Friday, February 5, 2016

1) Govt considers amnesty request from Papuan separatists

2) Island in focus: Papua  police seize ammunition,  firearms -
3) Seta claims innocence  in Freeport scandal

1) Govt considers amnesty  request from Papuan separatists | National | Fri, February 05 2016, 2:16 PM -

The government will consider a request for an amnesty and living assistance from 10 former members of a Papuan separatist group known as the Free Papua Movement (OPM).

If granting amnesty was deemed a peaceful resolution and persuasive of separatist groups to allow a ceasefire, then the government may fulfil the request, said Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Panjaitan in Jakarta on Friday.

"We will see. If the request is a solution, the President himself will grant it," Luhut said as quoted by
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave an instruction in January to prioritize a soft approach in addressing separatism, instead of a hard approach involving force and firearms.

In an attempt to create peace in regions of conflict, Luhut said, the government would begin to adopt a more holistic approach that involved various measures, such as engaging in negotiation and dialogue, in order to realize a lasting peace.

"Peace is holistic; it can't stand alone. Until now [efforts] have been partial, but now we want to be holistic,” Luhut said, adding that any solution for former separatists who had surrendered would be made in accordance with the law and its limitations.

Luhut, however, said that he was aware of rebel groups that would end their fighting to obtain amnesty.

Last week, 10 former members of the OPM met with National Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Sutiyoso in Jakarta to ask for an amnesty and living assistance such as public housing from the government. Sutiyoso said the local administration of Papua itself had already made plans regarding their requests.

In May 2015, during Jokowi's second visit to Papua, the President granted clemency to five prisoners as part of efforts to foster peace in the province.

At the time, Jokowi called on security personnel to promote dialogue with Papuan people to build mutual trust, in order to change the repressive security approach to a development and welfare approach.

The government said it was also preparing an amnesty requested by former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) combatant Nurdin bin Ismail, popularly known as Din Minimi, and his group members, following their surrender in late December, 2015. (afr/bbn)(+)


Note. In yesterdays JP The OPM has denied that hundreds of rounds of ammunition, firearms and explosives confiscated by police during a raid on Wednesday night belonged to the organisation  and have accused the authorities of staging the arms find. OPM spokesman Saul J. Bomay said the OPM did not have the funds to purchase such an amount of weaponry.

2) Island in focus: Papua  police seize ammunition,  firearms - 
The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Fri, February 05 2016, 3:20 PM -

Police on Wednesday seized ammunition, two government-issued firearms and an airsoft gun from two houses in Sentani, Jayapura regency, Papua. 

“We raided two houses and found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, two firearms and an airsoft gun,” Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Sondang Siagian told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

The raids were conducted between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. local time after police had received information that the houses were used to stash ammunition and firearms.

A student identified only as RS was arrested on Tuesday for carrying firearms. Questioning of the student indicated that people carrying firearms and ammunition often stayed at the two houses.

“The house owners, Werius Enumbi, Dorce Enumbi and Simson Tabuni, are currently being investigated for possible connections to the contraband,” said Sounding. - 
3) Seta claims innocence  in Freeport scandal
Fedina S. Sundaryani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Fri, February 05 2016, 6:10 PM 

Former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto has maintained that he played no part in an alleged conspiracy involving gold and copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia (Freeport).

Following a seven-hour questioning session conducted by investigators from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in South Jakarta on Thursday, Setya denied that he had promised to help with the extension of Freeport’s mining contract, set to expire in 2021, in exchange for shares in the company. 

“What is clear is that I never asked for any shares and never abused the President or Vice-President’s name. Such accusations are untrue. Everything now is in the hands of the investigators, to whom I have already told everything,” he told reporters on Thursday. 

Setya resigned last month from his leadership position at the House to avoid political embarrassment after a report filed by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said to the House’s ethics council accused the former speaker of involvement in the conspiracy. 

A recorded conversation Sudirman submitted along with the report gave details of a meeting Setya had with then Indonesia president director of Freeport Maroef Sjamsoeddin and tycoon Riza Chalid. 

A voice believed to be that of Setya’s was heard asking for an 11 percent share for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and a nine percent share for Vice President Jusuf Kalla. 

Setya also said that he was ready to meet a future summons from prosecutors. 

