Friday, October 4, 2019

1) Trial of Papuan independence activists to be moved

1) Trial of Papuan independence activists to be moved
2) Air Force's Hercules aircraft evacuate 9,078 refugees from Wamena

3) Wamena riot survivors are still traumatized: Wiranto

4) Papuan provincial government encourages young doctors to pursue PhD
5) Police Declare Security in Wamena Back to Normal 
6) Facebook removes pages from Indonesia, Nigeria and Egypt over 'inauthentic behaviour'
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1) Trial of Papuan independence activists to be moved

4:31 pm on 4 October 2019

The treason trial of several West Papuan pro-independence activists is to be moved to Indonesia's East Kalimantan province.
The activists, who belong to the West Papua National Committee and United Liberation Movement for West Papua, were arrested during recent unrest in Papua.
Two executive members of the Committee, its chairman Agus Kossay and Steven Itlay, and the Liberation Movement's Buchtar Tabuni were arrested last month in Jayapura.
Suara Papua reports they are accused of treason and involvement in mass protests against racism in Papua and West Papua provinces since August.
Police said the trial, slated for December, is being moved from Papua to East Kalimantan for security reasons.
Indonesian-ruled West Papua has been gripped by weeks of protests and violent unrest which has left over 40 people dead, according to authorities.

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2) Air Force's Hercules aircraft evacuate 9,078 refugees from Wamena  
12 hours ago  

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Air Force deployed Hercules aircraft to evacuate 9,078 refugees from Wamena, Jayawijaya District, after the riots erupted in the district.

"The Indonesian Air Force Headquarter (in Papua) is currently deploying three aircraft for evacuation," Commander of the Silas Papare Military Air Base First Marshal TNI Tri Bowo Budi stated here on Friday.

Budi confirmed the deployment of some three Hercules aircraft to Wamena, one of which was for carrying humanitarian aid from other areas, such as Biak.

In the meantime, two other aircraft were deployed to transport the refugees from Jayapura to Wamena and vice versa.

Budi also noted that some 373 refugees were transported to their hometowns in Sulawesi and Java.

Speaking in connection with other refugees, Budi noted that some had sought refuge in local military headquarters, mosques, and churches, while others had opted to temporarily stay at the houses of their families and community leaders.

"Refugee shelters are also spread up to Jayapura City, which is some 40 kilometers from Sentani," he noted.

Related news: Wamena riot survivors urged to not join exodus

Related news: Refugees in Wamena told to return home
Reporter: Evarukdijati, Yuni Arisandy Si
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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3) Wamena riot survivors are still traumatized: Wiranto


Jakarta (ANTARA) - The survivors of the recent brutal killings of innocent civilians in Wamena, Jayawijaya District, Papua Province, on September 23 still experience trauma and anxiety, a top Indonesian security minister has admitted. Due to their trauma and anxiety, many of them have asked the authorities to evacuate them to Jayapura, the capital city of Papua, or their hometowns outside the province, Coordinating Minister for Legal, Political and Security Affairs Wiranto said.

"Most importantly, we can help neutralize the trauma and guarantee the safety and security of all people. That has even been the guarantee of local customary figures and leaders," he said at his office here Friday.

The local leaders had appealed to the non-native Papuans in Wamena who are generally traders and suppliers of basic needs to continue their normal lives, and not to leave the city, Wiranto said.

"So, it can be imagined if they join an exodus, the district's economic engine may have been stuck. In other words, all community members need each other," he said.

Wiranto also called on the people in Wamena and its outskirts to maintain a sense of security. He believes that the refugees from the Wamena rioting will return to the city once the condition returns to normal.

However, the government should guarantee the safety and security of everyone, especially those who still experience the trauma of the assaults by members of the armed criminal groups and Free Papua Organisation (OPM), he added.

Deadly riots erupted in Wamena during a rally that native Papuan students had staged on September 23.

A total of 33 people, including a medical doctor, were killed, while at least 77 others sustained injuries in the riot that also compelled several thousand residents, mostly non-native Papuans, to take shelter in the local military and police compounds.

The dead and wounded comprised non-native Papuans, who were assaulted by rioters brandishing machetes and arrows. Several of them had migrated to Papua from their hometowns in provinces, such as West Sumatra and South Sulawesi, to earn a living.

On October 1, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw visited the survivors of the deadly Wamena riot, currently sheltered at Al Aqsa Mosque in Sentani, the capital city of Jayapura District.

Waterpauw requested them to return to Wamena as the police would guarantee their security.

"Please get back to Wamena since we will safeguard and protect the security of all residents," Waterpauw told 115 displaced residents of Wamena taking refuge at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Waterpauw was sympathetic in his approach to them, stating that he fully understood the trauma and anxiety experienced by the survivors of the recent brutal killings of innocent civilians in Wamena on September 23.

Several survivors fled in a mass exodus over trepidation and concern.

"However, please do not allow fear and trauma to linger too long within you since the security personnel are ready to safeguard against all forms of disturbances," Waterpauw, who has officially headed the Papua police headquarters since September 30, emphasized.

