Wednesday, November 22, 2017

1) CIVIL SOCIETY OF PAPUA: MEDIA HAS LED TO HOSTAGE-TAKING ISSUES

2) Britain Supports Papua to Remain Within NKRI Framework
3) ‘Every signature was an act of courage’

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1) CIVIL SOCIETY OF PAPUA: MEDIA HAS LED TO HOSTAGE-TAKING ISSUES
PAPUA NO. 1 NEWS PORTAL | JUBI,
Rabu, 22 November 2017 — 15:48

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, LATIFAH ANUM SIREGAR, YULIANA LANGOWUYO AND WIRYA SUPRIADI - JUBI / ROY RATUMAKIN


JAYAPURA, JUBI - IN OCTOBER 2017 THERE HAS BEEN A SERIES OF SHOOTINGS IN BANTI, KIMBELI AND UTIKINI VILLAGES LOCATED AROUND PT FREEPORT INDONESIA AREA.

FROM A SERIES OF SHOOTINGS TO THE EVACUATION OF COMMUNITIES IN THE THREE VILLAGES, THE CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION FOR PAPUA'S LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS CONSISTING OF 25 CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS ASSESSED THIS TO HAPPEN THROUGH THE SCENARIO PLAYED BY THE POWERFUL.

LATIFAH ANUM SIREGAR, DIRECTOR OF THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE FOR PAPUA (AIDP) SAID MANY PEOPLE ASKED WHY THE PEOPLE FROM THE THREE VILLAGES SHOULD BE EVACUATED WHEN THE AREA IS THEIR ANCESTRAL LAND.

"THE ISSUE OF HOSTAGE-TAKING WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE MASS MEDIA AFTER RECEIVING INFORMATION FROM THE POLICE WHILE THERE WAS ACTUALLY NO SUCH THING AS HOSTAGE-TAKING THE ISSUE OF HOSTAGE-TAKING SO THAT PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY HAD ULAYAT RIGHTS IN THE AREA HAD TO COME OUT WITH EVACUATION DRAMAS," HE SAID IN ANSWERING JUBI'S QUESTION ON WEDNESDAY (11/22/2017) AT ALDP OFFICE, JAYAPURA.

ANUM ADDED, THE CONSTELLATION IN TEMBAGAPURA BECAME THE MAIN TOPIC IN THE COVERAGE OF SEVERAL MASS MEDIA BOTH LOCAL AND NATIONAL. NEWS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AROUND THE MINING AREA PT. FREEPORT INDONESIA IS MASSIVE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE NEWS IS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY COMPLIANCE WITH LAW 40 REGARDING THE PRESS AND JOURNALIST CODE OF ETHICS.

"WHO SAID THERE WAS A HOSTAGE? THE USAGE OF A HOSTAGE PHRASE BY THE MASS MEDIA HAS UNWITTINGLY CAUSED A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE ORIGINAL PAPUAN STUDENTS STUDYING IN SEVERAL STUDY CITIES IN INDONESIA.THE STUDENTS WERE INTIMIDATED BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF THE NEWS WITH THE HOSTAGE PHRASE" HE SAID.

IN THE SAME PLACE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE SECRETARIAT OF JUSTICE, PEACE, INTEGRITY OF CREATION (SKPKC) OF THE FRANCISCAN PAPUAN, YULIANA LANGOWUYO ADDED, THE HOSTAGE IS ALWAYS FOLLOWED BY A DEMAND. FOR EXAMPLE, THE CASE OF WOYLA AIRCRAFT HOSTAGE TAKING PLACE IN 1981 IN THAILAND DEMANDED THAT FELLOW DETAINEES HELD IN CUSTODY POST CICENDO EVENTS IN BANDUNG, WEST JAVA, WERE RELEASED.

"WELL THE CASE IN TEMBAGAPURA WHETHER THERE IS A DEMAND FROM THE HOSTAGE TAKER REPORTED BY THE MASS MEDIA? THE MEDIA SHOULD VERIFY ANY DATA OBTAINED IN THE FIELD, BE IT DATA FROM THE POLICE, TNI, KKB OR COMMUNITY EVEN SO THAT THE NEWS ISSUED CAN BE BALANCED AND CAN BE ACCOUNTED FOR, "HE SAID.

IT IS SAID, PEOPLE IN KAMPUNG BANTI WHO HAD BEEN INTERVIEWED BY ONE OF THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SAID THEY ARE NOT IN A HOSTAGE SITUATION. THEY ARE FREE TO MOVE AS USUAL. BUT IF THEY INTEND TO LEAVE THE VILLAGE, THEIR SECURITY CAN NOT BE GUARANTEED BY THE GROUP ACCUSED OF BEING A HOSTAGE TAKER.

"POLICE ALSO DISAGREE, THE MIMIKA RESORT POLICE REJECT HOSTAGE TAKING IN SITUATIONS THAT OCCUR IN BANTI AND KIMBELI VILLAGES AND PREFER ISOLATED PHRASES, WHILE TOP-LEVEL POLICE CONTINUE TO USE HOSTAGE PHRASES THAT CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE NEWS ABOUT THE CONFLICT IN TIMIKA. REAL MEDIA CONTROLS WHERE? " HE SAID.