“Yes, I am always prepared [for another summons],” he said. 

On Monday, House Commission III overseeing legal affairs established a working committee to assist the AGO’s investigation into Setya with Democratic Party lawmaker Benny K. Harman serving as its chairman. 

Benny said the committee would not interfere with the criminal investigation already being conducted by the AGO, and would instead oversee how the AGO would handle the conspiracy case.

Meanwhile, the AGO’s junior attorney for special crimes Arminsyah said that Setya had confirmed during the questioning session that a meeting with Maroef and Riza had occurred but the senior Golkar politician continued to deny that the voice on the recording was his. 

“Setya denied that it was his voice on that recording, and it’s within his rights to do so. We are still looking for other evidence and we have already asked an expert from the Bandung Institute of Technology [ITB] to analyze the recording and see if it matches with Maroef’s testimony,” he said, referring to Maroef’s confirmation at a prior questioning session that the voice on the recording was that of Setya’s.

Arminsyah said that based on findings from the forensics expert, there was no doubt that Setya’s voice was the voice heard on the recording.

Although the AGO’s preliminary investigation has led prosecutors to believe that a conspiracy did occur during the meeting, Arminsyah acknowledged that they had yet to gather enough evidence to move forward with the investigation and name suspects.

“We need at least two pieces of evidence [before we name a suspect] and at present we only have one and that is Maroef’s testimony. We will be more resolute once we collect all the evidence,” he said. 

Arminsyah said that Setya had asked to leave the questioning session early on Thursday because he had to leave for West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) to join a Golkar Party meeting there. 

“He will be questioned again either on Tuesday or Wednesday,” he said, adding that Setya had pledged to attend the next session.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

1) OPM accuses police of staging arms find


1) OPM accuses police of staging  arms find, Jakarta | National | Thu, February 04 2016, 3:40 PM 
The Free Papua Movement (OPM) has denied that hundreds of rounds of ammunition, firearms and explosives confiscated by police during a raid on Wednesday night belonged to the organization, and have accused the authorities of staging the arms find.

OPM spokesman Saul J. Bomay said the OPM did not have the funds to purchase such an amount of weaponry.

"The raid was set up by the security forces to increase tension in Papua ," he told on Thursday.

Officers from the Papua Police and Jayapura Police raided two houses in Pos VII and Doyo Baru in Sentani in Jayapura regency on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. The owners of the properties have been identified as Werius Enumbi, 32, Dorce Enumbi, 48, and Simson Tabun, 31.

They are currently being questioned at Jayapura Police precinct.

In the raids police seized 241 rounds of ammunition, two firearms and a replica gun, four pipe-bombs, a flag of the West Papua National Committee, a laptop and a mobile phone, reported.

OPM secretary general Anthon Tabuni claimed that the Indonesian Military (TNI) had staged many incidents purportedly involving the OPM, citing 10 Puncak Jaya residents described as OPM members who were reported to have surrendered to authorities last week.

Local media reported earlier this month that 10 former members of the OPM/National Liberation Army surrendered to the authorities and had requested amnesty from the government because they had grown weary of fighting.

Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Sondang Siagian said the raids were a follow-up to case of illegal firearms possession by a college student named Roberth Sambon on Feb. 2. (rin)(+)

