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    1) INTERNATIONAL ACADEMICS FOR WEST PAPUA TO LAUNCH ITS EUROPEAN BRANCH IN BRITAIN
    2)  Rp 900 million for Mummy conservation in Baliem Valley RP 900 MILLION FOR MUMMY CONSERVATION IN BALIEM VALLEY
    3) 2018, MINIMUM WAGE IN PAPUA INCREASED TO RP 2.8 MILLION
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    1) INTERNATIONAL ACADEMICS FOR WEST PAPUA TO LAUNCH ITS EUROPEAN BRANCH IN BRITAIN


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    Armed group set kiosks on fire in Papua
    Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
    Jayapura, Papua | Sun, November 5, 2017 | 06:16 pm



    Five kiosks owned by local people in Kampung Utikini, Mimika, Papua, were set ablaze by an armed group at 2 a.m. on Sunday. There were no casualties in the incident. (Courtesy of Papua Police/file)

    Civilians were reportedly on the receiving end of attacks by armed assailants who set kiosks on fire following attacks against security personnel around a mining area operated by PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura, Mimika regency, Papua.
    “Five kiosks owned by local people in Kampung Utikini were set ablaze by an armed group at 2 a.m. on Sunday,” Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Cmr. Victor D Mackbon told journalists on Sunday.
    There were no casualties as the owners had not been in theirs kiosks at that time, he added.
    The arsons occurred just some 100 meters from the Tembagapura Police dormitory. The owners had left the scene on Oct. 24 following shots fired at an ambulance carrying a patient, a doctor and nurses from Utikini to Tembagapura Hospital, Victor said.


    The arsons occurred just some 100 meters from the Tembagapura Police dormitory. (Courtesy of Papua Police/file)

    He added that, before the kiosks were set ablaze, an unidentified gunman had been seen crossing the street to the location, and not long after that the fire started.
    A fire exchange reportedly took place between the assailants and members of the Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) during the blaze.
    Papua Police spokesman Sr. Cmr. AM Kamal said armed people had also opened fire on vehicles belonging to PT Freeport in the area between Mile 69 and Ridge Camp, hitting a windshield and a door. Only bulletproof vehicles pass the route after the incident.
    A Brimob officer died in an exchange of fire with armed assailants, also in Utikini, in late October, amid escalated attacks in the mining area. (rin)
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    Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)


    PO Box 28, Spit Junction, NSW 2088


    Summary of events in West Papua for October -6 Nov. 2017



    Trouble at the mine

    A number of shooting incidents occurred in the Tembagapura area between 21st and 29 October. Freeport vehicles were shot at, clashes occurred between the security forces and an armed group, leaving one security force member dead and a number injured. The police have referred to the attackers, as either OPM, an armed group or a separatist group. The police believe the group is lead by Sabinus Waker. Police believe that Sabinus and his men are responsible for the incidents and the group reportedly consists of 20 people.






    On Saturday morning the 21 October, an armed group opened fire on two Freeport vehiclesin Tembagapura. The driver of one of the cars received minor injuries.  On Saturday afternoon two Brimob members were also injured during a firefight with an armed group in Utikini village in Tembagapura district.


    The clash took place as Brimob personnel led by First Inspector Taufik chased after the group that had shot at the two Freeport vehicles on Saturday morning. The two personnel were taken to Tembagapura Hospital. Although stable they were moved to Jakarta for a more intensive treatment in Kramat Jati Police Hospital.


    On Sunday, 22 October, First Brigadier Berry Pramana Putra from the mobile brigade corps was shot dead at Utikini Bridge in Tembagapura District.


    On early Monday morning when the police attempted to retrieve the body of Putra, the armed group resumed its attack and injuring four police.


    On Tuesday, the group attacked a vehicle of Tembagapura Hospitals medical team that was carrying a post-natal patient in Utikini Village. The patient Serina Kobogau was shot in her right thigh.

    According to Antara News (25 Oct.), during the sweeping operation in pursuit of the armed group, the police managed to take over the groups base camp and other camps around the Utikini hills in Tembagapura. The police have also found handmade weapons, a walkie-talkie, and some other equipment.



    On Wednesday 25 October, an armed group attacked a patrol vehicle at the 60-mile mark on an access road to PT Freeport Indonesia’s mine in Tembagapura, Mimika District. Nobody was injured.

    On Sunday 29 October the Brimob post in the MP66 area of Freeport at Tembagapura was shot at by a group of unknown people. "Our members were being shot at from an altitude from the left side from mile 68," said Police Chief Commissioner AM Kamal, Head of Public Relations at Papua Police”, Kamal said the members of Brimob had returned fire.

    RNZI reported (24 Oct.), that Community leaders in the village of Utikini said a house was burned to the ground by the Indonesian Military Police.


                                         Utikini Village in Tembagapura Photo: supplied

    The leaders said that on Saturday police came to the village and set fire to the house, which was destroyed, along with livestock. The leaders, Tambua Wakerkwa and Yulianus Tabuni, said their people were now living in fear. They have called upon the Indonesian president Joko Widodo to command the military to stop harassing them.

    The leaders claim the incident was sparked by the shooting of a car belonging to the PT Freeport mining company. But they said none of their people were involved in the shooting.

    Antara News (30 Oct.) reported that police have increased the alert security status in Tembagapura District of Papua Province. "We hope that the security condition in Tembagapura could be returned to normal soon," the Head of Papua Regional Police Inspector General Boy Rafli stated here on Monday. The police have been implementing the alert security status since last Sunday, after the increase in security disturbances in the region.    

    A recent  article  on Freeport by John MeBeth  (November 2) “Freeport under multiple guns in Indonesia” at http://www.atimes.com/article/freeport-multiple-guns-indonesia/



    Armed group set kiosks on fire in Papua

    Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post

    Jayapura, Papua | Sun, November 5, 2017



     

    Five kiosks owned by local people in Kampung Utikini, Mimika, Papua, were set ablaze by an armed group at 2 a.m. on Sunday. There were no casualties in the incident. (Courtesy of Papua Police/file)

    Civilians were reportedly on the receiving end of attacks by armed assailants who set kiosks on fire following attacks against security personnel around a mining area operated by PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura, Mimika regency, Papua.

    “Five kiosks owned by local people in Kampung Utikini were set ablaze by an armed group at 2 a.m. on Sunday,” Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Cmr. Victor D Mackbon told journalists on Sunday. There were no casualties as the owners had not been in theirs kiosks at that time, he added. The arsons occurred just some 100 meters from the Tembagapura Police dormitory. The owners had left the scene on Oct. 24 following shots fired at an ambulance carrying a patient, a doctor and nurses from Utikini to Tembagapura Hospital, Victor said. He added that, before the kiosks were set ablaze, an unidentified gunman had been seen crossing the street to the location, and not long after that the fire started. A fire exchange reportedly took place between the assailants and members of the Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) during the blaze. Papua Police spokesman Sr. Cmr. AM Kamal said armed people had also opened fire on vehicles belonging to PT Freeport in the area between Mile 69 and Ridge Camp, hitting a windshield and a door. Only bulletproof vehicles pass the route after the incident. A Brimob officer died in an exchange of fire with armed assailants, also in Utikini, in late October, amid escalated attacks in the mining area. (rin)





    JK: Separatist Movement Not Accepted in Papua

    Tuesday, 31 October 2017

    JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Vice President Jusuf "JK" Kalla insists the separatist movement is not accepted in Papua because the region is part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). The statement was delivered by JK at the Vice Presidential Office, Jakarta, Tuesday (10/31/2017), related to the terror acts committed by the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) in Tembagapura, Mimika, Papua, for the last few days after the shooting of Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Post in the areas of MP67 and MP66 Tembagapura on Sunday (10/29) at around 10:35 am, Eastern Indonesian Time (WIT). "Separatist movement, of course, it tries to disrupt the situation, but the government's preparations in Papua, both police and soldiers, ready to face anything if anyone tried to interfere," the vice president said. JK added the government will not stop doing development in Papua for evenly distributing welfare in all areas of Indonesia. During the three years of Jokowi-JK's administration, the central government has made efforts to improve the welfare of Papuan communities, including the implementation of one price fuel for Papua since October 2016 and the acceleration of the Trans-Papua National Road along 4,330.07 kilometers. Based on the statement by Head of Public Relation Division of Papua Regional Police Senior Commissioner AM Kamal, the joint personnel of Brimob and Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) are still on alert in the Brimob Post area of Tembagapura, Mimika, after the KKB attack on Sunday (10/29). He added the joint forces are also still pursuing the perpetrators of the Brimob Post shootings in the areas of MP67 and MP66 Tembagapura on Sunday at around 10:35 am.






    Opposition SODELPA disappointed by UN decision

    TALEBULA KATE October 04, 2017

    ALMOST all the nations in the Melanesian group in the Pacific support the freedom of West Papua except Fiji whose governments position on indigenous rights have never been strong given the blatant disregard of the same at home in Fiji. Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa made the comment in a statement expressing the disappointment of the Opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party at the decision by the United Nations to reject a petition by the people of West Papua.  Ro Teimumu further deplored the move by Fiji on a Melanesian entity like West Papua to abandon and betray the will of the people of West Papua and support Indonesia in return for the tacit support it is getting in aid from the oppressors of West Papua. "We would like it to be known that the rejection of the petition to free West Papua by the United Nations is in no way going to diminish our will to support and agitate for the freedom of the West Papuan people. We stand by them as do the rest of the Pacific States," Ro Teimumu said.





    MPs joining Vanua'aku Pati seen as good for Papua

    RNZI 18 Oct. 2017

    Two members of parliament from Vanuatu's opposition have joined a government party in a move described as being good for West Papua.The Daily Post reporeds that two Sanma Province MPs, Hosea Nevu and Marc Ati, have both left the People's Progress Party.The leader of the Vanua'aku Pati, Joe Natuman, welcomed the pair into the country's oldest political party at a kava ceremony in Port Vila.It meant the party now has eight MPs, making it the biggest party in the coalition government led by Charlot Salwai.

    Mr Natuman, who is the Deputy Prime Minister, said the move by the two MPs would help mitigate efforts to undermine Vanuatu's interests on West Papua.


    He was referring to moves by the People's Progress Party leader Sato Kilman in forging closer ties with Indonesia, in spite of his country's long-running support for West Papuan independence. According to Mr Natuman, Mr Kilman's previous actions when in government, including supporting Indonesia's entry to the Melanesian Spearhead Group, were not good for Papua. Mr Kilman recently told RNZ Pacific that in his view the best way to address human rights issues in West Papua was to maintain dialogue with Jakarta. However he criticised Mr Salwai's government for being inconsistent on foreign policy issues.







    Indonesia accepts Pacific's right to raise West Papua concern

    RNZI October 2017 

    Indonesia's foreign minister says it is the right of Pacific Island countries to raise issues about West Papua in international fora.

    According to Antara news agency, Retno Marsudi said Indonesia also had the right to explain. This comes after last month's fiery response by Indonesia to speeches by some Pacific governments at the United Nations General Assembly. Prime ministers of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands called for an investigation into killings and various alleged human rights abuses against West Papuans by Indonesian security forces. In response, Indonesia's representative accused the countries of being manipulated by Papuans with separatist agendas to exploit the issue of human rights.
    A month on, Ms Marsudi said that in the UN all countries were given freedom to express their thoughts. But she emphasised that Jakarta was pursuing a comprehensive development programme in Papua to improve living standards. The minister also noted that the Pacific Islands region was an area of key interest in her country's foreign policy and diplomacy. "At every annual statement of the Foreign Ministry, we emphasise that the South Pacific region is one of Indonesia's foreign policy concerns." She said that during the last three years, Indonesia's presence and role in the region were evident in the main representative forums such as the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Pacific Island Forum. "In addition, when the South Pacific countries were affected by a disaster, Indonesia was one of the countries that sent aid," she said.


    South Pacific among Indonesia`s foreign policy priorities

    26 Oct 2017 Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi said that Indonesias foreign policy and diplomacy will always pay attention to countries in the South Pacific region. "At every annual statement of the Foreign Ministry, we emphasize that the South Pacific region is one of Indonesias foreign policy concerns," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said here on Thursday.
    According to Marsudi, during the last three years, Indonesias presence and role were evident in all forums in the South Pacific region, such as the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and the Pacific Island Forum (PIF).

    "In addition, when the South Pacific countries were affected by a disaster, Indonesia was one of the countries that sent aid," she remarked. In relation to several South Pacific countries that addressed human rights issues in Papua at the UN General Assembly session, Marsudi revealed that it was the right of those countries to convey such issues, and Indonesia was also entitled to submit an explanation. "In the general assembly of the United Nations, all countries are given freedom to express their thoughts. Some countries in the South Pacific conveyed the issue of Papua, it is their right. We too have the right to explain," she pointed out. "At the UN forums, we discussed the comprehensive development in Papua," she concluded. (*)







    Papuan Liberation Movement appeals to NZ's Ardern

    RNZI 27 Oct. 2017

    The United Liberation Movement for West Papua says it hopes New Zealand's new prime minister will take up the issue of Papuan self-determination.



