Monday, November 20, 2017

1) PAPUAN LEGISLATORS WANT PROOF OF HOSTAGE IN BANTI


2) Komnas HAM to Receive Report on Papua Tomorrow
3) Govt continues to provide economic justice in Papua
4) TPN-PB CONFIRMED OF ARMED CONTACTS BEFORE EVACUATION OF CIVILIANS
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1) PAPUAN LEGISLATORS WANT PROOF OF HOSTAGE IN BANTI
PAPUA NO. 1 NEWS PORTAL | JUBI

SENIN, 20 NOVEMBER 2017 — 07:04
JAYAPURA, JUBI - LEGISLATOR PAPUA, LAURENZUS KADEPA, SAID IT WANTED EVIDENCE OF HOSTAGE TAKING ON RESIDENTS IN KAMPUNG BANTI AND KIMBELI, TEMBAGAPURA DISTRICT, MIMIKA REGENCY, PAPUA, AS SAID BY SECURITY FORCES IN VARIOUS MEDIA SO FAR.

"WE WANT EVIDENCE, SUCH AS VIDEOTAPES SHOWING RESIDENTS IN BANTI AND KIMBELI ACTUALLY BEING HELD HOSTAGE, AND WHAT ARE THE DEMANDS OF THE SELF-PROCLAIMED TPN / OPM PARTY ON THIS ISSUE," KADEPA SAID WHEN CONTACTING JUBI VIA PHONE ON SUNDAY (19/11 / 2017) NIGHT.

ACCORDING TO HIM, FROM THE BEGINNING HE DID NOT AGREE IF THE RESIDENTS IN BANTI AND KIMBELI CALLED HOSTAGE, BECAUSE RESIDENTS IN THE REGION CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD USING A MOBILE PHONE OR OTHER MEANS.

"IF PEOPLE ARE CALLED ISOLATED, I AGREE BECAUSE THEY ARE REPORTEDLY UNABLE TO GET OUT OF KAMPUNG BANTI AND KIMBELI BECAUSE ALONG THE WAY KEKUAR DIKUASI GROUP WHO DECLARED THEMSELVES AS OPM.ON THE DAY, THE RESIDENTS CLAIMED TO MOVE AS USUAL.ONLY THERE WAS THE NIGHT THEY WERE ANXIOUS," HE SAID.

HE SAID, IF HOSTAGE, OF COURSE CITIZENS CAN NOT MOVE AS USUAL. THEY WILL BE GATHERED AT A LOCATION AND HEAVILY GUARDED BY THE HOSTAGE, UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD, WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE GROUP TO BE HOSTED.

HE ALSO QUESTIONED WHY ONLY 300 MORE RESIDENTS WERE EVACUATED OUT OF BANTI AND KIMBELI. THESE ARE ALL NON-PAPUANS. WHILE THE ORIGINAL PAPUANS IN THE TWO VILLAGES CHOSE TO STAY.

"IF THE SITUATION IN BANTI AND KIMBELI AS REPORTED SO FAR, OF COURSE PAPUANS WILL ALSO CHOOSE TO LEAVE THE VILLAGE, BUT THEY STILL HAVE A STAY, WHICH MEANS THAT THE SITUATION IS STILL UNDER CONTROL," HE SAID.

INDIGENOUS PAPUANS WHO CHOOSE TO LIVE KADEPA, NOT ONLY THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION OF BANTI AND KIMBELI, BUT THERE ARE INDIGENOUS PAPUANS FROM OTHER REGIONS.

"AFTER SUCCESSFULLY EVACUATING 300 MORE NON-PAPUANS, THE TNI COMMANDER LED AN EXTRAORDINARY PROMOTIONAL RALLY IN BANTI, TO 57 TNI SOLDIERS.THIS IS WHAT, I QUESTION THIS," HE SAID.

A TOTAL OF 57 TNI SOLDIERS SERVING IN PAPUA WERE PROMOTED AFTER SUCCESSFULLY EVACUATING 300 MORE ISOLATED NON-PAPUANS IN KAMPUNG BANTI AND KIMBELI, ARMED GROUPS IN MIMIKA, WHO DECLARED THEMSELVES OPM (FREE PAPUA ORGANIZATION).

TNI CHIEF GEN. GATOT NURMANTYO SAID AS MANY AS 62 TNI PERSONNEL WERE INVOLVED IN FREEING THE ISOLATED CITIZEN. BUT FIVE TNI OFFICERS WHO LED JOINT OPERATIONS DENIED PROMOTION.

ACCORDING TO HIM, DURING A SILENT EVACUATION OPERATION, THE JOINT FORCES FROM KOPASSUS, 751 RIDER BATTALION AND TAIPUR KOSTRAD MOVED 4.5 KM FOR THREE TO FOUR DAYS AND ENDED WITH A STANDARD PLACE IN TWO LOCATIONS UNTIL THE ARMED GROUP RETREATED.

"BEFORE THE EVACUATION, I ORDERED THAT THE LEFT AND RIGHT OF THE ROAD SHOULD BE SAFE, IF THERE WAS A SHOT, THAT FAR," GATOT SAID.

