Tuesday, November 10, 2015

1) Police Surround Tomb activist Theys and Disband the Pilgrimage

2) Government Rubbishes Independent Hague Tribunal on 1965 Massacres
3) ’Tribunal’ opens hearings  into mass killings in Indonesia 
4) Statement by the Executive Director of the LP3BH,
A google translate from suarapapua.com. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
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Police Surround Tomb activist Theys and Disband the Pilgrimage

Oleh : Oktovianus Pogau | Rabu, 11 November 2015 - 12.11 WIB 

                 Looks a dialogue with members of the police to disperse the mass pilgrimage (Photo: Ist).

Jayapura, SUARAPAPUA.com --- Police Officers (Police) Jayapura, Papua, on Tuesday (11/10/2015) morning, surrounded the tomb of Papuan independence leader, Theys Eluay, and disperse activists who intend to make a pilgrimage.

Pilgrimage to the tomb of Theys led by the Chairman of the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB), along with a number of student leaders in Jayapura.
Victor F. Yeimo, to suarapapua.com, said that since the morning of activists have come to the tomb of Theys, with the intention of commemorating the death of the great leader of the nation of Papua in the form of a prayer, but police banned the protest.
"The police are armed to the teeth already mastered the Tomb of Theys H. Eluay. We were about to go on a pilgrimage intimidated. We were forbidden to clean and paint the tombs Theys, "said Yeimo.
Even more Yeimo, a number of activists who want to perform the ritual was banned, and surrounded by a number of police and quickly forced out of the tomb.
"The police are ready to make a tent beside the grave. Friends who want to take a picture of any intimidation and terror, we deplore the actions of the police today, "he said.
According Yeimo, today the people of Papua are planning to commemorate 14 years of the murder, and colonialism Indonesia in Papua, which is marked by the murder of Theys Eluay by Indonesian Kopassus.
"Human killed, his tomb was banned pilgrimages. Ferocious security forces in Indonesia, "said Yeimo.
Watchlist suarapapua.com, after police dispersed a number of activists who want to make a pilgrimage, police are still on guard in the area of ​​the field where Theys buried.
Just a note, on 10 November 2001, exactly 14 years ago, the Great Leader of West Papuans, Dortheys Eluay, found dead in his car in the Kilo Meter 9, Koya, Muara Tami, Jayapura.
Later known, the Special Forces Command (Kopassus) have been kidnapped and killed. Every November 10 is celebrated by the people of West Papua as a day of national mourning.
Oktovianus Poga

2) Government Rubbishes Independent Hague Tribunal on 1965 Massacres
By : Jakarta Globe | on 12:22 PM November 10, 2015
Jakarta. The Indonesian government has rebuffed as irrelevant a people’s tribunal to be staged in The Hague this week over a military-led purge that led to the deaths of up to two million suspected communist sympathizers from 1965-66.
The tribunal, to run from Wednesday until Friday, is organized by Indonesian human rights activists, academics and journalists, gathered under the International People’s Tribunal.
Their attempt to shine a light on arguably the darkest chapter in Indonesia’s history as an independent nation has met with derision from government officials such as Luhut Pandjaitan, the chief security minister, who questioned the fairness of such a tribunal.
“Who will be indicted? How come they decide something for us?” he responded when asked to comment on the upcoming event.
Separately, Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo, who has repeatedly refused to launch an inquiry into findings of gross violations of human rights in the 1965 purge as detailed by the government-funded rights watchdog, bristled at the fact that the tribunal was taking place outside the country.
“These are our own problems and we well solve them ourselves. There’s no need for involvement from other parties,” he said as quoted by Kompas.
He did not say when his office would, if ever, start looking seriously into the anti-communist massacre or the other military-led purges in the decades since that were highlighted by the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) in a groundbreaking 2012 report.
The tribunal at The Hague will attempt to prove that genocide and crimes against humanity had in fact been committed during the 1965-66 affair, although the Indonesian government continuously to make an official statement on the matter.
Valentina Sagala, a commissioner at the NGO Women’s Institute and a member of the group behind the tribunal, stressed that it was not an attempt to indict anyone on criminal charges.
She said the tribunal’s outcome, expected to be presented next year at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, would not be legally binding, but would instead serve as a “moral verdict” so that the Indonesian government could formulate its own policies on addressing the massacres of half a century ago.
In Jakarta, State Secretary Pratikno said on Tuesday that President Joko Widodo had already instructed officials to come up with ways to resolve the thorny issue. “The government is working very hard to prepare a systematic solution,” he said as quoted by Kompas.

