Monday, June 1, 2015

1) KNPB Denies Activists Involved in Violence

3) Scenario Deliberately Created for Increasing Brimob Troops, Kadepa Saya
4) Two Generals Contradict Each Other Over Hostage Incident in Enarotali
5) Komnas HAM: Freeport Takeover by State Risks Human Right Abuses
6) Coalition Reports Palm Oil Company to Papua Police

7) Puncak Java administration  to help shooting victims 

1) KNPB Denies Activists Involved in Violence
Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) has denied media reports that KNPB members engaged in violence after their plans to hold a demonstration in Perumnas III Waena, Jayapura did not materialize on last Thursday (28/5/2015).
“The news in the local media that KNPB protesters acted anarchic due to failing to hold a demonstration is not true at all,” Agust Kosay, first chairman of KNPB said to the Jubi, last week.
He said the anarchic acts were committed by certain actors who intended to spread chaos and shaped public opinion that KNPB was an anarchic organization.
The people who threw rocks at the police were provocateurs, he said.
“The incident occurred before KNPB members arrived. Obviously there are criminalization efforts against KNPB and its activists,” he added.
Kossay asserted, KNPB never planned anarchy. The accusation was merely an attempt by certain parties in order to build public opinion that KNPB is an anarchist organization and worthy criminalized.
“KNPB never invent chaos plan. KNPB just want to convey the extent of peaceful aspirations of the Indonesian state law guarantees freedom to convey the aspirations of people gathered together in public and individuals,” he said.
However, it is far from reality where there is no guarantee of freedom of expression as stipulated in the 1945 Constitution “Freedom is the right of all nations, and far from the ratification of civil and political rights by the Law No. 12 of 2005,” he said.
Earlier, on Thursday (05/28/2015), the Secretary of KNPB, Ones Suniap said 46 members were arrested after the dissolution by members of Jayapura city Police, in Perumnas III Waena. The dissolution was accompanied by shooting. (Mawel Benny/Tina)



May 29
Solomon Islands must support West Papua’s application to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) as it will create an avenue for the sub-regional group to seriously address the plight of West Papuans.

The General Secretary of the West Papua United Liberation Movement Mr Octovianus Mote made this comment in an exclusive interview with SIBC News this week.
“Once we become a member of the MSG, the MSG leaders actually creates the venue or place where Indonesia and West Papua can sit together to think about what is the best way to solve the West Papua issue.”
He adds it is crucial that West Papua joins the MSG because it will be the beginning of a lasting peace process in West Papua and also hope for West Papua to gain political Independence.
“We will not get independence right away but this is a starting point and to create peace in West Papua. Once peace is created it will be important for Papua New Guinea and the entire Melanesia.”
3) Scenario Deliberately Created for Increasing Brimob Troops, Kadepa Saya

Jayapura, Jubi – The chairman of the Special Committee on Human Rights said he suspected secret attempts by Papua police chief Inspector General Yotje Mende to deploy a platoon of Brimob police in Paniai and Puncak Jaya.
Laurenzus Kadepa said an atmosphere of insecurity and instability was being deliberately created so that reinforcements could be sent and warned that the presence of more security personnel could create fear in society.
“I read, police chief sent a platoon of Brimob to Paniai and Mulia, Puncak Jaya. What is this for? What is the problem? I think this is strange,” Kadepa told Jubi by telephone last week.
He questioned the decision to send security personnel to Enarotali, Paniai following rumors that two soldiers were taken hostage. The rumor proved untrue.
“It is nonsense if police were sent because of the hostage issue. I ask police chief to immediately pull back Brimob troops. Please don’t make the people of Papua miserable again, “he said.
Papua Police Chief Inspector General (Pol) Yotje Mende said it has sent Brimob troops to Mulia, Puncak Jaya and Enarotali. Panian as demand of the two chiefs in the regions.
“Puncak Jaya police chief and Paniai police chief requested additional personnel after the shooting case of armed groups in both regions,” Police Chief Mende added. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)
4) Two Generals Contradict Each Other Over Hostage Incident in Enarotali

