Friday, November 24, 2017

1) Dance speaks loudly for an oppressed people


2) PAPUA CIVIL SOCIETY: MEDIA IS FRAMING THE HOSTAGE TAKING ISSUE
3) PAPUA SENATOR ACCUSED TNI/POLICE OF DOING PUBLIC DECEPTION
4) STUDENTS ASKED FREEPORT TO BE CLOSED

5) AII urged the investigation of the disappearance of Martinus Beanal in Tembagapura

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1) Dance speaks loudly for an oppressed people
STEPHEN FITZPATRICK The Australian 8:24PM November 24, 2017

Sam Roem, left, Airileke Ingram and Yosua Roem in Sydney ahead of the Homeground festival of First Nations culture at the Sydney Opera House. Picture: John Feder

Yosua Roem was just 12 in January 2006 when, with 42 other West Papuan asylum-seekers, he washed up on the shores of Cape York after four precarious days and nights at sea.
It triggered an uproar. Indonesia withdrew its ambassador, there was a bitter war of cartoonists, including The Australian’s Bill Leak drawing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as a dog mounting a hapless Papuan and saying “don’t take this the wrong way”. Jakarta demanded answers as visas were granted.
Roem and his older brother Sam knew nothing of these ructions; they did, however, know how to dance. So dance they did, including eventually studying with acclaimed ex-Bangarra performer and choreographer Albert David.
“You can imagine, we had no English but we’ve always gone for music and dance. That’s how we express ourselves,” Roem said. “Now we are connected with the original (people) here, the owners of the land, and our traditional dance and music are similar; it’s been our journey of understanding how we’re all connected.”
So connected, in fact, that this weekend they will perform at the Sydney Opera House in a performance titled Sorong Samarai, with David, ARIA-nominated Papua New Guinean producer Airileke Ingram, West Papuan activist Ronny Kareni and others.
The show takes its name from the two population extremities of the island where a disputed border separates a Melanesian people seeking to be united.
Ingram, who grew up with both Australian and Papuan culture, admits that until the arrival of the 43 shone a spotlight on Indonesian oppression in its half of the island — an estimated 10,000 West Papuan refugees live uncertain lives in Papua New Guinea — he had little idea of the problem.
He credits that moment, however, with bringing about his “awakening” and from there it was a short step away from the largely “cultural” music he had always performed to a more overt political stance. Ingram cites the 1984 murder of West Papuan musician Arnold Ap by Indonesian special forces Kopassus soldiers as an example why.
So connected, in fact, that this weekend they will perform at the Sydney Opera House in a performance titled Sorong Samarai, with David, ARIA-nominated Papua New Guinean producer Airileke Ingram, West Papuan activist Ronny Kareni and others.
The show takes its name from the two population extremities of the island where a disputed border separates a Melanesian people seeking to be united.
Ingram, who grew up with both Australian and Papuan culture, admits that until the arrival of the 43 shone a spotlight on Indonesian oppression in its half of the island — an estimated 10,000 West Papuan refugees live uncertain lives in Papua New Guinea — he had little idea of the problem.
He credits that moment, however, with bringing about his “awakening” and from there it was a short step away from the largely “cultural” music he had always performed to a more overt political stance. Ingram cites the 1984 murder of West Papuan musician Arnold Ap by Indonesian special forces Kopassus soldiers as an example why.

“I can do what I do in a free country; inside West Papua, you’ll be killed (for it),” he said.
Sorong Samarai features the rebel Morning Star flag, banned in West Papua, and draws in hip-hop, log drumming from Manus Island and urban West Papuan dance.
It’s part of the annual Homeground festival of First Nations culture, which will also host a regrouped Yothu Yindi, the Yolngu band whose international hit Treaty will reset the gaze on the Referendum Council’s recent report on indigenous constitutional recognition and Malcolm Turnbull’s dismissal of it.
“I believe having a treaty in this country would be for Australia to treat us differently ... because they would respect an indigenous perspective, not just a coloniser’s perspective,” Ingram said yesterday.
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2) PAPUA CIVIL SOCIETY: MEDIA IS FRAMING THE HOSTAGE TAKING ISSUE
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From left to right, Latifah Anum Siregar, Yuliana Langowuyo and Wirya Supriadi – Jubi/Roy Ratumakin

