Wednesday, July 27, 2016

1) Papuan students demand apology from Yogyakarta sultan

2) Indonesia holds training to increase technological capacity of Asia-Pacific countries

3) Indonesian, Australian air forces hold joint exercise

4) Contras: Wiranto Responsible for Human Rights Violations
5) Reflections on 18 Years Anniversary Papua Students Alliance

6) Indonesia: Gen. Wiranto's appointment shows contempt for human rights 

1) Papuan students demand apology from Yogyakarta sultan
Bambang Muryanto The Jakarta Post
Yogyakarta | Wed, July 27 2016 | 06:54 am
The Association of Papuan Students in Java and Bali has demanded Yogyakarta Sultan Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X apologize from statement he made that accused Papuan students studying in Yogyakarta, Central Java, of embracing separatism. 

“If within the next two days he [Hamengkubuwono X] does not do so [apologize], we, the Papuan students, will return to Papua,” said Ruben C. Frasa, the chairman of the Association of Papuan Students (IKPMD Papua) in Yogyakarta on Tuesday, while reading out the students’ joint statement.

The statement was read before a hundred Papuan students studying in Java and Bali, who held a meeting with a Papua provincial government delegation. The five-member delegation was led by chairman of the Papua Legislative Council’s Commission I, Elifis Tabuni. Also present at the meeting were deputy chief for intelligence of the Papua Police Adj. Sr. Comr. Alfred Papare and a staffer from the province’s National Unity and Political Department, Helen Waromi. Beside demanding an apology from the sultan, the students also demanded proper democracy in Yogyakarta.

The Papuan government delegation came to Yogyakarta to verify the alleged repressive acts by the Yogyakarta Police in response to a planned rally by Papuan students in their dormitory compound in Kamasan, Yogyakarta, on July 15. The rally was meant to express their support for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s (ULMWP) bid for membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The delegation members heard testimonies of witnesses and watched the recorded moments of the Yogyakarta Police’s actions.

During the meeting, student representatives in West, Central and East Java also told their stories on the conditions in their respective regions, where most of them said they experienced discrimination and repressive acts by police officers.

One of the delegation members, Laurensius Kadepa, expressed his concern of the police’s approach toward the students. He said he personally could not interfere with the plans of the students to return to Papua because only the they themselves knew the conditions in Yogyakarta.

Lawmaker of the Papua Legislative Council Matea Mamoyo criticized the central government’s failure to accelerate development programs in Papua in order to catch up with other provinces.

“There has been discrimination between us [Papuans] and other Indonesians, while the only difference is that our skin is darker if compared with the rest of the country,” she said.


2) Indonesia holds training to increase technological capacity of Asia-Pacific countries

Rabu, 27 Juli 2016 18:44 WIB | 440 Views

Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Esti Andayani remarked that the training was aimed at boosting the capacity of developing countries in the Asia-Pacific and African regions within the framework of the South-South Cooperation.

"This training is a follow-up to the 60th Asian-African Conference in 2014," Andayani pointed out.

Andayani remarked that information and communication technology was currently growing at a rapid pace, especially through social media networks, which are inseparable from the peoples daily lives.

Indonesia views this development as a challenge and will invest Rp278 trillion to build a broadband network within the next five years.

"The use of multimedia in journalism, entertainment, and marketing has become very important. We hope the participants will not only be able to increase production and improve strategies through multimedia but will also be able to build a shared media network based on true facts without the involvement of third-party media, which tends to be bias," Andayani stated.

The training covers topics, such as broadcasting, video production, and digital news, which will be delivered in the form of theory and practicals.(*)

3) Indonesian, Australian air forces hold joint exercise

Kamis, 28 Juli 2016 01:19 WIB | 407 Views
Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA News) - Five F-16 fighter planes based at Air Squadron 16 Fighting Falcon, Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force Base in Pekanbaru, Riau will be participating in the joint exercise called Pitch Black 2016 which will take place in Darwin, Australia.

The planes with 62 personnel --- 12 pilots and 50 crew members and technicians --- were seen off by Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base Commander, First Marshal Henri Alfiandi, here on Wednesday.

He asked all personnel to stay secure and return to their home base safely.

"Stay safe and secure, check and re-check the details of each preparation so that the exercise proceeds safely and smoothly until you all reach back the home base," the Commander said.

