Friday, March 6, 2015

1) Indonesians accused of blood money approach to MSG

2) West Papuan leader notes 'sadistic' Indonesian photo op
 3) Freedom of Expression in being Repressed in Papua
4) Department of Education Seeks 600 Contract Teachers
5) No Casualties in Plane Accident at Wamena Airport
6) Acton man recounts his life's adventures in memoir


1) Indonesians accused of blood money approach to MSG

A West Papuan leader says Indonesian lobbying of regional governments should not dilute the case for West Papuan membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

The comment from the secretary-general of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Octo Mote, follows visits by Indonesia's Foreign Minister to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji.
Retno Marsudi's visits came as MSG countries consider a membership bid by the Movement.
Ms Marsudi's talks in Fiji resulted in Indonesia committing 20 million US dollars to a MSG capacity building programme.
Mr Mote says Jakarta can forge closer ties with Melanesia but doesn't have an argument against the West Papuan MSG bid.
"Therefore the only way they can is to give money. But where is this money from? This money is blood money. That money is from West Papua. Indonesia doesn't have resources, except from Freeport McMoran [which operates a large mine in Papua], except from British Petroleum (which operates a large gas project in Papua), except from many other natural resources in West Papua."

2) West Papuan leader notes 'sadistic' Indonesian photo op

Updated at 12:31 pm on 6 March 2015

A leading West Papuan independence activist has drawn a parallel between Indonesian treatment of convicted drug smugglers with that of West Papuans.
Benny Wenda has taken note of a controversial photo of the police chief in Bali, posing with Andrew Chan, an Australian citizen about to be killed by the Indonesian soldiers around him, on board a flight to his execution venue.
In a statement, Mr Wenda likens the image to a photo of Indonesian soldiers, posing for the camera around Yustinus Murib, a West Papuan who they had just killed.
A spokesman for the United Liberation Movement of West Papua, Mr Wenda says the photos display the attitude of Indonesian authorities towards anyone who opposes them.
He says that like Australian citizens bound for execution, many West Papuans have been escorted by smiling and sadistic Indonesian soldiers and police officers, only to be killed like animals at the command of the government.
He says he hopes the Australian government will also look with the same sympathy at the suffering of West Papuans under Indonesian rule as they do at Australians about to be executed.
 3) Freedom of Expression in being Repressed in Papua
Statement by the Executive-Director of the LP3BH

  The action taken by the Army and the Police Force in 'forcibly' closing down a one-day seminar being held by the United Liberation
Movement for est Papua has shown to the world  that the right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech is seriously restricted
here in Papua by the Government of Indonesia.

  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Covenant on Civil Political Rights firmly support these basic rights. 
 This means that all those countries that are members of the United Nations should respect these rights and make possible their
implementation. This is particularly so in the Land of Papua where these rights are severely restricted and in many cases violated by the
Government of Indonesia.  There are a number of occasions when the violation of these rights
occurred such as the Act of Free Choice in 1969.  Ever since that time, indigenous Papuan children have been
prohibited from singing a song composed by the Rev. Dr Isaac Semuel Kijne entitled Hai Tanahku Papua, saying that this is an act of
separatism although it is simply a song praising God Almighty for having given the people of Papua a land of their own.

   On the second occasion in 1984, members of the security force, Kopassandha  (now known as Kopassus) tragically murdered the curator
of the Anthropological Museum of the Cenderawasih University, Arnold Ap and his colleague Eduard Mofu whose bodies were thrown into the sea
near Pemandian Base G Jayapura. These two cultural workers were brutally murdered in violation of the provisions of Pancasila.

  The security forces claimed that the reason they were killed  was they were allegedly trying to  develop a Melanesian culture with
traditional Papuan songs which would  lead to the separation of Papua from the 15-year old Republic of Indonesia.

  A third occasion was in 1984 when the Mambesak Group headed by the late Arnold Ap and Eduard Mofu had produced a number of cassettes
containing Papuan music that were banned from being sold in the markets and even prohibiting the holding of a Cultural Fair that was
being organised by the Cenderawasih University  on the orders of the security forces.

