Tuesday, June 28, 2016

1) West Papua Action Auckland congratulates the Governments of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands

2) West Papuans in the driving seat, says PNG ambassador

3) PNG diplomat encouraged by West Papua observations

    4) Pertain to operate aircraft for fuel distribution in Papua

1) West Papua Action Auckland congratulates the Governments of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands 
West  Papua Action Auckland, 
Box 68-419, Auckland
28 June 2016
Media InformationWest Papua Action Auckland congratulates the Governments of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands for their statements  last week about human rights abuses in West Papua. We believe their principled and courageous stand at the Human Rights Council in Geneva has drawn attention to the suffering of a  people whose plight remains hidden from much of the world.  We strongly support Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in their call for the UN Special  Rapporteur for the  Freedom of Expression to be invited to visit the territory, and will encourage our Government to back this call. Letter follows:

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare,                                                                                                                              
Red House, Honiara.                                                                                                                                              
 Solomon Islands.
25 June 2016
Prime Minister Charlot Salwai,                                                                                                             
Parliament Buildings, Port Vila.                                                                                                                           

Dear Prime Ministers,
West  Papua Action Auckland would like to congratulate your Governments for the very important representations made by your diplomatic representatives at the Geneva meeting of the Human Rights  Council.
We fully support  the principled stand that your governments have taken in support of the people of West Papua who continue to suffer from grievous human rights abuses.  Along with you, we have been very disturbed by the large number of arrests of young people that have taken place across the territory in the last two months. We understand that those arrested were doing nothing more than attempting to express their political aspirations and their support for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
In the last few days our concerns have increased as we read the reported statement of the Police Chief in West Papua,  General Paulus Waterpauw,  who said that there would be ‘legal consequences’ for those in groups who advocate for ‘separatism’.   He appeared to be threatening young people with a criminal record should they take part in a demonstration that could be seen as anti-government. If this report is accurate then it has serious implications.  We strongly believe that the essence of democracy is the right to peaceful dissent.
We therefore back the call you have made to Indonesia to invite the UN  Rapporteur  on Freedom of Expression to visit West Papua.  Furthermore, as Indonesia has not welcomed the request for a fact-finding mission supported by the Pacific Island Forum, we are pleased that you have raised this important proposal in Geneva.
For our part we will do our best to encourage our own Government to follow your inspiring lead.
Your s sincerely,
Maire Leadbeater
For West Papua Action Auckland

2) West Papuans in the driving seat, says PNG ambassador

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Following his visit to West Papua, Papua New Guinea's ambassador to Indonesia says that increasingly West Papuans are in the driving seat in terms of the running of their own region.
Peter Ilau this month visited the Papuan cities of Jayapura and Merauke on the invitation of Indonesia's coordinating Minister for Political, Law and Security Affairs, Luhut Panjaitan.
Also on the visit were ambassadors from New Zealand, Fiji and Solomon Islands.
Mr Ilau said the visit was about witnessing the government's efforts on protecting human rights, advancing development and further linking Papua with the rest of Indonesia.
"Look, we're observing a trend, a show of attitude towards doing things for themselves," said Mr Ilau. "You know the governors, the bupatis, the regents, they're all indigenous Papuans.
"There's no Javanese or any other persons in the driving seat in terms of leadership in those provinces, districts and village levels."
Peter Ilau said that even in Indonesia's police and military forces, there were now more Melanesians participating.
He said one of the salient points that he and the other ambassadors picked up during the visit was that local people in Papua are fed up with outside interference.
"When they say outside interference, they are referring to outside governments and even outside Papuans, the diaspora Papuans who are constantly putting out messages that are not exactly what is being inspired on the ground here at home," he said.

3) PNG diplomat encouraged by West Papua observations

5:03 am today
Papua New Guinea’s ambassador in Jakarta says there’s a change of attitude taking place in Indonesia's Papua region, or West Papua, whereby the indigenous people are participating more in the running of their own region.

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    4) Pertain to operate aircraft for fuel distribution in Papua
    Atom Amindoni The Jakarta Post
    Jakarta | Tue, June 28 2016 | 10:24 am
State-owned energy firm Pertamina plans to operate a dedicated aircraft to support fuel distribution to remote areas in Papua starting in September.
Pertamina is currently using aircraft from private airliner Trigana Air to deliver fuel to several areas in Papua such as Wamena, Jayawijaya and Lanny Jaya regencies, the company's vice president of corporate communications Wianda Pusponegoro said on Monday. However, the limited Trigana flights have made regular deliveries difficult, causing fuel supply shortages in the country's easternmost region.
Therefore, Pertamina is considering leasing or purchasing a cargo aircraft specifically for more regular fuel delivery, she added.
Pertamina uses land, water and air transportation to distribute fuel in the challenging terrain of Papua, which contributes to the high cost of distribution there, she added. The energy firm spends more than Rp 34.34 billion (US$2.6 million) a month to deliver fuel to Papua province and Rp 5.4 billion to West Papua province.
However, the company sells the fuel in Papua at the same price as other parts of Indonesia, despite spending more on fuel distribution.
Pertamina began fuel distribution via air to Indonesia's northernmost area, Krayan district in Nunukan, North Kalimantan, earlier this month. Renting air tractor aircraft from private airliner Susi Air,  Pertamina delivered its first 1,000 liters of diesel to Krayan. (rin) 