Jayapura, Jubi – The union of West Papua political forces is a significant variable to determine the future of Papua in Indonesia and in Pacific as well, researcher Cahyo Pamungkas from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences said .
Speaking at the national seminar held by the Indonesian Institute of Science in Jakarta last week, he said now it depends on the Indonesian Government to response the Papua political movement. Indonesia should not avoid talking to Papua Diaspora because they are representatives of indigenous Papuans whose aspirations and desires have not been listened to and recognized in the Indonesian history.
“Politically, they have been elected in Papua Peace Conference 2011 or appointed as negotiator representing the people of Papua. The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and Indonesia are members of Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). If Indonesia is still claiming to be MSG member, consequently it must recognise ULMWP and invite it for dialogue,” said Cahyo.
He also considered it is necessary to assess whether some members of Free Papua Movement which had been reportedly to be surrender are members of West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL), which is part of ULMWP or OPMs in question mark were established by certain parties.
“I think it needs a study whether it was real OPM that affiliated to OPM in the past. Additionally, accusing each violation in Papua is part of Diaspora political campaign is useless. Could no longer lie to the world what is happening in Papua. The ways to accuse without rational argument could not be accepted in the international world,” he said.
He said if Indonesia is still emphasizing the ‘military and racist approaches’ would harm its position in the political course in the international world. Indonesia should conduct dialogue and negotiation with West Papua Diaspora. “They are real aspirations of Papuans and leading the struggle of West Papuan people though they are in exile,” he said.
At the same place, the Indonesian legislator Tantowi Yahya warned the Indonesian Government to not discourage the Papua issues which is always becoming a warm discussion of Pacific countries that are members of MSG. MSG is not a cultural forum but a political forum. “The internationalization of Papua issues is something very worried. Not the result has seen. The countries whose interest to support Papua to be separated from the Republic of Indonesia,” he said.
At the same place, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Political, Legal and Defense Affairs for Domestic Political Affairs, Major General Yoedhi Swastono said ULMWP is the representative of Indonesian-Melanesian abroad while in the country the Indonesian Melanesian Community Brotherhood has been declared on 6 October 2015 in Ambon by five governors of Papua, Papua Barat, Maluku, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara.
“The Indonesian Melanesian Community Brotherhood is the cultural organization under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. So, it’s not true if said the Papua Diaspora abroad only representing the indigenous Papuans,” he said.
In general, it’s all about distrust of Papuans towards Jakarta and vice versa. “Jakarta doesn’t know how to create a grand design. It is said its key is dialogue. I agree with it,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


Jayapura, Jubi – What is needed most in Papua is not the construction of railways or the extension of Freeport Indonesia’s contract, but a dialogue between Jakarta-Papua to seek a common ground, researcher for Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Cahyo Pamungkas said.
Cahyo, speaking in a seminar held by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences last week, said the Indonesian government should not worry if later the aspiration for independent has risen in dialogue. Freedom is not necessarily defined as independence.
He said Muridan Wijoyo in his book ‘Papua Road Map’ published in 2004 explained for Papuans, freedom is big “F” rather than little “F”, for example how to let indigenous Papuans do planting without seeing the military. It is a form of freedom.
“Within dialogue, it could be negotiated when they asked for freedom. I think before building a railway and continue the Freeport’s contract; we should build the bridge of connection between Jakarta and Papua. It is more important than building a railway. How could we build the railway without a bridge to connect Papua and Jakarta? This gap must be faced,” he said.
He further thought the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) could become a forum of dialogue between Indonesia and Papua. Those who represented the indigenous Papuans are the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). The Indonesian Government must recognize it.
“The logic is the first whether the Indonesian Government recognize the MSG or not? If Indonesia recognized the MSG, it should automatically recognize the MSG members including ULMWP. In this contexts, both ULMWP and Indonesia are the MSG members,” he said.
It has two consequences. The organization that supports the MSG must be treated as legal organization. For example, the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL), the Federal Republic of West Papua (NRFBP), the West Papua National Parliament (PNWP). The three organizations are pro-independence group and affiliated under ULMWP.
“ULMWP and Indonesia are both members of MSG. ULMWP should be recognized and embraced for dialog. It’s our opinion. Dialogue between Indonesia and Jakarta could be mediated by MSG which both Indonesia and ULMWP are the legal members of the organization,” he said.
Papua problem could not be solved with guns and economic development. It should be more than it: there is a problem of identity as well as the trauma of human right violations in the past. If those issues are not resolved, regardless what it takes; it would be difficult to settle the Papua problems.
“Perhaps this is the time to reopen books written by Dutch missionaries that said other nation could not resolve the Papua problems than Papuans themselves,” he said.
At the same place, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Political, Legal and Defense Affairs for Domestic Political Affairs, Major General Yoedhi Swastono said ULMWP is the representative of Indonesian-Melanesian abroad while in the country the Indonesian Melanesian Community Brotherhood has been declared on 6 October 2015 in Ambon by five governors of Papua, Papua Barat, Maluku, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara.
“The Indonesian Melanesian Community Brotherhood is the cultural organization under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. So, it’s not true if said the Papua Diaspora abroad only representing the indigenous Papuans,” he said.
In general, it’s all about distrust of Papuans towards Jakarta and vice versa. “Jakarta doesn’t know how to create a grand design. It is said its key is dialogue. I agree with it,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

