Friday, May 26, 2017

1) West Papuan human rights commissioner tortured and threatened by the Indonesian police

2) Papua Police: Media abal-abal deliberately make Jayapura chaotic
3) Judged only for diplomacy imagery, Papuan students in Yogya reject the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1) West Papuan human rights commissioner tortured and threatened by the Indonesian police 
MAY 26, 2017

This statement has been written by West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda after Indonesian police officers brutally tortured Nareki Kogoya from the National Human Rights Commission. 
It brings more heartache, tears and sadness for the people of West Papua to learn that another innocent West Papuan person has been brutally tortured by the Indonesian police. Nareki Kogoya is a well known West Papuan human rights commissioner working for the National Human Rights Commission (KOMNAS HAM).
On 18th May, his house was searched by the Indonesian police who tortured him until he was covered in blood, drove him to the police station and interrogated him. He was then told that if he reported his ordeal, he would be charged. This horrible torture of a very well known human rights figure in West Papua shows that the Indonesian police and military have no respect for West Papuan human rights whatsoever.
They look upon us as subhuman because of the colour of our skin. We are not animals, we are West Papuan people. 
This is a man who actually represents West Papua in the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission. If this is how representatives of government agencies are treated in the capital city of West Papua, what about ordinary people? What about activists? What about the people in the villages whose stories never get told, who are killed by the Indonesian military and police like animals with no media attention?
In West Papua, it doesn’t mater if you are a peaceful protester, a journalist, a human rights commissioner or an ordinary person on the street; anyone can be the next person to be arrested, tortured and killed by the Indonesian military and police.
We need to urgently alert the world. This is what Indonesia’s so called “democracy” looks like in colonial, occupied West Papua. There is no democracy for the people of West Papua and nor will there ever be until we are allowed to freely exercise our fundamental right to self-determination in an Internationally Supervised Vote. Our strengthen and resolve for this fundamental right only grows stronger every day. People living under colonialism never experience true democracy until they are free.
I must state that all that the Indonesian government has claimed about human rights and democracy in West Papua is FALSE and everything that they have claimed about resolving past cases in West Papua is FALSE. Every day, West Papuan people are persecuted and have our human rights violated by the Indonesian government. Over 500,000 people have already been killed in this Neglected Genocide. 
The torture of Nareki Kogoya then, is more evidence that the Indonesian government is not complying to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There is no freedom of expression, freedom of press or freedom of assembly; there is NO freedom in occupied West Papua.
On behalf of the people of West Papua, I appeal to the world and people everywhere including at a parliamentary level to urgently please look to the deteriorating human rights situation in occupied West Papua and to immediately Take Action to help to stop this ongoing Neglected Genocide.
If the Indonesian government is serious about human rights in West Papua, they must allow full access to human rights inspectors, foreign journalists and other international observers. We want to live as good neighbours with Indonesia when we are free. If the Indonesian government is serious about peace, democracy and international law, they MUST allow the people of West Papua to exercise our fundamental right to self-determination in an Internationally Supervised Vote.
We desperately need more international support before it is too late. Please support the people of West Papua and our fundamental right to self-determination.
Benny Wenda
West Papuan Independence Leader
Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP)


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2) Papua Police: Media abal-abal deliberately make Jayapura chaotic

Jubi | News Portal Tanah Papua No. 1

                                      Illustration of abandoned media repulsive in Papua - Doc / Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi - Papua Police (Polda) affirmed there are a number of online media abal-abal deliberately spread the issues that provoke the community. News spread about the burning of the Bible, declared not true but has been disseminated through social media, resulting in unrest residents.

This was affirmed by Head of Public Relations of Papua Police, Kombes Pol. A.M. Kamal is associated with provocateurs and spreaders of the biblical burning issue in Jayapura. He said the spreaders of the issue had been arrested.

"This ( hoax. There are (people) who deliberately make Jayapura not conducive, "explained Head of Public Relations of Papua Police, Kombes Pol. A.M. Kamal to Jubi via short message, Friday, (05/26/2017).

