Monday, June 27, 2022

1) Free Papua Movement Warns Govt against Expansion Plan


2) State shows fake human rights concern in Bloody Paniai case, victim’s family says 
3) Filming For The Rights Of The Papuan People And Land

1) Free Papua Movement Warns Govt against Expansion Plan  
Translator Ricky Mohammad Nugraha 
Editor Markus Wisnu Murti 
27 June 2022 19:29 WIB

TEMPO.COJakarta - Sebby Sambom, a spokesperson for the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), which is the armed wing of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), in a voice recording Tempo received on Monday, June 27, warned the Indonesian government to halt the Papua provincial expansion plan.  Sambon urged, “We strongly ask Jakarta, the House of Representatives (DPR), and President along with Cabinet members to revoke the Draft Law for the expansion of the provinces.”

OPM argued that the government is overly controlling customary lands owned by indigenous Papuans. He added that the planned provincial expansion would continue to threaten the security of the region, which they claimed was under martial law. He said the expansion plan did not come from Papuans. 

“Martial law means that Jakarta is forcefully taking over our customary lands owned by Papuans,” said Sambon. “God did not create the Papuan lands for Indonesians, not for Jakartans, but for Papuan indigenous people.”

The Indonesian government and the House of Representatives (DPR) have synchronized three legal aspects in the form of South Papua Province, Central Papua, and Papua Highlands Draft Laws. The idea of expanding Papua Provinces was initially expressed in July last year. 



2) State shows fake human rights concern in Bloody Paniai case, victim’s family says 

Bloody Paniai Trial - News Desk 27 June 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – The families of the victims of “Bloody Paniai” expressed their disappointment with the investigation process of the shooting tragedy at Karel Gobay Field on December 8, 2014. This tragedy killed four teenagers and injured 13 other people.

“We, the victim’s family and human rights activists who accompany us, regret that only one suspect has been named in the Bloody Paniai case, namely a retired Indonesian Military (TNI) officer. The perpetrators who are still active in TNI are not named suspects and left alone,” said the victim’s family in a written statement received by Jubi on Saturday, June 26, 2022.

The statement was signed by Yosep Degei (parent of Simon Degei), Yosep Youw (parent of Apius Youw), Obed Gobay (parent of Oktovianus Gobay), Herman Yeimo (parent of Yulianus Yeimo), along with Yermias Kayame, Yohanis Gobay, Naftali Tebay, and Bernard Yogi who represent the injured victims in the 2014 tragedy in Paniai.

The victim’s family rejected the Indonesian Government’s attitude in handling the Bloody Paniai case. The government is considered to be using the Paniai case trial to gain a reputation in the eyes of the international community, and is not actually concerned with human rights violations occurring in the Country.

“We do not acknowledge the Makassar Human Rights Court that tried only one suspect who has been retired from the TNI. It should have been more than one person responsible because the shooting didn’t just happen from one point,” the victim’s family said, adding that trying one suspect who had retired was not at all upholding justice but rather serving the state’s interests, and that was so unfair to victims.

“We reject to acknowledge the Court’s decision because we don’t want it to end up like the previous human rights trial, such as the Bloody Abepura or the murder of Theis Hiyo Eluay,” said the victim’s family.

They said they had provided data, findings, evidence of bullet casings, projectiles, photos of the victims, and even interviews of the injured victims. These data have been submitted to the TNI and police, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), churches, and NGOs, so there should be no saying that the Paniai case data is incomplete.

At the time of the incident, the victim’s family said, several TNI members were inside the military (Koramil) post in the western part of the Karel Gobay Field. The shooting was allegedly carried out from two directions, the Koramil Post and the airport tower east of the Karel Gobay field. Oktovianus and Yulianus were shot from the west, while Simon and Apius got shot from the east. The determination of only one suspect in the case clearly negates the other perpetrators who shot from the other direction.

