Monday, April 29, 2013

1) ‘Autonomy Plus’ to Tackle Issues Plaguing Papua

1) ‘Autonomy Plus’ to Tackle Issues Plaguing Papua

2) Separatist-Linked Man Nabbed in Cop-Killing


4) OPEN 5 POSPOL, Paniai POLRES Harden kamtibmas 

6) NAPAS Condemning the Ban to Commemorate the 50 anniversary of the transfer of administration of West New Guinea from UNTEA to Indonesia on 1 May 1963


1) ‘Autonomy Plus’ to Tackle Issues Plaguing Papua

The new policy, expected to be issued in August, will allow authorities to engage more closely with separatist elements

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for increased autonomy for Papua province to address the host of development and security problems there, an official said on Monday.
Lukas Enembe, the recently inaugurated governor of the country’s easternmost province, said following a meeting with Yudhoyono at the State Palace in Jakarta that the president had expressed his desire to have a solution for the problems in sight before leaving office in 2014.
He added that the president, through the Home Affairs Ministry, had proposed the concept of “Special Autonomy Plus” for the Papua administration, which is already one of just four provinces in the country that enjoys special autonomy.
“Our hope is that the draft on the Special Autonomy Plus policy is completed by August, because the idea is to address the problems endemic to Papua,” Lukas said.
“All these problems must be dealt with before Yudhoyono’s term in office ends, so there’s another year and a half left to go.”
Under the terms of the expanded autonomy, the provincial administration will have more freedom to engage in dialogue with leaders of the Free Papua Organization (OPM), an outlawed separatist group that had been waging a low-level armed insurgency against security forces for nearly half a century.
Lukas said this move toward engagement was part of Yudhoyono’s call for “development with compassion” rather than suppression of separatist sentiment.
He added that his own administration was calling for the OPM to contribute to policies for the development of the province and improved welfare for its people.
“There’s no denying that a lot of our brethren are on the other [separatist] side, but they’re people too, and as long as we can communicate with one another, we should keep doing so,” the governor said.
“With the right approach, I believe they will be willing to listen.”
He also said that separatist sentiment was waning across much of the province, and that elements of the OPM still holding out for secession from Indonesia would gradually realize that both they and the provincial administration shared the same goal of boosting development for the region’s people.
Papua, which was annexed by Indonesia on May 1, 1963, was granted special autonomy by Jakarta in 2001 in an attempt to address social grievances and a poverty rate that remains among the highest in the country despite the region’s immense wealth of natural resources.
The central government has poured trillions of rupiah into the region over the past decade as part of the autonomy push. However, with 31 percent of the population still living below the poverty line, critics say the huge funds have not been allocated effectively and that the special autonomy status has failed to achieve its objective.
Lukas, who won a long-delayed election in February with 52 percent of votes, said he was confident that under his leadership, and with the extended autonomy policy in the works, there would be progress made toward resolving the problems in the province.
Speaking shortly after his election victory, Lukas said Papua’s problems were so complex that it would take more than just special autonomy to frame a solution.
He said the central government’s development policy was often not in line with regional implementation and the will of the Papuan people, and called on the government to monitor development in the province more closely.
“So many policies have been implemented, yet they are still not what the Papuans want or hope for,” he said.

2) Separatist-Linked Man Nabbed in Cop-Killing

Jayapura. Police in the restive province of Papua have arrested a man suspected of taking part in an attack at a police residential compound in the Yapen Islands district on Saturday that left an officer dead.
Sr. Comr. Gede Sumerta, a spokesman for the provincial police, said in a statement on Sunday that the suspect, identified as Yahya Bonai, 20, was believed to be part of a criminal gang known for carrying out extortion rackets against local businesses in Serui, the district capital.
The attack at the home of Chief Brig. Jefri Sesa, an officer from the Angkaisera subprecinct police station, occurred at 4:20 a.m. on Saturday when dozens of men stormed the house in a compound for police officers. The group assaulted Jefri’s in-laws and his wife before stabbing the police officer to death.
They then stole a gun from his house and shot at the home of another police officer. The officer in question, Brig. Lamber Matui, fired back at them, forcing the attackers to flee into the cover of the forest.
Sumerta said that the Yapen Police arrested Yahya shortly after the attack, based on statements from Jefri’s family.
Yahya’s gang is alleged to have ties to a militant separatist group led by Ruddy Orarey. The group has been implicated in several attacks in the region, most recently on March 13, also targeting police. The Ruddy Orarey group reportedly has ties to the armed Free Papua Organization (OPM), which has been waging a low-level separatist insurgency against Indonesian security forces for decades.
The police have declined to speculate on the motive for Saturday’s attack, but acknowledged that the Yapen Islands district remains a hotbed for insurgent activity.
The attack comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of Indonesia’s annexation on May 1, 1963, of the then Netherlands New Guinea. It also comes nearly a year after police in the Yapen Islands uncovered an OPM training camp.
The camp was discovered on May 29, 2012. Ten days later, suspected separatists shot at the Angkaisera police station, wounding an officer.
The same police station was the target of an arson attack by a mob on Dec. 20, 2011. After setting the building on fire, the attackers then hoisted the Morning Star flag, a banned separatist standard, from the flagpole in the front yard.
The station was also the scene of another attack in June 2009, when a group of unidentified people set two police motorcycles on fire.

