Friday, January 31, 2020

1) Amnesty International HUMAN RIGHTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC: REVIEW OF 2019

2)  Indonesia deports detained U.S. reporter: lawyer

1) Amnesty International   HUMAN RIGHTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC: REVIEW OF 2019

, Index number: ASA 01/1354/2020
It was a year of repression, but also of resistance. The Chinese government clamped down with renewed force on the freedoms promised to the people of Hong Kong under the terms of the handover of the territory in 1997. In the streets, those freedoms were doughtily defended against the steepest odds. Month after month, in the face of the police’s abusive methods – including countless volleys of tear gas, arbitrary arrests, physical assaults, abuse in detention – millions showed their resolve, demanding accountability and insisting on their human rights to free expression and peaceful assembly.

View report in English

INDONESIA (Page 25-26)
The Republic of Indonesia
Head of state and government: 
President Joko Widodo, re-elected in April
The government failed to protect human rights defenders, and restricted the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. The abuse
of criminal law provisions to curtail legitimate expression persisted. Security forces committed human rights violations largely with impunity, using excessive force during policing and security operations. Violence flared in Papua, involving both peaceful and violent reactions to racist verbal attacks and violence against Papuans.

Presidential, parliamentary, and
local legislative elections were held simultaneously on 17 April. Amnesty International published a nine-point Human Rights Agenda for the elections, highlighting threats to freedom of expression, thought, conscience, religion and belief; accountability for past human 

rights violations by security forces; women and girls’ rights; the human rights situation in Papua; human rights abuses by oil palm companies; the death penalty, and LGBTI rights.1
Amnesty International tracked data from the media and local partners, finding 203 criminal investigations initiated between October 2014 and March 2019 against those who expressed criticism
of public officials, their spouses,
or government institutions through electronic media, social media platforms, or during protests. Investigations were based on charges of defamation, “hoax dissemination,” and “incitement of enmity,” all of which were provisions
in the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law. Authorities
also used the Criminal Code and its 
makar (“rebellion”) provisions, which criminalized acts — whether violent or not — committed with the intent to make part or all of Indonesia fall into the hands of the enemy or to secede; harm the president or vice president; or overthrow the government. 

Makar charges were used to arrest, prosecute and imprison peaceful pro- independence activists in Papua and Maluku. On 31 October, 27 people were charged with makar, including five from Maluku who were arrested in June for flying the Benang Raja flag, a symbol 
of the South Maluku Republic (RMS) separatist movement. They were all prisoners of conscience.
Amnesty International documented
nine convictions based on blasphemy provisions in the Blasphemy Law, Criminal Code and ITE Law, eight of them for social media posts on religious issues.

Several nationwide protests took place, including on 21-23 May against the presidential election result and on 23-30 September against the enactment by parliament of several laws, including the amended Criminal Code which contains provisions threatening civil liberties. Evidence indicated that the police used unnecessary or excessive force against protesters and bystanders.
The police used excessive force amounting to torture or other ill- 
treatment during the 21-23 May protests, some of it recorded on videos that were verified as authentic.Videos showed
the police kicking and beating men 
who were clearly not resisting, actions confirmed by witnesses, victims, and victims’ families. The police also arrested protesters and held them in arbitrary and incommunicado detention for at least several days without proper warrants. In response to a public outcry about these abuses, the police claimed that 16 police officers were held responsible for human rights violations committed during the May protests. To the extent they were held to account, however, it was through non-transparent internal disciplinary mechanisms rather than criminal prosecutions.
Nine people were killed in Jakarta and one in Pontianak during the 21-23 May protests, many of them from gunshot wounds. The police claimed that none of its officers used live ammunition.
No police were arrested nor were any suspects identified.

During the 23-30 September protests, the police used excessive force to disperse the crowd by indiscriminately using pepper spray and tear gas. On
26 September in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, two students participating in the protest were killed due to gunshot, one to his chest and another to his head. The police investigating the deaths announced that contrary to their previous claims, six officers carried firearms during the Kendari protest, but no suspects 
were identified as being responsible for the deaths. Three protesters were also killed during the Jakarta protests, but the police did not announce any investigations into the deaths.
Several journalists reported that they were intimidated and attacked by the police when documenting police conduct in both protests. Due to the lack of prompt, independent, effective, and 
transparent investigations it is difficult to verify the facts of such claims, including self-defense claims made by the police.