Monday, June 27, 2016


2) Indonesia ‘recognises communal rights’ of 9 indigenous groups in Papua

3) 12 Missing as Passenger Boat Sinks off Papua Coast
BY ERNEST TA’ASI | June 27, 2016

THE SOLOMON Islands government is in support for an international supervised vote on the independence of West Papua.

THE SOLOMON Islands government is in support for an international supervised vote on the independence of West Papua.
Solomon Islands representative Barret Salato gave the country’s support before the UN Human Rights Council for the vote proposal that was made by the International Parliamentarians for West Papua Forum in London last month.
“We strongly endorsed the final declaration of this International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) Forum which took place in London on 3 May which calls for an internationally supervised vote on the independence of West Papua,” Salato said in his statement over the situation of West Papua.
The London declaration has been endorsed by cross regional parliamentarians from 15 UN member states.
Barret Salato spoke of the brutal oppression faced by West Papuans.
He said the Solomon Islands government is regularly updated on the violation of human rights against West Papuans.
“The Solomon Islands government receives regular reports of cases of arbitrary arrests, summary execution, torture, ill-treatment, restriction of freedom of expression, assembly and association, committed mainly by the Indonesian police,” Salato said.
He said on 2 May alone, 2,109 indigenous Melanesian West Papuans were arrested for participating in peaceful demonstrations in several cities in West Papua and some Indonesian cities.
“The demonstrations were held in support of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) to be recognized as a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), the commemoration of 1 May 1963 as Indonesia’s annexation of West Papua and to support the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) meeting.
“During the arrest, some of them experienced torture and ill treatment from the Indonesian security forces,” he added.
“The Solomon Islands notes the recent outcomes of the Foreign Ministers Meeting of the Melanesian Spearhead group that was held last week in Fiji (14-17TH June 2016) where both Representatives of Indonesia and the ULMWP sat as MSG members during the deliberation.
“This outcome envisages to establish a safe space for constructive engagement with all parties with a view to addressing the concerns of the MSG members about the recent developments in West Papua.
“In this regard, the Foreign Ministers further agreed to establish a Committee of High Level Representatives of the MSG members to accompany and facilitate this constructive engagement.
“We also welcome the initiative of the MSG to work closely with the Indonesian government to visit the Melanesian Provinces of Indonesia at a later date. This important visit would allow for a clear, objective and independent view by the members of the MSG leaders and ministers.”
2) Indonesia ‘recognises communal rights’ of 9 indigenous groups in Papua
By Yeremia Sukoyo in Jakarta
Indonesia’s Minister of Land and Spatial Planning Ferry Mursyidan Baldan has declared the government’s recognition of communal rights of nine indigenous communities in Papua.
The declaration was held at the closing of the  9th Sentani Lake Festival at the province’s Khalkhote region in East Sentani last week.
“We want to affirm how Jayapura becomes the living space for indigenous communities. No more actions against the living and cultural spaces of indigenous communities,” Ferry said.
The state had supported available space for Papua’s indigenous communities so no more people are evicted or forced from their native land, Ferry said.
“On behalf of the country, we affirm that in all Papuan regions, the entire space, mountain, beaches and others are owned by Papua’s indigenous communities. Whoever wishes to take benefits, to develop, should recognise the presence of indigenous communities within.”
“There should no longer be the elimination of indigenous communities’ rights,” Ferry said.
Daniel Toto, head of Jayapura’s indigenous communities, has called on the central government to strengthen the practical presence of indigenous communities.

3) 12 Missing as Passenger Boat Sinks off Papua Coast
Biak, Papua. At least 12 people are missing after a passenger boat sunk off in Biak district waters in Papua before dawn on Monday (27/06), police said.
Biak Numfor Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Hadi Wahyudi said the boat, which was carrying 13 passengers, sunk due to bad weather and high waves between Rani and Numfor islands.
“A victim has been rescued to East Numfor Police office while 12 others are still being searched by the team,” Hadi told reporters in Biak, as reported by Antara news agency.
The rescued victim was identified as Firwanmus Yendife.
A joint team of police, transportation agency as well as search and rescue agency have been deployed since 5 a.m. to evacuate the 12 missing victims.
As of 11 p.m. local time, the team is yet to locate and rescue the missing victims.

