Monday, March 20, 2017

1) Students in Papua asks government to close Freeport

2) Freeport “brains” all human rights violations in Papua
3) 300 students of health care will raise funds Korowai
4) Indonesia Steamrolls Media Freedom in Papua, Again
5) Papuans urge Indonesia to shut down Freeport mine


1) Students in Papua asks government to close Freeport

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Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Around 400 students from a number of campuses took to the street here on Monday asking the government to close PT Freeport Indonesia, which has big copper and gold mines in Papua. 

The students, carrying banner reading "Close Freeport", said the local people have no significant gain from the operation of the company after around 50 years here. 

"Close Freeport. Freeport has caused extensive damage to the environment in Papua," one of the students said. 

The students rallied in front of the citys Post Office before they moved to the city center with police on guard.

"Over the past week , there have always been people rallying in the street demanding the same thing," Popi, a local man watching the rally said. 

Earlier on Monday, a group of 50 people calling themselves Independent Traditional Community rallied around the Timika Indah Circle calling for the termination of Freeports contract in Papua . 

Vinsen Oniyoma, a spokesman of the group, said the local people had never been involved and their interest had not been considered since Freeport started operation here in 1967.

The traditional rights of major tribal communities , Amungme and Kamoro over land used by Freeport, had never been respected , he said. 

In addition Freeport has caused extensive damage to the environment and the ones to suffer are the local people, he said. 

Last week around 300 people organized by Papua GP Ansor Papua, the Association of Indonesian Miners and the Indonesian Islam Student Movement, staged similar protest against Freeport. 

The protesters expressed support for the government in the dispute and demanded that Freeport, if wanting to continue operation, it should build a smelter in Papua, pay taxes and comply with the share divestment regulation. 

"Freeport should comply with the government regulation. Freeport should pay taxes , build the smelters as required by the regulation," the spokesman of the protesters, Oktovianus Wally said. (*)

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2) Freeport “brains” all human rights violations in Papua
Jubi | News Portal Papua No. 1,

             Papuan students held rallies gave a press statement to reporters at the House DPRP - Jubi / Victor Mambor

Jayapura, Jubi - Papua Students accused PT Freeport Indonesia as the main actors violators of Human Rights (HAM) in Papua. Freeport steal Papua's natural wealth and
revoke the right to life of the Papuan people.

"Freeport become perpetrators of human rights violations The Papua," said Nelius Wenda, president of the Students of the University of Technology and Science Jayapura in the speeches of the students with the agenda demanded "Close Freeport" in front of the Papuan Legislative Council (DPRP), Monday (20/03 / 2017).

Teko Kogoya, president of the Independent Student Forum (FIM) said history records declaratory Indonesia, Sukarno fell from his position as president in the interest of securing America Freeport. Up to Papua, Kelly Kwalik murder, and murder of Papuan People also for the sake of Freeport.

"The state kills its own people, the people who sacrificed for the sake of securing Freeport ,," said the man who actively support the return of the land rights of indigenous communities over land Yeresiam
Oil palm plantations PT Nabire Nabire New to this.

Looked several parliamentarians were receiving about 500s were students. Among them are Ruben Magay and Yakoba Lokbere.

Responding to the demands of these students, Ruben Magay said the DPRP agreed with the student. DPRP said Magay will form a special committee as a follow-up of these demands.

"Demands" Close Freeport "and the" Self-Determination "was a package deal. Because in the history of the Land of Papua Freeport above this, there is manipulation of the rights of the Papuan people on this land. Freeport is the forerunner to the bank's human rights violations in Papua, "said Magay.

Students march was finally disbanded in an orderly manner around 16:00 Papua time. They left the DPRP office after submitting the statement to parliamentarians and giving press statements to reporters. (*)

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3) 300 students of health care will raise funds Korowai
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 18:45

parsnip | News Portal Papua No. 1
Jayapura, Jubi - Student health care community will take action Korowai fundraising in Jayapura on Tuesday (03.21.2017) starting at 08.00 CET.

