Fatal incident: Search and rescue personnel attempt to the remove bodies of two gold miners trapped in a landslide in Banti village, Tembagapura, Timika, Papua, on July 29. (Courtesy of the Tembagapura Police/File)
Two gold miners were killed on Saturday in a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Tembagapura, Timika, Papua.
The miners, Agus Sumarno, 35, and Sardiono, 30, died after a landslide buried their camp on the border of Utikini and Banti villages in Tembagapura at around 12:30 a.m., local time.
“They were buried under the soil. Five other people who were with them at the camp when the landslide occurred survived,” Tembagapura Police chief Adj. Comr. Hasmulyadi told The JakartaPost on Saturday.
An emergency rescue team from Freeport Indonesia and personnel from the Tembagapura Police managed to remove the bodies of both victims from the location at 2 a.m.
The victims were taken to Tembagapura Hospital. “The bodies arrived at the hospital at 7 a.m. and are still in the mortuary room,” said Hasmulyadi. Both miners will be buried in their hometown of Pati, Central Java.
Hasmulyadi said Banti was prone to landslides, especially if heavy rainfall occurred in areas around Tembagapura.
Saturday’s landslide cut off an access road connecting Banti village and Tembagapura. In 2016, a landslide occurred at the same location, but there were no fatalities at that time. (ebf)
2) One killed in clash over district head election in Papua
18 hours ago | 708 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - One person was killed and 12 others were wounded after supporters of rival candidates in the election of head of Puncak Jaya district in the Indonesian eastern province of Papua clashed on Saturday.
Papua police spokesman Senior Commissioner Ahmad Kamal confirmed the incident to ANTARA, adding that 16 houses had also been burned.
He stated that the incident started at 11.15 a.m. when supporters of Candidate 1 conducted a stone-burning ceremony.
The fire then flared creating thick smoke to make people led by Loni Telenggen alias Bongkar Telenggeng misunderstand it as an act of attack and torching. They then went to Command Post 3, but before arriving there, they met people coming from the opposite direction, and then the clash broke out.
Police seeking to break them up, led by Puncak Jaya police chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Indra Napitupulu, fired warning shots, but they were ignored. At 12.30, however, the two groups could be separated.
Ahmad Kamal noted that he deplored the incident that had caused the casualties, while the election dispute itself was still being settled at the constitutional court.
He appealed to the people not to be easily provoked by rumors that were deliberately spread by irresponsible persons.
"Candidates must keep monitoring their supporters so that they would not be involved in anarchism. The regional police, and military chiefs, as well as deputy governor and chairman of Papua regional legislative assembly, and the three camps in the election, had pledged to avoid attacks while waiting for the courts ruling over their disputes," Ahmad Kamal said.
The Puncak Jaya district head election was participated in by three pairs of head and deputy head candidates. They are Yustus Wonda pairing with Kirenus Telenggen, Hanock Ibo-Rinus, and Yuni WondaaDeinad Geley. (*)
Wamena, Jubi – Patients with tuberculosis (TB) in Jayawijaya tend to increase from 2016 to second quarter of 2017.
The increase was revealed by Jayawijaya Health Office’s data. By 2016, there are 528 TB cases. Meanwhile, the number of TB people in 2017 up to June 2017, at about 250 cases.
“TB patients have increasing trend from year to year,” said dr. Siwi Murniati, as medical health person responsible for TB program of Jayawijaya Health Office to journalist, Thursday (July 27).
Dr. Siwi said they would implement dots strategies in 15 health care centres such as hospitals, Kalvari clinics, and 13 Puskesmas, to handle TB in the area.
“All officers have been trained with that strategy (dots strategy), although not completed,” she said. Most TB patients in Wamena Hospital are coming from various regions.
Related to TB control program in Jayawijaya, doctor Siwi admitted that it still need much effort to find suspect and patient of TB. He said, many challenges faced in providing services in Jayawijaya district.