    Jacinda Ardern is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand.  Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

    The Movement's Secretary-General, Octo Mote, has written a congratulation letter to Jacinda Ardern on forming New Zealand's new government.

    In it he said Papuans were humbled by Jacinda Ardern's stated commitment to having a government "driven by principle not expediency and opportunity, not fear". He said they looked forward to such "messaging on important matters" in the region in as far as the decolonisation of the Pacific was concerned. New Zealand governments have consistently supported Indonesia's territorial claim to West Papua. But Mr Mote hoped the prime minster could revisit attempts made by the last Labour-led government to facilitate dialogue between West Papuans and Indonesia. These attempts were rebuffed by Jakarta.

    Regional decolonisation

    Mr Mote said that in Ms Ardern's coming term as prime minister the Pacific region would address several outstanding issues of decolonisation.

    He cited pending independence referendums due in both the French territory of New Caledonia, before the end of 2018, and Papua New Guinea's autonomous region of Bougainville in 2019, alongside increasing diplomatic efforts by West Papuans to finally gain their freedom after a half-century under Indonesian rule.

    "Our hope is that Aotearoa New Zealand will stand by its principles and ensure that the preparations for and the outcomes of these two referendums are transparent and fair," he said. "The people of West Papua also hope that Aotearoa New Zealand will add its important voice to the growing number of countries of the Pacific region and elsewhere calling for an immediate cessation of human rights violations against us and for the United Nations General Assembly to take up the issue of West Papua's long-denied act of political self-determination," wrote Mr Mote.



    He pointed out that West Papuans now have greater representation under the Liberation Movement at regional organisations such as the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Pacific Islands Forum, and also recognition by countries in the Caribbean and in Africa. "The time may be right for another attempt at dialogue," he explained. "We believe that Aotearoa New Zealand is a nation seeking to right the wrongs of great historical injustice. West Papua is clearly such a case.”

    One of the Labour-led government's senior MPs, David Parker, who is now Attorney-General, spoke about the party's policy on West Papua early last month."When Labour becomes the Government we will take the opportunity to review the policy with regard to West Papua, with a view to exploring a greater degree of autonomy for the people of West Papua in line with the wishes of the people," said Mr Parker.One of Labour's two main coalition partners, the Green party, supports the Westminster Declaration for a Free West Papua, which was signed in the New Zealand Parliament in May this year by eleven MPs from four different parties.The Greens leader, James Shaw, last month said his party would take every opportunity to advocate for and support a peace dialogue between Indonesia and the West Papua coalition of leaders the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.He pledged to also urge Indonesia "to cease state sanctioned human rights abuses and the imprisonment and torture of political activists”The party has a long history of support for West Papuan human rights and self-determination, with the new generation of Green MPs carrying on the work of former MPs Keith Locke and Catherine Delahunty."We take this opportunity to thank you most kindly for your unwavering support towards the struggle for self -determination of our people of West Papua," said Mr Mote in a separate letter to James Shaw.What's less clear is the policy regarding West Papua of the other major coalition partner, New Zealand First. No information about West Papua is available on the party's website. However New Zealand First's leader Winston Peters has been appointed Foreign Affairs minister, a role he had in the previous Labour-led coalition government. During that stint in the role, Mr Peters did not veer into action on West Papua.

    But among his parties' 15 core principles is the aim to be a "reliable neighbour in our region”.




    KontraS: 138 Cases of Human Rights Violation Conducted by TNI

    WEDNESDAY, 04 OCTOBER, 2017

    TEMPO.COJakarta - Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) recorded 138 cases of violence and human rights violation involving the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) occurred throughout 2016 to 2017. Based on the data, KontraS Deputy Coordinator Puri Kencana Putri said that 15 people were dead, 124 injured, 63 were wrongfully detained, and 61 people endured other forms of losses.  Puri said that most of the violations happened during the year were 65 cases of abuse and 38 cases of intimidation. It occurred in North Sumatra, South Sulawesi, and East Java. Puri also revealed that there has been a drop in the number of violence and human rights violation since September 2016 up to August 2017. However, she presumes that the drop is caused by the victims that are afraid to report their cases to the authorities, or that it took place in rural regions that are far from law enforcement offices. “The current trend is that victims will be handed financial compensation as an attempt to make them silent, even though [these practices] do not satisfy the victims,” said the KontraS Deputy Coordinator. SAIFULLAH S.





    CHRISTIAN COUNCIL: THE PRESENCE OF UMAR THALIB IN PAPUA IS DISTURBING

    Admin Oct 05, 2017

    Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of the Indonesian Christian Council (MUKI) of Jayapura City, Dedi Patywael, said that the presence of Jafar Umar Thalib in Papua, especially in Jayapura city is very disturbing, related that the City as a barometer of religious life need to be maintained. “We have several times asked local government together with other organizations to ban Jafar Umar Thalib,” said Dedi Tuesday (October 3). Dedi had also asked security forces such as TNI and Polri to take immediate action. “We know how is Jafar Umar Thalib track record not only involved in Poso riots and Ambon tragedy but also some conflicts in the country,” explained Dedi. He said the government should be selective in giving permit to Islamic religious (Pesantren) school development in Papua. “We must be absolutely clear that we are not negligent and experiencing friction between religious people,” he said. Previously, support the call representatives of Ilalang, Papua, La Hardin also said that Jafar Umar Thalib supporters had clashed with Koya residents. But now they have moved to Keerom and build a semi-permanent pesantren. “The clashed was in 2015, they are now moving back to Keerom,” said Hardin. According to him Pemkab Keerom has issued three warning letter related to the building permit of pesantren, burt he did not respond. “The third letter is given as an ultimatum to immediately emptying the land and the buildings constructed by Jafar Umar Thalib,” he said.(tabloidjubi.com/ZelyAriane)





    Report from Free West Papua Campaign

    Attacks, disappearances and killings by unknown persons are now part of daily life for West Papuans

    October 17, 2017

    The statement below has been written by West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda, following a spate of brutal human rights violations committed towards West Papuan people this month. This month, several West Papuan people, particularly activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) have been intimidated, attacked and killed by the Indonesian police and so called “unknown persons”.

    On 14th October, in Port Numbay (Jayapura), 19 year old West Papuan activist Alex Sambom from the KNPB went missing and the next day was found dead. He had been stripped naked and brutally murdered. It is believed that he was beaten to death with wood.

    On 16th October, also in Port Numbay, West Papuan student activist Rosalina Fonataba was attacked in a hit and run attack by suspected members of the Indonesian police. She suffered wounds on her hands and feet and it is believed she was targeted after uploading photos with the West Papuan flag on social media.

    On 16th October, in Dogiyai, West Papuan man Petrus Iyai was brutally beaten until bloodied by the Indonesian police mobile brigade (BRIMOB), for demanding his rightful pay after dropping off 2 passengers at Moanemani airport.


    On 8th October, in Sorong, Indonesian police confiscated 4 West Papuan traditional bilum bags with the West Papuan flag on them. When asked why, they replied, “Because it’s terrible and violates the law”.


    On 4th October and 16th October, West Papuan students studying in Indonesia were terrorised by the Indonesian police as their student dormitories in Manado and Tomohon were been searched and raided by the Indonesian police. There have also been many other cases of intimidation, harassment, torture and killings against West Papuan people in recent weeks. full report at




    Item MOTIONS - West Papua
    Senate on 19/10/2017 Speaker :  Di Natale, Sen Richard






    Rockin’ for West Papua Peace Concerts held around the world!
    OCTOBER 12, 2017

    Following the success of the West Papuan People’s Petition being delivered to the United Nations, this month, the world was once again rocked by the Rockin’ for West Papua Global Peace Concerts!

    In a truly historic event, scores of bands, musicians and artists collaborated together in 5 different countries to use their talents to shine a light on the genocide and freedom struggle in occupied West Papua. The concerts raised vital awareness, support and funds for West Papua and proved once again that #MUSICISAWEAPON. 






    Opinon pieces/reports/press releases etc.


    Head of the Auyu people: We’re ready to die for out land and ancestral forest


    If the ANJ group wants a sustainable image, why is it clearing forest and creating conflict?? HTTPS://AWASMIFEE.POTAGER.ORG/?P=1554



    US Telegram Reveals Brutality of 1965 Indonesian Papua Massacre



    Attacks, disappearances and killings by unknown persons are now part of daily life for West Papuans https://www.freewestpapua.org/2017/10/17/attacks-disappearances-and-killings-by-unknown-persons-are-now-part-of-daily-life-for-west-papuans/


    Indonesia’s West Papua Headache Continues



    The Question Of West Papuan Independence – Analysis



    West Papua petition: Australia made a human rights promise that's about to be tested  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-09/west-papua-petition-australias-promise-about-to-be-tested/9025206


    Military ambitions shake Indonesia’s politics

    Grasberg mine’s riches still a distant glitter for Papuan communities  

    Indonesia’s big development push in Papua: Q&A with program overseer Judith J. Dipodiputro    https://news.mongabay.com/2017/10/indonesias-big-development-push-in-papua-qa-with-program-overseer-judith-j-dipodiputro/



    INDONESIA: Indonesian Government irresponsibly denies human rights violations in Papua http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-128-2017


    Summary of events in West Papua for  September 2017


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    2) TNI helps to pursue armed groups in Timika
    3) POLICY MISCALCULATIONS ON PAPUA
    4) Gov. committed to build and advance the border region as the country’s frontline


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    1) Armed Criminal Groups’ Acts Worsen, Papua Police Escorts Freeport’s Buses
    Monday, 06 November 2017 | 16:16 WIB
    TIMIKA, NETRALNEWS.COM - In the wake of the recent shootings by the armed criminal group in Timika, the ranks of the Papua Regional Police ensure the safety and security of PT Freeport Indonesia’s employees traveling from their work sites in Tembagapura to Timika for their weekly break from work.
    Chief of Papua Regional Police Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar in Timika said on Monday (11/6/2017) that the escort of the Freeport’s employee buses and subcontractors is still being carried out, even upgraded after the recent shootings.
    "The escort of employee buses is still going on, there is no problem, even if there is a slight disturbance," Boy Rafli said.
    Boy Rafli was even quite surprised to know that tens of employees of Freeport dared to walk from Tembagapura Bus Terminal towards Timika because the bus fleet prepared by the company was limited.
    "Please ask that why there was no vehicle. I did not know that," said Boy Rafli.
    Since the shootings by armed criminal group along Freeport's main road connecting Timika to Tembagapura, now every bus traveling the road is escorted by fully-armed Brimob officers who are members of the PT Freeport Security Task Force.
    So far, Freeport buses and other operational vehicles crossing the mine's main roads are fitted with bulletproof equipments to prevent shootings.
    Head of Mimika Resort Police AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon added that traffic activity along the main road connecting Timika-Tembagapura is still running normally as usual.
    Police officers assisted by the Indonesian Armed Forces will continue to carry out security and escorting vehicles crossing the road.
    "Even now there is an inceased security against convoys of employees’ vehicles and logistic transport vehicles," Victor said as quoted by Antara.
    According to him, up to now there are seven to eight points that are considered prone to acts of terror armed criminal groups.
    A number of points considered vulnerable to shooting in addition to Freeport's main road are the former landslide areas near the old Utikini neighborhood near Tembagapura Police Station to Kimbeli Village and Waa-Banti bridge.
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    A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
    Original bahasa link at
    Senin, 06 November 2017 — 22:08 
    2) TNI helps to pursue armed groups in Timika
    Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,

    Jayapura, Jubi -There are three companies of TNI soldiers assigned to pursue armed groups in Timika, who fired at PT Freeport Indonesia's mining area in Tembagapura, in recent time.

    "There has been an official request for assistance from the Regional Police, since last week, our troops have been there three companies," said Head of Information Kodam (Kapendam) XVII / Cenderawasih, Colonel Inf M. Aidi, Monday (6/11/2017).

    Aidi mentioned the XVII / Cenderawasih Commander, Major General of the TNI George Elnadus Supit, was in Timika reviewing the apple with TNI and Polri.

    "We TNI conduct the operation pattern not only pursuit but territorial approach, community development, patrol and others," said Aidi explained.

    According to him, there is a pattern of operations that TNI played by involving elements of Kodim. The pattern does not go directly to the armed groups.

    Earlier, the Papua police chief, Inspector General (Pol) Boy Rafli Amar, said that he had requested TNI assistance to tackle armed groups in Mimika.

    "We have asked for help, and the TNI has prepared the necessary troops and will work together with the police," Boy said.

    The cooperation anticipates actions taken by armed groups not to widen.

