Friday, August 12, 2016

1) Indonesia shows off peaceful Papua

2) FPKB Launches Petition to Reject Military Base in Biak

3) Logistics Railway to Build in Papua

4) Komnas HAM Papua Sends Team to Deal with Mimic’s Refugees
5) Local Context, An Effort to Protect the Local Language in Papua

6) Abby Kogoya Challenges Yogyakarta Police’s Move to Name Him Suspect

7) Papua Industry and Trade Office Monitoring PNG Products


1) Indonesia shows off peaceful Papua

Nether Dharma Somba | The Jakarta Post | Jayapura 
Fri, August 12 2016 | 07:18 am 

Having been accused of frequent abuses of human rights in Papua, the Indonesian government took a couple of senior Australian officials on a tour of the easternmost region on Thursday to see the peaceful state of the region.

Australia’s Attorney General George Brandis and Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson joined Indonesia’s Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto and Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan on a trip to observe the construction of the Skouw-Wutung border post on the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) and other developments. The entourage left together from Nusa Dua, Bali, where they participated in a counterterrorism seminar.

Wiranto said he had invited the high-ranking Australian officials to Papua to see conditions in Papua firsthand, to counter what he called misleading information about the region’s security situation. “They will personally see the condition of the region and people of Papua. A lot of information from outside does not match reality. They can also see firsthand that Indonesia is serious about paying special attention to Papua,” he added.

Indonesia has been accused of neglecting development and security in the resource-rich region, leaving it mired in conflict and human rights abuses.

A separatist group, the Free Papua Movement (OPM), has a degree of popular support and is occasionally involved in armed exchanges with members of the security forces.

Protests demanding freedom for the region have also occurred in other parts of the country. The latest was a demonstration in Yogyakarta by students who staged a rally to show support for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s (ULMWP) bid for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) last month.

The police detained seven students and raided the Papuan students’ dormitory.

There has also been a number of human rights violations recorded in the region over the decades.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) recorded that among the cases is the Biak massacre in 1998 during which civilians were tortured and killed in West Papua.

The Indonesian government has previously said it is examining 22 human rights violations in Papua, of which it hopes to complete three by the end of this year.

Thursday’s trip also saw the officials visiting local administration offices and meeting local bureaucrats and community leaders.

Brandis said it was the first time he had visited Papua. “I see pride in the people in their country Indonesia. The government is also focusing on infrastructure development in Papua, especially at the Indonesian-Papua New Guinean border,” he said.

While talking to Papuan residents, Wiranto called on the people of Papua and local administrations to create a peaceful situation in the province because no development would ever bear fruit if people lived in conflict.

“President [Joko “Jokowi” Widodo] really wants to build Papua in order for it to catch up with other regions. The President wishes to have heart-to-heart dialogue, listen to complaints and seek solutions, so with these good intentions it is expected that the Papuan people will build peace in Papua. How can we progress if there is no peace and live in constant conflict and disharmony with each other?” said Wiranto, who, as a former military commander, has also been accused of human rights abuses during the conflict leading to the independence of Timor Leste.

Jayapura’s Cenderawasih University Students’ Executive Body chairman Goni Gobay said development, sought by the Indonesian government in Papua, would not be achieved if it failed to resolve the many cases of human rights violations.

“How can we accept development while there are still wounds that have not healed? Papuans will not open their hearts to development if cases of human rights violations have not been resolved,” he said.

Goni agreed that peace was important in building Papua, so the government should also invite the brothers in the forests and strive to build Papua together.

Papuan religious leader Rev. Herman Saud acknowledged that the central government was open to Papua and had carried out many progressive development projects in Papua.

“President Jokowi has paid very close attention to advancing Papua. This is an opportunity that should be taken advantage of by local authorities to carry out large-scale development to boost the prosperity of the people,” he said.

2) FPKB Launches Petition to Reject Military Base in Biak

11 August 2016

Forum Peduli Kawasan Byak (Byak Community Forum) in Tanah Tabi launched a petition to reject plans to set up a military base for the eastern Indonesian region in Biak and Supiori islands – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – To mark World Indigenous People’s Day, Forum Peduli Kawasa Byak (Byak Community Forum) in Tanah Tabi launched a petition to reject plans to set up a military base for the eastern Indonesian region in Biak and Supiori islands.
“We are the students and Biak people in Papua, especially who live in Tanah Tabi (Jayapura), strongly reject the military base for the eastern region that is planning to be built in Biak and Supiori islands,” Silas Usyur at Jubi Office.
So we collected people’s signatures by displaying a white cloth of nine meters at Lingkaran Abepura to support our petition,” he said
He said the presence of military base in Biak and Supiori islands would not benefit the Biak community.
“No contribution on education, health, economy, social and culture as well as the infrastructure. But it would only open the old memories or trauma over the Bloody Biak case and it would trigger the incidents of human rights violations against the local people in Saireri Customary Area,” he said.
Secretary of FPKB, Agus Rumaropen admitted on 29 December 2015, the President of the Republic of Indoensia, Joko Widodo came to Biak and gave his promise to improve the education, health, economy and infrastructures as well as the tourism sector in Biak Island. “But it turns out now. He gives something that we never want to. It’s extremely wrong,” said Rumaropen.
He said the Indonesian legislator Fahri Hamzah who agreed on this military base, but it’s not people’s choice. “We strongly refuse it. And now we are doing campaign to reject it. And within two weeks we will conduct a massive demonstration in Jayapura,” he said. (*/rom)

