Tuesday, July 11, 2017


2) Indonesia seeks meeting with Freeport CEO to end copper mine dispute


6) West Papua arrests prompt call for action to Australia


Murib (right) and Karma (left) in a discussion to commemorate Bloody Biak tragedy July 6 – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Director of the Papua Policy and Human Rights Advocacy Association (PAK-HAM), Matius Murib, admitted that there is no significant progress of Jakarta-made coordination meeting team founded by Politic and Secutiry Minister last year, which himself is a member, on the settlement of human rights violations in Papua.
“There is no significant development despite the existing SK (decision letter) from Menkopolhukam from Luhut Panjaitan and Wiranto, it has been only coordination meeting,” he said during Focus Group Discussion at the Office of PAK HAM Papua, Padangbulan, Thursday (July 6).
The discussion was held to remind 19 years of Bloody Biak Tragedy and other human rights issues in Tanah Papua.
Murib said from 13 cases of alleged human rights violation tabled by civil society to the team, only five cases have been categorized as infringement while others categorize as purely criminal.
Presence in the discussion, Filep Karma, a victim of Biak’s bloody tragedies on 6 July 1998 and ex political prisoners said that in the meeting in Geneva, the Indonesian team came with a group of 21 people plus Foreign Minister and Law and Human Rights Minister.
“They say the Menkopolhukam team is working on and resolving human rights issues in Papua,” he said.  In fact the team was only held coordination meeting without any progress as stated by Matius Murib. (*)

2) Indonesia seeks meeting with Freeport CEO to end copper mine dispute
 Tue Jul 11, 2017 | 3:32am EDT
By Wilda Asmarini and Fergus Jensen | JAKARTA/SINGAPORE
Indonesia says it will invite the head of mining giant Freeport McMoRan Inc to Jakarta this month to try to settle a festering dispute over a new deal to operate the world's second-largest copper mine.
The Arizona-based company resumed copper concentrate exports from the mammoth Grasberg mine in April after a 15-week outage related to the argument over mining rights, but a permanent solution to the row is yet to be found.

Uncertainty over output from the mine buoyed international copper prices earlier in the year, with Indonesia a key supplier of the metal to top consumer China.
Any meeting with Freeport CEO Richard Adkerson would be attended by mineral resources minister Ignasius Jonan and finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, mining ministry secretary general Teguh Pamuji said late on Monday. 
A U.S.-based Freeport spokesman declined to confirm whether Adkerson would attend the planned meeting, but said both sides continued "to work toward reaching a mutually positive resolution to support our long-term investment plans".
Freeport's share price gained more than 5 percent on Monday to close at $12.52, its biggest single-day percentage climb in 11 weeks.
The conflict comes as Freeport pushes back against parts of new government rules that require miners to adopt a special license, pay new taxes and royalties, divest a 51-percent stake in their operations and relinquish arbitration rights. The company is one of Indonesia's biggest taxpayers.
Freeport has maintained its request for a so-called 'investment stability agreement' to help replicate the legal and fiscal certainty it had under its existing agreement with the government, said Pamuji.

"Perhaps that will be decided on at the high level meeting at the end of this month," he said referring to the stability agreement, adding that minerals minister Jonan was "optimistic" negotiations would conclude in July.
Finance minister Indrawati is known for her no-nonsense approach to negotiations and knack for slicing through red tape.
Freeport has also asked for a guarantee on rights to mine Grasberg up to 2041 before committing to billions of dollars of planned underground mine investments and a second Indonesian copper smelter. But Pamuji said the government were only willing to extend the company's permit by 10 years to begin with, to 2031 from 2021.

(Reporting by Wilda Asmarini in Jakarta and Fergus Jensen in Singapore; Additional reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe in Jakarta and Susan Taylor in Toronto; Editing by Joseph Radford)


Jayapura, Jubi – Papua legislator criticized a framing made by an online media in Jakarta toward an involvement of Free Papua Organization (OPM) in the riot between supporters of candidates for the head of Puncak Jaya, Papua,).
Laurenzus Kadepa, Members of the House of Representatives Commission I of Papua in charge of government, politics, law and human rights, asked all parties outside Papua, including media, do not seem to know better the condition of Papua than those live in Papua.
Until now there has been no statement from the competent party who called the alleged involvement of OPM in the violent supporters of candidate pairs in Puncak Jaya, he said.