“In the investigation results by the Papua Police, from 56 witnesses who had been examined, several witnesses admitted they heard gunshots coming from four points, namely the Koramil Post, the Sector Police Headquarters, the Paskhas Post (airport tower), and the Kopassus Post,” the victim’s family said.

In the Bloody Paniai case, the Attorney General has issued the Attorney General’s Order Number: Prin-41/A/Fh.2/05/2022 dated May 23, 2022, and appointed 34 people as the Public Prosecutors Team to resolve this case. However, the team has only determined Infantry Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Isak Sattu the suspect who will be tried by the Ad-Hoc Human Rights Court in Makassar.

Komnas HAM member Amirudin Al Rahab said that in every crime against humanity, there had never been a single perpetrator. He hoped that the Supreme Court could use experienced judges who knew the ins and outs of human rights and violations against human rights.

“The public expects a lot from the court judges to develop human rights violations cases so all parties involved can be tried in the court,” said Amirudin.

In addition, according to him, the Prosecutor can develop why this case only involves one person so that the public can understand this incident.

The Bloody Paniai tragedy began on December 8, 2014, at midnight, when three teenagers stopped a black car, allegedly driven by two TNI members from Enaro to Madi, and asked them to turn on the car’s lights. Feeling offended, the TNI soldiers went to their headquarters in Madi and took several other members back to Togokotu, where the teenagers stopped them.

Two of the teenagers ran but the other one was beaten by TNI members to a pulp. Residents then rushed the injured youth to the hospital.

The next morning, the Paniai residents gathered in the Karel Gobay Field and asked the authorities to take responsibility for the youth who were beaten. But before the discussion was held, the TNI and police shot the residents. Four people died on the spot while 13 others were injured and rushed to hospital. (*)

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3) Filming For The Rights Of The Papuan People And Land

An Interview With Filmmaker Irene Yuliana Fatagur
 Written By WITNESS 
Posted 27 June 2022 4:53 GMT 

This edited article was published on April 21 by WITNESS Asia, an international organization that supports people using video in their fight for human rights. It has been republished on Global Voices under a content partnership agreement.

Since Indonesian forces annexed West Papua in the 1960s, Papuan citizens have faced relentless human rights abuse and environmental damage as Indonesia plunders its resource-rich land. The region is host to the American and British-owned Freeport mine, the largest gold mine in the world, which has effectively poisoned the local river system and reduced a sacred mountain to a crater. Amnesty International estimates that at least 100,000 West Papuans have been killed by the Indonesian military so far, although some studies suggest the number could be higher. 

On top of the exploitation and genocidal acts by authorities, restrictions placed on international journalists in the region and throttling of the internet have made obtaining information on the region extremely difficult. Films such as those produced by West Papuan filmmaker Irene Yuliana Fatagur help highlight environmental, Indigenous campaigns, and land rights issues that may not be visible to the rest of the world. WITNESS Asia interviewed her to get her insight into the Papuan struggle for independence.

WITNESS Asia (WA): Most of your films are about the Keerom Regency, where you are from. Can you begin by telling us more about it?

Irene Yuliana Fatagur (IYF): Within Keerom Regency, only about 30 percent of the population is made up of people who are indigenous to Keerom. The other 60 percent are not Papuans, while the remaining 10 percent consist of people from other parts of Papua.

Oil palm trees were first brought here to Papua, specifically to Keerom, on the instruction of the Indonesian government. At that time, Keerom was categorized as a “red zone” and the Indigenous community was deported to Papua New Guinea, the neighboring country. While they were away, many of their crops were seized and replaced with palm oil trees.

Therefore, the entry of oil palm into the regency did not happen with the customary consent of the Indigenous people. There were many illicit incidents during that period (1983–1997).

WA: What inspired you to get started in filmmaking and how did it happen? 

IYF: I can still see cases of illegal violations of the border area of ​​Keerom. I still see the aftermath of these incidents. I took the plunge into the world of filmmaking because I felt that my world has been ruined and I wished to create awareness among the community.

