Monday, July 28, 2014

1) Three Soldiers Injured in an Attack in Papua

1) Three Soldiers Injured in an Attack in Papua
2) Eight police officers attacked in Papua
3) Two police officers die in firefight in Lanny Jaya
4) Indonesia's new paradigm must include the past

5) No crooks or human rights  abusers in new Cabinet:  Activists

1) Three Soldiers Injured in an Attack in Papua

By Banjir Ambarita on 05:03 pm Jul 28, 2014
Category CrimeNews
Tags: Papua
Jayapura. Three soldiers suffered from gunshot injuries on Monday morning following an attack against a military post in the Tingginambut area of Papua’s Puncak Jaya district, alleged to have been lead by a separatist group.
The men were reportedly patrolling near the post when a group of more than three people attacked the post, leading to an exchange of fire  which eventually forced the attackers back into a nearby forest.
The attack injured three soldiers, namely Second Sgt. Dedi, Chief Private Agus and Private Firman. Other oficers from the Mulia subdistrict have reportedly evacuated the soldiers to Jayapura for medical treatment.
Papua military spokesman Lt. Col. Rikas Hidayatullah refused to comment on the incident.

Note. In the Antara news report below it should probably be "attacked eight soldiers " not "killing eight officers" . Although media reports are usually updated later .

2) Eight police officers attacked in Papua

Senin, 28 Juli 2014 23:49 WIB | 312 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Eight police officers had been attacked by unknown gunmen in the district of Lanny Jaya, Papua, head of the public relations division of the national police command, Inspector General Ronny F Sompie, said.
"At around 12.10pm Western Indonesia Time on July 28, a shooting incident occurred in Indawa in the district of Lanny Jaya, killing eight officers of the Lanny Jaya resort police command," he said in a press statement received here on Monday.
He said the officers were visiting a village for a neighborhood security system development program when the shooting occurred.
"Eight officers were attacked by an armed criminal group led by Enden Wanimbo," he said.
Ronny said two police officers died on the spot--Second Brigadier Zulkifli D Putra and Second Brigadier Yoga AJ Ginuny--after being shot in the head.
Others meanwhile had suffered injuries--First Brigadier Helsky Bonyadone in the stomach and Second Brigadier Alex Numbery in the temple.
"All the victims had been evacuated to the Wamena general hospital," he said.
Ronny said the site of the incident was only a half hour drive from the Lanny Jaya police resort command or two hours from Wamena.
"Until 4pm, exchange of fire continued involving 20 personnel of the special team from the regional police command and two platoon strong units of Mobile Brigade from the regional police command," he said.
The deputy chief of the regional police command, the director of intelligence, and chief of the Mobile Brigade Unit of the Papua regional police command are set to arrive at Lanny Jaya through Wamena by plane to provide moral support to the police force in the district and encourage them during their operations.
Reported by Yuni Arisandy (T.Y012/H-YH/INE)EDITED BY INE(H-YH)(T.SYS/B/KR-BSR/B/H-YH)

3) Two police officers die in firefight in Lanny Jaya

Senin, 28 Juli 2014 20:08 WIB | 359 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Two police officers died while two others were wounded and another one still unaccounted for following a shootout with an unknown armed group in Indiwa in the district of Lanny Jaya, Papua, at 12.45 local time on Monday.

The two officers who were killed were Second Brigadier Zulkifli and Second Brigadier Prayoga, while the wounded officers were Second Brigadier Alex Numbery and First Brigadier Helsky Bonyadone.

The spokesman of the Papua Police Command, Senior Commissioner Pubjo, confirmed the incident to Antara on Monday evening, saying that the incident had occurred while the officers were visiting villagers in a community counseling program.

They were attacked while conducting the activity, he said.