    "We are now more focused on the intensity of the security disturbances this armed group can overcome effectively," he said. (*)

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    Report INSTITUTE FOR POLICY ANALYSIS OF CONFLICT
    3) POLICY MISCALCULATIONS ON PAPUA

     (Jakarta, 31 October 2017)  
    Indonesian President Jokowi has given more personal attention to Papua than any of his predecessors but conflict there – among clans, between indigenous Papuans and migrants, between pro-independence groups and the state – remains high. Part of the problem may be the assumption that economic interventions alone can reduce political grievances, but other miscalculations have come into play that dilute efforts to improve Papuan welfare.

    “Policy Miscalculations on Papua”, the latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), looks in depth at how Jakarta policies have affected the independence movement; human rights investigations; and local elections.

    “The basic conclusion is that there are so many actors with so many interests in Papua that any kind of policy coherence remains a distant dream,” says Sidney Jones, IPAC director. In trying to resolve past human rights cases, for example, the Jokowi government’s commitment to addressing grievances became mixed up with trying to stop a pro-independence Papuan bid for membership in a Pacific subregional organisation.

     
    The report looks at how the government’s failure to address systemic flaws in local elections in Papua is undermining its own goal of increasing Papuan prosperity. Fraud and corruption, particularly in the central highlands, perpetuates poor governance and clan conflict. It looks at a case study from Tolikara where an election dispute from February 2017 is keeping tensions there high as elections for governor approach in 2018.

    IPAC says a key to cleaning up electoral fraud is for the government to undertake a special census on Papua, free of political influence, to try and actually count heads. The problem is that few Papuan politicians have an interest in supporting accurate population statistics because it would undermine their power bases.

     
    The report also looks at the rise of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), a pro-independence coalition established in December 2014, and its domestic partner, the West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB). The emergence of the first has given a new focus and energy to the second, so while the Indonesian foreign ministry has blunted some of the ULMWP’s international lobbying efforts, the real challenge remains at home.

    Report can be downloaded at
     
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    4) Gov. committed to build and advance the border region as the country’s frontline

    Jakarta, Indonesia | Tue, November 7, 2017 | 12:14 am
    KEMENKO PMK The Jakarta Post

    Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Papua New Guinea Puan Maharani recently visited Sota district in Merauke regency as part of an official visit to Merauke, Papua, and to also commemorate Youth Pledge Day and NKRI Expedition.
    During her visit, Puan said the government was confident that the border regions would develop and advance in their capacity as the country’s frontline.
    Sota district is an important area as it is Indonesia’s frontline. Because of this, the government will prioritize the construction of a cross-country border post (PLBN) in the district next year.
    "The government is prioritizing the development of the regions categorized as 3T regions (the outermost, frontline and disadvantaged regions). Each border area should have a school, public health center (Puskesmas) and PLBN," she said.
    Puan added that the construction of the PLBN would be completed by 2019 or 2020, if possible. The government is committed to develop the economy of the border regions to reduce gaps between regions and improve the quality of life of the people in the border regions.
    During the visit, she gave supplementary food packages to toddlers, students and mothers-to-be.
    The minister also symbolically handed over other facilities, including 10 water tanks; 50 jerry cans; a water purifier; post tents; 75 ready-to-cook food packages; 10 water hydrants; 10 units of RUTILAHU; educational games; Rp 50 million to develop local wisdom, with some of money being used to buy musical instruments and Rp 109 million for constructing a public hall.
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    2) Roll out of PNG Citizenship for West Papuans

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    1) West Papuan refugees in PNG urged to register
    8:26 pm on 7 November 2017 
    West Papuan refugees in Papua New Guinea are being urged by the country's authorities to register for citizenship.
    This week PNG's Immigation and Citizenship Service Authority appealed to all West Papuans living in the Niugini islands region to get in contact.
    Rainbow settlement in Port moresby, Papua New Guinea, where West Papuan refugees have squatted for years. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

    It's the latest stage in a project to register and formalise the status of all West Papuan refugees in PNG which has been underway almost three years.
    There are an estimated 10,000 of the refugees living in PNG, most of whom fled from neighbouring Indonesia in a mass exodus in 1984.
    Many of the refugees live in remote parts of PNG such as Western Province, the porous province abutting PNG's border with Indonesia's Papua region
    As part of its project to update its database and register the refugees, the Authority has already covered Southern and Momase regions.
    To date, over a thousand West Papuans have been granted PNG citizenship.
    The authority is now trying to register as many West Papuans as possible in the Islands region, which includes Manus province where a number of the refugees have lived for four decades or more.
    According to a spokesperson from the Authority, once refugees make contact for registration, they can then obtain citizenship.
    Before 2014, the fee for West Papuans seeking PNG citizenship was 10,000 kina, but the government has since made it free for this group of people.
    Citizenship status allows the refugees to have full rights and access to public swervices as other Papua New Guineans.

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    2) Roll out of PNG Citizenship for West Papuans

    Loop PNG-16 hours ago
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    1) Gov't Must Address Policy Miscalculations on Papua: Report
    2) Self-determination and rights abuses: Papua petitions the UN
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    1) Gov't Must Address Policy Miscalculations on Papua: Report
    By : Sheany | on 11:12 AM November 08, 2017
    Jakarta. The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, or IPAC, called out the Indonesian government’s "policy miscalculations" on Papua, pointing to its failures in addressing past human rights violations and dysfunctional local elections.
    This is despite the current administration’s focus on economic development and conflict resolution in the poorest province in Indonesia.
    "The basic conclusion is that there are so many actors with so many interests in Papua that any kind of policy coherence remains a distant dream," Sidney Jones, IPAC director, said in a statement.
    Many of the government's policies on Papua, according to the report, were based on the assumption that economic interventions alone can address deep political grievances in the province.
    The report found that independence movement in Papua has grown more active, in spite of the government’s efforts to reduce the independence fighters' influence.
    "Higher levels of income and education do not automatically mean greater loyalty to the Indonesian state," the report, released last week, said.

    Although the government under President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had understood it has to pay more attention to human rights issues to ensure the success of its policies in Papua, IPAC noted that senior staff underestimated "how complex and politicized the problem had become or how trivial some of its initiatives given the magnitude of what Papua had suffered in the past."
    Outstanding human rights cases remain unsolved and little progress has been made since Jokowi set out to fulfill his promises to Papua as president, revealing another policy miscalculation that initially thought "addressing human rights in Papua would be relatively easy."
    Papua suffers not only from past human rights violations, but ongoing issues of torture, excessive use of force, lack of accountability and restrictions on civil liberties, the report said.
    At the 27th session of the United Nations Universal Periodic (UPR) Review in Geneva, Switzerland, in May, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the government is committed to resolve allegations of human rights abuses in Wamena, Wasior and Paniai in Papua after several countries voiced their concerns at the meeting.
    In 2016, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) said it had begun an investigation into a shooting incident in Paniai in Dec. 2014 that killed five civilians.

    In 2003, Papua independence activists allegedly attacked a District Military Command (Kodim) in Wamena, which was swiftly followed by torture, murder and the burning of civilians' houses allegedly perpetrated by military officers in retaliation.
    In June 2001, the killing of five Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers in Wasior led to the torture and murder of civilians that was allegedly committed by the police and the military.
    In its report, IPAC recommended the government "force the Attorney-General’s Office and Komnas HAM to work together" in cases of human rights abuses.

    Election Frauds
    IPAC also highlighted the need for accurate statistics, which it argues will help solve the issue of fraudulent local elections.
    "One critical step the Jokowi administration could take that could simultaneously help clean up Papua, reduce corruption and serve development goals would be to get an accurate head count of Papuans, including their places of origin," the report said.
    In order to achieve this, IPAC recommended the appointment of a professional task force that is fully funded and free from political influence to undertake a special census, both in Papua and West Papua, and tasked to produce recommendations on "how to address inflated statistics and swollen voter rolls."

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    2) Self-determination and rights abuses: Papua petitions the UN
    November 8, 2017
    Richard Chauvel Dr Richard Chauvel is an honorary fellow at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne.

    Unless Indonesia addresses the failure of the social integration of Papua into Indonesia, the issue of Papua will end up at the United Nations. This was the warning given on 28 September to an audience of senior policy makers and academics(link is external) by Bambang Dharmono, the former head of the Yudhoyono-era Unit for the Accelerated Development of Papua and West Papua (UP4B). The retired major general may not have known that two days earlier, Benny Wenda, on behalf of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), had handed a petition to the UN signed by 1.8 million Papuans and Indonesian settlers.
     
    Dharmono’s critique of government policies in Papua was consistent with the analysis in the Indonesian Institute of Science’s (LIPI) revised “Papua Road Map”(link is external).  LIPI noted that Papua-based and diasporic resistance groups have become stronger and better coordinated in their struggle for a referendum and independence.
     
    Since its establishment in 2015, the ULMWP has gained legitimacy as the representative of many pro-independence Papuans. Partly because of its lobbying, the issue of Papua has been frequently raised at regional meetings in the Pacific and at the UN.
     
    We call on you to urgently address the human rights situation in West Papua and to review the UN’s involvement in the administration of West Papua that led to its unlawful annexation by Indonesia – and the human rights abuse that continues today. We call upon you to: – appoint a Special Representative to investigate the human rights situation in West Papua; – put West Papua back on the Decolonisation Committee agenda and ensure our right to self‐determination – denied to us in 1969 – is respected by holding an Internationally Supervised Vote (in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolutions 1514 and 1541 (XV).
     
    There is nothing new in the issues raised by this petition. Self-determination and human rights abuses have long been the key issues of Papuan international lobbying. The demand for self-determination rests on pro-independence Papuans’ interpretation of Papua’s integration into Indonesia during the 1960s. They claim this was illegitimate as Papuans were excluded from the negotiations.
     
    The Papuan arguments about the history of integration are as well-established as the opposing arguments of the Indonesian government. These arguments are central to how Papuans think about the conflict and they provide much of the motivation for their struggle. However, it is the continuing reports of human rights abuses that resonate in international forums.
     
    These reports highlight the securitisation of governance and failure to integrate Papuans into the Indonesian state. The importance of this petition is that it is the first occasion the ULMWP has attempted to provide physical evidence of popular support in Papua for its demand for self-determination and its allegations of human rights abuses.
     
    The ULMWP claimed that the petition was signed by 1,804,421 people of a population of 3,612,854. How this number of signatures could be assembled under the watchful eyes of the Indonesian authorities invites some scepticism about the numbers.
     
    But leaving aside the veracity of the numbers, one of the objectives of the petition was to distinguish itself, as an expression of popular opinion, from the 1969 Act of Free Choice,(link is external) in which 1,026 government-selected Papuans voted unanimously for incorporation in Indonesia. It is as if the ULMWP petition was asking the UN to rectify its mistake in 1969, by giving Papuans a(nother) vote.
     
    The number of indigenous signatories represents 70.9 per cent of the indigenous population of West Papua. However, the number of settler signatures claimed – 96,254 – (link is external)represents a much smaller portion of the total number of settlers, which is 1,203,184. Given the difficult position of the settler communities in the Papua conflict, caught between the Indonesian government and the pro-independence Papuans, it is significant that the ULMWP collected any settler signatures at all.
     
    Nevertheless, it raises the question of whether, in the eyes of pro-independence Papuans, settlers share in Papua’s right of self-determination. If there were ever to be an “internationally supervised vote” would the non-Papuan residents, most of who have settled in Papua under Indonesian administration, have a vote?
     
    As the LIPI analysis noted, the issue of Papua had been frequently raised at the UN in recent years. It was the numerous speeches of Pacific Island leaders in the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council that paved the way for the presentation of the ULMWP petition. The Pacific Island leaders’ speeches have given pro-independence Papuans the voice at the UN they had previously lacked. These speeches have been an extension of pro-independence Papuan lobbying in the Pacific, focused on the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and Pacific Island Forum (PIF).
     
    Indonesian diplomacy has been effective in blocking formal support from the two regional organisations for the ULMWP, but that has not prevented some Pacific Island leaders from raising the Papua issue at the UN. Given the lack of consensus about Papua in the MSG and PIF, both Papuan activists and sympathetic Pacific leaders realise that the issues can only be resolved at the UN.
     
    It is unclear whether the ULMWP petition will open the way to further consideration of the Papua issue at the UN. Rafael Ramírez, Venezuelan diplomat and the chair of the UN’s Special Committee on Decolonisation, explained that Papua was not an issue for the committee as its mandate only extended to the 17 regions identified by the UN as “non-self-governing territories”. These do not include Papua.
     
    Also, it is a principle of the UN to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its members,(link is external) including Indonesia. Indonesia is a member and its permanent representative to the UN, Dian Triansyah Djani, is the vice-chair of the Committee, so it is in a strong position to thwart the ULMWP’s objective to have Papua added to the list of non-self-governing territories.
     
