Monday, March 26, 2018

1) TPN-PB OPM proves not screw up in Paniai regional election

2) “Bloody Paniai” settlement is a key to public trust

3) Eight months sentences for military culprit the fishermen shooter: It’s not fair, Father John Jonga said

4) Puti Hatil’s latest condition in Kampung Afimabul
5) Korindo still clearing forests in timber concession after being outed for fires in Indonesian palm oil plantations
1) TPN-PB OPM proves not screw up in Paniai regional election

Paniai, Jubi – The West Papua National Liberation Army – Free Papua Movement (TPN-PB/OPM) of Paniai District proves that its institution does not create disputes in simultaneously regional election 2018.
The situation in Paniai District is secured and peaceful. It is evidence to dismiss against the allegation appointed by the Papua Police Chief accusing TPN-PB creates chaos.
“Now it’s been proven. It wasn’t us, but some political elites who defend Indonesia in Papua do. So, what was conveyed by the Papua Police Chief is to refer to himself,” said the TPN-PB Paniai leader, Demianus Magai Yogi on Friday (16/3/2018).
Further, he accused the police of not being capable to secure the regions where elections would run, so they publish hoax news to the public. “I would just say that the police is a trigger of conflict. They cannot handle a simple case, in fact now Paniai people are victimized for the sake of this country,” said Yogi.
According to him, the conflict in the regional election is the responsibilities of candidates and security officers because they are not capable to manage their supporters and campaign teams.
Meanwhile, Paniai Police Chief Supriyagung appealed people to collectively maintain the security in Paniai and Deiyai. “Do not be provoked by irresponsible parties, and do not easily be affected by news in social media that might not be true,” he said.
The police chief also prohibits liquor trading and alcohol drinking as well as sharp weapons to prevent any dispute. “Always stand on the good of diversity, keep on your faith and beliefs,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Abeth You

Editor: Pipit Maizier

2) “Bloody Paniai” settlement is a key to public trust
Jayapura, Jubi – Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, should think of a settlement of “Bloody Paniai” case, which happened in 2014 as a key to win a public trust if he wants to run in the next election.
The families of victims are still waiting for Jokowi’s promise to solve this case. “If Joko Widodo wants to run in the presidential election 2019, he must settle the case of bloody Paniai as he promised,” said Yohan You, a brother of the death Alpius Yau, recently.
He voiced the same opinion to Amnesty International team who recorded the database of the families of the death, survivors, community and customary leaders as well as religious leaders in Paniai last week.
“If not, we will boycott him. It’s our commitment and his capacity as the head of state in doubt.”
The Campaign Manager of the Amnesty International in Indonesia, Puri Kencana Putri said the bloody Paniai case is the only entrance of other violence happened in Paniai.
“This data is collected and compiled for being launched in 150 countries. In Papua, we choose three regions.” (*)
Reporter: Abeth You
Editor: Pipit Maizier

3) Eight months sentences for military culprit the fishermen shooter: It’s not fair, Father John Jonga said


Jayapura, Jubi –Father John Jonga, Yap Thiam Hien Award winner 2009, said the military judge’s verdict to sentence 8 months prison to the First Sergeant Yusuf Salasar in a military tribunal held in Jayapura on Tuesday (20/03/18) was not fair.
According to him, the act of Salasar who’s Deputy Commander of Intel II Military Resort Command 174 Timika could not be justified. He fired a gunshot during a quarrel between traditional and migrant fishermen in KP3 Office Pomako Port Timika on 9/8/2017. As a result, it caused the death of a traditional fisherman Theo Cakatem, while other fishermen, Rudolf Saran and Gabrial Nawipo were injured respectively in their arm and left palm hand.
“The verdict of 18 months sentences is embarrassed. It is not a new case; this kind of shooting case is about human’s life. It’s not professional if it has done by a military officer,” Father John Jonga told Jubi on Thursday evening (22/3/2018).
In addition, Jonga said, this verdict signified that the Military Tribunal is very unfair. His self-defense reason when firing a gun cannot be an excuse. “If he said he did it for self-defense, what for?”
A human right attorney Gustaf Kawer, in the press release received by Jubi on Wednesday (21/3/2018), said considering the legal process to the verdict, it assumed that law enforcement officers who involved in this trial already had a ‘design’ to protect the defendant.
Firstly, from the process of investigation to the trial, all were handed over to the court for about six months. It is considered to violate the principle of a fast and low-cost trial.
“Secondly, this case was not conducted at the scene or in Timika. It should be conducted in the location nearby to the victims’ families in order to guarantee a sense of justice as well as to facilitate the presence of victims to witness in the court. So the trial is supposed to be done in Timika,” said Kawer. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier


4) Puti Hatil’s latest condition in Kampung Afimabul
Jayapura, Jubi – Rev. Trevor Christian Johnson from the Papuan Reform Church (GJRP) visited Puti Hatil, who was once diagnosed with an infection and hospitalized in Jayapura, in Kampung Afimabul on Friday (16/3/2018) for checking her latest condition.
He said the child is still healthy, hardy, active and strong enough. The wound on her cheek is also slightly evident. “Today we examined her health. So far she is fine. Thank God,” said the priest on Sunday (18/03/2018) in Jayapura, Papua.
“We are happy that she is getting better. You can see in the picture that Puti Hatil is still healthy,” he said. Further, he said in the picture, people also can see other children wearing school uniform. Everyday they go to school and learn from Manu Ya-wol, a native Koroway evangelist. Moreover, he thanked both Papuans and other donors who help him with fundraising.
On Friday (16/3/2018), the Rev. Trevor Johnson and the Rev. Paul Snider, as well as GIDI evangelist Jimmy Weyato took a helicopter from Helivida to visit Puti Hatil as well as to provide health services for the local community. They often conduct a humanitarian mission to neglected people in the remote area, such as those who live in Kampung Afimabul of Asmat District, Papua. (*)
Reporter: Aguz Pabika
Editor: Pipit Maizier

5) Korindo still clearing forests in timber concession after being outed for fires in Indonesian palm oil plantations
By Hans Nicholas Jong,
Monday 26 March 2018

Non-profit Mighty Earth found out that the agribusiness conglomerate may have since 2017 degraded more than 30 square kilometers of pristine forest to build logging roads in one of its timber concessions.
An environmental watchdog has accused a palm oil company in Indonesia of failing to extend a sustainable forestry pledge to a timber concession that it also operates. 
In a recent report, the NGO Mighty Earth alleged that Korindo, a South Korean-Indonesian joint venture, had degraded an area of more than 30 square kilometers (12 square miles) of rainforest in the easternmost province of Papua. The area is part of a logging concession spanning 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) operated by a subsidiary of Korindo, PT Inocin Abadi.
“Korindo is continuing to destroy pristine rainforest in Papua on its logging concession, PT Inocin Abadi, with clear expansion into intact forest landscape underway, even as it is proclaiming it is committed to forest conservation and sustainability,” Mighty Earth campaign director Deborah Lapidus told Mongabay.
The NGO says Korindo degraded the area to make way for logging roads, based on satellite imagery from November 2017 to January 2018, and that it continues to extend the road network into new areas of rainforest. In total, Korindo has built logging roads through more than 150 square kilometers (58 square miles) of rainforest since it started developing the concession in 2014, Mighty Earth says.
They are clearly missing the forest for the trees when it comes to the ultimate intent being to stop destroying pristine rainforest, whether for palm oil or for logging.
 Deborah Lapidus, campaign director, Mighty Earth

“This makes it clear that Korindo is continuing to open up new logging areas on its 100,000 hectare concession,” Lapidus said.Maps show the logging concession in question sits adjacent to an oil palm concession also operated by a Korindo subsidiary, PT Papua Agro Lestari, where it stopped clearing forest in 2017. It announced a moratorium on forest clearing in all its oil palm concessions in the wake of a 2016 Mighty Earth investigation, titled “Burning Paradise,” that alleged Korindo had caused 300 square kilometers (116 square miles) of deforestation and an estimated 894 fire hotspots since 2013.

Logging roads

Korindo refuted the latest allegations in a response on its website, saying the location shown in Mighty Earth’s report was an area that had been logged by the previous owner of the concession, from whom Korindo acquired the lease in 2011. Korindo did not disclose the identity of the earlier concession holder.
It also denied having built a major network of logging roads, saying again that most of the forest roads shown in the report were built by the previous concession holder. The company said it had maintained these roads and expanded only when necessary.
“Even for this purpose, the company has always reported and obtained permission from the government in advance, before any forest road development,” Korindo said.
Lapidus challenged that statement, saying the satellite imagery obtained by Mighty Earth clearly showed that new roads were being built in 2017, well into Korindo’s tenure as the concession holder.
She said that Korindo had punched a large logging road straight through an area of intact forest landscape inside the concession, which now connects that concession with the adjacent oil palm concession.
“You can see the appearance of new roads throughout the year,” Lapidus said, referring to the above animated image.
Korindo also said it had complied with all regulations for logging concession by carrying out “selective cutting,” felling only trees with a diameter of 40 centimeters (16 inches) or more and of certain species in limited areas.
“Moreover, the company has always carried out reforestation programs after the selective cutting process is finished,” Korindo said. It said this had allowed it to maintain most of the forests in its logging concession “as dense forest.”

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