Jayapura, Jubi – In October 2017 there has been a series of shootings in Banti, Kimbeli and Utikini villages located around PT Freeport Indonesia area.
The series of shootings to the evacuation of communities in the three villages, according to Civil Society Coalition for Papua’s law enforcement and human rights, consisting of 25 Civil Society Organizations, is happening through scenarios played by the powerful.
Latifah Anum Siregar, Director of the Democratic Alliance for Papua (AIDP) said many people asked the real reasons behind evacuation of people from three villages while the area is their ancestral land.
“The issue of hostage-taking was carried out by the mass media after receiving information from the police, while there was actually no such thing as hostage-taking. The issue of hostage-taking had actually led the indigenous people who have customary rights in the area to come out with the drama of evacuation,” she said in on Wednesday during a press conference (November 22) at AlDP Office, Jayapura.
Anum added, the constellation in Tembagapura became the main topic in the coverage of several mass media both local and national. News about what happened around the mining area Pt. Freeport Indonesia is massive. Unfortunately, it was not accompanied by compliance with Law 40 regarding the press and journalist code of ethics.
“Who said there was a hostage? The use of a hostage phrase by the mass media has unwittingly caused a negative impact to Papuan indigenous students studying in several cities of study in Indonesia. The students were bullied by the local people for news with the hostage phrase” she said.
In the same occasion, Director of Secretariat of Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation (SKPKC) of Franciscan Papuan, Yuliana Langowuyo added that if there was any hostage it would always be followed by a demand.
For example, the case of Woyla aircraft hostage taking place in 1981 in Thailand demanded that fellow detainees held in custody post Cicendo events in Bandung, West Java, to be released.
“Well the case in Tembagapura what is the demand from the hostage taker reported by the mass media? The media should have verified any data obtained in the field, whether it was from the police, TNI, arms groups or community, to make it balanced and accountable,” he said.
It was proofed by the people in Banti who had been interviewed by one of the international media that said they are not in a hostage situation. They are free to move as usual, but if they intend to leave the village, their security cannot be guaranteed by the group accused of being a hostage taker.
“Police also disagree, such as Mimika Resort Police who rejected to use ‘hostage taking’ phrase in calling the situations in Banti and Kimbeli villages and prefer to use ‘isolated’ phrases, while top-level police continue to use hostage phrases and continue to dominate the news on the conflict in Timika. Who is controlled the media? ” she said.
To that end, Wirya Supriyadi of the Papuan People’s Network (Jerat) hopes that the mass media or national press should not become an institution that is only a tool to justify the statement of certain parties but rather to fulfill the people’s right to get true information, to uphold the basic values ​​of democracy, and to promote the supremacy of the law.
“Their roles are to conduct monitoring, critic, correction and suggestions on the matters relating to public interest and fighting for justice and truth. We also urge the security forces in this case the TNI and POLRI to stop disseminating information without clear evidence and facts related to violent and armed conflict that occurred in Tembagapura,” he said.
Wirya added, in addition he also hopes journalists, mass media and the national press to run the principle of independence of the press responsibly, especially to verify any information received.
“PT Freeport Indonesia must also immediately explain what has really happened in the villages of Banti, Kimbeli, Utikini, and surrounding areas because the villages are located in the mining area of ​​PT Freeport of which is located in the concession area of ​​the company and required a special identity to get into that location. How come the illegal immigrant community makes their livelihood in the areas? Who gives permission? This is a big question that should be explained by the company, ” he said. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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3) PAPUA SENATOR ACCUSED TNI/POLICE OF DOING PUBLIC DECEPTION

Makassar, Jubi – A member of Papua Regional Representative Council (DPD-RI) from Papua, Yanes Murib, accused TNI and Police of making public deceived of the situation in Tembagapura, Timika to all Indonesian people.
“Media propaganda is overdoing it, as if the people in Banti and surrounding areas are in a critical or emergency situation,” said Yanes Murib to Jubi, Monday (November 20).
He asserted that the alleged hostage taking by TPN-OPM in Kampung Banti and surrounding areas is not true. He called the information as a propaganda that brings into conflict.
“It should be informed to the public that conditions on the ground are not as reported by the national media and the local media are all propaganda,” Yanes added.
Yanes also challenged accusation that said the TPN-OPM take hostage, raped, and killed. According to him it was impossible, while there are wives of them among the community, or son, family and relatives tribe. He questioned the purpose and interests of the country to make false news to the people of Indonesia.
He considered the TPN-OPM is clearly against only TNI/POLRI and not ordinary. “Their demands clearly define their own political rights,” said Yanes.
As a member of DPD RI he asked the state to stop doing public deception and propaganda of local and national media, and do not harm Papuan community.
Meanwhile, Legislator Papua, Laurenzus Kadepa said he wanted evidence of hostage taking against residents in Kampung Banti and Kimbeli, Tembagapura District, Mimika Regency, Papua.
“We want evidence, such as videotapes showing residents in Banti and Kimbeli actually being held hostage, and what the demands of those who declare themselves as TPN and OPM on this issue,” Kadepa said.(tabloidjubi.com/Zely)
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4) STUDENTS ASKED FREEPORT TO BE CLOSED
 
