Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1) A Farewell to the New Order With Jokowi?

1) A Farewell to the New Order With Jokowi?

2) Petrochemical Investment in Papua Hampered

1) A Farewell to the New Order With Jokowi?

By Erwida Maulia on 11:30 pm Jul 23, 2014
Category FeaturedNewsPolitics

Jakarta. Joko Widodo’s victory in Indonesia’s presidential election has inspired fresh hope that the country can finally resolve human rights abuses that have gone unaddressed for decades, as well as sweep away all vestiges of the New Order era that continue to pervade the government and politics.
For many observers, Jokowi, as the country’s soon-to-be seventh president is popularly known, represents the best break from Indonesia’s dark past because he was never a part of the New Order.
Jokowi, 53, was born into a low-income family and raised in the sleepy Central Java town of Solo, before getting into business making and selling wood furniture.
He only entered politics in 2005 — seven years after the fall of the strongman Suharto, the architect of the New Order — when he ran for mayor of Solo and won, with the support of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, which was long the thorn in the New Order’s side.
He was re-elected in 2010 with more than 90 percent of the vote, before leaving mid-office to run for governor of Jakarta in 2012. Two short years and a media frenzy later, Jokowi has been named the winner of the 2014 presidential election.
That history, observers say, is tellingly clear of any ties with the New Order — unlike the track record of his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, who was a military general under Suharto and was even married to the dictator’s daughter until 1998.
During his time in the military, Prabowo commanded the Army Special Forces, or Kopassus, a feared killing squad, and later the Army Strategic Reserves, or Kostrad, before being discharged for his involvement in the abduction of pro-democracy activists who had been agitating for Suharto’s resignation.
But his checkered human rights record began much earlier, with allegations of involvement in the killings of civilians in the then-occupied territory of East Timor.
“Jokowi doesn’t have past burdens, like Prabowo; he’s not among alleged perpetrators of human rights abuses,” Asvi Marwan Adam, a historian at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, or LIPI, tells the Jakarta Globe.
“He also doesn’t give promises [of political posts] to members of his coalition — unlike the case with Prabowo and SBY [President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono],” he adds.
“With Jokowi as president, there’s a bigger possibility that we can finally resolve the human rights abuses of the past, and I certainly hope he will be able to settle them.”
Asvi says it helps that Jokowi’s PDI-P, whose chairwoman, Megawati Soekarnoputri, Sukarno’s daughter, was in the opposition during the New Order’s 32-year rule.
The same cannot be said of Prabowo, whose biggest coalition partner is the Golkar Party — Suharto’s very own political vehicle, whose ranks are still studded with holdovers from the dictator’s era.
Not the package
But many of the key people Jokowi has surrounded himself with do have links to the New Order, says Bonnie Triyana, the founder of Historia magazine.
Most notable among them is Jokowi’s running mate, Jusuf Kalla, who chaired Golkar from 2004 to 2009. There is also Wiranto, the chairman of the People’s Conscience Party, or Hanura, a coalition partner, who served as the last military chief of staff under Suharto.
Other Suharto-era generals, long since retired, have flocked around Jokowi, including A.M. Hendropriyono, a former head of the State Intelligence Agency, or BIN, who has been accused of, but never charged over, a deadly military crackdown on civilian protesters in Talangsari, Lampung, in 1989.
Also in Jokowi’s inner circle are the Wanandi brothers, Jusuf and Sofjan, prominent businessmen who owed their fortunes to their close ties with the Suharto regime.
“As an individual, Jokowi is relatively clean compared with other leaders,” Bonnie says. “He’s also spoken about how he wants to solve the case of the disappearance of Wiji Tukul, who was also from Solo.”
Wiji, a poet, was among 13 pro-democracy activists kidnapped in the unrest that led to Suharto’s resignation in 1998. He has never been seen since.
“But looking at the people behind Jokowi,” Bonnie goes on, “and given that political horse-trading is inevitable in a democracy like ours, it will be difficult” to cut all ties with the New Order.
Arguably the most serious of the past abuses that Jokowi will be expected to address is the purge from 1965-66 of suspected members and sympathizers of the Indonesian Communist Party, or PKI, in which up to a million people were estimated to have been killed.
The Yudhoyono has categorically refused to open an inquiry into the matter (the president’s late father-in-law, Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, was one of the military generals who led the pogrom), and school textbooks continue to propagate the lie that the communists had to be exterminated because they had attempted a coup to unseat then-president Sukarno.
Independent historians agree that the PKI was simply a scapegoat for the military as it sought to wrest power from Sukarno.
“The new government and the state must be able to guarantee justice [...] including the resolution of past human rights abuses,” Bonnie says. “What important is the political will. It is important for the state to admit that there were past violations and to apologize for them.”
Both Bonnie and Asvi see Kalla as helping rather than hindering on this front, despite his association with Golkar.
“Although he was part of the New Order, he has been a proven peacemaker for Indonesia, mediating in conflicts in Aceh and Poso,” Asvi says.
Kalla is also expected to rally support from Golkar legislators, who will comprise the second-biggest bloc when the new House of Representatives goes into session in September, to help push through government programs and policies.
Bonnie notes that the New Order has left behind more than just unanswered rights abuse cases.
“Our perspective, the way we look at things, is still very much influenced by the New Order,” he says.
He cites the popular notion that Yudhoyono is a dithering and indecisive leader, pointing out that the corollary is that people feel nostalgic about what they perceive as Suharto’s strong leadership.
Prabowo has preyed on this sentiment, exploiting it to garner nearly half of all votes in the July 9 election.
“Since the fall of Suharto, our enemy is the New Order’s legacy,” Bonnie says. “Jokowi’s win, we hope, will change all that.”