According to Kamal, until now his side is still doing the development and investigation of who the provocateer to lead to violence that resulted in three residents, including Victor Pulanda, Edi Siep and Alvian Ukago hit bullets. Meanwhile, Jayapura Police Chief, AKBP. Tober Sirait and his aide were hospitalized for being thrown from the masses.

"The perpetrators (provocateurs) we have not caught, still doing the investigation. Media ( was deliberately wanting provocation between us-us, "he said.

Separately, the holder of the Press Release Certificate from the Press Council in Papua, Victor Mambor reminds the public that more and more online media in Papua is irresponsible, and the public needs to know that the press and media have standards set by the Press Council.

The press company, according to the responsible Jubi Newspaper and, shall be obliged to announce the editorial structure of which is the name, address and responsible person openly through the media concerned.

"Especially for print media plus the name and address printing," he said.

It is said, the announcement is intended as a manifestation of responsibility for published or published journalistic work. If there is a media that does not announce the composition of the editorial and management of the company, he said, the media is not clear because they do not want to be responsible for the content.

"If you spread articles from media that can not meet this standard. So when you are accused of being a hoax spreader or violator of the ITE Law, you will be taken to the criminal realm, not the press field! So, be careful spreading the news from the online media is not clear, "said Victor Mambor. (*)

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3) Judged only for diplomacy imagery, Papuan students in Yogya reject the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jubi | News Portal Tanah Papua No. 1,

Papuan students who are members of IPMA Papua and AMP rejected Kemenlu RI present in Yogyakarta - IST

Jayapura, Jubi - Papuan students studying in Istimewah area of ​​Yogyakarta (DIY) refused to attend the Papuan Student Role-themed Discussion in Enhancing Positive Images of Indonesia Overseas organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Directorate of Diplomatic Security and the Directorate General Information and Public Diplomacy on campus of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Wednesday (24/5/2017).

According to BPH, Student Student Association (IPMA) Papua, Aris Yeimo, strongly rejects the arrival of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia to UGM as it is only taking advantage of time for diplomacy abroad, especially before the United Nations.

"In the invitation letter was invited not all the students in Yogya, but only from the representatives of the rector of UGM campus, Yogyakarta State University (UNY), Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW), Veteran University of National Development (UPN), Atma Jaya University (UAJY) and Ahmad Dahlan University (UAD), five from each of the six campuses which became one of the 'political interests' of Indonesia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "Aris Yeimo said in a written statement sent to Jubi on Wednesday, (24/5/2017).

The interest he said, is inseparable from Indonesia's kotraversi through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the United Nations and several major countries in the world and seven Pacific nations who speak loudly about Indonesia's decay, including human rights abuses, access to restricted foreign journalists, exploitation of natural resources in Papua and others, Another in Tanah Papua, a month ago.

"Indonesia in the eyes of the world has become a violator of human rights. (And) These things Indonesia is even willing to hide," he said.

While the Chairman of the Student Alliance of Papua (AMP) Yoyakarta City Committee, Mikael Kudiai rejected the activity because it is considered illegal and does not represent all the people of Papua.

"We reject the utilization and (only) Papuan student apparatus from the six campuses, we also request that military intervention on campus be stopped," said Kudiai.

According to Kudiai, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has often conducted public deception and transfer of Papua issues in the international world especially related to human rights violations that occurred in Indonesia, especially in Papua. (*)




Banner from peaceful protest actions of Uncen Students to demand a just investigation to various murders and shooting in Jayapura Monday (May 22) – Jubi/Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Inhabitants of the Cenderawasih University (Uncen) student dormitory in Waena, Heram District, Jayapura City admitted experienced post trauma from sweeping and shooting by police officers on Friday (May 19) and Saturday (May 20).
Chairman Uncen Student Executive Board, Paskalis Boma condemned the actions of security apparatus who shot boarding dweller unit III, Matthew, just because they blocked cars on th eroad to ask for money to buy cigarettes, while victim did not fight.
“The police responded that they (the victims) were taking action against the police in the case of Friday night in sawmil and in front of RS Dian Harapan, so without compromise and through law procedure they attacked five boarders, and one was hit,” he said to Jubi, Monday night (May 22).

