Thursday, May 23, 2013

1) Indonesia’s Missteps in Papua Fuel Foreign Support for the Push for Independence

1) Indonesia’s Missteps in Papua Fuel Foreign Support for the Push for Independence

2) Govt must reprimand Freeport over facility incident: Local councillor

3) Mysterious murder in Puncakjaya

1) Indonesia’s Missteps in Papua Fuel Foreign Support for the Push for Independence

Recently, a journalist in Papua asked me the question, “Do you support the opening of the Free West Papua campaign office in Oxford?” The question seems simple but in fact, it’s tricky.
It’s simple because it only requires a short “yes or no” answer. But I am more concerned about the tricky side: my answer will reflect whether I am pro-Papuan independence or pro-Indonesian territorial integrity. If it is the former, I will be labeled a separatist by the state, and if it is the latter, I will be considered irrational and lacking a sense of humanity regarding the situation in Papua.
As an academic, I think a different question needs to be asked. Instead of a yes/no question, I prefer a “why” question. So the interesting question is, why was the Papua campaign office opened, and why is there now growing international solidarity for the West Papua freedom campaign?
I have a couple of responses, I told the journalist.
First, the security-dominant approach employed by the state results in the relentless shooting, arbitrary arrest and conviction of Papuan political activists. This raises the concern of the international community. And if this approach continues, more sympathy will flood to Papua not only from states but also from non-state actors.
Furthermore, that approach will not deter the Papuan people from demanding their freedom. Rather, it will fuel a stronger sense of nationalism among Papuans and damage government goodwill to develop Papua.
The detention by Jayapura Police of the chairman of the National Committee of West Papua, Victor Yeimo, along with three other activists who took part in a demonstration against police violence is a case in point. Yeimo said, as quoted by local outlet, that the police shut down the rally as part of the continued suppression of freedom of expression in Papua, and that it will not deter the Papuan people from peacefully voicing their aspirations. In principle, they will not give up, Yeimo said.
The recent deadly police shooting of demonstrators in Aimas, Sorong, and the detention of Yeimo and others during a rally to protest those killings, raises concern from the international community. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a public statement said that recent incidents in Papua are “unfortunate examples of the ongoing suppression of freedom of expression and excessive use of force in Papua.”
Similarly, academics and researchers in an open letter to Bob Carr, Australia’s minister of foreign affairs, condemned what they described as atrocities in Papua, and urged the minister to request the Indonesian government to hold state perpetrators of violence to account.
In responding to rallies, the security apparatus should seek to manage the demonstration, not undertake suppressive, coercive and brutal acts. Such measures should be taken only if demonstrators engage in acts of violence causing death or material destruction.
Second, I said in reply to the journalist, the government concentrates on first-track (intergovernmental) diplomacy but forgets to counter second-track (public-focused) diplomacy. In the case of Papua, second-track diplomacy is growing strongly and enjoys considerable support from non-state actors and Melanesian countries.
The Indonesian government has received assurances from Britain that it respects the territorial integrity of Indonesia amid calls for Papuan independence. While that may be true at the moment, the world is ever-changing and politics is unpredictable — today’s friend can be tomorrow’s enemy.
Human rights violations, torture, arbitrary killing and detention in Papua may become a political excuse for Western governments to reconsider their commitment to upholding Indonesia’s integrity.
The government has failed to ensure it approaches both state and non-state actors to persuade them to reject the freedom campaign.
Restricting international journalists and human rights workers from accessing Papua demonstrates this failure. Instead of banning them, the government could cooperate with them to promote peaceful dialogue and efforts to bring prosperity amid special autonomy.
With this approach, the international community, both state and non-state actors, will trust the Indonesia government, and sympathy for the Papuan freedom campaign will gradually wane.
Looking at the situation through the lens of international relations theory, the Indonesian government is employing a neo-realist approach, believing that states are the only key actors in world politics, and that threats come mainly from other states.
Cooperation with non-state actors receives less attention — and this is dangerous for promoting democracy in the country. The Indonesian government needs to change its policy to include non-state actors in its efforts to promote its territorial integrity.
Petrus K. Farneubun is a graduate of the Australian National University and teaches at Cenderawasih University in Jayapura.

2) Govt must reprimand Freeport over facility incident: Local councilor

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - The central government, provincial and district administrations must reprimand PT Freeport Indonesia over the collapse of its underground training facility which claimed the lives of many victims, a local legislative assembly (DPRD) member said.

"Freeport must receive a warning or reprimand from the central and local governments, namely the provincial government and the Mimika regional administration over its negligence which caused the death of tens of its workers who were buried in the collapsed training facility," Yan Mandenas, chairman of Commission D of the DPRD, said here on Thursday.

Yan said that the collapse of the training facility was the biggest underground mining accident in Indonesia, or even in the world, which claimed the lives of tens of ministers.

"This is a tragic national accident. We should not turn a blind eye to this matter. The government should affirm its attitude," he stressed.

Yan Mandenas, who is also chairman of the Papua Regional Chapter of the People`s Conscience Party (Hanura), asked the US-owned copper and gold mining firm and the government to review its underground activities for the safety of workers and the preservation of the environment.

He said that there was the possibility that serious damage to the environment had been taking place that led to the accident which claimed most lives in the history of Freeport.