Jakarta, Jubi – Indonesian Military Commander General Moeldoko denied that two Indonesian soldiers were taken hostage by rebel group in Enarotali on last week.
“No soldiers were taken hostage. The fact is they avoided an encounter with an armed group,” General Moeldoko said on the sidelines of a meeting with thousands soldiers, civil servants and Dharma Pertiwi at Udayana Regional Military Command, Denpasar, Bali on last Thursday (28/5/2015), according to Antara.
He said the two soldiers accompanied some local residents who were going shopping by motorboat. But on their way, they met the rebel group who asked them to jump on their boat, but they jumped into the water to escape them.
“Since they had good instinct, they jumped in the water and hided somewhere. After a search, the patrol soldiers saved them. So, there was no hostage situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Cenderawasih Regional Military Commander Major General Fransen Siahaan earlier admitted two Indonesian soldiers were taken hostage in Enarotaly by the armed group since Tuesday night. “ I got the report about two soldiers were taken hostages by the armed group in Enarotali,” he said in Jayapura on Wednesday.
The report said the incident was occurred when both soldiers took the motorboat with local residents. Later, he stated the pair soldiers made to escape from the rebels.
Meanwhile, the Paniai Regional Customary Council Chief, John Gobai to Jubi declined the information about taking hostages of Second Sergeant Lerry and Second Cadet Sholeh. “No hostages in Paniai. Do not exaggerate it to divert attention from the Paniai case,” Gobai said.
Gobai further said the local residents in Enarotali and Komopa said the pair soldiers took a speedboat with them. But between the Eka River and Aga River, they told them the OPM basecamp was at the end of the river. “People told them to save their life. So, they jumped from the boat and overnighted in the swamp instead of being taken hostages,” Gobai told Jubi on Wednesday (27/5/2015) in Jayapura.(Victor Mambor/rom).
5) Komnas HAM: Freeport Takeover by State Risks Human Right Abuses
Jakarta, Jubi – The National Commission on Human Rights will monitor the government’s plans to take over PT. Freeport to ensure the fulfillment of human right aspects, a commissioner, Natalius Pigai, said.
“This plan is has tremendous risk either from the aspect of business or politics. Papuans, including myself, especially the customary people who live surrounding the exploitation area have their own preference,” Pigai said via short message in Jakarta last week.
He said the commission wanted to ensure that human rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights are respected in the Contract of Work and environmental sustainability is given due consideration.
He also said national private companies often have poor records of respecting laws and regultions compared to foreign companies that are relatively consistent and obeisance. “We are worried when the Indonesian government takes over this company, violations will occur,” he said.
The National Commission on Human Rights has studied the proposal since last year’s presidential election. “I hope the president is sincere towards this nation. I will support his policy for taking over PT Freeport for the sake of this country and its people, including Papuans. But I will criticize it if it wasn’t valuable. (*/rom)


6) Coalition Reports Palm Oil Company to Papua Police

Jayapura, Jubi – Members of the Coalition for Palm Oil Victims in Nabire has made a complain against palm oil companies to Inspector Regional Supervisor (Irwasda) of Papua Police.
“We would like to convey that today, May 29, 2015 at 09:12 held at Irwasda room that we has submitted documents which consists of monitoring PUSAKA results, the Coalition and the National Human Rights Commission to Irwasda Papua, Police Commissioner Petrus Waine,” said the chairman of the Paniai Indigenous Council (DAD), John Gobay last week.
He said Waine promised to follow up on the report and assign investigators to check the EIA documents from the local environmental conservation agency Bapedalda, and the time of clearing land.
“It means that to prove that the actual process is already running in accordance with procedures that can be seen again as an offense, “he explained.
Earlier, tribal leader of Yerisiam, Daniel Yarawob, when contacted Jubi said, it gave fully mandates to the Coalition to advocate the victims.
“Our people are victims. Because of our broken forest and sacred places has gone because of palm oil, “he added.
To note, the coalition was formed to advocate for issues of oil palm in Nabire. It is comprised of Paniai Tribal Council, Greenpeace, the NGO Heritage, JASOIL, and JPIC GKI. (Arnold Belau/ Tina)


7) Puncak Java administration  to help shooting victims 
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Mon, June 01 2015, 10:54 AM - 
The Puncak Jaya regency administration will cover the medical costs of five people critically injured in a shooting incident believed to have involved a separatist group in the regency last Tuesday.
Puncak Jaya Regent Hanock Ibo said in Jayapura on Monday that his administration would also pay compensation to the relatives of a man killed in the incident.
“The regency administration will take responsibility for the medical costs of the wounded victims,” he said as quoted by Antara news agency.
He expressed shock at the shooting because the security situation in the regency had been relatively under control in the past year.
He said local authorities were facing difficulties in approaching security disturbance groups in the regency because most of them were young rebels.
He voiced concern that the security disturbance would disrupt development in the regency. (rms)

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