Thursday, May 18, 2017

1) Pastor and Pastor Asked to Talk about Humanity in Papua

2) Papuan people reject Hizbut Tahrir: Expert
4) Freeport mine in Papua sacks 840 striking workers following May Day

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1) Pastor and Pastor Asked to Talk about Humanity in Papua

Father Frans Lieshout, Theo Hesegem and Dominikus Sorabut during discussions at the Soska Wamena building. (Elisa Silence - SP)

JAYAPURA, - Theo Hesegem, Head of Papua's Central Mountain Human Rights Advocacy Network regrets the church's attitude that always avoids the case of the people affected, especially the shooting case in Wamena.
He said that when the shootings occurred, pastors and priests who always spoke the truth on the pulpit disappeared for some where, even if the shot or tortured were his people.
"If in Wamena there is shooting all of the dispersal. Pastor, priest always sermon continues, but to whom they will preach, because his people shot dead? So, let's have to look at these cases together, "said Theo Hesegem during book review" Papua on the Threshold of Destruction "in Wamena, Saturday (13/05/2017).
Dominikus Sorabut, Secretary of the Papuan Traditional Council (DAP) The Laapago region firmly says, the church must speak humanity, not the church hidden under the armpits of the government. The church must act like Jesus, because the church exists because of Jesus' sacrifice.
"The church must speak, do not hide under the armpits of the government. The Church must act like Jesus, just like the fence of justice, "Dominic said.
Father Frans Lieshout said he was concerned about the current condition of Papua which is becoming increasingly unclear.
He then admitted, so far there is only the voice of Papuans who continue to talk, while where the voice of non-Papuans.
"If there is a demo of almost all Papuans shouting, but their voices are not heard, where are the voices of immigrants, where pastor and priest voices?" Frans said.
Frans Frans said, when talking about justice should be discussed by everyone, both Papuans, non-Papuans and anyone who is on this land, including pastors and priests.
Pewarta: Elisa Silence
2) Papuan people reject Hizbut Tahrir: Expert
Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura, Papua | Thu, May 18, 2017 | 05:26 pm

Furtive attempts by hard-line group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI ) to campaign for the establishment of a caliphate are being met with rejection from all societal elements in Papua, as Papuans consider them to contradict the state ideology of Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution, an expert has said.
“I can say HTI has committed an attack against the government by waging a war of ideas. It teaches its cadres to fight against the state. They camouflage their fight against the state with various activities. They create a clash of opposing ideals and ideologies,” political analyst Ridwan Al-Makassary said as quoted by Antara on Thursday.
He was speaking in a seminar jointly conducted by Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and the Religious Affairs Ministry’s Papua office in Jayapura on Thursday.
Established in Jerusalem by Taqiyuddin An-Nabhani in 1953, Hizbuth Tahrir aimed to build a caliphate and was opposed to democracy, Ridwan said.
“Hizbuth Tahrir has attempted to expand its influence in several countries, such as Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and several other Islamic countries, but it has received massive rejection and has been banned as it is considered dangerous to those countries,” he said.
HTI entered Indonesia in 1980s, targeting university students and mosque congregation members. It spread to Papua in the 2000s following the fall of the Soeharto regime, which was known for its tough measures against Islamic organizations.
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy R.Amar said although HTI had an ideology that was against Pancasila and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, it was important for the government to find elegant ways to disband the organization.
“We cannot use violent ways, because we have a law that regulates procedures required in the disbandment of a mass organization,” he said. (rdi/ebf)


Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), Hariyadi B Sukamdani admitted that as an organization consisting of producers of goods, Apindo does not take much profit associated with expensive goods in Papua.
“Most of Apindo’s members are producers, the price problem of these goods is in the intermediary traders and logistics costs, we expect a Ministry of Trade policy will intervene to control the price and inflation,” he said in Jayapura on Sunday (May 14).
Apindo said the increase price of goods and its fluctuation is insignificantly related to producer side.

He pointed out the problem of cement that cost quite extraordinary in Papua, especially in the mountains, that ranging million rupiah. “For this problem, we need an investigation of where is source of the hike. From our producer members the price is fixed,” he said.
The logistics transportation cost is considered contribute to the extremely expensive price
Previously, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita went straight to the people’s market and a modern retail store in Jayapura to ensure the highest adoption of the retail price (HET) in Papua.(*)
4) Freeport mine in Papua sacks 840 striking workers following May Day

Pacific Media Centre News Desk
Protesters target Freeport mine and West Papuan self-determination on May Day, kicking off the month-long strike at Timika. Image: Johannes P. Christo/
Gold and copper mining firm PT Freeport has reportedly laid off 840 employees for going on strike in Timika in the Indonesian-ruled province of Papua from May Day onwards.
Septinus Soumilena, Head of the Immigration, Transmigration and Public Housing Office, confirmed he had received a report from PT Freeport about the dismissal of some 840 employees.
“We have received a letter of notification from the management of PT Freeport stating 840 employees had been laid off. Of course, this is a cause of major concern for all of us,” he said.
The Immigration, Transmigration and Public Housing Office in Mimika tried its best to prevent the layoff by writing to the management of PT Freeport on but to no avail, he revealed.
“It turns out that the letter we have sent was late, because by the time it was sent, about 430 workers had been laid off.
“Today, we sent a letter urging the management of PT Freeport to cancel the layoff. The number of employees discharged has reached 840,” he said.
The Mimika district government will act, as soon as possible, to facilitate a meeting between the management of PT Freeport and leaders of labor unions, he stated.
Thousands striking
Tempo reports that thousands of Freeport Indonesia’s workers in Mimika, Papua, had gone on strike from May 1 to 30, following a deadlocked negotiation with the company’s management.
Yafet Panggala, head of the organisation unit at the Chemical, Energy and Mining Workers Union (SP-KEP) of Freeport Indonesia, said that the strike in Timika commencement coincided with the International Workers Day — May Day.
Panggala had said that Freeport’s Workers Union would continue to be in communications with the company’s management.
Yafet guaranteed that the strike would cease if there was a deal with the management.
“The strike is not our goal, but it’s a means of our struggle. So, there should not be an allegation saying that we want to go on strike all the time. It’s not like that,” Yafet said.
Yafet revealed that the union and Freeport had not reached an agreement related to the disciplinary actions against workers who violate the Cooperation Agreement and the Industrial Relationship Guidelines (PKB-PHI) 2015-2017.

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