Thursday, December 22, 2016

1) Four more charged with treason for Papuan demos

2) Indonesian govt talks to Nauru about relations
3) Indonesians form West Papua committee
4) ’Everything can be burnt’ - West Papua in the Jokowi era


1) Four more charged with treason for Papuan demos
2:46 pm today 

Four more people have been charged with treason after demonstrating for West Papuan self-determination on Monday.

Monday, which was the 55th anniversary of the first Indonesian military invasion of Papua, was marked by demonstrations in at least 14 Indonesian cities.
About 500 people were reported to have been arrested for participating in the demonstrations.
Police in the Papua provincial capital Jayapura confirmed they had charged two Papuans for inciting treason against the state, and provoking other demonstrators to commit treason.
Now, reports from Indonesia indicate that four more people have been charged under the rebellion law after demonstrating in Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province.
A treason charge could lead to a jail term of up to 15 years.


2) Indonesian govt talks to Nauru about relations
about 1 hour ago 

Nauru’s government has confirmed that an Indonesian government delegation visited the country this month.

An official with Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Jauhari said the purpose of the visit was to discuss how to increase bilateral relations.
He said the delegation met with Nauru President Baron Waqa and his cabinet, and discussed development in Indonesia, including in Papua region.
President Waqa invited Indonesia to attend celebrations for Nauru's 49th anniversary of independence at the end of January next year.
Among the delegation was an Indonesian government consultant on West Papuan affairs, Franzalbert Joku.
Mr Joku said on Facebook that a visit to the Refugees Processing Centre on Nauru was an important part of his delegation’s engagements with the host government.

3) Indonesians form West Papua committee

West Papua global campaigner Benny Wenda has confirmed that ordinary Indonesians in Jakarta, Capital of Indonesia, have formed a committee to stand with West Papuans to seek an end to alleged human rights abuse and self-determination for the country.
 He says now that the world is sitting up to the reports of alleged atrocities and killings of Melanesians in West Papua, ordinary Indonesians are at last accepting the truth that West Papuans have to be set free to decide their own destiny. Wenda made the confirmation in an exclusive interview this week to explain the objective of the visit to Port Vila, by approximately 50 leaders of all pro-independence factions of West Papua.
He said the heavy delegation to Port Vila is necessary to show solidarity for West Papua’s application for the MSG leaders to grant their country full membership to MSG.

4) ’Everything can be burnt’ - West Papua in the Jokowi era

West Papuans continue to raise concerns about the infringement of their basic human rights in modern Indonesia.
However Indonesia's government under President Joko Widodo says living standards are improving for grassroots people in Papua region.
The face of West Papuan society is changing but RNZ International found that the core ideology of these Melanesian people is not easily destroyed.
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