The current state system is destroying the property of the people and the local customs. There are also systems of giving money to the Indigenous people as a way to bribe them into giving away the remaining land that has not yet been used by the government. Conflict has been created to deceive the Indigenous people and take away the remaining land to be used for oil palm. So, as a native woman in my area, I felt that it was my responsibility to take action.

I cried when I saw the nature around me being destroyed. I felt called to make films about the environment and that motivated me to join the Papuan Voices film community.

I have no background knowledge in films, but I’ve always enjoyed taking photos. At first, there were only five of us who participated in the one-day training. But because of my intentions, I became attracted to the world of filmmaking. Friends in the Papuan Voices community taught me a lot about filming, editing, and how to make good films. It was there that we first went on the ground to make films, and where I made my first film.

WA: How have films helped as a tool for activism and advocacy in West Papua?

IYF: Indigenous people are easily deceived by so-called investors or the government looking to take advantage of them. But films help them quickly understand and be aware of issues, which enables them to protect the nature around them or directly work on the issues they are facing.

As education is not accessible to everyone, the communities in Papua are mostly illiterate. The Indigenous people don’t have access to education, so we advocate through films.

I mostly record videos of “infestations” of oil palm in my area. Because of oil palm plantations today, many Indigenous people do not have a place to grow crops or raise livestock, and so they are forced to depend on the government for their livelihood.

My films, which are situated in the context of the economic needs of the Indigenous people, have been screened and watched by many — within the community, among academics, and also among the activists. Many have also requested for the films to be made as educational tools for the youths. You can also find two of my films on YouTube, “Dari Hutan Kong Hidup” and “Perempuan Di Tanahnya.”

WA: What are some of the challenges you face as a filmmaker, such as safety and security issues?

IYF: So far, I have not been on the receiving end of intimidation, but I have faced some challenges. It is important to carefully approach our sources, and ensure that they are fully aware of what you’re doing. This is because the Papuan people are no longer interested to be used as objects to be published, as many organizations made use of them for their self-interests.

There are also safety and security issues. There was a friend of mine who filmed a large-scale demonstration. Their camera equipment was damaged, destroyed or confiscated, and the data was also seized. This is an example of intimidation by the military. Sometimes, our safety is threatened if we do not destroy the data. They may even come up to your house. They came to my friend’s house, and my friend was so frightened by it that they crossed over to a neighbouring country to stay there and protect themselves for the time being.

WA: How have internet shutdowns and throttling disrupted your work?

IYF: Internet access is unstable here, especially now. In Papua, there are often large-scale demonstrations, and violence carried out by the military. We might get a video recording and intend to upload it, but the internet is suddenly interrupted. As a result, we have to find another way to access the internet to inform the public about what has happened.

Internet connectivity issues happen a lot in Papua, and it disrupts our work. We are silenced, but we will keep storing the videos and make films to tell the story of what had happened.

WA: What is your hope for West Papua, and how can the international community show more solidarity? 

I hope we become one of the lungs of the world that can help all mankind and every living thing which exists on earth.

I hope that the infestation of our lands will be stopped so that we can live in peace. It is due to the effects of encroachment that we in Papua demand for independence. Stop it and give us full rights to manage our nature. Don’t make us stepchildren in our own country. That’s our hope.

And I think that international solidarity for the Papuan community already exists, but it is not strong enough. Not strong enough to actually help us. We have not yet overcome our past troubles and there are still more coming. I thank our friends for their solidarity but I need them to support us even more, so that the country can look directly at us, and not down on us.


Friday, June 24, 2022

1) Police Cancel Papua-Related Discussion Plan, Watchdog Laments Freedom of Speech Crisis

2) 46,286 troops sent to Papua from 2019 to 2021: ELSHAM   


1) Police Cancel Papua-Related Discussion Plan, Watchdog Laments Freedom of Speech Crisis

Translator Ricky Mohammad Nugraha     Editor Laila Afifa

24 June 2022 09:08 WIB  

TEMPO.COJakarta - Amnesty International Indonesia deputy director Wirya Adiwena commented on the police canceling a plan for a public discussion on issues related to Papua at the East Javan University of National Development (UPN). He viewed that this reasserted the crisis surrounding freedom of speech in Indonesia. 

