Thursday, October 15, 2015

1) Papuan Traders Seeks Help from Jayapura Government

2) Indonesian Minister visits FWCC
3) Police Accused of Unprofessional Conduct
4) Theology School Chief Urge Students, Staff to Read and Write More

5) Government Allocates Rp 13.9 Trillion for Border Development
6) Legislator Questions Papua Participation in Melanesian Declaration  
7) Lenis Kogoya Not to Disturb Customary People
1) Papuan Traders Seeks Help from Jayapura Government
Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan women traders urged the Jayapura city government to provide assistance for them in the form of capital.
“For those who sell outside, find no problems because they can sell directly. Yet for the traders who sell inside of the building cannot sell as usual because the building is now under renovation,” said coordinator of who are also members of Papuan Traders Solidarity (SOLPAP), Rev. Dora, at the office of mayor of Jayapura on last week.
She said Papuan traders also complained about the arrangement of the market as well as the Togel gambling that often occur in the location.
In a meeting in the mayor’s office on Thursday afternoon, Mayor of Jayapura, Benhur Tommy Mano said it only regulated and organized, and supervised the market and the market is only used as a meeting place for sellers and buyers.
“I hope everyone to keep the area clean. And because it is temporary, I do not collect fees markets, they are free to sell as well as Paldam market,” Mano said.
He also requested to stop the gambling practice at the market. “I’m not authorized, the Jayapura City Government could not help because we only arrange it, while to build is from the province,” he said. (Sindung Sukoco/Tina)
2) Indonesian Minister visits FWCC

SITERI SAUVAKACOLO Thursday, October 15, 2015
Update: 2:27PM 
THE Indonesian Minister for Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Dr Yohana Susana Yembise paid a courtesy visit to the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre today.
Among  major issues discussed were the FWCC's stand on the free West Papua campaign and their concerns on domestic violence and violence against women and children.
Ms Yembise said they also had similar bodies like the FWCC back in Indonesia where women and children who are victims of violence report their complaints.
She said the most physical violence cases happened in West Papua and she was working with all the traditional leaders in West Papua to get them to understand about women empowerment and child protection.
Also, she said she would ensure that victims in West Papua are attended to and it is something she would work on this year.
Ms Yembise is originally from West Papua and has been in her ministerial position for the past year.
3) Police Accused of Unprofessional Conduct

Semarang, Jubi – Member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council, Laurenzus Kadepa criticized the actions of Jayapura city Police when dispersing the crowds and intimidation against one of Jubi journalists, Abeth You in Abepura on last week. He said that the action was unprofessional.
“Police approach against the demonstrators never change. Interestingly, even though the demonstration was not violent, it always leads to arrests, prosecution and destruction. What’s behind all this? ” said Kadepa on last week.
“Remember, police will be sturdy, robust if the people believe. Now it is the opposite, the people have no longer trust with its arrogant and brutal performance. It is not right to persecute journalists and damage journalistic tools and even arrest pastor , “he added.
The  aim of mass action was to urge so that Paniai case on December 2014 be resolved immediately. Therefore, he thanked all parties are pushing for the completion of the case.
“I really appreciate for the Brothers and Fr OFM, journalists, human rights defenders, students, NGOs, churches and traditional institutions, as well as all parties involved to enforce the law and human rights in this country, ” he said.
Jubi journalist, Abeth You explained first he himself saw students of the School of Philosophy and Theology (STFT) Fajar Timur Abepura were beaten and
drawn by the police, then he spontaneously took the camera to capture the moment. Yet suddenly one of the members the police came over and took the camera from his hands.
“I had said that I am a journalist, but it was ignored by the police. He immediately deleted all photos that I took, “he told Jubi.
He continued, he also has issued a press card as an identity that he is a journalist but it was still ignored.
“I was also strangled and threatened with a weapon and told to climb into the truck. When my camera was taken, I questioned to deputy chairman of jayapura police city (Wakapolres), why my camera was taken camera but he ignored it, “said Abeth You.
“After all the photos deleted, Wakapolres then came to me and apologized for the treatment of his members. I do not accept his apology because I want to know why all my attributes that I have as a journalist were taken he stated. (Arnold Belau/Tina)
4) Theology School Chief Urge Students, Staff to Read and Write More
Jayapura, Jubi – The chairman of the School of Philosophy and Theology (STFT) Fajar Timur Abepura, Pastor Neles Tebay Kebadabi, Pr., said the library on its campus is the best library in Papua.
He said he hoped that the library can be used well.
“Students and faculty are asked to read books, journals at the library as well as to be able to read about the current situation and bring in prayer, reflection and testify it,” he said.
“It means that upon reflection, we put it in writing and publish it in the media, such as Cepos (Cendrawasih Pos), Jubi and many local and national newspapers, so that through the media we are witnessing,” said Pastor Neles
It was said during his speech at Anniversary of STFT Fajar Timur Hall Seminary in Padang bulan,, Jayapura city on last week.
The celebration was preceded by a Mass of thanksgiving rite led by Pastor Yanuarius You, Pr. who was accompanied by Father Neles Tebay, Pr. and Father Yan Java, SVD. In his sermon, Father Januarius said we should be grateful because STFT has produced human resources for church and state.
There were also alumni of STFT who became bishop (leader of the local church), that is Mgr. Aloysius Murwito, OFM, Bishop of the Diocese of Asmat and Mgr. John Philip Saklil, Pr., Bishop of the Diocese of Timika and many other pastors in Papua.
In addition, some state officials, such as Asmat regent, Intan Jaya, Paniai and legislators are also an alumnus of STFT.
“For that we should be grateful to the Holy Spirit, because this school still exists because of God’s will, “said Father Januarius.
While the anniversary committee chairman, Agus Pawika in its report said to celebrate STFT anniversary, the committee has carried out several competitions, including soccer, volleyball and badminton competitions, as well as Bible quiz.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Foundation of the Catholic Theological College (STTK),Father Januarius Maatopai You, Pr. in his speech explained, had great hope to change the face of STFT better. Therefore, he was ready to make something while serving as chairman of the foundation
“When I was appointed as chairman, I do not refuse because I have hope by 2019 there should be a breakthrough, ” he said.
He continued, there will be a master program.
“Private Universities Coordinating Body ask to have more than one program. So, we will open master program in Theology. Hopefully in 2017, this master program will be started, “he hoped. (Hendrikus Bobii/Tina)