"Freeport must review it, conduct comprehensive underground research. This incident has just happened in the training facility. What would have happened if that took place in the place of active mining activities?" he questioned. 

Twenty eight people have been found dead after an underground training facility at a PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua collapsed.

"We just received information 14 other bodies were found today," Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Jero Wacik said at a working meeting with House Commission VII in Jakarta on Tuesday.

So, totally 28 had died and 10 others had been injured, five seriously and five others lightly in the incident, he said.

He explained the incident occurred during routine training in underground mine safety, involving 40 participants consisting of 25 Papuans and 15 non-Papuans.

The training program had just gone for two days when on the second day the room where the training was held suddenly collapsed causing the participants to be buried under debris.

"The total number of the victims was 38 because two were absent that day," he said.

He said immediately after knowing about the incident he sent mining inspectors to Papua followed two days later by the director general of minerals and coal, Thamrien Sihite.

"We received information about the incident at 9am Eastern Indonesia Time on Tuesday and immediately three mining inspectors from the ministry of energy and mineral resources left for Papua followed two days later by director general Thamrin Sihite," he said.

On the way to the scene, he said, crowd stopped Thamrin and the president director of PT Freeport Indonesia and only after negotiation one of the three jeeps they used was allowed to pass to reach the scene.

At 7.40 am Eastern Indonesia Time on Tuesday (May 14) the Big Gossan underground tunnel collapsed while 38 Freeport workers were following a training program in it.(*)
Editor: Heru

A google translate of article on KNPB web page. Be-aware google translate cab be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa at

3) Mysterious murder in Puncakjaya
May 22, 2013 By: knpbtimika Category: KNPB Areas, News

Jershon victim Wonda, Secretary KNPB Puncak Jaya region
Puncakjaya-KNPBNews: mysterious killings continue to occur in Punncak Jaya, this is expressed by the Governing Body of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Puncak Jaya region, reporting directly from the glorious peak conveyed in the central secretariat in Jayapura on KNPB At 18:00 WPB in Jayapura.

Mysterious murders that led to 41 people missing, out of all the missing number 41 people 11 people found dead while 30 people are still in search adults and 2 children were lost in the times while also sought.

In his report said that dark operation or killings and disappearances in Puncak Jaya papuan began lasts from April 1 until Degan is currently happening. In face-to-face direct reports degan KNPB center of the data we receive directly.

During the one and a half month pemubunuhan mysterious place, even pemerkosan against women, 2 high school kids, there are 2 children killed his parents and then the children are afraid to drift at times run Yamo, Puncak Jaya regency, there are arbitrarily arrested on public person - executions, no torture one of them high school students arrested in grade III cities for 2 Weeks later tortured and subsequently murdered in cutting his head in a sack and contents in the waste under a bridge, while the head dumped somewhere while it is still sought after by the family.

While the family was looking for 30 people who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, but there are those captured by the police and military in the region, every community in the glorious peak activity, examined so that people fear to perform daily activities,

To that end we ask Komnas HAM Papua and caring humanitarian ent right down to the glorious peak, and the operations because of mysterious killings samapai currently lasts, already 30 people missing and searched and 11 people were found dead 2 children swept away in fear of running time 2 children High School was raped, and the arrest and penjiksaan will continue to increase until this moment.

Jershon victim Wonda, Secretary KNPB Jayau Peak Region on behalf of Ella Enumbi victim is arrested by Kopassus last for 2 weeks and then killed and cut kepalaya then dumped his body in a sack contents were taken under a bridge April 9, 2013 murder of her body 26 april, for 2 weeks corpse hidden by Kopassus in custody in the post Purume Kopassus post in the glorious city. Of the 41 people who disappeared under mysterious circumstances the 30 people who were being sought the names and reports

Jershon victim Wonda, Secretary KNPB Puncak Jaya region
kornologis complete with photograph-victims will follow.

The following name victims have been found and recorded were: 1. Eila Enumbi place of birth dates, Mewoluk 12 Maret1986 Occupation Student (High School) Class 3 State Honor gender male. 2. Inoga Wonda, Age 40 Years 3. Deniti Telenggen, Gender Male, Age 17 Years, 4. Telapina Morib, Gender Male, Age 47 Years 5. Aibon Tabuni Gender male Age 38 Years 6. Yomiler Tabuni Gender male Age 48 Years 7. Bongar TelenggenJenis male genitalia, Age 35 Years 8. Josh Kogoya, male gender, age 70 years. 9. Yanenga Tabuni, male gender, age 36 of 10. Jershon Wonda, date of birth, Wondagobak-Noble, January 12 gender-lakiStatus: semester students (VIII) ENGINEERING Department of Jayapura, Occupation: Organization (KNPB) as a secretary in Puncak Jaya. 11. Eramina Murib in Tingginabut Rape by Army / Police 12. Regina Tabuni Tingginambut raped by army / police.Polres Yahukimo, Menembak Satu Pelajar, Mengalami Luka Parah

Puncak Jaya sweep continues from December to now ask for the investigative and advocacy for all victims occurred in Puncak Jaya because until now the TNI / Police and Detachment 88 and Kopassus was ineffective against the TPN / OPM and the TNI / Police vent their emotions to civilians in Puncak Jaya and to this murder and house raids Residents Honor Puncakjaya in progress. (Wtp)

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