According to him Uncen dormitory is inside the campus area and the police do not have right to casually enter the area to conduct sweeping and shooting.
“The authorities must understand their duties and their tasks. This incident is a threat to Uncen students and residents, so the governor and DPRP should see this, because we are disturbed by the arrogant attitude of the security forces,” he said.
Vice chairman of Uncen Rusunawa hostel, Elius Wenda said after the incident students feel traumatized.
“The case yesterday has nothing to do with the killing of 6 people at some point in the city of Jayapura. From here we can see the apparatus is inconsistent with his duty in protecting the community,” he said.
Uncen Rusunawa dormitory chairman, Agus Mosip claimed to be disappointed with the actions of officers who did the shooting.
Agus also rejects the stigma that calls Uncen’s dorm as a place of commotion and accommodates uneducated people. (*)


                                                   Ilustration of transmigration area in Nabire Regency – IST

Jakarta, Jubi – The Indonesian government needs to change the policy of development which makes Papuan community a subject, says a non-government organization that specialises in West Papuan development issues.
This has emerged in the launch of research results and discussion “From Decolonialisation to Marginalisation: Portrait of Government Policy in Tanah Papua for the Last 46 Years” held by ELSAM in Jakarta May 18 2017.
Research coordinator on Papuan issues Budi Hernawan said that the research focused on three issues — demographic changes in Papua and the impact of development policy, environmental degradation, and militarization.
ELSAM provided several recommendations related to the three issues.
According to the coordinator of information and documentation of ELSAM, Ari Yurino, the transmigration programme in Papua has evidently brought negative impact to the social life of Papuan natives.
Due to the uneven transmigration and development programme, it has caused the increase of the number of migrants in Papua and the rise of conflict between the newcomers and the indigenous Papuans.
The transmigration programme must be terminated and its policy must be evaluated, Yurino said.
‘Alternative solution’
“As an alternative solution of regional development, the national government should facilitate the cooperation among regions to strengthen the local government in order to be able to seek for autonomous development,” he said.
One of the recommendations to the local government, he added, was to also formulate Perdasi (Provincial Regional Regulations) and Perdasus (Special Regional Regulations) which would encourage the assimilation of the migrants into Papuan culture through formal and informal education.
Meanwhile, in the context of environmental degradation, ELSAM’s programme staff, Kania Mezariani, said the national government needed to urgently conduct environmental auditing on all national scale projects in Papua, especially in the plantation and mining sectors.
According to her, those two sectors often became the triggers of conflicts, both locally and nationally
“The national government should focus on economic development which directly connects to the peoples’ needs,” she said.
Mezariani added that the local government should establish spatial planning in Papua and West Papua provinces in order to guarantee the life space of the indigenous Papuan people, especially related to the domination of the rainforests and lands of Papua.
‘NZ-aided community police’
Also the coordinator of human rights defenders capacity building of ELSAM, Mike Verawati, spoke about the importance of reviving community police in Papua.
“In Java, such a pattern is applied. Previously, the community police was run — through assistance from the Netherlands and New Zealand police institutions — quite successfully.
“That project should be run again. The government officers assigned in Papua should also receive the briefing about anthropology in order to understand and use the approach in accordance with Papuan characteristics,” she said.
Other than that, she also called on the national government to terminate the extension of authority to the Indonesian National Army over the defence role as specified in Law No 34/2002 on Indonesian National Army.
Budi Hernawan saisd ELSAM also urged Komnas HAM and the Attorney-General to immediately complete the documentation of human rights violations cases in Papua.
Hernawan added that local government must immediately establish a human rights protection instrument, especially like the Regional Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Court, and Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Papua and West Papua, as mandated by Law No 21/2001 on Special Autonomy.(*)
Editor    : Zely Ariane