The joint exercise involves Australia, the United States, Indonesia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Canada. It will take place for one week starting August 1, 2016.

The aircrafts and personnel have departed for the Iswahyudi air base before flying to Eltari air base in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.

Henri said the planes and the personnel would not immediately fly to Australia as they have to wait for a flight slot to be provided by the Australian military.

The Roesmin Nurjadin air base in Pekanbaru has two air squadrons.

In addition to Air Squadron 16, which was inaugurated in December 2014, the air base also has Air Squadron 12 equipped with Hawk 100/200 fighters.(*)

WEDNESDAY, 27 JULY, 2016 | 19:20 WIB
4) Contras: Wiranto Responsible for Human Rights Violations
TEMPO.COJakarta - Haris Azhar, coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), regretted President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's decision to appoint former Indonesian Military Commander Wiranto as the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Minister.
Kontras viewed that Wiranto was responsible for several human rights violations, including an attack against the office of the Indonesia Democratic Party (PDI) Central Executive Board on July 27, 1996, the Trisakti and Semanggi tragedies, as well as kidnappings of activists.
In addition, Haris said that Wiranto was mentioned in a United Nations report under the mandate of the Serious Crime Unit. The report said that Wiranto failed to coordinate military and police personnel to prevent crimes against humanity.
"The report has hampered him to enter international jurisdictions, including the United States back in 2003," Haris said in a press release on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
The inauguration of 12 new ministers today coincided with the 20th anniversary of the tragedy occurred in 1996. Wiranto was promoted as a four-star general and occupied the Army Chief of Staff post.
Kontras called on public to express solidarity to victims of human rights violations and their families, so that the state would be responsible and uphold justice.
"We must ensure that human rights violators will be brought to justice under the law of the Republic of Indonesia," Haris urged.
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5) Reflections on 18 Years Anniversary Papua Students Alliance

Congratulations Anniversary All 18 AMP. (Photo:

Reflections on 18 Years Papua Students Alliance [AMP] Serving In Papua National Liberation Movement Since July 27, 1998 - July 27, 2016

"Together with the Historical Truth of the Morning Star, Salam Liberation !!!"

On this happy occasion, on behalf of the Central Leadership Alliance of Papuan Students [AMP], I wish you a Happy Happy to all fellow members of AMP. Because for 18 years consistently we continued to launch West Papua National Liberation struggle. Collectively, we are devoted to the movement, to raise awareness of mass of the people of Papua, to fight for the democratic rights of the People. Comrades have devoted themselves entirely to the real struggle of the People, Salute to it!

We highly appreciate devotion comrades. Step by step to promote the quality of the mass movement. Although there are still many weaknesses that exist in the body of the organization, but we must be sure that the spirit of unity in the collective leadership, we can correct the mistakes that became a parasite in the body of the organization. Because the error correcting work harder and requires a long process, even exhausting.

True Comrades, the struggle was long and tiring, but for a true fighter he would say "this is my love, nothing will kupersembahakan for the sake of my love".

Comrades who we respect, in the spirit of reform, on July 27, 1998 in the Guntur Kawi, Manggarai, South Jakarta, AMP born and not the slightest AMP escape the ranks of the movement of mass action of students who persist with passion, for the National Liberation of West Papua ,

Therefore, in the spirit of the anniversary of AMP, let us continue semagat waged flame resistance and solidarity in building a solid, for the National Liberation struggle, without leaving the work arouse, organize and mobilize the masses. That is why our basic tasks, Comrades.

Thus, let us mengutusan ourselves respectively, in the totality of the actions in the ranks of the National Liberation Struggle true, with all your body, soul and spirit to destroy the three main enemies of the Papuan People.

The main enemies of the People of Papua, namely Imperialism, Colonialism and Militarism Homeland. These three forces can only be destroyed when the People's conscious and guided the revolutionary leadership. For that, together with the historical truth of the Morning Star, let masifkan our resistance, together with other oppressed people solidarity movements in Indonesia and the International. For Imperialism, Colonialism and Militarism Homeland is also a common enemy of the whole people tertidas in the world.

Related to the current movement situation, both in the country, in Indonesia and in the Pacific, it takes the appropriate analyzes, tertkait objective situation (suppression of the people) and the ability to move (the situation subjectively) in providing a solution. The Pioneers could not take shortcuts by performing actions that are reactionary, thus weakening the gerakakn, so the quality of the movement also suffered a setback.