Reported by Evarukdijati

4) Indonesia's new paradigm must include the past
Pat Walsh |  28 July 2014
The day after the result of Indonesia's presidential election was announced, I joined crowds of excited Indonesians at the Proclamation Monument in central Jakarta to celebrate president-elect Jokowi's election as Indonesia's seventh president.
Did you see the rainbow? asked a supporter, pointing to a blurry photo on his mobile phone as Jokowi arrived to address the crowd and break the Muslim fast with them. I hadn't, but even if the heavens had opened and soaked everybody to the skin, it would have been taken as another sign that God too had voted for Jokowi.
The monument commemorates the proclamation of Indonesia's independence from the Dutch made by Sukarno and Hatta in 1945. Their statues looked down on Jokowi as he proclaimed what many believe and hope is a new era in Indonesia, including its liberation from the twitching hand of Suharto's New Order. Many Indonesian commentators feel Prabowo's bid to have the result reversed in his favour by the Constitutional Court and threats to haul the Election Commission before the Parliament are no more than the New Order's death rattles.
In his speech Jokowi did not rubbish Prabowo though he was entitled to given the dirty tactics employed against him and Prabowo's petulant claim on BBC that Jokowi was a fraud whose much lauded closeness to the people was fabricated for political purposes. The personal attack fell flat. I asked my taxi driver and a street vendor what they thought of the comment. Both said how proud they were that a wong cilik or little person like them could achieve the highest office in the country. It gave them hope, not just in Indonesia, but in themselves.
In fact, Jokowi did not even mention Prabowo in his speech. It was as though Prabowo and what he stood for was no longer relevant. To avoid candidates of this kind running in future elections, the respected commentator Wimar Witoelar has proposed that aspirants for high office should receive endorsements from both Indonesia's respected Commission for Human Rights and its crusading Corruption Eradication Commission. It is to be hoped that a Jokowi administration will act on this proposal. It would enhance the quality of candidates, spare Indonesia considerable embarrassment and help eliminate impunity.
The president-elect focused his comments on the contribution to his election made by volunteers, that is, civil society. His campaign achieved an unprecedented level of citizen participation that included millions of small donations from ordinary Indonesians and jealous monitoring of the count. This represents a substantial shift in Indonesia's political culture, the significance of which can only be appreciated by comparison with the Suharto era when the people were treated like children not citizens. Politics in Indonesia is no longer the exclusive domain of party machines, the elite and wealthy, or slick campaign advisers hired from the US.

Jokowi made this point eloquently. Speaking from the deck of a magnificent traditional schooner late at night after the result was announced on 22 July, he surprised many by saying, 'There is happiness and goodness in politics ... it represents freedom.' He went on to applaud the sense of responsibility and optimism that 'has blossomed in the souls of the new generation' and the rebirth of the Indonesian tradition of 'voluntarism'.
Jokowi has urged everybody to go back to work. His legions of supporters, however, are not about to vacate the scene and leave it all to him. His fans will hold him accountable.
Before he spoke at the Proclamation Monument, a respected civil society leader, standing near the president-elect, read out a long list of the promises Jokowi had made during the campaign. The list included addressing past human rights violations. Behind him, conspicuous by his dark skin and indigenous headdress, stood a proud Papuan, a silent reminder to Jokowi of his campaign commitment to Papua and that it should no longer be off-limits to international journalists and human rights organisations.
In an editorial following the election, The Jakarta Globe put it this way: 'Joko should dare to rewrite history and debunk the lies fed to Indonesians for far too long, while revealing the truth, no matter how bitter — including the real story behind the 1965–66 massacre and the other atrocities of the Suharto era. The victims deserve justice and Indonesia deserves to move forward into an open and more honest new era.'

Jokowi promised a revolusi mental or paradigm shift in Indonesia. He is no revolutionary but a significant shift has clearly occurred and can be confidently expected to continue. Whether those around him like Megawati, the Wanandi brothers and ex-military Wiranto and Hendropriyono will allow the new paradigm to include the past, including crimes in Timor-Leste, will test both Jokowi and Indonesia's civil society to the maximum.
Pat Walsh is currently visiting Jakarta. He co-founded Inside Indonesia magazine.
Photo by Pat Walsh: President-elect Jokowi (white shirt) meets his volunteers at Proclamation Monument in Jakarta, 24 July 2014.

5) No crooks or human rights  abusers in new Cabinet:  Activists
Yuliasri Perdani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Sat, July 26 2014, 12:39 PM
Human rights groups have called on president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to fill the new Cabinet only with figures whose track records are free from corruption or human rights violations.

“Jokowi must realize that his victory was due to the people’s support, thus he must not betray the people’s trust,” the program director of human rights watchdog Imparsial, Al Araf, said.

