Thursday, October 8, 2015

1) Papua Women Entrepreneurs Demand Jokowi’s Promise to Build Market

2) Military Chief Skirts Questions on Task Force Plans
3) Apology Is Just Not Enough, People Need Real Action, says Papua Activist

1) Papua Women Entrepreneurs Demand Jokowi’s Promise to Build Market

                             Jigibama rraditional market in Wamena, Jayawijaya District – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – “We have our vegetable garden, but if it has not yet ready to be harvested, we must go to Youtefa market every 3 am to buy some vegetables and take it home. Then at 3 pm we bring it to the market for reselling,” Yuliana Pigai told BeritaBenar at temporary traditional market for Papuan women entrepreneurs. Mama Yuli, as she is often called by her colleagues at Papua Traditional Market, said after buying some vegetables at Youteva market, she will do other domestic works and then go to her vegetable garden. She will take care of her plantation until 12 pm. Then she will go home and prepare going to the market for selling vegetables. While other Papuan women who sell local commodities at Temporary Traditional Market for Papuan Women said they only get a few for daily income. “We can earn between a hundred to three hundred thousand rupiahs everyday, but everyday we need about 150 thousand rupiahs or more. We all know that the living cost in Papua is the most expensive,” said a woman trader Hermina Hubi. Backbone of the Family and Papua Economy Most of these tough women are married. But some had abandoned by their husbands and should bear the family’s burden alone. Some are married to the husbands who have no regular job or work as civil servant, but none of those husbands gave their income to the wives. “If they got paid, they never gave us their salary. We don’t know what do they do with it. If we are not selling vegetables at the market, who’s going to pay our children’s school fee? Who’s going to feed our children?” said Mama Hermina whose husband works as civil servant at the Papua Governor Office. She further admitted the Temporary Traditional Market for Papua Women is the only place she could access since in other market places she must compete with non-Papuan traders and certainly defeated. She also cannot trade at a town street of Jayapura City because it’s already full with other traders. 

There are thousands of Papuan women who are struggling to support their family such as Yuliana Pigay and Hermina Hubi. At the Temporary Traditional Market for Papua Women located at the central of Jayapura City, there are dozens of women selling vegetables, fishes, fruits and other local commodities. And hundreds of those women sell their commodities on the roadside along the road to Jayapura to Sentani. There are many Papua women in other regencies who undergo the daily cycle of life just like these two women at the Traditional Market for Papua Women. Demand the President’s Promise to Build A Market During his visit at the Temporary Traditional Market for Papua Women when doing campaign in June 2014, the President Joko Widodo promised to build a permanent market for Papua women. In front of hundreds of Papua indigenous traders, Jokowi mentioned to build a market for Papua women is one of is priority program if he was elected as president. “I personally gave the letter to Jokowi when he did his campaign in the market. He promised to build a market for us. He invited me to come to Jakarta at his inauguration day as president. I reminded him about his promise once again at that time. But until now, there is no sign that our market would be built,” Mama Yuli, who received a rice cone from President Jokowi in People’s Celebration to celebrate the inauguration of Jokowi-JK in Jakarta in October last year. Papua women have done their struggle to materialize a market for them since 2003. Their demand is not exaggerated because it is according to the Law No.1/2001 on Special Autonomy for Papua Province in which includes three key words of Empowerment, 

Protection and Alignment towards Papua Indigenous People. Assisted by the Solidary of Papua Indigenous Trader (Solpap) that is consisting of civil society, professional and journalists, Papua women traders never stop to voice retheir aspiration on having a traditional market. “The issue on market development has been politicalized. Local politicians used it for their own interest. The President of Indonesia has instructed the development of this market, but the Provincial and Municipal Government and Papua Legislative Council point each other,” Solpap Coordinator Robert Jitmau told BeritaBenar. “We fought since 2003, the result is the Provincial Government could only provide the temporary market. While the permanent market as promised by Jokowi has not yet come in realization,” he added. It’s Still A Promise In the separate place, the Chairman of Commission IV of Papua Legislative Council for Infrastructure, Boy Markus Dawir said the initial budget had allocated in the revised Regional Budget of Papua Province 2015 amounted Rp 4.3 billion. “The construction might be start in October and the entire work would be full implemented in 2016. It’s expected complete in 2017 and Papuan women would have a market. The Commission IV who’s responsible on the building of this market would keep it on track. So, Papuan women to pray it would be running smoothly as expected and could be finish immediately,” Boy Dawir said. The planning of market development takes time due to the land issue. The Head of Development and Fresh Water of Public Work Office of Papua Province, Yan Ukago, told BeritaBenar that the market would be built in the location of current Damri (State Bus Office) terminal. Thus it should be reallocated first. “What I should deal is how to reallocated Damri terminal to new location at Pasir II that is currently a main workshop. It causes a delay for the market development for Papua women,” Ukago said. However, both Yuliana Pigai and Hermina Hubi do not want to know the reason used by bureaucrats and legislators. They only knew that Jokowi, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, gave them a promise of a market so they will able to support their family, and that’s they want. (Victor Mambor/rom)