The event, organized by the university's Public Administration Student Association (HMAP), was initially aimed to discuss problems that arise in Papua and was scheduled to invite speakers from the Papuan University Alliance (AMP).

However, the Rungkut Surabaya police sector feared that the public discussion will only give the spotlight to the Papuan student's alliance to promote the region's independence. 

"Even posters and discussions in academic surroundings are considered dangerous and must be taken down and stopped. This country seems to have forgotten the mandate of the Reformation era when discord and constructive criticism were being silenced," Adiwena wrote in a statement on June 23. 

The Amnesty Indonesia deputy suggested the police participate in the discussion rather than restricting people's rights to voice their opinion and peacefully assemble, which is protected by the Indonesian Constitution. 

"It isn't a threat to be eradicated but rather they are citizens that are exercising their rights, they are not criminals," he asserted. 

He further argued that the country must be truly committed to guaranteeing the human rights of its people, including the right to speak up and be critical. This commitment also needs to be demonstrated at the legislative level, such as in the discussion of the criminal code draft bill or RKUHP, which houses an Article that will be able to criminalize citizens arbitrarily and shows the government's lack of seriousness in protecting its people's rights to freedom of speech.



2) 46,286 troops sent to Papua from 2019 to 2021: ELSHAM   
Papua Armed Conflicts - News Desk 24 June 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan Institute for Human Rights Studies and Advocacy (ELSHAM) in a press release said Papua was like a constant battlefield, plagued by conflict since it became part of Indonesia.

In handling the conflict in Papua, the Indonesian government always deploys excessive military forces. ELSHAM noted that during 2019-2021 there were 46,286 Indonesian Military (TNI) and police personnel sent to assist military operations in Papua.

Since the 1960s, Papua became a Military Operations Area (DOM), and ELSHAM recorded that until 2018, there had been 24 military operations carried out in Papua with various operating codes by the TNI and police.

ELSHAM highlighted President Joko Widodo’s concern about the Ukraine-Russia War, wherein Jokowi said “War is egotistical, ignores humanity , and only craves power”.

“From this statement, it is natural to question Jokowi’s stance on the war that is taking place in Papua? Russia’s treatment of Ukraine in the war is no different from Indonesia’s treatment of its people in Papua,” director of ELSHAM Papua Matheus Adadikam said in a written statement received by Jubi on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

In Chapter 1 Article III of the Geneva Convention
Relative to The Treatment of Prisoners of War of 12 August 1949, in the case of armed conflict not of an international
character, point I states “Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including
members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or
any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion
or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria”.

“But the reality in Papua, the armed conflict has taken many civilian lives and resulted in a large internally displaced people such as in Nduga, Intan Jaya, Bintang Mountains, Maybrat, Puncak, and Yahukimo,” said Adadikam, adding that war has denied children access to education, and stripped off their right to health and economy.

According to a report by Conflict Armament Research (CAR), Indonesia through its State Intelligence Agency (BIN) purchased around 2,500 mortars from Serbia which were then used in Papua in 2014.

This was a deviation from BIN’s duties and functions. According to Article 29 of State Intelligence Law No. 17/2011, BIN is in charge of: a. conducting assessments and formulation of national policies in the field of intelligence; b. delivering intelligence products as consideration for determining government policies; c. planning and implementing intelligence activities; d. making recommendations relating to foreign persons and/or institutions; and e. providing considerations, suggestions, and recommendations on securing governance.

“According to the law, the State Intelligence Agency has zero authority to buy ammunition or firearms,” Adadikam said.

With the escalated conflict that continues to occur in Papua, the Indonesian government should be open to the realities of civil society life at the grassroots and hear their voice and aspirations.

