Thursday, July 19, 2018

1) Military could only arise trauma among locals

2) Solidarity of Lamentations of Humanity Alguru Asked Apparatus Withdrawn from Nduga
3) Indonesia’s Papua Coverup Reflex Prompts Police Dormitory Raid
4) Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future
5) Palm Oil From Indonesia's Shrinking Forests Taints Global Brands: Report

1) Military could only arise trauma among locals

                         Student activists from BEM Uncen and PMKRI speak during press releases. -Jubi / Doc

Published 8 hours ago on 19 July 2018 By admin
Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Student Executive Board of the Cenderawasih University (BEM UNCEN) Paskalis Boma asks Papua Police to withdraw officers from Nduga District to prevent people from trauma.
He said the attack by the police officers occurred in Langguru and Kenyam on 11 July 2018 was very violent. “Nduga is part of Indonesia. If the police want to attack the National Liberation Army and Free Papua Movement (TPN/OPM), they shouldn’t harm the civilians,” he told Jubi on Wednesday (19/7/2018).
Further, he said the military’s attack in Nduga District was excessive as they attacked unarmed people whereas they were well-equipped. “People don’t carry weapons; they can’t fight back. They can’t do it because they are the citizens of Indonesia. This incident remains a scar and is rooted in the hearth of the local Nduga community. It only arises a fear.”
Meanwhile, Benediktus Bame, the Chairman of the Catholic Students Association of Indonesia (PMKRI) St Efrem Jayapura, the government could apply some human approaches towards the TPN/OPM. “The action taken by the government officials was very excessive. It would only arise a fear among the local people,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Hengky Yeimo
Editor: Pipit Maizier

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2) Solidarity of Lamentations of Humanity Alguru Asked Apparatus Withdrawn from Nduga
Penulis Redaksi - 19 Juli 2018

JAYAPURA (PT) - Dozens of students who joined in Alguru's Humanitarian Solidarity Solidarity in Nduga staged a peaceful demonstration at the Papua Parliament Office on Thursday (19/7/18).

They asked the security forces to withdraw from Nduga after the invasion of Alguru village.

In fact, they also urged the government to be responsible for the victims of Alguru civilian shootings.

"The governmt is immediately responsible for the restoration of civilian security conditions in Nduga," he said
Coordinator of action, Remes Ubruangge when delivering speeches before the Speaker of Papua House, DR. Yunus Wonda, SH, MH accompanied by Ruben Magai, Nason Utty, Laurenzus Kadepa, Elvis Tabuni, Gerson Soma, Emus Gwijangge and John Ronsumbre and representatives from Komnas HAM RI Sandrayati Moniaga, SH.

In addition, the demonstrators also urged the government to immediately open access for the establishment of the Fact Finding Team and immediately withdraw non-organic and organic troops from Nduga.

It is said, people just want to live in the country without terror and now the people of Alguru grieve.

"We will boycott Presidential Election 2019 if President Jokowi can not solve the problem of human rights violations that occurred in Papua," koar one of the student representatives when delivering his oration.

In his statement, the demonstrators conveyed three things namely, urging Jokowi to stop military operations in Nduga.

Then urged the President to remove the Chief of Police, Chief of Police of Papua, Commander of the TNI, Pangdam XVII / Cenderawasih because they are considered to have committed human rights violations against civilians in Nduga.

In addition, urging the Presdien to open access for independent human rights workers to Nduga to obtain facts, as well as to open access to humanitarian aid in Nduga, and to urge the Australian, British, Dutch and other governments to immediately stop military assistance to TNI / Polri to Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the Papua House, Yunus Wonda who received the aspirations of the students said, since the incident in Nduga his side had taken a stand and demanded the withdrawal of all troops in Nduga.

"We will continue to urge people's lives back to normal. We've done what we have to do, "explained Yunus Wonda.

"All security forces must be withdrawn from Nduga," he said.

According to him, not only the responsibility of the House of Representatives of Papua Nduga, but all members of the House of Representatives of Papua.