2) Military Chief Skirts Questions on Task Force Plans

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Military Chief Maj General Hinsa Siburian declined to disclose details on proposal to form of a task force on peace in Papua by the State Intelligence Agency (BIN).
“What I heard the word ‘ peace’ it is so obvious that we TNI want to create peace in Papua by inviting all parties to respect indigenous peoples rights,” said Siburian said on Tuesday 06/10/2015.
He emphasized that all parties and communities in Papua to appreciate the people of Papua and continue to create peace in Papua.
Students in Papua have strongly rejected BIN’s task force plans consisting of elements of the Regional BIN, police and Special Task Force Command.
“Papuan Students strongly rejected the formation of the task force,” said Pontius Omoldoman, Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPM) at Cendrawasih University in Abepura, Jayapura, Papua, on Tuesday (29/09/2015).
He further said the formation of the task force is just to hide some cases on human rights violations who have never completed accordingly.
He said the task force is also potentially create new case of human rights violations in Papua. “It is not in accordance with Papua situation today because the number of human right abuses cases increasingly grow up. While, the military apparatus Indonesia is only capable of throwing stones to hide the hand, “he said.
He said, it is good that the government will work to complete the previous cases “Prosecute the perpetrators is a wise action and formation of Papua Peace task force is not the right choice for the people of Papua at this time, “he said. (Eveerth/Tina)
3) Apology Is Just Not Enough, People Need Real Action, says Papua Activist
Jayapura, Jubi – Human right activist said the apology conveyed by Cenderawasih XVII Regional Military Commander in the 70th Anniversary of Indonesian Military on Monday (5/10/2015) should be followed up in real action not only the pseudo words.
“Papuans do not simply accept this apology. Go ahead to do that but the Papuans need more,” Peneas Lokbere, the Coordinator of the Victim of Papua Human Right Violation Solidarity in Abepura on Tuesday (6/10/2015).
Lokbere said the Papuans today prefer the real action. At first, the security institutions in Papua, through both Military Regional Commander and Papua Police Chief must conduct official evaluation on security situation in Papua. The evaluation is urgent due to the increasingly cases of shooting against civilians in Papua. All these cases must be revealed in order to protect the people.
Secondly, the Papuans want the Military and Police to change their approach method towards the people. People want the Military and Police to respect on human rights and not act repressive.
Thirdly, the Military Regional Commander and Papua Police Chief to announce the result of investigation over Paniai case. Papuans are mostly waiting for this than an apology that would not heal the Papuans’ hurt feeling.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of Papua Central Highland Student Association in Indonesia (AMPTPI), Yanuarius Lagowan, said the Military Regional Commander should not only apology but also provide justice to the victims.
Lagowan said the Military Regional Commander already knew the personnel who did the brutal action against Papuans. Therefore, the naughty personnel must be punished. “The apology is not enough. If the Commander has already knew about misleading action among his personnel, it should be revealed and prosecuted, therefore those who experienced violence by military could get the justice,” he said. (Mawel Benny/rom)
Smuggler Suspected as an International Drugs Dealer from Africa

Jayapura, Jubi – Customs officers have seized 4 kilograms of crystal of methamphetamine and arrested an Indonesian woman on suspicion of smuggling the drugs through at the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea last month.
The head of Papua Police Public Relations Department, commissioner (Pol) Patrige Renwarin said the 40-year-old suspect, identified by her initials Mzn, is suspected to be a member of an international drug ring from Africa.
“This was the result of coordination with the National Police Headquarters, city police, and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN). Based on Police data, Mzs has been twice to Ghana,” Patrige Renwarin said on Tuesday evening (06/10/2015).
According to him, the Directorate of Drugs of Papua Police investigators have checked five witnesses in the case. They are Customs officers who arrested the suspect when crossing the border on Tuesday (15/9/2015)
“Now the investigators are still awaiting the results of the drug test sample sent to the Forensic Laboratory in Makassar. Currently, Mzs is still detained at Papua police. The legal process is also still handled by Police Papua until the trial,” he said.
He said, Papua Police will also continue to coordinate with Jakarta Police to uncover the International Drug syndicate.
Papua police chief, Inspector General (Pol) Paul Waterpauw also confirmed that allegedly the suspect is a network international drug trafficker.
He added based on information given by Mzs that she traveled from Piliphina to Port Moresbey, the capital of PNG, Vanimo (PNG), and entered the territory of Indonesia. The suspect admitted to depart from Jakarta to Manila, the capital of Philippines, then to Ghana, return to Manila, get into PNG, and enter Indonesia through Skow, Wutung, Jayapura city.
“The suspect is charged of Act 35 of 2009 on Narcotics Article 112 paragraph 2 with minimum of five years in prison, 20 years or lifetime,” said Waterpauw at the time. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)

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