Sunday, January 6, 2019

1) West Papua group's office shutdown sparks fears

2) Papuan police questioning KBPB activists in relation to subversion allegations
3) Freeport`s Revenue will be Down in 2019: ESDM Ministry

1) West Papua group's office shutdown sparks fears
about 1 hour ago 

Fears are growing among the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, as the group faces a crackdown on its offices by Indonesian authorities.
The KNPB said its headquarters in Jayapura and Asmat were shuttered by military and police in December.
On Thursday, commitee members in the Southern city of Timika were forced out of their offices by at least 80 officers.
It will now be used as a joint military-police post.

Edo Dogopia, a member of the group based in Timika, said he's afraid other locations in Papua could be targeted as well.
"I am feeling worried because this is our place.
"We are indigenous people but they say you don't stay here, you go to your place. We will not go to anywhere because this is our place."
Mr Dogopia said around 30 KNPB members were camping on the road outside the Timika office and would not leave, despite the takeover.
"We are stay in front of our office but we have intimidation and Indonesian police come and angry to us, but we never come back from our commitment," he said.

2) Papuan police questioning KBPB activists in relation to subversion allegations

CNN Indonesia - January 5, 2019

Jakarta -- On Saturday January 5 the Mimika district police (Polres) in Papua questioned eight West Papua National Committee (KNPB) activists in relation to a case of alleged subversion (maker).

KNPB legal attorney Veronica Koman is disputing the legality of the questioning because it is not in accordance with the stipulations of the Criminal Procedure Code (KUHAP). A police summons, she said, must be issued three days before questioning begins.

"The summons was only received at 4pm in the afternoon local time, yet the questioning was scheduled for 2pm local time. The Mimika Polres have committed procedural errors because the minimum time period for a summons according to the KUHAP is three days beforehand", said Koman in a written release received by CNN Indonesia on Saturday.

Nevertheless, said Koman, the Mimika Polres continued with the questioning of the eight activists who were earlier summoned from the KNPB secretariat at 7pm local time.

She also questioned the alleged case of subversion that is being investigated by the Mimika Polres which ended in the occupation of the KNPB's Mimika headquarters on December 31.

According to Koman, the activities which were to be held at the KNPB offices at end of the year were nothing more than a prayers and a traditional ceremony, which have nothing whatsoever to do with subversion.

Koman believes that the Mimika Polres violated the right to worship by forcibly breaking up the event. "Go ask the police, which part of the traditional and religious [event] was maker [subversive]. Stone burning [ceremonies] are a traditional custom which is hundreds of years old", she said.

KNPB lawyer Gustaf Kawer said that the police questioning today will be continued on Monday next week. "Meanwhile the KNPB secretariat is still under the control of the TNI [Indonesian military] and Polri [Indonesian police]", Kawer told CNN Indonesia via an SMS message.

In the police summons for the KNPB activists it said that the Mimika Polres wanted to questioned them in relation to an alleged criminal act of subversion as stipulated under Article 106 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) in connection with KUHP Article 87 in connection with Article 53 alternatively KUHP Article 110 in connection with KUHP Article 88.

CNN Indonesia has attempted to contact Mimika district police Chief Senior Commissioner Agung Marlianto to confirm the questioning of the KNPB activists in relation to subversion. As of this report being posted however, there has been no confirmation from Marlianto.

On December 31 the Mimika police and TNI took over the KNPB Timika district headquarters located at the Timika social complex. The KNPB office was subsequently closed down and will be use as a police or TNI post.

Marlianto claims that police have been acting purely in the interests of safeguarding the unity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). (mts/pmg)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "Aktivis KNPB Diperiksa Polres Mimika Terkait Dugaan Makar".]


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3) Freeport`s Revenue will be Down in 2019: ESDM Ministry
Translator: Antara   Editor: Petir Garda Bhwana
 6 January 2019 10:00 WIB
TEMPO.COJakarta - The Director General of Mineral and Coal (Minerba) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Bambang Gatot Ariyono estimated that PT Freeport Indonesia's (PTFI) revenues would fall in 2019. Both revenue and income before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) would decrease, Bambang said on Friday.
He further explained that the possibility of the decline was due to Freeport's plan to enter the inner mine.
"In 2020, (Freeport) enters a deep mine, so that it is expected that later in that year, revenue and EBITDA will rise," Bambang told the media after attending a press conference regarding the achievements of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources throughout 2018.
President Joko Widodo announced the repayment of PT Freeport's divestment to PT Inalum (Persero) on December 21, 2018. "It was stated that PT Freeport's shares had already moved 51.2 percent to PT Inalum and had been paid in full. Today is also a historic moment after PT Freeport has been operating in Indonesia since 1973," said the President.
Thus, Indonesia has officially become the majority shareholder by controlling 51 percent of Freeport's shares and the Special Mining Business License (IUPK) for the mining company issued, replacing the Freeport Contract of Work (KK), which has been running since 1967.
Other positive impacts of the majority control of Freeport's shares, as described in the ESDM Ministry's report entitled "Energy of Justice: 4 Years of Performance, Realization Up to 2018", include increasing state revenues, avoiding arbitration courts, and the most complex transfer of mine management technology.
In addition, the government's control of 51 percent of Freeport`s shares can also create a "multiplier effect", in which Freeport must complete a smelter within five years in Indonesia.
Indonesia Takes Up UN Security Council Seat
By : Sheany | on 2:04 PM January 05, 2019
Jakarta. Indonesia and four other nations officially took up their seats as nonpermanent members of the United Nations Security Council, one of the six principal organs of the intergovernmental organization that has the power to impose sanctions on countries and authorize the use of military force in conflict zones.
Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic will take part in formulating policies to maintain international peace and security as mandated in the UN Charter. Their memberships are effective from Jan. 1, 2019 until Dec. 21, 2020.
"The huge support we received shows the international community's trust in Indonesia's track record in diplomacy and our free and active foreign policy, which has been crucial in maintaining world peace," the country's permanent representative to the United Nations, Dian Triansyah Djani, said in a statement on Thursday.
The Security Council has 15 members, with five of them – the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France – permanent. The council also makes decisions on the admission of new members to the United Nations.
The UN General Assembly in New York elects the 10 nonpermanent members of the Security Council. The last election took place in June last year, which saw Indonesia and the four other nations replace Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Sweden and the Netherlands at the end of their respective two-year terms.
Indonesia secured 144 votes, which Dian said was a reflection of the international community's solid trust in the country. Indonesia plans to focus on improving the efficiency of UN peacekeeping operations during its term.
The country has prioritized several issues, including developing a comprehensive global approach to tackling terrorism, radicalism and extremism, as well as Palestinian statehood.
As a Muslim-majority country, Indonesia is expected to use its Security Council seat to prioritize resolutions of various issues affecting Muslims around the world, including the Rohingya humanitarian crisis and the Qatar diplomatic crisis.
This is Indonesia's fourth stint as a nonpermanent member of the Security Council, having also served in this capacity in 1973-74, 1995-96 and 2007-08.

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