Saturday, March 18, 2017

1) Timika immigration office deports two French nationals

2) At least 115 expatriates leave Freeport


4) Promoting tourism attractions of Biak

5) Indonesia, Australia harbor interests in security, stability in Indo-Pacific region


1) Timika immigration office deports two French nationals

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Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Tembagapura Immigration Office in Papua province deported two French nationals on Friday for violating their Indonesian visa.

The two French citizens, identified as Frank Jean Piere Escudie and Basile Marie Longchamp, violated their visa to make a documentary film under the project "The Explorers" in several places in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua, Head of the Tembagapura Immigration Office Jesaja Samuel Enock said here on Friday.

"Based on the results of the interrogation, the two French nationals used visit visas to make a documentary film on nature, culture, and other attractions in Papua, without holding necessary permits from the authorized agencies," he stated.

They were deported to their country by Garuda Indonesia flight from Mozes Kilangin Airport in Timika en route to Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Banten province on Friday evening.

They would be flown to their country on Friday night or early on Saturday, he noted. (*)


2) At least 115 expatriates leave Freeport

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Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Immigration Office in Tembagapura, Timika, said at least 115 expatriate workers have left PT Freeport Indonesia and its sub-contractors after the US mining company stopped operation.

Freeport Indonesia abruptly stopped production on February 10, 2017 and started to dismiss thousands of workers. It already laid off 10 percent of its foreign workers. 

The subsidiary of the mining giant McMoRun Copper & GoldIt employs 32,000 people in Indonesia, about 12,000 of whom are full-time employees. 

The freeze was a reaction to a shakeup in Freeport's 30-year contract with the Indonesian government, signed in 1991. Indonesia has tried to levy additional obligations from Freeport in an attempt to increase domestic revenue from its natural resources. 

An official of the Tembagapura Immigration Office Dede Sulaiman said here on Saturday , most of the 115 expatriates are from Australia and the United States. 

The 115 expatriates returned with members of their families . There worked for PT Freeport Indonesia, PT Redpath, PT RUC and PT JDA, Dede said .

Until now there are still more than 700 expatriates working in Mimika mainly for the sub-contractors of PT Freeport.

Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has asked PT Freeport Indonesia to respect the Indonesian regulations that changed the status after the expiration of contract of work.

The government gave the company6 an option - to keep its contract of work but build a smelter to process it copper concentrate in the country as the government has banned export of unprocessed minerals.  

Luhut said that the government has taken a clear stance in the situation and will not step back from the regulations.

"Freeport needs to realize that this is B to B (Business to Business). Freeport has been operating here for almost 50 years. They need to respect our constitutions," he said.

Freeport, which operates the countrys largest copper and gold mines in Papua, have been in disagreement over new status of contract and a number of contract terms.

Freeport has threatened to bring the case to an international arbitrary court and the government said it was ready to meet the challenge.(*)



Jayapura, Jubi –  United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pûras will visit Indonesia from 22 March to 3 April 2017 to assess the realisation of the right to health in the country.
“The purpose of this visit is to learn how Indonesia endeavours to implement the right to health, including the measures the country has taken to date and the challenges it faces,” Mr. Pûras wrote in his press statement.
His visit will be the first to Indonesia by an independent expert of the UN Human Rights Council entrusted to monitor the realisation of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

He also scheduled to visit West Papua during his visit. It will be the third visit by UN Special Rapporteur after Hina Jilani on 2008 and Manfred Nowak on 2010. Mr. Puras will examine achievements and challenges related to the enjoyment of the right to health, including the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of health services, goods and facilities.
Mr. Pûras will also assess factors that affect the right to health in the country, including poverty, discrimination, and social exclusion.
“I will be particularly interested in addressing specific issues during this visit, especially within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mr. Puras said.
Among these issues are: universal health coverage; maternal and children’s health; sexual and reproductive health; mental health; HIV/AIDS; and drug/ substance use and dependency.
The Special Rapporteur will examine the situation of key populations and groups, such as women, children, people with disabilities, and indigenous peoples/ Adat communities (Masyarakat Hukum Adat).
Mr. Pûras will present a comprehensive report on his visit to Indonesia to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2018. (*)


4) Promoting tourism attractions of Biak

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Biak Numfor District was a popular tourist destination in Papua in 1990s, before Raja Ampat was "discovered."

The district offers several types of tourist attractions from the beauty of nature, historical wreckage of World War (WW) II, and eco-tourism of biodiversity-rich forests of Papua, as well as the unique traditional art and culture of Papuan tribes.

These attractions will be promoted in the annual Biak Munara Wampasi (BMW) to be organized in Biak from July 1 to 4, 2017.  

Held for the first time in 2012, the BMW festival has been included in the national tourism calendar. Other festivals in Papua that have been included in the tourism calendar include Baliem Valley Festival and Asmat Festival.

The festival will be officially launched in the Jakarta Convention Center here on March 30.

