Tuesday, August 27, 2019

1) PRESS RELEASE: ‘Second Wave’ of ‘West Papua Uprising’ commences in struggle for independence referendum


2) Students urge govt to eliminate all forms of racism against Papuans
3) Security, public order in Papua under control: Gen. Tito Karnavian
4) Military, police chiefs hold dialog with Papuan leaders in Biak
5) All parties urged to maintain security in Papua
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1) PRESS RELEASE: ‘Second Wave’ of ‘West Papua Uprising’ commences in struggle for independence referendum
August 26, 2019 in Press Release


  • Tens of thousands of people take to the streets in second wave of protests;
  • One person killed, several shot and dozens arrested by the Indonesian security services;
  • Internet shutdown continues after a week with 1,000 new security personnel deployed.
Tens of thousands of West Papuans are taking to the streets this week in a ‘second wave’ of the West Papua Uprising, following mass demonstrations against Indonesian rule last week. Sparked by the racist abuse and arrests of West Papuan students in Surabaya on August 17, rallies have taken place across West Papua on a scale not seen since the Papuan Spring of 1999-2000. Protestors are demanding a referendum as the only way forward for a peaceful conflict resolution in West Papua.
The internet remains virtually shutdown across West Papua with all data services no longer functioning. This deliberate attempt to stifle freedom of expression intensifies a six-decade-long ban on international journalists from entering the region. The blackout is severely hampering information on the number of Papuans arrested, shot and killed by security services. At least 45 people have been arrested in Fakfak and at least three people shot in Fakfak and Timika, including a 13-year-old girl in Manokwari on August 19. At least one person has been killed in Wamena.
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua is advising all international media to pay attention to the escalating political situation in West Papua. With a rapidly increasing military and police presence, there are concerns about a repeat of the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre.
The ULMWP is also calling for the immediate release of all political prisoners in West Papua, including Bazoka Logo, Head of the ULMWP’s Political Bureau, who was arrested for leading peaceful demonstrations in support of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders on August 15. PIF leaders recently released a joint communique calling on ‘all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all [West Papuan] residents and to work to address the root causes of the conflict by peaceful means’.
ULMWP Chairman Benny Wenda stated, ‘The racist discrimination towards the West Papuan people is the spark that has lit the fire of over 50 years of sentiment against injustice, 50 years of determination to be free. Now my people are launching a second wave of demonstrations, and the time has come for us to reclaim our country. We urgently need the world to be alert and to support us and our struggle for self-determination and peace.’
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Videos of mass demonstrations on August 26:
Contacts:
For interviews with ULMWP Chairman Benny Wenda, ULMWP Press Office: press@ULMWP.org
ULMWP Pacific Mission – Ronny Kareni: +61 401 222 177
Additional footage and photos also available on request

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2) Students urge govt to eliminate all forms of racism against Papuans

3 hours ago


                                                   A students' rally (Antaranews' photo)


Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA) - Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA) - Tens of activists of the Tanjungpinang-Bintan Student Alliance staged a peaceful rally here on Tuesday to show their solidarity with the Papuan students in Malang, East Java, and urge the government to eliminate all forms of racism against the Papuans.

"We stage this rally to show our solidarity and care for our Papuan compatriots who are studying in Malang. What has happened there is expected not to recur," the rally coordinator, Yogi, said.

The protesting students who staged their rally at Gonggong Building in Tanjungpinang city, Riau Islands Province, also demanded that the government bring those responsible for the Malang incident to court.

"We call on the government to guarantee the rights and freedom of the Papuan students all over the country [and protect them] from stigmatization and acts of violence," Yogi said.

Malang Deputy Mayor, Sofyan Edi Jarwoko, had recently been caught in the spotlight after the native Papuans in the provinces of Papua and West Papua accused him of threatening to send the Papuan students in Malang back home.

In fact, Jarwoko did not make a statement containing a threat to the Papuan students in the aftermath of the rally that the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) staged in Malang city on August 15, 2019.

Instead, he just responded to local journalists on whether he would take the option of sending the Papuan students home as had been carried out in 2016.

Jarwoko was quoted by Kompas TV as saying on August 21 that he had never made a statement on sending the Papuan students home.

He just said that returning the Papuan students was an option, but the impact of their rally needed to be assessed further before coming up with the option.

In another development, two TNI officers had been questioned for their alleged racist slurs against students in Surabaya, East Java, that triggered anger in the Papua and West Papua Provinces.

Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto said the officers being investigated are Major NHI, commander of the Surabaya 0831/02 Regional Military Command, and a village supervisory non-commissioned officer (Babinsa).

Addressing a press conference after holding a dialogue with several representatives of the Papuan customary communities in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, Tjahjanto said whatever mistakes the army personnel had committed on duty would consequently be sanctioned.
Related news: Papuan students stage peaceful rally in Bali against Surabaya incident

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Reporter: Nikolas P, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Suharto
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3) Security, public order in Papua under control: Gen. Tito Karnavian
 4 hours ago

Jayapura (ANTARA) - Security and public order in the provinces of Papua and West Papua are now under control, National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian said.

"We will continue to make efforts in both dialogue and law enforcement. Dialogue and law enforcement in Surabaya, Manokwari and Timika have been carried out fairly," General Tito Karnavian said in Jayapura on Tuesday.

