Monday, July 13, 2015

1) More than 6,000 Residents At Risk of Starvation in Papua

2) The Construction of Brimob Headquarters and Military Command is Scenario ‘ to Protect’ Investors
3) Paniai Case Resolution Litmus Test for Jokowi
4) Tribes Refunded IDR 21 Million to Palm Oil Company
5) PapuaItuKita Gives Charity Coins to National Human Right Committee

MONDAY, 13 JULY, 2015 | 17:00 WIB
1) More than 6,000 Residents At Risk of Starvation in Papua
TEMPO.COJayapura - Papua Governor Lukas Enembe downplayed the fact that more than 6,000 residents of Agandugume District in Puncak, Papua Province are seriously facing starvation after their crops were destroyed by continuous hail that began on July 5, 2015. 
"Such natural phenomenon is common. I've coordinated with the Regent and Vice Regent of Puncak Regency, who have agreed to assume responsibility over the consequences of the phenomenon, including the responsibility to distribute food aid and medication," said Enembe to the press at his office in Jayapura on Monday, July 13, 2015. Distribution of aid have been hampered by the continuous bad weather. Worse still, the area affected could only be reached by air using light-bodied aircraft. The Head of Papua's Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Didi Agus Prihatno, said that residents of Agamdugume, Tuput, and Jiwot are facing an immediate threat of starvation and exposure to cold. "According to our data, there are 6,150 people residing in those villages - which could only be reached by light aircrafts," said Didi in Jayapura. Efforts to distribute aid have been further hampered by the fact that authorities are still waiting for an available aircrafts to be used to airdrop basic necessities needed by affected residents. "We will keep on trying to ensure that their needs are met by air dropping these aids," said Didi. Didi said that the continuous hail - which often occurs between June and July - has destroyed food crops planted by residents who rely on these for sustenance. "That said, if the hail keeps on happening, crop failure could happen. The crops they rely on could turn poisonous if exposed to continuous cold - and those who consume it could suffer from diarrhea," he said. Currently, residents are surviving by eating ferns and pumpkins - which are increasingly becoming more scarce.  CUNDING LEVI
2) The Construction of Brimob Headquarters and Military Command is Scenario ‘ to Protect’ Investors
Jayapura, Jubi – The plan to build Brigade Mobile (Brimob) headquarters in Wamena, Jayawijaya, and establish the West Papua military command are part of efforts to protect the interests of investors, said chairman of the Papua Legislative Council on human rights, Laurenzus Kadepa.
“I suspect it is a scenario that will lead to additional troops, for the benefit of investors in Papua,” Kadepa said.
“The latest information I heard, PT. Freeport will the largest under ground open mining and will open up new land in Wabu Blog spreading out in Intan Jaya, Deiyai, Dogiyai and Paniai. It is a cheap scenario that will only Jaya, Deiyai, Dogiyai, and Paniai. It was the only cheap skanario harm people or native Papuans, ” he told Jubi on last week.
The plans could lead to human rights violations including the killings of more Papuans, he said.
“This is Indonesia way to weaken the strength of indigenous Papuans, until they are helpless. The state only fight for the interests of investors and does not see the indigenous peoples as owners of the land, “he said.
State is creating it as if Papua is unsafe. So there will be mining military and military posts for the benefit of investors.
“Now native Papuans are increasingly helpless. They are suffering on their own land. State seems no longer consider them, “he said.
Therefore, Papua Legislative Council (DPRP) declared its refusal of development plans of Brigade Mobile headquarters in Wamena.
Meanwhile, the chairman of DPRP, Yunus Wonda said he is concerned that the existence of command headquarters will add Papuans’ trauma. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)
3) Paniai Case Resolution Litmus Test for Jokowi
Jayapura, Jubi – A Papuan councilor, Decky Nawipa, urged President Joko Widodo to keep his promise to resolve human right violations in Papua.
The chairman deputy of Special Committee of the Papua Legislative Council on Human Rights said one of the measures of Jokowi to meet his promise is to resolve the shooting case that killed four students and injured dozens of civilians in Paniai, December 8, 2014.
“Jokowi got the most votes in the presidential election last year because in his campaign he addressed the issues about human rights violations, so that the people of Papua voted him. At that time
Prabowo had a chance to win in Papua, only because he was rumored to commit human rights violations in the past. If not because of a human rights issue, Prabowo may be able to win majority voting in Papua. Now, it’s time to fulfill his promise through the completion of cases Paniai, “Decky Nawipa said to Jubi said on last week.
According to him, due to the rights issue, Papuans believe Jokowi, so that Jokowi must maintain the Papuans’ trust.
“Up to now there is no seriouness to resolve Paniai case . Whereas the people of Papua, victims and victims’ families are now awaiting confirmation on completion of it. Jokowi should be able to uncover who is behind the shooting action, ” he said.
He said, Jokowi should not be silent. He must look constraints that are now faced by ad hoc team of National Human Rights Commission to resolve the case.
He further stated it is fine for him to command the Police Headquarters to investigate Paniai case. However it should be taken into consideration which team is credible whether team of police headquarters or ad hoc team of National Human Rights.
“The public, victims and their families want and trust adhoc team to resolve the case. So, let ad hoc team to complete it and do not establish other team without any settlement. Jokowi must fulfill their demand, “he said.
Earlier, acting chairman of Komnas HAM Papua, Frits Ramandey said adhoc team is unable to go to Paniai do investigation because there is a tug with a team formed by police headquarters. “People are worried that, if the case is handled by a team of Police Headquarters, perpetrators will not be brought to the Human Rights court, ” Ramandey said at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)
4) Tribes Refunded IDR 21 Million to Palm Oil Company
Sorong, Jubi – Gue clan and Iwaro Customary People who live in Puragi Village, Metemani Sub-district, Sorong Selatan Regency refunded the compensation penalty amounted 21.950 million to palm oil company PT. Pratama Putra Mandiri (PPM) in South Sorong.