Violence in the Papua region (Papua and Papua Barat provinces) was triggered by two incidents: a violent attack in early December 2018 against 16 construction company workers in Nduga, responsibility for which was claimed by an armed pro- Papua independence group; and racist verbal abuse in Surabaya, East Java, on 16 August. In the latter case, military personnel and members of anti-Papua independence organizations surrounded Papuan students in their dormitory and used racist slurs, including calling them “monkeys.” This abuse was recorded
on video and shared widely on social media, prompting Papuans to stage protests, some of which turned violent, in Jayapura, Deiyai, Fakfak, and Wamena, major cities in Papua.
The attack against the workers in Nduga led to large-scale military and police deployment. Local residents fled to
the surrounding forest or nearby cities. Local civil society groups, including churches, reported at least 182 deaths from December 2018 to July 2019, 18 from gunshot wounds during military
and police operations. Most died from diseases, malnutrition and the overall poor conditions in shelters. They also reported that there were approximately 5,000 internally displaced persons in Wamena, Jayawijaya and other districts living in unsanitary conditions and lacking access to food, education, health, and other public services. 
Media and local civil society organizations reported that there were at least nine deaths in Deiyai during a 28 August protest, which became violent, as well as four in Jayapura on
29-30 August, and 34 in Wamena on 23 September.
Police responded to the violence in Papua by initiating criminal charges against human rights defenders and political activists. The police charged two human rights defenders, Veronica Koman and Dandhy Dwi Laksono, with “incitement” provisions in the ITE Law for their tweets about reports of serious human rights violations in Papua. By October, at least 22 people in Jakarta and Papua were arrested, detained and charged with the crime of makar. They were prisoners of conscience, detained solely for their peaceful activities in various anti-racism protests.3

On 5 July, the Supreme Court acquitted a 15-year-old girl who had been convicted by the lower courts of aborting her pregnancy resulting from rape by her brother.
On 29 July, the president signed a decree to amnesty Baiq Nuril, after the Supreme Court upheld previous court decisions convicting her of spreading pornographic content based on a recording she made of her superior sexually harassing her in a phone call, which went viral. While both developments are victories for women’s rights, they also indicate the need for legal and systemic protection for victims of sexual violence. Parliament deliberated on the Sexual Violence Eradication bill over the course of the year, but did not pass it into law.
Indonesia, Papua, Torture, Women’s Rights, Torture, Excessive Force, Impunity and Accountability. 
  1. Rights Now: 9-Point Human Rights Agenda for Indonesia’s Election Candidates (ASA 21/0153/2019, 15 April).
  2. Open Letter on Torture or Other Ill-Treatment by The Police in The Mass Protest Following the Election Result Announcement of 21-23 May 2019 (ASA 21/0577/2019, 25 June).
  3. Open Letter on the Increasing Use of Makar Charges against Papuan Activists to Stifle Freedom of Expression (ASA 21/1108/2019, 2 October). 


    2)  Indonesia deports detained U.S. reporter: lawyer
     FEBRUARY 1, 2020 / 2:44 AM / UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO
     JAKARTA (Reuters) - A U.S. journalist who has written stories about environmental destruction in Indonesia was deported on Friday after being arrested over alleged visa violations, his lawyer and his news outlet said. 
    Philip Jacobson, had been detained 45 days earlier in Palangkaraya, the provincial capital of Central Kalimantan in Borneo island, according to a statement from environmental news provider Mongabay. 
    His detention was criticized by rights groups who said it raised concerns over media freedom in the world’s third-biggest democracy. 
    Arvin Gumilang, a spokesman for Indonesia’s Immigration Directorate General, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 
    Jacobson had entered Indonesia using a business visa for a series of meetings, the statement said. On the day he was due to leave, immigration authorities confiscated his passport and later ordered him to remain in the city pending an investigation, it added.
    Immigration said he should have been on a journalism visa and formally arrested him on Jan. 21. His lawyer Aryo Nugroho and Mongabay said his meetings there did not constitute journalism. 
    Under Indonesia’s immigration law, Jacobson could have faced up to five years in prison. But after an outcry from activists and widespread media coverage, Indonesia’s chief security minister Mahfud MD said the journalist would be deported. 
    On his release, Jacobson said: “It’s good to be out of prison and I’m relieved the prospect of a five-year jail sentence is no longer something I have to contemplate.” 
    Andreas Harsono, Indonesian researcher at Human Rights Watch, said visa violations should not be treated as a criminal act.
    “It’s tragic that an American environmentalist who dedicated his energies to protecting Indonesia’s rain forests and indigenous people has been treated so poorly,” Harsono said. 
    In his role at Mongabay, Jacobson has worked on environmental stories including some containing allegations that companies in Indonesia used falsified permits to clear out a vast area of rainforest in the easternmost region of Papua. 
    Reporting by Ed Davies and Stanley Widianto; Editing by Andrew Heavens 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