Thursday, May 25, 2017

Strike impacts Freeport’s Grasberg mine, workers 'resigned'

Strike impacts Freeport’s Grasberg mine, workers 'resigned'
COMMODITIES | Thu May 25, 2017 | 12:34pm EDT
By Susan Taylor | TORONTO
Freeport McMoRan Inc said on Thursday that mining and milling rates at its Grasberg copper mine in Papua, Indonesia have been affected as some 9,000 workers stage an extended strike, and a "large number" of approximately 4,000 absentee workers were deemed to have resigned.
Escalating tensions with workers is a further disruption for Freeport, entangled in an ongoing dispute with Indonesia over rights to the giant mine, which has cost both sides hundreds of millions of dollars.

An estimated 9,000 workers have extended their strike for a second month at Grasberg, the world's second-largest copper mine, in an ongoing dispute over employment terms and layoffs, the union said on May 20. 
Freeport, the world's largest publicly traded copper miner, said that approximately 4,000 workers, including a limited number of contractors, have not reported to work, despite multiple summons to return.
"As a result, a large number of these workers were deemed to have resigned, consistent with agreed Industrial Relations guidelines and prevailing law," spokesman Eric Kinneberg told Reuters.
Officials for the union were not immediately available to comment.
n a May 15 memo obtained by Reuters, Freeport said the strike is illegal and "voluntary resignation is the consequence" for workers who ignored demands to return to work and were absent for five consecutive days.
Freeport is trying to mitigate the impact on mining and milling rates, which were not quantified, by re-allocating resources, training additional workers and supplementing its mill throughput with available stockpiles, Kinneberg said.
Freeport resumed copper concentrate export shipments from Grasberg late last month after a 15-week outage related to its dispute with the government and had planned to ramp up production, which was cut by around two-thirds during the outage.

Freeport had "demobilized" around 10 percent of its Indonesian workforce as of mid-April, among efforts to cut costs resulting from the dispute. The company has repeatedly warned workers that striking will result in disciplinary action.
The union has demanded an end to Freeport's furlough policy and began a 30-day strike on May 1 in an effort to get workers' jobs back. 
The majority of Freeport's approximate 30,000-member workforce is working "productively and safely and operations continue to improve," Kinneberg added.

(Reporting by Susan Taylor; Editing by Dan Grebler)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017



From West Papuan Daily
English version of

                                                     The funeral of Pius Kulua – IST

Jayapura, Jubi  – Jayapura City Police Resort (Polresta) is still looking for the perpetrators of Theresia Lampyompar (42) murder, whose body was found in front of the Waena steam power plant, on Friday (May 19). However, the police claimed to have information leading to it.
AKBP. Tober Sirait, Jayapura chief resort police confirmed that this case was different from other case relate to Uncen lecturer’s murder a day before. However the police will soon issue a Wanted List of People (DPO) relate to the lecturer murder.
Regarding the sweeping done around sawmill, Perumnas III Waena, Friday (May 19) afternoon in which has no relation with the two cases, the police said they were looking for one convicted murder and theft in Keerom that somehow seen at the sawmill.

