Monday, December 18, 2017

1) President to attend Mother`s Day commemoration in Papua


2) Former general questions academic's influence in West Papua

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https://en.antaranews.com/news/113905/president-to-attend-mothers-day-commemoration-in-papua

1) President to attend Mother`s Day commemoration in Papua
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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo is scheduled to attend the 89th commemoration of Mother`s Day in Raja Ampat, West Papua, on Dec 22.

"Mr. President wants the commemoration to be held outside the palace, so that mothers across Indonesia can feel it," Minister of Women`s Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yemise noted in a press conference at her office on Monday.

Raja Ampat is a group of islands located in the western tip off the Bird`s Head Peninsula, West Papua.

The government has selected Raja Ampat as the venue of this year`s Mother`s Day commemoration, as it is keen to share its happiness with women living in the country`s remote, outlaying, and backward areas during Mother`s Day, she noted.

Thus, women in West Papua will be able to gain a broader insight into women`s empowerment from their counterparts residing in the rest of Indonesia who will visit Raja Ampat, known as one of the most beautiful places in the country, he explained.

Yemise further pointed out that the Mother`s Day commemoration should not merely be viewed from the perspective of lauding mothers who have devoted much of their time in taking care of their families or fulfilling their domestic duties.

The minister expressed hope that the commemoration of Mother`s Day would offer the necessary momentum to recall and praise the spirit and struggles of women in the national development process.

The minister further recalled the long path of the Indonesian women`s struggle to realizing their roles and status in the life of the nation and state. 

Reported by Anom Prihantoro
(T.S012/B/KR-BSR/B/H-YH) 
Editor: Heru Purwanto

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2) Former general questions academic's influence in West Papua

Updated yesterday at 17:14
First posted yesterday at 17:03




A retired senior Indonesian general has accused an Australian academic of being behind a recent increase in violence in West Papua.
In an interview with CNN Indonesia on what he called foreign interference in Papua Province, the former Major General Kiki Syahnakri accused Deakin University Academic Damien Kingsbury of high level involvement in Indonesian government affairs concerning the province.
Kiki Syahnakri, a senior figure in the East Timor conflict, also accused Professor Kingsbury of being instrumental in East Timor gaining independence, and suggested his involvement in West Papuan affairs could have an impact on Australia-Indonesia relations.
Professor Kingsbury says the allegations are wrong and in making them, the retired general is likely to have an ulterior motive……………….


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