TO THAT END, WIRYA SUPRIYADI OF THE PAPUAN PEOPLE'S NETWORK (JERAT) HOPES THAT THE MASS MEDIA OR THE NATIONAL PRESS WILL NOT BECOME AN INSTITUTION THAT IS OBLIGED TO JUSTIFY THE STATEMENT OF CERTAIN PARTIES BUT RATHER TO FULFILL THE PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOW, TO UPHOLD THE BASIC VALUES ​​OF DEMOCRACY, TO PROMOTE THE SUPREMACY OF THE LAW.

"CONDUCTING MONITORING, CRITICISM, CORRECTION AND SUGGESTIONS ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE AND TRUTH, ON THE BASIS OF WHICH WE ALSO URGE THE SECURITY FORCES IN THIS CASE TNI AND PILRI NOT TO DISSEMINATE INFORMATION WITHOUT CLEAR EVIDENCE AND FACTS WHICH IS RELATED TO VIOLENT AND ARMED CONFLICT THAT OCCURRED IN TEMBAGAPURA, "HE SAID.

WIRYA ADDED, IN ADDITION IT ALSO HOPES JOURNALISTS, MASS MEDIA AND THE NATIONAL PRESS TO RUN THE PRINCIPLE OF INDEPENDENCE OF THE PRESS RESPONSIBLY, ESPECIALLY VERIFY ANY INFORMATION RECEIVED.

"PT FREEPORT INDONESIA MUST ALSO IMMEDIATELY EXPLAIN WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THE VILLAGES OF BANTI, KIMBELI, UTIKINI, AND SURROUNDING AREAS BECAUSE THE VILLAGES ARE LOCATED IN THE MINING AREA OF ​​PT FREEPORT WHICH IN FACT IS WITHIN THE CONCESSION AREA OF ​​THE COMPANY AND REQUIRED A SPECIAL IDENTITY TO BE IN THAT LOCATION WELL, WHY SHOULD THERE BE A NON-PAPUAN COMMUNITY IN THE THREE VILLAGES? WHO GIVES PERMISSION? THIS IS A BIG QUESTION THAT SHOULD BE EXPLAINED BY THE COMPANY, "HE SAID. (*)



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WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 07:46 WIB
2) Britain Supports Papua to Remain Within NKRI Framework

TEMPO.COJakarta - British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik has expressed support to Papua Province to remain within the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).
"The policy of the British government is very clear that we support the unity of Indonesia, and Papua is absolutely a part of the NKRI, so there is no debate over it," Malik remarked in a special interview with Antara here on Tuesday.
Malik noted that being within the framework of the NKRI, the Papuan indigenous people are entitled to the same services as Indonesian citizens in other parts of the country.
"Hence, education and health services or opportunities in the economy must be tailored to their aspirations as well," the British envoy remarked.
He said that in the framework of the NKRI, the aspirations of indigenous Papuans should be heard, respected, and fulfilled, as this is the responsibility of the central and regional governments.
"We feel that President Joko Widodo is very conscious and committed to advancing the future of Papua, as he visits the Land of Cenderawasih more often than the previous heads of state," Malik noted.
The British envoy believes that the steps and policies undertaken by the president have been wise, such as the settlement of human rights cases that had become major issues, access to foreign journalists in Papua, the issue of political prisoners to regulate the process of dialog between the central government and Papuans to be heedful of his aspirations.
"Unfortunately, the implementation of these policies is still low until now. Hence, it demonstrates to all parties that there are certain interests that hinder the directives of President Jokowi," he remarked.
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3) ‘Every signature was an act of courage’
21 November 2017
How did West Papuan campaigners build a game-changing 1.8 million-strong petition in the teeth of government repression? Key organizers tell Danny Chivers how it was done and what’s at stake
 
Smuggled under the cover of darkness. Hidden among innocent-looking deliveries. Carried by people not known to the authorities, by volunteers along jungle paths, to highland villages unreachable by motor vehicles. Thousands risked their freedom – and their lives – to spread it in secret across a nation.
It’s a lot more effort than we would usually expect to collect signatures on a petition. But this was no ordinary petition – it was a call for human rights and indigenous self-determination in a region where such sentiments are strictly banned. The Indonesian government is determined to hang on to the region of West Papua – a territory which it has occupied by military force since 1963 – and dissent by its indigenous peoples is frequently met with intimidation, violence or arrest. Simply raising the West Papuan Morning Star independence flag could result in 15 years of imprisonment. Distributing a petition calling for an internationally monitored independence vote for the West Papuan people is, in the eyes of the Indonesian state, similarly treasonous.
The petition campaign ran from May to July this year. According to the Free West Papua Campaign, 57 West Papuans were arrested during that time for supporting the petition, and 54 were tortured at the hands of Indonesian security forces. One West Papuan, Yanto Awerkion, is facing a 15-year jail sentence for organizing a gathering in support of the petition.
It is therefore all the more extraordinary that – in just three months – a staggering 1.8 million people signed it. Seventy-one per cent of the indigenous West Papuan population placed their signature – or thumbprint – on paper, in defiance of the occupying regime. Around 100,000 Indonesian settlers living in West Papua also signed in solidarity with the Papuan population.
This result has a huge historical resonance. In 1969, Indonesia’s military occupation was ‘legitimized’ by the ironically titled Act of Free Choice, when 1,026 indigenous West Papuans were hand-picked by the Indonesian military, marched to polling stations at gunpoint and ordered to vote to be part of Indonesia.
 