Maikel Ilingtamol, a convicted person who was arrested and disabled by a firearm at his feet, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in Abepura for violating Article 365 and article 338 of the Criminal Code.
“But since October 23, 2016 he ran away. And then he is allegedly did another case with his friends. We received information from the community that he was in sawmill, Yabansai Outbound, that is why we immediately search. We want to catch him on the spot, but he refused and pulls out sharp weapons. That is why we paralyzed him and arrested his friends,” said the chief
The murder of Pius Kulua
Theresia’s dead body found in front of Waena steam power plant turned out to trigger anger of some community group to other tribe’s group of Papuan indigenous.
The angry community group then blockades the road in front of Dian Harapan Hospital, right in front of the funeral home, Friday (May 19) night. About two hundred people stood forming a crowd on the street and yelling at certain groups of people that accused as perpetrators of violence in the city of Jayapura and perpetrators of Theresia’s murder.
As the group was shouting out their anger, two indigenous Papuans who ride motorcycles tried to pass the street. Both of them broke through police who were around the crowd. It was then they were surrounded by several people and immediately beaten and stabbed.
“One immediately fell off from the motorcycle. He was constantly beaten, while other is still safe. They were beaten right in front of a shop across the Hospital (Dian Harapan),”said an eyewitness who saw the beatings and stabbings.
This witness claimed to stand around the motor workshop not far from the location. He was amazed that the police on the scene seemed unmoved. In fact, police who have seen the masses carrying sharp weapons did not do anything to disarm them. There were no warning shots or attempts to disperse the masses, even when both victims were persecuted and stabbed by the masses.
The two victims were brothers from Puncak regency. The younger, Yuvenus Kulua was saved, while his older brother, Pius Kulua died on the spot. The siblings are known to live in the neighborhood across the Kamwolker creek (where the police conducted sweeping earlier in the afternoon).
The Chief of Jayapura resort police, Tober Sirait explained the stabbing took place right in front of the funeral home, as a large family mourner was performing worship and consolation. According to him, the two victims passed by a motorcycle in front of the funeral home. “The police tried to stop but it was ignored, that’s when the family grieves spontaneously out and do persecution, and caused Pius Kulua death,” he said.
The perpetrators of Pius’ murder said Tober had been put on hold by the police and would soon be assigned as suspect.
“We have secured 41 people who perpetrated the persecution against Pius. All of them we questioned, their strong allegations are perpetrators of this persecution,” explained Kapolres.
Denius kulua, a member of the Papuan Legislative Assembly and a close relative of the late Pius Kulua said he handed over the handling of the perpetrators to the Jayapura Police.
“I support process by the Police. And the people of Puncak and Papuans in general are not allowed to make any additional movements,” explained Kulua.(*)


Jayapura, Jubi – Nareki Kogoya, a Komnas HAM of Papua Representative Office’s staff who got beaten (May 18) allegedly committed by police officers from the Jayapura City Station in Buper Waena, Jayapura City, submitted a report to Propam (profession and security division) of Papua Police on Monday (May 22).
Kogoya told jubi that a number of police officers entered the compound where he lived to look for perpetrators of the murder Dr. Suwandi, a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics Cenderawasih University (Uncen).
“I said, I’ll help them, I’m guarding them, and I don’t want them to get hit, those kids (who being accused relate to the murder) do not know the problem,” Nareki said.

According to him, the police asked who Nareki was and he explaine that he is a Komnas HAM staff of Papua Representative Office. But police seem did not care, he was even interrogated, taken to the police car and beaten.
Nareki suffered a wound in the corner of his left lip and was driven to the car and taken to Heram Police station.
“I told them that as fellow law workers I am ready to give them the information if needed. But after the interrogation, one of the police asked me to not making any report of the incident. He said I will get charged if I proceed to report. I feel intimidated and terrorized,” he said.
At Heram Police station Nareki was asked to make/sign investigation minute (BAP), but he refused. He said he only gave information and shouldn’t have been treated as s perpetrator.
Accompanying Nareki, head of Komnas HAM Papua office, Frits Ramandey said Komnas HAM staff is also subjected to law and he regrets that the incident happened and police ignored Mr Nareki statement.
“Regional police chief suggest us to report to Propam for the police suspected of beating to be investigated,” said Frits.
He would like to see the perpetrators are processed based on the criminal act. “We used to intimidation and pressure, it’s normal, but for criminal act, we cannot accept it. … and I think it is not difficult to identify the perpetrators as the commander chief who led the team that night would’ve known it,” he said.(*)


Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Legislator Decky Nawipa questioned the responsibilities of timber and plantation companies operating in Papua for reforestation or replanting areas where timber has been logged.
According to the rules, he said it is an obligation.
“That is based on regulation, if we conducted logging, we have to plant the trees again; reforestation, it should be checked how far it applied in Papua,” said Decky to Jubi, last weekend.

