Wednesday, June 15, 2016

1) KNPB: In Lima Police Day Has Seize 1,235 Papuan

2) Papua Police chief denies detaining pro-independence group
3) Freedom Activists Sign Deal For West Papua Mine
4) Papua to expand green development
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1) KNPB: In Lima Police Day Has Seize 1,235 Papuans

                                    Action Papuans in Waena, Jayapura, 15/06/2016. (Photo: Doc SP)
JAYAPURA, West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Center report, in the last five days, beginning on June 10 and until today, Wednesday (15/06/2016) Indonesian republic colonial police have arrested 1,236 people.
 "If today there are about 1,135 of those who were arrested. Ie 100 people were arrested in Wamena. 1,004 people were arrested in Sentani and 31 students were arrested by officers from the police station in Malang, East Java. Then, on 10 June, officers from Jayapura Police arrested 31 people in Jayapura City. And on June 13 and 65 people were arrested in Sentani. On the same date, in the last 13, four people were arrested in Nabire. So all that is captured in the past five days there are 1,235 people, "said bazookas Logo, a spokesman for the National KNPB to Center of Jayapura, on Wednesday (15/06/2016).
Explained, 31 people were arrested in Jayapura when bagika flyers. 65 people in Sentani also arrested while handing out flyers in Sentani. 4 people in Nabire, were arrested while between a notification letter to the Police. 31 students in Malang arrested while today's action. 100 people in Wamena and 1004 people in Sentani arrested while going action.
"But after being arrested, has been freed. And they were released after interrogation and diminitai information on police. But in Nabire, they were detained for one day in prison Nabire police station was recently released, "explained Logo.
It is said, in Sentani, one person was arrested, interrogated and beaten so briefly lost consciousness. But this time she was cured.
"Whenever a fishing apparatus, there is always the persecution of activists KNPB as happened in Sentani. On the way to the police station, many of which were hit in the middle of the road. This barbarity colonial state that is being shown in the Papuan people, "he said.
Logo asserted, colonial police attitude today show real support and accelerate the struggle for West Papua, and then damage the image of Indonesian democracy itself.
"Papua People increasingly obvious and more difficult to believe Indonesia as a democracy, if the security forces to the people that are on Papua in open public expression. The police should put forward human values. Not kedepankan violence and repression, "he said.
Demonstrations Papuans reject the settlement team of human rights violations made in Jakarta led by Luhut Panjaitan, Legal and Security Affairs took place in several cities in Papua and West Papua. Among other things, Nabire, Merauke, Fak-Fak, Paniai, Timika, Manokwari, Sorong, Biak, Sentani, Jayapura.
Announcers: Arnold Belau

2) Papua Police chief denies detaining pro-independence group
Dandy Koswaraputra The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Wed, June 15 2016 | 10:12 pm
The police have denied claims that they detained over 1,000 Papuans who staged a rally today to demand Indonesia hold an independence referendum in the nation’s easternmost province.
It’s ridiculous. We did not arrest them. We did not detain them at all. We only ordered them to disperse,” Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpaw told on Wednesday. 
Paulus said the government had instructed police to ensure security in Papua amid the ongoing activities of groups pushing for the province’s separation from Indonesia.
“They are trying to resist the constitutional state. They are hiding on behalf of freedom of expression and trying to internationalize the issue,” General Paulus asserted, adding that police have the responsibility to counter their propaganda. 
Police said that an anti-Indonesia group called National Committee for West Papua (KNPB) was behind the mobilization of the Papuan people and had frequently tried to organize massive demonstrations. 
“We have never permitted them to do so because their ultimate goal is to separate Papua from Indonesia,” he said.   
According to the Legal Aid Institute (LBH), a series of demonstrations have taken place in Jayapura, Baliem, Fakfak, Sentani, Sorong, Timika and Yalimo as well as in Malang, East Java. 
“I welcome LBH to come to us and talk about the issue instead of releasing provocative material to the public,” Paulus said. 
There have also been actions in Papua to call for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua to be recognized as a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. (dan)
3) Freedom Activists Sign Deal For West Papua Mine
A Canadian company has staked a claim to one of the world’s biggest gold mines by entering an agreement with groups seeking West Papuan independence. The Grasberg mine in the Indonesian province of Papua is currently owned by an assortment of firms including Freeport McMoRan and Rio Tinto. The deal struck by Van Gold Resources only has worth if Indonesia loses the territory. “While the agreement is obviously not currently enforceable against those companies operating under Indonesian auspices, it may be one day,” says the company’s lawyer Dr Jonathan Levy. Under its agreement with the West Papua Liberation Organisation (WPLO), Van Gold has negotiation rights should independence be achieved.
Political statement
“The intent here is to make a statement that the people of West Papua and not the Indonesian occupiers are the true owners of the land and its resources,” Dr Levy told Pasifik News. “The multinationals that are extracting billions of dollars must one day be held accountable for their cooperation with a colonialist regime.” The company concedes the agreement may amount to nothing, especially given the WPLO is only one of several groups fighting for independence. When approached for comment, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua revealed it knew nothing of the deal. “In the scheme of things this is a forward looking proposition,” says Dr Levy. “This is no more speculative then companies which are now developing asteroid mining in a serious manner.”