It also takes humility the Pioneers to actively promote the quality of movement. The unity of our movement in doing the work of ideology, politics and organization by practicing the principles of organization consistently and run straktak struggle precisely AMP, AMP undoubtedly revolutionize internally and the people's movement became more progressive.

Comrades, amid increasing military repression, suppression of evidence People more massive, 18 years is not a short time for a student movement Papua to keep breathing long stays. In ideology, politics and organization, AMP mature and steady. It is characterized by contradictions internal ideological AMP, both in the City Committee and the Central Committee, Oto Criticism Criticism (KOK) to practices of individuals in the organization of liberal and pratek patronisme and buntutisme in oraganisasi. Is not this time we have no reason to be happy on the anniversary of our organization?

As a mass organization, AMP must be bold enough to admit various weaknesses that exist in the body of the organization. We do not have one, disheartened by the failure of the practice of struggle that we do. Various failures we experience is so painful and bring the organization in a slump, but hold fast to the principles of trust and rely entirely on the masses, will bring us the success that one success to another. What lessons can we learn from the past? The entire history of the struggle of the People of Papua, has produced a situation in which the most urgent task is the struggle against colonialism and US imperialism, and won the true freedom of the Papuan People.

Fellow comrade-in-arms that we are proud of, so reflesi us this year.

AMP on behalf of the Central Committee, thanked the infinite to the comrades who are still consistently been in the forefront of the masses and continue to inflame, arouse, organize and mobilize the masses to fight.

The end of this reflection, let us shake closely and we surge on the spirit of resistance to destroy Imperialism, Colonialism and Militarism Homeland for a true victory Rakyat Papua.

With very proud of the Central Committee of AMP saying: "Long live the STUDENT ALLIANCE PAPUA HUT KE-18"

"With AMP 18th anniversary, let us continue the spirit waged flame resistance and build a solid solidarity to the struggle of West Papua National Liberation".

Salam Revolution


Colonial Land, July 27, 2016



(Chairman of AMP)
Indonesia: Gen. Wiranto’s appointment shows contempt for human rights

6) Indonesia: Gen. Wiranto's appointment shows contempt for human rights 

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to make Gen. Wiranto Indonesia’s most powerful security official a mere day after Indonesia ordered the execution of 14 death row prisoners shows contempt for human rights, Amnesty International said today.
"This is adding insult to injury. A day after ordering a fresh round of executions, Jokowi has now decided to hand control of the country’s security apparatus to someone who was indicted for crimes against humanity by a UN sponsored tribunal,” said Josef Benedict, Deputy Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.
On 27 July 2016, Gen. Wiranto was appointed to the position of Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security Affairs.
This is adding insult to injury. A day after ordering a fresh round of executions, Jokowi has now decided to hand control of the country’s security apparatus to someone who was indicted for crimes against humanity
Josef Benedict, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's South East Asia and Pacific Regional Office.

 Gen. Wiranto was also publicly named as a suspect in the inquiry initiated in 1999 by Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights (Komisi Nasional Hak Asasi Manusia, Komnas HAM), but was never charged in Indonesia.
Komnas HAM concluded on the basis of its investigations that Gen. Wiranto was aware of the “widespread and organized” violations of human rights that occurred in 1999, at the time of the East-Timor referendum. It also concluded that Gen. Wiranto had ultimate responsibility for the breakdown of security in the aftermath of the announcement of the result of the ballot.
As Indonesia’s most powerful security official, Gen. Wiranto’s office now oversees many ministries and other state institutions, including the Attorney General, who should have ordered a criminal investigation and indictment based on the Komnas HAM’s findings.
In February 2003, the UN sponsored Special Panels for Serious Crimes of the Dili District Court, Timor-Leste indicted Gen. Wiranto, then the Indonesia’s Minister of Defence and Security, and Commander of Armed Forces, for crimes against humanity in connection with the events in East Timor in 1999.
Currently Gen. Wiranto is the chairman of the Hanura (People’s Conscience) Party who supported Joko Widodo during his 2014 presidential campaign. He ran unsuccessfully for President of Indonesia in 2004, and ran unsuccessfully for the vice-presidency in 2009.

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