Wednesday, September 12, 2018

1) Pole Suspected in Papua Arms Smuggling Plot Faces Life Imprisonment


2) Forestry Stewardship Council reputation at stake over Papua case, says NGO

 

3) autonomy fund not allocated for government officials


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1) Pole Suspected in Papua Arms Smuggling Plot Faces Life Imprisonment






A Polish man detained in Indonesia late last month could face life imprisonment having been charged with plotting against the state after being named as a suspect in a conspiracy to smuggle arms to separatists in Papua, a police spokesman said on Monday (10/09). (Antara Photo/Jojon)


By : Agustinus Beo Da Costa | on 10:28 AM September 12, 2018
Jakarta. A Polish man detained in Indonesia late last month could face life imprisonment having been charged with plotting against the state after being named a suspect in a conspiracy to smuggle arms to separatists in Papua, a police spokesman said on Monday (10/09).
Jakub Fabian Skrzypski was detained on Aug. 26 and is being held at police headquarters in Papua where he has been charged along with three Papuans under the law governing treason, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
"He has been charged with treason," Papua Police spokesman Chief Comr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said.
Police allege that Skrzypski, who entered the country on a tourist visa, discussed an arms deal in a meeting with a separatist leader, who is based in neighboring Papua New Guinea and has not been detained.
Police had evidence from witnesses and mobile phone messages and they had also found video showing Skrzypski participating in shooting practice, the spokesman said.
Papua, one of the country's poorest provinces, has battled a long-running separatist movement since it was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticized Uited Nations-backed referendum in 1969 and it remains the country’s most heavily militarized region.
The Polish Embassy in Jakarta did not respond to a request for comment.
Although President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has promised to ease media curbs in Papua, but foreign journalists often face challenges in reporting from the region.
A BBC journalist was forced to leave Papua this year after the military said messages she posted on Twitter during her assignment had been misleading.
Reuters

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2) Forestry Stewardship Council reputation at stake over Papua case, says NGO
2:12 pm today 

An environmental NGO says the Forestry Stewardship Council's reputation is at stake over a case of deforestation in Indonesia's Papua province.
The international forest protection agency has been considering a complaint laid by the group Mighty Earth over a Korean company involved in large-scale deforestation and oil palm planting in Papua.
The council which oversees certification of sustainable forestry globally, has delayed its decision on whether to disassociate from Korindo until March next year.
Mighty Earth's Campaign Director, Phil Aikman, said the council has clear evidence that its own standards have been breached.
"It's an environmental chamber, an economic chamber, a social chamber. It's decisions are consensus driven," Phil Aikman said.
"It has some good aspects. It has some aspects it really needs to fix, and this is one of them. It shouldn't be having relationships with companies which are burning the rainforests and breaching FSC standards."
Phil Aikman said the council's board could have taken the decision to disassociate with Korindo, or even suspend Korindo's use of FSC licensing, given the evidence available at this point.
He said it was not an isolated case of deforestation and abuse of landowners' rights, as there were a number of other companies operating in New Guinea whose operations were equally problematic.
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3) autonomy fund not allocated for government officials

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Jayapura, Jubi – Member of Papua Parliament from Democrat Fraction Pendis Enumbi reminds regents and leaders of the Regional Working Unit (SKPD) to not creating programs used the Special Autonomy fund for their benefits.
“People in the districts (and municipality) are still complaining. They claim that they do not know about the allocation of the funds and see the improvement of public services,” Enumbi told Jubi on Wednesday (05/09/2018).

Furthermore, he stated that the Special Autonomy Fund is aimed to improve the welfare of the community and develop the fields of education, health as well as people’s economy.
Chairman of Papuan Parliament Yunus Wonda said one of some factors that changed the distribution of funds is the handover of responsibility from the regional governments to the provincial government. For instance, the funds allocated for high schools and vocational high schools were previously under regional governments, but currently, it’s under the authority of the provincial government.
“The provincial government does not have sufficient funds to cope with all of this. So it must be changed because this is a huge burden for the provincial government,” said Wonda. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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