Indonesia’s claim on West Papua rests heavily on this fraudulent event involving less than 0.2 per cent of the population. Now, via the People’s Petition, the overwhelming majority of West Papuans have risked their life and liberty to call for a new, independently monitored freedom vote. The contrast with the 1969 sham ‘referendum’ could not be starker.
Gaining a voice
At the end of this summer, the petition was smuggled out of West Papua and officially validated by Dr Jason Macleod of the University of Sydney. As West Papuan leaders handed it to the UN’s Decolonization Committee on 26 September, Macleod confirmed that it was ‘an impressive example of community organization and mobilization across West Papua, one that reflects the sincere demands of the West Papuan people for self-determination.’
Benny Wenda, International Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, said at the UN: ‘Today, we hand over the bones of the people of West Papua to the United Nations and the world. After decades of suffering, decades of genocide, decades of occupation, today we open up the voice of the West Papuan people which lives inside this petition.’
The story of this achievement is one of courage, unity and determination. When the petition idea was discussed by West Papuan independence leaders in 2016, they realized that this project had the potential to give the West Papuan people the public voice they are usually denied. Bazoka Logo, the National Petition Organizer and Spokesperson for the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), said: ‘This petition was essential to provide vital proof that the majority of West Papuans in the cities, in the villages, in the jungle and as refugees, want independence.’
But to make the most of this opportunity, they needed to aim high and throw all of their resources into reaching the population – from the Indonesian-dominated coastal cities to remote villages in the jungle highlands. Logo explained: ‘We divided our team into seven subcommittees. These groups visited local government offices, people in the cities, people in the villages; everywhere. Many people who signed the petition could not write, so they signed with their thumbprints. Others wanted to sign at our offices and needed travel support. Often the teams went from house to house to collect signatures.’
‘We cannot be scared anymore’
From May to July, the bulk of other demonstrations and protests were put on hold as West Papuan activist networks focused their efforts on spreading the People’s Petition across the nation.
Some local leaders were willing to help. ‘There were churches which helped to organize petition-signing events, and there were some churches which were scared to do so,’ explained Logo. ‘There were also some local government officials who helped and who signed the petition (right), and others who could not.’
Logo believes that many people who did not sign still supported the petition’s demands. ‘People told us, “We will not be safe with the Indonesian military and police if we give our names,” but they fully supported the petition.’
Related: West Papua between freedom and disaster. Issue 502 of New Internationalist
Local petition organizer Steven Itlay is Chair of the KNPB in Timika, and was part of the Bomberai regional team who secured 267,437 signatures for the petition. He explained how every signature represented an act of courage: ‘From the start of the petition until now, there are many people who have been arrested and tortured by the Indonesian military and police.’
Mama Togodly lives in a village in the Lapago region of West Papua, and attended a locally organized petition event. She said: ‘I signed the petition because it is incredibly important for our people. I was not scared. We have already been killed, tortured and raped. We cannot be scared anymore. We West Papuan women are never afraid.’
The first response from Indonesian officials was to denounce the petition as a ‘publicity stunt’. This is unsurprising, as accepting the legitimacy of the petition would put the Indonesian state’s hold on power in West Papua at serious risk. The West Papuan people have made their position clear: they have roundly rejected Indonesian rule. Now it is the responsibility of the rest of the world to listen to their voices and support their clear desire to determine their own fate. n
Danny Chivers is a writer, campaigner, performance poet and author of two NoNonsense guides for New Internationalist: Climate Change and Renewable Energy.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

1) Policy confusion hobbles Indonesian mining


2) Security hinders deliveries of basic goods to Papuan regencies
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https://asia.nikkei.com/Viewpoints/Marwan-Batubara/Policy-confusion-hobbles-Indonesian-mining

November 21, 2017 7:00 am JST 

Marwan Batubara


1) Policy confusion hobbles Indonesian mining

Government must provide greater certainty to achieve full economic gains



A student holds a placard during a Jakarta protest in April against Freeport-McMoRan's gold and copper mine. © Reuters

The long-running dispute between the Indonesian government and U.S. minerals company Freeport-McMoRan over Grasberg, the world's largest gold mine and second-largest copper mine, shows little sign of ending any time soon -- despite optimistic government claims to the contrary.
Indeed, Indonesian President Joko Widodo's confused and contradictory mining policies are damaging the country's hopes of extracting maximum benefit from its natural resources.
If the government will not change course, and in particular reimpose a ban on the export of raw minerals, the courts or the voters must force his hand. Indonesia's economic development hangs on getting things right in an industry crucial to the country's future.
In August, Freeport reluctantly agreed to comply with a 2012 law requiring it to divest 51% of its stake in the subsidiary that owns Grasberg, in the remote province of Papua. But a dispute has now arisen over the sale price and a resolution without arbitration appears distant.
Cries of victory from the government following the deal were predictably over-exuberant. While Freeport reluctantly accepts the need to sell down its interest to keep Grasberg in operation beyond the expiration of its current license in 2021, it understandably insists on getting a fair price.
Meanwhile, with Freeport having failed to fulfill some of its long-standing obligations -- including the construction of a proposed smelter -- and Grasberg-linked investment deadlines endlessly stretched, recent developments are only the latest chapter in a long-running saga.
The Grasberg story highlights the malleability of Indonesian mining regulation, and the government's incoherent mining sector policies.
Is the government pursuing an economic nationalist agenda? Is it in favor of foreign investment? Does it want to push Indonesia up the commodities value chain to secure a greater share of benefits from the country's vast natural resources? Does it want to increase exports of raw minerals to reduce its budget deficit? Is it seeking to garner political capital by promoting nationalistic policies?
No one in the business, legal or mining communities can answer these questions with any degree of certainty. One could argue that the government itself does not know. But the answers matter because minerals and mining are important contributors to Indonesian economic growth, accounting for 4.2% of gross domestic product and 13% of exports by value in 2016, according to PwC, the accountancy firm.
At the heart of the unpredictable course of mining regulation lies the highly politicized nature of natural resources in Indonesia -- one of the world's largest exporters of metals and minerals -- and the short-term personal and political goals of the country's leaders.