WEDNESDAY, 23 JULY, 2014 | 15:30 WIB
2) Petrochemical Investment in Papua Hampered
TEMPO.COJakarta - German petrochemical company Ferrostaal GmbH’s investment of US$8 billion in Teluk Bintuni Regency, West Papua, has been stalled by gas supply problem. Coordinating Economic Minister Chairul Tanjung (CT) said the government is still seeking solutions for the problem.
“I’ve already asked coordination under the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM),” said Chairul on Tuesday.
Chairul said the company, who has obtained permission from the BKPM since 2012, needs a large supply of gas to produce 1.3 million tons of methanol per year. “They want to start the csontruction immediately,” he said.
Ferrostaal’s methanol factory needs supply of natural gas to be used as raw materials as much as 202 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD). The company has targeted the construction to start next year and is currently waiting for supply of natural gas from Tangguh and Genting Oil field. Their production is intended to meet Indonesia’s huge need for methanol.
The current methanol supply has only reached 600,000 tons per year while Indonesia needs 800,000 tons, leading to importing 200,000 tons. Methanol is raw material from propylene and ethylene, the raw materials for making plastics.

Monday, July 21, 2014

1) West Papuan political prisoners freed Activists vow to continue agitating for independence

1) West Papuan political prisoners freed Activists vow to continue agitating for independence 
2) Papua independence to move forward

1) West Papuan political prisoners freed Activists vow to continue agitating for independence 
Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta Indonesia July 21, 2014

Five West Papuan political prisoners were released on Monday after serving three-year sentences in a Jayapura prison. The activists were arrested in October 2011 for reading out a “declaration of independence” from Indonesia. Those released included prominent tribal leader Forkorus Yaboisembut, who was declared “president of the Federal Republic of West Papua” during the 2011 declaration of independence event; Edison Waromi, who was declared prime minister; as well as Agustinus Sanany Kraar, Selpius Bobii and Dominikus Sorbet. Forkorus Yaboisembut, now age 59, told local media that the group had only been released because they had served their full jail terms. “We will keep working together in the future until there is recognition [of our independence] and a transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Indonesia to the Federal Republic of West Papua,” he said. 
In 1969, Indonesia held a referendum known as the ‘Act of Free Choice’, during which a vote was held and it was subsequently announced that the population had decided to relinquish West Papua’s sovereignty in favor of Indonesian citizenship. Rights monitors and West Papuan activists claim that the referendum was rigged and have since agitated for a re-vote. However, any political activities aimed at independence have been met with swift punishment from the Indonesian government. Earlier this month, six activists from the National Committee for West Papua were reportedly arrested and beaten for distributing leaflets calling on the West Papuan people to boycott the presidential election. Fr Neles Kebadabi Tebay, who is a rector of Fajar Timur School of Philosophy and Theology in Abepura, told that the activists could face re-arrest if they continue agitating for independence. “I, however, think that such arrests won’t solve the problem. The government of Indonesia and representatives of Papuans must sit together in a dialogue,” Fr Neles added.