1) Warriors for West Papua: RL fights for freedom

2) After Snubbing Third Summons, Setya Questioned in Freeport Shakedown

3) Jokowi warned against inviting  military into politics -
6) German Diplomat Visits the LP3BH


1) Warriors for West Papua: RL fights for freedom

04 Feb 2016 ZACK WILSON

West Papua Warriors are set to make history this Friday, when they play a Nines game against the Philippines Admirals in the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta.
West Papua is the western half of the island of New Guinea, and it has been taken over by Indonesia.
In 1963, West Papua was taken over militarily by Indonesia and was illegally occupied.
In 1969, the 'Act of Free Choice' was held, which Indonesia insisted was a fair vote. In actual fact, 1,026 West Papuans were forced at gunpoint to vote for integration with Indonesia.
The UK and USA had strong links with Indonesia's right-wing dictator Suharto, and so did not intervene.
The largest gold mine in the world at the time, Freeport, is located in West Papua.
Since 1963, it is estimated that some half a million West Papuans have died at the hands of Indonesian occupying forces, some 25 per cent of the total Papuan population.
Flying the West Papuan Morning Star flag is considered an act of treason by the Indonesian government, punishable by prison, which makes the emergence of the Warriors rugby league team all the more significant.
The team will wear a kit emblazoned with this symbol of West Papuan freedom when they face the Philippines.
Funds were raised for the trip to Australia thanks to a Go Fund campaign.
The players come from Papua New Guinea, and many have roots in West Papua. The team has been sanctioned by the RLIF and the NSWRL, and this will be the first time anywhere in the world that a West Papua team has competed internationally.
Love Rugby League wishes the West Papua Warriors all the best for the future.

2) After Snubbing Third Summons, Setya Questioned in Freeport Shakedown
By : Jakarta Globe | on 3:39 PM February 04, 2016
Jakarta. Disgraced former House of Representative speaker Setya Novanto has finally fulfilled a summons from prosecutors after three times refusing to attend questioning in relation to an alleged $4 billion shakedown attempt of mining giant Freeport Indonesia.
Setya arrived at the Attorney General's Office headquarters in South Jakarta at 8 a.m. on Thursday (04/02) without being accompanied by any of his lawyers. The questioning was actually not scheduled by the AGO.
AGO deputy attorney general for special crimes Arminsyah said the Golkar politician was questioned in relation to a taped conversation between Setya, oilman Muhammad Riza Chalid and former president director of Freeport Indonesia, Maroef Sjamsuddin.
Setya was grilled for his part in an alleged plot between him and Riza to extort $4 billion in shares from Freeport Indonesia in exchange for helping the miner with its contract renegotiations.
“We estimate that the questionings will not finish today. There will be other summons,” Arminsyah said, as reported by
Setya previously refused three summons by the AGO, each time with different reasons: the case “does not fall under Setya's authority," it would lead to “political and security instability” and he was “physiologically sick."
Setya submitted his resignation as House speaker – though not as a legislator – on Dec. 16, 2015, just before the House Ethics Council was due to rule on his case. Fifteen of the 17 council members had already declared him guilty to some degree of an ethical violation, but his resignation preempted the handing down of a formal ruling.
Regardless of the lack of a definitive verdict in the ethics inquiry, the AGO has embarked on its own criminal investigation into the case.
The House's Commission III overseeing law affairs formed a working committee on the Freeport shakedown investigation on Wednesday.
The committee aimed to monitor the legal process against Setya and Riza, who has left the country and remains untouched by the AGO, the initiator and Democratic Party lawmaker Benny Harman said.

3) Jokowi warned against inviting  military into politics -
Nani Afrida, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Wed, February 03 2016, 5:05 PM - 

Human rights activists have criticized President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for announcing that he would call on the Indonesian Military (TNI) to help the government stabilize the prices of staple foods.

Activists said the announcement could pave the way for the greater involvement of the TNI in civilian affairs, while the institution had yet to complete internal reforms to become more professional.