    Indonesia’s responses to the speeches of Pacific Island leaders have been less effective. In the General Assembly sessions in 2016 and 2017, Indonesia exercised its right of reply to refute the accusations of human rights abuses made by Pacific Island leaders. In both years, articulate young diplomats have accused the Pacific Island leaders of violating the UN Charter and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Indonesia. Indonesia claimed Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands had been deceived by individuals with separatist agendas and were using the Papua issue to divert attention(link is external) from their own domestic problems.
     
    On 25 September, Ainan Nuran,(link is external) the 3rd Secretary in the Indonesian mission to the UN, observed that with modern technology, people would know if abuses had really occurred.(link is external) This is the crux of the problem for Indonesia now – for all the restrictions on press freedom and access for foreign correspondents , information about abuses in Papua still manages to reach the outside world.

    Freddy Numberi, a former minister and former governor of Papua, observed in December 2016 that because human rights abuses had not been addressed effectively they had become the means to internationalise the issue of Papua.(link is external) In May 2106, then Coordinating Minister for Legal, Political and Security Affairs Luhut Panjaitan announced that the government would establish a team to investigate five cases of human rights abuses. Unfortunately, Papuan human rights activist Mathius Murib, who agreed to cooperate with Luhut’s team, reported recently that no significant progress had been made.(link is external)
     
    The credibility of Indonesian diplomats’ presentations at the UN is undermined by continuing reports of human rights abuses by the security forces and by the inability or unwillingness of the Indonesian authorities to address past abuses.
     
    While they might be popular at home, the presentations to the General Assembly of articulate young Indonesian diplomats like Nuran are no substitute for undertaking the much more difficult task of reforming the institutional culture of violence in the security forces and winding back the securitisation of Indonesian governance in Papua.
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    The Resounding Silence on West Papua

    October 11, 2017

    You missed it. Yes, you missed it. We all missed it. We missed it because it wasn’t there.

    Oh, there were a few fleeting mentions on the radio and TV, but nothing much in writing – no establishment of the facts, no commentary, no letters to the editor. Not even a humble blog.


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    Ousted PM defends stand on West Papua
    09 November 2017
    THE ousted Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare defended his strong stance on the plight of the people of West Papua during the motion of no-confidence on Monday which saw him removed from the top political leadership position.
    The Member of Parliament for Central Honiara Moffat Fugui in his contribution to the motion said the Prime Minister should withdraw support for the Indonesia-colonised region.

    Mr Fugui said Solomon Islands should not waste its time on the issue of West Papua in light of the fact that Papua New Guinea which is the closest Melanesian neighbour of West Papua is not even advocating for the West Papuans.

    But in his rebuttal, Mr Sogavare said his government’s position on the issue of West Papua must be consistent with its position on the issues of independence referendum for New Caledonia, French Polynesia’s decolonisation agenda and Taiwan’s bid for United Nations membership.

    He said Solomon Islands supports the referendum on independence forNew Caledonia and decolonisation of French Polynesia as well as Taiwan’s bid for United Nations membership.

    The MP for East Choiseul said his government’s position on the issue of West Papua takes into account the facts that about half a million West Papuan Melanesian swere murdered because of their struggle for freedom and that they do not enjoy simple basic rights as Solomon Islanders do.

    He said Solomon Islands needs to strategise on the issue of West Papua, adding that even if the rest of the world pulls out, Solomon Islanders must remain standing beside their Melanesian West Papuan brothers and sisters.

    “We are not afraid to put our case before UN and the Human Rights Commission in Geneva,” Mr Sogavare added.

    By AATAI JOHN
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    2) Indonesia security forces in standoff with Papua separatists

    3) Gunmen Lay Siege to Two Villages Near Freeport Mine in Papua
    4) Armed separatists occupy villages near Freeport's Indonesia mine

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    1) Armed group occupies villages in eastern Indonesia

    Indonesian military says separatist group in Papua province has taken villagers hostage
    09.11.2017

                                            FILE PHOTO
    By Ainur Rohmah
    YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia 
    Police said Thursday a group of armed militants were holding hostage 1,300 residents in two villages, near the giant Grasberg copper mine in eastern Indonesia’s Papua province.
    Boy Rafli Amar, the provincial police chief, told Anadolu Agency that the group, since Tuesday, had not allowed residents to leave the two villages in Tembagapura sub-district, Mimika Regency.
    “They have robbed the residents. There have been reports of rape and incidents of shooting at ambulances,” he said.
    Gen. Tito Karnavian, the country’s police chief, said the armed group, active since 2012, consists of 20-25 people.
    "(They) carry at least five to 10 weapons," Karnavian said, according to local media outlet kompas.com.
    The group was using miners in the villages as hostages to avoid police arrests, Karnavian said.
    Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, the military chief, accused the separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) of the hostage situation, according to local news outlet Kompas.com.
    Sebby Sambom, spokesman of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), the military wing of the Free Papua Organization, accepted they were not letting people leave the villages as the security forces were about to launch a counter-terror operation in the area. 
    "The authorities are about to evacuate 1,300 civilians to Timika to vacate the locations that will be the target of the operation," Sambom said as quoted by local media outlet wartaplus.com.
    Hundreds of security personnel have gathered in Mimika, since Monday, for a counter-terror operation against the militants. 
    Papua has been home to a low-level insurgency ever since the former Dutch colony was transferred to Indonesian rule in 1963. 
    Despite being rich in natural resources, the province is among the most impoverished. It has witnessed political arrests and alleged human rights abuses by security forces over the last few decades.
    Late in October, a shootout with the militants in the province left a policeman dead and six others injured.
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    2) Indonesia security forces in standoff with Papua separatists
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JAYAPURA, Indonesia — Nov 9, 2017, 9:05 AM ET
    Indonesian police said Thursday that gunmen have occupied two villages in easternmost Papua province near a U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in a possible escalation of a separatist conflict in the region.
    Papua police chief Boy Rafli Amar said about 1,300 people have been prevented from leaving the villages of Kimbeli and Banti in the past two days by a group that includes about 25 armed men.
    Indonesia restricts foreign journalists from reporting in the provinces of Papua and West Papua and the police account of events is unlikely to be the complete picture.
    Amar said the gunmen are an "armed criminal group," a description Indonesian police often use when referring to armed Papuan separatists.
    "Their numbers are quite big, nearly 100 with some 25 armed men, while the others using traditional weapons such machetes, arrows and spears," he said.
    Three days of clashes between Indonesian police and gunmen last month near the giant Grasberg mine killed one officer and wounded six others.
    The mine owned by Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. is a source of tension in the region due to environmental damage and indigenous Papuans' resentment at profits from local resources being sent abroad.
    A low-level insurgency for independence has simmered in Papua since it was transferred from Dutch to Indonesian rule in 1963.The region, which makes up the western half of the island of New Guinea, was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 following a U.N.-sponsored ballot of tribal leaders that has since been dismissed as a sham.
    Sebby Sambon, a spokesman for a Papuan separatist group known as TPN, denied villagers were being prevented from leaving. He said the separatists are freedom fighters.
    Amar said police supported by the army were trying to open communication with the gunmen using the local government as an intermediary.
    Security minister Wiranto said he has asked security officials to peacefully persuade the separatists to leave.
    "I have communicated with the local police and military chief and as well as with other security organizations there to solve the issue well without noise," said Wiranto, who uses a single name. "That is what we want."
    —This story has been corrected to show that name of village is Kimbeli instead of Kimberly.

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    3) Gunmen Lay Siege to Two Villages Near Freeport Mine in Papua
    By : Telly Nathalia | on 3:53 PM November 09, 2017
    Jakarta. A group of gunmen has been laying siege to 1,300 residents in Banti and Kimbely, two villages in Timika, Papua, near Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg mine in the past few days, police said on Thursday (09/11).
    "The gunmen are not allowing residents to leave their villages. We're just trying to prevent any casualties at the moment," Papua Police spokesman Chief Comr. Suryadi Diaz told the Jakarta Globe by phone.
    According to Suryadi, around 300 people trapped in the villages are traditional gold miners who are not originally from the area.
    Banti and Kimbely are located near the Utikini River in Tembagapura, close to the Grasberg copper and gold mine operated by Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan.
    Suryadi said the group of around 30 gunmen, that police believe is led by Sabinus Waker, has surrounded the villages since Tuesday.
    According to the police, Sabinus and his men attacked policemen and Freeport Indonesia staff in a series of shootings in October, killing one police officer
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    NOVEMBER 9, 2017 / 9:08 PM / UPDATED 6 HOURS AGO

    4) Armed separatists occupy villages near Freeport's Indonesia mine


    A state of emergency has been declared and around 300 additional security forces have been deployed to the mining area of the eastern province after a string of shootings since Aug. 17 that killed one police officer and wounded six. 

    “They want to disrupt Freeport’s operations,” said Suryadi Diaz, a spokesman for the Papua police. 

    “(Freeport) is rich but they are poor, so they just want justice,” Diaz said, adding that the militants were a splinter group of the separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM). 

    Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said the company was “deeply concerned” about security and was using armored cars and helicopters to ferry workers to and from the Grasberg mine in the province’s Mimika regency. 

    He said attacks had been launched along the road near the town of Tembagapura, about 10 km (6 miles) from the mine, where families of employees - including expatriates - live. 

    He added that so far there had been no impact on production and shipments from Grasberg, the world’s second-biggest copper mine. 

    Last year Freeport Indonesia contributed about a quarter of the parent company’s global sales of 4.23 billion pounds (1.92 million tonnes) of copper. 

    Arizona-based Freeport, the world’s largest publicly listed copper producer, has been grappling with labor problems at Grasberg and a lengthy dispute with the Indonesian government over rights to the mine. 

     
    SHOTS FIRED 

    The mine has also be dogged by major concerns over security due to a low-level conflict waged by pro-independence rebels in Papua for decades. Between 2009 and 2015, shootings within the mine project area killed 20 people and wounded 59. 

    Papua and neighboring West Papua provinces make up the western half of an island north of Australia, with independent Papua New Guinea to the east. The provinces have been plagued by separatist violence since they were incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticized U.N.-backed referendum in 1969. 

    President Joko Widodo has sought to ease tension in the two provinces by stepping up investment, freeing political prisoners and addressing human rights concerns. 

    Police spokesman Diaz said around 1,000 local residents and migrant workers who pan for gold in Mimika were being prevented by the separatists from leaving the five villages. 

    Security forces had entered the occupied area on Thursday, police and military sources told Reuters, but it was not clear if they had been able to evacuate any of the residents. 

    “We are trying to maximize protection for the community ... because people have been raped and some have had goods stolen,” Papua Police chief Boy Rafli Amar told Reuters. 

    The water supply of Tembagapura town had also been contaminated with kerosene, Boy said, but police had not been able to ascertain if it was an act of sabotage by the same group. 


    Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch said police statements on the matter “should not be taken for granted, due to decades of independent journalists’ restrictions in Papua.” 

    “JUST WILD THIEVES” 

    In a video purported to come from the National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), part of the OPM group, dated Sept. 29, a guerrilla action coordinator named as Joni Beanal reads out an open letter warning of attacks on Freeport in order “to destroy it”. 

    “The main reason for the integration of Papua into Indonesia was a conspiracy by America and Indonesia in the interests of mining exploitation by Freeport MacMoran in Papuan soil,” the coordinator said in the video seen by Reuters. 

    Reuters was not able to verify the authenticity of the video. Papua police spokesman Diaz dismissed the recording as “old”. Freeport spokesman Pratama declined to comment on the matter. 

    Papua Military Commander Major General George Elnadus Supit said the TPN-OPM posed no significant threat and were “just wild thieves who are perhaps being used by a separatist group”. 

    Concord Consulting group warned that a harsh crackdown on the militant group could backfire. 

    “Militants in Mimika will be able to hide among the local population – many of whom share their rejection of Indonesian rule,” the security consultancy said in a note on Wednesday. 

    Freeport contributed $20 million toward Indonesian government-provided security protecting workers and infrastructure in 2016, about one-third of its local security budget. 

    The company paid $668 million to the Indonesian government last year in income taxes, royalties and export duties, making it one of the country’s single largest taxpayers. 

    The Panguna copper and gold mine in neighboring Papua New Guinea was abandoned in 1989 after a campaign of sabotage by the rebel Bougainville Revolutionary Army. 

    Echoing the situation in Papua, there was deep resentment among the indigenous Bougainville people about the wealth going to the Papua New Guinea central government and the mine’s then operator, Conzinc Riotinto of Australia Ltd, a forerunner of Rio Tinto. 

    Reporting by Fergus Jensen and Agustinus Beo Da Costa in JAKARTA; Additional reporting by Sam Wanda in TIMIKA; Editing by John Chalmers and Alex Richardson

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    Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) 

    Media Release 10 November 2017


    Tension in West Papua-Cause for concern


    AWPA calls on the  Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to raise concerns about the increasing tension in  West Papua with the Indonesian government,  asking Jakarta that it control its military in West Papua and urging the security forces to use only peaceful negotiation to resolve the present incident and as a way of avoiding further escalation of the situation.