3) Logistics Railway to Build in Papua

11 August 2016

Rail way plan in Papua Land – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The government is planning to build a freight railway to connect the cities of the northern coast of Papua (Nabire-Sarmi-Jayapura).
The Papua Provincial Government also had instruction to build the railway network development planning to back up the national railway masterplan (RIPNAS) with the regional railway masterplan (RIPDA).
“We need to talk about the opportunity and obstacles that possibly happened by synergizing and synchronizing the working plan. It is expected the development of railways and the mapping of customary areas map could be materialized and give a real impact,” said Papua Governor Lukas Enembe in Jayapura on Wednesday (10/8/2016).
In line with the planning, said Enembe, through the Law of Land (UUPA), it would give recognition on the tenure right in the National Land Law. Furthermore, the Article 1 of the Agrarian Minister’s Regulation No 5/1999 stated the tenure right is the authority posed by certain customary law community, which the citizens use it to take benefit on the natural resources including the land for their life and livelihood.
“Law No 21/2001 on Special Autonomy for Papua also give recognition on the tenure rights in Papua,” said the governor. According to him, the system of area connection and logistic, and the construction of road access in Papua has not linked the access between the highland and coastal areas in the northern and southern Papua.
“This is the reason why it can not reduce the expensive rate in the highland area. Therefore the road construction through the construction of railway network has become a priority,” said Enembe.
He added in Papua, the problem is not about the complexity or difficulty, but it only needs a synergy and attention from the Government and Regional Government to work with the customary people for development in Papua. “The important thing here that should be a concern is how the all stakeholders to manage the development in Papua in the future in line with the goal of ‘Papua Stands, Independence and Prosperous,” he said. (*/rom)


4) Komnas HAM Papua Sends Team to Deal with Mimic’s Refugees
12 August 2016

Jayapura, Jubi – National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) in Papua will delegate a team to monitor the condition of hundreds of refugees from Mimika in Sentani, Jayapura.
The Officer-in-Charge Frits Ramandey said, as it is not yet certain about their condition; the team will verify and decide the next step. “If everything related to their number and condition, we will try to contact some relevant stakeholders to take care of them,” he told Jubi in Jayapura on Wednesday (10/8/2016).
According to him, for whatever it is they are still considered as refugees and victims of violence.
“It’s been two months that Timika is in conflict. They move because of that. So, they are now the refugees,” he said.
At least 327 clash victims in Mimika still occupy the tents surrounding Palomo area and Tolikara student dormitory, Sentani.
Refugee coordinator Johny Wenda told Jubi in Sentani on Sunday (7/8/2016) most of them are now getting the symptoms of diarrhea, fever, nausea, and respiratory infection.  According to him, despites some media have covered their condition, but until now there’s no good health care for refugees. (*/rom)

5) Local Context, An Effort to Protect the Local Language in Papua
11 August 2016

Jayapura, Jubi – Introducing local languages as local content in school curriculum is considered a model to apply in order to protect the Papuan tongues. 
Anthropology lecturer at the University of Cenderawasih Gerdha K. Numberi argued that an education system involves  the content and medium of delivery associated with environment and cultural issues, as well as the local context, so it becomes an obligation for local students to study it.
According to her, the curriculum of local content is according to the Decree of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture No 0412/U/1987 dated 11 July 1987. Its implementation has been elaborated in the Decree of the Director General of Elementary and Primary School No 137/-C/kep/M/87 dated 7 October 1987. In the Curriculum 1994, the local content is a subject to be taught separately at school.

