Monday, November 6, 2017

1) Armed Criminal Groups’ Acts Worsen, Papua Police Escorts Freeport’s Buses

2) TNI helps to pursue armed groups in Timika
4) Gov. committed to build and advance the border region as the country’s frontline

1) Armed Criminal Groups’ Acts Worsen, Papua Police Escorts Freeport’s Buses
Monday, 06 November 2017 | 16:16 WIB
TIMIKA, NETRALNEWS.COM - In the wake of the recent shootings by the armed criminal group in Timika, the ranks of the Papua Regional Police ensure the safety and security of PT Freeport Indonesia’s employees traveling from their work sites in Tembagapura to Timika for their weekly break from work.
Chief of Papua Regional Police Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar in Timika said on Monday (11/6/2017) that the escort of the Freeport’s employee buses and subcontractors is still being carried out, even upgraded after the recent shootings.
"The escort of employee buses is still going on, there is no problem, even if there is a slight disturbance," Boy Rafli said.
Boy Rafli was even quite surprised to know that tens of employees of Freeport dared to walk from Tembagapura Bus Terminal towards Timika because the bus fleet prepared by the company was limited.
"Please ask that why there was no vehicle. I did not know that," said Boy Rafli.
Since the shootings by armed criminal group along Freeport's main road connecting Timika to Tembagapura, now every bus traveling the road is escorted by fully-armed Brimob officers who are members of the PT Freeport Security Task Force.
So far, Freeport buses and other operational vehicles crossing the mine's main roads are fitted with bulletproof equipments to prevent shootings.
Head of Mimika Resort Police AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon added that traffic activity along the main road connecting Timika-Tembagapura is still running normally as usual.
Police officers assisted by the Indonesian Armed Forces will continue to carry out security and escorting vehicles crossing the road.
"Even now there is an inceased security against convoys of employees’ vehicles and logistic transport vehicles," Victor said as quoted by Antara.
According to him, up to now there are seven to eight points that are considered prone to acts of terror armed criminal groups.
A number of points considered vulnerable to shooting in addition to Freeport's main road are the former landslide areas near the old Utikini neighborhood near Tembagapura Police Station to Kimbeli Village and Waa-Banti bridge.
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Original bahasa link at
Senin, 06 November 2017 — 22:08 
2) TNI helps to pursue armed groups in Timika
Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,

Jayapura, Jubi -There are three companies of TNI soldiers assigned to pursue armed groups in Timika, who fired at PT Freeport Indonesia's mining area in Tembagapura, in recent time.

"There has been an official request for assistance from the Regional Police, since last week, our troops have been there three companies," said Head of Information Kodam (Kapendam) XVII / Cenderawasih, Colonel Inf M. Aidi, Monday (6/11/2017).

Aidi mentioned the XVII / Cenderawasih Commander, Major General of the TNI George Elnadus Supit, was in Timika reviewing the apple with TNI and Polri.

"We TNI conduct the operation pattern not only pursuit but territorial approach, community development, patrol and others," said Aidi explained.

According to him, there is a pattern of operations that TNI played by involving elements of Kodim. The pattern does not go directly to the armed groups.

Earlier, the Papua police chief, Inspector General (Pol) Boy Rafli Amar, said that he had requested TNI assistance to tackle armed groups in Mimika.

"We have asked for help, and the TNI has prepared the necessary troops and will work together with the police," Boy said.

The cooperation anticipates actions taken by armed groups not to widen.

"We are now more focused on the intensity of the security disturbances this armed group can overcome effectively," he said. (*)

 (Jakarta, 31 October 2017)  
Indonesian President Jokowi has given more personal attention to Papua than any of his predecessors but conflict there – among clans, between indigenous Papuans and migrants, between pro-independence groups and the state – remains high. Part of the problem may be the assumption that economic interventions alone can reduce political grievances, but other miscalculations have come into play that dilute efforts to improve Papuan welfare.
“Policy Miscalculations on Papua”, the latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), looks in depth at how Jakarta policies have affected the independence movement; human rights investigations; and local elections.
“The basic conclusion is that there are so many actors with so many interests in Papua that any kind of policy coherence remains a distant dream,” says Sidney Jones, IPAC director. In trying to resolve past human rights cases, for example, the Jokowi government’s commitment to addressing grievances became mixed up with trying to stop a pro-independence Papuan bid for membership in a Pacific subregional organisation.
The report looks at how the government’s failure to address systemic flaws in local elections in Papua is undermining its own goal of increasing Papuan prosperity. Fraud and corruption, particularly in the central highlands, perpetuates poor governance and clan conflict. It looks at a case study from Tolikara where an election dispute from February 2017 is keeping tensions there high as elections for governor approach in 2018.
IPAC says a key to cleaning up electoral fraud is for the government to undertake a special census on Papua, free of political influence, to try and actually count heads. The problem is that few Papuan politicians have an interest in supporting accurate population statistics because it would undermine their power bases.
The report also looks at the rise of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), a pro-independence coalition established in December 2014, and its domestic partner, the West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB). The emergence of the first has given a new focus and energy to the second, so while the Indonesian foreign ministry has blunted some of the ULMWP’s international lobbying efforts, the real challenge remains at home.
Report can be downloaded at

4) Gov. committed to build and advance the border region as the country’s frontline

Jakarta, Indonesia | Tue, November 7, 2017 | 12:14 am
KEMENKO PMK The Jakarta Post

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Papua New Guinea Puan Maharani recently visited Sota district in Merauke regency as part of an official visit to Merauke, Papua, and to also commemorate Youth Pledge Day and NKRI Expedition.
During her visit, Puan said the government was confident that the border regions would develop and advance in their capacity as the country’s frontline.
Sota district is an important area as it is Indonesia’s frontline. Because of this, the government will prioritize the construction of a cross-country border post (PLBN) in the district next year.
"The government is prioritizing the development of the regions categorized as 3T regions (the outermost, frontline and disadvantaged regions). Each border area should have a school, public health center (Puskesmas) and PLBN," she said.
Puan added that the construction of the PLBN would be completed by 2019 or 2020, if possible. The government is committed to develop the economy of the border regions to reduce gaps between regions and improve the quality of life of the people in the border regions.
During the visit, she gave supplementary food packages to toddlers, students and mothers-to-be.
The minister also symbolically handed over other facilities, including 10 water tanks; 50 jerry cans; a water purifier; post tents; 75 ready-to-cook food packages; 10 water hydrants; 10 units of RUTILAHU; educational games; Rp 50 million to develop local wisdom, with some of money being used to buy musical instruments and Rp 109 million for constructing a public hall.

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