East Java Governor, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, and Surabaya Mayor, Tri Rismaharini, apologized on behalf of the people of the East Java Province after the racial abuse of Papuan students in Surabaya.

General Tito Karnavian also guaranteed the safety and well-being of all the Papuan students.

However, he called on all the communities in Papua and other regions to maintain tolerance and mutual respect.

The national police chief is scheduled to visit Timika on Wednesday.

Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander, Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto, and Tito Karnavian earlier held a dialogue with several representatives of the Papuan customary communities in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, on Tuesday.

The dialogue, aimed at gaining a clear insight into the aspirations of local community leaders, took place five days after native Papuans in the provinces of Papua and West Papua staged a series of rallies to protest against the alleged act of racism against Papuan students in Surabaya.

Prior to the dialogue held in the VIP room of the Manuhua Air Force Base in Biak, Tjahjanto and Karnavian's entourage was greeted with a traditional dance, but this meeting was strictly a closed-door one.

Chief of the Supiori Tribe, Mananwir Stev Sarakan, informed journalists before attending the dialogue of his keenness to provide inputs to the military and police chiefs on the Surabaya and Malang incidents and on the security situation in Supiori Island.

Through this dialogue, Sarakan admitted to providing information and security guarantee in Papua Province for securing the sustainability of development programs in the districts of Biak and Supiori.

Top military and police officers also partaking in the dialogue comprised General Commander of the Indonesian Army's Special Forces (Kopassus), Maj. Gen. I Nyoman Cantiasa; Papua Police Chief Inspector, General Rudolf A. Rodja; and Chief of XVII Cenderawasih Regional Military Command, Maj. Gen. Yosua Pandit Sembiring.
Related news: All parties urged to maintain security in Papua
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Reporter: Evarukdijati / Azis Kurmala
Editor: Suharto

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4) Military, police chiefs hold dialog with Papuan leaders in Biak
11 hours ago

Biak, Papua (ANTARA) - Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian held a dialog with several representatives of Papuan customary communities in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, on Tuesday.

The dialogue, aimed at gaining a clear insight into the aspirations of local community leaders, took place five days after native Papuans in the provinces of Papua and West Papua staged a series of rallies to protest against the alleged act of racism against Papuan students in Surabaya.

Prior to the dialog held at the VIP room of Manuhua Air Force Base in Biak, Tjahjanto and Karnavian's entourage was greeted with traditional dance, but this meeting was strictly closed-door.

Chief of the Supiori Tribe Mananwir Stev Sarakan informed journalists before attending the dialog of his keenness to provide inputs to the military and police chiefs on the Surabaya and Malang incidents and on the security situation in Supiori Island.

Through this dialog, Sarakan admitted to providing information and security guarantee in Papua Province for securing the sustainability of development programs in the districts of Biak and Supiori.

Top military and police officers also partaking in the dialog comprised General Commander of the Indonesian Army's Special Forces (Kopassus) Maj. Gen. I Nyoman Cantiasa, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Rudolf A. Rodja, and Chief of XVII Cenderawasih Regional Military Command Maj. Gen. Yosua Pandit Sembiring.

On Aug 19, several thousand people in Manokwari, West Papua Province, and Jayapura, Papua Province, had rallied to vociferously agitate over alleged racist action against Papuan students in Surabaya and Malang, East Java.

A local parliamentary building in Manokwari was set ablaze during the demonstration. The rioters also lit tires in several parts of the city and main streets.

However, National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian affirmed that normalcy had been restored in Manokwari. He also ordered the police chiefs of Papua and West Papua to adopt security measures and avoid the use of excessive force.

On Aug 22, a group of Papuan students in Denpasar, Bali Province, held a peaceful demonstration to express their angst over the racist abuse of their compatriots in Surabaya, East Java, on August 16.

In Medan, North Sumatra Province, several Papuan students at the University of Sumatera Utara (USU) also expressed solidarity for their friends in Surabaya by staging a peaceful protest to echo the message of peace and justice.

In Lampung Province, the Association of Papuan Students (Ikmapal) urged President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to divert more focus on Papuans’ welfare and social justice and bring to book those passing racist slurs against Papuan students in Surabaya. Related news: Police Chief confirms situation placated in West Papua

Related news: Police confirms security situation safe across Papua


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5) All parties urged to maintain security in Papua
5 hours ago

Jayapura (ANTARA) - National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian has urged all parties to maintain security in Papua. "All parties in Papua should have a commitment to maintaining security in Papua,"  Tito Karnavian said after a closed-door meeting at the Papua Provincial Police Station in Jayapura, Tuesday.

Karnavian had met Papua Governor Lukas Enembe at the State Palace and discussed the issue.

"Governor Lukas conveyed his commitment to jointly maintain security in Papua," he said.

The national police chief  revealed that the relations between the police and the military were solid.

"Let us safeguard security in Papua. Thus, the development in Papua can run smoothly for the sake of the people of Papua, "he said.

The police would continue to evaluate the problems, he said.

"The people of Papua should not be affected by hoaxes or fake news," he cautioned.

He also urged the media to provide enlightenment and education.

"The  National Defense Forces Commander and the National Police Chief guarantee security in Papua, so that all people can live peacefully," he said.

Related news: Military, police chiefs hold dialog with Papuan leaders in Biak  
Reporter: Alfian Rumagit / Azis Kurmala
Editor: Suharto
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