Normalcy has gradually been restored in Wamena, he added. (INE)
Related news: Papua provincial government guarantees working paramedics' security
Related news: Wamena riot survivors urged to not join exodus


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Reporter: Zuhdiar Laeis, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Suharto

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4) Papuan provincial government encourages young doctors to pursue PhD  
12 hours ago

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The Papua provincial government has been endeavoring to step up the quality of the province’s young doctors by goading them into taking up postgraduate-level academic studies in reputable medical schools at top universities outside Papua.

These young medical doctors, especially native Papuans, are encouraged to take up masters and PhD programs in medical sciences at reputable universities, Secretary of the Papua Provincial Administration Hery Dosinaen stated in Jayapura on Friday.

"Sending these young doctors is important. The Papuan children must improve their quality of education, especially in medical sciences," he noted.

After completing this postgraduate program, these young medical doctors will strive to meet the dire requirements of local health centers and hospitals throughout Papua to help bring about an improvement in the medical services offered to local people, he explained.

The related authority within the provincial administration is currently conducting a comprehensive study on the total budget requirement for this program and the number of young doctors to be sent to participate in the program, he stated.

Native Papuan medical doctor Ronal Aronggear, successfully obtaining a professional degree in surgery, is expected to serve as an inspiration and motivation to more members of Papua’s young generation to master medical sciences, he explained.

Sufficient well-educated medical doctors and specialists, especially those from native Papuan communities, are direly needed at health centers and hospitals in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

The deadly rioting in Wamena on Sept 23 has prompted several doctors to leave this capital city of Jayawijaya District over security concerns.

On Sept 26, the Papua provincial government’s health office deployed 24 paramedics, including an orthopedic specialist, anesthesia specialist, and surgeon, to assist their colleagues at the Wamena public hospital in tending to victims of this week's rioting.

The hospital was desperately seeking medical doctors after 10 members of its staff, traumatized by the impact of the deadly rioting, applied for an emergency evacuation to Jayapura, Secretary of the Papua Health Office, Dr. Silvanus Sumule, explained.

Furthermore, five other doctors working at the Wamena public hospital also left the capital city of Jayawijaya District for Jayapura, the capital city of Papua Province, Sumule stated.

"We cannot stop the doctors since they are scared of and traumatized by the chaotic situation," Sumule remarked, adding that the death of their colleague, Doctor Soeko Marsetiyo, after being assaulted by rioters, had triggered a sense of anxiety among them.

Wamena's deadly rioting took place during a rally that the native Papuan students had staged on September 23. Some 33 people, including a medical doctor, lost their lives, while no less than 77 others got injured due to the riot that also compelled several thousand residents, mostly non-native Papuans, to take refuge.

The dead and wounded comprised non-native Papuans assaulted by rioters brandishing machetes and arrows. Related news: UI Medical School's alumni in Papua to not join exodus
Related news: UI Medical School's alumni seek safety, security guarantee in Papua


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Reporter: Hendrina DK, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Suharto
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5) Police Declare Security in Wamena Back to Normal 
Translator: Dewi Elvia Muthiariny Editor: Laila Afifa 
4 October 2019 09:20 WIB

TEMPO.COJakarta - Papua Regional Police Chief Sr. Comr. Ahmad Mustofa Kamal has affirmed that the situation in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency, Papua Province has returned to normal after the deadly riot. The locals have opened up their stores, especially those located in the center of the town.

“The public is appealed to maintain the unity and union so that Jayawijaya regency will be safe and under control,” said Mustofa, Thursday, October 3.
Mustofa outlines that a total of 4,489 people have been displaced from Wamena to Jayapura since Monday, September 23. The majority of them have returned to their hometown, while the rest 1,613 people are still dwelling in the refugee camp in Jayapura Regency and Jayapura City.
Social Ministry’s Director-General of Social Protection and Assurance, Harry Hikmat, said that a number of refugees suffer from diarrhea, skin disease, cough, and fever. “Poor conditions and facilities at the refugee post cause them fell sick,” he said.

Throughout September 23-October 2, a total of 1,864 refugees are under medical treatment, and eight are hospitalized, Harry added.
Social Ministry has sent aid worth Rp3.8 billion for victims of the deadly riot, including logistic needs, productive economic business assistance, and compensation for relatives of dead victims.
Some 11,000 people have left the city. As of Thursday morning, hundreds still queued at the Wamena Air Force Base, waiting to be departed to Jayapura.
STEPANUS I NYOMAN ARY WAHYUDI | WAYAN AGUS PURNOMO | ANTARA

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6) Facebook removes pages from Indonesia, Nigeria and Egypt over 'inauthentic behaviour'
BY MAX WALDEN UPDATED ABOUT 6 HOURS AGO 
Facebook has removed hundreds of fake accounts, groups, pages and Instagram profiles for engaging in what it called "coordinated inauthentic behaviour".
It removed a total of 443 Facebook accounts and 125 Instagram accounts across Indonesia, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, the company said in a statement.
Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, said there were "networks of accounts" created "to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing".
The accounts typically posted content localised for a specific country or region, including Australia, often directing users to off-platform sites............. https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-05/facebook-removes-pages-indonesia-nigeria-uae-and-egypt/11576346
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