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    According to reports an armed group  has taken up to 1,300 residents in the villages of Banti and Kimbely,  in Timika, Papua, near the Freeport’s Grasberg mine. 





    Papua Police spokesman Chief Comr. Suryadi Diaz said that  the gunmen are not allowing residents to leave their villages. The police believe  the group consists of around 30 gunmen. Sebby Sambon, a spokesman for the  TPN, denied villagers were being prevented from leaving. The police spokesperson said a state of emergency has been declared and around 300 additional security forces have been deployed to the mining area in preparation for a counter-terror operation. 

    Joe Collins of AWPA said “we are concerned for the local people in any security operation that takes place as it should be remembered that  the security forces have great difficulty distinguishing between what they term separatists and the general public. It is not uncommon during these operations for houses, food gardens and livestock to be destroyed leaving the local people traumatized and in fear for their lives".


    As recently as the 21st October it was reported by community leaders  in the village of Utikini  that a house was burned to the ground by the Indonesian Military Police. The Community leaders reported that police came to the village and set fire to the house, which was destroyed along with livestock.  The leaders claim the incident was sparked because  a car belonging to the PT Freeport mining company was shot at.  But they said none of their people were involved in the shooting.


    AWPA calls on the Australian Government to use its good offices with the Indonesian Government to call for the halt to any (or proposed) military operations in West Papua as a way of avoiding further escalation of the situation and avoiding further bloodshed.


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    Background to recent incidents

    A number of shooting incidents occurred in the Tembagapura area between 21st and 29 October. Freeport vehicles were shot at, clashes occurred between the security forces and an armed group, leaving one security force member dead and a number injured. The police have referred to the attackers, as either OPM, an armed group or a separatist group. The police believe the group is lead by Sabinus Waker. 

    On Saturday morning the 21 October, an armed group opened fire on two Freeport vehicles in Tembagapura. The driver of one of the cars received minor injuries.  On Saturday afternoon two Brimob members were also injured during a firefight with an armed group in Utikini village in Tembagapura district. 
    The clash took place as Brimob personnel led by First Inspector Taufik chased after the group that had shot at the two Freeport vehicles on Saturday morning. The two personnel were taken to Tembagapura Hospital. Although stable they were moved to Jakarta for a more intensive treatment in Kramat Jati Police Hospital.

    On the 21st October it was reported by community leaders  in the village of Utikini  that a house was burned to the ground by the Indonesian Military Police. The Community leaders reported that police came to the village and set fire to the house, which was destroyed along with livestock.  The leaders claim the incident was sparked because  a car belonging to the PT Freeport mining company was shot at.  But they said none of their people were involved in the shooting.

    On Sunday, 22 October, First Brigadier Berry Pramana Putra from the mobile brigade corps was shot dead at Utikini Bridge in Tembagapura District.

    On early Monday morning when the police attempted to retrieve the body of Putra, the armed group resumed its attack and injuring four police. 

    On Tuesday, the group attacked a vehicle of Tembagapura Hospitals medical team that was carrying a post-natal patient in Utikini Village. The patient Serina Kobogau was shot in her right thigh.
    According to Antara News (25 Oct.), during the sweeping operation in pursuit of the armed group, the police managed to take over the groups base camp and other camps around the Utikini hills in Tembagapura. The police have also found handmade weapons, a walkie-talkie, and some other equipment.

    On Wednesday 25 October, an armed group attacked a patrol vehicle at the 60-mile mark on an access road to PT Freeport Indonesia’s mine in Tembagapura, Mimika District. Nobody was injured.

    On Sunday 29 October the Brimob post in the MP66 area of Freeport at Tembagapura was shot at by a group of unknown people. "Our members were being shot at from an altitude from the left side from mile 68," said Police Chief Commissioner AM Kamal, Head of Public Relations at Papua Police”, Kamal said the members of Brimob had returned fire.

    5th November.  Five kiosks owned by local people in Kampung Utikini, Mimika, Papua, were set ablaze by an armed group at 2 a.m. on Sunday. There were no casualties in the incident. 
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    Time to Support West Papua: An Interview with Independence Leader Benny Wenda

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    On September 26, West Papuan leader Benny Wenda presented a petition to the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation (C24) calling for an internationally supervised vote on West Papuan self-determination.
    The petition was signed by 1.8 million West Papuan people, which accounts for 70 percent of the Indigenous population. It shows an overwhelming rejection of Indonesia’s claim of sovereignty over the region that it has occupied since 1963.
    The Indonesian government banned the petition, threatening those that signed it with arrest and imprisonment. So, the document was smuggled between villages in the region, which has been split into two provinces – West Papua and Papua – since 2003.
    Along with a vote on independence, the petition requests that the United Nations appoints a special representative to investigate human rights abuses, and that West Papua be put back on the decolonisation agenda.
    The UN decolonisation committee rejected the petition stating that it was outside of its mandate, which extends to the 17 states recognised by the UN as non-self-governing territories. West Papua was formerly on the list, but was removed when Indonesia annexed the region.
    The Act of No Choice
    The 1962 New York Agreement resulted in the United Nations assuming administration of West Papua, after former coloniser the Netherlands left.
    The agreement allowed Indonesia to occupy the territory in 1963. This was done on the proviso that a referendum be held to give the West Papuan people a choice between remaining with Indonesia or becoming an independent nation.
    Following widespread resistance to Indonesian rule, the UN brokered Act of Free Choice referendum was held in 1969. However, the Indonesian military selected only 1,062 West Papuan representatives to vote, and under threat, all of them voted to stay with Indonesia.
    Since Indonesia began its occupation of West Papua an estimated 500,000 locals have lost their lives under harsh military and police repression. Indeed, 9,000 West Papuans have been arrested by the Indonesian government over the last year and a half, according to the Free West Papua campaign.
    Neighbouring responsibilities
    Australia won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 17. One of the nation’s five campaign pillars was a commitment to be a voice for advancing human rights, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.
    In light of the West Papuan petition, it’s hoped the Australian government will extend this voice to support the independence of its neighbouring people, in much the same way the nation eventually supported East Timor in its moves towards self-determination.
    In September, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines all pledged their support for West Papuan self-determination at the UN General Assembly. This followed seven Pacific Island nations last year calling for global attention to human rights abuses in the region.
    A leader in exile
    Benny Wenda fled West Papua after being imprisoned by Indonesian authorities for his involvement in the independence movement. Since 2003, the Nobel Peace Prize nominee has been tirelessly campaigning for the rights of his people from the UK, where he was granted political asylum.
    Sydney Criminal Lawyers spoke with Mr Wenda, the international spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, about the success of the petition, the reaction of the Indonesian government, and the support his people hope to gain from Australia.
    Firstly, Mr Wenda, in September, a petition containing the signatures of 1.8 million West Papuans was released.  
    How was it to receive such an overwhelming response to a petition that was at times dangerous to sign?
    The West Papuan People’s Petition has become a monumental part of West Papua’s history. To have the collective aspirations of our people embodied in a petition, makes it more than just paper. It is the spirit of our nation.
    I can hardly describe the emotion and joy that my people feel when we consider the incredible effort that went into the signing of this petition. People risked their lives to put their names down, to tell the world that we want to be free.
    The West Papuan People’s Petition is hard hitting evidence of the will of our people for our fundamental right to self-determination. It is a firm rejection of the Indonesian government’s claims over our sovereignty.
    The petition calls for the United Nations to hold a vote on West Papuan self-determination. However, a UN brokered vote on this issue was held in the 1960s. How would you compare the differing outcomes of the referendum and the petition?
    One thousand seven hundred and fifty times more people took part in this petition, than took part in Indonesia’s fraudulent Act of Free Choice of 1969.
    That act involved less than 0.2 percent of the West Papuan population who were handpicked by the Indonesian government and forced to vote for Indonesian rule, under threat of violence.
    Our petition involved more than 70 percent of the population who signed in spite of threats by the Indonesian government.
    So, this petition is an expression of the true will of the West Papuan people. It was presented to C24, but it was rejected.
    How do you feel about the committee’s rejection?
    In terms of the reaction from the United Nations, the response from the Decolonisation Committee was the expected response to our petition.
    West Papua is not on the UN list of non-self-governing territories anymore, so the C24 could not officially accept the petition. But, our presentation of the petition serves to illustrate its key demands, including that the UN should “put West Papua back on the Decolonisation Committee agenda.”
    What is important is that we have shown the United Nations the will of the West Papuan people which cannot be ignored.
    And from here, what’s the next step with the petition?
    We have three copies of this petition and we’ll continue to use them as firm evidence to the United Nations, and to the world, of West Papua’s legal and moral right to self-determination.
    In West Papua, people are celebrating that their voices have reached the world, and that the world is now taking notice.
    The presentation of the petition was not a failure, it was an enormous success.
    How did the Indonesian government react to the petition once its existence was discovered? And has this transpired into any heavy-handed responses on the ground?
    The Indonesian government immediately banned the petition. They banned the petition hosting website Avaaz, which helped to run our global petition, throughout the whole of Indonesia.
    They also began to systematically try and stop the West Papuan People’s Petition from being signed, and confiscated and dismantled apparatus used during petition signing events.
    Not only this, but the Indonesian security forces also arrested and tortured 57 people just for supporting the petition.
    Local West Papuan leader Yanto Awerkion was arrested on April 30 for organising a petition related event and he remains in gaol, facing charges of treason, which carries a 15 year gaol sentence.
    To this day, he has been detained without trial and we appeal for his immediate and unconditional release.
    And what was the official response of the Widodo government?
    Since we announced the full figures and details of our petition, the Indonesian government has claimed it was a “hoax” and that it “does not exist.”
    If it does not exist, why did the Indonesian government ban the petition and arrest and torture more than 50 people for signing it?
    Our petition is no hoax. The real hoax is Indonesia’s fraudulent justification for its illegal occupation of West Papua through its Act of No Choice.
    It’s time for the world to recognise the facts when it comes to West Papua.
    Last month, Australia won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. The government said it will have a particular focus on human rights issues in the Pacific.
    What do you hope will come of this development?
    In West Papua, we look up to Australia as our big brother or sister in the Pacific.
    The Australian government now sitting at the UN Human Rights Council provides the perfect opportunity for it to fulfil its obligations in supporting human rights in the Pacific, including the human rights of West Papuans.
    We hope that Australia, our closest neighbour, will indeed stand up for what is right for human rights. And that it won’t turn a blind eye to the ongoing and systematic genocide still being perpetrated against its closest neighbours in occupied West Papua.
    We know, for example, that the Australian government cannot ignore the overwhelming evidence presented in the West Papuan People’s Petition.
    The Australian government takes strong actions on particular human rights issues around the world. Now is the time for the Australian government to also act strongly on human rights issues in West Papua, in its own region.
    Do you expect the Australian government will lend support to the West Papuan cause now it is in this position?
    In West Papua, we are fully confident that the Australian government will listen to us, will listen to the Australian people and will listen to people all around the world in demanding an end to the genocide and illegal occupation of West Papua.
    It’s not a case of if, but it’s a case of when.
    One day, we are certain that the Australian government will support West Papua’s inalienable right to self-determination just as they did for the people of East Timor.
    It is a historical, legal and moral reality that simply cannot be ignored.
    And lastly, Mr Wenda, what would you like to say to the Australian people?
    I hope that the good people of Australia and their government will not let their neighbours suffer alone, and will not forget that in World War Two, our ancestors helped, fought and died alongside Australian soldiers to preserve Australia’s freedom.
    Now it is our time of need, and we hope that our Australian neighbours will not forget us, but will come to our aid and help us as we helped Australia.
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    1) Papuan militants accused of hostage situation in Mimika
    8:34 pm today 
    Authorities in Indonesia say a West Papuan militant group is holding hundreds of villagers hostage in Mimika regency.
    The Papua province regency in has been plagued by violence in the past month, including shootings near the Freeport gold mine.
    Police say an armed West Papuan separatist gang are holding 1300 Papuans hostage in Kimbely and Banti villages near the mine.
    Indonesian officials have released video footage of an armed Papuan group assaulting several men held captive in a village.
    Papua Chief of Police, Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar said the armed group took away all the belongings of the villagers, and set fire to a number of properties in the region.
    He said police were taking a "persuasive and preventative approach" to end the hostage situation.
    The armed militants are being linked to the recent shooting attacks since mid-August along the road near Tembagapura, about 10 kilometres from the mine.

    Hundreds of additional military personnel have been deployed to the area after the shootings which left one police officer dead and injured six other people.


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    2) Armed groups blockade Papuan villages
    Amilia Rosa   Jewel Topsfield
    SMH  NOVEMBER 10 2017 - 5:44
    Timika, Papua: An armed Papuan group has occupied two villages near the massive Grasberg copper-gold mine as tensions escalate in the restive Indonesian province.
    Police said "armed criminal groups" were terrorising the area used by the mine, which is majority owned by US mining giant Freeport McMoRan​…..