ACCORDING TO HIM, INDIGENOUS PAPUANS STILL CHOOSE TO SURVIVE IN THE VILLAGE WITH THE GUARDING OF THE TNI AND POLRI, WHILE NON-ORIGIN FROM THE VILLAGE HAS BEEN EVACUATED.

THE COMMANDER OF OPERATIONS OF THE WEST PAPUA NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY (TPN-PB) III TIMIKA, HENDRIK WANMANG CONFIRMED THAT THE ARMED CONTACT OCCURRED BEFORE THE EVACUATION OF CIVILIANS IN BANTI AND KIMBELI.

"TWO OF OUR MEMBERS WERE WOUNDED IN A SHOOTOUT LAST MORNING," HENDRIK WANMANG SAID BRIEFLY TO JUBI VIA TELEPHONE ON SATURDAY (11/18/2017).

ANOTHER SOURCE SAID TWO TPN-PB MEMBERS WERE KILLED IN FIREFIGHT EARLY FRIDAY, WHEN SECURITY FORCES WOULD EVACUATE RESIDENTS. BOTH ARE NAMED ILAME TABUNI AND YULIANA WAKER.

ON THE SIDE OF THE TNI / POLICE, THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES OR GUNSHOT WOUNDS. SIMILARLY, RESIDENTS WHO WERE EVACUATED FROM KAMPUNG BANTI AND KIMBELI.

"NO ONE COMMUNITY IS A VICTIM, YES," SAID PAPUA POLICE CHIEF IRJENPOL BOY RAFLI AMAR IN AN OFFICIAL VIDEO RELEASED BY POLICE PUBLIC RELATION, FRIDAY (17/11/2017).

THE EVACUATION PROCESS OF CIVILIANS LASTED UNTIL 12:00 LOCAL TIME. THE EVACUATION WAS CARRIED OUT SINCE 09.30 AFTER THE TWO VILLAGES WERE CONTROLLED BY THE ARMED FORCES TASK FORCE AT 07.00 LOCAL TIME. (*)

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MONDAY, 20 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 11:08 WIB
2) Komnas HAM to Receive Report on Papua Tomorrow

TEMPO.COJakarta - The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) official Amiruddin al-Rahab said that he has not been informed about the latest condition in Tembagapura district in Papua following a mass evacuation of internal migrants from Kimbely and Banti villages. “I can’t provide any updates yet,” he told Tempo in a phone interview today.
A Komnas HAM staffer in Papua will only arrive back in Jakarta tonight or tomorrow. “Once they came back, we can read the report,” Amiruddin said.
He could yet issue any statement on alleged human rights abuse in the evacuation process.
Indonesia security forces evacuated 300 internal migrants from Kimbely and Banti villages, Papua, on Friday.
Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman has denied reports that 1300 people in Kimberly and Banti villages were being held hostage by armed groups. She said that police have manipulated the facts about what was happening in the regions. “It was not true [abduction],” she told Tempo last week.
ANDITA RAHMA



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3) Govt continues to provide economic justice in Papua
Pewarta:  

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Papua Province is one of Indonesia`s underdeveloped provinces in the eastern region which the government of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has given a priority in his current development programs. 


Compared with other provinces in the western part of the country, Papua suffers a sharp gap and inequality in its economic life. Due to the lack of infrastructure and land transportation facilities, prices of commodities are far higher than those in the rest of the country`s provinces.  

The price of cement, for instance, is about Rp800 thousand - Rp2.5 million per bag while in Java it is only about Rp70 thousand - Rp80 thousand per bag. Gasoline can reach Rp60 thousand per litter while in other regions the price of fuel oil is only approximately Rp6,500 per litter.

Hence, the government is now focusing its attention on the development in Papua in efforts to eliminate social economic injustices. One of the efforts to build economic justice is to lay the foundation of the economic activities by developing infrastructure.

Although there is criticism in the development of the Trans-Papua Road, President Jokowi is firm that the project will facilitate the economic activities and improve the welfare of the people in the country`s easternmost province. He asked the Regional Representative Council (DPD) to support his infrastructure development program in Papua.

"There is a question from a DPD member, asking the benefit of developing the Trans-Papua Road. Of course, Trans-Papua is constructed in an effort to make balanced infrastructure development in the country`s western, central and eastern regions. The DPD should instead support the efforts made to narrow infrastructure gaps in the country," President Jokowi said at a DPD National Workshop in the Parliament building in Jakarta on Friday (Nov 17).

The head of state compared infrastructure development with the story of eggs and chickens. "This is like the egg and chicken story, that questions which of them came first. Should the road be built first to facilitate the economy to grow or should we wait for the economy to grow first then we develop the road,?" the president asked.

He explained his reason for encouraging infrastructure development outside Java and avoiding Java-oriented development. "We start development from the border, from outermost islands because they are badly in need of the infrastructure. The Trans-Sumatra Toll Road is needed for the mobility of logistics and people. This will make us strong so that we will be able to compete with other countries," remarked Jokowi.

