Thursday, May 30, 2013

1) Protest disrupts Sorong airport

1) Protest disrupts Sorong airport
2) Australia’s Security Heavily Reliant on Indonesia’s: Paper
3)  KNPB: Senior army and police officers are responsible for recent killings in Puncak Jaya
4) Activists KNPB Sentani Has Died
5)  Freeport set to resume operations amid probe
6) Four killed, dozens injured in latest Papua clash


1) Protest disrupts Sorong airport

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Wednesday that the protest had forced the airport’s management to suspend some flights.

“At 11 a.m. local time [9 a.m. Jakarta time], between 30 and 40 people staged a rally around the airport’s compound. The local police deployed personnel to monitor the protest,” he said at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta.

According to Agus, the protesters demanded compensation for land belonging to them that has been taken over by the airport.

“The airport’s management is still discussing the settlement plan,” he said.

Sorong Airport, which opened in 2012, is one of the largest and busiest airports in the province.

2) Australia’s Security Heavily Reliant on Indonesia’s: Paper

When the Australian government released its 2013 defense white paper earlier this month, a key point that emerged was the prominent role played by Indonesia in Canberra’s overall strategy for security and trade in the region.
The white paper notes that “the archipelago to Australia’s north shapes our strategic geography.”
“As Indonesia comprises much of this archipelago, Australia’s strong partnership with Indonesia remains our most important regional strategic relationship and the partnership continues to deepen and broaden in support of our significant shared interests,” it says.
Those shared interests, says Hikmahanto Juwana, an international relations expert at the University of Indonesia, go beyond security and trade and also cover democracy and the environment.
He notes that as a “direct defense buffer” for Australia, Indonesia features greatly in the latter’s security strategy and thus has a case to make for increased cooperation and burden-sharing on key issues.
“It’s important to note that some of the issues that Indonesia deals with directly will also impact Australia directly if they aren’t addressed properly,” he tells the Jakarta Globe.
“Thus these issues can be seen as regional issues.”
Hikmahanto highlights counterterrorism, disease prevention and immigration as among the more prominent issues that have tested the ties between the two countries in recent years.
The academic says he believes that given Indonesia’s importance in this regard, the level of cooperation and burden sharing that currently exists between the two countries remains low, and argues that the Australian government has not made every effort to help Indonesia address these issues effectively.
“Take the matter of defense cooperation, for instance,” he says.
“Yes, they have sent us some secondhand military equipment. But the question is, why secondhand?”
Hikmahanto adds that the Indonesian government has also not done enough to push for greater cooperation.
“We should be the ones who request [defense aid and cooperation]. We shouldn’t just accept whatever is being offered,” he says.
The white paper also addresses ongoing developments within Indonesia as being of concern to Australia, particularly terrorism.
“Although the reach and potency of Southeast Asian terrorism has been constrained by the success of regional counterterrorism efforts — especially in Indonesia — it remains the case that it is in Southeast Asia that Australians are more likely to be targeted,” the paper says.
On the matter of security, the paper also addresses China’s growing clout in the region and the United States’ “pivot” to counterbalance Beijing’s influence.
The pivot includes the establishment of a permanent US military presence in the northern Australian city of Darwin — a point that Hikmahanto says should be of concern to Jakarta, given how close it is to Indonesian territory.
He argues that just as Australia needs reassurances of security from Indonesia, the relationship also goes the other way and Canberra should consider the ramifications of hosting a third country’s armed forces in such close proximity to a country with which it shares what it calls “our most important defense relationship in the region.”
The white paper contends that Indonesia will play an instrumental role, alongside the United States, in ensuring regional security.
“In addition to shared security challenges, Australia and Indonesia maintain a common commitment to regional security, which is reflected in our wider governmental strategic partnership,” the paper says.
In addition to regional security, the white paper also focuses on the issue of trade, highlighting Indonesia as a major partner in that regard and also as the gateway to Asia and to seven of Australia’s 10 most important trading partners — China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and Singapore.
“Indonesia seems to be pretty instrumental in Australia’s policy for nurturing good relations with other countries in the region,” says Aleksius Jemadu, the dean of the school of social and political sciences at Pelita Harapan University.
Aleksius cites the paper’s assertion that “Indonesia’s importance to Australia will grow as its significant regional influence becomes global,” and the additional comment that Australia benefits “from having a strong and cohesive Indonesia as a partner to our north, as Indonesia does from a secure Australia to its south.”
Australia also has a vested interest in Indonesia’s economic health, the paper suggests, hinting at the importance of the country as a target market for exports.
“Indonesia’s success as a democracy and its economic growth will see it emerge as one of the world’s major economies,” it says.
“We have a shared aspiration for the stability and economic prosperity of our region that underpins our partnership and is driving increased breadth and depth in our defense cooperation.”
Richard Woolcott, a former Australian ambassador to Indonesia, summed up the relationship in a statement earlier this month at the University of Melbourne: “In the longer term, no bilateral relationship [in the region] is more important to Australia than that with Indonesia.”