“True OPM will never want to engage in local politics, what they stand for is clear, not for local politics, if any party claims that OPM is involved in local elections and politics in Papua, it is an artificial OPM, not a true one,” he said to Jubi on July 4.
According to him, the reporting of Papua conditions that do not fit facts, resulting negative view on Papua from people outside.
“The ways in which this was covered makes the Papuan problem continues, which further complicates the atmosphere as if people outside Papua are more knowledgeable of the condition in Papua,” he said.
With regard to the electoral situation in some areas, especially in Papua which caused confusion, NasDem Party politicians were more likely to support the idea for election of regents, mayors and governors returned to the House of Representatives.
Some of the reasons he said is relate to the huge budget spent, while managed by the organizers who are not neutral. In addition, competing candidates are immature and not ready to lose.
Another reason is weakness of law enforcement and all parties involved in the election failed to perform their respective roles. Thus it is making situation even more unsafe and the people becoming victims.
“The election of regional heads should be returned and elected by the House of Representatives, unless the legislative elections and the presidential elections are conducted through direct elections,” he said.
While the Papua Police Chief, Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar ensure the dispute that occurred in Mulia, the capital of Puncak Jaya Regency, due to provocations of political elites who capitalized community.
According to Boy, political elites have provided poor education to the community and they are exploited. “I deeply regret and also feel sorry there have been victims that push us to ordered Puncak Jaya Police to take firm action,” Boy Rafli told reporters in Jayapura, Monday (3/7/2017) as quoted by Antara.
Pilkada results in Mulia are still being processed by the Constitutional Court. Boy suspects the supporters of mayor’s candidates pair of Puncak Jaya region that provokes and attacks other groups already have a picture of the results of the elections that push their action.
Boy continued to proceed to Mulia on Tuesday (July 4) to see the current situation and conditions in the area.
The fight against each other using traditional weapons took place in Mulia, last weekend, which left 20 people injured, one dead, and 15 honai (indigenous houses) burned.(*)



Jayapura, Jubi – The development of online media and social media (medsos) encourages the importance of data-based journalism.
This was stated by the executive editor of Tempo Magazine, Wahyu Dhyatmika in an investigative reportage training for journalists in Jayapura City held by PT Jujur Bicara, media company (Jubi newspaper and tabloidjubi.com) in Jayapura City, Papua in cooperation with Tempo Institute (Tempo Magazine, Tempo and tempo.co) in Abepura, Jayapura, Sunday (July 9).
Wahyu said the role of mass media in reporting information is now taken over by Socmed. To that end, the mass media is important to change their report based on the data, because socmed are now competing to influence the news coverage in the media.

“The media must find a new way of proclaiming information for a long period. Media must display data. It will be long term and different from the media, “he said.
According to him, the role of media is important to get information, change public opinion. Now the role is actually taken over socmed. Therefore, it is important to write coverage based on data.
Other presenters, Rusman Parabuec, who is also the editor of Tempo Magazine, said the biggest challenge of the media (mainstream) is how to verify information and check for truth.
“Now all the people are becoming producers of information. They immediately write the information they experience or they see to social media, without having to call journalists. Journalists are far behind the information in social media, so this affects newspapers or magazines published on a weekly or monthly basis,” he said.
According to him, the speed of information provider is a challenge to media companies and journalists.
“How to get around and being trusted by the public? This is the importance of investigative journalism, how to present in-depth information that is not covered in social media. Investigative journalism will restore public confidence in the media,” he said.
Investigative journalism can now offer a new method of journalism in the digital age, which provides in-depth information and reveals facts.
In addition to in-depth investigation, the primacy of the online media from the socmed should be based on data, verification and confirmation. (*)



Paniai, Jubi – Hundreds of activists from the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) of Nabire region were reportedly arrested by Nabire Police Resort and secured in Nabarua Police Station.
Political Education and Diplomacy Commission KNPB Nabire, Alexander Pigai said to Jubi that the arrest happened when they march to the local police station to demand two of their colleagues who were detained by the police on Monday (03/07/2017) to be released.
“The arrest occurred at 10:05 Papua time earlier in Meriam area, when we came down the road to Nabire Police to ask the police to free two of our colleagues, namely Andi Yeimo and Samuel Kobepa,” said Alexander Pigai, Thursday (July 6) .
He explained that the two colleagues were detained in Nabire Police yard when they asked the police to release another KNPB activist, Yanto Waine who was arrested earlier while distributing leaflets to commemorate July 1 as the day of Proclamation of West Papua.
“Yanto Waine is missing three days from 30 June to 2 July. When we trace him, he was detained in Nabire Polres. Yanto was arrested while distributing flyer on Jln. Medan, Karang Mulia. On July 4, 2017, the members of KNPB Nabire went back to Nabire Police, demanding immediate release of the detained Yanto Waine,“ he explained.
According to him, at 12.00 o’clock Papua time day, himself and around other 30 people went to Nabire Police. When they arrived, they negotiated with the police related to the arrest of Yanto Waine who was already four days in jail.
“At 3 pm, all KNPB members were detained and beaten by the police and that was the time when Andi Yeimo and Samuel Kobepa get arrested and the other (28 people) were forced to get out on the highway,” he said.
“At 4 pm, all those 28 people were told to go back to the Police yard. From the Polres yard, the police claimed to promise us that Yeimo, Samuel Kobepa and Yanto Waine will be released by July 5. But then only Yanto Waine was released,” he said.
KNPB Nabire spokesman, Deserius Goo said it was so odd that they came to police station to ask their colleagues to be free from persecution but led in another arrest.
When contacted via cellular phone, Nabire AKBP Police Chief Sonny Sanjaya did not provide answers. (*)


6) West Papua arrests prompt call for action to Australia

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Australia West Papua Association is pushing for action from Australia, authoring an open letter to Julie Bishop asking for her party to put pressure on the Indonesian government after around 150 Papuans have been arrested for peaceful protest with reports that both abuse and torture have occurred. Reporter Jack Marshall spoke with Joe Collins, a spokesperson from the Australian West Papua Association and began by asking what these arrests highlight in West Papua…….


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