Tuesday, May 20, 2014

1) NZ MP pleased Papua programme shelved

1) NZ MP pleased Papua programme shelved

2) Garuda launches Manado-Sorong-Jayapura  route


1) NZ MP pleased Papua programme shelved

Updated about 1 hour ago

The New Zealand opposition MP Catherine Delahunty says she is glad New Zealand's planned community policing training programme in Indonesia's Papua region has been shelved.
The Eastern Indonesia Community Policing Programme had been slated for early 2014.
But New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says Indonesia has advised that it is not able to support the project at this time.
Its future depends initially on the national government that emerges in Indonesia following this year's elections.
Ms Delahunty has opposed the plan as being misguided from the time it was announced three years ago, as well as earlier incarnations of the programme.
She's interested to know how the government will move from here.
"What will New Zealand offer West Papua? Why aren't we taking a more responsible approach than proposing this, spending money on it and then the Indonesians don't even want it. It just sounds like it's been mismanaged from start to finish."
New Zealand MP Catherine Delahunty


2) Garuda launches Manado-Sorong-Jayapura  route
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Business | Tue, May 20 2014, 5:38 PM
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia launched its Manado-Sorong-Jayapura route on Tuesday. Garuda’s 96-passenger seat Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen will fly the route four times a week.
"By expanding our network in eastern Indonesia, we will help support regional economic growth and the business and tourism sectors," airline sales and marketing director Erik Meijer said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
He added that the new route was in line with the government’s Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI).
Besides the Manado-Sorong-Jayapura route, the carrier plans to launch a Jakarta-Amsterdam non-stop service on May 30 and a Jakarta-Tokyo route, via Haneda International Airport, on June 15. (nfo)

NEW YORK, 14 MAY 2014-05-14

Item 3: 
Discussion on the special theme for the year:

„Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46‰

Delivered by Julianus Septer Manufandu, Papua Costumery Council
Mrs. Chairperson,
Distinguished Indigenous brothers and sisters, members, and state representatives,

I acknowledge all our elders past and present and the traditional lands upon which we are today.

First of all, I would like to thank you all for giving us the opportunity to present this statement at the 13th session of the UN Permanent Forum on the Indigenous Issue.

On behalf of the Papua Costumery Council, I would like to convey the cries and pleas of the Melanesian people in West Papua, who are still in pain and suffering from injustice, discrimination, human rights violations, environmental degradation, marginalization and land grabbing  by companies supported by the government of Indonesia and state security forces for almost 50 years under the Indonesia rule.

For the past 10 years: statements, resolutions, appeals has been made by church organizations, NGO, Special Rapporteurs, States parties to the Indonesia government to end the violation in West Papua and has urged the Indonesian government to open a Peaceful Dialog with the West Papua peoples and take its responsibility to guarantee the rights of Indigenous Papuans to benefit from the rights to self-determination and to protect humanity in West Papua.

We reiterate that the continuing acts of transmigration, exploitation of natural resources, militarization, poverty, incarceration, forced relocation, are a direct result of colonization. As you know, many other component parts of the former Dutch East Indies share a continuing and worsening period with rampant and violent attacks by the Indonesian Army and government-supported paramilitary groups as well as continuing violations of human rights. This is truly a crisis of self-determination effecting especially West Papua.

Mrs. Chairperson,
In relation to the study[1] on Decolonization of the Pacific done by Valmaine Toki in 2012, and the report of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 67/175 in 2013, I recommend the following:
1.      I reiterate our recommendation made in 12th session of UNPFII, 2013: That West-Papua inscribed to the list of non-self-governing territories.

2.      I also recommend that the Government of Indonesia should ensure the recognition of the indigenous peoples land,  benefit from freedom expression through the adoption of the Bill on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples currently being considered by the parliament. The Bill should comply with the international human rights laws including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ILO Convention 169;

I thank you Mrs. Chairperson

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