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    2) Unidentified gunmen attack Freeport car, injure one
    3) THE SHOOTING OCCURRED AGAIN IN TEMBAGAPURA, A WOUNDED FREEPORT EMPLOYEE
    4) Food Allotment for Papua Hostages Blocked by Armed Group: Police
    5) Police Use Persuasive Approach to Face Armed Groups in Papua

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    1) NZ's Peters asked to help end Papua standoff

    12:04 pm on 14 November 2017 
    New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters is being asked to appeal to Jakarta to peacefully negotiate an end a stand off in Papua.

    Winston Peters Photo: AFP
    The call from West Papua Action in Auckland came amid reports of up to 1300 people being held hostage in two villages near Timika.
    Indonesian authorities claimed the people are being held by an armed wing of the Free Papua Movement, but that group has denied this.
    The villages were in an area where several shootings had taken place, near the Freeport mine, since August.
    The NGO said its main concern was with the build-up of military force in a sensitive area.
    It said this could lead to more violence and it wanted Mr Peters to appeal to his Indonesian counterparts because a greater military involvement will only exacerbate an already tense situation.
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    2) Unidentified gunmen attack Freeport car, injure one

    Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
    Jayapura | Tue, November 14, 2017 | 06:15 pm
    Unidentified gunmen fired at a patrol car owned by PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) in Tembagapura, Mimika regency, Papua, on Tuesday morning, injuring one employee.
    The vehicle, which was on its way from Mile 68 to Mile 72, was entering an area near a helipad at Mile 69 at 8:20 a.m. local time when unknown assailants fired three shots at it, said Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. AM Kamal.
    One of the bullets went through the car door and injured Freeport Indonesia employee Raden Totok Soedewo in the thigh. Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel on board the vehicle began to open fire, but the attackers fled the scene.
    "The victim was immediately brought to Tembagapura Hospital while our personnel stood guard at Mile 69," Kamal said.
    At least 11 shootings have occurred in the area around Freeport Indonesia’s mine since Oct. 22, when Brimob officer First. Brig. Berry Pramana Putra was killed in a shootout with unidentified gunmen on Utikini Bridge.
    Police subsequently issued its highest security alert in response to the escalating attacks, particularly due to concerns that they might affect preparations for the upcoming elections for governor and seven regents in Papua.
    Papua Regional Council speaker Yunus Wonda urged all stakeholders to restore security in the area “through persuasive actions.”
    “Don't let such conflicts put civilians at risk,” he said.
    Some 1,300 residents of two villages in Tembagapura have also been held against their will for the past two weeks by an unidentified armed group. (ipa)
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    3) THE SHOOTING OCCURRED AGAIN IN TEMBAGAPURA, A WOUNDED FREEPORT EMPLOYEE
    PAPUA NO. 1 NEWS PORTAL | JUBI
    • Rabu, 15 November 2017 — 01:36

    JAYAPURA, JUBI - THE SHOOTINGS OCCURRED IN TEMBAGAPURA DISTRICT, MIMIKA REGENCY, PAPUA, WHICH IS AN AREA OF ​​PT FREEPORT INDONESIA, TUESDAY (11/14/2017). AS A RESULT OF THE SHOOTING, AN EMPLOYEE OF PT FREEPORT INDONESIA WAS INJURED IN THE THIGH.

    KABIDHUMAS PAPUA POLICE, KOMBES (POL) A.M. KAMAL SAID THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE AT MILE 69 AT APPROXIMATELY 08.20 WP.

    "AT THAT TIME, MEMBERS OF THE WEST SUMATRA BRIMOB WHO WERE SECONDED TO SECURITY, ESCORTED EMPLOYEES USING TEMBAGAPURA ZONE PATROL VEHICLES FROM MILE 68 TO MILE 72," KOMBES (POL) KAMAL, TUESDAY (11/14/2017).

    ACCORDING TO HIM, UPON ARRIVAL AT MILE 69, THE TROUPE WAS FIRED ON THREE TIMES BY THE ALLEGED ARMED GROUP.

    "THE GUARDS RESPONDED WITH A BARRAGE OF GUNFIRE, BUT THE GUARD STAYS ON THE ROAD, ABOUT 50 METERS BACK ON FIRE FROM THE FRONT TO THE THIGHS OF ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES," HE SAID.

