Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1) Bodies of police officers killed by alleged separatists evacuated

1) Bodies of police officers killed by alleged separatists evacuated
2) Forum leaders urged to speak on West Papua
3) Media Release: Ministers condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist.

5) Gunfight in Papua wounds soldiers

1) Bodies of police officers killed by alleged separatists evacuated

Selasa, 29 Juli 2014 09:32 WIB | 358 Views
Jayapura, Papua, (ANTARA News) - The bodies of two police officers Zulkifli and Prayoga shot dead by suspected separatists are in the process of evacuation to Jayapura, Papua, on Tuesday.

The body of the Zulkifly was in the process of evacuation from Wamena and that of Prayoga from Tiom to Wamena and from Wamena to the provincial city, Deputy chief of the Papua police Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpaw said on Tuesday.

Evacuation of the two bodies to Jayapura could not be made at once as the body of Prayoga was found only on Monday afternoon that it could not be carried to Wamena at once, Waterpaw said.

"Hopefully the process of evacuation could be carried out without incident," he said.

The two were killed in an ambush in the regency of Lanny Jaya at Jalan Pirime leading to Maki where Papua police chief Ins. Gen Tito Karnavian and his party were attacked by a group of armed civilians in 2012.

The road on a steep mountain slope is winding making whoever in the road an easy target of ambush, Waterpauw said.

The village of Indawa is around 10 kilometers from Pirime or 45 km from Tiom, the municipal town of the regency of Lanny Jaya.

Papua police spokesman Sr. Comr. Sulistyo Pudjo said the four police officers in the group were hit at the ambush in the district of Lanny Jaya.

They were on duty to give local people greater awareness of law, Sulistyo said here on Tuesday

Zulkifli and Prayoga were hit on the head and died and the two other were wounded, he said.

"We condemn the attack . It is contemptible as the offices were carrying out social duty," he said.

Awareness of law is expected to implant a characteristic to think and practice democracy , he said.

Police want to help the people keep pace with the fast changing situation and bring modernity to the isolated areas, he added.

The mass guidance activities would contribute greatly to the program of the regional and district administrations in social affairs development, he added.

He said police are determined to catch the perpetrators, adding they have to be responsible for the crime they committed.

He said police are tracking down the group of criminals in coordination with the military.

Papua remains a hot spot for the country with separatist rebels still hiding in mountain jungles waiting for any opportunity to attack .

They also incite local people especially those in isolated areas to join them against the government.  


2) Forum leaders urged to speak on West Papua

Updated at 9:30 am today

The Pacific Islands Forum leaders in Palau have been urged to discuss human rights violations in West Papua.
The Australian West Papua Association says the leaders need to make a public statement of concern in its official communiqué, just as the MSG leaders did at their meeting in Noumea last year.
The AWPA also called on the forum leaders to urge the new Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, to release all West Papuan political prisoners unconditionally as a sign of good faith to the West Papuan people.
The AWPA secretary, Joe Collins, says West Papua is the one territory in the Pacific where the deteriorating human rights situation could lead to instability in the region.
He says the forum can play an important role in helping to facilitate a dialogue between genuine representatives of the West Papuan leadership and the Indonesian Government.
3) Media ReleaseMinisters condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist.
West Papua Action Auckland,
Box 68419,
29 July 2014
Media ReleaseMinisters condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist.
West Papua Action Auckland is shocked that that Ministers Coleman and Tolley have decided against giving  even a brief time to meet with visiting Papuan journalist Victor Mambor  (Chair of the Papua Chapter of the Association of Independent Journalists , AJI).
New Zealand has military training ties to the Indonesian military and recently piloted training programmes for the police in West Papua.  So Ministers Coleman and Tolley who have Defence and Police responsibilities should not pass up this priceless opportunity to meet with a key observer and commentator on events in Indonesian controlled West Papua.   
Victor is among the most influential journalists in West Papua. He operates as a mediating influence between Indonesian authorities and the leadership of Papuan groups. This year Victor made a powerful impact at the UN Human Rights Council and before the European Parliament as he advocated for a free press, justice and human rights in his homeland.
West Papua is largely closed to the outside world but in the internet age there is abundant documentation of police and military abuses.  Security forces continue to operate with ruthless impunity and arrests for raising a flag or calling for an election boycott are commonplace.
In a recent Herald article by journalist Paul Bensemann, Victor described our proposal to give aid to the West Papuan police as "aid that kills" link below:
Our Government decided to back Indonesia fifty years ago when it assumed control of the territory against the wishes of the Papuan people.  It is well past time for us to listen to independent Papuan voices. 
For further information: Maire Leadbeater 09-815-9000 or 0274-436-957


4) NZ ministers asked to meet with visiting West Papuan journalist

West Papua journalist and editor Victor Mambor (second from left) with members of the West Papua Action Auckland and Pacific Media Centre during a visit to the PMC office in Auckland. Image: Del Abcede/PMC
Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Anna Majavu
New Zealand Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman must meet with the first West Papuan journalist to visit New Zealand, says a spokesperson for West Papua Action Auckland.
Victor Mambor, 39, editor of the Jayapura-based newspaper and websiteTabloid Jubi, and chairperson of West Papua’s Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) is in New Zealand this week and visited the Pacific Media Centre yesterday.
He will also address a seminar on “West Papua: The Pacific’s secret shame” in Auckland at the weekend.

West Papua Action Aucklandspokesperson Maire Leadbeater said: “New Zealand has for yearsprovided military training to Indonesian officers and recently ran police training, as a pilot programme, in the territory. In 2011 an officer from the notorious Kopassus special forces attended a military training course here, despite the sad record of Kopassus murdering Papuan independence leaders.”
Mambor told independent journalist Paul Bensemann earlier this year that New Zealand’s police training of Indonesians was nothing more than “aid that kills”. The programme is currently on hold.
Mambor has campaigned internationally for greater press freedom in West Papua, including early this year at the European Parliament. He has written about police raids on local media offices, “fake journalists” who work for the police and military, and the disappearances and deaths of Papuan activists.
His organisation AJI documented 20 threats or attacks against journalists in 2013.
Human rights
The Australian West Papuan Association said today that the 45th Pacific Islands Forum meeting this week in the Republic of Palau must discuss the human rights situation in West Papua and make a public statement of concern regarding the human rights situation in the territory in its official communiqué as did the Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders did in their official communiqué in Noumea in 2013.
The PIF must also urge the new Indonesian President to release all West Papuan political prisoners unconditionally as a sign of good faith to the West Papuan people.
Meanwhile, American CBS TV reports that a group of surfers who set out to film West Papuan’s undiscovered surf spots have instead made a documentary that sheds light on genocide and an unethical mining corporation. The surfers were appalled by the human rights atrocities they encountered in West Papua and made the film Isolated.


5) Gunfight in Papua wounds soldiers

Updated at 1:09 pm today

Three Indonesian soldiers have suffered gunshot injuries following an attack in the province of Papua.
The Jakarta Globe reports the attack, allegedly by a separatist group, targetted a military post in the Tingginambut area of Papua's Puncak Jaya district.
The soldiers were reportedly patrolling near the post when a group attacked the post, leading to an exchange of fire, which eventually forced the attackers back into a nearby forest.
The soldiers were taken to Jayapura for medical treatment.
A Papuan military spokesman, Rikas Hidayatullah, refused to comment

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