5) Government Allocates Rp 13.9 Trillion for Border Development

Kendari, Jubi – Minister of Home Affairs, Tjahjo Kumolo, said the government is currently prioritizing the acceleration program development of border regions for the next three years.
“There are 187 districts in the border area that go priority locations this year which is the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, the border RI-Timor Leste, and Indonesia-Malaysia border,” said Tjahyo during a meeting with local government officials throughout South East Sulawesi Kendari on lst week.
He said, the border region now becomes the entrance of drugs in Indonesia. “Around 49 paths that used for the entrance of drug including foreigners also take the path, “he added.
About the budget, Tjahjo said this year through the National Agency Border Management (BNPP), the government allocated Rp 13.9 trillion for the border region.
“The government will budget huge funds every year to revamping the border region. I believe in three years the appearance of the border region will be changed completely, “he said.
Tjahyo Kumolo visited Southeast Sulawesi in order to inaugurate Micro-hydro Plan Power current power in South Buton regency, Saturday (10/10/2015). (*)
6) Legislator Questions Papua Participation in Melanesian Declaration  
Jayapura, Jubi – A Papuan legislator, Laurenzus Kadepa, questioned why the government of Papua Province, took part and signed the Declaration of the Melanesian brotherhood in Ambon, Maluku, on last week.
The member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council on politics, governance, law and human rights said no study has proven that the three other provinces signing the declaration — Maluku, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) — are also of the Melanesian race.
“I hope Papua government explain the reasons why Papua participated in Melanesia declaration and government must be responsible for whether three other provinces are also Melanesia race,” he said.
“I do not agree with it. There should be first studied by the expert who is independent and not because of political interests, “said Kadepa via telephone to the Jubi on last week.
He continued, It should not because of political interests, or a handful of people that are involved in something that has not been verified. That could lead to polemics in the future, because of race and identity.
“It is so quickly Provincial Government of Papua respond to it without comprehensive study. I’m disappointed with Papua province that too quickly made decisions and signed the petition. This issue of race and the future will be a big impact, “he said.
“So far there has been no official study which calls the Moluccas and NTT are Melanesians like Papua. It’s a matter of race. The future is still long, it must be taken into account, “he said again.
Papua, West Papua, East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and North Maluku agreed to sign the Declaration of the Melanesian Brotherhood in the city of Ambon, Maluku, on Wednesday (07/10/2015) that attended by President Joko Widodo.
Constan Karma was appointed to represent the Governor of Papua give initials on declaration paper. Even though, the governor did not attend but the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe will sign the Declaration of the Melanesian Brotherhood.
“Declaration of the Melanesian Brotherhood Indonesia is related to political interests to the interests of the countries associated with the eastern part of Indonesia. Communities in five provinces that signed the declaration is part of the Melanesian race or group, “said Karma. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)
7)Lenis Kogoya Not to Disturb Customary People
Jayapura, Jubi – Paniai Regional Customary Council Chief John NR. Gobai told the Customary People Institution (LMA) Biak and Supiori that recently launched by Lenis Kogoya is not allowed to come in Mee Pago customary area because it would only disturb the local community out there.
“I am not allowing Lenny Kogoya to come into Mee Pago customary area. This customary institution is not the same with the political party that could be established by appointment without consultation. The presence of this institution only disturbs the indigenous people and the existing customary governance,” Gobai said in Jayapura on last week.
According to him, the LMA provides an atmosphere that is confusing the indigenous people, but also would allow the investors take benefit to get business opportunities.
“Because he (Lenis Kogoya) will see a practical opportunity. Which door that is enable him to grow his business in Papua. If there is only a door, it would be easy for everyone to come, but if there are many customary institutions, people also can use the windows,” Gobai said.
He assumed the LMA is used as a campaign tool to promote the Jakarta’s goodness as well as a tool to harm Papua officials. “It seems people are not doing anything in Papua. I think he is doing campaign for himself for Papua Governor candidate in 2019, it’s ideal for him as the Indonesian President’s expert,” he said.
He is supposed to get involved in problem solving in Papua with the governor in order to encourage the justice enforcement. Earlier, the General Chairman of LMA Papua Province, Lenis Kogoya has launched the LMA representatives from 19 sub-districts in Biak Numfor Regency and LMA representatives in 5 sub-districts from Supiori Regency on Tuesday (6/10/2015) at Arumbay Hotel, Biak.
“I hope the launching of LMA Board at Biak Numfor and Supiori regencies could maintain the security situation, handle each programs and not take sides to a group or clan but being neutral. To the new board members, they must be ready to be a government’s partner,” said Lenis Kogoya who also the president’s special expert. After the inauguration, Lenis Kogoya put the first stone at Kampung Bosnik Bouw, Biak Timur Sub-district to build the office for LMB Biak Numfor that is planned for 2016. (Abeth You/rom)

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