3) ’Tribunal’ opens hearings  into mass killings in Indonesia 

Mike Corder, Associated Press, The Hague | National | Tue, November 10 2015, 8:09 PM - 
A "people's tribunal" opened hearings in the Netherlands Tuesday intended to publicize allegations that Indonesian authorities were responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of suspected Communists 50 years ago.
Human rights lawyers acting as prosecutors charge the state of Indonesia in a nine-count indictment with crimes including murder, torture and sexual violence in the notorious killing spree from 1965-66 that left an estimated 500,000 people dead.
The bloodbath swept into power the dictator Suharto, whose authoritarian rule lasted for three decades.
The tribunal has no formal legal powers, but aims to shed light on what organizers call the darkest days in Indonesia's post-colonial history, and promote reconciliation by exposing the truth about the killings.
One of the first witnesses to testify, academic Leslie Dwyer who has conducted research on the Indonesian island of Bali, said that 80,000-120,000 people were killed there between late 1965 and March 1966 and that the killings only started when government special forces arrived and began organizing local police and militias.
Dwyer said that in some cases only the most tenuous links to the Communists was enough to cost a person his or her life, including having sung or danced at an Indonesian Communist Party event.
Rights activist and former lawmaker Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, who helped establish the tribunal, said the government in Jakarta needs to be held to account for crimes committed in the past.
"The Indonesian government is responsible to fulfill and respect victims' rights," she said. "They have the right to justice, the right to truth and reparations."

In 2012, Indonesia's National Human Rights Commission released a report concluding that the mass killings constituted gross human rights violations. However, the government dismissed it and refused to examine it further.
Indonesian senior officials this week dismissed the tribunal, and blamed the Netherlands for human rights violation during its colonization of Indonesia.
Activists also blame foreign powers, particularly the United States, Britain and Australia, for complicity in the killings, saying in the indictment that they provided small arms, communications equipment and even lists of potential victims to Suharto's forces.
The tribunal is expected to issue verdicts, which are not legally binding, next year.
-Associated Press writer Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta contributed to this report. - 

Electoral candidates team are preparing to take legal 
4) Statement by the Executive Director of the LP3BH,
6 November 2015

   The decision taken by the Commission for Elections in the District of Fakfak to ‘disqualify' the team, Drs Donatus Nimbitkendik, M.T.P
and Hi.Abdul Rahman, SE (DONMA) in the election for the positions of district chief and deputy district chief of the District of Fakfak in
2015 is very likely to lead to a legal and ethical challenge.  As the legal counsel of the Donma team, we are now preparing to
take  legal action against those who we regard as being responsible for the ‘disqualification' of our clients.

    This is because we regard the ‘disqualification' of our two clients as contestants in the forthcoming elections as being based on
political  considerations and not merely a matter for the rule of law.

    I would like to make it clear that our two clients for the election in Fakfak have complied with all the requirements in
accordance with Law 1/2015 on Government Regulation in Lieu of Law 1/2014 on Election of Governor, Bupati [district chief] and Mayor.

    My two clients who are known as the Donma Team have complied with all the formal and material stipulatios for them to be accepted as
candidates in the forthcoming election of the chief and deputy chief of the District of Fakfak.

    This is clearly evident from the fact that our clients have fully complied with all the stipulations in the above mentioned law.
 Furthermore, the Donma Team has already been acknowledged alongside the candidatures of Drs Mohammad Uswanas, 
M Si and Ir Abraham Sopaheluakan, M.Si and Ivan Ismael Madu S.Sos Team and Drs.
Fransiscus Hombore,M.Si.

     Moreover, our two clients have received their registration numbers in the list of candidates to participate in the election in
accordance with the decision of the KPU [Electoral Commission] 3/2015 on the selection of consecutive numbers of the candidates for the
chief and deputy chief of the District of Fakfak for the year of 2015, dated 18th September 2015.

     However, the fact that our two clients were ‘disqualified' because of lack of support from their political party, the PPP [United
Development Party] by another team, is why we decided to take this issue to the Electoral Scrutiny Commission in the District of Kaimana.
This is what led to ‘disqualification', a decision that was taken for political reasons on behalf of an alleged party.

   The fact is that our two clients complied with all the regulations such as registration as well as verification.  This is why we, their
lawyers, decided to take firm legal action and turn to the special commission to handle disputes.

    Moreover, the decision taken by District of Fakfak Administration was supported by only two members of the Administration, Dihuru  Dekry
Radjoloa and Gazil Leison is another reason why we decided to the matter to the  Honour  Council which is based in Jakarta.

    We have also taken the matter to the criminal, civil and administrative council, the body that is responsible for carrying out
special scrutiny to deal with such matters which are in violation of the law and which has been extremely damaging to the interests of  the
Donma team which have put themselves forward as contestants for the chief and deputy chief of Fakfak for the year 2015.

Yan Christian Warinussy, Co-ordinator of the legal team the Donma Team and human rights defender in the Land of Papua, Recipient of the John
Humphrey Freedom Award, 2005, Canada.
Translated by Carmel Budiardjo, Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, 1995

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