Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1) West Papua summit in Port Vila postponed

1) West Papua summit in Port Vila postponed
2) Two thousand military personnel to guard Sail Raja Ampat
3) Papua Police on High Alert After Five Killed in Tribal Clash
4) LP3BH Manokwari Facilitate Two KNPB Member Becomes Suspect 
5) The never-to-be forgotten killing of 53 Papuan civilians in 1969
6) Baliem Valley Festival-Photo Blog: Tribal Traditions in Papua


1) West Papua summit in Port Vila postponed

Updated at 9:58 pm on 13 August 2014

The Vanuatu-based West Papua Unification Committee has postponed this month's planned West Papua conference to early October.
The conference is for West Papuan representative groups, who are mainly pro-independence, to discuss a potential bid to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
The potential bid would be distinct from Indonesia which already has observer status at the MSG.
The committee, comprised of Vanuatu's council of churches, national chiefs body and other repesentatives, had been organising the conference for August 27 - 30.
However the Committee's chairman Pastor Allan Nafuki says they decided to move the conference back to the first week of October.
He says this gives them more time to prepare for the conference and for delegates travelling from Indonesia's remote Papua region to meet visa requirements.
Upwards of a hundred delegates are expected at the conference.

2) Two thousand military personnel to guard Sail Raja Ampat

Selasa, 12 Agustus 2014 00:01 WIB | 585 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - About two thousand military personnel will be deployed to secure the implementation of international maritime event Sail Raja Ampat in West Papua Province.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will be present in the peak event of Sail Raja Ampat to be held at Torang Cinta Beach, Waisai, Raja Ampat District, on August 23, Commander of the Regional Military Command XVII Cenderawasih Major General Christian Zebua reported here on Monday.

The security in Raja Ampat and Sorong had been tightened since several days. The peak event will be highlighted with a parade of yachts from Indonesia as well as Australia and the United States.

To reach Raja Ampat, visitors have to travel to Sorong and proceed to Waisai, the capital of Raja Ampat District, by a small plane or speed boat.

As part of the Sail Indonesia series, Sail Raja Ampat is the sixth event after Sail Bunaken in 2009, Sail Banda in 2010, Sail Wakatobi-Belitung in 2011, Sail Morotai in 2012, and Sail Komodo in 2013.

The international maritime events have been organized with the objective of promoting tourism in the regions, accelerating development programs, improving access to isolated or remote areas, and improving welfare of the people.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu recently stated that the Sail Raja Ampat 2014 event will be more attractive than the previous Sail Indonesian events.

Raja Ampat, which literally means "Four Kings," had been derived from a local myth and has one of the most beautiful marine panoramas in the world.

The archipelago comprises around 1.7 thousand islands and encompasses more than 9.8 million acres of land and sea off the northwestern tip of the West Papua Province. It has four major islands--Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, and Misool--which are home to ancient rock paintings.

In 2012, Raja Ampat had been included in the Real Wonder of the World list. It has been recognized as one of the worlds 10 most beautiful diving sites and rated number one for its rich diversity of marine flora and fauna.

It consists of 1,320 fish species; 75 percent of the worlds coral species, 10 times the number of coral species in the Caribbean; five species of rare turtles; 57 species of mantis shrimps; 13 species of marine mammals; and 27 species of rare fish.

There are also 60 varieties of crayfish; 699 types of soft animals or species of mollusks, comprising 530 species of snails (Gastropoda); 159 species of shells (bivalva); two species of Scaphopoda; five species of squid (Cephalopoda); and three Chiton species.(*)


3) Papua Police on High Alert After Five Killed in Tribal Clash

By Banjir Ambarita on 06:47 pm Aug 13, 2014
Category CrimeNews

Jayapura. Police tightened security in Papua after a tribal clash that started on Tuesday evening left five people dead.
Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Pudjo Sulistyo said the victims where killed when a group of people attacked Apri Poros hamlet in Mimika district, apparently in retaliation for an earlier killing, the state-run news agency Antara reported.
Pudjo said the clashes were triggered by the death of a leader of the Dani tribe, Korea Wakar, whose body was found in a river on Monday.
The next day, an angry mob tried to avenge Korea’s death by attacking Apri Poros and setting several houses on fire.
“A group of people was attacking the hamlet, when police found out and tried to reach the location, those people blocked the access by barricading the street,” said Rende, a relative of the tribal leader Korea.
The people who were killed in the hamlet were identified as Muhammad Said, 70, Muhammad Agung Kulaken, 27, Noris Timang, Indra Afriadi Saputra, 14, and Arfi Duran, 36.
Two people identified as Saiful (35) and Ahmad Rumra (48) were being treated in hospital. Both sustained serious injuries from sharp weapons.
Police say 1,000 officers have been deployed to provide security in the area.
“All forces have been mobilized to prevent the violence from spreading,” Pudjo said.
A google translate of article in Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link at

National Committee of West Papua Action 
4) LP3BH Manokwari Facilitate Two KNPB Member Becomes Suspect 
By: Arnold Belau | Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 21:10 pm | Viewed: 84 times 

PAPUAN, Jayapura --- Institute of Research, Assessment and Development of Legal Aid (LP3BH) Manokwari expressed readiness to assist two members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Roberth Yelemaken (16) and Onni Weya (21), which has been named as a suspect this afternoon . 

