Friday, December 12, 2014

1) Relatives of Paniai victims need govt attention

2) In Pictures: Traditions under threat in Papua
3) Papuans Demand Independent Inquiry on Protest Killings
4) Jokowi urged to release  Papuan political prisoners 

5) In New York, Papua I can’t  breathe
6) Papua Remains a Killing Field Even Under New Indonesian President Jokowi

1) Relatives of Paniai victims  need govt attention
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Fri, December 12 2014, 6:37 PM
The relatives of those who were shot at in the city of Enarotali, Paniai regency, Papua, are not only awaiting a lawful solution to the incident, but are also in need of counseling, especially the women whose children and husbands were killed, say activists.
At least five people died and 21 others were injured after a group of residents blockaded a road, disrupting traffic in the town on Monday.
The Papuan Women Solidarity for Human Rights Defenders said the government had never provided counseling for the relatives of victims of violence each time it occurred in the country’s easternmost province.
“Women losing their children and husbands in acts of violence should receive attention from the government by deploying a psychiatric team to help them recover. We have women whose children went to school. They expected a better future, but instead they found death and violence,” Sandra Mambrasar, an activist of the Papuan Women Solidarity for Human Rights Defenders, said on Friday.
She added that the women affected continued to mourn for the victims when the bodies were laid out at Karel Gobay Field prior to their funeral. They women had even dug the graves themselves, she added.
“The women are mourning. They went home in sorrow, without any attention from the government to help them recover,” she went on.
“At a minimum, the presence of government officials during the funeral would’ve consoled the women,” she said.
Activist Erna Mahuse said only church ministers and activists had accompanied the women after the incident while the government was being pressed to seek a lawful solution to the incident.
“The victims’ relatives aren’t looking for money. What they need is the presence of the government to accompany them in enduring their sorrow and to express its solidarity with them,” she stressed.
Meanwhile, another activist Frederika Korain said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo did not care about the victims and their families because he had made a statement on the incident.
“It’s different with the Batam and Makassar incidents, the bloody conflicts between the TNI [the Indonesian Military] and the police. Upon hearing of these two conflicts, the President directly called the Riau Islands and South Sulawesi governors to seek a permanent solution to the incidents. But in the face of the Paniai shooting, the President has made no comment, not a single word,” she said.
She explained that her NGO would go to Enarotali to help the women.
The police have questioned 24 people as witnesses in their investigation into the incident.
Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Pudjo Sulistyo said the 24 were questioned.
“They were questioned as witnesses, including government officers, civilians and medical team personnel handling the injured victims,” he said.
He said the investigation team had already conducted a field investigation looking for evidence to reveal the perpetrators of the bloody incident.
“The investigation is still underway and no-one has been made a suspect yet,” he said.
Local residents view the TNI and police as the culprits in the incident, accusations that both institutions deny. (rms)(+++)


In Pictures: Traditions under threat in Papua
Indonesian province of West Papua, rich in human and natural resources, is struggling against poverty and big business.
 Last updated: 12 Dec 2014 10:40
West Papua, Indonesia - With a population of four million people, 252 tribes and 307 languages, this easternmost province is rich in natural and human resources.
But it is also the most underdeveloped with the highest poverty level and the lowest education rate in the country. It is also the most politically sensitive place in Indonesia - a nation of 250 million people.
West Papua chose to be a part of Indonesia in a 1969 referendum on independence. But some Papuans refused to recognise the result of the referendum, which they say was the unanimous choice of elders handpicked by the Indonesian military. They have been rebelling against Indonesian rule ever since.
The story of West Papua, to this day, is heavily coloured in human rights violations committed by the Indonauesian armed forces.
West Papua contains some of the last great tracts of undisturbed rainforest in the Asia-Pacific region, an estimated 33 million hectares in 1997. But that number has dropped dramatically since then. The central government plans to massively expand palm oil plantations in West Papua. This means also converting community forests, which are the source of livelihood for many locals.
To improve the situation in Papua, the central government granted the province a special autonomy status in 2001. This authorises local administrations to manage their own areas with little intervention from the central government, and grants special autonomy funds, which some say rarely benefit people because of corruption.


6) Papua Remains a Killing Field Even Under New Indonesian President Jokowi

The death of five high school students in skirmishes with Indonesian soldiers demonstrate the huge task ahead for Jokowi......................

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