Monday, September 24, 2018

1) 67 arrested following peaceful actions supporting Vanuatu at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations

2) US ambassador learns so much from people in Timika
3) Saonu welcomes talks on economic ties with Papua 
4) News Feature - Optimizing sago to achieve food security

1)  67 arrested following peaceful actions supporting Vanuatu at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations

67 arrested following peaceful actions supporting Vanuatu at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations

Action Committee REPORT 
Arrest of 67 People in Action Supporting Vanuatu and Pacific Countries Bring West Papua Problems to the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations 
On this day, Monday 24 September 2018 arrests of Papuans who are carrying out support actions for Vanuatu and Pacific countries to bring the West Papua issue to the United Nations General Assembly.
Arrests carried out by the Indonesian National Police who were fully armed.
We report the following Arrests that occurred at three different gathering points:


Waena Expo Taxi Round
At 08.30 Papuan Time (WP) Mass Action had gathered at the gathering point. While the Police are on standby. At 09.22, Mass Action performed speeches at the venue. Then the police went to the mob. The Field Coordinator negotiates with the police.
At 10.02 WP, the Police Arrested the Mass of Action and took them to the Jayapura Police Station.
Jayapura Science and Technology University Campus Page (USTJ)
At 10.30 WP, students gather on the campus yard while giving speeches.
At 11:45 WP, Indonesian Police entered the USTJ Campus page and Arrested Students. Then the table was taken to the Jayapura Resort Police Station.
Abepura, Depan Merpati
At 11:10 WP, Mass Action gathered at Jalan Biak, in front of SMA Negeri 1 Jayapura. And start the long March to the front of the Abepura Post Office.
At 11:20 WP, Mass Action arrived in front of the Abepura Post Office and began to make speeches.
At 11:34 p.m. WP, the police went to the mob and immediately arrested them.
The police beat a student named: Petrus Kosamah, Student of Jayapura Science and Technology University (USTJ), Semester III, Civil Engineering Department. The beating was carried out on the USTJ Campus page using a rattan in the right eye.

Full report at


2) US ambassador learns so much from people in Timika

Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - The United States Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan Jr., has stated that he learned a lot through the conditions he encountered in Timika and Tembagapura sub-districts during his working visit to Mimika District, Papua Province, from September 21-24, he said here on Monday.

During his four-day visit, Donovan met the Amungme and Kamoro community leaders. They are two tribes in Papua, which own the customary rights of lands in Timika.

He also met officials from the Indonesian Armed Forced (TNI) and the National Police.

In addition, Donovan also visited several places, namely, a reclamation center of PT, Freeport Indonesia at mile 21 and the Freeport employee training center in Kuala Kencana.

The ambassador also met the Freeport Indonesia employees from the United States in Tembagapura and visited Mitra Masyarakat Hospital owned by Amungme and Kamoro People`s Development Institutions.

"I witnessed PT Freeport Indonesia`s operations directly in Timika and Tembagapura sub-districts along with their complexity," Donovan said.

When meeting US Freeport employees in Tembagapura on Sunday (September 23), Donovan said Americans appreciated their interaction with the Indonesian people, especially with the indigenous Papuans who worked with them at Freeport.

According to the US workers, Papuan people really respect and appreciate foreigners.

Donovan said such conditions could be found across all American companies operating in Indonesia, where American workers have a close relationship with the local people. The social relationship is established through various activities such as training and education programs.

"For example, in Tembagapura, Freeport provides 10 thousand scholarships for Papuan students to continue their studies in Indonesia and other countries," he said.

Reporting by Jeremias Rahadat
Editing by Libertina
Editor: Otniel Tamindael


3) Saonu welcomes talks on economic ties with Papua 

September 24, 2018The National
MOROBE Governor Ginson Saonu has welcomed discussions on possible economic and trade partnerships with the Papua province of Indonesia.
In a visit to Lae on Thursday, Governor of Papua Lukas Enembe said he was looking at expanding economic cooperation between the two provinces, especially within the Mamose region.
“I have been entrusted by the Central Government (of Indonesia) to strengthen relations within the region,” he said.
“I hope that the region will give me the support to make this plan happen. Morobe and other provinces in the Mamose are closer to Jayapura.
“That is why we need to have connectivity, particularly through shipping and airline services.”