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    3) Indonesia police locked in standoff with armed Papua separatists
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    1) Papua separatists dispute Indonesia's claim of holding villagers hostage
    Updated about 6 hours ago


    A member of an armed separatist group in Indonesia's Papua region has disputed police claims that it is holding villagers hostage during a standoff with security forces.

    Key points:

    • Separatist commander Hendrik Wanmang says Indonesian military and police want to damage the TNP's image
    • Police are calling the group an armed criminal gang and accusing it of attacks on civilians
    • Indonesian security minister has asked security officials to peacefully persuade the separatists to leave


    The remote region's long-simmering insurgency has flared in the past month, with one paramilitary police officer killed and six others wounded in attacks by the National Liberation Army of West Papua.
    The two sides are also waging a PR war, with police calling the group an armed criminal gang and accusing it of attacks on civilians.
    Hendrik Wanmang, who described himself as a commander of the armed group that goes by the Indonesian acronym TNP, said in an interview on Friday (local time) that Banti and Kimbeli villagers cannot go to an area the
     separatists defined as a battlefield with security forces because it is unsafe.
    But otherwise villagers are free to go to their farms and move about as they please, he said.



    On Thursday, police said a group of about 100, including 25 gunmen, were occupying the two villages and preventing 1,300 people from leaving.
    Several hundred of the people are migrant workers from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
    "It's not true, it's only the provocation of Indonesian military and police with the aim of damaging our image," Mr Wanmang said.
    "People there are safe, both natives and non-natives are free to do activities as usual."

    Area near US-owned mine declared a battlefield

    Mr Wanmang was one of two commanders who signed an October 21 statement warning of unspecified retribution against security forces for alleged brutality against indigenous Papuans.
    The letter declared an area near the US-owned Grasberg gold and copper mine as a battlefield.
    The mine owned by Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc is a source of tension in the region due to environmental damage and indigenous Papuans' resentment at profits from local resources being sent abroad.


    A low-level insurgency for independence has simmered in Papua since it was transferred from Dutch to Indonesian rule in 1963.
    The region, which makes up the western half of the island of New Guinea, was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 following a UN-sponsored ballot of tribal leaders that has since been dismissed as a sham.
    Indonesia maintains a heavy security presence in the region and restricts foreign journalists from freely reporting there.
    Mr Wanmang said police descriptions of TNP as an armed criminal group and accusations of crimes against civilians were a tactic to discredit the Papuan independence movement.
    "We are not a new group, we are not a criminal group," he said.
    "We are a separatist group who fought for Papua from generation to generation demanding the sovereignty of the people of Papua, demanding Papuan independence, separate from Indonesia."
    Security minister Wiranto, who goes by one name, has asked security officials to peacefully persuade the separatists to leave.
    Military commander Gatot Nurmantyo said in a statement on Friday that the villagers are "hostages" and the military is conducting surveillance of their villages. With police, it hopes to negotiate a solution but is readying other measures.
    "We are also preparing ways that are hard and must be done very thoroughly," he said.
    "Currently we are working closely with police and setting up a joint team in handling the problem."
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    2) Indonesia warns of tough response after Papuan rebels threaten Freeport 

    10 Nov 2017 09:10PM
    Indonesia's military said on Friday it was prepared to take tough measures against rebels who have threatened to "destroy" the mining operations of Freeport-McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua in their independence struggle.

    JAKARTA: Indonesia's military said on Friday it was prepared to take tough measures against rebels who have threatened to "destroy" the mining operations of Freeport-McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua in their independence struggle.
    Police say an armed separatist group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) is preventing about 1,000 people in five villages from leaving an area near the giant Grasberg copper mine, operated by a unit of the Arizona-based company.
    A state of emergency has been declared and at least 300 additional security forces have been deployed to the area after a string of shootings since Aug. 17 killed one police officer and wounded six.
    The group, the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), on Friday denied occupying villages near the mine.
    Hendrik Wanmang, a representative of TPN-OPM, said none of its more than 2,000 fighters was stationed in the villages.
    "We cannot mingle with the community," Wanmang said in a telephone interview. "That would endanger them.”

    Wanmang also denied police allegations his group had carried out rape and torture of civilians, saying villagers were "continuing to carry out activities as usual”. But he warned that Freeport employees and security personnel remained in the area at their own risk.
    "We are at war against the National Police, Indonesian military and Freeport," he said. "(TPN-OPM) will continue to fight until the root of this problem - Freeport - is removed," Wanmang said.
    A Freeport Indonesia spokesman declined to comment.
    Papua Police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said the situation in the villages near the town of Tembagapura was "conducive" and the community was functioning "as usual".
    "They aren't hostage, but if you want to get to these villages you have to get past this armed criminal group," Diaz said, referring to the OPM.
    Police were taking "persuasive steps" to resolve the conflict through negotiations and dialogue with community, religious and tribal leaders, he said.
    Authorities made conflicting statements about the situation.
    Indonesian military chief Gatot Nurmayanto said the group had taken hostages in the villages and the army would take a "hard" approach if necessary.
    Tough measures, including armed conflict, would be a last resort if negotiations with the group failed to resolve the issue, Papua military commander George Enaldus Supit said later, clarifying the statement.
    Wanmang said his group was not interested in negotiating.
    "If the government wants to send millions of national police and Indonesian military troops to protect the Freeport area, go ahead - they are just trying to protect the deception."
    The Grasberg mine has been dogged by security concerns for decades, as pro-independence rebels have waged a low-level conflict in Papua. Between 2009 and 2015, shootings in the mine project area killed 20 people and wounded 59.
    More recently, Freeport, the world's largest publicly listed copper producer, has been grappling with labour problems at Grasberg and a mine rights dispute with Indonesia.
    The Freeport dispute is likely to overshadow efforts by President Joko Widodo's government to resolve conflict in Papua, the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict said.
    "Any violence in the Freeport area can involve multiple actors with multiple interests," it said in a recent report. "Even if the OPM is blamed, Papuans will be asking who else was involved."
    (Reporting by Fergus Jensen and Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by John Chalmers and Nick Macfie)
    Source: Reuters
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    3) Indonesia police locked in standoff with armed Papua separatists
    News Desk AFP

    Jayapura | Fri, November 10, 2017 | 07:35 pm

    Indonesian authorities and armed separatists were locked in a tense standoff near a huge US-owned  mine in restive eastern Papua province Friday, with both sides blaming each other for what police claimed was a hostage crisis.
    Some 700 heavily armed Indonesian military personnel encircled two villages near US firm Freeport-McMoRan's gold and copper mine, where they claimed an armed separatist group was keeping 1,300 residents against their will.
    Villagers have been prevented from entering or leaving their small communities for two days, but have so far not been harmed, authorities said earlier Friday.
    "These people are from a criminal group that commit violence and intimidation -- what they want is war," local police chief Victor Dean Macbon told AFP.
    "For now we are prioritising pre-emptive and preventive measures. We still have not forced our way in because we don't want the villagers victimised," he added.
    The separatists, part of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), have been fighting a long-running insurgency marked by periodic bouts of violence.
    Backers of the group and an official at Indonesia's human rights body said the gunmen were not holding locals hostage but rather, protecting residents from the police and military.
    The villages are in an area where there have been a string of recent shootings, including one last month that left a policeman dead. 
    Natalius Pigai, an official with the National Human Rights Commission, said the villagers feared the military and suggested it was waging a public relations campaign to portray the separatists as criminals.
    "People are terrified, that's why (the Free Papua group) are standing guard...so the military cannot enter," he said, adding that many of the gunmen had family members in the villages.
    "I assure you there is no hostage situation. It is impossible (they) would hold their own relatives hostage."
    A Papua police force spokesman said the group was trying to disrupt activities at the nearby mine, but Freeport said it had not received any demands from the group and its operations were unaffected.
    The region is off limits to foreign journalists without special permission, making the accounts difficult to verify.
    Read also: Second shooting in two days reported in Freeport mining area, Papua
    Papua has faced a low-level insurgency since it was annexed by Indonesia in the late sixties, with Freeport's mine frequently a flashpoint in the struggle for independence and a bigger share of the region's rich resources.
    Authorities said Friday they have been communicating with local religious and community leaders in a bid to end the standoff. 
    However, Indonesia's top military chief Gatot Nurmantyo warned that the military was ready to end the crisis in a "hard" way if negotiations fail.

     Indonesia police locked in standoff with armed Papua separatists
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    By : Telly Nathalia | on 12:47 PM November 11, 2017


    Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli announced on Saturday (11/11) that 21 people from a Papua-based armed group have been listed as 'wanted.' (Antara Photo/M. Agung Rajasa)

    Jakarta. Police on Saturday (11/11) issued a wanted list of 21 people from an armed group that is besieging two villages in Timika, Papua.

    The militants have cut access to 1,300 residents of Banti and Kimbely near the Utikini river in Tembagapura district, next to the Grasberg copper mine operated by the Indonesian unit of US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan.
    "Around 100 people came to the location [the villages]. Those with criminal record are on the wanted list," Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar told reporters in a WhatsApp message.
    According to Boy, almost all of the militants carry weapons.
    "We want to capture them," he said.

    The men do not let the villagers out since Tuesday. Among the residents are 300 specialized gold miners.
    Police believe the wanted militants are led by Sabinus Waker, who tops the list. They are accused of murder, shootings and illegal gun ownership, and may face the death penalty, if convicted.
    According to the police, Sabinus and his men attacked policemen and Freeport Indonesia staff in a series of shootings in October, killing one officer.
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    2) Speaker of the Papua House: do not sacrifice the people
    3) Indonesia to storm Papua rebel villages
    4) Concerning Residents Held Hostage in Papua, House Commission I Urges TNI to Act Immediately
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    SATURDAY, 11 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 18:00 WIB
    1) Police, Military Prioritize Negotiation with Papua Insurgent

    West Papua pro-independence supporters shout slogans during a rally commemorating the 55th anniversary of the New York Agreement, in Jakarta, Aug. 15, 2017. AP

    TEMPO.COJakarta - The security joint team of the Police and the Indonesian Army has prioritized peaceful negotiation with the Papuan criminal armed group, which has detained 1,300 people in the villages of Kimberly and Banti of Tembagapura Sub-district, Papua.
    "The joint team has tried to contact the armed group leader. However, no negotiation took place, as they have not communicated with the security officers," Head of Public Relation Division of Indonesian Police Inspector General Setyo Wasisto said here, Friday.
    According to Wasisto, the officers have not received any information about any harmful activity or violence perpetrated by the terrorists.
    The officers still have not received any request for ransom from the armed group.
    The terrorists have given women access to buy food and daily necessities for the people, he added.
    However, the police stressed the people in the villages would be experiencing trauma due to the detention.
    The Papua Regional Police has coordinated with the Papua Cendrawasih Regional Military Command to handle the hostage incident.
    Indonesia Police Chief General Tito Karnavian also asked the security officers to prioritize negotiation efforts by involving religious and public figures.
    Chief of Papua Regional Police Inspector General Boy Rafli stated the hostages included the people of Banti and Kimberly villages, as well as non-local people who worked as traditional gold miners.
    The hostage situation is disturbing activity and endangering the life of people in the area.
    The hostage takers are armed with guns and weapons, including machetes and arrows.
    Security officers have estimated the total members of the armed group to be some 100 persons.
    The Police and the Indonesian Military have prioritized the safety of people in both the villages.
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    2) Speaker of the Papua House: do not sacrifice the people
    Sabtu, 11 November 2017 — 09:02
    Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,

    Jayapura, Jubi- Papuan People's Representative Council chairman Yunus Wonda asked all parties not to make people victims. Yunus's comments related to the shooting incident that occurred in the area of ​​PT Free Port Indonesia and visited the civil violence that had been busy circulating in the internet media.

    "After hearing rumors of shootings that took place in the freport area became a threat to the community," Yunus Wonda said after opening a Triangle Cup event in an autonomous field to reporters on Friday (10/11/2010).

    Yunus asks everyone involved as the mastermind of the shooting to stop, he also asks the authorities to take persuasive action. Because what has been a violation of human rights, in Wamena, Wasior, it was because of the sweeping action.

    He hopes the violence that could be aired on social media was not repeated. Jonah mentioned all those who had been opposed to quitting from unscrupulous things. "And remember do not let the people become victims,"​​he said.

    If the people are tortured then the action is not a struggle, but as a criminal act. Yunus explains the struggle for Papua is not by violence, what else is torturing its own people. (*)

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    3) Indonesia to storm Papua rebel villages

    Reuters NOVEMBER 12, 20171:51AM

    Around 200 Indonesian police and military personnel have been deployed in the eastern province of Papua where they say villages are being held by rebels.