A google translate of article in Jubi. Be-aware google translate can be erratic. 
Original bahasa at 

Author: Benny Mawel | 21:36
| April 29, 2013 | 0

Illustration of Police (IST)
Jayapura, 29/4 (Jubi) - combined forces TNI / Police make visits to three villages in the district Angkaisera, Serui, Yapen Islands regency, Papua police killings related peristitwa, Bripka Jeffery, Saturday (27/4) morning. In the penyiran, police arrested a citizen with the initials YB.
"The joint forces in the village there are sweeping Yapan, Mantembu and Menawi on Saturday (27/4) morning, about 3am," said Manibuy, local residents to through cell telepeon, Monday (29/4).

According to him, sweeping the villagers fear it causes. "There are people who run. Residents feel uncomfortable at home, "he said. Citizens are increasingly uncomfortable as a resident was arrested on charges of TPN combined forces. "One of the initials YB Menawi Residents arrested as TPN," he said.
Manibuy added TPN accusation was not true. "YB just ordinary civilians," he said. The time of arrest, the combined forces of housebreaking. Until this news was published, the Papua Police have not commented. (Jubi / Mawel


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Original bahasa at 

4) OPEN 5 POSPOL, Paniai POLRES Harden kamtibmas 
Author: Markus You | 22:52
Editor: Victor Mambor
| April 29, 2013 | 0
Paniai Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Ronny Semmy Abaa TH. (Jubi / MY)

The addition of the police station, call him, first in Papato, Kampung Timida, and one post again in Pugo. "Then it's the third post we make in Aikai. His post is so, our members already occupy, "he said.
 Paniai, 29/4 (Jubi) - Avoiding the possibility of resistance on May 1, 2013, police in Paniai since last week to build a police post in the six villages.
Resort Paniai Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Ronny Semmy TH Abaa, said there were five postal opened this year. Each will be assigned a security post at least 3 members.
"This year we are heading to open five more tightened security in Paniai," he said to reporters, Monday (29/4).Semmy said, except in the context of May 1, security continues to be improved because of the glass eye Paniai security, is still prone areas. "There is a group John Yogi, can appear anytime ncaman, so we continue to be aware of," said the police chief.
In addition, the police chief said Paniai, there are two posts will be built in the near future, namely in Kampung Keniapa and Mount Bobaigo.
"The deployment of our members in his later post in rotation. In addition to security, the post presence that also facilitate services to people who need help, "said Semmy. With this policy, he believes, will minimize the movement of certain persons to act undermine security and public order (internal security), which is often the case in Paniai Police jurisdiction.
How to May 1, 2013? Police Chief stressed, "There is no demo issue and others, maybe it's the other regions. For Paniai, we are ready to secure. "(Jubi / Mark You)

A google translate of article in Jubi. Be-aware google translate can be erratic. 
Original bahasa at 

Author: Markus You | 23:02
Editor: Victor Mambor

Filed in: Tanah Papua
| April 29, 2013 | 1
Community and a number of the requesting party or Detachment 88 Brimob withdrawn from Paniai, said Chief of Police, it must wait for the policy of the employer. But he acknowledges, there is currently no more troops. While the number of personnel in Paniai Police, he said, is very limited when seen from a wide area in three districts: Paniai, Intan Jaya, and Deiyai. (Jubi / Mark You) 

Paniai, 29/4 (Jubi) - The existence of the group John Yogi in Paniai regency, is considered to be troubling the people in several villages. Because of that, he and his men were asked to stop and give up as good citizens.This revealed Paniai Police, Commissioner Ronny Semmy TH Abaa when interviewed by reporters on Monday (29/4). Assessment, said Semmy, based on field data. "John provoking us village people. We can report, no weapons of coercion with a hold-up man, scare people, livestock and food take by force, to the incidence of rape by his subordinates. We're after because their brutal actions, not self-conscious of his actions had been wrong, "he said."Pursuit still we did as long as he does not give up. There is a command from our superiors, "said Semmy.
Paniai Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Ronny Semmy Abaa TH. (Jubi / MY)