Enembe said in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Cooperation (Asean), Indonesia was behind other countries,
“Thailand and the Philippines are better than Indonesia, especially in trade,” he said.
“That is why we need cooperation with the Pacific region to make a significant progress. The main game for us in the Pacific region is PNG.” Enembe said other aspect of cooperation included sports such as rugby, and the possibility of importing 20,000 head of cattle from Morobe in 2020 during a national sporting event.
Saonu said he was happy that Enembe has mentioned opening direct air access and flight routes from Lae to Jakarta leading on to Singapore and other international destinations.
“I give my commitment to facilitate for the economic and tourism development opportunities both at the provincial and national level,” Saonu said.
“Morobe will provide support for you. I request for cooperation in education and language.
“I want to work with you to provide opportunities for our students to improve their education. Let us assist each other with education scholarships.
“Because of our mutual interest, it is better to close the language barrier.
“I am willing to supply you English teachers and learning materials and in exchange you supply me with Bahasa (Indonesia) teachers and learning materials.”
Saonu requested that a team from Morobe visit the Freeport mine in Papua.


4) News Feature - Optimizing sago to achieve food security

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - Sago has been a staple food in numerous parts of Indonesia for centuries, and for its importance, sago is also known as the hidden white pearl.

Sago palm is also an important food source for the people of Papua, Maluku, and Sulawesi, in addition to tubers which are consumed based on area of living.

Besides its importance and high wild productivity, the sago has

a high content of carbohydrate that could support food security in Papua, and Indonesia in general.

When sago is developed properly to support the food security in the country, the government will not have to promote the cultivation and distribution of rice to support and feed the locals.

Hence, the National Resilience Council (Wantanas) is now making every effort to develop Papua`s natural resource potential to support the local to national food security.

When receiving the Wantanas officials at his office in Jayapura on Monday, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe remarked that the development of sago and coffee in Papua, known as the "Land of Cenderawasih," became the concern of Wantanas to improve the economic sector of the local community.

The governor noted that it was necessary to develop sago in Papua because it is a community need as a food ingredient, while coffee has a huge potential in the local economy.

However, Enembe said the development of sago and coffee in Papua needs to be accompanied by the qualified human resources in its processing.

"For this reason, assistance is needed for human resources in Papua to be able to process and develop sago and coffee in the future," the governor said.

The officials of National Resilience Council visited Papua to find out the existing natural potentials, including sago, to be developed into supporting food security for local communities, and promoting diversification of food to reduce the dependence on rice.

Promoting the diversification of food will make the public realize that they have many other staple foods, such as cassava, corn, tubers, and sago, in place of rice, to assure their food security.

Recent research indicated that when sago is grown under organized farming practices, it has a potential yield of 10-15 metric tons of dried starch per hectare per year.

This starch yield per hectare is approximately three to four times higher than that of rice, and that means sago can play an important role in promoting food security.

In addition to Papua, the people of Konawe district in the Indonesian province of Southeast Sulawesi had turned to sago as their favorite culinary delights.

In Konawe district, sago palm also provides strong economic, cultural and environmental advantages in rural areas where it is grown.

Because sago has become a favorite culinary, of course the need of this staple diet will be even greater, so the people who have sago plant land were encouraged to maintained it and do not replace it with other plants.

Sago palm can grow in swamps and wet land which are not suitable for agricultural production. It is tolerant to drought and floods. It increases farm household income and employment through the production of confectionery and cookies, roofing material from leaves and the production of woven mats and handicrafts.

The Sago worm cultured from old sego trunks is a local delicacy with high market value. Additionally it contributes to slowing the pace of global warming through its year-round carbon dioxide absorbing function.

Hence, the people should not damage the existing crops or sago forests, because it is a promising source of income amid the decrease of sago land.

Last year, the Konawe district government provided sago management equipment for the community groups in order to develop the welfare of sago plant owners.

In order for residents to process sago no longer in the traditional way, there was a kind of small-scale processing plant in the district.

The potential of local food from sago like sinonggi, can be used as a local commodity and could be a business to improve the economy of the community.

Hence, the Konawe district government is also focusing on the development of sago cultivation to save the plant from being extinct.

Sago is one of the staple foods in some districts in Southeast Sulawesi that is increasingly threatened with extinction, so public awareness needs to be raised to save the sago plant in order to remain sustainable.

Therefore, the local community has been called on to preserve sago fores in a sustainable manner because it is a food reserve for them.

Sago is the staple food of the people of Konawe since time immemorial. Even without rice, the people there can consume sago for survival.

Therefore, the local people had been encouraged to preserve sago forest, and do not destroy it for agriculture and other development interests.

Sago plants not only serve as food reserve, but also protect the water source for the life of the local community in general.

In light of this, the indigenous people of Papua, Maluku, and Sulawesi can unite to reject irresponsible parties who want to turn sago forests into oil palm plantation.

Sago can be a solution to make Indonesia self-sufficient in staple foods, because it does not require a large plot of land and is able to grow without any intensive care.

Sago has a high carbohydrate content and is easy to digest, and of better quality compared to rice.

Editing by INE

Editor: Otniel Tamindael

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