    Indonesian security forces in the eastern province of Papua are preparing to storm five villages that they say are being held by an armed rebel group, police officials say.
    Around 200 police and military personnel have been deployed and are awaiting orders to secure the area, where an armed separatist group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) is preventing about 1000 people from leaving an area near a giant copper mine, operated by the American miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc .
    "Today the joint police and military forces have occupied various posts to be able to take action," said Papua police spokesman, Suryadi Diaz.
    "They will be taken dead or alive," he said of the around 100 rebels that police say have tortured and abused the villagers since taking over the area several days ago.
    A state of emergency has been declared in the area and at least 300 additional security forces have been deployed to the area of the province after a string of shootings since August 17 that killed one police officer and wounded six.
    The rebel group, the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), on Friday denied occupying villages near the mine, but said it was "at war" with the police, military, and Freeport.
    Papua has had a long-running and sometimes violent separatist movement since it was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticised UN-backed referendum in 1969.
    President Joko Widodo has sought to ease tension in the two provinces by stepping up investment, freeing political prisoners and addressing human rights concerns. This is the first escalation of violence during his term.
    Freeport's Grasberg mine has been dogged by security concerns for decades due to a low-level conflict waged by pro-independence rebels in Papua. Between 2009 and 2015, shootings within the mine project area killed 20 people and wounded 59.
    More recently, Freeport, the world's largest publicly listed copper producer, has been grappling with labour problems at Grasberg and a dispute with the Indonesian government over rights to the mine.
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    4) Concerning Residents Held Hostage in Papua, House Commission I Urges TNI to Act Immediately

    Saturday, 11 November 2017 | 14:45 WIB

    JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Chairman of the House of Representatives Commission I Abdul Kharis Almasyhari asserted the hostage of 1,300 citizens conducted by armed criminal groups (KKB) in Kimbely Village and Banti Village, Tembagapura District, Mimika Regency, has injured the sovereignty of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI). To that end his side asked the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) to act carefully to free the hostages.
    "This is no longer a matter of criminal groups, this injures the sovereignty of the NKRI, every inch of this Republic's land must be safe from any terror of this kind of group," Kharis said in a written release to reporters in Jakarta, Saturday (11/11/2017).
    According to member of the House of Representatives from the PKS faction, the TNI and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) certainly already have data and intelligence information relating to the case so we can confidently analyze the situation and conditions in the field to take rescue measures and other necessary actions, of course with cooperation and coordination with the National Police (Polri).
    "We want everything is done in a measurable way and prevent the hostages from getting hurt let alone someone is killed," Kharis said.
    This legislative member from Solo, Central Java, sees that persuasive efforts should be done especially when it comes to the safety of the citizens held hostage, but repressive efforts must also be prepared.
    "I agree with the decisive steps that the TNI and the Polri will take, but do not forget we must also trim the network of weapons and ammunition suppliers who have been taking advantage of the conflict situation in Papua," he explained.
    "The international world must also open eyes and see this problem in Papua more objectively. With this incident we hope that the role of diplomacy on the issue of Papua is also important to be further enhanced. NKRI and the whole country from the east to the west is the sovereign territory that must be respected by all countries. Lest there is any intervention in Indonesia's internal affairs," concluded Kharis.
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    1) Papuan villagers near Freeport mine conflict zone are 'safe' despite unrest
    Amilia Rosa   Jewel Topsfield
    Timika, Papua: A community leader from one of the villages caught up in a conflict inside Papua's giant mining area has insisted that all villagers are safe.
    Authorities had claimed an "armed criminal group" was preventing villagers from entering or leaving two villages in the mining area of Tembagapura, with military chief Gatot Nurmantyo at one point even suggesting they were "holding civilians hostage".


    "I would like to stress we are not being held hostage," Jonathan Kibak, a community leader from the village of Banti, told Fairfax Media. "No one in the village is being stopped from doing daily activities."
    Banti and another village, Kembeli, are located in an area where the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN) are clashing with security forces in a dispute over the massive Freeport gold and copper mine.

    The dispute is part of the long-running pro-independence movement in Indonesia's restive, easternmost province of Papua.

    The group sees the lucrative Grasberg mine as the primary reason why Indonesia acquired Papua, after a widely discredited ballot for independence in which only a handful of the local population were allowed to vote.
    The mine is majority owned by US mining giant Freeport McMoRan, Indonesia's largest taxpayer.
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    2) Indonesia delivers supplies to villages after Papua rebels' threat to Freeport

    Reuters Staff 3 MIN READ  NOVEMBER 12, 2017 / 3:41 PM / UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO


    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Authorities in Indonesia’s eastern province of Papua are delivering food and aid to villages where security forces say an armed rebel group has blocked residents’ movement, as police and military surround the area, a police official said on Sunday. 


    Police say a group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) is preventing about 1,000 people from leaving five villages near a giant copper mine operated by the American miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc. 

    “We continue to try a persuasive approach and dialogue,” said Viktor Mackbon, police chief of the Mimika area, where the villages are located. Talks with the group would be conducted through public and religious figures in the region, he added. 

    Officials delivered two truckloads of rice, instant noodles, and toiletries for the villagers.

     
    “Their access to these goods is not yet normal, so we must provide help,” said Mackbon, adding that the rebel group had not tried to disrupt the supply effort. 

    Officials on Saturday said about 200 police and military personnel had been deployed in preparation for orders to secure the area by force, if necessary. 

    Reuters could not immediately reach members of the rebel group, the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), to seek comment. 

    On Friday, the group denied occupying villages near the mine, but said it was “at war” with the police, military, and Freeport. 


    A state of emergency has been declared in the area and security stepped up after a string of shootings since Aug. 17 that killed one police officer and wounded six. Papua has had a long-running, and sometimes violent, separatist movement since it was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticized U.N.-backed referendum in 1969. 

    The incident is the first escalation of violence during the term of President Joko Widodo, who has sought to ease tension in the region by stepping up investment, freeing political prisoners and tackling human rights concerns. 

    Freeport’s Grasberg mine has been dogged by security concerns for decades over the low-level conflict waged by the rebels. Between 2009 and 2015, shootings within the mine project area killed 20 people and wounded 59. 

    More recently, Freeport, the world’s largest publicly listed copper producer, has been grappling with labor problems at Grasberg and a mine rights dispute with Indonesia. 

    Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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    Papua shooting shuts down Freeport route
    Source: 
    AAP
     13 MINS AGO  UPDATED 12 MINS AGO
    The main supply route to the world's second-largest copper mine has been closed following a shooting in West Papua.
    The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan has temporarily shut the main supply route to its Papua mine after a shooting incident, a spokesman said, amid escalating tensions between security forces and an armed rebel group in the area.
    No one had been reported hurt after shots were fired at a vehicle, but the main supply route to the world's second-biggest copper mine had been temporarily closed while the security situation was assessed, Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said in text message.
    Authorities in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua are delivering food and aid to villages near the mine where security forces say the rebel group has blocked residents' movement, as security personnel surround the area, a police official said.
    Police say a group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) is preventing about 1000 people from leaving five villages near the Grasberg mine operated by the US company.
    "We continue to try a persuasive approach and dialogue," said Viktor Mackbon, police chief of the Mimika area, where the villages are located. Talks with the group would be conducted through public and religious figures in the region, he added.
    Officials on Saturday said about 200 police and military personnel had been deployed in preparation to secure the area by force, if necessary.
    Police sad they will distribute on Monday a notice in the area for the "armed criminal group" to give themselves up and surrender weapons.
    Reuters could not immediately reach members of the rebel group, the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), to seek comment.
    On Friday, the group denied occupying villages near the mine, but said it was "at war" with the police, military, and Freeport.
    A resident from one of the villages, Banti, said security forces had blocked access to the village.
    Residents he had spoken were not being held hostage by separatists but "are only worried about what might happen if the police and military come into their area", he said.
    A state of emergency has been declared in the area and security stepped up after a string of shootings since August 17 that killed one police officer and wounded six.
    Papua has had a long-running, and sometimes violent, separatist movement since it was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticised UN-backed referendum in 1969.
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    1) Papuan hostage claims a distortion says Indonesian lawyer 
    about 1 hour ago 
    An Indonesian human rights lawyer says there is no hostage crisis in the Mimika regency of Papua province as claimed by police and government officials.
    Police said an armed group of the Free Papua Movement had been holding 1300 people hostage in the area near the Grasberg mine operated by multinational Freeport.
    The West Papua National Liberation Army, or TPN, recently waged war on the Indonesian state which blamed it for recent shootings on the road to the mine.
    Police claimed the TPN was preventing them from evacuating Kimbely and Banti villages.
    But the lawyer Veronica Koman said this was a distortion and that local people told her they were able to leave their villages.
    "Police and military have been patrolling there, like stationed there. And what prevents the villagers to go back and forth is that they are terrified by the Indonesian police and military," she said.
    "They are afraid that they will get shot. So that's what is actually happening there."
    Ms Koman was in contact with people in the villages, as well as the TPN, seeking to verify Indonesian media reports about the conflict.
    Indonesian police and military said they were trying to capture the perpetators of the shootings, which killed one person and injured several others in September.
    Police said their approach was a "persuasive" one, however, there were sporadic exchanges of gunfire, according to Ms Koman.
    She also said that contrary to Indonesian media reports, the heavy presence of the security forces was hampering, rather than assisting, the villagers' ability to access their food gardens.
    "They are being intimidated and reluctant to garden, so they've just been living and eating just by buying stuff from kiosks. But they've also been intimidated by lots of questions by police and military while they buy their food.
    "So the Papua [provincial] government has been trying to send food to Banti village, but police blocked this access," said Ms Korman.
    While police conducted a ceremonial opening of access to the village, the villagers still had not received the food from the provincial government.
    Meanwhile, the escalating tensions in Mimika have prompted Freeport to temporarily shut the main supply route to its Grasberg mine complex
    Indonesian police said about 200 police and military personnel had been deployed in preparation to secure the area by force, if necessary.
    Police had distributed leaflets in the area, urging what they called the "armed criminal group" to give themselves up and surrender weapons.
    Ms Koman said police had been referring to the TPN this way because they were reluctant to acknowledge the pro-independence TPN or OPM in any way.
    It also allowed them "justification to just randomly sweep people, burn down villages, and it means that they don't have a specific target."
    "These are civilians at stake here," said Ms Koman, who said that a local man, Martinus Beanal, had gone missing last week and that his family feared that he was dead at the hands of security forces.
    Police told local media that the TPN shot Mr Beanal, a Freeport employee.
    "The TPN Mimika stated that they declared war because Freeport is the very root of injustice and never-ending conflict in West Papua, and they will not stop, they are willing to die until Freeport is out of West Papua," said Ms Koman.
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    2) Linking Madang with Jayapura a long term plan for PNG govt
    22 minutes ago 
    Papua New Guinea's minister for works says it is a long term government plan to link Madang by road to Indonesia.
    Michael Nali said plans for the highway along PNG's north coast to the border with Indonesia's Papua region were still in their infancy.
    Under PNG's current coastal road network, the main northern towns of Vanimo, Wewak and Madang are not connected.
    Mr Nasli said he expected government to free up money this year to breach the impasse between West Sepik's capital Vanimo and Wewak in East Sepik.
    But he said linking Wewak to the east with Madang was more difficult.
    "We are hoping to get that built over time as money permits. It is not something that we will start today and finish tomorrow," he said.
    "But it is in the government's plan, and in the government's interests, so over time we will slowly be looking at opening up some of these major missing links."
    Michael Nali said connecting the road to Papua's capital Jayapura would open up a huge range of business opportunities for PNG.
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    2) Gemma Holliani Cahya The Jakarta Post
    3) Freeport Indonesia reopens mine access after shooting
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    MONDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 17:50 WIB
    1) Police Reveal Latest Development on Papua Hostage Situation

    TEMPO.COJakarta - National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Setya Wasisto has revealed the latest development related to a hostage situation in Papua. He said that a pregnant woman was allowed to leave her home in Kimbely village to deliver her baby on Sunday.
    Meanwhile, villagers of Kimbely and Banti still need food, particularly milk for children. The local government has sent two containers of assistances. As for medical aids, police expect to enter the region with medical teams.
    Villagers of Kimbley and Banti have been held hostage by armed groups in the past week. They are not allowed to leave the areas but they can continue their daily activities.
    Police continue to amicably resolve the conflict. The negotiation process is carried out with the help of religious and local figureheads.
    However, human rights lawyer Veronica Koman said that villagers of Banti, Mimika, have not yet received food from the Papua provincial government as of this morning.
    Yesterday, Veronica was told by fellow activists in Papua that the police and military have intensified their operations in the area. Local activists reported that the security forces held aids from the Papua provincial government over fear that the West Papua National Liberation Army and the Independent Papua Organization (TPN-OPM) would receive them.
    Veronica said that locals can still feed themselves out of their garden. But the number of security forces in the areas make them feel intimidated.
    “Instead, they eat at nearby kiosks; even then, they are still being questioned by securities. They feel uncomfortable and intimidated,” he said.
    She added that locals said that they feel safe but fear the military and police more than the insurgent groups.
    ANDITA RAHMA