After all, according to the President, Indonesia`s Global Competitiveness Index is still far behind those of neighboring countries because Indonesia`s transportation and logistics costs are still 2.5 times that of other countries. This makes Indonesia unable to compete.

Therefore, these very basic things should be completed soon. "The Trans-Kalimantan and Tans-Papua are being built to make logistics transportation smooth and the price of basic needs lower. I am sad when I went to Wamena and Pegunungan Tengah in Papua. The price per bag of cement there was Rp800 thousand. In certain months when the weather is bad the price rose to Rp1.5 million per bag. In certain districts it rose to Rp2.5 million while the price of the commodity in Java was only about Rp70-80 thousand per bag. The price of gasoline outside Java could reach Rp60 thousand per liter while in Java it was only Rp6,500 per liter.

"So, I ordered the state-owned enterprises (SOE) minister to design prices so that the price of gasoline in Papua, particularly in Central Papua, will be the same as the price in Java. We need one and a half years to realize it. This is not an economic matter but a matter of social justice for all. Now, the cement price could be lowered to nearly half, yet it is not yet the same as that in Java," noted Jokowi. The target can be achieved when the Trans-Papua is already completed where cement can already be transported by land, no longer by air, thereby the cement price will be the same as that in Java.

In order to assure the implementation of development program based on social justice in Papua, SOE Minister Rini M Soemarno flew to Papua on Sunday (Nov 19) to observe economic equality development programs in Papua .

She will review the result of efforts to curb basic commodity prices for residents living in the frontier, outermost and remote regions in the easternmost province.

Based on her schedule, received by Antara from the Government of Jayawijaya District, Papua, Sunday afternoon, Minister Rini will visit three districts of Puncak Jaya, Jayawijaya and Pegunungan Bintang.

"On November 20, the SOE minister will have a dialogue with two groups of farmers and post-harvest coffee participants from the Yagara District and Wolo District. She will also review the cement price lowering program and at the same time has a dialogue with the community," said Head of Public Relations Affairs of the Jayawijaya Regional Government, Meitty W Nahuway on Sunday. 

Rini is scheduled to review the coffee garden and hand over an Arabica coffee peeler and dryer for coffee farmers in Jayawijaya District. Before heading to Jayawijaya on the first day, Meitty said, the minister is scheduled to visit Oksibil, the capital of Pegunungan Bintang District to inspect the premium and diesel oil distributors (APMS) to assure the implementation of the single-fuel price program.

Rini, together with the Puncak Jaya community, is also slated to declare the pride-to-consume-Papua-coffee slogan "banggamenyedkopkopipapua". On the occasion, she will hand over assistance to the local people, review the price cuts of basic goods by the Inflation Control Agency (PPI) and check the equalization of cement price by PT Semen Indonesia.

Before returning to Jayapura on Tuesday 21, the minister will review the implementation of the branchless-banking system by Bank Mandiri in Puncak Jaya District at around 11:30 local time.

Last August, the minister during her working visit to Jayawijaya invited local farmers to increase the number of Arabica coffee production to improve their income.

During the discussion with coffee farmers at the time, Rini found that the obstacle the coffee farmers were facing was marketing problem.

"One of the problems is that the cost of transport to the city is expensive, so we are looking for ways to make Jayawijaya community better," she said.
(A014/H-YH)

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4) TPN-PB CONFIRMED OF ARMED CONTACTS BEFORE EVACUATION OF CIVILIANS

Jayapura, Jubi – The armed contacts occurred before what it was said ‘evacuation of civilians’ in Banti and Kimbeli were justified by Hendrik Wanmang, Commander of Operation of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB) III Timika.
“Two of our members were wounded in a shootout last morning,” Hendrik Wanmang said briefly to Jubi via telephone on Saturday (November 18).
But another source said the two TPN-PB members were killed in a firefight that Friday morning. They were Ilame Tabuni and Yuliana Waker.

There were no casualties or gunshot wounds on the side of the TNI/Police, as well as the residents who were evacuated from Kampung Banti and Kimbeli.
“There is no casualty among civilians in the community,” said Papua Police Chief Irjenpol Boy Rafli Amar in an official video released by Police Public Relations on Friday, November 17, 2017.
The evacuation process of civilians by the armed forces task force started at 07.00 AM local time through a ‘taken over of the two villages’ at 9.30 and lasted until 12:00 local time.
Reported by CNN Indonesia, around 07.00 am, Kampung Kimbeli has been controlled by Kopassus 13 and Raider 751 troops while Banti village is controlled by two teams from Taipur Kostrad. After these two villages being controlled by TNI units joined in the Armed Forces Task Force, the ‘evacuation process’ is carried out.
A Papuan legislator, Laurens Kadepa hopes the activities will not be a pretext for TNI/POLRI effort to carry out attacks in villages suspected of being a TPN-PB hiding place.
“The evacuation of non-Papuans to Tembagapura (hopefully) is not an attempt by TNI/POLRI to carry out sporadic attacks by land or air to the villages suspected to be members of TPN-PB hiding place, since there are many civillians in in every village,” Kadepa said. (tabloidjubi/Zely)
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