1) Armed conflict continues in West Papua's highlands

2) Hip-hop: a missed opportunity


1) Armed conflict continues in West Papua's highlands
4:02 pm today  

Indonesian security forces say a West Papuan was shot dead in a clash with police and military forces in Intan Jaya regency of Papua province.

It's the latest in a series of deadly violence in Papua's highlands region where a proliferation of guns is fuelling ongoing conflict.
Police say the man killed last Sunday in Intan Jaya's Sugapa District was a member of an armed criminal group, a euphemism used by security forces to describe the West Papua Liberation Army.
However, a Liberation Army spokesman, Sebby Sambom, said that the victim was not one of their members.
Mr Sambom said that two other Papuans sustained gunshot wounds in the attack by the Indonesian security forces.
It followed numerous exchanges between the Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces in the region in recent months.
In December, the Liberation Army claimed to have shot dead eight Indonesian troops in Intan Jaya.
Indonesian police and military have been conducting numerous raids in the regency in recent weeks.
Two weeks ago, Papua Police chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said a cache of firearms had been found in a Papuan village in Tigi district of Intan Jaya regency.
He told the Jakarta Post that the guns originated from East Java.

Police said Indonesian military personnel had mobilised around the region during the Christmas period, visiting many Papuan villages, to help maintain peace.
A police spokesman, AM Kamal, said the three Papuans shot last Sunday in Sugapa were attacked in an armed clash with the "armed criminal group".
But the Liberation Army claims the shots were made by a military sniper.
According to Mr Sambom, West Papuans were constantly at risk due to a massive troop build-up by the Indonesian military.
Rights advocates have said that villagers in Intan Jaya and Nduga regencies have reported being fired on or bombed from the air by the Indonesian military.
But Mr Sambom said that the Liberation Army's leader, General Goliath Tabuni, had accepted full responsibility for attacks on Indonesian forces carried out by its divisions throughout West Papua.

2) Hip-hop: a missed opportunity
Published: Jan 26, 2020
Versi Bh. Indonesia

Diana Teresa Pakasi

Hip-hop is a popular genre of music among young men in West Papua, who post songs they have composed on Youtube, Instagram and Facebook. Some of these songs attract millions of views. A song titled ‘Turun Naik’ (Ups and Downs), composed by Freshboy and featuring Blasta Rap Family, has been viewed on YouTube over 12 million times. Another song, ‘Ade Kelas’ (Junior Girl) by Suku Dani, and featuring Freshboy, Zuid Boyz and Lesto Baco, was viewed more than a million times within a month of its release. Facebook has also been used to promote hip-hop in West Papua. One group, named Para-Para hip-hop, has more than 4000 members. Another, Abe Rap, has more than 200.
Hip-hop began to grow in popularity among young West Papuan men in the 1970s following the formation of Black Brothers, a successful rock band from Jayapura.
Many young West Papuan men are now forming their own hip-hop groups, composing songs, making music videos and sharing them online. As a result, hip-hop groups are mushrooming in cities like Jayapura, Sorong and Manokwari, playing in malls, parking lots and public parks each Saturday night. They also play at university campuses and at community events.
The audiences at hip-hop performances are made up of young men and women from West Papua and other parts of Indonesia, many of them dancing.
Via social media and music streaming platforms such as Spotify and ReverbNation, young people in West Papua are also consuming foreign hip-hop. But young West Papuan men are doing more than just consume: they are appropriating and recontextualising hip-hop music based on their own life experiences and cultural contexts.
But is hip-hop more than just music to the West Papuan men who make and consume it? Does hip-hop actually say something about masculinity and sexuality in contemporary West Papua?

