Thursday, November 22, 2018

1) Govt Urged to Solve Human Rights Violations in Papua


2) Indonesia-Pacific ties important, says Indonesia
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1) Govt Urged to Solve Human Rights Violations in Papua

Indonesian soldiers assist people who were evacuated from their villages, following a security operation against separatists, to disembark from a bus upon arrival at a temporary shelter in Timika, Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Hundreds more people have left villages that were at the center of the clashes with separatists, Indonesian police said Monday. AP Photo/Mujiono


TEMPO.COJakarta - The Papua National Liberation Army of the Free Papua Movement (TPN-OPM) General Coordinator Lambert Pekikir pressured the Indonesian government to immediately solve human rights violations in Papua. 
“That is the duty of the government,” said Lambert to Tempo on Wednesday, November 21. 
Lambert believes that the government has yet offered the opportunity of an open discussion between the government and the people of Papua. He asserts that the government should be able to discuss matters together and formulate a solution.
He maintains that there are a number of human right violation cases in Papua that has yet been resolved. One of the high-profile cases was the alleged assassination of Theys Hiyo Eluay, who’s known to be the leader of 250 tribes in Papua prior to his death.  
They founded the Free Papua decree and flown the Bintang Kejora flag, which represents the OPM. His death in 2001 is suspected by many to be murdered by Indonesia’s Special Command Troops after Theys and his driver Aristoteles Masoka were ambushed in the evening after attending an event at the Kopassus Jayapura headquarters. 
“That case is yet to be solved,” said Lambert.
DEVY ERNIS


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2) Indonesia-Pacific ties important, says Indonesia

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
By Finau Fonua


Indonesia's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Rudiantara (center) and a Papuan official (right) address a delegation of Pacific Island journalists and public servants in Jakarta.

Indonesia’s relationship with Pacific Island States is important, said Indonesian officials, who commented on their commitment to developing Papua and who see Indonesia as a member of the Pacific community.
The Indonesian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Minister Rudiantara, said that his country had invested heavily in developing the infrastructure of its Pacific regions of West Papua and Papua (Western New Guinea), when he addressed a delegation of Pacific Island journalists and civil servants hosted by the Indonesian Government in Jakarta recently.
Accompanying the Minister were two officials native to the country's eastern-most province of Papua. The officials commended the recent “Palapa Ring Project”; a nationwide fibre optic network that connected communities in remote areas of Indonesia including Papua.
“We are Pacific”

In Bali, a senior Government official Dr. Sri Yunanto and the Executive director of Indonesia’s Institute of Peace and Democracy Mr. I Ketut Putra Erawan, also stressed that Indonesia was part of the Pacific region and thus relations with its Pacific neigbours were natural.

“Why cooperation between the Pacific and Indonesia is so important from the past and now on is because we are Pacific,” Mr Erawan told Pacific journalists.

“Our being is Pacific…Indonesian people are one third Pacific so how can we not be brothers and sisters?...So it is natural for us to need to learn from each other and need to understand each other.”
“I would really want to see one day that we have a Indonesian Studies Center in the Pacific or an Asian Studies Center in the Pacific, in the same way we have Pacific studies here…the future is there we need to grab it.”
Papua
Indonesian Government senior official, Dr. Sri Yunanto, re-iterated that Indonesia was heavily committed towards developing Papua – a region which has been the focus of concern and criticism by some Pacific Island states, including the Tonga Government.

“What we hear from the international community sometimes is not true,” he said.

“In Indonesia, we also have disparity and Papua needs to run a bit faster…and we have a strong commitment from the central Government not only for the infrastructure, for the border, the issue also for the law enforcement. So if there’s a problem with the law enforcement, we will tackle that.
“On the issue of human rights, we are committed to that,” he asserted.
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