Monday, May 15, 2017

AWPA Summary of events in West Papua –(11 April -3rd May 2017)

AWPA Summary of events in West Papua –(11 April -3rd May 2017).

The last update (March) overlapped to the 11 April. This short update  covers the last few weeks in April and up to 3rd May.   It consists  of  links to a number of interesting articles re West Papua, although brief as have been away.

Indonesia  hosted this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 1-4 May. A terrific “First Dog on the Moon”  cartoon on the issue.
Happy Press Freedom Day from sunny Indonesia

No talk of Papua at Press Freedom Day

HRW calls for tougher measures to combat violence against journalists
Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Indonesian government to adopt bolder steps to ensure the dismissal and prosecution of security officials implicated in violence against journalists.
HRW deputy Asia director Phelim Kine specifically called UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova to publicly address the increase in assaults against journalists during the commemoration of the 2017 World Press Freedom Day next week.

AWPA Media release 30 April 2017
54 years after Indonesian takeover, he West Papuan people still continue their struggle for self-determination.  

On the 1st May in 1963 Indonesia took over the administration of West Papua from United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA) and 54 years later the West Papuan people still continue their struggle for self-determination. 
Every year West Papuans commemorate and protest this tragic betrayal of the West Papuan people by the international community.  Last year leading up to and around the 1st May up to 2000 West Papuans were arrested in rallies  which had also been called to show support for the bid by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and to support the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) who were meeting at the Houses of Parliament in London to discuss the issue. 

This year a rally planned to commemorate  (and reject) Indonesia’s takeover of West Papua was to take place in Sentani, Jayapura.  However, the police arrived and destroyed a stage that had been set up for the rally. They are also intimidating people outside the KNPB secretariat, stopping the local people from their activities. The situation remains tense and dangerous.

Indonesian Police Arrest 200 in Sentani
A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.

Original bahasa link above article
Indonesian Police Arrest 200 in Sentani
By Arnold Belau - May 1, 2017
JAYAPURA, Indonesian police are reported to have arrested 200 people on May 1, 2017 in Sentani, Papua.
Bazoka Logo, KNPB Center spokesman to confirmed the arrest. He explained that at 7.36 pm the police came to the KNPB secretariat of the Sentani Territory and the authorities forced the mob commanded by the KNPB Sentani area to disband. Then, the police arrested the mass who had gathered in the secretariat of KNPB Sentani.
"Police came and stopped the activities they wanted to do and then arrested 200 people and under to Mapolres Jayapura. The number of mass arrested was 200 people. 150 already returned. 50 people are still detained. 26 people have been tortured by the authorities, "Bazoka said.
The logo also says, the apparatus not only dissolve and capture the masses. The apparatus also entered the KNPB secretariat and damaged the facility and had doodled the walls of the house and also seized KNPB's belongings.

"The police also confiscated the goods, painted and wiped the dawn-star flag on the wall of the house, confiscated KNPB's tools. That the police do when they want to act to reject the annexation papua conducted on May 1, 1963, "he said.
Reportedly, police have also arrested and detained journalists Jubi newspapers and, Yance Wenda while doing coverage at Sentani.
Pewarta: Arnold Belau

Photos of protest outside Indonesian Consulate in Sydney (2nd May)
A snap rally outside the Indonesian Consulate was called by supporters of West Papua in Sydney.   The rally was in response to the brutal arrest of 200 West Papuans (many beaten) including a Jubi journalist  in Sentani Jayapura.

INDONESIA : What are you going to do for Papua, Mr. President?
April 11, 2017
Since Suharto stepped down in 1998, and political reform occurring for the last 18 years, Papua has yet to enjoy real reform, as enjoyed by other provinces in Indonesia. While there have been initiatives to address human rights problems in Papua and West Papua provinces, they have not resulted in significant improvements on the ground. Former President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) for instance, changed the name of Irian Jaya province to Papua, when he was in power. Unfortunately, Gus Dur’s effort occurred in a very short period; after one year he was forced to step down by the Parliament. 

Papua lacks medical support to combat whooping cough, HIV/AIDS: Group


Rio Tinto ponders future in Indonesia’s Grasberg copper mine
33rd commemoration-The death of Arnold Ap

May issue if New Internationalist magazine is focused on West Papua
Two of the articles below

Pressed into silence: West Papua, Indonesia & World Press Freedom Day

Morning star rising

93 Countries to Question Indonesia`s Human Rights Violations

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