3)  KNPB: Senior army and police officers are responsible for recent killings in Puncak Jaya

JUBI, 30 May 2013

The secretary of the KNPB - National Committee for West Papua -, Ones Suhuniap has said that the governor of Papua, the chief of police and the commander of  XVII Cenderawasih Military Command must all be held responsible for  the mysterious killings that occurred in Puncak Jaya during the month of April.

'Mysterious disappearances and murders have again been happening in Puncak Jaya. Thirty people have disappeared. Eleven have been found of whom two were already dead. They also included two women and an SMU school pupil who had been raped. Two children ran away and were drowned in Yamo Canal."

The KNPB said that these senior officials must accept responsibility for the mysterious killings that have been occurring in Puncak Jaya and should do everything possible to find out who was responsible for these crimes.

The KNPB also called on the president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to immediately withdraw all troops, organic as well non-organic from  Puncak Jaya.

A senior officer of the Cenderawasih military command, Lieut-Colonel  Jansen Simandjuntak, was asked to confirm this report. In response he said: "Who committed those murders? I think we need firm evidence  when accusing the TNI - the Indonesian Army - for being responsible for these murders.'"

He went on to say that if the bodies have been found, it is the duty of the police to carry out the investigation. He said that in cases that occurred in Wamena and Oksibil a short while ago, military officers were involved and the case had been taken to court. If need be, the men will be dismissed, he said.

"Two weeks ago, the military commander set up an investigation team for the Puncak Jaya case, but after investigation, it was decided that no TNI officer was involved.

Finally he said that if anyone feels dissatisfied with the results of these internal TNI investigations, his men will investigate the matter more thoroughly.

[Translated by TAPOL]

A google translate of article in KNPB news. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa at

4) Activists KNPB Sentani Has Died
May 30, 2013 By: willaks Category: News


   Sentani week on the 26th May 2013, the victim died in the name of

Name: Faith Jecson Wenda,
Type-Gender: Male
Age: 23 Years
Occupation: Activist KNPB Sentani
Ethnicity: Lanny
Nationality: West Papua
Religion: Christian
Denomination Church: Fellowship of Baptist Churches in Papua (PGGP)

Faith Jekson deceased Wenda
Testimony of victims, Iman Jecson Wenda became a member of KNPB Sentani in 2011. The deceased was one of the structural body KNPB Sentani region, he was one of the members of the Commissariat of Diplomacy Documentation and media fields West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Sentani area in 2011 to enter in 2012. In 2012 he was one of the victims of gunshot wounds by police as clashes between police and Future Action Demo at the Village of Hope.

Natural Jekson Luka Shoot On Demonstration KNPB

 Jayapura on June 4-June 2012. KNPB carry out demonstration in order to address a series of shootings terdahap 5 civilians in Paniai, 1 KNPB members in Jayapura and 1 German foreign nationals in the Base G Beach on June 29, 2012.

KNPB general mobilization on June 3, 2012 to all the people throughout Papua Papua, on Monday, June 4, 2012. On Monday, the KNPB Sentani with hundreds of protesters were heading Abepura using 12 trucks loaded term action. But of Talaga Maya Police handang demonstrators led KNPB Sentani area, police suru back to all future actions that loaded the truck 12.

When the return trip back from Kampung Harapan clashes between police and past actions, in this incident Jekson Wenda is one of the victims of police gunshot wounds in the incident. Wenda Jekson shot above the waist section, other than that he was beaten by the police chief and other body parts. For more chronological note on the link below:

Jekson Jatu Experiencing Pain

Jekson fell ill suffered for 10 months, starting from June 4 2012-25 May 2013, Jekson sick because of two sick, first due to blow and got shot by the police and got sick Tumors of the Heart and Guts in the body in Jekson. After Jekson ill, the family of the deceased did upayah to get help at a public hospital in Abepura, but it can not be helped. Finally the doctor referred to the hospital for treatment Dock 2 further but also helped, said Dr. experts Tumor states are not able to be helped finally bring home to the family of the deceased home to Jekson deceased died on 26 Mai 2013.