ELSHAM assessed that up to this point, a very militaristic approach is still being used by the state in responding to problems in Papua. ELSHAM urged the state to prioritize a more humane and dignified approach in order to uphold human rights in Papua, by doing the following:

  1. The President must immediately stop the use of mortars and war defense equipment which is currently being used in military operations in Papua.
  2. The government must immediately audit the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) which has allegedly abused its duties and authorities. (*)
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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

1) House targets three Papua new provinces bills be completed by June 30

2) Indigenous peoples dispute 53 hectares of land bought by Merauke Police Chief 

1) House targets three Papua new provinces bills be completed by June 30   
Papua Expansion - News Desk 22 June 2022

Photo illustration, demonstration against the plan for the expansion of Papua and Special Autonomy for Papua which took place in Jayapura City on Friday (1/4/2022). - Jubi/doc

Jakarta, Jubi – Commission II of the House of Representatives overseeing home affairs, in a Working Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, agreed to form a Working Committee for the Deliberation of Three Bills on the Establishment of Three Provinces in Papua to be completed on June 30, 2022. The bills stipulate the formation of the South Papua, Central Papua, and Central Highlands Papua provinces.

“We have arranged a schedule for discussing the bill, and on June 30 there will be a plenary session so, we hope that the deliberation of this bill can be completed before June 30,” said Commission II chair Ahmad Doli Kurnia on Tuesday, as quoted by Antara.

According to Kurnia, Commission II began discussing the bill on Wednesday and would obtain the aspirations of the Papuan people until Sunday. In addition, he said, Commission targeted the finalization of the bills to be carried out next Monday to Wednesday (June 27-29) so they could be brought to the Plenary Meeting and be issued as laws next Thursday.

“We hope that a decision can be made at Commission II on June 29, then on June 30, it will be brought to the House Plenary Meeting to be approved as laws. I hope the process goes smoothly,” he said.

Papua Expansion is an Implementation of Regional Autonomy

Deputy Chairman of Commission II Saan Mustofa said the expansion of the Papua Provincewas an implementation of regional autonomy to ensure harmonious relationships between the central and regional governments, as well as within the framework of Indonesia’s integrity.

“Based on the mandate of Law No. 2/2021 on Papua Special Autonomy, the government and the House can expand provinces, cities, and regencies to accelerate equitable development and improve public services,” Saan said on Tuesday.

In addition, according to him, the expansion is also based on Article 93 of the Government Regulation No. 106/2021 on the Authority and Institutional Implementation of the Papua Special Autonomy Policy. “The Papua expansion is different from other regional expansions which refer to Law No. 23/2014 on Regional Government. The Papua expansion is in accordance with Papua Special Autonomy Law, wherein expansion of provinces, cities, and regencies is carried out without setting up preparatory areas,” he said.

Saan said the bills explained the regions resulting from the division. South Papua Province includes Merauke Regency, Boven Digoel Regency, Mapi Regency, and Asmat Regency. Central Papua Province includes Nabire Regency, Paniai Regency, Mimika Regency, Puncak Jaya Regency, Puncak Regency, Dogiai Regency, Intan Jaya Regency, and Deian Regency. While Central Highlands Papua Province includes Jayawijaya Regency, Yahukimo Regency, Tolikara Regency, Central Mamberamo Regency, Yalimo Regency, Lani Jaya Regency, and Nduga Regency.

The House Commission II Working Meeting was also attended by Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian and Chairman of Committee I Filep Wamafma. (*)

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2) Indigenous peoples dispute 53 hectares of land bought by Merauke Police Chief   
Land Dispute In Merauke - News Desk 22 June 2022

Merauke, Jubi – A number of Tanah Miring residents visited the Merauke Police on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, to dispute a 53-hectare land in Yaba Maru Village SP 9, Tanah Miring District. The land was purchased by Merauke Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Untung Sangaji from a resident, HK, in 2021, with the plan to build a police station, Mobile Brigade dormitory, journalists’ housing, and other facilities on the land.

