Tuesday, November 8, 2016

1) Open space scientific discussion to study the legal and political status of West Papua

2) Bright Indonesia program set Papua, W. Papua as priorities

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1) Open space scientific discussion to study the legal and political status of West Papua

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Jubi | News Portal Papua No. 1,
Senin, 07 November 2016 — 16:52

Jayapura, Jubi - Spaces scientific discussion should be opened to discuss the history of the political status of West Papua or West Papua and Indonesia's claim to sovereignty over the territory. At least that is the main message of the Panel Discussion Surgical Journal West Papua and Self-Determination in International Law, held in the Hall of the University of Science and Technology Jayapura (USTJ), Saturday (11/05/2016).

A 40-page journal published by the English-Indonesian West Papua National Committee (KNPB) to the public in Papua. The journal is written by Melinda Janki, an international lawyer based in London and Guyana, as well as one of the key figure behind the establishment of the International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP) in London, England.

The journal is discussed in front of at least 300 people who packed the Hall USTJ, Saturday afternoon.

"I am grateful to my friends KNPB for bringing the problem studied scientifically. My, deputy rector responsible for menginjinkan colleagues did a tremendous discussion related to West Papua and Self-Determination in International Law, "said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs USTJ, Mr. Isak Rumbarar when opening the event.

Discussion led by representatives of Komnas HAM Papua, Frits Ramandey the three speakers from the five who planned to attend. Harry Ronsumbre representing the West Papua National Parliament (PNWP), Jason Ngelia representing youth and students, and Victor F Yeimo, chairman of the West Papua National Committee (PNWP). While Dr. Basir Rohrohmana, Lecturer in Law, University of Cenderawasih (Uncen) and Ps. Socrates Sofyan Yoman unable to attend.

A substantive right of self-determination and the violation of the Act of 1969

For Frits Ramandey very important discussion that afternoon to answer many questions related to the completion of West Papua. And the journal, according to him, has given two important things, namely how the mechanism and process of West Papuan self-determination previously made, and where lies the Act of disability law (Act) 1969.

"This forum to answer questions a lot of people, how to resolve an identity in the international mechanism," he opened the discussion forum.

This is justified Victor Yeimo who took an active role in the publication of the journal. "Indonesia's claim over the sovereignty over West Papua and West Papua to claim the right of their own fate is governed by international law and not domestic law," he said.

Melinda Janki, in the journal propagated resume the committee, offers two important foundations of international law regarding the rights to West Papua to self-determination. The first cornerstone is a substantive right and the second is a procedural violation, the violation of the Act of 1969.

Substantive right in question is, West Papua (formerly Netherland Guinea) as a non self-governing territories (colonies) so that the right to determine their own destiny. "Therefore, the United Nations Declaration of 1514 in December 1960 on the guarantee of independence for the countries and people of the colony became the cornerstone implementation of self-determination," said Janki in the resume.

Harry Ronsumbre in his presentation said, "Indonesia is recognizing the right of self-determination of West Papua. It was also clearly stated in the Document Information Service UNTEA (United Nations Temporary Executive Authority). Establishment of New Guinea Raad also proves that West Papua was under government custody since 1949, "he said.

Indonesia itself acknowledges the substantive right, when it signed an agreement New York August 15, 1962. Transfer of administration from the Netherlands to Indonesia under the agreement, it aims to make preparations for self-determination (hereinafter referred to as the Act) in 1969.

The problem then is in implementation of the Act of 1969 that are not under international law, or procedurally defective.

"There is no implementation of the Act as UNTEA command. We have a record and living witnesses related to these violations. For example, participants were quarantined Act, Act but instead of doing one of the rules of deliberation about pensuksesan Repelita (Five-Year Development Plan) Soeharto. They talk of development, there are agreed only because the government trustee status, or take care of any administration, "said Harry.

Janki itself in the journal cited examples violations of the Act to explain why the 1961 Act is not legally valid.

"In addition to violating the principle of one man one vote (one man one vote) that followed only 0.2% of the population of Papua, the situation of the implementation of the Act was also overshadowed by the Indonesian military occupation of at least 15,000 since 1963, there is no free choice and no freedom of speech," explained Janki ,

On this basis, according to Victor Yeimo, KNPB founded and fought for decades, namely to demand the implementation of a peaceful referendum, democratic and final for the future of West Papua.

"We've become a self-governing territory should not get the right of self-determination, Indonesia's claim to West Papua has been refuted by itself by Indonesia's own admission that the West Papua has the right to self-determination in the period 1962-1969," said Victor.

Invalidity of the Act, said Victor, reinforced by the results of the Act which in fact has never been declared the United Nations in recognition of Indonesian sovereignty over West Papua, but only has the ongoing recording process (Resolution 2504). That's what makes the suit Papua's political status continues today.

"We are still not self-governing territory under international law. We are not separatists. And we are entitled to struggle by peaceful, dignified honest and open, because the truth is we clear legal basis, "he said.

Victor then asked the University and the academic world, including historians to study law and politics openly and scientifically, as practiced by Papua Studies at Warwick University England.