Jakarta slams Solomons and Vanuatu over human rights

Jakarta slams Solomons and Vanuatu over human rights

6:53 pm today
Indonesia has strongly rejected statements about West Papua by Vanuatu and Solomon Islands at the UN Human Rights Council session last week.
Delegates of the two Pacific Islands' countries accused Indonesia of failing to prevent ongoing human rights abuses against West Papuans.
But Indonesia's delegate at the session, Michael Tene, said Vanuatu and Solomon Islands' statements showed a lack of understanding of Papua.
He said they were politically motivated in support of separatist groups which incite public disorder and terrorist attacks against civilians and security personnel.
Indonesia as a democratic country is committed to promoting and protecting human rights, including by taking necessary steps to address the allegations of human rights violations and abuses in Papua. No one is perfect. We are always open to have dialogue on human rights issues, but we reject politicisation of these issues. We deplore the way Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have abused this council and the universal principles of the promotion and protection of human rights by supporting the cause of separatism.
Michael Tene from Indonesia's Permanent Mission to the UN.
He has described Vanuatu and Solomon Islands as being far from perfect on protection of human rights.
He said the two countries still face serious human rights problems, have rampant corruption in all segments of society and government, human trafficking, mistreatment of children and daily abuse of women.
"It would be for the betterment of their populations if the governments of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu give attention and priority to seriously address their respective own domestic human rights shortcomings."
Furthermore, Mustika Hanum, the third secretary at Indonesia's Permanent Mission, expanded on her country's concerns about domestic violence in Solomon Islands.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

1) Freeport starts flights to interior Papua for employees

2) Delegation Of Franciscan International Respond To Human Right Cases In Papua



1) Freeport starts flights to interior Papua for employees

Sabot, 25 Juni 2016 05:17 WIB 
Timika (ANTARA News) - International mining company PT Freeport Indonesia, which is operating in Papua province, has started a special flight for employees and their families from seven tribes, who want to take vacations in their villages in the hinterlands.

Freeport management representative William Rising, said here on Friday (24/6) that the flight will help employees, especially those from the seven tribes, and facilitate their taking holidays in their villages.

Currently, there are 4,242 Papuan employees, including those from the seven tribes (Amungme, Kamoro, Damal, Dani, Nduga, Mee and Moni) working in Timika. This number constitutes 39 percent of the total employees of PT Freeport Indonesia.

"This flight program is expected to help the employees, who are taking holidays by using regular flights," Rising said.

During this time, the employees who are spending vacations in their villages in the hinterlands should fly via Jayapura. This is because there is no special flight from Timika to their villages.

In the initial phase, the special flights for Freeports Papuan employees have been started for seven regions, namely Ilaga, Beoga, Wamena, Enarotali, Wagete, Moanemani and Sugapa.

PT Freeport deploys three aircrafts leased from Jhon Lin Air, MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) and Airfast once a week.

2) Delegation Of Franciscan International Respond To Human Right Cases In Papua

Budi Tjahjono, as a deledation from Fransiscan International, respond to human right cases the occured in West Papua who presented by delegation of Salomon Islands and Vanuatu, and then a reaction of indonesia to them.
He responded in the " General Debate of the UN Human Rights Council, on June 22, 2016. 
Please you watch to a video bellow :


Friday, June 24, 2016

Video-Save the West Papua Friendship Mural, Darwin

Save the West Papua Friendship Mural, Darwin

The owner of the property on which the mural is painted, want the mural to be painted over.
“Due to some external pressures I have been asked to see the wall painted out as a matter of urgency and have started putting things in place," the owner stated in an email.
The Indonesian Consul in Darwin, Andre Siregar, is opposed to the depiction of the West Papuan flag.
Mr Siregar said he acknowledged "freedom of expression" in Australia, but that the mural's close physical proximity to both the office of the Indonesian Consulate and to Parliament House had raised questions from visiting Indonesian officials over the level of support in Australia for the West Papuan Independence movement.
Mr Siregar said he believed there were about "two people" in Darwin who supported the West Papuan Independence movement.

Well, Mr Siregar, this is our message to you.
- Australians for a Free West Papua

New report-Rising voices, rising arrests: A look at West Papua in 2015

Rising voices, rising arrests: A look at West Papua in 2015

24 JUN 2016
A new report by Papuans Behind Bars (PBB) exposes the Indonesian government’s increased use of arbitrary arrests to shut down protests in West Papua in 2015. The 28-page report ‘Rising voices, rising arrests: A look at West Papua in 2015’ exposes how freedom of expression and assembly in the region remains severely restricted. Based on data and testimonies collected and verified by PBB, the report shows that 1083 Papuans were arrested arbitrarily across Indonesia in 2015. This represents the highest number of arbitrary arrests documented in a single year since comprehensive records began in 2012. 80% of those detained were arrested for participating in or planning peaceful demonstrations.