Hip-hop brotherhood

Hip-hop groups typically consist of five to ten young men. Many rappers in well-known groups are students either at high school or university. Most are aged 18 to 24 years old. Many of them have come from small towns to continue their studies in universities or other institutions in big cities such as Jayapura.
The young men who form hip-hop bands often live in dormitories, boarding houses or rented rooms with their peers. For those who like hip-hop music, singing together and making music become a daily activity and they often end up forming hip-hop groups. As one artist told me, ‘creating hip-hop music is a productive way to spend time together with my friends; it’s better than just chatting and getting drunk.’
A hip-hop group usually has a mabes (headquarters) where the young men meet and make music. When their home is also the mabes of a hip-hop group, the group becomes like brothers. ‘We are brothers. We sleep, eat, hang out and make music together,’ said one young man.
A hip-hop group can become a new family for those who live away from their home towns. But while many groups spring up, not many last long because they disperse or break up when members finish studying and get jobs. But hip-hop music never lacks young enthusiasts ready to create new groups to replace the old ones and carry on their predecessors’ hopes of becoming famous.

Masculine fantasies

Most of the hip-hop artists I talked to do not consider hip-hop to be something they can make a living from in the future. But while they are young, they love having the opportunity to perform in front of a crowd and of being, or hopefully becoming, famous.
Stereotypes are attached to hip-hop artists in West Papua. The young men told me that there is a stereotype attached to rappers as being troublemakers, drunks and sexually promiscuous. While some rappers in West Papua fit this stereotype, other young men I spoke to told me that the stereotype does not fit them.
Part of the stereotype comes from the fact that during their performances the young men follow the fashion and behaviours they see portrayed in American rap videos. The West Papuan rappers thus emulate what is perceived as a violent form of masculinity in their dress, dance moves and lyrics.
The lyrics of their songs use English mixed with Papuan and Indonesian. Some of the songs include swear words common in English and Papuan. Artists told me that it is considered cool to use English words in their songs, but that it is important that they don’t forget their Papuan heritage. These young men use hip-hop music to project an image of themselves as modern and globally-connected Papuans.

Sexual desire

Many of the hip-hop songs written by young West Papuan men are about love, romance and sexual desire. Songs tell of the experiences of the artist being attracted to women. For instance, the lyrics of the song ‘Ade Kelas’ include the lines: ‘Junior Girl, you shoot me, bang, bang. Your hair is very nice.’
Some of the songs also convey stories about sexual relations and practices considered taboo by many, particularly older generations. For instance, ‘Turun Naik’ describes a dance party where men are groping (meraba kiri dan kanan) women’s bodies.
Hip-hop has a reputation for often containing offensive lyrics that condone and even encourage sexual violence against women. Is hip-hop in West Papua also guilty of this?

Sexual violence

West Papua has one of the highest rates of sexual violence against women in the world. A 2016 UNDP report shows that in West Papua, 38 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence.
Another report by UNDP revealed that over 60 per cent of men admitted to being physically and/or sexually violent against women. In addition, there are very high rates of multiple-perpetrator rape.
While hip-hop might provide a space in which artists could condemn sexual violence and promote a form of masculinity not based on sexual violence, the lyrics of popular hip-hop songs often actually glorify rape. For instance, the following lyrics explicitly promote gang rape:
It seemed this girl could play in a group
We locked her in; one to a thousand
Did not have to wait for long
The headquarters were near
Came to the headquarters and friends were surprised
Be patient friends, get in line
We will take turns
Now you all wait there
I will give you a code then you just bang on the door
Such horrifying lyrics as the ones above, which are freely played on social media platforms without censure, reflect the worrying normalisation of sexual violence in West Papua. I could find no Papuan hip-hop songs that condemned sexual violence against women. Other songs popular on social media include lyrics about infidelity, transactional sex (where the exchange of gifts or money plays a role) and sex under the influence of alcohol. While many people are shocked and disturbed that such songs are popular, their concerns are given little voice.
Hip-hop could be a space where young Papuan men take a stand against sexual violence and encourage a form of masculinity that promotes gender equality, but unfortunately some popular hip-hops songs merely serve to reinforce the normalisation of sexual violence against women.
Diana Teresa Pakasi ( is a researcher at the Centre for Gender and Sexuality Studies at Universitas Indonesia.
Inside Indonesia 139: Jan-Mar 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Court rejects Jakarta Six’s demurrer, orders prosecutor to continue case