Meanwhile, Assistant I of Jayawijaya regional secretary, Living Wusono, after opening a public consultation work on regional action of TB prevention of Jayawijaya Regency, said that his office will demand the active role of all stakeholders in TB prevention efforts.
“The work is to strengthen the regional action plan related to TB control in Jayawijaya Regency.Therefore, we will ask all stakeholders to take part in the regional action plan,” he said. (*)
Jayapura, Jubi – Obby Kogoya (22) was convicted of violating Article 212 of the Criminal Code with 4 months of confinement and 1 year probation. The Legal Aid Institute (LBH) of Yogyakarta considered that the verdict was not based on the facts at trials because all of prosecution evidence presented by the prosecutor was not proven.
“In fact, through the evidence presented by the legal advisor, it was mentioned that Obby Kogoya did not fight against the officers with violence,” said Yogi Zul Fadhli, one of the lawyers team from LBH Yogyakarta who accompanied Obby Kogoya Friday (July 28).
The panel of judges chaired by Wiwik Wisnuningdyah, and accompanied by Bambang Sunanto and Hapsoro Restu Widodo as members.
LBH considered this decision to be jurisprudence for the apparatus in law enforcement that does not in line with human rights in the future.
Obby was arrested on the siege incident of Papuan student dormitory. He also experienced torture including racism by a group of mass organizations against Papuan students who’d like to stage a peaceful rally to support West Papua full membership in MSG, on July 15, 2016.
From the facts of the events of July 15, 2016 according to LBH has already shows the existence of legal events which wa: silencing the space of democracy, torture, racism and criminalization against Obby Kogoya.
The process of criminalization of Obby takes a long time, approximately a year. Lack of evidence had delayed the trial process long enough.
Excessive use of security forces
LBH also deplored the attitude of the Yogyakarta police who continue to direct their troops using a single truck and several motor bikes which always present during the trial. This police attitude raises its own question marks related what goals and who is secured, and for what reason.
While Obby Kogoya, a nursing’s student who are working on his thesis, is far from having dangerous impression or act. Obby patiently attend his trial while fulfilling his college obligations at the Respati University of Yogyakarta.
In preliminary hearing of the Obby case against the Yogyakarta Regional Police, August 30, 2016 the armed forces even entered the court and had stood behind the judge.
Meanwhile, the perpetrators of Obby’s torture are still roaming freely.
“Therefore, we urge the Yogyakarta Police and the court to arrest and to process the police officer who conducted torture against Obby Kogoya on July 15, 2016 whose case has been reported to the police,” said Yogi.
LBH Yogyakarta is very disappointed and deplores of the decision against Obby Kogoya who does not stand on the fact of the trial as a whole. LBH also condemned racial and ethnic discrimination in law enforcement against Obby and Papuan students in general in Yogyakarta.
Prior to the hearing, Emanuel Gobay, another member of Obby Kogoya’s lawyer team from LBH Yogyakarta had said that the result of the verdict will show the quality of law enforcement and democracy in Yogyakarta.
When confirmed by Jubi Friday (July 28) related to further legal action to be taken by LBH Yogyakarta, Emanuel firmly answered will state an appeal.
“We will make appeal. We were given 7 days, in that period we will discuss with Obby, since it depends on the will of Obby,” he said.
According to Emanue,l appeal submitted as part of the protection of human rights and democracy and against police officers who discriminate and torture in carrying out their duties.
“The appeal is also part of protection against the dignity of Obby who in reality has never conducted violence against the officers while the perpetrators of torture against Obby are not processed, which is strange in the context of a constitutional state that has a constitutional responsibility to protect human rights,” he said.
Obby Kogoya, told Jubi shortly after the verdict on Thursday (July 27), said very disappointed with verdict. “The verdict from the judge this morning did not match the testimony of the witnesses,” he said while still not forgetting to give thanks for all effort that has been done. “But for all what happens I should have said thanks,”he said.(*)