A resident named Stakius Bokai Basik-Basik claimed the land purchased by the MeraukePolice chief from HK belonged to his clan. HK and his group are suspected to have carried out land grabbing several years ago.

“We went to the police to report HK and several other people who took our land. We only found out that the land was sold after the land release event was held in June 2022,” Basik-Basik told Jubi in Merauke Regency.

Basik-Basik asked the police to process his complaints and examine the reported parties, as well as the land release letter given by HK to the Merauke Police chief.

“HK’s group threatened to get us arrested if we sued the land. That’s why we are here to report this case and hope the police can help solve it,” he said.

In addition to the 53-hectare land, some other indigenous peoples are also disputing the 30-hectare land in the Chocolate Garden area of the Tanah Miring District, where the land was used as a motorcycle racing circuit by the local government after being sold by HK.

“HK and his group do not have rights to these two plots of land (Yaba Maru and Chocolate Garden). The land belongs to us, the indigenous people of Sosom Salor,” said the traditional leader of Salor Village, Martinus Samkakai.

Responding to these complaints, Merauke Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Untung Sangaji said he would summon all conflicting parties to resolve the issue. “We will have a meeting to confirm who the real owner of the land is,” said Untung.

Regarding the 53-hectare land, Untung explained that before buying, he had checked who the owner of the land was with the community and the village head. “Before the land release, we put up a sign that the land will be built for the Police Dormitory and community housing. They should have come at that time and objected,” he said.

“But it’s okay,” he added. “We will clear this problem. If these people truly own the lands, the seller must be responsible. I have not paid part of it so if the seller proved wrong, I will give part of the payment to those entitled to the land”. (*)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

1) Komnas HAM conducted a survey in Papua to build human rights center

1) Komnas HAM conducted a survey in Papua to build human rights center  
Establishment Of Pusdahamnas - News Desk 21 June 2022

Jakarta, Jubi – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) conducted a survey to map human rights resources in Jayapura on June 15-16, 2022, as part of the plan to establish the National Human Rights Resource Center (Pusdahamnas).

Pusdahamnas is planned to become a reference in the management and utilization of human rights resources, increase human rights awareness of state apparatus and the public, and support evidence-based human rights decision-making.

The survey was led by Komnas HAM Commissioner Sandra Moniaga and coordinated by the Head of the Bureau for the Advancement of Human Rights Mimin Dwi Hartono.

Komnas HAM with the support of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) and the Ministry of Finance is developing Pusdahamnas as one of the national priority programs starting this year,” said Sandra, as quoted by Antara.

In the middle of the survey, Sandra observed that the reality of human rights issues in Indonesia, especially in Papua, is quite complex. Even so, she is optimistic that cooperative and enthusiastic efforts to manage human rights data will become an important element in the promotion and protection of human rights.

“We are optimistic that there is enthusiasm and hope from the parties in Papua for the development of Pusdahamnas. The challenge is how Komnas HAM ensures all important notes from them are actually accommodated in the final blueprint for Pusdahamnas development,” said Sandra.

She also invited all parties in Papua to always work together to uphold human rights. “Let’s continue to work together. The issue of human rights in Indonesia is quite complex and for Papua, it is even more complex,” Sandra said.

This survey was carried out by Komnas HAM together with the Faculty of Law of Cenderawasih University, and supported by a number of parties, namely the Center for Law and Human Rights Studies of Cenderawasih University, the Center for Constitutional and Human Rights Studies of the Umel Mandiri School of Law (STIH), the Papua Legal Aid Institute, and the Papuan Human Rights Advocates Association (PAHAM), the Democratic Alliance for Papua (ALDP), KontraS Papua, the Papuan Village Children Foundation (Yadupa), the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), the Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI) Jayapura, and the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (AMAN) Papua.

The Komnas HAM’s Pusdahamnas team is currently conducting a survey in 34 provinces online and offline to ensure a participatory development process. (*)

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2) Lake Sentani’s potential has not been optimally realized, Jayapura Deputy Regent says  Lake Sentani Potential - News Desk 21 June 2

Sentani, Jubi – Jayapura Deputy Regent Giri Wijayantoro recently said that until now, the potential of Lake Sentani had not been maximized to fulfill the needs of the people who live close to the lake or the general public.