2) Papua independence to move forward

Updated about 1 hour ago

The organisation that calls itself the Federal Republic of West Papua says the release of its president and four others from prison yesterday means their campaign for independence can now move forward.
Forkorus Yaboisembut and four others were imprisoned by Indonesia in October 2011 on charges of treason after the republic was declared by a vote at the Third Papua People's Congress.
The organisation's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jacob Rumbiak, says the Federal Republic is a legitimate organisation that will now ramp up its effort to lobby the international community for recognition.
"West Papua already fulfils the requirement of establishing a country, like Indonesia did in 1945 and America did in 1776; what's the difference? We have a leader now, we have an agenda, [The] Federal Republic of West Papua was born by a democratic system."
Jacob Rumbiak says the organisation has asked for meetings with both candidates of Indonesia's recent presidential election.

From Inside Indonesia-Famine and fraud

From Inside Indonesia

Famine and fraud

A story of mass starvation tells us much about media coverage and local government in Papua

Bobby Anderson

In early April of 2013 it was reported that at least 95 indigenous Papuans had died of starvation in Kwoor sub-district, Tambrauw District, Papua Barat (West Papua). Another 553 were said to be seriously ill and at risk of imminent death. The deaths had begun in December of 2012 and most of the victims were concentrated in Tambrauw’s remote villages of Baddei (alt: Bakdei), Jokbi Joker (alt: Jokjoker) and Kasyefo.
Tambrauw lies on the northern coast of the Kepala Burung or Bird’s Head peninsula. This starvation report was particularly ironic in that Tambrauw is located next to some of the richest fisheries in the world. Although much of Tambrauw’s population is concentrated on, and makes their living from, the sea, the starvation-affected villages are all inland, with the closest a six-hour walk from Kampung Kwoor, and the furthest a three-day walk. This story resonated: it was indicative of the Indonesian government’s callousness toward the indigenous citizens of its easternmost and most under-developed periphery. And for many it was more evidence to support allegations that genocide is occurring in Tanah Papua.
The story grew more worrisome with news that two Papuan activists, Yohanis Mambrasar and his father, Hans, were arrested in the Tambrauw capital, Sausapor, for compiling a dossier of local deaths, apparently due to lack of medical care. The Asian Human Rights Commission reported that the two were interrogated for hours about separatist activities in the area and an urgent appeal was issued by AHRC on their behalf. Implicit in the news of this arrest were two things: that the starvation must be much more widespread than initially reported, and that the authorities were attempting a cover-up.
After a few weeks of attention to this starvation in select media outlets and independence listservs, the story faded from the news - yet another example of structural violence perpetuated against Papuans by the state, while brave activists trying to uncover such crimes disappear into police custody.
This incident is even more important because the alleged starvation didn’t actually happen....................................................
full article at

Sunday, July 20, 2014

1) Thousands of Liberation Mass Will Greet Forkorus and Waromi

1) Thousands of Liberation Mass Will Greet Forkorus and Waromi 
2) Papuans to welcome release of Jayapura Five

3)  Regional Commander Condemns Shooting in Puncak Jaya Jaya and Papua Lany 


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Original bahasa link at

1) Thousands of Liberation Mass Will Greet Forkorus and Waromi 
Saturday, 19 July 2014 21:36 Read: 516 Comments: 0 