Media release,

Papuans Behind Bars 2015 report, “Rising Voices, Rising Arrests: A look at West Papua in 2015” is being launched in London today. Please find below TAPOL´s Press Release on the report. The report is available online at: http://tapol.org/id/node/525

Indonesia: End impunity and arbitrary arrests in West Papua

(London 24 June 2016) –A new report by Papuans Behind Bars (PBB) exposes the Indonesian government’s increased use of arbitrary arrests to shut down protests in West Papua in 2015. At the launch of the report, held at the Amnesty International Secretariat in London on 24 June, UK-based NGO, TAPOL, urged the Indonesian government to answer for ongoing impunity, state violence and increased arbitrary arrests in West Papua.
“The Indonesian government must end mass arrests at peaceful demonstrations as freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are in accordance with Indonesia’s obligations under international human rights law” Todd Biderman (Coordinator, TAPOL)
The 28-page report ‘Rising voices, rising arrests: A look at West Papua in 2015’ exposes how freedom of expression and assembly in the region remains severely restricted. This is in spite of the release of five prominent long-term political prisoners in May 2015, and President Joko Widodo’s assurances that West Papua is open to foreign journalists.
Based on data and testimonies collected and verified by PBB, the report shows that 1083 Papuans were arrested arbitrarily across Indonesia in 2015. This represents the highest number of arbitrary arrests documented in a single year since comprehensive records began in 2012. 80% of those detained were arrested for participating in or planning peaceful demonstrations.
The report shows a change in the pattern of charges. In a positive development, the use of treason charges under Article 106 of the Indonesian Criminal Code against political detainees decreased significantly and the use of the controversial Emergency Law 12/1951 ceased altogether. However, the use of charges of incitement under Article 160 of the Indonesian Criminal Code increased.
“The escalation in arbitrary arrests raises serious concerns that the Indonesian government is deliberately using Article 160 to criminalise peaceful political protests and limit freedom of expression and assembly in Papuan civil society” Todd Biderman, TAPOL
The report also shows that, although the number of cases of torture of detainees on arrest and in detention decreased significantly, reports of torture outside of detainee cases remain frequent. The report also gives evidence that ill-treatment of detainees is on the rise. In 2015, 690 cases of ill-treatment of detainees were recorded, more than four times as many as than in 2014. Testimonies from political prisoners highlight their concerns over being denied visits from their families, being under constant surveillance and poor or complete lack of access to medical treatment.
In addition, the report exposes ongoing state violence and impunity of state security personnel. At least 11 people died as a result of state violence in West Papua in 2015. Further, the culture of impunity remains embedded amongst security forces, the perpetrators of the fatal shooting of four teenagers in Paniai regency, Papua province,  in December 2014, have still not been brought to trial.
The report’s publication comes at a time when national, regional and international actors are increasingly voicing concerns over human rights abuses in West Papua.
At the launch of the report Budi Hernawan, lecturer at the University of Paramadina in Jakarta stated: “State violence constitutes the mode of governance of Papua over the last fifty years. My own doctoral research on the practice of torture in Papua from 1963-2010 confirms this pattern. The Indonesian state security apparatus do not hesitate, not only to use excessive violence against Papuans but also to demonstrate that they can do anything they want to the bodies of Papuans.”
UK opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn noted at the recent meeting of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua that human rights and justice “should be the cornerstone of foreign policy, the cornerstone of our [the UK’s] relationship with every other country.”
The serious issue of human rights violations, including arbitrary arrests, summary executions, and torture in West Papua was raised at the United Nations Human Rights Council  in June 2016 by the delegations of the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Both delegations urged the Human Rights Council and the Government of Indonesia to work together to facilitate a visit by Mr David Kaye, the current UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression to West Papua.
This echoes promises that the Indonesian government made during the country´s previous Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2012, promises that it has yet to follow-up on. Indonesia’s human rights record will come under the international spotlight again for the country's UPR in 2017. PBB’s 2015 report calls on Indonesia to “Allow free and unrestricted access for all UN Special Rapporteurs wishing to visit and report on Papua.” Ahead of the 2017 UPR, TAPOL urges the Government of Indonesia to take meaningful actions in-line with their international human rights commitments  towards ending arbitrary arrests, torture, and ill-treatment of detainees, as well as to address ongoing impunity within the security forces.

Media Contact:
Todd Biderman (Co-Cordinator, TAPOL)  
+44 7847 575 064

Adriana Sri Adhiati (Co-Coordinator, TAPOL)
+44 7444 058 975

Kind Regards,


Dengan hormat, 

Hari ini kami meluncurkan laporan Papuan Behind Bars 2015 "Aksi Protes Makin Meninggi, Penangkapan Makin Meningkat di London, Inggris. Silahkan unduh laporan kami di http://tapol.org/node/526.