Court rejects Jakarta Six’s demurrer, orders prosecutor to continue case

CNN Indonesia – January 27, 2020

Jakarta – The panel of judges has rejected a demurrer or note of objection by Surya Anta and five other Papuan activists charged with treason. The ruling was read out by presiding judge Agustinus Setya Wahyu Triwiranto at the Central Jakarta District Court on Monday January 27.
“[We hereby] declare that the demurrer or objection conveyed by the defendants’ lawyers cannot be accepted”, said Triwiranto in reading out the ruling against the six defendants.
During the hearing of the preliminary verdict, the panel of judges took turns in reading out their ruling for the three separate case dossiers. The hearing began with the first defendant, Arina Lokbere, which was followed by the second group of defendants, Surya Anta, Charles Kossay, Isay Wenda and Ambrosius Mulait, and finally the last defendant, Dano Tabuni.

In the first indictment against all six defendants, the prosecution has charged them with two alternative articles, namely Article 106 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) in conjunction with Article 55 Paragraph 1(1) of the KUHP on makar (treason, subversion, rebellion).
Meanwhile in the second indictment, they are charged under Article 110 Paragraph (1) of the KUHP on criminal conspiracy for flying the Morning Star independence flag during a protest action in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on August 28, 2019.

The judges then asked the public prosecutor to continue the examination of the case. The next hearing will be continued on Monday February 3 which is scheduled to examine witnesses presented by the prosecution.
“Second, to allow the prosecutor to continue the examination of this case”, said Triwiranto.
In their demurrer, the legal team representing the defendants said that the prosecutor’s indictment was imprecise, unclear and incomplete because they failed to explain the meaning of makar, which Anta and the five others have been charged with.
There was not one sentence in the indictment which explains the meaning of makar or a benchmark of [what constitutes] an act of makar, so this has created confusion on the part of the defendants, their lawyers and the public over the prosecutor’s charges”, lawyer Tigor Hutapea said in reading out the demurrer.
According to Hutapea, the prosecutor should also include Article 87 of the KUHP which states that the benchmark for an act of makar is when there is concrete intent prior to the act being committed. In the incitement however, the prosecutor failed to explain this.

In his response, the prosecutor said that the lawyers representing the Papuan political prisoners did not understand the law because they questioned the failure to include Article 87.
The prosecutor said that this article is a stipulation which provides an interpretation of the understanding of makar which is stipulated under Article 106 and 110 of the KUHP. These are the two articles being used to charge the six defendants.
“The stipulations of Article 87 of the KUHP do not need to be included in the indictment because the indictment lists charges against the actions of the defendants along with the locus and tempus delicti [place and time of an incident]”, said Prosecutor P Permana at the Central Jakarta District Court on Monday January 20. (mjo/ain)
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Hakim Tolak Eksepsi Terdakwa Makar Surya Anta Cs”.]

Monday, January 27, 2020

1) Lawyers question commitment over Papuan political prisoners’ right

2) Local leaders are looking for conflict resolution in Papua
3) Autonomy budget cut off, Jayawijaya Government reduce supplementary feeding budget
4) HIV/AIDS transmission in Jayapura Regency claimed to decline
5) The Indonesian Military Has Shot Dead a Papuan Civilian and Two Others Wounded in Intan Jaya Regency of Papua Province