Dance when the Papuan People's Congress (KRP) III and the declaration "West Papua Federal State". Photo: Ist 
Jayapura, STEP MAGAZINE - "President of the Federal State of West Papua", Forkorus Yaboisembut and "Minister of the Federal State of West Papua", Edison Waromi rumored to be dibebaska on Monday (07/21/14) morning from prisons Abepura, Papua. 
They detained since last October 2011 in the field of Zacchaeus Padang Bulan, Abepura Papuan People's Congress in the event of Papua Declaration (KRP) III and was jailed for 33 months. 
"Chief of Police of the Federal State of West Papua", Elias Ayakeding say, liberation Forkorus and Edison Waromi been a dream of the people of West Papua Federal far. Karenaya, he said, when released will be dijempat by about 1,000 people from the region Mamta. 
"In the pick-up will be backed by the Federal Republic of West Papua police numbering about 1000 people from Mamta region," said Elias told reporters in CaFe Prima Garden Abepura on Friday (07.18.14), adding yesterday before giving a press conference he had met Forkorus in Abepura Prison. 
According to Elias, it has agreed to all the activities along the way ranging from Abepura to Sentani eliminated. 
"So we will be starting from Abepura Prison guard up residence in Sabron. And during this process we ask that trader or businessman who sells on the side streets of Abepura to Sabron Yaru can stop their activities in order to provide a sense of togetherness and respect," he said. 
Furthermore he says, pihkanya has scheduled a free moment later, Forkorus and Edison will be welcomed with traditional dances of Papua. However, it ordered that the masses should not be carrying the Morning Star flag and sharp tools. 
"His message (Forkorus, Cs) like it, do not bring the Morning Star flag or sharp tool. Please come with music, flute and dances Tambu but still maintain security," said Ayakeding. 
However, further Ayakeding, when it was found there were still carrying sharp tools or the Morning Star flag, it hoped to be seen from the personnel committee although there are established. 
"That's what I say that security is our shared responsibility, but pack Forkorus been confirmed for everything orderly," he continued. 
Of communications made to confirm when Abepura Prison, Elias concluded determination and spirit to keep fighting for independence in Papua in a peaceful and dignified. Forkorus believe will remain on the bow of a struggle as it was before he was arrested. 
Elias also asked the military and the police to be more professional in the escort up to his residence. 
"I'm the TNI / police more professional in their work," he added hope. (Abraham Abeth You / MS)

2) Papuans to welcome release of Jayapura Five

Updated at 4:33 am today

Supporters of the five West Papuan political prisoners known as the Jayapura Five are expected to converge on the capital of Indonesia's Papua province today for their release.
July 21st is the purported date of release of the five who were arrested and imprisoned in October 2011 following the Third Papuan People's Congress in Jayapura where they were elected as leaders of the so-called Federal Republic of West Papua.
The group include the President of the Federal Republic, Forkorus Yaboisembut and the Prime Minister Edison Waromi.
A press release from the Republic administration says more then 10,000 Papuans will come from the Republic's seven regions and gather around in Jayapura to welcome the release of the Jayapura Five.
The administration says the gathering is being planned as a peaceful event.
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3)  Regional Commander Condemns Shooting in Puncak Jaya Jaya and Papua Lany 
  Author: Yermias Degei | Saturday, 19 July 2014 21:43 Read: 326 Comments: 1 

Military commander (Regional Commander) XVII of Paradise, Major General (TNI) Christian Zebua while giving a press conference. Photo: Ist 
Jayapura, STEP MAGAZINE - military commander (Regional Commander) XVII of Paradise, Major General (TNI) Christian Zebua said it condemned the ambush and shooting with arson in Puncak Jaya and Jaya Lany conducted Strangers (OTK) against civilians. 
"This group does not know God like, in terms of their actions religion is contrary to the teachings of God and violate God's law. Especially now in the midst of our brothers who were Muslim fasting Civilian Armed groups are very inhumane acts and not respect religious tolerance. therefore once again I condemn the actions undertaken by the civil Armed Group (BCC) against innocent civilians, "said he as quoted 
Regional Commander has also been ordered to soldiers who served in the area of ​​the crime scene (TKP) to continue to assist the police to seek, pursue and arrest the perpetrators of the shooting of civilians. 
"For that I hope to the community do not hesitate to notify and inform the military-police security forces if there are things that are suspicious. Assured the military has always been in the midst of the people, always helping people and will protect the people. We do not hesitate -doubt if there are armed groups that interfere with people we will act firmly, "said Regional Commander. 
From this incident, the military and police to take steps to coordinate with the District Government and Lany Puncak Jaya Jaya, Community Leaders, Indigenous leaders and religious figures to prevent such incidents do not happen again and to increase awareness and preparedness, intensified patrols TNI and police in vulnerable areas. 
Known, shootings in the area Dugume Lany Jaya regency occurred on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 17:10 local time. Nasito (47), a motorcycle taxi driver died after being hit by bullets from firearms. While the events in Pucak Jaya you can read here (OTK Intercepted Cars in Puncak Jaya: 2 Killed, 1 Critically Burned Car and 4). 
As of this writing, no information liability of any party for this shooting. (Yermias Degei / MS)