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Government must provide greater certainty to achieve full economic gains
Under a mining law passed in 2009 and implemented in 2014, exports of raw minerals were banned to boost the development of a domestic refining and processing industry.
After sweeping to power on a wave of nationalism in 2014, Widodo initially backed the ban. However, last January, the export prohibition was lifted, and three years of refining sector investment and development were laid to waste. Why this stark retreat from Indonesia's stated goal of raising itself up the global value chain?
The main reason for this reversal was the mounting financial pressure on the president. The ban triggered a significant fall in overseas sales, which accounted for 17% of total exports by value before the prohibition. The export collapse hit the government's income from the sector, contributing to a widening budget deficit.
The economy has been growing at an annual rate of about 5%, short of the 7% Widodo targeted when he came to office, and foreign investors have been heading for the door. In July, proposed revisions to the government's 2017 budget increased the deficit from 2.4% of GDP in 2016 to 2.9%, just short of a legal limit of 3%. The World Bank now lists the rupiah among Asia's most vulnerable currencies.

Rising national debt
Meanwhile, the president has increased government spending on infrastructure to more than 60% of the annual budget from 12% before he took office. His chances of re-election in 2019 are inextricably linked to the success of his $350 billion infrastructure agenda. But rising deficits and a growing national debt have put paid to many of his projects to improve roads, bridges, ports and power grids.
It is unfortunate for the long-term prosperity of Indonesia that Widodo's pursuit of short-term political advantage, combined with a pressing need to balance the books, have served to curtail the focus on downstream investment, which was one of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's most forward-looking policies.
Keeping open the trade in unprocessed minerals permanently would render Indonesia's domestic mining industry incapable of creating long-term added value for its people. Lifting the export ban has deeply affected the investment climate, creating legal uncertainty. Many analysts believe that the export of raw mineral resources contradicts the Indonesian constitution of 1945, which mandates the utilization of soil, water, minerals and natural resources extracted from the earth for the prosperity and welfare of the Indonesian people.

There remain many influential advocates of the ban on unprocessed mineral exports, such as the Civil Society Coalition (a group of lawyers, academics, environmental activists and non-government organizations), which failed in an attempt to persuade the Supreme Court to reimpose the restrictions. Now this coalition and others in favor of the ban must unify, refocus and renew their legal challenges, as well as mobilize the public.
In typically prevaricating style, the Supreme Court has yet to release its reasons for the ruling, but a new case could be filed, or the judgment could be challenged in the State Administrative Court. Unfortunately, the courts are not immune to political pressures, and with an election on the horizon the most effective course of action may lie in ensuring that mining is a key campaign issue. Those calling for a restoration of the ban must make their voices heard loud and clear.
As well as encouraging more investment in the industry as a whole, a clear decision to reinstate export restrictions would help to clarify the future of Grasberg, giving Freeport little option but to build the smelter the country so dearly needs.
Marwan Batubara is executive director of the Centre for Indonesian Resources Studies, an independent think-tank focused on natural resources policy, in Jakarta.
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2) Security hinders deliveries of basic goods to Papuan regencies
Anton Hermansyah The Jakarta Post
Puncak Jaya Mulia | Tue, November 21, 2017 | 10:16 am
Security concerns following the election riots in Tolikara regency, Papua, are hampering deliveries to mountainous areas in the province, the such as Puncak Jaya and Wamena regencies, the state-owned enterprises (SOEs) minister said on Monday.
"The logistic trucks have to take a detour because of security issues. It took about three days before, but now it takes five days or even longer," SOEs Minister Rini Mariani Soemarno said on Monday in Mulia, Puncak Jaya.
Several SOEs have been assigned by President Joko Widodo to reduce the price of basic commodities, including cooking oil, cement and fuel, in the mountainous Papuan regencies.
The price of cement used to be Rp 2 million (US$147.8) per sack, while fuel cost Rp 50,000 per liter and cooking oil cost Rp 50,000 per liter, the minister said.
"Cement is now sold for Rp 500,000 per sack, fuel is the same price as in Java at Rp 6,900 per liter, and cooking oil is Rp 33,000 per liter," she said, thanking Pertamina, PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and PT Semen Tonasa for their cooperation in lowering the commodities' prices.
Local residents have confirmed the situation, saying that deliveries of basic goods were disrupted because of security concerns.
Daeng Ewa, a motorcycle taxi driver, said that gasoline was growing scarce in recent months, as it was delivered only once every three to five days. (bbn)

1) WPLA says fighting won’t stop


2) Operations to Free Hostage in Papua Will Continue: Wiranto

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WPLA says fighting won’t stop



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                                       WPLA soldiers
                                         By Len Garae
Following news of the stand by West Papua Liberation Army or TPNPB that the fighting at Freeport Gold Mine won’t stop unless Jakarta closes the Mine, Port Vila-based Spokeman and human rights activist for WPLA, Sebby Bambom, has clarified and alleged that the reported destruction of three cars and one helicopter in a raid on a police post last week also included the killing of a senior Indonesian police officer.
Field Operations Commander of Tembagapura Defense Region Command of WPLA, Gusby Waker has declared war on the Indonesian Army and Police at Freeport Gold Mine and confirmed his men shot dead an Indonesian 
senior police officer at a police post, while the enemy has killed two WPLA soldiers and wounded six.
The Commander has issued the following demands:

“• That we WPLA (TPNPB) demand the Indonesian military not to attack using rocket bombs;
“• That since the war began on October 22, 2017 until November 18, it has resulted in two of our soldiers dead and six injured by rocket bomb attack by the Indonesian military in Kembeli Village on November 17;
“• That our WPLA (TPNPB) convey to the countries supporting the struggle for the right of self-determination for the people of West Papua to urge the United Nations to send a team of UN Peacekeepers to west Papua;
“• That our WPLA convey to all Indonesian media that we are not “Armed Civilians (KKB)” but that we are “WPLA (TPNPB)”, fighting against Indonesian Military for the right of self-determination from the Colonial Government of Indonesia;
“• That WPLA (TPNPB) won’t accept any negotiation from the Military and the Indonesian Police through Church Leaders, NGOs, customary figures and any team established by the Government of Indonesia, 
prior to the involvement of neutral parties of the United Nations in West Papua;
“• That, all international and local groups and organisations supporting the struggle for West Papuan people to be clear that the war at Freeport Gold Mine demands nothing more than self-determination for West Papua;
“• That we WPLA convey to the international community that the Indonesian Navy has sent a warship, ‘Slamet 352’, to the Timika region of Papua. The ship is carrying armaments for the Indonesian military. Therefore, 
we also appeal to the International community, especially the supporting countries incorporated with the Pacific Coalition for West Papua forum to urge UN to send UN peacekeepers to West Papua.”
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Monday, November 20, 2017

1) Papua Senator accused TNI Police of doing public deception


2) Hundreds leave Papua villages in separatist standoff
3) Papua’s Puncak Jaya Mulia regency wants air cargo subsidy

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1) Papua Senator accused TNI Police of doing public deception

Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi, Senin, 20 November 2017 — 21:43
Senator Muda Papua The House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPD-RI) Yanes Murib when giving information Press - Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Makassar, Jubi - A member of the Papua Regional Representative Council (DPD-RI) from Papua, Yanes Murib, accused the TNI and Police of publicly deceiving the situation and condition in Tembagapura Timika to all Indonesian people.
"Media propaganda is overdoing it, as if the people in Banti and surrounding areas are in a critical or emergency situation," said Yanes Murib, To Jubi, Monday (20/11/2017).
He asserted that the alleged hostage taking on TNP-OPM in Kampung Banti and surrounding areas is not true. In fact he calls the information as a propaganda that leads to a sheep race.
"It should be known to the public that the conditions on the ground are not as reported by the national media and the local media, these are all propaganda," Yanes added.
Yanes explained, how could the TPN-OPM take hostage, raped, and killed. While there is the wife of his own son, family and relatives tribe. He questioned the purpose and interests of the country to make false news to the people of Indonesia.
He accused the TPN-OPM clearly against the TNI POLRI and not the people who do not know anything. "Their demands clearly define their own political rights," said Yanes.
As a member of DPD RI he asked the state to stop doing public deception and propoganda of local and national media. According to Yanes, if you want to pursue the KKB group do not pit the Papuan community.
Meanwhile, Legislator Papua, Laurenzus Kadepa, said it wanted evidence of hostage taking against residents in Kampung Banti and Kimbeli, Tembagapura District, Mimika Regency, Papua.
"We want evidence, such as videotapes showing residents in Banti and Kimbeli actually being held hostage, and what the demands of those who declare themselves as TPN and OPM on this issue," Kadepa said.
Kadepa said from the beginning did not agree if the residents in Banti and Kimbeli called hostage, because residents in the region can communicate with the outside world using a mobile phone or other means.
"During the day, the residents claimed to be active as usual, only at night they are anxious," he said.

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2) Hundreds leave Papua villages in separatist standoff
Originally published November 20, 2017 at 1:31 am Updated November 20, 2017 at 1:56 am
By 
The Associated Press


People who were evacuated after a security operation against separatists at their villages rest at a temporary shelter upon arrival in Timika, Papua province, Indonesia, Friday, Nov. 27, 2017. Indonesian police said they helped evacuate some hundreds of people Friday from villages in the easternmost province after security forces apparently gained the upper hand in a standoff with the separatists. (AP Photo/Albertus Vembrianto)

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds more people have left villages in Papua that were at the center of clashes with separatists, Indonesian police said Monday.
It was the second evacuation from the region near the U.S.-owned Grasberg gold and copper mine in a week.

Papua police chief Boy Rafli Amar said about 800 villagers were bused to the town of Timika and are being accommodated in a local hall.
“They finally asked to be evacuated or relocated because the conditions there were traumatizing,” Amar said.