"Whatever the reason, all the security forces must be withdrawn from Nduga, because there is not a military operation area," he asserted.

In the same place, Komnas HAM RI, Sandrayati Moniaga who attended the demonstration to convey deep sorrow to the people who are victims of the case teraebut.

Both Nduga victims and victims occurred in other areas of Papua.

"For Komnas HAM, all human beings are equal, whether he is Papuan or not, for us all the same," he explained.

Admittedly, the problem in Nduga is not just happening in Papua but in other areas such as Aceh, Maluku, Kalimantan and Java are also experiencing the same thing.

"Until now thousands of victims have not received justice. So the government is responsible for solving this problem, "he said.

"We are an independent institution will continue to encourage the government to follow up. A statement from our listeners we hear and we will continue to convey, "he concluded. (fig / dm)


3) Indonesia’s Papua Coverup Reflex Prompts Police Dormitory Raid
July 19, 2018 2:26PM EDT

Michelle Winowatan Intern, Asia Division

Dozens of Indonesian military and police personnel raided a student dormitory in Surabaya on July 6 to stop the screening of a documentary about security force atrocities in Papua. It’s the latest example of the government’s determination not to deal with past abuses in the country’s easternmost province.

Authorities Cite ‘Hidden Activities’ to Cancel Screening of Papuan Film 
Security forces carried out the raid following social media postings about the planned screening of “Bloody Biak.” The film documents the security forces opening fire on a peaceful pro-Papuan independence flag-raising ceremony in the town of Biak in July 1998, killing dozens. They said the dorm raid was necessary to prevent unspecified “hidden activities” by Papuan students.

The raid is emblematic of both the Indonesian government’s failure to deliver on promises of accountability for past human rights abuses in Papua and its willingness to take heavy-handed measures to stifle public discussion about those violations. The government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has not fulfilled a commitment made in 2016 to seek resolution of longstanding human rights abuses, including the Biak massacre and the military crackdown on Papuans in Wasior in 2001 and Wamena in 2003 that killed dozens and displaced thousands. Meanwhile, police and other security forces that kill Papuans do so with impunity.

Media coverage of rights abuses in Papua are hobbled by the Indonesian government’s decades-old access restrictions to the region, despite Jokowi’s 2015 pledge to lift them. Domestic journalists are vulnerable to intimidation and harassment from officials, local mobs, and security forces. The government is also hostile to foreign human rights observers seeking access to Papua. Last month, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said he is “concerned that despite positive engagement by the authorities in many respects, the Government’s invitation to my Office to visit Papua – which was made during my visit in February – has still not been honoured.”
The raid in Surabaya signals the government’s determination to maintain its chokehold on public discussion of human rights violations across Indonesia. This suggests that the government’s objective is to maintain Papua as a ”forbidden island” rather than provide transparency and accountability for human rights abuses there.

4) Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future

Published 8 hours ago on 19 July 2018 By admin
Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary for the Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights Commission of the Papua House of Representatives Mathea Mamoyao, who is also a Kamoro native, said ‘one percent fund’, 1% of Freeport’s gross revenues go to the local tribes, does not guarantee the sustainable future of those tribes.
“I don’t know whether this compensation is still there or not. I don’t want certain people took advantages on it, while people are still living under the poverty,” she told Jubi on Wednesday (18/7/2018).

Further, she said what she wants is a guarantee for the Kamoro tribe to live in a better condition in the future. But the fact is the education and health services in the Kamoro region is still poor. “For all the times, I’ll keep talking about it, because as a native, I don’t want the young generation of my tribe not to survive in the future,” she said.
Meanwhile, the board of Meepago Customary Council John NR Gobai said indigenous peoples as the tenure landowners collect the promise of the Indonesian Government on the bargain involved Freeport, the Central Government and the landowners on 4 September 2017.
“At that time, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan agreed to accommodate the request of Amungme tribe asking Freeport to give a reimbursement of 1% fund which they received as the Corporate Social Responsibly funds into larger value shares,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier

5) Palm Oil From Indonesia's Shrinking Forests Taints Global Brands: Report
By : Fergus Jensen and Bernadette Christina Munthe | on 6:01 PM July 19, 2018
Jakarta. Palm oil sourced from illegally cleared rainforest areas in Indonesia has flowed through traders to major consumer goods brands despite widespread commitments to cease purchases of non-sustainable oil, a new report says.
Palm oil companies Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), Wilmar, Musim Mas Group and Golden Agri Resources sold oil from 21 "tainted" mills to more than a dozen global brands including Nestlé and Unilever, according to the report by Eyes on the Forest (EoF), a coalition of environmental nongovernmental organizations, including WWF Indonesia.
In spot checks since 2011, EoF used GPS tracking to follow trucks carrying palm oil fruit, known as fresh fruit bunches, to mills from plantations within Tesso Nilo National Park and the Bukit Tigapuluh protected forest areas in central Sumatra.
"All companies bought directly or indirectly from at least some of the 21 implicated mills," according to the report, which calls for traceability on palm oil to be improved and to be extended to plantations that supply mills.

Forest cover on Sumatra Island, home to endangered tigers, orangutans and elephants, had declined by more than half to 11 million hectares in 2016 from the 25 million hectares it had in 1985, as palm oil and other plantations have expanded and encroached on protected areas.
Nestlé said in an emailed response it was "committed to tackling" deforestation. A company spokeswoman said the firm was working with partners to transform the palm oil industry "further down the supply chain."
Unilever said by email it publicly disclosed suppliers and mill details and was committed to increasing traceability in the palm oil supply chain "and to working with our suppliers and partners to resolve issues."
Unilever also said it was examining "details behind the investigation to determine the right approach and next steps."
Environment Ministry spokesman Djati Witjaksono Hadi said smallholders, "not companies," owned plantations in national parks.
Hadi referred further questions on the mills to the ministries of agriculture and industry, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Similar issues were highlighted in earlier EoF reports including in 2016, but a lack of strict supervision by traders has led to more forest clearing and illegally grown palm oil entering global supply chains despite their commitments to improve traceability and stop deforestation, the report said.

"We acknowledge that it's really challenging to get traceability beyond the mill and going right down to the plantation source," Elizabeth Clarke, WWF global palm oil lead, told Reuters. "But it's absolutely paramount that they do this."
Among those mentioned in the report, Wilmar International was accused of buying palm oil from Citra Riau Sarana (CRS) whose three mills were found to have bought fresh fruit bunches from Tesso Nilo in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017, even though Wilmar sold its 95 percent stake in CRS in 2014.
"Whatever action they've been taking, it hasn't fixed that particular mill, and this is what we're asking these particular individuals to do," the WWF's Clarke said.
Responding to the report, Wilmar said it had "continued to engage with CRS and to monitor their traceability system" from 2014. "While there was progress made on traceability, we have stopped purchasing from them since June 2018 for other reasons," Wilmar said in an emailed statement.
But Wilmar said it had not received "a clear confirmation from the authorities which companies are illegal in the landscape" despite making a request to the Environment Ministry.
CRS could not immediately be reached by phone for comment.
Sime Darby Plantation, also named in the report, said it had 94 percent visibility of its supply chain "which provides key customers access to traceability information that can help them make informed choices about the palm oil products that they purchase."
It also said it was working with nongovernmental organizations to eradicate deforestation for the remaining 6 percent.

Daniel A. Prakarsa, head of downstream sustainability at Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, a subsidiary of Golden Agri, said the company considered 39 percent of its output to be fully traceable, and was targeting full traceability from the 427 mills of its suppliers by 2020.
"Our policy is to help suppliers to comply. Not just [saying] 'this is our standard, you must comply, otherwise we stop [buying],'" he said.
Musim Mas Group did not immediately respond to a written request for comment. On its website, the group says it is working with smallholders and other stakeholders along the supply chain to achieve sustainable palm oil production.
Clarke from the WWF said trading firms "need to make it very clear to the mills that they won't buy from them until they can provide assurance that it is 100 percent legal."

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