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    Tougher steps needed to tackle Papuan separatist: Watchdog
    2) Gemma Holliani Cahya The Jakarta Post
    Jakarta | Mon, November 13, 2017 | 06:14 pm
    Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) presidium chairman Neta S. Pane has urged the National Police to take bolder measures to solve the ongoing hostage crisis in Papua.
    More than 1,300 people have been taken hostage in Banti and Kimbely villages in Tembagapura district, Mimika regency, Papua, since Nov. 5 by armed separatists from the Free Papua Movement (OPM).
    “They have been taken hostage for a week. The police need to deploy Brimob [Mobile Brigade] and Densus 88 counterterrorism squad. They should also ask for help from the Indonesian Military [TNI] to free the hostages,” Neta said on Monday.
    He said taking hostages was a new method employed by the separatist group, pointing out that “they have never taken hostages before.”
    IPW considers the hostage crisis as a more aggressive strategy taken by OPM. Citing its investigation, the watchdog said OPM had moved their headquarters from Australia to Suva, the capital of Fiji, a South Pacific island country.
    “Their shift in strategy is related to the changes in their headquarters and organization,” Neta said. “The government must anticipate the new maneuvers of these armed criminals.”
    Five shops owned by residents in Utikini village were set ablaze by an armed group on Nov. 5.
    In late October, a Brimob officer was killed during a shoot-out with armed assailants in Utikini amid escalating attacks in the mining area.
    TNI commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo said the military was ready to end the crisis the "hard" way if negotiations failed. (ebf)


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    3) Freeport Indonesia reopens mine access after shooting
    PUBLISHEDNOV 13, 2017, 12:58 PM SGT
    JAKARTA (REUTERS) - The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc has reopened the main supply route to its huge copper mine in Papua, the company said on Monday (Nov 13), after the road was closed on Sunday (Nov 12) following a shooting incident in the area.
    No one was reported injured when shots were fired at an escort vehicle travelling from the lowlands, but Freeport cancelled all convoys along the road on Sunday afternoon while the security situation was assessed.
    "It was already open this morning," Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said, when asked about the status of the road. The temporary closure has had no impact on production at the world's second-biggest copper mine, Pratama said.

    The incident was the latest in a string of shootings near the mine since mid-August that have killed one police officer and wounded at least six others.
    Authorities have declared a state of emergency and stepped up security in the area around Tembagapura village, about 10km from the mine.
    The separatist West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), a group linked to the Free Papua Movement, has said it is at war with police, military and Freeport. It was not immediately clear if TPN-OPM was behind Sunday's shooting.
    Police in Indonesia's eastern-most province on Sunday said they would issue a notice to an "armed criminal group" that authorities say are occupying villages in Mimika regency, where Freeport's Grasberg mine is located, and demand that the rebels surrender their weapons and turn themselves in.
    Freeport spokesman Pratama said he had received no reports of kidnapped employees. Papua Police chief Boy Rafli Amar told local media on Sunday that "there were reports that an employee of PT Freeport has been kidnapped by the armed criminal group."
    Pratama said police reports that a Freeport excavator had been used by the group to dig up a road to Banti, one of the villages authorities said was occupied by the rebel group, were also unconfirmed.
    About 200 officers were standing by to secure the area by force if necessary, police officials said.
    Papua has had a long-running, and sometimes violent, separatist movement since the province was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticised 1969 UN-backed referendum.
    Foreign journalists have in the past required special permission to report in Papua, and once there, have had security forces restrict their movement and work.
    President Joko Widodo has pledged to make the region more accessible to foreign media by inviting reporters on government-sponsored trips, although coverage remains difficult.
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    2) 'ENOUGH DIPLOMACY, TIME TO FIGHT!’
    3) Governor: If you ask for independence, negotiate with the state
    4) Indonesia to train PNG police in preparation for Apec summit
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    1) Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis
    6:34 pm GMT+12, 13/11/2017, Holy See (Vatican City State)


    Pacific Leaders have raised their concerns about climate migration during their audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Saturday.
     
    Vanuatu Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai said climate migration is now a reality for Pacific countries greatly impacted by climate change.
     
    “Island States have begun discussions on the options for re-location and re-settlement. We remain cognisant of the fact that re-location and re-settlement will introduce multi-dimensional issues that will need to be addressed. We echo the call of Laudato Si for the acceleration of international conventions that recognise climate refugees so as to ensure basic elements such as legal protection in new states, said PM Salwai.
     
    The Vanuatu leader was referring to Pope Francis second encyclical entitled ‘Laudato Si’ translated ‘On Care for our Common Home’ published in June 2015 which urged the church to acknowledge the urgency of global environment challenges and called for inclusive dialogue to find solutions.
     
    PM Salwai said the ‘Laudato Si’ ‘firmly and unequivocally characterises climate change as a human rights issue – calling for radical and urgent transformation of global politics and individual lifestyles to combat it.’
     
    “Globally, the rise in the number of migrants seeking to escape increasing inequality and poverty brought on by environmental degradation is indeed tragic. In the Pacific region in particular, the issue of climate migration is now a reality.
     
    “Stronger and more decisive global and international politics is essential to tackle the increasingly diverse issues relating to human rights. On a related matter, may I take this opportunity to reflect on an issue close to my heart – that of the alleged violations of human rights in West Papua.
     
    He said the world cannot continue to turn a deaf ear to the long-standing allegations of human rights abuses in West Papua.
     
    In 2016, Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, in recognition of the importance of this issue, agreed that this issue remain on their agenda.
     
    “Holy Father, at its core, Laudato Si urges the recognition of the vulnerable at all levels of society. The issue of West Papua continues to elude a formal international review mechanism because of the political sensitivities surrounding this issue and I must reaffirm the need for stronger and more decisive global politics to address the most critical issues that impact our societies and our people, said PM Salwai.
     
    The Vanuatu leader invited Pope Francis to visit the Pacific and witness first-hand the unique challenges faced by the peoples of the Pacific.
     
    Six Pacific leaders accompanied by other senior government officials and heads of regional organisations were part of the audience with Pope Francis on Saturday.


    SOURCE: PACNEWS

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    2) 'ENOUGH DIPLOMACY, TIME TO FIGHT!'
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    A West Papuan leader in Vanuatu, Mr Andy Ayamiseba, has publicly on his facebook called for armed resistance in West Papua with pictures of armed West Papuans.
    His call, made on Sunday, coincidentally comes on the heels of the stand off between West Papuan freedom fighters and Indonesian forces.
    On Friday the Jakarta Post reported that Indonesian authorities and armed separatists were locked in a tense standoff near a huge US-owned Freeport-McMoRan mine in eastern Papua province, in Mimika Regency, with both sides blaming each other for what police claimed was a hostage crisis.
    The Freeport-McMoRan’s Grasberg gold and copper mine is one of the biggest in the world.
    The Jakarta Post stated that 700 heavily armed Indonesian military personnel encircled two villages near US firm Freeport-McMoRan’s gold and copper mine, where they claimed an armed separatist group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM), was keeping 1,300 residents against their will.
    This allegation against the armed separatists was later denied.
    The Post continued that backers of the group and an official at Indonesia’s human rights body said the gunmen were not holding locals hostage but rather, protecting residents from the police and military.
    This area is out-of-bounds to foreign journalists, unless a special permission is issued by the Indonesian Government, so information obtained by the international media is from local authorities or individuals close to where the stand off was taking place.
    While Jakarta Post reported 700 armed military personnel, yesterday the news agency, Reuters, through Radio New Zealand, reported that officials on Saturday said about 200 police and military personnel had been deployed in preparation to secure the area by force, if necessary.
    The report further stated that on Friday, the OPM-linked group denied occupying villages near the mine, but said it was “at war” with the police, military, and Freeport.
    Jakarta Post quoted Natalius Pigai, an official with the National Human Rights Commission, saying that the villagers feared the military and suggested it was waging a public relations campaign to portray the separatists as criminals.
    “People are terrified, that’s why (the Free Papua group) are standing guard...so the military cannot enter,” he said, adding that many of the gunmen had family members in the villages.
    “I assure you there is no hostage situation. It is impossible (they) would hold their own relatives hostage.”
    Reuters and Radio New Zealand reported that “a state of emergency has been declared in the area and security stepped up after a string of shootings since August 17 that killed one police officer and wounded six”.



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    Original bahasa link at

    3) Governor: If you ask for independence, negotiate with the state
    Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,
    Selasa, 14 November 2017 — 06:05




    Armed groups declaring themselves to be the Third National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPN-PB) region III operating around Timika - IS


    Jayapura, Jubi - West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB) insists that it is only willing to negotiate with the Government of Indonesia, the United States Government and the Orang Asli Papua in the presence of the United Nations.

    "If we want to negotiate the negotiation on what should be clear, we want Indonesia to recognize the independence of the Papuan people," said Hendrik Wanmang, TPN-PB Operational Commander III Timika, Monday (13/11/2017).

    Previously, a negotiating team was formed from November 1st. This team consists of the Provincial Government of Papua, Mimika Regency and security apparatus (TNI / Polri). After the coordination meeting ended with the formation of the negotiating team, the Mimika Regent, Eltinus Omaleng, said that the team was tasked with approaching and negotiating with TPN-PB to ask what they wanted. The most important is the negotiation to stop the shooting. This team consists of church leaders, community leaders and mothers.

    Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said that what the TPN-PB requires is recognition of Papuan independence, it can not be negotiated with the local government. Because it is a state matter.

    "If they ask for independence, negotiations with the state, with the central government, the local government can not negotiate about it, the regional government is the welfare of the people, in this case the people of Papua," explained Governor Enembe on Monday (13/11/2017).

    Separately, a spokesman for the National Police Headquarters Setyo Wasisto said that until now the TNI-Polri in Tembagapura is hard to find who holds the authority within TPN-PB.

    "Because the negotiations must be the same who has the authority," said Setyo quoted by KBR.

    Hendrik Wanmang explained that the Indonesian government has deceived Orang Asli Papua during the 1969 referendum called People's Determination (PEPERA). Not only rigging PEPERA, the Indonesian government has also awarded a gold mine located on Indigenous Papuan land to a US company, Freeport McMoran, which took place two years before PEPERA took place.

    In response to these TPN-PB demands, Indonesian Institute of Sciences Researcher (LIPI) Cahyo Pamungkas suggested that the Indonesian government should resolve the conflict in Papua by dialogue with TPN-PB. According to him, during the conflict in Papua settled with weapons, until whenever will not be completed.

    "After the dialogue with TPN-PB, a dialogue with the Papuan leaders abroad can be continued.

    Cahyo also confirmed what happened in Banti and Kimbeli villages is not hostage. Because the community is free to do activities but can not be guaranteed safety if they want to get out of the two villages because they have to cross the armed conflict path. According to him, the armed group in conflict with the Indonesian security apparatus is not the Armed Kriminal Group (KKB) but is a resistance of a group of Papuans who oppose the power of the Indonesian government and Freeport.

    Based on his research, Cahyo justify the armed group is part of the National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNPB) within the area of ​​Military Command III in Timika. But he admits he does not yet know exactly who the leaders of this group. (*)


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    4) Indonesia to train PNG police in preparation for Apec summit
    Staff Reporter 11/13/2017 

    Five Indonesian police officers have arrived to help train members of the Royal PNG police prepare for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting.
    These  officers will  provide training in small fire arms and intelligence  sharing with a view to maximising the security arrangement during the Apec summit.

    They  will be training PNG police officers at the MacGregor Police Barracks  in Port  Moresby  over  the next  three weeks ending on Dec 2.
    Indonesian Ambassador Ronald Manik, when opening the training programme in Port Moresby, said that through this training, the experts  would share their knowledge, skills and experience related to the principle of use of force and firearms, weapon maintenance, including handguns and riffle skills.
    Manik said that they were helping  PNG police prepare for security operations upon a request from the constabulary.

    “With regards to the dispatch of expert on protocol and security  conference managements, this programme is designed to meet the particular request of PNG for protocol and conference  management since more international conferences  would be held in the year ahead, particularly in hosting the Apec Summit and related meetings in 2018.

    “In this regard, protocol and conference management play a key role in the convening of meetings.
    “A proper protocol conference management is a key to deliver  appropriate hospitality to foreign delegations  and to ensure visitors’ time spent will be positive and productive.”
    Meanwhile, acting deputy police commissioner for operations David Manning has welcomed the Indonesian officers.

    “Hosting Apec is not new to our Indonesian friends and we are pleased to be recipients of the shared knowledge, experience, and skills required to host a successful Apec year,” he said. The National
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