Friday, September 11, 2015

1) Indon meeting for PIF chair

2) Pacific Forum communique finally released
3) BCA, UNICEF to Promote Child-Friendly Education in Papua
4) West Papua People’s Assembly Urged to Advocate for Papuan Rights Seriously

5) Police Urged to View Protests from Positive Side

1) Indon meeting for PIF chair 
Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari 
Saturday, September 12, 2015
LEADERS at the Pacific Islands Forum have agreed that the chairman of the Forum Leaders meeting convey their views with regards to West Papua to the Indonesian Government.
The meeting noted conc­e­rns about the human ri­g­hts situation in West Papua and in the 46th PIFS com­m­unique, the leaders reco­g­nised Indonesia's sover­e­­ignty over the Papuan pr­ovinces, but called on all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in Papua.
Apart from their request to the forum chairman, Peter O'Neill to convey their views to the Indonesian Government the leaders also want the chairman "to consult on a fact-finding mission to discuss the situation in Papua with the parties involved".
In the communique they recalled their decisions and concerns expressed at their meeting in 2006 about reports of violence in Papua where they called on all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in Papua and to work to address the root causes of such conflicts by peaceful means.
At the Pacific Islands Development Forum held in Fiji last week, the leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Octavanius Mote was denied entry to the meeting although he was part of the Solomon Islands delegation. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare included Mr Mote as part of his delegation to the Pacific island Forum meeting in PNG this week.
Meanwhile, leaders agreed to hold the next forum meeting next year in the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa to host in 2017, Nauru the following year and Tuvalu in 2019.
The forum meeting was held in Port Moresby, PNG, and ended on Thursday with a leaders' retreat.
It was attended by Heads of States and governments of Australia, Cook Islands, FSM, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Fiji and Marshall Islands represented by foreign ministers.
2) Pacific Forum communique finally released
Updated at 3:20 pm on 11 September 2015
The 46th Pacific Islands Forum has finally released its official communique, outlining the commitments of the leaders in next 12 months.
The communique was issued more than 12 hours after the end of Thursday's leaders' retreat.
The issue of the fisheries was the big winner from the leader's summit, while an acceptance of varying viewpoints marks the statement on climate change.
Koro Vaka'uta reports:
"In terms of fisheries the Forum has acknowledged the current effort based Vessel Day Scheme system had brought great economic returns and endorsed a new plan that called for increases in economic return to be achieved within five years. Earlier 10 years had been the target. The Forum will also examine the implementation of a quota management system by visiting New Zealand to study fisheries management there with the country being put up as an model for sustainable fisheries. Leaders reiterated their concerns that climate change remains the greatest threat to the well-being of Pacific people and called for the adoption of a legally binding agreement at the UN climate change conference at the end of the year. While the Forum declared that a 1.5 degree increase in temperature would severely impact small island states it still didn't require New Zealand and Australia to commit to that. Another big issue during the week was the situation in West Papua. Forum leaders say they recognise Indonesia's sovereignty over the province but are still concerned about human rights abuses there. Chair PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill will now approach Jakarta to express the concerns and hold discussions over a fact-finding mission. The last two issues on the agenda were cervical cancer and ICT connectivity but they were somewhat put on the backburner with leaders saying developing a regional approach will require further time, but the creation of an ICT Advisory Council would be looked at. The future hosts of the Forum have been confirmed with the Federated States of Micronesia holding the event next year, Samoa in 2017; Nauru in 2018 and Tuvalu in 2019.”
3) BCA, UNICEF to Promote Child-Friendly Education in Papua

Jakarta, Jubi – Bank Central Asia (BCA) and UN children’s fund UNICEF in Indonesia will work together to promote child-friendly education in Papua.
“This child-friendly education is a form of our attention to building a positive environment for children, especially children in Papua, ” said BCA President, John Setiaatmadja, while giving child-friendly education donation at Menara BCA on Tuesday (08/09/2015).
Jahja said the program is expected to improve the quality education for the children by creating positive environment.
In the same occasion, chief representative of UNICEF Indonesia, Gunilla Olsson stated that a donation of Rp 850 million from the BCA is useful for creating an educational environment that gives a sense of safety and comfort for the kids.
“We believe that this educational program can bring positive change in schools and communities so that children will be protected from all forms of violence,” Olsson said.
According to him, this child-friendly educational programs produced two innovation module which are safe and strong school module and module to build resilient.
In the first module, UNICEF provides a positive disciplined approach for the teachers so that teachers are able to discipline students without physical and verbal violence.
Meanwhile, module to build resilient will be given at non-formal education about prevention
violence, gender rights, reproductive health, communication, and life skills.
“These two module have been through the revision process based on local context which is expected to be applied effectively,” he hoped.
Child-friendly education currently is only implemented in three cities, Wamena, Jayapura and Manokwari. (*/ Tina)
4) West Papua People’s Assembly Urged to Advocate for Papuan Rights Seriously

Sorong, Jubi – Papua People’s Assembly of West Papua (MRP PB) was asked to be more serious in tackling problems in Papua including the issues of the rights of indigenous Papuans (OAP).
DPP chairman of Imura Forum, Paul F. Mayor confirmed that conflict of customary land rights often happens and West Papua People’s Assembly must give pay attention on it.
“Blockage and demonstration emerge everywhere because of land issues. Where is MRP PB? They should pay more attention to this problem rather than other things that there is no benefit for the Papuans, “he said in press received by Jubi in Sorong, West Papua on Tuesday (08/09/2015).
Therefore, he urged representatives of cultural institutions to handle it seriously.
“MRP PB must form a team to visit the conflict areas by conducting a discussion with traditional leaders, youth and local people as well as academic faculty, “he added.
He also hoped that MRP PB and West Papua Legislative Council to jointly seek a formula for the sake of protecting indigenous rights, particularly the issue of ownership rights customary for the people of Papua.
“Why we have to do this? Because when the native Papuans speak up, there must be stopped, he stated.
One of activist from the Indonesian National Student Movement (GMNI) in Sorong Raya, Jhon Malibela also said the same thing. He hoped MRP PB to immediately talk with the Native Papuans about the land issues. (Niko MB/ Tina)

5) Police Urged to View Protests from Positive Side


Jayapura, Jubi – A member of Papua Legislative Council of Commission I on Political, Legal and Human Rights, Laurenzus Kadepa, said police should not always see demonstrations in a negative way.
“When police view the demonstration negatively, surely there will be suspicion. Democracy in Papua is dead. If the police always see it from negative side, it will definitely happen a clash. If it’s like that, there will always be a question what is in Papua, and can be justified that there is no democratic space in Papua, “Kadepa said to Jubi on Monday (07/09/2015).
He said how can we call this country is a democratic country when there is no freedom to express opinion in public. It is their right to express any opinion in the public and should be respected.
“They’re also Indonesia citizens. They should be given a room. If there is no space for democracy again, the effect will be more danger as well as confirm that there is no democracy in Papua. “he said.
West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and several student organizations in the city of Jayapura, held a peaceful demonstration in front of the gate of the University of Cendrawasih a few days ago in Waena, Jayapura city. The demonstration was escorted by heavily armed police from Jayapura city police.
Based on information, the protestors would be heading to Papua Legislative Council in Jayapura but it was failed because of not getting permission from police.
Demo coordinator, Warpo said police who were guarding the mass action did not preclude the demonstration, but it helped the process of the struggle of the Papua independence movement. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)

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