“The idea of involving the TNI in stabilizing food prices could be in violation of Law No. 34/2004 on the TNI. It could also compromise efforts to make the TNI a professional force,” Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) researcher Wahyudi Djafar told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Wahyudin said that by thinking that the TNI could solve the problem of food price instability, the President could not be aware of the function of the TNI, which was to protect the country’s sovereignty.

“Civilians should not force the TNI to get involved in civilian matters while the institution is undergoing reform. If the government wants to involve the TNI, it should be based on a political decision instead of tactical needs,” he said.

He said that as the first president with no military background, Jokowi should be more resolute in maintaining civilian supremacy over the military. 

“President Jokowi is the first civilian president that we have after the Reform Era. He should elevate civil supremacy and not depend on the TNI,” Wahyudi said.

Late last week, the President instructed leaders of the TNI and the National Police to help support the government’s priority development projects by, for example, helping with land acquisition to ensure the smooth start of projects.

Jokowi also called on the two institutions to help bring stability to staple food prices. 

“Also, [I also gave an instruction] about matters related to inflation and food prices. I have given orders [for the TNI and the police] to go to the field and see whether or not there are [price] differences or those playing tricks [to cheat on food prices or stock],” Jokowi said.

Jokowi also called on the two forces to help crack down on the rampant practice of charging illegal fees, especially in the distribution of basic foodstuff.

In recent years, the TNI has gradually expanded its influence in civilian life by signing agreements with ministries, allowing it to take on tasks such as distributing fertiliser and guarding prisons and public and private infrastructure.

Last year, the military signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) to help with the country’s war on drugs, a campaign that is being driven by the President, who has in the past ordered the execution of foreign drug convicts. Al-Araf, an activist with human rights watchdog Imparsial, said the involvement of the TNI in stabilizing food prices was inappropriate.

“The problem should be handled by the agriculture and trade ministries. If there is a ‘mafia’ or cartel that creates price instability, it should be the police that handle the case, not the TNI,” al-Araf said.

Meanwhile, TB Hasanuddin of House of Representative Commission I overseeing defense, foreign affairs and information, called on the government to review its plan to involve the TNI to stabilize food prices.

“Based on Article 7 of the 2004 TNI Law, there are 14 military tasks besides war, and stabilizing prices isn’t one of them,” TB Hasanuddin said.

He said there was also no regulation or procedure that would allow the TNI to monitor and stabilise food prices. - 

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan legislator Laurenzus Kadepa accused the Indonesian Government of lacking ideas to solve problems in Papua.
As a result, authorities resorted to stigmatizing the resistance of civilians, including the Papua Free Movement, by branding them Security Disturbing Movements, separatists, armed groups and recently terrorists.
His statement was in response Security Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan’s statement in an online media who said the armed groups in Aceh and Papua were also included as terrorist network category in the draft of Terrorism bill established by the government.
“I see a new stigma because they loss their sense and idea to resolve the Papua problems. Now it comes the stigma of terrorist to follow the handling of the Law on Terrorism. Special Detachment 88 will certainly take action. Could it resolve the Papua problems?” Kadepa told Jubi via text message on Wednesday (3/2/2016).
According to him, which group they accused as the armed group? It must be explained in detail. In Papua, there are many armed groups with different motives. “There are some groups that actually fighting for Papuan independence, but there are also formed to counter the Free Papua, and some are fighting for another reasons. All have weapons. So which group in Papua they are putting in that category,” he said.
He is concerned about other way to be applied to criminalize the resistance of Papuans in demanding justice, the settlement of human rights violation in the past and present and some other things.
Quoted from online media, the Minister of Political, Legal and Defense Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said the indicator of terrorist group is not applicable and marginalizing the Muslim group. According to him, as quoted from RMOL, the armed groups in Papua and Aceh are also included in the terrorist network category by the government in the draft of Terrorism Bill.
“Do not think it would only applicable for Islam group, do not think it would only applicable for ISIS, but if in Papua or Aceh or in my hometown Batak land, there are groups who commit a danger for the country, they might be accused under the law,” Panjaitan said on Monday (1/2/2016).
According to him, the revision of draft Law No. 15/2003 on Combating Terrorism included the definition and criteria about terrorism. “We are not alone in drafting the Terrorism Bill. We involved the constitutional law experts and criminal law experts on the formulation of draft. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Representative Council is trying to accommodate a request by Antonius Wamang, convicted for the Mimika shooting in 2002, to move him from Cipinang Prison in Jakarta to Abepura Prison in Jayapura.
The member of Comission I, Tan Wie Long, said the family visited the Commission I for Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs on Tuesday around 11:00 Papua time to convey their request to move Wamang to Papua.
“We will attempt to help Wamang’s family to remove the prisoner to Papua. We will submit this request to the Chairman of Legislative Council to issue an official letter to relevant parties, such as the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Directorate General of Correction Department,” said Tan after meeting with Wamang’s family representative this week.