Such abundant water in Lake Sentani, Giri said, had not been used for irrigation, Hydroelectric Power Plant, and many others. In addition, the condition of the lake is also starting to experience silting.

“Silting has started to occur due to various sediments carried by river currents from urban areas or naturally formed at the bottom of the lake,” said Giri in Sentani on Monday, June 20, 2022.

So far, Giri continued, Lake Sentani had not been used optimally as a regional income source, it was only used by local people who work as fishermen.

“Each work unit of the government, the community, and related parties have not been giving proper attention to the lake,” he said.

Regarding tourism potential, supporting facilities such as tourist boats are already available. Therefore, the readiness of each village is important, as well as the publication of the tourism potential such as historical objects, sites, and local cultural traditions. This information must be made available to attract visitors.

“This simple thing as the publication has been missed by relevant parties, as well as by the local people who live in the village. Information regarding the available potential should be managed properly for the welfare and economic improvement of the community,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sentani academician Jems Modouw said that every year silting occurs in Lake Sentani because of the large amount of sand, stone, and household waste carried by the river from the city to the lake, as well as household waste in every village on the shores of the lake.

“The results of the collaborative research by several research institutions in Indonesia say that every year, the siltation reaches one meter. The research was carried out seven years ago, so there has been siltation of seven meters from the bottom of the lake,” he said. (*)

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Monday, June 20, 2022

1) TPNPB kills Papuan police for weapons


2) Jayawijaya Police Examines Six Witnesses For Police Stabbing Case In Napua

1) TPNPB kills Papuan police for weapons   
Police Stabbing And Weapon Seizure - News Desk 20 June 2022

                                         TPNPB illustration. -Jubi/Doc

Manokwari, Jubi – The National West Papua Liberation Army (TPNPB) claims to have stabbed a Papuan member of the Yon D Wamena Mobile Brigade, Second Brig. Diego Rumaropen, on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

“We have received an official report from our intelligence in Wamena that TPNPB soldiers have killed one Mobile Brigade member and seized two weapons,” said TPNPB spokesperson Sebby Sambom in a written statement received by Jubi on Sunday.

“This is part of the TPNPB operations across the Land of Papua,” he added.

Sambom said TPNPB attack would continue to occur in West Papua since they have declared war against Indonesia in 2017 in Yambi, Puncak Jaya Regency.

The TPNPB expressed their condolences for the killing of the police member who was an Indigenous Papuan. Sambom said this murder did not have to happen.

“But we must do it because TPNPB needs weapons. Even if the one who holds a gun is an Indigenous Papuan, we must kill him and seize weapons to save three million Papuan people,” he said. (*)

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2) Jayawijaya Police Examines Six Witnesses For Police Stabbing Case In Napua   
Police Stabbing And Weapon Seizure - News Desk 20 June 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayawijaya Police investigators are currently examining six witnesses related to the attack and stabbing that killed a member of the Papuan Police Mobile Brigade, Second Brig. Diego Rumaropen, in Napua on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

“Upon receiving reports on the stabbing, we have questioned six people to obtain information, including Adj. Comr. R who brought the victim to Napua,” said the Criminal Investigation Unit chief of Papua Police, Sr. Comr. Faizal Rahmadani in Jayapura on Sunday, June 19, 2022, as quoted by Antara.

Faizal said that apart from examining Mobile Brigade members, his party also asked for information from residents who were at the crime scene.

The incident occurred in Napua, about 5 kilometers from Wamena. Apart from killing a Mobile Brigade member, the perpetrators also took weapons brought by the two police officers, Adj. Come. R and Second Brig. Rumaropen. “The two organic police firearms that were taken away by the perpetrators were AK101 and SSG08 (sniper),” said Faizal. (*)

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