He called related institutions, to do maximum supervision. He said, if there are companies refused to carry out their obligations then their license should be revoked.
“We have to check on the field, whether the companies have been reforested or not,” he said.
Papua forest is among the forests that breathe the lungs of the world today. For that, all parties must guard it. Otherwise the Papua forest will be exhausted like forests in other provinces in Indonesia.
“In Indonesia, Papua is a province that still has a large forest area and must be maintained, all parties must play a role, especially the government in supervising,” he said.
Noting the alarming situation, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe critically said that forests in Southern Papua are mostly dominated by foreign and local investors.
“The southern forestry is largely under the control of investors, especially because the previous Regent has issued permits,” Lukas Enembe said recently.
According to him, in ​​Boven Digoel and Asiki area there has been a tremendous deforestation and it caused by the previous given permit.
“I have traveled around and seen thousands of hectares have been cleared because of the regulation we handed over to districts/municipalities so that local authorities arbitrary issued permission,” he said.
Overlapping permits
Overlapping permits in forest utilization in Papua have been suspected to open illegal logging entrances.
Decky Nawipa who is also a member of Commission IV of the House in charge of mining and forestry, said that logging and forest clearing permits are not processed through ‘one door’.
There are permits issued by districts, provinces, and central government. That is why permit overlapping is possible or one timber companies can bag two to three permits.
“Companies that pocketed more than one permit, exploit the widest possible forest area to cut timber,” said Decky.
He pointed out, permit from the regency is not more than one hectare of forest, but permits issued by the province or central government is more than that. The companies can use permit from province and central government to keep expanding the clearance or lodging.
The solution he suggest is to establish ‘one door’ system to issue permit. That permits issued only by one level of authorities, whether provincial, regency or central government.
To that, Lukas Enembe prefers that management of various business licenses, including forestry management, is in the province. This is because the Papua Provincial Government wants to protect 90 percent of Papua’s forests.
“From now on the regents can no longer give any business permits, let alone directly related to Papua’s forests,” Enembe said recently.
Enembe confirmed that the government will not issue permit if it destruct the forest. He claimed to have written to the Ministry of Forestry to stop the 13 out of 25 permits of forest products utilization in natural forests (IUPHHK-HA) in Papua or IUPHHK-HA, with cover’s area consist of ​​2,083,091 hectares.
“Now all the business permits should be issued in the level of province, districts shall only give recommendations,” he said. (*)

Jayapura, Jubi – Representative Office of Bank Indonesia Papua discuss the Role of BUMD (Regional Owned Enterprises) in pushing the economy of Papua Province in Jayapura last week.
The discussion was participated by representatives of BUMDs, banks and related institutions in Papua, aims to encourage the role of BUMDs in handling inflation in Papua.
Chief Representative of Bank Indonesia Joko Supratikto said, BUMD become one of the key to stabilize prices in Papua.
“BUMD is a tool that can be used by the government to maintain stock and to control prices, and we invite one of East Java-owned enterprises to control the stock and prices there, so that we can also encourage local enterprises to match and play at similar rhyme with BUMD in East Java, “he said.
In addition, he said, BUMD will be able to work with other BUMDs across Indonesia or other provinces. So that there will be reciprocal cooperation between BUMD commodities.
Related to whom and how the implementation, Joko claimed it will discuss in detail with the Provincial Government of Papua.
Head of Research and Development Agency of Papua Province Omah Laduani discusses the perspective of inter-regional trade policy from local government, such as regulation, evaluation of the role of BUMD, and the obstacles of regulations.
Elia Loupatty, Assistant II of Papuan Economic Secretariat hopes that BUMDs can help the people’s economy.
“We hope that BUMDs can play a role and have implications for the people of Papua,” he said. (*)