4) Papua to expand green development

Nether Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura | Tue, June 14 2016 | 07:17 am

The Papua provincial administration has announced that it will resume a low-emissions initiative that was introduced previously by the EU. 

The program, titled Participatory Monitoring by Civil Society of Land Use Planning for Low-Emission Development Strategy (Parcimon), is set to end in 2016 but will be picked up by local administrations.

“The Papua administration always supports programs that improve people’s welfare, just like the green development programs in Parcimon,” said Papua Deputy Governor Klemen Tinal during a press conference with EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam Vincent Guerend on Monday.

Klemen said there would be a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the central government and local administrations for the green development programs.

Parcimon has been running in Papua since 2013 to educate people in three regencies — Jayawijaya, Merauke and Jayapura — about green development. 

Sonya Dewi, the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) Indonesia coordinator, said that Parcimon had helped to monitor and evaluate development programs in the region.

“Through capacity building, the local administrations can reduce obstacles to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and support low carbon development,” she said.

Among Parcimon’s programs is one where where residents measure greenhouse gas emissions and use data to work toward green development. Guerend said that the government would continue Parcimon’s programs and implement them in other regions also.

“The European Union hopes that the end of Parcimon in Papua will mean the beginning of its implementation in more regions,” he said.

In Jayapura regency, Dewi said a team tasked with running the low-carbon programs had developed eight mitigation actions that had reduced CO2 emissions by 19.2 million tons.

The Papua administration has also formed an action plan to reduce emissions, through Gubernatorial Regulation No. 99/2013.

Klemen said Papua residents should help preserve forests. “Investors in the region should also support the sustainability of Papuan forests since they form part of the world’s lungs,” he said.

Through Parcimon, Mulima villagers in Jayawijaya have been introduced to a number of economic activities such as farming honey bees, breeding pigs, planting fruit and breeding fish in ponds, as well as cultivating vegetable crops to meet their daily needs or to sell for extra income.

These activities will hopefully support the government’s carbon emissions reduction programs as locals will no longer need to fell trees to meet their basic needs.

In Jayawijaya, Parcimon, through its local partner ICRAF Indonesia, has developed 10 emissions reduction strategies.

Local communities, for instance, can participate in preventing declines in carbon stocks by maintaining protected forests and Lorentz National Park conservation areas.

They can also increase carbon stocks by, among other things, maintaining the function of primary and secondary forests, planting ulin (ironwood) trees, cultivating coffee and fruit crops and by planting cassowary trees on idle land, transforming it into secondary forest.

“If the 10 emissions reduction strategies run successfully, emissions in Jayawijaya regency could be reduced by 50.18 percent by 2020, exceeding the national target of 41 percent,” said the head of the Low Emissions Development Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group, Dadi Permed.

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