Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1) Keep out: Indon on West Papua

1) Keep out: Indon on West Papua
1) Keep out: Indon on West Papua
Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
 THE Indonesian embassy in Fiji says no one has the right to interfere in matters relating to West Papua.
Responding to questions from this newspaper yesterday, it stated the embassy's stance on the issue of West Papua was that it was "entirely an internal matter of Indonesia".
 The embassy's comment was in response to earlier comments by Fiji Women's Crisis Centre executive director Shamima Ali regarding a police directive to remove the "Free West Papua" posters on their fences in Suva.
"Regarding the 'Free West Papua' posters, sometime in the late afternoon, one of the Indonesian Embassy's staff saw the posters, and then the embassy simply informed the matter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of Fiji," the Indonesian Embassy said.
"It was merely to inform the ministry that there were posters written 'Free West Papua' placed on the fence of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre right across Indonesian Embassy."
Ms Ali claimed she was issued a directive by police to remove the posters over the weekend.
She has also called on Pacific Islanders to take a stand with their West Papuan brothers and sisters.
She joined a chorus of voices around the world by displaying posters to free the men and women whose rights have allegedly been violated by Indonesia.
Ms Ali said the centre had been receiving good responses in regards to West Papua as they had a wide range of network.
"I don't think the ordinary people in Fiji are aware of what is happening in West Papua and the struggles and I think that is the privilege of those of us that travel and those who have made contacts on human rights movement," Ms Ali said.
"It is a shame that Pacific Island countries are not doing more for West Papua.
"We need to make a stand and make our West Papuan brothers and sisters voices heard."



Timika, 23/6 (Jubi)– The Mimika government is anticipating the possibility of an influx of commercial sex workers from Surabaya’s Dolly red light district in East Java province.
The closure of one of the largest red light districts in Southeast Asia has sparked controversy, with wealthy areas like Mimika expecting to bear the impact.
“We ourselves can not restrict people from migrating from one region to another. Migration can be allowed as long as the people come with complete documents from the area of ​​origin,” head of the Mimika Civil Registry, Moh Toha said in Timika on Monday(23/6).
Be said it would be difficult for sex workers to be Mimika’s residents because they have to fulfill strict administrative requirements.
Thoha said the government will crack down on undocumented migrants but did not specify what action would be taken.
Meanwhile, a citizen of Mimika, David asked the government to immediately take steps to deal with the possible arrival of Dolly sex workers.
“Commercial sex workers from Dolly could have fled to Papua. The Surabaya government must be able to think of Dolly citizens, because this area is popular in Asia,” he said. (Jubi / Eveerth/Tina)

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