
Source: tabloidjubi.com
Editor: Zely Ariane

Oct 02, 2017

3) West Papua: United Nations Reject Independence Petition

On 30 September 2017, West Papua received the news that its petition to the United Nations (UN)’s decolonisation committee could not be accepted for examination by the committee because it is not part of the 17 States identified as ‘non-self-governing territories’ by the UN. West Papuans were relying on the UN to address the plight of their people. The region has been contested for more than half a century as it has been under Indonesia’s political control. The country has been consistently accused of human rights violations and of suppressing the independence movement in the area. UNPO calls on our counterparts throughout the world to support West Papua’s legal right to self-determination and to, jointly with Indonesia, put an end to human rights violations. 
The article below was published by the South China Morning Post 
In New York on Tuesday, the exiled West Papuan leader Benny Wenda presented the petition – banned by the Indonesian government, but smuggled across Papua and reportedly endorsed by 70 per cent of the contested province’s population – to the UN’s decolonisation committee, known as the C24.
The committee is responsible for monitoring the progress of former colonies towards independence.
The petition asked the UN to appoint a special representative to investigate human rights abuses in the province and to “put West Papua back on the decolonisation committee agenda and ensure their right to self-determination ... is respected by holding an internationally supervised vote”.
But on Thursday the chair of the decolonisation committee, Rafael Ramirez, said no petition on West Papua could be accepted because the committee’s mandate extended only to the 17 states identified by the UN as “non-self-governing territories”.
We hand over the bones of the people of West Papua to the United Nations and the world [Benny Wenda, West Papuan independence leader and international lobbyist for the independence of West Papua from Indonesia:] “I am the chair of the C24 and the issue of West Papua is not a matter for the C24. We are just working on the counties that are part of the list of non-self-governing territories. That list is issued by the general assembly.”
“One of the principles of our movement is to defend the sovereignty and the full integrity of the territory of our members. We are not going to do anything against Indonesia as a C24.”
West Papua was previously on the committee’s agenda – when the former Dutch colony was known as Netherlands New Guinea – but it was removed in 1963 when the province was annexed by Indonesia.
Ramírez, Venezuela’s representative to the UN, said his office was being “manipulated” for political purposes. Ramírez did not say the petition had not been presented to the committee, only that it was not able to accept it.
Asked if he had any communication with Benny Wenda, or the West Papuan independence movement, Ramirez replied: “As the chairman of the C24, that is not possible. We [are] supposed to receive just the petitioners that are issued on the agenda.”
In a statement, Ramírez said he supported Indonesia’s position that West Papua was an integral part of its territory.
“The special committee on decolonisation has not received nor can receive any request or document related to the situation of West Papua, territory which is an integral part of the Republic of Indonesia.”
Indonesia’s representative to the UN, Dian Triansyah Djani, is a vice-chair of the decolonisation committee.
Spokesman for the Indonesian embassy in Canberra Sade Bimantara said the provinces of Papua and West Papua were sovereign parts of Indonesia.
“This fact is indisputable and internationally recognised,” he said.
“In 1969 the United Nations reaffirmed Indonesia’s sovereignty over West Papua.”
Independence campaigner Wenda, who was granted political asylum in the UK in 2003, said his people had been denied their fundamental right to self-determination over decades and that the petition was the true expression of the Papuan people’s desire for freedom.
“In the West Papuan people’s petition we hand over the bones of the people of West Papua to the United Nations and the world,” he said.
“After decades of suffering, decades of genocide, decades of occupation, we open up the voice of the West Papuan people which lives inside this petition. My people want to be free.”
Indonesian-controlled Papua and West Papua form the western half of the island of New Guinea. Political control of the region has been contested for more than half a century and Indonesia has consistently been accused of human rights violations and violent suppression of the region’s independence movement.
The indigenous Melanesian are ethnically distinct from most of the rest of Indonesia and more closely linked to the people of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia.
Formerly the Netherlands New Guinea, Papua was retained by the Dutch after Indonesian independence in 1945 but the province was annexed by Jakarta in 1963.
Indonesia formalised its control over West Papua in 1969 when its military hand-picked 1,026 of West Papua’s population and forced them into voting in favour of Indonesian annexation under a UN-supervised, but undemocratic, process known as the Act of Free Choice.
A 2004 report by the International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School said: “Indonesian military leaders began making public threats against Papuan leaders ... vowing to shoot them on the spot if they did not vote for Indonesian control.”
Known as Irian Jaya until 2000, it has been split into two provinces, Papua and West Papua, since 2003. They have semi-autonomous status.
Many Papuans regard the Indonesian takeover as an illegal annexation and the OPM (Free Papua Movement) has led a low-level insurgency for decades. That insurgency has long been cited as the reason for significant military involvement in Papua.
With the heightened police and military presence, there have been reports of security force abuses including extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detention, excessive use of force and mistreatment of peaceful protesters. Dozens of Papuans remain behind bars for peaceful demonstration or expressing solidarity with the independence movement.
There is little independent scrutiny of the situation in West Papua, as human rights organisations and journalists are restricted from visiting.

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