Tuesday, August 28, 2018

1) PNG, Indon Ties Going Stronger, Says Pato

2) Papua resident arrested for alleged hate speech against Indonesia 
3) Call for Pacific leaders to support West Papua resolution

4) New Zealand recognizes West Papua as part of Indonesia

5) 2 Million Papuan Voters Threatened to Lose Voting Rights, House of Parliament Reacts

1) PNG, Indon Ties Going Stronger, Says Pato
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Rimbink Pato has reminded those set on displacing the country’s connections with its closest neighbour Indonesia that both have a solid relationship.
He said the struggles of Indonesia to reach its current position and standing today after 73 years, sees it poised to be one of the great economies of the world in the next few years.
“Of course there are others who have all manners of views to displace the trust and confidence and relationship between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea,’’ he said.
“Let me remind them that the relationship between Papua New Guinea is very strong and is growing from strength to strength.’’
“Of course it is through the support of Indonesia in 2014 when it hosted APEC in Bali that PNG was given the opportunity at the encouragement and support of the Republic of Indonesia to host APEC this year.
“It is Indonesia’s support that has given PNG a special observer member of ASEAN nations.”
He said such opportunities and challenges only arise between close friends.
Mr Pato said in the spirit of agreements, PNG respects the commitment of the government of Indonesia to take a focused development approach to border issues.
“We have in recent years signed on multiple memorandums of understandings to enhance the relationship of our two countries, that is very important very much so in the border regions,’’ Mr Pato said.
“We believe that through economic development, close cooperation and friendship through respectful discussion and dialogue we will advance the living conditions of the people on both sides of the border.
“We have been steadily improving conditions on this side and we know that Indonesia has been doing the same.
2) Papua resident arrested for alleged hate speech against Indonesia 
Jakarta | Tue, August 28, 2018 | 01:53 pm
The Mimika Police in Papua have arrested AY, a worker at gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia, for making a video that police have described as “hate speech against Indonesia” and distributing it on social media.
Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Agung Marlianto said on Tuesday that AY was arrested at his house at Bumi Kamoro Indah housing complex last Thursday. 
“[AY] faces charges under Article 45 Paragraph 2 of Law No. 19/2016 on electronic information and transactions, because he deliberately spread information aimed at fueling hatred against an individual or group of people based on their ethnicity, religion or race,” Agung said, as quoted by Antara news agency.
AY made a short video of his young son expressing opposition to Indonesia's sovereignty over Papua. The video was then posted on Facebook. The police did not arrest the child. 
Conflicts between Papuan residents and police have spiked in the past week, as the country celebrated its Independence Day on Aug. 17.
A group of Papuan students living in a dormitory in Surabaya, East Java, refused to fly the Indonesian flag ahead Independence Day, resulting in a clash between the students and local residents.
Separately, freshmen from the Jayapura-based Cendrawasih University wore attributes of the Morning Star, the flag used by separatist groups in Papua, on campus and chanted “free Papua”, as instructed by senior students.
The students were taken to police stations for questioning but were later released as the police did not press charges. (vny)

3) Call for Pacific leaders to support West Papua resolution
1:52 pm today 

A West Papua support group in New Zealand is calling on Pacific leaders to support Vanautu's push for the Indonesian region to be included on the UN's decolonisation list.
West Papua Action Auckland said leaders attending next week's Pacific Islands Forum summit in Nauru must back Vanuatu's draft resolution when it is raised by prime minister Charlot Salwai.

It said the denial of the right of self-determination for West Papua in the 1960s set the scene for decades of state-sanctioned violence against the indigenous population.
The activist group said the so-called 'Act of Free Choice' in 1969 was a fraudulent exercise carried out under extreme duress.
It said there is evidence West Papuans are experiencing slow genocide due to ongoing human rights abuses and the harmful conditions of life experienced by so many Papuans.


4) New Zealand recognizes West Papua as part of Indonesia

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters says his country recognizes West Papua as a part of Indonesia.
He made this comment when asked about New Zealand’s stand on the West Papua issue where Vanuatu is spearheading efforts in support of West Papua, during his recent visit to Port Vila.
“If you were the examine the economic and social condition of West Papua per capita as opposed to PNG, even PNG would acknowledge that their (West Papua) performance is higher than PNG’s.
“PNG is the neighbor of West Papua.
“And I think as a Polynesian, or Melanesian or Pacific concept, the first person I’d be consulting on an issue like that is the nearest neighbor to the issue that might be the problem, namely PNG.
“So all I was trying to say is let’s not underestimate the emotional sincereity of the Vanuatu people’s feeling on the issue but never at the same time overlook how deeply concerning this issue is to the nearest neighbor, Papua New Guinea,” Mr Peters said.
He continues that the Indonesian Government should be worked with to look at its programs of improving the lives of its people.
“But what we do not want, surely is to have PNG, that is soon to put on APEC, having all this anxieties of being condemned by its own kin, namely fellow Melanesian countries.
“We are from the most southern part of Polynesia, New Zealand, but we see it that way, in a sense.
“Our job is to try to facilitate at ease a longterm comfort with this issue where the people concern in this issue, people of West Papua, where their conditions are improved.
Mr Peters says New Zealand is dreading very carefully on handling this issue.
The Minister was responding to a question raised by Kizzy Kalsakau from 96 Buzz FM on New Zealand's stand on West Papua.
Vanuatu is the only country in the world that has been in the forefront of this issue in the past to see fellow Melanesians gain political freedom and the stand has been supported recently by other countries in the Pacific.
5) 2 Million Papuan Voters Threatened to Lose Voting Rights, House of Parliament Reacts
Monday, 27 Augst 2018 | 20:22 WIB

JAKARTA, NNC - House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo (Bamsoet) fears that some 2 million Papuan voters could not exercise their voting rights in the 2019 Election. This was said after the Papua Election Commission released a data on voters who did not have an electronic identity card (e-KTP) comprise of 2 million prospective voters.
Bamsoet says if referring to Regulation Number 7 Year 2017 on General Elections, e-KTP becomes a valid requirement of voters to exercise their right to vote. The right to vote for all Indonesian citizens (WNI) must be guaranteed.
Therefore, Bamsoet asked the Interior Ministry together with the Papua Population and Civil Registration Service to immediately collect data / matching activities and research on people who do not have e-KTP.
"Residents can immediately make e-KTP so that they can use their voting rights in the 2019 Election," Bamsoet told reporters in Jakarta, Monday, Aug 27.
Bamsoet said that the Papua Regional Government through Disdukcapil is optimizing performance to improve the system or infrastructure of e-KTP. Its expected that the making of e-KTP in Papua is according to the target.
"One of the obstacles in making e-KTP is the damaging of the device," said Bamsoet.
Bamsoet urges Papua's Disdukcapil to invite the public to record their data for all provincial residents in the eastern Indonesia.
"Papuans who do not have e-KTP should immediately record their data so they can use their voting rights in the upcoming 2019 Election," Bamsoet said.

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