Wednesday, January 3, 2018

1) Filep Karma Questioned then released


2) In early push into Papua, palm oil firms set stage for massive forest plunder
3) Gov’t Targets Completing Trans Papua Toll Road Network in 2019
4) PDI-P, Gerindra must partner to hinder nomination of Papua governor: Expert

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1) Filep Karma  Questioned then released


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Papuan legislators call the infiltration of Filep Karma at Soekarno-Hatta airport excessively
Rabu, 03 Januari 2018 — 17:42

Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi
                                   Tokoh Papua Merdeka, Filep Karma - Jubi/Arjuna


Jayapura, Jubi - Legislator of Papua, Decky Nawipa, said the attitude of the police at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta, which secured Papuan Freedom leader Filep Karma on Tuesday (2/1) night, seemed excessive.

He said that if the reason the former Papuan political prisoner was using the pin of the Morning Star was ridiculous, since it was not the first time Filep Karma used the star of the sphere which the Indonesian government considered a symbol of an independent Papua.

"It's not a new thing he (Filep Karma) uses the star pin in his shirt, and the ever-used pinnacle of the star is already his identity," Decky said by phone to Jubi on Wednesday (3/1/2018).

He said, why this is the first pin star kejora always stuck in Filep Karma shirt questioned. While all this time, wherever Filep travel, including to Jakarta and other areas outside Papua, he always uses pin kejora star.

"Why is it that people are now only questioned? People wearing storms are not directly categorized as independent Papuans," he said.

According to him, limiting and prohibiting the attributes of the star of the kejora will still exist, because this is not new for indigenous Papuans.

"It has been around since the Netherlands still occupy West Papua, until West Papua submitted to Indonesia," he said.

Quoted from CNN, Papuan independence leader, Filep Karma secured by Soekarno-Hatta airport police, Jakarta on Tuesday (2/1) at around 21.00 WIB, after getting off the plane.

He was taken to the Soekarno Hatta Airport Police HQ, however, was finally released.

Civil Liberty Defender activist Uchok Sigit Prayogi, who accompanied Filep Karma at the Airport Police Headquarters, said the information obtained from Filep, at that time, he departed from Yogyakarta to Soekarno Hatta airport.

"When Pak Filep arrived at the airport at approximately 9 pm, some TNI members were dressed in civilian clothes and official clothes, then took Filep's pack to the arrival room," Uchok told CNNIndonesia.com on Wednesday (3/1).

According to him, Filep admitted that since the flight from Yogyakarta to Jakarta, he was suspected by one TNI member who happened to be a plane with him. Members of the TNI had reprimanded Filep because of the attributes Filep charged.

Arriving in the waiting room, a number of security forces had questioned the pin of the Morning Star attached to the Filep outfit, as it was the flag of one civil society movement in self-determination.

"In the interrogation process Filep was bombarded, even to the point of breaking the table.Only more until 23:00 pm Then, the police came and took Filep pack to the Airport Police Headquarters for questioning.After arguing, at 01.00 pm, Filep was invited back home," he said. . (*)

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2) In early push into Papua, palm oil firms set stage for massive forest plunder

by  on 3 January 2018
  • Large-scale deforestation and a high number of hotspots indicate that the arrival of the oil palm industry in Indonesia’s Papua region is wreaking the same kind of destruction wrought on forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
  • A new report calls the scale of the problem alarming, with the potential for even greater losses as only a small fraction of the forests issued for oil palm plantations has been cleared.
  • The palm oil industry’s push into the region, after nearly depleting forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan, has been helped by government programs to boost investment in Papua.
JAKARTA – The clearing of Indonesia’s last untouched swath of pristine forest has begun in earnest, with an area the size of Washington, D.C., razed for just a single oil palm plantation in Papua province, new data show.
Nearly 200 square kilometers (77 square miles) of forest have been cleared in Merauke district since 2014 for the plantation, according to the Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI), with 10 square kilometers (3.9 square miles) being opened up just since October.
Arief Wijaya, senior manager for climate and forests at the Jakarta office of the WRI, said the scope of the deforestation was alarming. Cutting down that many trees for a single plantation area, he said, “emits 11 million tons of CO2, equivalent to the emission of 2.1 million cars in a year.”
In neighboring Boven Digoel district, at least 37 square kilometers (14 square miles) of primary forest has been cleared for another plantation. This represents less than a tenth of the total concession awarded to plantation firm PT Megakarya Jaya Raya in 2012, pointing to deforestation on an even greater scale to come.
“Although the loss is considered ‘planned’ deforestation and legal, clearing such a large expanse of natural forest can permanently damage the ecosystem and ultimately reduce its economic productivity,” the WRI said.


New frontier
The extent of this early round of deforestation spells trouble for Papua and West Papua provinces, which together make up the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea and account for 35 percent of the country’s remaining rainforest, spanning 294,000 square kilometers (113,500 square miles).
The government and businesses have in recent years eyed the country’s easternmost provinces as a new frontier ripe for plantations, primarily oil palm, which have already nearly depleted the forests of Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo.
There were 59,000 square kilometers (22,780 square miles) of oil palm plantations in Sumatra in 2015, and 50,000 square kilometers (19,300 square miles) in Kalimantan, according to a recent study by Duke University and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Together, they account for 96 percent of oil palm plantations in the country. The Papua region had just 2,000 square kilometers (113,500 square miles), or 2 percent.
The remoteness of the region, lack of infrastructure and a low-level armed insurgency kept many businesses out of Papua and West Papua for decades. But in recent years the government has sought to prioritize the economic development of the region, including by handing out concessions for plantations in the country’s last remaining stretches of virgin forest.
In 2012, companies submitted investment applications for a combined 15,000 square kilometers (5,800 square miles) of plantations there, and preliminary proposals for another 20,000 square kilometers (7,720 square miles).
The amount of deforestation driven by oil palm expansion in the region has increased fivefold to 710 square kilometers (274 square miles) in the 2010-2015 period from the 1995-2000 period, according to the Duke University study.
“The proportion of new plantations replacing forests is also substantially larger than in Sumatra and Kalimantan, and increased over the study period, reaching a high of 66 percent from 2010 to 2015,” the study found.