The Secretary of Iwaro Tribe Customary Council Stevanus Koridama said the clan family decided returning the money because the company wasn’t involved any relevant parties such as the local police, regional government and customary people in paying the compensation.
“We have reported to the police. We enclosed the money with the letter of rejection mentioned that the payment should be witnessed by all parties,” he said.
Meanwhile Gue Tribe Chief as tenure landowner, Epson Gue said this refund was made because the company paid to his family without his acknowledgement.
“This refund is aimed to avoid conflict among family. Actually it’s referred to the agreement decided in the customary law forum that all parties should be noticed, so the company don’t just take the action by chance,” he said.
Meanwhile the Iwaro Student Association Coordinator Simon Soren questioned about the amount of money to compensate more than 300 hectares of land. “The refund is to acknowledge that the compensation is not suitable with the agreement in the Customary Law Forum and it’s the expression of disappointment. We ask the police to respond it immediately to solve this case,” he said.
This case had also reported to Sorong Selatan Police, West Papua People’s Assembly and Imeko Tribe Customary Council in Manokwari. (Niko MB/rom)
5) PapuaItuKita Gives Charity Coins to National Human Right Committee
Yogyakarta, Jubi – In commemorating six months of Paniai Case on 8 December 2014, PapuaItuKita staged a charity coin delivery to Indonesian National Human Right Commission (KOMNAS HAM) on last week.
“KOMNAS HAM said they had no budget to continue the investigation without telling the public to clarify the bureaucratic problem at KOMNAS HAM. The coin is to symbolize the public criticism over the ignorance and neglected of human right against the victims of human right violations before the government bureaucracy,” Coordinator PapuaItuKita Zely Ariane told Jubi by email from Jakarta on Wednesday (8/7/2015).
She explained the Paniai Case is the shooting incident by Indonesian Security Forces against Alpius Youw (17), Yulian Yeimo (17), Simon Degei (18), Alpius Gobai (17) at Lapangan Karel Gobay on 8 December 2014 where surrounded by Military Regional Dormitory, Air Force Headquarter and the airfield. The victims were buried at Lapangan Karel Gobay where located in front of Military Regional Command 1705 Paniai Timur and Paniai Timur Police Office.
Until now, the victims’ families are still waiting the resolution in disappointment. Meanwhile the Military’s pressure that also insisted conducting separate investigation keeps going. Currently the Military Regional Command 1705 station has removed. Initially it located in front of the graves now it moved on location behind the graves. Meanwhile those graves are still waiting for justice.
“Since the beginning PapuaItuKita demanded the National Human Right Commission for leading the investigation based on the Law No. 26/2000 on Human Right Trial through petition on that currently has about 14.000 supporters,” said Zely.
Through series of rallies, PapuaItuKita also keep remind the commission to
conduct immediate and serious work. Not only the protest, PapuaItuKita also help the Paniai investigation team of National Human Right Committee to prepare the Paniai Case Matrix which indicate that the shooting incident over four teenagers in Paniai has met with the categories of severe human right violation.
According to Zely, at this level the Human Right Commission was very slow in working, and it’s proven through the working process such as initial investigation based on the Law No.39/1999 has taken time at least 3 months since December 2014 to March 2015 which resulted an executive summary that according to PapuaItuKita was not proper comparing with the evidences that could be accessed and analyzed.
Then, the unqualified executive summary on the investigation was proven in the KOMNAS HAM Plenary in last April. The forum decided to raise the status of investigation based on the Law 26/2000, but the team was still need to complete the Case Matrix in one month because it was considered incomplete. In this process, PapuaItuKita has provided feedback on the matrix case in the late April for taking to the plenary in May.
In May, the plenary meeting of National Human Right Commission reportedly has taken decision to form the Paniai Ad Hoc team. Up to July, public still do not know who’s the members and their working progress. At mid of June, the Ad Hoc team made announcement for lacking of budget to conduct the advance investigation.
It’s very disappointed. The Human Right Commission that expected leading the investigation because it involved the security forces members and met the categories of severe human right violation. The Human Right Commission is seemed powerless.
Meanwhile at the same time, the Military-Police continue to pressure the victims’ families to settle the case on Military Tribune instead of Human Right Trial.
PapuaItuKita refused the case settlement through military tribune because it was systematically involved the security forces. So they must be sentenced in the Human Right Trial.
For that reason, PapuaItuKita asked the clarification on the status of Paniai Ad hoc Team, its members and their jobs. It also asked for non-budget policy for the Ad hoc Team in solving the case as well as to give the charity coins to the commission to accelerate their performance.
The cases of shooting and other violence cases in Papua are growing since December last year. From day by day it grows larger and takes so many casualties from young people. We cannot let it happen. When public couldn’t provide the real fact about why this case was left behind and why the National Human Right Commission didn’t speed up the investigation though they have the mandate, we cannot let it go because the loss of life was never happened through bureaucracy and never asked for a lot of money.
As earlier reported by Jubi in Jayapura, Student Independent Forum (FIM) has handed over Rp 608 thousand rupiahs to National Human Right Commission Papua at KOMNAS HAM Papua Office. “We hope the money was delivered directly to the Ad Hoc team. The team led by Manajer Nasution would immediately return to Paniai, it’s appropriate with the statement of Indonesian Human Right Commission. So better it gave directly to the Ad Hoc team,” the Acting Chairman of KOMNAS HAM Papua Fritz Ramandey said when meeting with FIM activists. (Arnold Belau/rom)

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