Tuesday, June 28, 2016

1) West Papua Action Auckland congratulates the Governments of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands

2) West Papuans in the driving seat, says PNG ambassador

3) PNG diplomat encouraged by West Papua observations

    4) Pertain to operate aircraft for fuel distribution in Papua

1) West Papua Action Auckland congratulates the Governments of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands 
West  Papua Action Auckland, 
Box 68-419, Auckland
28 June 2016
Media InformationWest Papua Action Auckland congratulates the Governments of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands for their statements  last week about human rights abuses in West Papua. We believe their principled and courageous stand at the Human Rights Council in Geneva has drawn attention to the suffering of a  people whose plight remains hidden from much of the world.  We strongly support Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in their call for the UN Special  Rapporteur for the  Freedom of Expression to be invited to visit the territory, and will encourage our Government to back this call. Letter follows:

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare,                                                                                                                              
Red House, Honiara.                                                                                                                                              
 Solomon Islands.
25 June 2016
Prime Minister Charlot Salwai,                                                                                                             
Parliament Buildings, Port Vila.                                                                                                                           

Dear Prime Ministers,
West  Papua Action Auckland would like to congratulate your Governments for the very important representations made by your diplomatic representatives at the Geneva meeting of the Human Rights  Council.
We fully support  the principled stand that your governments have taken in support of the people of West Papua who continue to suffer from grievous human rights abuses.  Along with you, we have been very disturbed by the large number of arrests of young people that have taken place across the territory in the last two months. We understand that those arrested were doing nothing more than attempting to express their political aspirations and their support for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
In the last few days our concerns have increased as we read the reported statement of the Police Chief in West Papua,  General Paulus Waterpauw,  who said that there would be ‘legal consequences’ for those in groups who advocate for ‘separatism’.   He appeared to be threatening young people with a criminal record should they take part in a demonstration that could be seen as anti-government. If this report is accurate then it has serious implications.  We strongly believe that the essence of democracy is the right to peaceful dissent.
We therefore back the call you have made to Indonesia to invite the UN  Rapporteur  on Freedom of Expression to visit West Papua.  Furthermore, as Indonesia has not welcomed the request for a fact-finding mission supported by the Pacific Island Forum, we are pleased that you have raised this important proposal in Geneva.
For our part we will do our best to encourage our own Government to follow your inspiring lead.
Your s sincerely,
Maire Leadbeater
For West Papua Action Auckland

2) West Papuans in the driving seat, says PNG ambassador

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Following his visit to West Papua, Papua New Guinea's ambassador to Indonesia says that increasingly West Papuans are in the driving seat in terms of the running of their own region.
Peter Ilau this month visited the Papuan cities of Jayapura and Merauke on the invitation of Indonesia's coordinating Minister for Political, Law and Security Affairs, Luhut Panjaitan.
Also on the visit were ambassadors from New Zealand, Fiji and Solomon Islands.
Mr Ilau said the visit was about witnessing the government's efforts on protecting human rights, advancing development and further linking Papua with the rest of Indonesia.
"Look, we're observing a trend, a show of attitude towards doing things for themselves," said Mr Ilau. "You know the governors, the bupatis, the regents, they're all indigenous Papuans.
"There's no Javanese or any other persons in the driving seat in terms of leadership in those provinces, districts and village levels."
Peter Ilau said that even in Indonesia's police and military forces, there were now more Melanesians participating.
He said one of the salient points that he and the other ambassadors picked up during the visit was that local people in Papua are fed up with outside interference.
"When they say outside interference, they are referring to outside governments and even outside Papuans, the diaspora Papuans who are constantly putting out messages that are not exactly what is being inspired on the ground here at home," he said.

3) PNG diplomat encouraged by West Papua observations

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Papua New Guinea’s ambassador in Jakarta says there’s a change of attitude taking place in Indonesia's Papua region, or West Papua, whereby the indigenous people are participating more in the running of their own region.

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    4) Pertain to operate aircraft for fuel distribution in Papua
    Atom Amindoni The Jakarta Post
    Jakarta | Tue, June 28 2016 | 10:24 am
State-owned energy firm Pertamina plans to operate a dedicated aircraft to support fuel distribution to remote areas in Papua starting in September.
Pertamina is currently using aircraft from private airliner Trigana Air to deliver fuel to several areas in Papua such as Wamena, Jayawijaya and Lanny Jaya regencies, the company's vice president of corporate communications Wianda Pusponegoro said on Monday. However, the limited Trigana flights have made regular deliveries difficult, causing fuel supply shortages in the country's easternmost region.
Therefore, Pertamina is considering leasing or purchasing a cargo aircraft specifically for more regular fuel delivery, she added.
Pertamina uses land, water and air transportation to distribute fuel in the challenging terrain of Papua, which contributes to the high cost of distribution there, she added. The energy firm spends more than Rp 34.34 billion (US$2.6 million) a month to deliver fuel to Papua province and Rp 5.4 billion to West Papua province.
However, the company sells the fuel in Papua at the same price as other parts of Indonesia, despite spending more on fuel distribution.
Pertamina began fuel distribution via air to Indonesia's northernmost area, Krayan district in Nunukan, North Kalimantan, earlier this month. Renting air tractor aircraft from private airliner Susi Air,  Pertamina delivered its first 1,000 liters of diesel to Krayan. (rin) 

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