Indonesia: Hentikan Impunitas dan Penangkapan Sewenang-wenang di Papua

(London 24 Juni 2016) –Sebuah laporan terbaru oleh Papuans Behind Bars mengungkapkan bahwa telah terjadi peningkatan tindakan penangkapan sewenang-wenang untuk membungkam protes di Papua oleh Pemerintah Indonesia pada tahun 2015. Dalam peluncuran laporan yang dilakukan di Sekretariat Amnesty Internasional di London pada 24 Juni, organisasi HAM berbasis di London, TAPOL meminta pemerintah Indonesia untuk menjawab situasi impunitas yang terus berlanjut, kekerasan Negara dan meningkatnya tindakan penangkapan sewenang-wenang di Papua.

“Pemerintah Indonesia harus menghentikan tindakan penangkapan masal dalam demonstrasi damai sebagai wujud kebebasan berekspresi dan berkumpul secara damai sesuai dengan tanggungjawab Indonesia dalam hukum HAM internasional,” ujar Todd Biderman, Koordinator TAPOL.

Laporan 28 halaman berjudul Papuan Behind Bars 2015 “Aksi Protes Makin Meninggi, Penangkapan Makin Meningkat: Melihat Situasi di Papua 2015” memperlihatkan bagaimana kebebasan berekspresi dan berkumpul di wilayah ini tetap sangat terbatas, meskipun telah terjadi pembebasan lima narapidana politik yang telah ditahan selama puluhan tahun pada bulan Mei 2015, dan jaminan Presiden Joko Widodo untuk membuka wilayah Papua untuk jurnalis asing.

Berdasarkan data dan testimoni yang dikumpulkan dan diverifikasi oleh Papuan Behind Bars, laporan ini menunjukkan bahwa 1083 orang Papua telah ditangkap secara sewenang- wenang di seluruh Indonesia pada tahun 2015. Ini merupakan jumlah tertinggi penangkapan sewenang-wenang yang didokumentasikan dalam satu tahun melalui pendokumentasian komprehensif yang kami lakukan sejak tahun 2012. Sebanyak 80% dari mereka yang ditahan telah ditangkap karena berpartisipasi atau merencanakan demonstrasi secara damai.

Laporan ini menunjukkan adanya perubahan pola tuduhan. Dalam perkembangan yang positif, penggunaan tuduhan melakukan tindakan makar berdasarkan Pasal 106 KUHP Indonesia terhadap para tahanan politik menurun secara signifikan dan penggunaan UU Darurat kontroversial 12/1951 berhenti sama sekali. Namun, penggunaan tuduhan penghasutan berdasarkan Pasal 160 KUHP Indonesia telah meningkat.

“Eskalasi peningkatan tindakan penangkapan sewenang-wenang menimbulkan keprihatinan serius bahwa pemerintah Indonesia sengaja menggunakan Pasal 160 KUHP untuk mengkriminalisasi protes politik secara damai dan membatasi kebebasan berekspresi dan berkumpul di masyarakat sipil Papua,” ujar Todd Biderman, TAPOL

Laporan itu juga menunjukkan bahwa, meskipun jumlah kasus penyiksaan dalam tahanan pada proses penangkapan dan penahanan menurun secara signifikan, namun tindak penyiksaan di luar proses penahanan tetap sering terjadi. Laporan ini juga membuktikan bahwa perlakuan buruk terhadap tahanan terus meningkat. Pada 2015, tercatat 690 kasus perlakuan buruk terhadap tahanan, empat kali lebih banyak dari tahun 2014. Kesaksian dari narapidana politik menyoroti keprihatinan mereka karena kunjungan oleh keluarga kerap ditolak, terus menerus di bawah pengawasan serta kurangnya akses atas perawatan medis.

Selain itu, laporan memaparkan kekerasan negara yang sedang berlangsung dan impunitas pada aparat keamanan negara. Setidaknya 11 orang tewas akibat kekerasan negara di Papua pada tahun 2015. Budaya impunitas tetap tertanam di antara pasukan keamanan, pelaku penembakan yang mematikan kepada empat remaja di Kabupaten Paniai, Provinsi Papua, pada bulan Desember 2014, dan masih belum diproses secara hukum.

Publikasi laporan muncul pada saat aktor nasional, regional dan internasional nasional menyuarakan kekhawatiran atas pelanggaran hak asasi manusia di Papua Barat. Pada peluncuran laporan, DR. Budi Hernawan, dosen di Universitas Paramadina di Jakarta menyatakan: “kekerasan Negara merupakan tata kelola Papua selama lima puluh tahun terakhir. Penelitian doktoral saya mengenai praktik penyiksaan di Papua sejak tahun 1963-2010 menegaskan pola ini. Aparat keamanan negara Indonesia tidak ragu, tidak hanya menggunakan kekerasan yang berlebihan terhadap rakyat Papua tetapi juga untuk menunjukkan bahwa mereka dapat melakukan apa saja yang mereka inginkan terhadap tubuh-tubuh Papua.”

