Thursday, September 25, 2014

1) Papua conference in Vanuatu delayed

1) Papua conference in Vanuatu delayed
2) Indonesian Soldier Killed in Papua Market Ambush
3) NGO calls for support
4) NZ: Unions say prime minister must pressure Jakarta to release journalists

5) Semen Indonesia Eyeing Up to Rp 840b in Bank Loans for Papua Plant


1) Papua conference in Vanuatu delayed

Updated at 2:01 pm today

The West Papua conference that was expected to open in Vanuatu next week has been postponed.
The West Papua Reunification Committee's chairman, Pastor Alan Nafuki, says the meeting will now take place from October the 30th.
Pastor Nafuki explained that they have sent invitations to 80 West Papuan representatives, but so far, they have received only about 20 confirmations because of fundraising and visa problems.
"So we decided that it is best that we postpone the meeting to give chances to everyone to fundraise or to fix their visa up, or other problems that they're facing, because at the end of the day, we want to get everybody to this meeting in Vanuatu."
Pastor Alan Nafuki says the conference is to provide an avenue for the different groupings in West Papua to come to an agreement on a unified bid for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
A formal membership application by the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation was knocked back by the MSG earlier this year, whose leaders called for a more representative bid.

2) Indonesian Soldier Killed in Papua Market Ambush

By Banjir Ambarita on 02:33 pm Sep 25, 2014
Category Human RightsNews
A soldier was killed in an armed attack in Puncak Jaya Regency in Papua on Sept. 25. (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana)
Jayapura. An Indonesian soldier was killed following an armed attack at a market in Puncak Jaya Regency in Papua on Thursday.
Spokesman for the Papua military command Lt. Col. Rikas Hidayatullah told the Jakarta Globe that four members of theIndonesian Military (TNI) were ambushed at a traditional market in Ilaga on Sept. 25.
The soldiers, who were picking up supplies for the inauguration of Ilaga district’s new chief, were fired at by a group of 10 men, he said.
A soldier identified as Second Private Abraham was reportedly shot in the head. The attackers then snatched Abraham’s weapon before fleeing into the jungle. No other soldiers were injured.
The attack followed a similar incident in July, where three soldiers suffered gunshot injuries during an assault on a military outpost in the Tingginambut area of Puncak Jaya.
The men were reportedly on patrol near the post when a group of armed men attacked the post, leading to an exchange of fire that eventually forced the attackers back into a nearby forest.
Puncak Jaya has been the scene of a number of attacks on Indonesian military personnel. The Free Papua Organization (OPM), which has waged a decades-long fight for the independence of Papua and West Papua from Indonesia, is active in the area.

3) NGO calls for support

Siteri Sauvakacolo

Thursday, September 25, 2014

THE NGO Coalition of Human Rights said it would lobby the government to take a stand on our Pacific brothers from West Papua who are suffering human rights violations, discrimination and abuse.
Leading human rights activist Shamima Ali in an interview yesterday said it was important Fiji — being a Pacific brother took a role in the fight against torture and human rights violations in West Papua.
"We will lobby the government to make a stand on it.
"At the same time , we understand the relations Fiji and other Pacific Islands have with Indonesia and we respect that," Ms Ali said.
While campaigns for the past three months were well observed by many Fijians especially youths, Ms Ali said it was important that more awareness was carried out for the sake of our brothers and sisters who were victims of torture.
She added the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre was also carrying out research and documentation particularly on women and children in West Papua.
Meanwhile, the We Bleed Black and Red Free West Papua campaign continues for civil societies and NGOs in the country and they called on more Fijians to join in the fight against torture.


4) NZ: Unions say prime minister must pressure Jakarta to release journalists

Arrested West Papuan indigenous leader Areki Wanimbo 
and his lawyer, Anum Siregar, who was attacked this week 
for defending Wanimbo. Image:

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch / The Fiji Times): The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU) has called on Prime Minister John Key to pressure Indonesian President Joko Widodo to release two French journalists and a West Papuan indigenous leader from prison.
The NZCTU joined groups, including West Papua Action Auckland, representatives of the Melanesian community and the Green Party in demanding that the National Party government act on behalf of journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat and West Papuan indigenous leader Areki Wanimbo, who was arrested after giving Dandois and Bourrat an interview.
In an open letter to Key, the organisations said the NZ government must make "strong representations to the President of Indonesia and his government for their release".
"Indonesia imposes media censorship by barring all but a select few journalists from obtaining an official journalist permit to visit West Papua. Dandois and Bourrat are following the honourable path set by the brave journalists who took risks and broke rules to ensure we knew about the tragedy in East Timor under brutal Indonesian occupation," said NZCTU president Helen Kelly.
Kelly, and Nicky Spicer and Maire Leadbeater of West Papua Action Auckland said Key must "call upon Widodo to commit to genuine media freedom in West Papua including the right of local and international journalists to report on the political situation there without risk of imprisonment or harassment by the Indonesian state".
Meanwhile in Suva, Fiji's NGO Coalition of Human Rights said it would pressure the newly elected Bainimarama government to support West Papua.
"Leading human rights activist Shamima Ali in an interview yesterday said it was important [that] Fiji, being a Pacific brother, took a role in the fight against torture and human rights violations in West Papua", the Fiji Times reported.


5) Semen Indonesia Eyeing Up to Rp 840b in Bank Loans for Papua Plant

By Ridho Syukra on 09:42 am Sep 25, 2014

Semen Indonesia is expanding, with a cement factory to y in Papua. (JG Photo/ Dhana Kencana)
Jakarta. Semen Indonesia, the country’s biggest cement maker, is seeking Rp 600 billion to Rp 840 billion ($50 million to $70 million) in bank loans to help finance construction of a new cement plant in Jayapura, Papua.
Semen Indonesia, which is controlled by the government is developing a Rp 1.2 trillion cement plant in Papua.
“For the Papua plant, we will seek external funds like from loans on top of equity [injection],” Semen Indonesia finance director Ahyanizzaman said recently.
He said the cement maker is still looking for some suitable land, and the bank loans are expected to be secured next year. Construction, set to start in 2015, is estimated to take three years to complete.
Semen Indonesia is completing the feasibility study for the project. According to its plan, the factory will have annual capacity of 600,000 to 1 million metric tons.
Upon the factory’s completion, it will be the first cement plant in Papua.
Being situated far from Java — the most populous island where the main industrial plants take place — prices of some commodities in Papua, including cement is more expensive than in Java.
A sack of cement could be as much as Rp 1 million on the island, compared to around Rp 50,000 to Rp 65,000 in Java.

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