Police also responded to the public spotlight on abuses by forces in Paniai. He said, it is not entirely true. "Last month we had shoot John, but I pull forces at the location because there are children and women. So, if the allegations be proved by the data, can not just say so and so, "said Semmy Paniai who served as police chief since January 2013.With accurate data, he was willing to examine all members. If proven true, it is definitely against the law. "Accusations that officials are doing, we will check. If there is, ready to be processed, "said Semmy.Police Chief himself heard directly the allegations to officers as perpetrators of violence in Paniai. When meeting with the government and the legislature, the matter is discussed. He said there was an agreement, form a team to directly check the facts in Paniai. "I'll see the team down. The data gathered, the following evidence statements citizens, perhaps it could strengthen the accusation. So, I say, must not blame game, because they have to prove it directly, "said Semmy.
6) NAPAS Condemning the Ban to Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the transfer of administration 
of West New Guinea from UNTEA to Indonesia on 1 May 1963

Sekretariat NAPAS <>

National Papua Solidarity (NAPAS)

No. 17/NAPAS/stat/eks /IV/13

For Immediate ReleaseNAPAS Condemning the Ban to Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the transfer of administration of West New Guinea from UNTEA to Indonesia on 1 May 1963
National Papua Solidarity (NAPAS) condemns the Papuan police decision to ban the plan to organise public demonstration in Papua to commemorate the transfer of administration of then West New Guinea (now Papua) from UNTEA to Indonesia on 1 May 1963. This decision, which was also explicitly endorsed by the Governor of Papua, breached the freedom of expression and association which is enshrined by the 1945 Indonesian Constitution. The ban also represents a reactive, paranoid and discriminative approach of the Indonesian government that limits the exercise of the civil and political rights of Papuans. Furthermore, the decision would undermine the existing processes and initiatives to find a peaceful solution for Papua conflicts. Finally, the ban to commemorate the 50th anniversary event illustrates the Indonesian government position that aims to monopolies the interpretation of Papuan history for the sake of the state, not for Papuans.

According to the 1962 New York Agreement, the Netherlands transferred the administration over West New Guinea territory to the United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA), which then passed it on to Indonesia on 1 May 1963. The four main points of the New York Agreement that we would like to highlight during this 50th anniversary are as follows:

  1. The transfer was limited to „full administration responsibility,‰ not the transfer of sovereignty (Article XIV);
  2. During the transition period, Indonesia held the primary duty to undertake „further intensification of the education of the people, of the combating of illiteracy, and of the advancement of their social, cultural and economic development‰ (Article XV);
  3. At the end of 1969, under the supervision of the UN Secretary General, the act of free choice would be held for Papuans in order to determine its political status „whether they wish to remain with Indonesia; or whether they wish to sever their ties with Indonesia‰ (Article XVIII);
  4. Indonesia „will honor those commitments‰ (Article XXII para 3) to guarantee fully the rights of Papuans, including the rights of free speech and freedom of movement and of assembly (Article XII para 1).

Reflecting this historic moment of our history, we regrettably highlight the fact that Papuans were never invited to participate in any process of the formulation and implementation of the New York Agreement either by the Netherlands, Indonesia or the United Nations. We question the extent by which the Indonesian government has fulfilled its duty to provide high quality of education, health and other public services as stipulated by the New York Agreement. Furthermore, Papuans‚s rights of free speech and freedom of movement and of assembly were not fully guaranteed and protected as documented in various historical reports around this transition period.

When both the Governor of Papua and the Chief of Police of Papua deliberately ban any activities of Papuans to commemorate this historic moment, history repeats itself. Papuans‚s rights of free speech of free speech and freedom of movement and of assembly were not protected and guaranteed then and now. Therefore, we question both the local authorities in Papua and the national authorities of Indonesia whether they treat Papuans as citizens or just inhabitants.

Regardless of the ban, in Jakarta, NAPAS will organize the Papuan cultural night festival „One Papua, One Struggle‰ to mark this anniversary. We are well aware that suppressing our memory of the past not only denies our rights and freedom but more importantly, our existence. The historical reports have already revealed that the current and ongoing Papua conflicts are rooted in the very historical date, 1 May 1963, when UNTEA transferred Papua into Indonesia. But the launching of „One Papua‰ has a deeper meaning. After fifty years Papuans remain divided, not united, and have not developed a strong sense of solidarity among the oppressed. Taking into account this reality, the cultural night will be an opportunity for NAPAS to reflect on the ways to unify Papua‚s struggle for its liberation and to strengthen solidarity among the oppressed Papuans as well as to mark 1 May as the day to unify Papuan solidarity.

Media Contact: Zely Ariane,

Coordinator of NAPAS (Mobile +62- 8158126673)

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