Chairman of the Health Care and Education Rimba (TPKP Rimba) Norbert K. Bobi explains, action which will involve 300 students were conducted at a number of points as seputaran Housing Taxi 2, Terminal Expo, and the red light Abe and Kamkey.
"This action is purely a concern of students to the Korowai people," he told Jubi, Monday (03/20/2017).
Norbeert who is also chairman of the Student Executive Board (BEM) Faculty of Medicine, University of Cenderawasih said Korowai public health problem among elephantiasis (flariasis), skin diseases, malaria, and malnutrition.
"This is a top priority that must be resolved, because other areas of advanced in terms of health and education, why not with us in Korowai society," he said.
And the lives of people who almost all live in the jungle, he added, it is difficult to get decent health care for the local community.
"Almost every day they suffer in the jungle, where the postal service is already open but the medical staff has not been properly prepared, even once assigned, but by reason of the lack of lighting equipment and other facilities do not want to live there," he said.
Korowai communities living in the middle of the four districts, Yahukimo, Bintang Mountains, Digoel, and Asmat, and had been a disputed territory. The impact hurled the four districts of responsibility. Plus the distance to the capital of the fourth district of 200 to 300 km.
Representatives of the Remote Area Community Humanitarian Care (Kopkedat) Papua, Yohame Yoris said that his team had been formed during one and a half years in the Korowai and started having difficulty health workers. (*)


4) Indonesia Steamrolls Media Freedom in Papua, Again
MARCH 20, 2017 1:43PM EDT
Phelim Kine Deputy Director, Asia Division
French journalists Jean Frank Pierre and Basille Marie Longhamp learned firsthand last week the Indonesian authorities’ contempt for media freedom in its “Forbidden Island” provinces of Papua and West Papua (commonly referred to as “Papua”).

Indonesian police detained and then deportedthe two reporters, who were filming a documentary for Indonesia’s Garuda Airlines, for lacking “necessary documents from related institutions,” without elaborating. The authorities have barred the two journalists from returning to Indonesia for at least six months to ensure they get the message.
The message is that there’s a glaring gap between the rhetoric of Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s announced opening of Papua to foreign media, and the grim reality that journalists are still blocked from reporting there. In May 2015, President Jokowi said he would be lifting of the 25-year de facto ban on foreign media access to Papua. That policy change was supposed to end the farce of placing foreign journalists in legal limbo by denying or failing to approve their reporting applications for Papua.
But abuses of media freedom for foreign journalists in Papua, along with visa denial and blacklisting of reporters who challenge the official chokehold on Papua access, has continued unabated. That’s mainly because Jokowi has singularly failed to issue a formal written directive instructing Indonesia’s bureaucracy and security forces to lift these restrictions. But it’s also due to the deeply rooted perception among many government and security agency officials that foreign media access to Papua is a recipe for instability in a region already troubled by widespread public dissatisfaction with Jakarta, and a small but persistent armed independence movement.
That reflexive official paranoia extends beyond journalists and also impedes access to Papua for international development agencies, United Nations officials and foreign academics that Indonesian authorities perceive as hostile.
The government needs to understand that blocking media access on overbroad security grounds doesn’t just deter foreign news reporting about Papua, it raises troubling questions about what the government might be hiding there. It’s time for Jokowi to issue his long-delayed written directive lifting restrictions on foreign media access to Papua, and appropriately punish government officials who refuse to comply.
5) Papuans urge Indonesia to shut down Freeport mine
US mining giant has laid off thousands since stopped operation at world's 2nd biggest copper mine amid contractual dispute

By Ainur Rohmah
TUBAN, Indonesia 
Papuans across Indonesia held demonstrations Monday against an American mining giant involved in a contract dispute with the government that has halted operations at the world's second biggest copper mine.
Protest coordinator Samsi Mahmud said hundreds of members of the Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua and the Alliance of Papuan Students held protests in 16 cities, including in front of the Freeport office in Jakarta and the United States consulate in Bali.
"Our demand is only one, Freeport should be closed down and leave Papua," Mahmud said in a statement.
He described the signing of the first contract between the government and Freeport in 1967 as an “illegal act” as the eastern Papua region had been an area of conflict between Indonesia and the Netherlands.
Mahmud, a Front member, accused Freeport of continuing to illegally exploit mines and seizing people's lands. 
Locals consider Freeport-McMoRan to be closely linked to the military presence and its operations in the mineral-rich territory since 1967. 
"It has caused violence that resulted in misery and suffering to the people of Papua," Mahmud said Monday.
The company’s local subsidiary PT Freeport Indonesia halted operations at its Grasberg mine last month due to a contract dispute in which the government is seeking to convert the contract of work with Freeport into an export permit extension.
The new offer also involves Freeport divesting a 51-percent stake within a decade of production and the government’s role in determining base selling prices for minerals.
Freeport Indonesia has rejected the idea of contract conversion and said it may take the case to international arbitration.
Papua's Energy and Mineral Resources Office recorded that Freeport has laid off more than 2,000 employees -- consisting of foreigners and locals -- who work for its contractor since February. 
"Thousands of contract workers have been laid off, they no longer have an income. This could possibly lead to social problems,” the office’s chief, Bangun Manurung, was quoted as saying by

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