However, he said, certainly there are conditions that must be fulfilled related to the request, such as administrative conditions and so on. His family have obligation to fulfill it. Additionally, the family must submit an official letter to the relevant parties; including the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Directorate General of Correction Department. “We hope their request could be fulfilled, furthermore Antonius is currently getting old and distance from his family. We see this case from the humanitarian perspective. It could be a reference for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Directorate General of Correction Department as well as other relevant parties to allow Antonius to complete his sentences in Papua,” he said.
Other legislator from Mimika electoral region, Wilhelmus Pigai said the Commission I would struggle for pardon or reduction of sentence against Wamang. One of the reasons is during the nine years sentences at Cipinang Prison, he is always good behaved.
“We have submitted the public investigation document to the Cipinang Prison and Ministry of Law and Human Rights. We hope it will get a response immediately. Wamang is an Indonesian citizen who has the same rights as other Indonesian citizens, including to get a pardon,” said Pigai sometimes ago.
On 21 August 2002, there was an attack on the convoy of the vehicles of Freeport’s employees. The Police stated the perpetrator used the type M-166, SSI and Mauser weapons. This attack murdered two American citizens, Ricky Lynn Spier (44 years old) and Leon Edwin Burgon (71 years old) and an Indonesian citizen Bambang Riwanto.
In July 2004, the Indonesian Police stated Antonius Wamang as the perpetrator. They claimed Wamang as one of commanders of West Papua Natioal Army/Free Papua Movement under the lead of the late Kelly Kwalik. Wamang and several others was arrested at Amole Hotel II, Kwamki Lama, MImika on Wednesday (11/1/2006) around 23:05 Papua time.
At the tribune held in the Jakarta State Court on 13 October 2006, Wamang and his six friends were convicted guilty. The Judge accused his act was categorized as severe human right violation. In addition, the Judge also considered him to complicate the tribunal process and never regretted his act.
The Court sentenced him with life imprisonment, and his two friends, Yulianus Deikme and Agustinus Anggaibak was charged with 15 years in prison. While
Yairus Kiwak, the Rev. Ishak Onawame, Esau Onawame and Hardi Sugumol was charged for eight years sentences. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
6) German Diplomat Visits the LP3BH
Monday, 1st February, 2016.

  The Political Counsellor at the German Embassy in Jakarta, Dr.Jens Schuring, LL.M paid a vist to the LP3BH in Manokwari on Monday, 1st

   Dr Schuring met the Executive Director of the LP3BH, Yan Christian Warinussy, SH who was accompanied by members of the staff of the
LP3BH, lawyers Semuel Harun Yansenem and  Simon Banundi. The meeting lasted about one hour. At the meeting, the German
Political Counsellor asked a number of questions about the situation of the rule of law and protection and respect for basic human rights
in Manokwari and throughout the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

   He also asked a number of  questions about impunity which is still a serious issue in Papua and West Papua where many officers of the
Security Forces from the Indonesian army and Polri, the Police Force are based. He said that he was concerned about reports that members of
the security forces were believed to have used force in violation of basic human rights against civilians but such cases had not been dealt
with in accordance with the law.

   Several written reports were given to Dr Schuring by the representatives of the LP3BH about the rule of law  and basic human
rights throughout the Land of Papua, especially in Manokwari and the Province of Papua and the Province of West Papua. These reports were
handed over by Yan Christian Warinussy, the Executive Directive of the
Institute. Dr Schuring asked many questions about the relations between  the various religious communities in Manokwari and West Papua generally.
Members of the Institute  told the German diplomat that many actions and protests had been organised by  the leaderships of Christian 
religious communities about the building of places of worship in violation of legal procedures and other provisions which are in force
throughout the Republic of Indonesia.   The political situation and the security situation in the Land of Papua was also a topic of discussion between 
the German visitor and members of the Institute.