He demanded that Jokowi avoid filling Cabinet posts with human rights abusers, in particular ministerial posts relating to legal, defense or security issues.

“Some individuals around Jokowi have been implicated in human rights abuses. Jokowi must not chose anyone implicated in cases such as the Talangsari killings, the Tanjung Priok incident or the murder of human rights activist Munir,” he said in a telephone interview on Friday.

A member of Jokowi’s campaign team, former National Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief Gen. (ret) Hendropriyono, faces accusations over his alleged involvement in Munir’s murder and the Talangsari case.

Hendropriyono is among the candidates touted to enter Jokowi’s new Cabinet. Indo Barometer pollster has named him as potential coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister, along with former Army chief of staff, Gen. (ret) Ryamizard Ryacudu.

Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator, Haris Azhar, concurred with Al Araf, saying that Jokowi, who will be sworn in as president on Oct. 20, must remain aloof from suspect businesspeople and politicians.

On Thursday, Jokowi, through his website, launched an online poll called the “People’s Choice for an Alternative Cabinet”. In the poll three different names are suggested for each ministerial post in a Cabinet of 34 ministers. Respondents can also propose other names aside from the three available choices.

Jokowi said that the poll result would be taken into account when he recruited his ministers.

For the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister post, the poll has presented three candidates — Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Moeldoko, former Army chief Gen. Budiman and former Jakarta governor and retired general Sutiyoso.

Al Araf proposed Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general Tjahjo Kumolo or Moeldoko as the best candidates to fill the post, while Haris opted for Moeldoko.

“There is no problem with Moeldoko’s track record. But, the Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] need to explain about the meeting between Moeldoko and Rudi Rubiandini prior to Rudi’s arrest,” Haris said, referring to the former Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKKMigas) chief, who has since been jailed for corruption.

Analyst from the Indonesian Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies (LESPERSSI), Rizal Dharma Putra, suggested that senior PDI-P lawmaker and retired general, TB Hasanuddin, was best suited to fill the post.

“TB Hasanuddin has experience in both military and political fields,” Rizal said.

For the defense ministry post, Al Araf and Haris suggested Rizal Sukma, a renowned analyst and executive director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). ”Rizal is known for his commitment in reforming the defense sector,” Al Araf said.

Rizal Dharma Putra mentioned Andi Widjajanto, a defense expert at the University of Indonesia (UI) and a member of Jokowi’s campaign team, as the best contender. “Andi has excellent academic background, but it maybe not enough. We need a minister with practical ability,” he said.

PIF leaders should discuss West Papua at its Koror Summit

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
Media release 28  July 2014

PIF leaders should discuss West Papua at its Koror Summit
The 45th Pacific Islands Forum and related meetings will be held from 29 July to 1 August 2014 in Koror, the Republic of Palau.

AWPA urges the PIF to discuss the human rights situation in West Papua at its Summit in Palau. It also urges the PIF leaders to make a public statement of concern regarding the human rights situation in the territory in its official communiqué as did the MSG leaders did in their official communiqué in Noumea in 2013.
AWPA also call on the PIF to urge the new Indonesian President to release all West Papuan political prisoners unconditionally as a sign of good faith to the West Papuan people.
Joe Collins of AWPA said “West Papua is the one territory in the Pacific where the deteriorating human rights situation could lead to instability in the region. The Forum leaders should be concerned about this and do all they can to help resolve this conflict”.  AWPA believes the PIF can play an important role in helping facilitate a dialogue between genuine representatives of the West Papuan leadership and the Indonesian Government. 
AWPA open letter to PIF leaders in May at