   Fourthly, all actions to convey opinions peacefully in the Land of Papua are regarded by the security forces as actions to oppose the
state forces in violation of the provisions in Articles 106, 108 and 110 of the Legal Code.  As a result, many political activists  such as
for instance Filep Karma, Edison Waromi, Forkorus Yabiosembut, Melkianus Bleskadit, Dominikus Sorbat and others have been thrown into
jail in Indonesia.   On many other occasions,  people from civil society including church leaders, humanitarian activists  and a number of law
enforcement activists have been classified  as separatists as stipulated in the data collected by the intelligence agencies  such as
BAIS TNI as well as Kodam xvii Cenderawasih.

  Others included in this category are members of parliament, the MRP, the regional legislative assemblies as well as the Governor of
the Province. Lawyers as well as the attorney-general  were also regarded as people who should be removed from membership of the
legislative agencies .    The incident that occurred on Monday (2/3) in Waena, Jayapura
shows that violations of Basic Human Rights Violations  have continued to occur here in the Land of Papua since 1963.

  This is particularly the case with  the violation of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech.

   The dissolution of the Seminar and the arrest of three of its organisers - Benu Rumbiak, Simeon Alua and Yus Wena - should not have
occurred; their rights should be respected in accordance with the laws in force in this country.  The right of the three activists to have legal assistance as
provided for in articles 54, 55 and 56 of the Legal Code should be recognised by  the police interrogation forces.

   On behalf of the LP3BH, the Institute for Research, Investigation and Development  of Human Rights - Manokwari, we call on the United
Nations via the intermediary of the Secretary-General of the UN to send  a Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression to the
Land of Papua to undertake an investigation into this situation as soon as possible.

Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of LP3BH.
[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo]

4) Department of Education Seeks 600 Contract Teachers

Biak, Jubi – Biak Numfor has difficulty recruting contract teacher for vocational schools to teach and science and language, an official said.
The government of Biak is opening vacancies for teachers to be placed in several elementary and secondary schools, said acting secretary of the Department of Education and Culture in  Baik, Petrus Havurubun,.
“If until the end of the opening of registration, we do not get any teachers, we will report to the regents to find solutions, by looking outside Biak,” Havurubun said when met Jubi on Tuesdayafternoon (03/0/2015).
The enrollment will be ended in mid-March and the signing of a contract of 600 teachers will be done by the end of March 2015.
Separately, the head of Junior High School, SMP Negeri 1 Bondifuar, Benny Amunauw do hoped the school can be given Indonesian Language, Mathematics and Science teachers. (Marten Boseren/Tina)

5) No Casualties in Plane Accident at Wamena Airport

Jakarta, Jubi / Antara – A Deraya Air cargo flight PK-DGB skidded off the runway on Wednesdaywhile landing at Wamena airport but there were no casualties, the Transport Ministry said.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Andravida Barata said poor weather caused by rain ws to blame for the incident.
“The nose gear and left main gear ‘left were crushed and also the left wing was broken,” he said.
Earlier, Papua Police spokesman Patrige Renwarin on Wednesday confirmed that the reports received revealed that the cargo plane carrying groceries slipped while trying to land. Consequently plane with pilot and co-pilot Captain Rene Suradi broke his left wing and the left rear tire separated.
Slipping plane with flight code PK DGB series 200 suspected due to slippery airport until the aircraft skidded.”There were no casualties in the incident,” he added. (*/Tina)

6) Acton man recounts his life's adventures in memoir

Independent Free Press
Local author John D. Wilson will be at The Roxy in Acton on Tuesday, March 10, 7-9 p.m, to launch his recently published memoir In Other Worlds.
Wilson and his wife Gloria spent 20 years among a remote tribal group in Papua, Indonesia. They raised their three sons there, learned the then-unwritten Yali language, helped plant a vibrant church, taught literacy and translated the Bible into the local language.
In his deeply compelling and sensitively written memoir, Wilson draws the reader into other worlds, some of them exotic, beautiful and full of extraordinary drama. You will encounter hidden valleys, ancient cultures, tribal warriors, heroic feats and the exhilaration and horror encountered when life is lived on the edge.
Ultimately, Wilson said, the reader is drawn into the inner world of self-doubt, demons from the past and the longing for a significant life that marks the lives of all men and women. It is a story of beauty, unfolding throughout its pages the redemption and grace that waits on the other side of hardship, he said.


7) The Guardians of Raja Ampat: Driving Conservation in Remote Communities

This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.


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