Security forces appeared to gain the upper hand in the standoff with separatists on Friday and evacuated more than 340 people who were migrants from other regions.
Two people were killed in Friday’s security operation. Indonesia’s military said they were separatists while a spokesman for the National Liberation Army of West Papua said they were civilians.
Tensions in the region near the mine have escalated in the past several weeks. A series of attacks by suspected separatists have killed two policemen and injured more than half a dozen others.
A low-level insurgency for independence has simmered in Papua since it was annexed by Indonesia in the early 1960s.
The region, which makes up the western half of the island of New Guinea, was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 following a U.N.-sponsored ballot of tribal leaders that has since been dismissed as a sham.
The Associated Press

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3) Papua’s Puncak Jaya Mulia regency wants air cargo subsidy
Anton Hermansyah The Jakarta Post
Puncak Jaya Mulia | Mon, November 20, 2017 | 05:45 pm
Puncak Jaya Mulia regency in Papua wants a subsidy for air cargo services to make prices of goods more competitive in other provinces.
Puncak Jaya Mulia Regent Henok Ibo said on Monday that his regency had manufactured products such as coffee, fruit and chili sauce, but the prices were not competitive because of high transportation costs.
Located in a mountainous area, the only way to reach the regency is by airplane.
"I have asked the central government to provide a subsidy for air transportation. The concept is similar to the maritime highway concept, but it is applied for air transportation,” he told The Jakarta Post in Puncak Jaya Mulia regency, Papua.
He said Puncak Jaya Mulia arabica coffee was sold at Rp 150,000 (US$11.09) per 100 grams, while coffee from other Papuan regencies such as Wamena, were only sold for Rp 50,000 per 100-g.
He also expressed hope that transportation would be smoother after the completion of the trans-Papuan road in 2018. (bbn)
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1) PAPUAN LEGISLATORS WANT PROOF OF HOSTAGE IN BANTI


2) Komnas HAM to Receive Report on Papua Tomorrow
3) Govt continues to provide economic justice in Papua
4) TPN-PB CONFIRMED OF ARMED CONTACTS BEFORE EVACUATION OF CIVILIANS
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1) PAPUAN LEGISLATORS WANT PROOF OF HOSTAGE IN BANTI
PAPUA NO. 1 NEWS PORTAL | JUBI

SENIN, 20 NOVEMBER 2017 — 07:04
JAYAPURA, JUBI - LEGISLATOR PAPUA, LAURENZUS KADEPA, SAID IT WANTED EVIDENCE OF HOSTAGE TAKING ON RESIDENTS IN KAMPUNG BANTI AND KIMBELI, TEMBAGAPURA DISTRICT, MIMIKA REGENCY, PAPUA, AS SAID BY SECURITY FORCES IN VARIOUS MEDIA SO FAR.

"WE WANT EVIDENCE, SUCH AS VIDEOTAPES SHOWING RESIDENTS IN BANTI AND KIMBELI ACTUALLY BEING HELD HOSTAGE, AND WHAT ARE THE DEMANDS OF THE SELF-PROCLAIMED TPN / OPM PARTY ON THIS ISSUE," KADEPA SAID WHEN CONTACTING JUBI VIA PHONE ON SUNDAY (19/11 / 2017) NIGHT.

ACCORDING TO HIM, FROM THE BEGINNING HE DID NOT AGREE IF THE RESIDENTS IN BANTI AND KIMBELI CALLED HOSTAGE, BECAUSE RESIDENTS IN THE REGION CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD USING A MOBILE PHONE OR OTHER MEANS.

"IF PEOPLE ARE CALLED ISOLATED, I AGREE BECAUSE THEY ARE REPORTEDLY UNABLE TO GET OUT OF KAMPUNG BANTI AND KIMBELI BECAUSE ALONG THE WAY KEKUAR DIKUASI GROUP WHO DECLARED THEMSELVES AS OPM.ON THE DAY, THE RESIDENTS CLAIMED TO MOVE AS USUAL.ONLY THERE WAS THE NIGHT THEY WERE ANXIOUS," HE SAID.

HE SAID, IF HOSTAGE, OF COURSE CITIZENS CAN NOT MOVE AS USUAL. THEY WILL BE GATHERED AT A LOCATION AND HEAVILY GUARDED BY THE HOSTAGE, UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD, WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THE GROUP TO BE HOSTED.

HE ALSO QUESTIONED WHY ONLY 300 MORE RESIDENTS WERE EVACUATED OUT OF BANTI AND KIMBELI. THESE ARE ALL NON-PAPUANS. WHILE THE ORIGINAL PAPUANS IN THE TWO VILLAGES CHOSE TO STAY.

"IF THE SITUATION IN BANTI AND KIMBELI AS REPORTED SO FAR, OF COURSE PAPUANS WILL ALSO CHOOSE TO LEAVE THE VILLAGE, BUT THEY STILL HAVE A STAY, WHICH MEANS THAT THE SITUATION IS STILL UNDER CONTROL," HE SAID.

INDIGENOUS PAPUANS WHO CHOOSE TO LIVE KADEPA, NOT ONLY THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION OF BANTI AND KIMBELI, BUT THERE ARE INDIGENOUS PAPUANS FROM OTHER REGIONS.

"AFTER SUCCESSFULLY EVACUATING 300 MORE NON-PAPUANS, THE TNI COMMANDER LED AN EXTRAORDINARY PROMOTIONAL RALLY IN BANTI, TO 57 TNI SOLDIERS.THIS IS WHAT, I QUESTION THIS," HE SAID.

A TOTAL OF 57 TNI SOLDIERS SERVING IN PAPUA WERE PROMOTED AFTER SUCCESSFULLY EVACUATING 300 MORE ISOLATED NON-PAPUANS IN KAMPUNG BANTI AND KIMBELI, ARMED GROUPS IN MIMIKA, WHO DECLARED THEMSELVES OPM (FREE PAPUA ORGANIZATION).