Sunday, July 27, 2014

1) Minsiters urged to meet West Papuan visitor

1) Minsiters urged to meet West Papuan visitor

2) Freeport royalties deal a big win for Indonesia


1) Minsiters urged to meet West Papuan visitor

Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West Papua. West Papua is all but closed to international journalists and other independent observers so police and military atrocities don’t make our headlines.
Mr Victor Mambor, 39, Editor of the Jayapura-based newspaper and website Tabloid Jubi, and Chairperson of West Papua’s Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) is in New Zealand for the week and is thought to be the first West Papuan journalist to visit this country.
"Victor has sought short interviews with Ministers Tolley and Coleman and I urge them to meet him," West Papua Action Auckland Spokesperson Maire Leadbeater said today. "New Zealand has for years provided military training to Indonesian officers and recently ran police training, as a pilot programme, in the territory. In 2011 an officer from the notorious Kopassus special forces attended a military training course here, despite the sad record of Kopassus murdering Papuan independence leaders.
"While Victor is in New Zealand, it is a rare opportunity for Cabinet Ministers to gain the perspective of an on-the-ground commentator. He is among the most influential journalists in West Papua and a passionate advocate for a free press. In recent years, he has campaigned internationally for greater press freedom, including early this year at the European Parliament."
Mr Mambor has written about police raids on local media offices, "fake journalists" who work for the police and military, and the disappearances and deaths of Papuan activists.
During his visit, Mr Mambor will be keynote speaker at a seminar about West Papua at Auckland University’s law faculty on August 1 and 2. The programme for West Papua - the Pacific’s Secret Shame will include Melbourne-based Papuan campaigner Paula Makabory, Auckland’s Pacific Media Centre Director Professor David Robie and Social and Cultural Studies Senior Lecturer Dr Elizabeth Stanley of Victoria University, Wellington.
His visit has been assisted by a journalism grant from the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

2) Freeport royalties deal a big win for Indonesia

INDONESIA has cut a deal with Freeport McMoRan on export taxes and royalties, allowing the US mining giant to resume copper-concentrate exports after a six-month stalemate.
The company, one of the world’s biggest copper producers, mines almost a fifth of its copper in Indonesia and controls Grasberg, the country’s largest mine. Indonesia is a major producer of copper, tin and bauxite, and ranks as the world’s fourth-largest exporter of copper, an essential modern metal used to make pipes and wires.
Under the deal, Freeport’s Indonesia unit will pay higher royalties, help build a smelter and begin paying taxes on copper-concentrate exports, the government said.
Freeport also agreed to “provisions” to increase the stake in the local unit held by the Indonesian government and nationals to 30 per cent, from the current 9.36 per cent. Freeport currently owns a 90.64 per cent stake.
The deal represents a victory for Indonesia, which has tried to gain greater control of its vast natural resources and milk more in taxes and royalty payments from foreign miners and investors.
Freeport chairman James Moffett said the agreement would “enable continuing benefits of the Grasberg operations for the government, the local communities in Papua, our large Indonesian workforce and our shareholders”.
In January, the government imposed an export ban aimed at keeping lucrative refining work within the country.
That was bad news for Freeport and Newmont Mining, the other big Western miner in the country. Large Western mining companies say that so-called resource nationalism, such as export bans and tax increases, are one of their biggest challenges. Without their expertise, they say, countries such as Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo wouldn’t have profitable job-creating mines.
Newmont hasn’t yet agreed to an export deal and sought arbitration this month with the US-based International Centre for the Settlement of Investment to resolve its standoff with Indonesia.
“We are encouraged by the news about Freeport,” said spokesman Omar Jabara.
Newmont, he added, “has been holding ongoing meetings with the government to define the outlines of a separate memorandum of understanding” that would allow the company’s Batu Hijau copper and gold mine to resume operations after the company shut it down early last month because of the export ban.
Director-general of coal and mineral resources Sukhyar, who uses a single name, said once the deal with Freeport was signed the company may start exporting copper concentrate within two weeks. By the end of the year, Indonesia’s total copper exports are expected to reach 756,300 tonnes with an estimated value of $US1.56 billion ($1.66bn), said Mr Sukhyar. That is about half of last year’s exports of 1.45 million tonnes.
Freeport doesn’t disclose exports, but it says it produced roughly 400,000 tonnes of copper in Indonesia last year, up 24 per cent from 2012. It said in its most recent annual report that “sales from Indonesia mining are expected to increase in 2014 through 2016” as it “gains access to higher grade ore”.
Freeport has invested billions of dollars since the early 1960s in the eastern province of Papua to develop Grasberg, among the three biggest gold and copper mines on the planet.
Mr Sukhyar said Freeport would provide a $US115 million assurance bond to build a smelter, with duties on its exports declining to zero from 7.5 per cent as the facility progresses.
Meanwhile, its royalty payments will rise to 4 per cent from 3.5 per cent for copper and to 3.75 per cent from 1 per cent for gold.