1) Lawyers question commitment over Papuan political prisoners’ right

Published 18 hours ago on 27 January 2020
 By Admin1

Three of seven Papuan political prisoners. – Jubi/Piter Lokon

Nabire, Jubi – The Papua Coalition for Law Enforcement and Human Rights urges the attorney general to fulfil the right of health for seven political prisoners detained in Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur and consider it as a neglection of the prisoners’ rights.
“We release this statement after one of our clients experienced vomiting blood. He had an internal disease issue,” said the Coordinator Emanuel Gobay on Friday (24/1/2020).
The coalition team asks the Papuan Attorney General’s commitment to providing the right of health to the prisoners as previously promised. It never occurred. Indeed, the Attorney General has neglected their family’s right to visit.
“If the seven detainees were in Papua, of course, their family can come to visit and find an alternative for health treatment.
Therefore, Gobay urges the Attorney General of Papua to recall the seven political prisoners to Jayapura. He said the security issue is no longer relevant as a reason to allocate their trial outside of Papua.
“It is unfair (for the seven detainees) referred that all the trial hearings of anti-racism case held in Papua. All those trials are going well and safe,” asserted Gobay.
Meanwhile, a coalition member Oktovianus Tabuni added that in principle the seven political prisoners are respecting their legal process. However, they want to have their trial in Papua.
“The principle of a trial is to have a timely and low-cost process. Do not let it (the trial) float up like what has been happening now,” said Tabuni. (*)
Reporter: Titus Ruban
Editor: Pipit Maizier

2) Local leaders are looking for conflict resolution in Papua

Published 19 hours ago on 27 January 2020 
By Admin1

Participants during group discussions to discuss the disputes and Special Autonomy in Papua at Swissbell Hotel Jayapura, Papua. – Jubi/Piter Lokon

Jayapura, Jubi – Some youth leaders in Papua discussed to find solutions over several conflicts recently occurred in Papua on Saturday (25/01/2020).
A Papuan youth leader Samuel Tabuni said the event held to respond to some humanitarian conflicts in Papua. The discussion also examined the clarity of the Special Autonomy bill that is currently under review of Prolegnas (national legislation program).
“This event was held to resolve the conflicts in Papua in a comprehensive and dignified manner. I come from Nduga, and personally, I am raising the voice of my tribe everywhere because they are part of my life,” said Tabuni.
Meanwhile, the First Assistance of Papuan Provincial Secretary, Doren Wakerwa, appreciated this forum by saying that many conflicts occurred in Papua are not the first time to happen.
“Problems in Papua Province are not just emerging now, but it was already here since the integration,” said Wakerwa.
In his speech, he remarked the Governor’s message as the region head in Papua Province asking the people of Papua to set these problems properly.
“Solve these problems by putting forward love and affection. By that, all conflicts and problems in the Land of Papua would be solving properly. But it would not be going to happen if we ignore it,” he said.
Attending in this forum are sixteen speakers including Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan, Military Commander of Cenderawasih XVII Herman Asaribab, Papua Police Chief Paulus Waterpau and the chairs of Papuan People’s Assembly and West Papuan People’s Assembly. (*)
Reporter: Piter Lokon
Editor: Pipit Maizier


3) Autonomy budget cut off, Jayawijaya Government reduce supplementary feeding budget
Published 19 hours ago on 27 January 2020 
By Admin1

Wamena, Jubi – The Government of Jayawijaya Regency has reduced the number of schools to receive funding on the Supplementary Feeding Program (PMTAS). The reduction relates to the Special Autonomy Funds cut off for the PON (the National Games) 2020
Nurlili, an official at the Jayawijaya Village Community Empowerment Office (DPMK), said last year the program was running in five schools in Napua, Maima, Musaftaf, Wita Waya and Wadangku subdistricts.
“There allocate for only two schools this year because of the budget cut off for the PON. We depend on the Special Autonomy Funds for this program,” Nurlili said in Wamena on Tuesday (21/1/2020).
In 2020, the local government plans to implement the program in four sub-districts, namely Asolokobal, Wesaput, Muliama and Tagime. “But, Muliama and Tagime sub-districts are a bit far, so we decided to implement the program in the zone two, namely in SD YPPK Hepuba in Asolokobal Sub-district and SD Inpres Wesaput in Wesaput Subdistrict,” he said.
The budget allocation for PMTAS Year 2020 reduced from IDR 857 million to IDR 468 million.
However, Nurlili hopes that in February they can conduct training for teachers and women at sub-districts and village levels on healthy food for children.
“At the end of the training, we will purchase some items that are not available in sub-districts and villages to deliver in March. They will be cooking food for the pupils, and we will monitor its implementation. There will be a payment for the cooks, but they should submit the report first,” he said.
In addition to food ingredients, the local government also provides cash for schools to purchase some food from the local markets to help the cash flow of villages and sub-districts.
“This program is very critical because President Jokowi has instructed us to decrease stunting among children. Therefore, we allocate the PMTAS for the primary school children because it is their growth period,” he said. (*)
 Source: ANTARA
Editor: Pipit Maizier
4) HIV/AIDS transmission in Jayapura Regency claimed to decline
Published 18 hours ago on 27 January 2020
By Admin1