TNI CHIEF GEN. GATOT NURMANTYO SAID AS MANY AS 62 TNI PERSONNEL WERE INVOLVED IN FREEING THE ISOLATED CITIZEN. BUT FIVE TNI OFFICERS WHO LED JOINT OPERATIONS DENIED PROMOTION.

ACCORDING TO HIM, DURING A SILENT EVACUATION OPERATION, THE JOINT FORCES FROM KOPASSUS, 751 RIDER BATTALION AND TAIPUR KOSTRAD MOVED 4.5 KM FOR THREE TO FOUR DAYS AND ENDED WITH A STANDARD PLACE IN TWO LOCATIONS UNTIL THE ARMED GROUP RETREATED.

"BEFORE THE EVACUATION, I ORDERED THAT THE LEFT AND RIGHT OF THE ROAD SHOULD BE SAFE, IF THERE WAS A SHOT, THAT FAR," GATOT SAID.

ACCORDING TO HIM, INDIGENOUS PAPUANS STILL CHOOSE TO SURVIVE IN THE VILLAGE WITH THE GUARDING OF THE TNI AND POLRI, WHILE NON-ORIGIN FROM THE VILLAGE HAS BEEN EVACUATED.

THE COMMANDER OF OPERATIONS OF THE WEST PAPUA NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY (TPN-PB) III TIMIKA, HENDRIK WANMANG CONFIRMED THAT THE ARMED CONTACT OCCURRED BEFORE THE EVACUATION OF CIVILIANS IN BANTI AND KIMBELI.

"TWO OF OUR MEMBERS WERE WOUNDED IN A SHOOTOUT LAST MORNING," HENDRIK WANMANG SAID BRIEFLY TO JUBI VIA TELEPHONE ON SATURDAY (11/18/2017).

ANOTHER SOURCE SAID TWO TPN-PB MEMBERS WERE KILLED IN FIREFIGHT EARLY FRIDAY, WHEN SECURITY FORCES WOULD EVACUATE RESIDENTS. BOTH ARE NAMED ILAME TABUNI AND YULIANA WAKER.

ON THE SIDE OF THE TNI / POLICE, THERE WERE NO CASUALTIES OR GUNSHOT WOUNDS. SIMILARLY, RESIDENTS WHO WERE EVACUATED FROM KAMPUNG BANTI AND KIMBELI.

"NO ONE COMMUNITY IS A VICTIM, YES," SAID PAPUA POLICE CHIEF IRJENPOL BOY RAFLI AMAR IN AN OFFICIAL VIDEO RELEASED BY POLICE PUBLIC RELATION, FRIDAY (17/11/2017).

THE EVACUATION PROCESS OF CIVILIANS LASTED UNTIL 12:00 LOCAL TIME. THE EVACUATION WAS CARRIED OUT SINCE 09.30 AFTER THE TWO VILLAGES WERE CONTROLLED BY THE ARMED FORCES TASK FORCE AT 07.00 LOCAL TIME. (*)

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2) Komnas HAM to Receive Report on Papua Tomorrow

TEMPO.COJakarta - The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) official Amiruddin al-Rahab said that he has not been informed about the latest condition in Tembagapura district in Papua following a mass evacuation of internal migrants from Kimbely and Banti villages. “I can’t provide any updates yet,” he told Tempo in a phone interview today.
A Komnas HAM staffer in Papua will only arrive back in Jakarta tonight or tomorrow. “Once they came back, we can read the report,” Amiruddin said.
He could yet issue any statement on alleged human rights abuse in the evacuation process.
Indonesia security forces evacuated 300 internal migrants from Kimbely and Banti villages, Papua, on Friday.
Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman has denied reports that 1300 people in Kimberly and Banti villages were being held hostage by armed groups. She said that police have manipulated the facts about what was happening in the regions. “It was not true [abduction],” she told Tempo last week.
ANDITA RAHMA



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3) Govt continues to provide economic justice in Papua
Pewarta:  

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Papua Province is one of Indonesia`s underdeveloped provinces in the eastern region which the government of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has given a priority in his current development programs. 


Compared with other provinces in the western part of the country, Papua suffers a sharp gap and inequality in its economic life. Due to the lack of infrastructure and land transportation facilities, prices of commodities are far higher than those in the rest of the country`s provinces.  

The price of cement, for instance, is about Rp800 thousand - Rp2.5 million per bag while in Java it is only about Rp70 thousand - Rp80 thousand per bag. Gasoline can reach Rp60 thousand per litter while in other regions the price of fuel oil is only approximately Rp6,500 per litter.

Hence, the government is now focusing its attention on the development in Papua in efforts to eliminate social economic injustices. One of the efforts to build economic justice is to lay the foundation of the economic activities by developing infrastructure.

Although there is criticism in the development of the Trans-Papua Road, President Jokowi is firm that the project will facilitate the economic activities and improve the welfare of the people in the country`s easternmost province. He asked the Regional Representative Council (DPD) to support his infrastructure development program in Papua.

"There is a question from a DPD member, asking the benefit of developing the Trans-Papua Road. Of course, Trans-Papua is constructed in an effort to make balanced infrastructure development in the country`s western, central and eastern regions. The DPD should instead support the efforts made to narrow infrastructure gaps in the country," President Jokowi said at a DPD National Workshop in the Parliament building in Jakarta on Friday (Nov 17).

The head of state compared infrastructure development with the story of eggs and chickens. "This is like the egg and chicken story, that questions which of them came first. Should the road be built first to facilitate the economy to grow or should we wait for the economy to grow first then we develop the road,?" the president asked.