Pemimpin oposisi Inggris, Jeremy Corbyn pada pertemuan baru-baru ini Parlemen Internasional untuk Papua menegaskan bahwa hak asasi manusia dan keadilan “menjadi landasan kebijakan luar negeri, landasan hubungan kami [Inggris] dengan setiap negara lain.”

Masalah serius pelanggaran hak asasi manusia, termasuk penangkapan sewenang-wenang, eksekusi, dan penyiksaan di Papua diangkat dalam sidang Dewan Hak Asasi Manusia Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa pada Juni 2016 oleh delegasi pemerintah dari Kepulauan Solomon dan Vanuatu. Kedua delegasi mendesak Dewan Hak Asasi Manusia PBB dan Pemerintah Indonesia bekerja sama untuk memfasilitasi kunjungan David Kaye, Pelapor Khusus PBB untuk Kebebasan Berpendapat dan Berekspresi agar berkunjung ke Papua.

Ini merupakan gaung dari janji2 yg dibuat pemerintah indonesia sewaktu sessi UPR sebelumnya di 2012; janji2 yg sampai sekarang belum ditindaklanjuti. Catatan hak asasi manusia di Indonesia akan dilaporkan lagi di bawah sorotan internasional untuk UPR negara pada tahun 2017. Laporan Papuan Behind Bars 2015 menyerukan Indonesia untuk “Memberikan izin untuk akses bebas dan tak terbatas untuk semua Pelapor Khusus PBB yang ingin mengunjungi dan melaporkan kondisi Papua.” Menjelang UPR 2017, TAPOL mendesak pemerintah Indonesia untuk mengambil tindakan yang berarti sejalan dengan komitmen hak asasi manusia internasional untuk mengakhiri penangkapan sewenang-wenang, penyiksaan, dan penganiayaan kepada tahanan, serta untuk mengatasi impunitas yang sedang berlangsung di dalam institusi keamanan.

Kontak Media:

Todd Biderman (Koordinator, TAPOL)  

+44 7847 575 064

Adriana Sri Adhiati (Koordinator, TAPOL)

+44 7444 058 975



1) Stories From the Border

2) Council’s Working Committee Investigates Freeport’s Mining Areas

3) Rp 10 Trillion Needed to Organise 2020 National Games in Papua

4) Government Has No Authority on Customary Villages
5) Fewer Indigenous Papuans Enrolled at IPDN 



1) Stories From the Border

Posted On 23 Jun 2016

Indonesia shares land borders with a diverse group of countries: Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste, and coming with that are some interesting stories.

                                                                    Illustration. (Photo source: Pixabay/Vira)                                             


Jakarta, GIVnews.com – Borders are not just boundaries. They are strategic entry and exit points, the door steps to Indonesia. But stories from the border are often untold hence they are unheard by those living in the inner side of the archipelago. Check them out below.

Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam

One of the most interesting stories from this border, which separates Indonesia’s Kalimantan with Malaysia’s Sabah and Sarawak, is the “Love Hut.” A two-storey wooden hut with four rooms in each storey, the appearance of the hut is nothing special. But it helps the border guards contact their loved ones: apparently, that’s the only place where you can get mobile phone signals.
Even then, it’s still a struggle. For one, you need to hang your phone on the outer side of the hut’s walls to actually connect with the signal. Not to mention that somehow only old phones can catch the signal, making the latest smartphones useless.
It’s still better than nothing, though. One border guard, Hery, told Tempo, “Last Idul Fitri, the hut almost got destroyed because thirteen people entered.”
Another story comes from Brunei, which doesn’t exactly share a direct border with Indonesia, but nonetheless shares the same island of Kalimantan (or Borneo, depending on who you’re talking to). An Indonesian student in Brunei shared his story when he crossed the border by bus to go back to Indonesia. He contrasted Brunei and Malaysia’s forests, still lush with abundant trees, with Indonesian forests’ sad state.
On his way back, however, he happened to see some people wearing official uniforms, but without their names on them, as is customary. They collected passports from Indonesian overseas workers (TKI) and had those passports stamped, but when they return the passports they ask for money for their “service.”
His other concern was the condition of the roads in Indonesia, which are rocky and narrow, with overgrown grass, bushes and tree branches by the road side. Meanwhile, roads in Brunei and Malaysia are wide, smooth with clean-cut grass.