Sentani, Jubi – Jayapura Health Office claims HIV/AIDS cases in Jayapura Regency has declined with only 3,202 cases occurred until last year.
“HIV/AIDS prevention is a complex issue. It would not only the responsibility of the health office, but all parties should contribute in educating the community,” said Pungut Sunarto,
 the Division Head of Disease Prevention and Management of the Jayapura Regional Health Office, on Tuesday (21/1/2020).
People living with HIV/AIDS in Jayapura Regency are mostly the productive age group ranging from 20-49 years old. There are also infants and children among patients.
“We are always updating the report on people living with HIV/AIDS [in our region]. If not, they would not be able to access the ARV,” said Pungut.
He further said that the family plays a crucial role in preventing HIV/AIDS transmission. Similarly, he continued, life endurance among people living with HIV/AIDS depends on the support from their closest family.
“Those living with HIV/AIDS who regularly take their medicines (ARV) can reduce their medicine (ARV) can reduce the risk of virus transmission. So, please do not blame and stigmatise them,” said Pungut.
Meanwhile, a Sentani resident Edison Sineri agrees that parents have a significant role in preventing their children from behaviours that likely lead to the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexual diseases.
“Currently, young people are easily get involved in promiscuity that difficult to control by parents. It possibly leads them to negative behaviours.” (*)
Reporter: Yance Wenda
Editor: Pipit Maizier


5) The Indonesian Military Has Shot Dead a Papuan Civilian and Two Others Wounded in Intan Jaya Regency of Papua Province

The photo of Bulaken Kobogau (the Moni Tribe Chief) as a Civilian were shot death by the  Indonesian Security Forces in Intan Jaya Regency of  Papua Province on January 26th 2020 (pic doc PIS) taken on 26/1/2020

Press Release by West Papua National Liberation Army on January 27th, 2020

Emergency Situations in West Papua and indigenous Papuans are in the Threat of Extinction, due to massive military operations by the Indonesian Security Forces throughout West Papua's territory is underway.

Therefore, on behalf of the Papuan people, we are the Chief of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) asking for attention by the United Nations, and we also urge to the Secretary General of the United Nations so that the UN Peacekeeping Force intervention can be carried out immediately and may enter Papua.

In this case, the Central Headquarters management of the  West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) received an official report from Intan Jaya that on January 26th, 2020, at 11:00 am in the morning the shooting had occurred in Intan Jaya Regency of Papua Province, between the West Papua National Liberation Army Forces (TPNPB) vs Indonesian security forces (TNI/POLRI) in three places, in the Capital Town of Intan Jaya Regency, Papua.

The location of the armed contact on January 26th, 2020 in Intan Jaya Regency was in Tanah Merah and Holomama. And in this clash, the Indonesian Security Forces had shot dead a civilian and two other people had gunshot wounds.

This contact situation was reported directly by the General Operations Commander of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) “Major General Lekagak Telenggen” from the location of the War, namely from the Capital Town of Intan Jaya Regency, Papua Province.

In his report Major General Lekagak Telenggen reported that the War began at 11:00 a.m. to at 19:00 pm. 

Major General Lekagak Telenggen added that during this clash, the Indonesian Security Forces had shot Dead Bulaken Kobogau, a Papuan Civilian and also shot two other people.

The victims of the gunshot wounds were two people, KAYUS SANNI, a Chief of the Moni Tribe and another one, a 18-year-old young man “Jekson Sondogau”.

Major General Lekagak Telenggen also said that in this War the West Papua National Liberation Army Forces (TPNPB) had not been killed, so on this occasion we denied the statement of the Papua Regional Police Chief Paul Waterpauw who said that three TPNPB Members were shot.
This is not true, because it is precisely Indonesia's brutal security forces and shot three Papuans civilians in Intan Jaya Regency on January 26th, 2020.

Another report sourced from Papua Intelegent Services (PIS) reported that Kayus Sanni was shot by an Indonesian Security Forces Sniper Bullet and was hit in the calf, and Jeckson Sondogau was hit by a bullet 
in the rib cage.