He explained his reason for encouraging infrastructure development outside Java and avoiding Java-oriented development. "We start development from the border, from outermost islands because they are badly in need of the infrastructure. The Trans-Sumatra Toll Road is needed for the mobility of logistics and people. This will make us strong so that we will be able to compete with other countries," remarked Jokowi.

After all, according to the President, Indonesia`s Global Competitiveness Index is still far behind those of neighboring countries because Indonesia`s transportation and logistics costs are still 2.5 times that of other countries. This makes Indonesia unable to compete.

Therefore, these very basic things should be completed soon. "The Trans-Kalimantan and Tans-Papua are being built to make logistics transportation smooth and the price of basic needs lower. I am sad when I went to Wamena and Pegunungan Tengah in Papua. The price per bag of cement there was Rp800 thousand. In certain months when the weather is bad the price rose to Rp1.5 million per bag. In certain districts it rose to Rp2.5 million while the price of the commodity in Java was only about Rp70-80 thousand per bag. The price of gasoline outside Java could reach Rp60 thousand per liter while in Java it was only Rp6,500 per liter.

"So, I ordered the state-owned enterprises (SOE) minister to design prices so that the price of gasoline in Papua, particularly in Central Papua, will be the same as the price in Java. We need one and a half years to realize it. This is not an economic matter but a matter of social justice for all. Now, the cement price could be lowered to nearly half, yet it is not yet the same as that in Java," noted Jokowi. The target can be achieved when the Trans-Papua is already completed where cement can already be transported by land, no longer by air, thereby the cement price will be the same as that in Java.

In order to assure the implementation of development program based on social justice in Papua, SOE Minister Rini M Soemarno flew to Papua on Sunday (Nov 19) to observe economic equality development programs in Papua .

She will review the result of efforts to curb basic commodity prices for residents living in the frontier, outermost and remote regions in the easternmost province.

Based on her schedule, received by Antara from the Government of Jayawijaya District, Papua, Sunday afternoon, Minister Rini will visit three districts of Puncak Jaya, Jayawijaya and Pegunungan Bintang.

"On November 20, the SOE minister will have a dialogue with two groups of farmers and post-harvest coffee participants from the Yagara District and Wolo District. She will also review the cement price lowering program and at the same time has a dialogue with the community," said Head of Public Relations Affairs of the Jayawijaya Regional Government, Meitty W Nahuway on Sunday. 

Rini is scheduled to review the coffee garden and hand over an Arabica coffee peeler and dryer for coffee farmers in Jayawijaya District. Before heading to Jayawijaya on the first day, Meitty said, the minister is scheduled to visit Oksibil, the capital of Pegunungan Bintang District to inspect the premium and diesel oil distributors (APMS) to assure the implementation of the single-fuel price program.

Rini, together with the Puncak Jaya community, is also slated to declare the pride-to-consume-Papua-coffee slogan "banggamenyedkopkopipapua". On the occasion, she will hand over assistance to the local people, review the price cuts of basic goods by the Inflation Control Agency (PPI) and check the equalization of cement price by PT Semen Indonesia.

Before returning to Jayapura on Tuesday 21, the minister will review the implementation of the branchless-banking system by Bank Mandiri in Puncak Jaya District at around 11:30 local time.

Last August, the minister during her working visit to Jayawijaya invited local farmers to increase the number of Arabica coffee production to improve their income.

During the discussion with coffee farmers at the time, Rini found that the obstacle the coffee farmers were facing was marketing problem.

"One of the problems is that the cost of transport to the city is expensive, so we are looking for ways to make Jayawijaya community better," she said.
(A014/H-YH)

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4) TPN-PB CONFIRMED OF ARMED CONTACTS BEFORE EVACUATION OF CIVILIANS

Jayapura, Jubi – The armed contacts occurred before what it was said ‘evacuation of civilians’ in Banti and Kimbeli were justified by Hendrik Wanmang, Commander of Operation of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB) III Timika.
“Two of our members were wounded in a shootout last morning,” Hendrik Wanmang said briefly to Jubi via telephone on Saturday (November 18).
But another source said the two TPN-PB members were killed in a firefight that Friday morning. They were Ilame Tabuni and Yuliana Waker.

There were no casualties or gunshot wounds on the side of the TNI/Police, as well as the residents who were evacuated from Kampung Banti and Kimbeli.
“There is no casualty among civilians in the community,” said Papua Police Chief Irjenpol Boy Rafli Amar in an official video released by Police Public Relations on Friday, November 17, 2017.
The evacuation process of civilians by the armed forces task force started at 07.00 AM local time through a ‘taken over of the two villages’ at 9.30 and lasted until 12:00 local time.
Reported by CNN Indonesia, around 07.00 am, Kampung Kimbeli has been controlled by Kopassus 13 and Raider 751 troops while Banti village is controlled by two teams from Taipur Kostrad. After these two villages being controlled by TNI units joined in the Armed Forces Task Force, the ‘evacuation process’ is carried out.
A Papuan legislator, Laurens Kadepa hopes the activities will not be a pretext for TNI/POLRI effort to carry out attacks in villages suspected of being a TPN-PB hiding place.
“The evacuation of non-Papuans to Tembagapura (hopefully) is not an attempt by TNI/POLRI to carry out sporadic attacks by land or air to the villages suspected to be members of TPN-PB hiding place, since there are many civillians in in every village,” Kadepa said. (tabloidjubi/Zely)
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