Jason Ngelia, representing the younger generation of Papuans in the forum about the importance of young people and students studying history and political culture of West Papua. "Pertebal knowledge, history and our political culture. Be part of the historical process, to expand its strength in the independence movement, "he said.

He attaches great importance to scientific discussion spaces such as is done in many places by people who are more diverse. "We also need to invite friends who are pro-Indonesia, they do not necessarily know this history, we must listen to them as well," said Jason.

Slightly different from the two other speakers, particularly Jason expressed his doubts on the commitment of the United Nations as an institution which he does not move against the big colonial countries like the US. "Palestine has received the support of more than one hundred countries, but the United Nations can not act when a large country (in the UNSC) said no," he said.

He advocated advocacy should be more emphasis on strengthening the capacity in the country through the knowledge and creative struggle. "Do not promise freedom, because it depends on the process of struggle and our own strengths," he said.

At the end of the discussion, Frits Ramandey stressed the importance of spreading knowledge of international legal instruments related to the political status of Papua. It was necessary to gather scientific argument, either pro or con, that people are increasingly intelligent.

When asked regarding the level of international advocacy of self-determination rights of West Papua, Victor Yeimo said that the process of development of Pacific Coalition for West Papua (PCWP), with the whole process in the Pacific is a step forward to add voice support to suppress the state of the UN.

"This year has been seven countries in the Pacific, next year should be more countries. Furthermore, we must turn back the status of decolonization Decolonization Committee not to register but turn back. We must also teach Indonesia that self-determination (referendum) is the only reasonable mechanism, other countries do it. Rather it is an indicator of democracy, "he said.

USTJ provide examples

By Komnas HAM Papua USTJ willing memafasilitasi praised for scientific discussions related topic that is often regarded as a country of this menace. "This event is a manifestation of our opposition to the Edict of police chief," said Frits Ramandey.

Isak Rumbarar in his opening message seems not to worry. He claimed to have received a variety of inputs including a lawsuit permitting discussion of the book.

"When (the request to hold the event) came to us in USTJ, many say why permitted and all sorts. I would say, keep going where otherwise permitted again? What should be under the-under the tree? or on the streets? So I convey to the entire community, myself, the vice rector responsible for menginjinkan colleagues conduct scientific discussions tremendous discussion related to West Papua and Self-Determination in International Law is assessed discussed academically in college, "he greeted rousing applause of the participants.

Nelius Wenda, Preiden BEM USTJ being part of the committee, grateful successful event took place on the campus of his beloved. "We are grateful to KNPB who entrust USTJ as a place to do a book review. We BEM USTJ facilitate this place because this book review embodiment Tri Darma Higher Education, which is service to the community, "said Nelius to Jubi Sunday (11/06/2016).

As a student, added, problems that occur in the community should be studied scientifically, and campus autonomy should be respected and appreciated by anyone any institution. "We hope the campus while maintaining its integrity by not turning off students' critical attitude by pressure or any outsider cooperation," said Nelius.

The majority of young faces filled the hall, a former political prisoner, jajarang KNPB, some former members of the Papua Presidium Panel, including the press.

Participants none moved from a discussion that lasted about 3 hours with sufficient material weight to the size of the public discussion. It sort of gives the message level of enthusiasm Papuans to self-determination aspirations of West Papua.

A fragment of violence against pro-independence Papuan family who played about 10 young people, seemed to make the audience moved. A man in the middle of the participants, it appears many times wiping away tears with his shirt collar.

Of the forum, the country should begin to realize, could not continuously ignore the demands of many Papuans on the history of the integration of this region into Indonesia.

Increasingly Indonesia ignore, even more evident political claims Indonesia over Papua only tangible military force that can not be adapted to the climate of democracy. (*)


2) Bright Indonesia program set Papua, W. Papua as priorities
Jakarta | Tue, November 8, 2016 | 08:12 pm
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and state-owned electricity company PLN are working to jointly map electricity needs in Papua and West Papua provinces in an effort to realize the ministry’s Indonesia Terang (Bright Indonesia) project by 2019.
 The ministry’s new and renewable energy director general, Rida Mulyana, said on Tuesday the mapping would help both entities set priorities in the procurement of electricity in the easternmost provinces 
“We have done a lot of studies and held discussions with PLN in both provinces. After the mapping, we will immediately procure electricity there,” he said.
With the program, Indonesia expects to increase its electrification rate to 97 percent over the next three years from 85 percent in 2015.
Currently, Papua’s electrification ratio is only 45.93 percent while West Papua’s is 82.7 percent.
While working for Papua and West Papua, Rida said the ministry and PLN were also studying other provinces as previously planned in the Bright Indonesia program. The program previously stalled for months due to budget cuts in the revised 2016 state budget, as well as a Cabinet reshuffle, which saw a change in the position of energy and mineral resources minister from Sudirman Said to Ignasius Djonan.
However, Rida ensured that the ministry would continue the program, which is expected to electrify 12,659 remote villages, mostly in eastern Indonesia, through new and renewable energy sources. Aside from Papua and West Papua, electricity will be procured for Maluku, West Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara, as stipulated in the latest plan. (adt/hwa)

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