   The LP3BH members also described the political struggle being waged by the Indigenous Papuan People as represented by the United
Liberation Movement for West Papua  (ULMWP) which had recently been accepted with observer status by the Melanesian Spearhead Group. They
also told the German diplomat that these problems had also been raised in the Communique issued after the recent meeting of the Pacific
Islands Forum.

   The members of the Institute also told the German diplomat about what had happened at the recent meetings of these two organisations,
saying that the situation and conditions were extremely serious, so much so that they should have been dealt with by representatives of
the government of the Republic of Indonesia. Moreover, they said that President Joko Widodo himself should take action to seek a peaceful
solution of all these problems in compliance with democratic standards and universal principles.

   Prior to his meeting with members of the LP3BH, Dr Schuring met the head of the regency of Manokwari, Dr Bastian Salably,
S.Th.MA.M.Th, and members of his staff as well as  the chairman of KADIN (a lawyers organisation) James Tarred and the Chief of Police
in Manokwari.  On Tuesday, 2nd February, the German diplomat visited Jayapura.
Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive Director of the Institute of
Research, Analysis and Development of Aid (LP3BH), Defender of Human
Rights in the Land of Papua.
[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo, Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, 1995.]

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


2) Calls for PNG govt to determine West Papuan refugee claims

Jayapura, Jubi – Golkar lawmaker Tantowi Yahya urged the government to ‘counter’ news about Papua online.
Tantowi made the remarks at a national seminar held by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Jakarta last week.
He said reports that put Indonesia in negative light must be countered.
You can see, a lot of websites, portals used the word ‘condemnation’ yet there is no counter-attack, “said Tantowi.
He believes Papua issues conducted through cyber and others can be countered.
“However we are now in difficult position where we can not give a counter-attack on these issues in international forums, “he added.
He said, the internationalization of the issue of Papua is a matter of concern. If this is unstoppable, not only the issue of Indonesia, but the problems of the world. Now the issue of Papua is running.
“The sympathy and support from some of the countries to Papua has been a real loose in front of us,” he said.
Now, he added, there is a change in the international Papua issue. If once there is a desire for the government to solve the problem of poverty, left behind and injustice in Papua but now the issue is violation of human rights.
“Free Papua activists abroad knew the issue will not get attention by the international world. They turn it into a human rights issue. Like it or not, there are results including the support of countries that want Papua separated from Indonesia, “he said.
He further said, do not think that activists of the Free Papua movement do not pay attention to the political uproar in Indonesia. Now the Papua issue in the international community can not be countered.
In the same place, chairman of the Papua Desk in Kemenkopolhukam, Major General (TNI) Yoedhi Swastono, called the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), which is more likely to discuss social and cultural issues of race Melanesia, including Papua.
While the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) is representative of Melanesia Indonesia abroad.
“Last October in Ambon we have declared Melanesian brotherhood Indonesian society which was formed by five governors of Papua, West Papua, Maluku, North Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara, “said Yoedhi.
He said Indonesia’s Melanesian brotherhood society is established to fostering cultural organizations Ministry of the Interior (Home Affairs Ministry).
“So it is improper to speak Papua Diaspora abroad that only group representing the people of Papua,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)
2) Calls for PNG govt to determine West Papuan refugee claims
Updated at 6:44 pm today
A West Papuan who has lived in Papua New Guinea for almost three decades has urged PNG's Foreign Minister to help give him and others living in limbo some certainty on refugee status.
Last week, the minister, Rimbink Pato, announced that the Citizen Advisory Committee would meet to consider refugee claims of 1000 West Papuans registered in Western Province after fleeing Indonesia.
As an advocate of West Papuan independence, Fred Mambrasar fled from Indonesian military aggression in PNG's neighbouring territory in the mid-1980s.
He is among around 1500 West Papuans now living in Port Moresby without citizenship, who he says successive PNG governments have ignored the plight of.
Mr Mambrasar said there were an estimated 10,000 West Papuans in PNG whose refugee claims should all be determined.
"Rimbink Pato speak but must action. Not just speak but em must action. Because sometime the government tok yes we granted citizenship but only for some people. but like me and other West Papua, not yet."