To know by all parties that those responsible for the War in Intan Jaya Regency are:
1. Deputy Commander of Regional Defense VIII of TPNPB Kemabu Headquarters in Intan Jaya "Sabinus Waker";
2. Commander of the General Operations of the West Papua National Liberation Army "Major General Lekagak Telenggen";
3. Commander of the Regional Defense Command of TPNPB Sinak Bridgen Militer Murib”;
4. And six other Defense Region Commands of TPNPB in the Central Mountains of Papua;
5. And the Central Headquarters Management of the TPNPB-OPM under the leadership of Gen. Naaman Goliath Tabuni is fully responsible for the wars that have been and are being carried out by all West Papuan National Liberation Army troops throughout the territory of West Papua, and more specifically in Inatan Jaya, Puncak Papua, Puncak Jaya, Lani Jaya, and in Ndugama.

Note: We make this report on the Papuan Indigenous version of the conflict situation between the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) Forces and the Indonesian Security Forces in Intan Jaya, Papua. And this report also needs to be verified.

Thus the press release of West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB-OPM) over the situation of the war in Intan Jaya Regency, Papua Province, and the Management of the West Papua National Liberation Army Headquarters are responsible for this report.

And forwarded to all journalists from various media around the world, and also delivered to all parties who care about the humanity around the world by Spokesman of West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) "Mr. Sebby Sambom". Thank you for the good cooperation.

 In Malay Indonesian as follow....!!!!

Indonesia releases US Mongabay journalist held on visa charge
Pacific Media Watch
An American environmental journalist accused of violating the terms of his visa has been freed after three days in jail and is likely to be deported soon, a top Indonesian government minister said, reports The New York Times.
The journalist, Philip Jacobson, 30, who works for the nonprofit news site Mongabay and is known for exposing environmental damage and corporate misconduct, was arrested on the island of Borneo after attending a public meeting between officials and indigenous leaders.
Immigration officials said he had been conducting journalistic activities while on a business visa, which was not permitted, and that he faced up to five years in prison, writes Times reporter Richard C. Paddock from Jakarta.
The Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mohammad Mahfud MD, met on Friday with the United States ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph R. Donovan. He told reporters afterward that the case would be handled as an administrative matter punishable by deportation, not as a crime.
The minister set no timetable for deporting Jacobson and indicated that the authorities were still investigating whether he had broken any laws. Since his release on Friday, Jacobson has been free to move around the city of Palangkaraya, where he was arrested, but not to travel outside the city.

“We will try to just deport him soon if he didn’t commit any other crime,” Mahfud said.
A State Department spokesman said the United States Embassy in Jakarta had been in frequent communication with Jacobson since he was first contacted by Indonesian immigration authorities and that it was following his case closely.
Moved from jail
A story posted on Mongabay’s website
 said that Jacobson had been moved from the jail, where he had shared a cell with five other prisoners, to “city detention”.
“We are grateful that authorities have made this accommodation and remain hopeful that Phil’s case can be treated as an administrative matter rather than a criminal one,” said Mongabay’sfounder and chief executive, Rhett A. Butler.
Indonesia requires visiting foreign journalists to obtain a journalist visa, a cumbersome and lengthy process that allows the authorities to question an applicant’s reporting plan, deny a visa without explanation or take no action at all.
Jacobson was initially detained on December 17 and ordered to remain in Palangkaraya.
On Tuesday, the immigration authorities arrested him and put him in jail, signaling that he could face criminal charges.
Jacobson’s reports for Mongabay include an article about a paper company that he said had illicitly set up a shell company to secretly clear forest in Borneo, and another that analysed the environmental record of Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo.
Arvin Gumilang, a spokesman for Indonesia’s immigration department, said Jacobson had visited Indonesia several times on a business visa, and that he had been arrested after being reported to the authorities by an interviewee.
Disturbing case
He was not arrested because of any articles published by Mongabay, Gumilang added.
Rights activists said Jacobson’s case was disturbing and highlighted the need for Indonesia to loosen restrictions on journalists.
“This arbitrary arrest is an unacceptable attack on freedom of the press in the country,” said Amnesty International Indonesia’s executive director, Usman Hamid.
“Respect for the right to freedom of expression is a pillar of any rights-respecting society, whether it is holding institutions to account or highlighting environmental concerns.”
Dera Menra Sijabat contributed reporting to this Times story.