“For some reason, there are some considerations to apply this curriculum. At first, the local languages in Papua have different characteristic, both at the level of linguistic or its suprasegmental (something related to the phoneme such as the volume and vibrant that reflect a particular emotion,” she said.
The Head of Linguistic, Literature and Culture Institute of Papua and Papua Barat, Supriyanto Widodo said on Tuesday (13/11/2012) that there as many languages used in Humbold Bay, including the languages of Sentani, Nafri, Kayu Pulo, Skouw, Tobati-Enggros and Moso. Of the six local languages, Moso is the only local language that remains spoken, while 5 other languages are already dismissed.
The Law No. 24/2009 about flag, language and symbol of the state as well as national anthem stated about the protection of local languages. Gerdha K Numberi thought the extinction of local languages in Papua was occurred due to the information flow, technology, communication and migration.
These factors are very interested to be studied in order to find a model for handling various linguistic issues to remain exist and equal with other culture. “It is important that one extinct language not only has implication to the linguistic dimension but also implicate the cultural of the language owner,” he said.
The interests of students as well as the availability of qualified teaching, the teaching is not only about to have the linguistic ability, but also the understanding on the regional culture.
Papua cultural activist, Andi Tagihuma said the languages in Papua and Papua Barat are currently on the extinction. Therefore the Education offices in the entire Papua must pay attention in handling the curriculum of local content at school. “Without protection and maintaining the value, we would become a nation without direction. Just like a kite flying in the wind,” said Andi. (*/rom)


6) Abby Kogoya Challenges Yogyakarta Police’s Move to Name Him Suspect

11 August 2016

Jayapura, Jubi – Obby Kogoya, Papuan student who was a alleged victim of police violence, has filed a pretrial motion against the Police’s decision to name him a suspect.
The Police arrested Kogoya following racist violence and the siege against Papuan students at Dormitory Kamasan I Yogyakarta by the Police and some civil organizations.
According to a press release by LBH Yogyakarta received by Jubi on Tuesday (9/8/2016), Obby and 8 Papuan students were taken to the Yogyakarta Police Headquarters without clear charges. His arrest was seen as an act to silent dissent.

Six among them were arrested while returning to the dormitory after buying cassava from the local market.
“The were accused of bringing sharp weapons. The accusations have never been proven because they only brought 34 kilograms of cassavas to be cooked for lunch,” stated LBH.
The rest of two including Obby were arrested and beaten while come to join his friends at the dormitory. Obby, as reported (16/7) was named suspect because allegedly bring an arrow.
However, LBH stated, during the process of legal assistance at the Police, cassavas are the only proofs. Therefore, Emanuel Gobay, Obby’s lawyer said Obby was named suspect without any evidence. “Determination of the suspect Obby was not in accordance of the legal process of crime, there is no evidence against him, the investigators also never showed anyone who become witnesses, as well as there is no other evidence to point him as the suspect.”
Obby is subjected to Article 212 jo. 213 Criminal Code Sub paragraph 351, which essentially he was accused to fight the officers by doing violence or mistreatment. In fact, through the video, photographs and other descriptions indicated he was the victim of violence or beaten by the security officers, stated LBH Yogyakarta.
As reported on Tuesday (9/8/2016), spokesperson of Sleman District Court, Ayun Kristiyanto said the court has received the letter and proposal of pretrial. The Chief of Court would assign a judge to lead the pretrial. “The trial would take seven days counted since the applicant and defendant attend to the trial. If only one party come, it has not counted yet,” he said.
Director of General Crime Investigation of Yogyakarta Police, Senior Commissionaire Hudit Wahyudi said the named of suspect is through a process of correct interrogation and investigation procedures. But he let the pretrial. “We are ready to face the lawsuit,” he said. (*/rom)

7) Papua Industry and Trade Office Monitoring PNG Products

10 August 2016

ayapura, Jubi – Papua Industry and Trade Office is tightening the monitoring of imported products, in particular from Papua New Guinea.
The Head of Papua Industry and Trade Office Max Olua told reporters in Jayapura on Tuesday (9/8/2016) that his office would intensively conduct monitoring, because some products from Papua New Guinea such as the fast foods are now circulated in Jayapura City and its surrounding areas.
“Control over the food products from Papua New Guinea is very important to protect consumers from expired products,” he said.
He said in Jayapura, products from Papua New Guinea are not only coming by land, but also via the sea.
He said the imported products from Papua New Guinea to Papua not only monitored by his office, but also by the Papua Border and Foreign Affairs Agency. Therefore, they are keeping the coordination on monitoring the circulation of products.
“There are some entries for the products from Papua New Guinea to Papua. To control the circulation of productes coming to Papua, we need to increase the coordination among relevant agencies,” he said.
He said it’s not only the products from PNG that getting attention, but also the Indonesian products (Papua) bought by PNG citizens also under their monitoring. “Everyday many PNG citizens come and enter to the border area to buy the basic commodities from the Indonesian traders,” said Olua.
Earlier, the Head of Papua Border and Foreign Affairs Agency, Suzana Wanggai told in regular days the number of people visiting the border market could reach 900 people. “It proves that the border area is not a place to be fear to visit,” said Wanggai. (*/rom)

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