Monday, April 7, 2014

1) Indonesia Closes PNG Border Area Ahead of Legislative Elections

1) Indonesia Closes PNG Border Area Ahead of Legislative Elections
2) Religious people in Papua must vote
3) Papuan govt prioritizes national exam`s logistics to Jayapura`s remote areas
4) Statement by Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of LP3BP on 7
April 2014


1) Indonesia Closes PNG Border Area Ahead of Legislative Elections

By Banjir Rambarita on 07:40 pm Apr 07, 2014
Category CrimeNewsPolitics

Jayapura. Indonesia on Monday temporarily shut down its border with Papua New Guinea at the village of Wutung, Papua, two days before the archipelago’s legislative contests over the possibility of separatist-induced election violence.
“Border access [at the village] between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has been closed down due to the approaching elections,” Brig. Gen. Hinca Siburian, a member of the Cendrawasih Military Command, which oversees the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) operations in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, said. “This is not over the shooting incident that occurred last Saturday — this is the KPU’s [General Elections Committee] agenda during the voting period.”
An Indonesian soldier and Papua Police official suffered minor injuries during a firefight between police and members of the separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM) on the border of the two countries on Saturday.
Around 40 members of the OPM fired on a watch tower at a military post in Wutung. They also took down the Indonesian flag and raised the banned Morning Star flag — a symbol of Papuan independence.
Afterward, the perpetrators hopped over the border back into PNG.
Hinca said the army will still keep an eye on the border areas in anticipation of possible threats from separatist groups during the election.
“We’re on alert — we won’t let separatists disturb the elections,” he said.

2) Religious people in Papua must vote

Mon, April 7 2014 19:08 | 386 Views
Sentani (ANTARA News) - It is mandatory for all religious people in Papua to vote during Wednesdays legislative elections, according to local religious figures.

"Those who claim to be religious and refuse to vote as are irresponsible," Papua Communion of Churches Chairman Reverend Lipius Biniluk stated here on Monday.

Biniluk explained that religious people have responsibility and integrity to vote in the elections without pressures from certain parties.

"No pressure, no money politics. Religious people must vote for who ever they think is the right person to lead this nation," he remarked, adding that they should participate in making the election a success.

Meanwhile, Jayapura branch of Indonesian Ulema Council Chairman Faishal Saleh noted that religious people were also recommended to love their nation.

"Acting as non-voters in the elections is against the government and therefore religious people are forbidden to do so," Faishal stressed. 

According to him, Islam and the nation are one in the form of value system and the governance structure.

Therefore the religious figures call on all public elements and religious community in Papua to participate in the elections without acting as non-voters.
Editor: Priyambodo RH


3) Papuan govt prioritizes national exam`s logistics to Jayapura`s remote areas

Mon, April 7 2014 19:27 | 408 Views
Sentani (ANTARA News) - The Jayapuras Head of Education Department, Alpius Toam, stated in Jayapura on Monday, that they will prioritize the national exams logistics distribution to the remote areas, such as Demta, Taja and Yapsi.

As the national exam for high school students will be held on April 14 to 16, Alpius stressed that its logistics will be sent on April 12 to Demta, Taja and Yapsi areas, and then on April 13, to Nimboran Sub-district.

"Actually, the farthest area of Jayapura District is Airu, but since this area does not hold the national exam for elementary school, we remove it from the logistics distributions target," noted Alpius.

After the national exam for the high school students, there will be national exam for junior high school on May 5 to 8, and elementary school on May 19-21.

"While for Sentani areas, which is closer to the city, the distribution will be sent on time during exams to avoid allegations and suspicions of leakage," Alpius explained.

Alpius added that his team is ready to distribute the national exams logistics to all districts in Jayapura areas, which hold exams, as soon as the provincial education department of Papua received the stuff. 

One the national exams logistic are distributed to those remote areas, the packages will be deposited to the police until the exam next day begins.

"On the exam day, the police and invigilators from some universities in Papua, will distribute the package to each school which holds the exam," Alpius explained.

Alpius noted that the national exam for this year will need a lot of attention and concern from all sides for its logistics distribution, as the schedule coincides with post-legislative elections in April and before the presidential election in July.
Editor: Priyambodo RH

4) Statement by Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of LP3BP on 7
April 2014

Speaking as a human rights defender working in the Land of Papua, I
urge the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) in Jakarta to
immediately investigate the maltreatment and torture by members of the
Indonesian police of Yali Wenda (20) and Alvares Kapissa (25) on 2
April. Such actions are regarded as being grave human rights
violations as stated in Article 9 (f) of Law 26/2000 on Human Rights
Courts and the most serious form of human rights violations according
to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and
Degrading Treatment.

As a recipient of the John Humphreys Freedom Award 2005 in Canada,
I call on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to place this case of
treatment of the two students both of whom are civilians on its agenda
for discussion and the adoption of a resolution regarding the
government of Indonesia in its session in May this year.

The Secretary General of the United Nations should also press the
Indonesian government to allow his Special Representative on
Maltreatment and Torture to enter the Land of Papua in order to ensure
that this case is handled transparently and in accordance with the
mechanisms and principles of international law.

As Executive Director of the LP3BH Manokwari, I call on the
international community, in particular the governments of the members
of the European Union to review the bilateral accords on co-operation
which they have entered into with Indonesia, in the context of
developmental activity in the Land of Papua.

Respect for human rights is regarded as the foremost feature of
law in any bilateral accord between state members of the European
Union and other countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States
of America, New Zealand and Japan and Indonesia.

The LP3BH also urges the Government of Indonesia to give
unfettered access to the Land of Papua to Amnesty International, Human
Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group to investigate the
current state of human rights in the Land of Papua and what may happen
there in the future.


[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo]

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