Starting fires
In Boven Digoel district alone, about 200 square kilometers is earmarked for five palm oil companies.
But that pales in comparison to Merauke, where 12,000 square kilometers (4,630 square miles), a quarter of the district’s total area, has been allotted for the government’s Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) program. Already the program has drawn criticism, with activists blaming it for more than 11,000 hotspots detected there as a result of fires set deliberately to clear vegetation — a common practice in the palm oil industry in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Only two of the 10 proposed blocks in the MIFEE are supposed to include palm oil, but Greenpeace has noted that “significantly” more oil palm concessions are to be included.
Among the companies with concessions in Merauke is Korindo, a South Korean-Indonesian joint venture that is also the largest palm oil company in Papua. A 2016 report by the environmental group Mighty and its partners blames it for 300 square kilometers (116 square miles) of deforestation and nearly 900 fire hotspots since 2013.

Rezoning the forest
All of this has been allowed to happen with the blessing of the government, which is already resented by much of the Papuan population following decades of exploitation of the region’s riches with little of that wealth being invested back into the community. Papua and West Papua today have the highest levels of poverty in Indonesia and score lowest on human development parameters such as education, literacy, and maternal and infant mortality.
In 2015, the West Papua government revised the provincial zoning map to designate 20,000 square kilometers of protected area as agricultural zones. The previous map apportioned the majority, 53.9 percent, of the province’s 98,000 square kilometers (37,840 square miles) of forest as protected area and the rest for agriculture. Following the change, the protected portion of forest falls to just 33,000 square kilometers (12,740 square miles), while the agricultural zone is nearly double that.
Critics have questioned how potentially deforesting an additional swath of land roughly the size of the state of New Jersey will serve the interests of the local people, many of them from indigenous rural communities who are dependent on the forestsfor their livelihoods.
West Papua Deputy Governor Mohamad Lakatoni previously said the administration would work closely with indigenous groups to “prevent poaching and environmental degradation on rivers and lands,” but made no mention of how existing concessions and the zoning revision would cut into the very communities’ forests.
For Nikolaus Djemris Imunuplatia, an environmental activist from West Papua, the government’s development paradigm is a paradox. “This is against the government’s commitment to improving the welfare of Papua,” he said.
 
Banner image: The stocky, flightless northern cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus) is one of the birds-of-paradise for which Papua is famous. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay
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3) Gov’t Targets Completing Trans Papua Toll Road Network in 2019
Thursday, 04 January 2018 | 01:56 WIB
JAKARTA, NNC - Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works and People's Housing, targets the construction of Trans Papua to be completed in 2019. This is in line with President Joko Widodo's program by building infrastructure in the border areas and eastern Indonesia.
"We expect Trans Papua to connect all areas in Papua by 2019,” he said in Jakarta on Wednesday (3/1/2017).
Currently, the development of road connecting Sorong to Merauke has been built along 3,900 kilometers of the total target of 4,330 kilometers.
"Trans Papua is 4,300 kilometers, in 2017 already 3,900 kilometers. We still need to build 400 kilometers by 2019,” he said.
In addition, the Trans Papua toll road network will also be connected to the border road of Indonesia with Papua New Guinea. The Papua border road stretches from north to south connecting Jayapura City to Merauke City along 1,098.2 km.
The border road that has been successfully opened along 892.3 kilometers.
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4) PDI-P, Gerindra must partner to hinder nomination of Papua governor: Expert
Nethy Dharma Somba
Jayapura, Papua | Wed, January 3, 2018 | 05:26 pm

The two parties with the highest number of seats in the Papua Legislative Council (DPRD) -- namely the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party -- must form a coalition if they want to hinder the nomination of Papua incumbents Lukas Enembe and Klemen Tinal in the 2018 gubernatorial election.
Currently, the Lukas-Klemen ticket is supported by 10 parties, which control 43 out of 56 seats in the DPRD Papua. The PDI-P has seven seats and Gerindra six.
“I’m sure these two parties will form a coalition for the Papua gubernatorial election because they are fully aware that the upcoming regional election in the province is not only an event to elect a governor and deputy governor, but also a battle to maintain Papua as part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia [NKRI],” said Marinus Yaung, a political expert from the University of Cenderawasih, on Wednesday.
He said the PDI-P and Gerindra doubted the commitment of the current Papuan leaders to maintain Papua as part of the NKRI. That was why the two parties are striving to nominate a candidate with a strong commitment to maintain the solidity of the NKRI, Marinus added.
“It is even possible that several parties, which have previously backed the incumbent pair, will withdraw their support.”
Earlier, Ones Pahabol, the former Yahukimo regent, declared his nomination for the 2018 election with Yoram Mambay as his running mate. He has not yet revealed the parties supporting his candidacy. (ebf)
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