Grief and the Funeral of the late Jenaza

Jayapura Sunday 26th May 2013, has died of Faith Jecson Mr. Wenda as a West Papuan fighters, and was buried at his home in Sabron Jenaza sari Baptist Church of Papua, on Mai 27th event held the church funeral, family and KNPB. Funeral underway with a ceremonial procession of activists general pengormatan West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and KNPB Sentani and Solidarity Center of Law and Human Rights in Papua.


Warrior Nation throughout Papua, from KNPB Management Center, Board KNPB Se-Papua region, entire KNPB Consulate and all elements of the Papuan independence struggle, congratulated Mr Jecson road in pangguan Wenda Faith God the Father in heaven.

By. KNPB Sentani Admin


5)  Freeport set to resume operations amid probe

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Mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of Arizona-based Freeport-McMoran, is set to resume operations on Thursday amid ongoing investigation into an accident at its facility in Grasberg, Papua, that killed 28 workers.

Freeport Indonesia president director Rozik B. Soetjipto said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the company — one of the country’s biggest taxpayers — would begin production activities at its open mine site as of Thursday although it would not produce at maximum capacity.

“We have started the preparations already. Maybe tomorrow [Thursday] we may start, but we must do it slowly before going to the normal production,” he said.

The Grasberg open mine produces on average 140,000 tons of ore per day. However, activities at the site were temporarily halted following the cave-in at its underground training facility on May 14.

The facility is located 2.7 kilometers from Grasberg open mine.

Of the 38 workers trapped in the tunnel, 28 died and 10 suffered injuries. The evacuation process concluded on Tuesday evening.

A team from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry was dispatched to Papua to review the safety operations at Freeport’s underground mine. Another government team is currently investigating the incident simultaneously assisted by the police.
Last week, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s director general for minerals and coal Thamrin Sihite said the government prohibited Freeport from conducting “any production activities” until investigations were concluded.

Rozik said on Wednesday that Freeport had only been prohibited from restarting activities at its underground mine, not at its open mine.

Currently, Freeport ships concentrates to its customers from its stockpile that, according to Freeport-McMoran president and CEO Richard C. Adkerson in his visit last week, would be sufficient to serve the firm’s customers for several days.

Contacted separately, Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Susilo Siswoutomo said in a text-message that Freeport’s plan to resume operations at its open-mine site on Thursday had been communicated with the officials of the ministry’s mining bureau.

Irwandy Arif, a mining expert from the Bandung Institute of Technology, said while he urged the government to review the safety of mining operations in Indonesia, he recommended Freeport to go on with their operations in Papua.

“I would not recommend Freeport cease production at the open mine site because halting operations could harm the maintenance of the facility and further risk the future safety of the workers,” said Irwandy, who currently chairs newly formed Jakarta-based mining think tank, Indonesia Mining Institute.

Freeport planned to invest US$15 billion to develop the underground mining operations at the Grasberg mine.

The new site, which would be called the Grasberg block cave mine, is expected to begin production in 2017 with an estimated production of 160,000 tons of ore per day as the open-mine activity would be ended.

The combined production of the planned Grasberg block cave mine and the existing DOZ mine would bring Freeport’s production in Papua to be about 240,000 tons of ore per day or 9 percent higher from the current output capacity, as previously reported.

6) Four killed, dozens injured in latest Papua clash

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The recent murder of a councilor led to a clash between two groups of people at Ndunga Regency, Papua, on Thursday, claiming the lives of four people and injuring 26 others, a police official says.
“The clash lasted around two hours. Four people, who are coming from the Elekma Bawah and the Elekma Atas groups, were killed, while 26 others from both groups were injured,” National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Thursday.
Agus said the Papua Police had cordoned off the area to prevent another clash.
The clash broke out after Ndunga councilor Eka Tabuni was murdered on Jl Raya Hawai Sentani, Papua, on Wednesday evening. Eka was reportedly beaten and stabbed by three men identified as Letia Gwijangge, 36, Ijanus Wandikbo, 19, and Nanggaluk Ara, 25.
The three allegedly assaulted the councilor to avenge the death of a relative, Yustinus, who they believed Eka murdered.
Eka’s friends could not accept the killing and retaliated by gathering other friends to confront the three. Agus said the police had detained the three right for further questioning.(dic)

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