Tuesday, November 22, 2016

1) Indonesian police reveal more about Sorong arrests

2) Church asked the Indonesian government to dialogue with ULMWP



1) Indonesian police reveal more about Sorong arrests

8:36 pm on 22 November 2016

Indonesian police have released more details about the arrests of 106 West Papuans at the weekend in Sorong.

Indonesian police talk to members of the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, in Jayapura during their demonstration, 31 May 2016. Photo: Tabloid Jubi
Police have confirmed they made the arrests in the West Papuan city at a prayer event held by the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, to celebrate their eighth anniversary.
The police disbursed the assembled KNPB crowd, accusing them of separatism as the congregation yelled their demand for West Papuan independence.
All but seven of the 106 taken to the main Sorong police station were soon released.
The Jakarta Post reported the KNPB as saying police accused the seven of treason and provocation.
The Sorong Police chief Edfrie Maith however said they only detained seven Papuans for 24 hours in order to question them, in compliance with standard procedure.
A public interest lawyer with Papua Itu Kita, Veronica Koman, said the seven were released but have been told to report to the police daily.
Chief Edfrie said the police ordered the event to disperse because in the event notification letter from the KNPB, the organisation used a symbol that was not an Indonesian symbol.
He explained that the KNPB did not properly acknowledge the Republic of Indonesia, therefore their event was not permitted to proceed.
Ms Koman said the KNPB produced a notification letter about the event using the KNPB logo, which was standard procedure for any other organisation.
She called the police action "an attempt to muffle freedom of expression in Papua".
Meanwhile, the newspaper reported that the Sorong police chief had been criticised for trying to forge a deal with local journalists not to publish the story.
Gema Demokrasi, a Jakarta-based network of 75 civil society organizations, said Mr Edfrie’s attempt was a violation of the 1945 Constitution on freedom of expression.

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2) Church asked the Indonesian government to dialogue with ULMWP

Jubi | News Portal Papua No. 1,
US Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia, Brian McFeeters (center), along with religious leaders meeting in Papua after Swissbell Hotel Jayapura - IST
Jayapura, Jubi - Chairman of the Board waitress Center Fellowship Baptist Churches of Papua (BPP-PGBP), Reverend Socratez Sofyan Yoman in a meeting between religious leaders in Papua with the Deputy Ambassador (Wadubes) United States to Indonesia, Brian McFeeters, in Jayapura, on Wednesday (11/16/2016) night say, the churches in Papua mendukungdan requested that the Indonesian government must dialogue with the Papuan people through the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP).

That dialogue, further Socratez, should also be mediated by a neutral third party because ULMWP an official institution established and supported by the people of Papua. Moreover, he said the agency has been recognized by the international community.

"We express the establishment of churches in Papua, to the deputy ambassador to the United States. In addition, he asked the Indonesian government to dialogue with ULMWP. Because these containers (ULMWP) officially recognized by the people of Papua is recognized by the international community," said Pastor Socratez Sofyan Yoman to the Jubi, Sunday, (11/20/2016) in Jayapura.

He mentioned churches in Papua, the Indonesian government-mediated talks with ULMWP more neutral third parties that GKI in Papua, Church Kingmi, GIDI and Baptist.

According to him, membership application ULMWP has become the linchpin in the body MSG because of the two countries, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, inclined to reject ULMWP membership, as well as Indonesia.

"For ULMWP membership at MSG is very important because with such membership, they can dialogue with Indonesia in the framework of his fellow members of the MSG," he said.

"During the meeting, US Deputy Ambassador prefer to listen to an explanation from us. He was not asking questions, he heard and thanked it," he said.

Secretary GKI Jayapura, Pdt. Hein C. Mano said, if the Government of Indonesia continues to see violence on the ground in Papua against indigenous Papuans (OAP), then it is probably not just seven Pacific countries that are defending the people of Papua.

"If this (violence) continues to occur, can be up to 10 countries are also defending Papua Indonesia out of the country. So, if Indonesia through his henchmen must promise to keep," says Mano. (*)

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