Director LP3BH Manokwari, Yan Christian Warinussy said the two suspected members of KNPB jointly committing a criminal offense against public order, and punishable as provided in Article 160 Code of Criminal Justice (Criminal Code), in conjunction with Article 55 and 56 of the Criminal Code. 

"They had signed a power of attorney was in Manokwari Police Cells at about 13:00 CET. And they were accompanied by lawyers Theresje Julianty Gasperzs who is a lawyer in LP3BH," said Warinussy, to, this afternoon. 

Based on a power of attorney, advanced Warinussy, LP3BH will run every effort for the benefit of the legal defense of the two accused under the provisions of the law that is implied in article 55 and 56 of the Criminal Procedure Code. 

Described, Yelemaken and Weya has unexpectedly jointly committing a criminal offense against public order, as stipulated in article 160 and the Criminal Code are punishable by way of doodling derogatory writings of the Republic of Indonesia (Republic of Indonesia). 
"The writings were made ​​by using paint on the walls of buildings in the Marina area of ​​the Earth." 
"Both of these young people later arrested by members of the Navy who happened to be near the scene and contacted the Police Manokwari, in order to further security," said Warinussy. 
"We will provide legal assistance to two of their children during legal proceedings," said the senior lawyer. 
Previously, as written media, the two members of the police arrested KNPB because doodling wall for boycott of the state of Indonesia's independence ceremony. (Read: Police Arrest Two KNPB Members and Brutally Beaten). 

5) The never-to-be forgotten killing of 53 Papuan civilians in 1969
 From the Executive-Director of the LP3BH
3` July, 2014
It was on 29 July 1969 at the offices of Pepera (Act of Free Choice} in Manokwari,  West Papua that an event occurred when some 76 people were chosen to represent the Papuan people, and who had been carefully trained for almost a month by members of the Indonesian Army to declare that Papua should be an integral part of the Republic of Indonesia. Among the 76 people were the late D.B Urus, Saul Yenu, N.N. Bauw, the Rev. Zeth Rumere, Lodwijk  Mandajan, Barend Mandatjan, Mrs Maria Latuheru, Yokbeth Momogin and Eliezer Wettebossy. They were called the Consultative Council for Pepera (the Act of Free Choice). All this was organised in Manokwari in order to express the opinion of the people in Manokwari and its environs.  The meeting was attended by a representative of the United Nations, Dr. Ortiz Sans and members of his staff who had been chosen to witness  the Act of Free Choice, which is called Pepera by the Indonesian Government. Moreover, It was determined that the decision should adopted by consensus.
 The district chief of Manokwari, S.D, Kawab was also in attendance, along with members of the Gotong Royong Parliament, as well as a representative of the Indonesian Government, H. Soejarwo Tjondronegoro, SH.  The event was attended by a journalist from Australia who had reported on the events on 29 July 1969 in addition to a report by Ortiz Sans, while several international human rights NGOs were present to record the events in Manokwari. At the time, many acts of violence were committed by soldiers from the Indonesian army and the Siliwangi  military command against those who had  protested against the above-mentioned Act of Free Choice.
 Several Papuan civilians were subjected to torture, then arrested and taken to the military command in Manokwari by the police and detained in police cells in Manokwari as well as cells of the  752 infantry battalion in Arfai. The day before the Act of Free Choice was declared, the LP3BH received information about the abduction and murder of fifty  Papuan civilians at the headquarters of  the 752 battalion in Arfai-Manokwari. It is believed  that the  killings were perpetrated by members of the Siliwangi military division and members of 752 Battalion in Arfai.  So, the question we need to ask is, why were these people tortured  then summarily executed unlawfully? Was the  decision taken about the Act of Free Choice adopted democratically? And why were other violations of the law perpetrated against these fifty victims?
The death of these fifty Papuan civilians  raises a crucially important question, namely is it correct that all this happened in order to defeat the Act of Free Choice and why is it that those responsible for all this were never charged before a court of law?   LP3BH Manokwari calls on the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to speedily investigate the apparent committal of gross human rights violations or Crimes Against Humanity that were committedagainst Papuan civilians in 1969 in the Land of Papua.  It should moreover be said that these events occurred not only in Manokwari but also in Biak, Sorong, Jayapura, Merauke and Wamena where hundreds of Papuans were unlawfully arrested and held for up to five or ten years, and finally released without being granted amnesty by the Indonesian Government.
 And also at that time, hundreds of Papuans were banished from Papua and sent to places in Java and forced to remain there for five years before being allowed to return home to Papua, after the Act of Free Choice had been fixed. To this day, there has been no investigation of allegations of the violation of gross human rights, all of which reinforces impunity which is widespread  throughout Indonesia.
 Peace, Yan Christian Warinussy, executive-director of the LP3BH.
[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo


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