                                                 Students from People United Front (FPR) – IST

Jayapura, Jubi– People’s Union Front (FPR) requested for PT Freeport in Tembagapura, Timika to be closed. The request is to restore the rights and sovereignty of the people of Papua and prevent prolonged humanitarian conflict in the land of Papua.
“We consider the Government of Indonesia had failed to guarantee the wellbeing of Papuan people,” said Coordinator of the People’s Union Front (FPR), Samuel Womsiwor, Wednesday (November 21).
The uncertainty of livelihood and the future of Indonesian people is in questioned, thus it impacts the mobilization of Indonesian migrants to the land of Papua that is uncontrolled. “This is a problem that creates conflict in Papua,” add Samuel.
Samuel also mentioned the exodus of 344 non-Papuans who live in Banti and Kimbeli Villages in Tembagapura, Mimika Regency who turn out to be illegal immigrants in the region Tembagapura. It is caused, he said by the mistake of Indonesia’s state to grant power to own natural resources to PT Freeport up to 50 years.
“The profits had no significant impact for the people of Papua as the owner of Amungsa earth,” Samuel explained. It had produces waste, destruction of forest into mining land and has damage the social fabric of society.
The President of Cendrawasih University Executive Council, Paskalis Boma, requested that the country provide access to international journalists and media, for the sake of conflict objectivity in Tembagapura. “We ask the TNI and Polri to respect the journalistic code of ethics,” Paskalis said.
It aims for the sake of the balanced information developed in Tembagapura Freeport – Timika to be visible to the world without any cover-up.(tabloidjubi.com/Zely)
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5) AII urged the investigation of the disappearance of Martinus Beanal in Tembagapura
Jumat, 24 November 2017 — 17:32

Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi



Residents who were evacuated by security forces to Mimika City due to armed conflict in Utikini, Kimbele and Banti - Jubi / Benny


Jayapura, Jubi - Amnesty International Indonesia (AII), urged the Indonesian National Police to investigate the loss of Martinus Beanal, a worker of PT Pangan Sari Utama (PSU), a partner company of PT Freeport since November 7, 2017.

"Amnesty International Indonesia is concerned about the possibility of Martinus Beanal being a victim of enforced disappearance, and asking the authorities to seek immediate presence," Amman International Executive Director Usman Hamid told Jubi on Friday (24/11/2017).

According to Usman, Martinus Beanal disappeared as the escalation of security problems in the Tembagapura, Mimika, Papua region escalated and there was a maze of information related to the loss of Martinus Beana, as well as the security situation in the region.

"The authorities should not issue conflicting information before the conclusion of an in-depth investigation, we urge the police to look for the presence of Martinus Beanal," he said.

Usman added that the problematic security situation in the area of ​​Mimika Regency, has swallowed a number of victims in recent months.

"This armed conflict is certainly not free from the interests of the parties to the conflict, but feared this conflict extends to civilians," he added.

Police earlier said Martinus Beanal was kidnapped by the Armed Kriminal Group (KKB) in Tembagapura. Then, in the news media, police said Martinus Baenal was found dead and his body was buried family.

However, the information was denied by the victim's family. The victim's family claimed to have found no traces of Martinus until this story was written.

"Until today, we have not seen our sister's body," said Kristina Beanal, the younger brother of Martinus who accompanied Deborah Wanmang, wife of Martinus, on Monday (13/11/2017) via telephone to Jubi.

Kristina and Debora along with several mothers from Banti have gone to the Mimika Resort Police to question the whereabouts of Martinus Beanal. But both have not been clarified about the condition of Martinus.

Just to note, AII noted there was one person Brimob Brigadier Berry Pratama died and seven people injured since the shooting of August 2017 in Tembagapura region, Mimika. (*)
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