Papua New Guinea

The traveller and storyteller Agustinus Wibowo previously shared his story with GIV, recounting his experience during the period when he explored the area surrounding Indonesia’s border with Papua New Guinea. There, he stayed with members of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) at their camp.
“These people are forgotten. Nobody writes about their struggle. Nobody covers them. And they are full of fear of Indonesia and Indonesians so it was quite hard for me to get accepted by the people,” recounted the travel writer.
Many OPM camps are located in the southern part of the border, but they are hard to reach from the Indonesian side. If you go there from Papua New Guinea, you only need to cross three rivers; but from the Indonesian side, you have to cross five deep rivers.
For the locals, the border itself is so vague that they could not differentiate which part belongs to which country. There is even a village populated by OPM members that was built on Indonesian land, but marked with a Papua New Guinean flag. Residents go to the Papua New Guinean market, because they do not realize that they are on Indonesian territory.
“Nobody knows where the border is,” emphasized Agustinus. He also explained the story of OPM members.
“These people are the children of people who are struggling. In the 1984, they moved to Papua New Guinea,” said the knowmad. But that generation passed away and their children did not know about the struggle. “They don’t even know whether they are Indonesian or Papua New Guinean!”


Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province borders Timor-Leste. An Indonesian border guard, Lucky, admitted he was shocked when he first saw his post.
“It was far, secluded and there was almost no development,” said Lucky. It took him three months to get used to the border post. Now, along with his 10 staffs, he guards the border while also becoming part of the local community.
“Some of us manage a field, take care of vegetable gardens, breed chicken and even wild birds. That’s how we cope with loneliness,” he said.
They also provide medicine for the locals. Lots of people come to them at night to ask for medicines, saying that the army’s supply is good, though Lucky suspects they come to the guards because the public healthcare clinic is far.

Economic potential

People living near the border often cross to work and trade. For example, some people near the Malaysian border cross over to Malaysia because the education system there is better and more accessible, goods are sold at a cheaper price and there are more, and better, facilities.
Nonetheless, in a village near the Malaysian border at least, the local government has spent hundred millions of rupiah to build the village’s infrastructure, making the residents less attracted to move to the other side. One of the Indonesian military personnel there, Hardika, said he heard the village’s development makes those who have previously moved to Malaysia regretted their choice.
 Editor: Putra Musketeer
2) Council’s Working Committee Investigates Freeport’s Mining Areas
24 June 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – A Working Committee on Freeport’s Boundary established by Commission IV of the Papua Legislative Council to tackle the issues related to the border mining areas of PT Freeport Indonesia would conduct a hearing with the regents who claimed Freeport mining area has intervened into their administrative territorial. 
Working Committee Chairman Thomas Sondegau said it would invite the regents of Paniai, Deiyai, Dogiyai, Intan Jaya, Nduga, Puncak and Mimika that the latter is currently Freeport’s operation area.

“We will conduct a meeting with the regents from those regencies. They claimed Freeport’s underground mining areas have entered their regions. We want to hear their explanation directly,” he told Jubi by phone on Thursday (23/6/2016).
Besides hearing with the regents of six regencies, the working committee would also coordinate with the provincial government and related offices. After the meeting, it schedules to meet the representatives of Freeport. “If we have listened from many parties and had the required data, then we would meet with Freeport,” he said.
He said the working committee would ask this gold and copper company to explain the boundaries of their mining areas, in particular the underground mining areas. “Furthermore, Freeport impressed being closed all the time. We want to know their boundaries and which areas belong to them on their version,” he said.
In addition, he added, the central government also recognized Mimika as the only regency where Freeport’s mining activities are executed. While, Freeport is suspected already expanding its operation into other regencies surround its mining areas.

The Chairman of the Council’s Commission IV Boy Markus Dawir said the Working Committee on Freeport Boundary is working to measure the areas belong to the American Company. “It would be ensured whether the operation areas are fully in the MImika Regency or have expanded to other regencies. It is important, because despite relating to the community tenure rights and administrative region, it also affect to the Regional Income of related regencies,” said Dawir. (Arjuna Pedemme/rom)