The launch, to be organized by the Tourism Ministry and the Biak Numfor District Administration, would coincide with Deep & Extreme Indonesia event and is meant to promote the festival, particularly among divers, adventurers, underwater sports lovers, and e-tourism tourists, Biak District Head Thomas Ondy stated recently. 

Ondy hoped that the festival would be able to attract both domestic and foreign tourists. For that purpose, the Biak tourism office is promoting the festival on social media.

"Social media platforms, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and Line, have been used to promote Biaks tourist attractions," Turbey Ony Dangeubun, head of the Biak tourism office, stated on March 18.

All information concerning the festival, in particular, will be disseminated on social media, he added.

The Biak administration will rope in an event organizer to ensure punctuality and smooth implementation of the festival.

The Biak Numfor district government has allocated funds worth Rp1 billion through the local Tourism Office to ensure the success of the cultural festival.

Last year, the festival was held from July 1 to 4 to showcase traditional Japanese "katana" vintage samurai swords from World War II.

This year, the administration believes the festival needs innovations to attract more domestic and foreign tourists.

He is optimistic that the festival would be a success, as the event is already included in the national tourism agenda set by the tourism ministry.

The BMW festival will feature the traditional snap mor fishing, Mansusui/wairon boat race, a visit to the Padaido/Aimando islands, Biak 10-kilometer marathon, and a traditional art and cultural expo.

Meanwhile, the Papua administration has focused on developing tourism in the districts of Biak Numfor and Supiori since 2016.

"So far, two regions have become a priority for tourism development, notably the districts of Biak Numfor and Supiori," Ysh Is Matutina, head of the tourism office of Papua Province, stated in Jayapura.

In Biak Numfor, the priority is to develop the Sausapor Beach. Several other tourist attractions and destinations are also being developed.

In fact, the number of foreign tourists visiting Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, increased to 3,399 people in 2016, as compared to 1,779 in the previous year.  

The increase was the result of intensified tourism promotion activities carried out by the Biak District administration, Enias Rumbewas, spokesman of the Biak Numfor district government, noted recently.

Foreign tourists from Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, China, and several European countries, among others, visit Biak.

The number of domestic tourist arrivals also surged from some 28 thousand in 2015 to 30 thousand in 2016.

As for West Papua and Papua Provinces as a whole, the number of foreign tourist arrivals in 2016 totaled some 3.5 million.

"Among the favorite tourist destinations in Papua Province are Wamena, Biak, Jayapura, Mimika, Merauke, and Asmat as well as several districts in the central mountainous area," Hans Menanti of the Papua Tourism Office stated.

In West Papua Province, most foreign tourists visited Raja Ampat District, Sorong, Bintuni Bay, and Manokwari, he revealed.

Menanti is optimistic that the number of foreign tourists visiting Papua will increase significantly following the Indonesian governments policy to provide visa-free facility to several countries.

Papua is popular among foreign tourists due to its maritime scenery, unique culture and traditions, as well as historical remnants and sites.  

As for domestic tourists visiting Papua and West Papua, the number reached some five million last year.

Indonesias easternmost island of Papua is one of the worlds largest and highest tropical islands and is incredibly diverse and different from any other on Earth.

Papua Island, which comprises West Papua and Papua, is home to some 250 tribes that retain the ancient traditional cultures and over 250 indigenous languages and dialects.(*)


5) Indonesia, Australia harbor interests in security, stability in Indo-Pacific region

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Australian Minister for Defense Marise Payne met his Indonesian counterpart Ryamizard Ryacudu in Sydney on Friday for the annual Indonesia-Australia Defense Ministers meeting.

Minister Payne affirmed that Australia and Indonesia have enjoyed a long-standing and productive bilateral defense relationship that supports mutual interests in ensuring security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, according to a statement of the Australian Department of Defense published on its website, Saturday.

The ministers discussed the regional security dynamics and the importance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) security frameworks to build regional trust, transparency, and cooperation. 

The ministers also reinforced their support for the recently signed Joint Declaration on Maritime Cooperation.

Minister Payne noted that Australia and Indonesia were co-chairs of the next cycle of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting-Plus Experts Working Group on peacekeeping operations.

"This represents a great opportunity to strengthen regional peacekeeping efforts and build upon the existing bilateral peacekeeping cooperation," he said.

During the bilateral meeting, the ministers discussed strengthening cooperation in the fields of defense, science, and technology.

"Cooperation in science and technology has great potential to build the depth and resilience of our bilateral relationship, and we agreed to greater cooperation and engagement," Minister Payne remarked.

The Australian Department of Defense is looking forward to welcoming Indonesias Head of Defense Ministry Research and Development Agency Dr Anne Kusmayati in Australia in 2017.

Minister Payne invited Minister Ryacudu to Darwin in the near future to view the US Force Posture Initiatives. 

"The Force Posture Initiatives provide new opportunities for regional defense engagement, including with Indonesia, in order to build mutual trust and contribute to regional peace and security," she added.(*)

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