Tuesday, May 26, 2015

1) Govt urged to get closer to Indonesia

2) Keep KNPB Request for Support



1) Govt urged to get closer to Indonesia

Updated at 8:36 am today
Kim Savage 

The Government is being encouraged to boost security ties with Indonesia as it puts together its latest defence strategy
Victoria University analysts hope to see Indonesia acknowledged in the Government's 2015 Defence White Paper, which is now up for consultation.
Professor Robert Ayson, from the centre for stategic studies at Victoria University, said Indonesia did not even rate a mention in the last defence strategy document released in 2010.
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"I think it's time to recognise Indonesia has experienced some really quite significant and positive changes. It's no longer the autocracy that it was, it's a modern democracy that has had several peaceful transitions of power."
The most recent of those changes was the election of President Joko Widodo in October last year.
Professor Ayson said if New Zealand wanted to play a role in security in the region, it may need to look beyond Indonesia's past occupation of East Timor and the current conflict in West Papua.
"It's crazy for us really not to have much of one and for Australia to have such a significant relationship with Indonesia.
"We know Australia's relationship with Indonesia has not always been easy, but we know also that Australia and Indonesia, as time goes on, will more likely get closer than further apart."
West Papua Action Auckland spokesperson Maire Leadbeater acknowledged Indonesia had made progress, but she did not see how the history could be ignored.
"The security forces associated with all of those events never seem to be brought to any kind of justice, so we're looking at a military that doesn't seem to be responsible to the civilian power and we believe it's completely wrong for New Zealand to be involved in giving them military training and support."
Professor Ayson said it was worth at least considering closer ties with Indonesia, because New Zealand had a lot to gain.
The updated Defence White Paper is expected to be released later this year.
A google translate of article in bintangpapua.com. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
Original bahasa link at
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 08:54
2) Keep KNPB Request for Support

Related Applications Into MSG ULMWP

National spokesman BPP KNPB bazookas Logo accompanied by Chief Commissioner Diplomat KNPB Warpo Wetipo Center et al, the third held a press conference at the Expo, Waena, Jayapura, on Monday (25/5) .JAYAPURA - Governing Body Center West Papua National Committee (BPP-KNPB) continue asked for international support, including countries in the Pacific Region. This is related to the application United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) towards the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
"Whether the application ULMWP towards MSG will be accepted or not, we have an attempt to enlist the support of the international community, including countries in the Pacific Region," said the spokesman of the National BPP Logo KNPB bazookas accompanied by Chief Commissioner Diplomat BPP KNPB Warpo Wetipo, the third held a press conference in Expo, Waena, Jayapura, on Monday (25/5).
To that end, Logo said it would re-staged a peaceful demonstration in the whole territory of West Papua from Sorong to Merauke, Thursday (28/5) future.

It is said, it was the democratic space for the people of West Papua is constantly silenced or have not fully opened Indonesian government, as demanded by KNPB when staged a peaceful demonstration in the whole territory of West Papua from Sorong to Merauke, Thursday (21/5) then.
According to Logo, the reason KNPB back down to the street. First, they want to emphasize again or sue the Indonesian government to open up access to journalists, both foreign journalists, national and local, because there is no freedom of reporting.
Second, it sees the democratic space in Papua still silenced. The proof, the Indonesian government on Apri 20-21 and arrested a number of members of KNPB when holding a peaceful demonstration supporting ULMWP towards MSG in Manokwari and Biak.
Some of them are still languishing in prison. Respectively in the Parliament Speaker Biak Biak Sroyer Apolo, Secretary KNPB Biak Judas Kosay. While in Manokwari Manokwari KNPB Chairman Alexander Nekenem, Secretary KNPB Yoram Magai Manokwari, Manokwari KNPB Members Otem Gombo.
In fact, they are subject to Article sedition and treason. This means that democratic space has not been stable for the Papuans only because doing demos.
"That's not true. If the demo, why we are another good demo is why we are not arrested and is not subject to those chapters. This is what happened. We see democracy in Indonesia, especially in Papua that its application is different from other regions, "explained Logo.
Related democratic space for foreign journalists to Papua, add Logo, President Ir. Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has actually been open access for foreign journalists to freely conduct reporting in Papua. But ironically, this Jokowi policy was still hard to apply in Papua, because there are pros and cons to both Government policing apparatus.
"Why fear foreign journalists entering the Police Chief, for the purposes of reporting in Papua. We accused the Chief of Police to cover all cases of human rights violations in Papua, "he said.
Logo insists, it invites all parties to uphold government policy Jokowi open access for foreign journalists to Papua.
While members of KNPB imposed treason article related commitments Jokowi give pardons to 5 Political Prisoners (political prisoners), and the planned-political prisoners freed political prisoners also others, according Logo, a number of KNPB members still being held in jail. "Are they later charged under Article treason and used as political prisoners or not, when Jokowi has a commitment to free all political prisoners," he said. (Mdc / don / l03)

3) West Papua’s rightful place

by Benny Wenda
May 25, 2015
In one month’s time, the eyes of the Pacific will turn to Melanesia as our leaders gather in Honiara (national capital of the Solomon Islands, located on the island of Guadalcanal) to decide on West Papua’s membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.......................................................

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