3) Rp 10 Trillion Needed to Organise 2020 National Games in Papua

24 June 2016

Jakarta, Jubi – Funding allocated for the 2020 National Games in Papua has reached Rp 10 trillion.
The funds are used for the construction of facilities and infrastructure needed to host the quadrennial event.
“Ten trillion is the whole package including the facilities and infrastructure. But, the detail will continuously be reviewed because it should be used properly,” said the Secretary General of PON 2020 Committee Yusuf Yambe Yabdi at the break of technology briefing towards PON 2020 in Jakarta on Thursday (23/6/2016).
According to him, despite the cost required for implementing the biggest multi-event championship in Indonesia is high, the Papua Provincial Government would cover not all the cost, because there would be some supporters. The Provincial Government, he said, only provided Rp 3 trillion, and the rest would gain supports from private sectors and Regional Budget of each participating regency as well as the Central Government.
“Clearly the plan would become a basis of how much budget is required. So the cost is approximately Rp 10 trillion. That’s for all,” said Yabdi who also the Head of Papua Sport and Youth Office.
Ahead to PON 2020, Papua must be prepared. In fact, most of the sport venues must be built, though some are in renovation. Moreover, many sport locations are also not centralized because it spreads in many areas.
In general, PON 2020 would be centralized in Jayapura, but there are four regions that would become a host, namely Biak, Wamena, Timika and Merauke.  As for the sports that would be in competition are 55 branches including the exhibitions.
For succeeding PON 2020, Papua has acted promptly whether in preparing the infrastructures as well as the human resources. Especially for the infrastructure, the constructions have conducted gradually according to the budget proposal.
“There are multi-year planning but also a year planning. But clearly we used various systems. This year we targeted all infrastructure planning would be done and the construction could be started on next year. All infrastructures must be done within 2019,” he firmly said.
For the human resources, currently the government has prepared personnel in particularly to occupy 14 sectors including the secretariat, transportation, health service and accommodation. At least 140 personnel have been prepared for such posts.
Meanwhile, the General Chairman Deputy of the Central Indonesian Sport Committee Suwarno said the infrastructure planning of PON 2020 must be done within this year. This must be done to ensure the preparation is much better though still a long for execution time. He doesn’t want any problems occurred in the future.
“This year the infrastructure planning must be done to start the construction next year. It’s not only the infrastructure but Papua must also prepare their human resources, including how to prepare the event and determine the sports to be competed. Everything has to be prepared properly,” he said. (Alexander Loen/rom)
4) Government Has No Authority on Customary Villages
24 June 2016
Sentani, Jubi – The local government cannot interfere in the affairs of established customary villages in Jayapura Regency, Papua, Jayapura Regent Matius Awoitau said.
“Customary villages are no longer the authority of the regional government, from the administrative system till the appointment of village chief by ondoafi (customary leaders),” said Awoitau told Jubi in Sentani on Thursday (23/6/2016).
Along with customary villages, there are some rules set up that the customary people should follow.

According to him, many villages are currently recognized as customary villages to coincide with the ending period served of the former government’s village chiefs. With this recognition, the village chief is no longer served. The decision is fully taken by the customary people in the village.
“Thus the authorities are in the hands of customary leaders and their people,” he said. He hoped with the expiration of the term of the government’s village chief, those villages would obtain new status. “It is the opportunity for the customary people after long time being forgotten. It’s time to stand up and see into the future of the people in the villages. The local government will give supports through empowerment development fund program and regular training so that people could experience the real prosperity,” he said.
Ondoafi of Demutru tribe from Iwon Village of Gresi Selatan Sub-District, Kostan Trapen said all this time he considered the customary village was raising a dualism of leadership in the village. “But it was wrong. After getting the information and socialization from the government about the customary village, as part of ondofolo (customary administrative), I am very grateful that the government has handed over the authority over the administrative system to each village,” Trapen said. (Engelbert Wally/rom)
5) Fewer Indigenous Papuans Enrolled at IPDN 
24 June 2016

Jayapura, Jubi – Student Executive Body of the University of Cendewasih Elius Wenda criticized the recruitment of the students in the Institute of Public Administration (IPDN), saying that none of candidates from Jayawijaya Regency passed the selection exams.
“When they did the test at the provincial level, they didn’t pass. We deeply regret this situation and it should be changed. The Provincial Government is responsible for the implementation of education at any levels in the province,” Wenda told Jubi in Jayapura on Thursday (23/06/2016).
He suspected there are particular culprits stirring the situation to not let the candidates from Jayawijaya to pass the test.
“What kind of recruitment system was applied? Is there such a quota for certain people or bribery system or purely qualified? We must clean up the culprits who played in the system for striking down the indigenous Papuans,” said Wenda.
According to him, the Law No. 21/2001 on Special Autonomy for Papua Province has clearly regulated about the alignments of indigenous Papuans.
“We ask to all related stakeholders whether at provincial or municipal or regional governments and councils to pay attention at the indigenous Papuans. So that in the recruitment of IPDN students, there is equal prioritization. Do not always prioritize those who able to pay more or have portion. Poor children also can!” he said.
The Chairman Deputy of Commission V of the Papua Legislative Council for Education Affairs, Nioulen Kotouki said there should be a special policy to prioritize the indigenous Papuans in the recruitment of students of IPDN Papua.
He said the governor and regents as well as mayor in Papua have to fight for protection which prioritizing the indigenous Papuans in the recruitment of IPDN students in Papua.
“All the time we observed that in the recruitment of IPDN students for Papua, the quota for indigenous Papuans is still limited. Sometime the indigenous candidates were ignored,” said Kotouki.
Earlier, the Head of National Civil Service Agency of Papua Province Nicolaus Wnda said in 2016 as many as 977 indigenous Papuans conducted the Basic Competency Test on Computer Assisted Test basis in the recruitment of IPDN students.
“The BCT would be conducted into three phases, which is the first phase would have 300 participants, and 400 participants for the second phase and 277 participants for the third phase,” he said.
According to him, the quota for Papua Province was lower than the previous year, which is 53 students from previously 54 students.
“So these 977 candidates would compete for 53 seats for Papua Province,” he said. (Abeth You/rom)