    HE SAID, BRIMOB PERSONNEL RETURNED TO SHOOT BACK, AND THE ESCORT REMAINED UNTIL THE POST 69, RE-FIRED AS REPLY BY MEMBERS OF BRIMOB WHO CARRY OUT PATROLS.

    "UNTIL NOW THE SITUATION IS SAFELY UNDER CONTROL, POLICE MOVE, EVACUATE THE VICTIM WHO WAS SHOT BY TEMBAGAPURA HOSPITAL, AND NOW A TEAM MEMBER IS STILL ON ALERT AT MILE MILE 69," HE SAID.

    A SERIES OF SHOOTINGS IN TEMBAGAPURA, OCCURRED SINCE LATE OCTOBER 2017.

    A NEGOTIATING TEAM WAS FORMED FROM 1 NOVEMBER 2017. 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 MIMIKA REGENT'S NEGOTIATING TEAM, ELTINUS OMALENG THEN SAID THAT THE TEAM WAS TASKED WITH APPROACHING AND NEGOTIATING WITH TPN-PB TO ASK WHAT THEY WANTED.

    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING 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.

    SPOKESPERSON FOR NATIONAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS SETYO WASISTO SAID THAT UNTIL NOW TNI-POLRI IN TEMBAGAPURA AREA IS HARD TO FIND WHO HOLDS AUTHORITY IN TPN-PB.

    "BECAUSE THE NEGOTIATIONS MUST BE THE SAME WHO HAS THE AUTHORITY," SAID SETYO QUOTED BY KBR. (*)


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    TUESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 21:50 WIB
    4) Food Allotment for Papua Hostages Blocked by Armed Group: Police
    TEMPO.COJakarta - The police claimed that they had sent two containers of food to the people who are being held hostage at Kimbely and Banti villages, Mimika Regency, Papua.
    However, the effort to send aids was hampered by armed groups, National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said. Setyo added that access roads to the villages have been blocked by the armed groups.
    “The government sent two containers of food. It turns out the people cannot access the aids,” Setyo said at his office on Tuesday, November 14.
    Setyo hopes the armed groups would let the aids to reach the villagers. He revealed that among the hostages are women and children. “Several days ago, there was a pregnant woman who needed extra food and milk.”
    In addition to sending logistics assistance, Setyo revealed that the National Police had tried to establish communication with the armed groups, which was later rejected. “We had sent a radio to them, but they refused it,” he said.
    To this date, the authorities are still in negotiations with the armed groups. The National Police has also named 21 suspects included in a wanted list for committing terror acts in Tembagapura, Papua. The suspects are still at large.
    Human Rights lawyer Veronica Koman dismissed the information saying that the people at the two Papua's villages were being held as hostages. Veronica claimed that the police has manipulated the information by saying that 1,300 people at Kimbely and Banti villages were intimidated. She also alleged that the police had manipulated facts related to the situation. ANDITA RAHMA
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    TUESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 17:40 WIB
    5) Police Use Persuasive Approach to Face Armed Groups in Papua

    TEMPO.COJakarta - The National Police continue to use persuasive approach to face armed groups in Mimika, Papua. The negotiation process is carried out through religious and local figureheads who have family relations with the groups.
    Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said on November 14 that police are avoiding shootouts with the rebel groups. He denied that police were afraid of facing the groups who held 1,300 civilians hostage in Kimbely and Banti villages in Papua. Setyo said that police are looking for the best way to avoid casualties.
    As of now, the military and police in Mimika could yet contact the leader of the armed groups. They could not confirm how long the negotiation process would take.
    The armed groups have held civilians, including employees of mining company PT Freeport Indonesia, for two weeks. Hostages in the two Papua's villages are not allowed leave the area but they may continue their daily activities.
    ANDITA RAHMAN
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    https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/37880210/indonesian-policeman-shot-dead-near-us-owned-mine/

    Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine

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    Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP) - An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.




    Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine

    The killing comes as police and armed separatists are locked in a standoff near Freeport-McMoRan's mine, one of the world's biggest, with both sides blaming each other for what police have claimed was a hostage crisis.
    Local authorities said unidentified gunman opened fire on a police patrol near the vast Grasberg mine in the early morning hours on Wednesday, following reports that a Freeport employee had been shot in the thigh on Tuesday.
    "The gunmen started shooting at the patrolling officers from behind before dawn. It was pitch black so we did not see who the shooters were," Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz told AFP.
    One officer died at the scene while another was shot in the back, suffering severe injuries, Diaz added.
    Papua has faced a low-level insurgency since it was annexed by Indonesia in the late sixties.
    Freeport's mine is frequently a flashpoint in the struggle for independence and a bigger share of the region's rich resources.
    Police said they suspected Wednesday's shooters were from the same separatist group who they claimed have been keeping some 1,300 residents in some nearby villages against their will.
    Authorities claim residents have been prevented from entering or leaving their small communities since the standoff erupted this week.
    "Their motive has been pretty clear since the beginning -- they believe they own the rich land where a big company is operating, but they are still poor and aren't getting justice so they want to disrupt Freeport's business," Diaz said.
    "We are still trying to negotiate. But it seems unlikely at this point. They (the separatists) are not even willing to send anyone to talk to us," he added.

    A spokesman for the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), which is linked to the Free Papua independence movement, said his group was behind the early morning shooting and other recent gun battles.
    But he insisted that armed activists were protecting villagers from authorities rather than taking them hostage.
    "The shooting near Freeport this morning was our doing," Hendrik Wamang, who said he is one of the TPN-OPM's commanders, told AFP.
    "(But) the hostage-taking issue is made up...We're afraid they (residents) will be hit by bullets. We don't want anything bad happen to them."
    A security source previously told AFP that control over gold-panning operations in the area was behind the tense standoff.
    The region is generally off limits to foreign journalists, making it difficult to verify the conflicting accounts.
    Shootings in the area are not uncommon, including that left a policeman dead last month.
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    2) Brimob Officer Shot Dead in Papua; Police Pursuit Shooter
    3) British Ambassador Moazzam Malik to Visit West Papua

    4) Police Adopt 'Delicate' Approach to Avoid Casualties in Papua: Spokesman
    5) Papua police face difficulty seeking release of 1,300 villager hostages
    6) Gunmen Kill Elite Police Officer in Papua
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    1) Komnas HAM want police to take caution when dealing with Papuan separatists
    Gemma Holliani Cahya The Jakarta Post
    Jakarta | Wed, November 15, 2017 | 03:55 pm




    Crisis: Police officers distribute food provided by the Mimika administration to residents in Banti village, Tembagapura district, Mimika, Papua. (Courtesy of the Papua Police/File)


    New commissioners of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) reminded the National Police to be cautious in solving the hostage crisis in Banti and Kimbely villages in Mimika regency, Papua. More than 1,300 people have been taken hostage by armed Papuan separatists, who are reportedly part of the Free Papua Movement, since Nov.5.
    Commissioner for human rights enforcement sub-commission, Amiruddin Al Rahab, said on Tuesday that each party involved in the crisis must refrain from actions that could lead to casualties, and ensure civilians have better access to food and basic needs.
    “Komnas HAM will keep monitoring everything […]. We don’t want to disturb the situation by making more statements,” Amiruddin said.
    On Tuesday morning, an unidentified assailant shot at a patrol car owned by US-based giant gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia, injuring one employee.
    Tensions have risen in Mimika after a Brimob officer died in an exchange of fire with armed assailants in Utikini, Tembagapura district, Mimika, in late October. On Nov.5, an armed group set ablaze five kiosks owned by local people in Utikini. (ebf)


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    WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 12:26 WIB
    2) Brimob Officer Shot Dead in Papua; Police Pursuit Shooter

    TEMPO.COJakarta - A joint force of the TNI Army and Brimob are still chasing after a group of armed men who terrorized Papua's Tembagapura city in Mimika this morning. During the terror, a Papua Brimob officer was killed by a bullet shot.
    Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said they are intensifying the pursuit operation because the armed men fiercely fought the police back.
    "We are still after them. Hopefully we will catch them soon so we can find out why they did it and what is their purpose," he said on Wednesday, November 15.
    At around 4:00 am this morning in Papua, a group of men bearing weapons got into a gunfight with the Papua Brimob's B Detachment around Mile 69, Tembagapura district.
    During the clash, two Brimob members were shot, one of them-- Brigadier Firman, died. His compatriot Brig. Head Rumente is still being treated at the Tembagapura Hospital.
    According to Kamal, in the last few days the armed group has been firing their weapons at members of the police and the army, as well as to workers of Freeport Indonesia and its sub-contractors. The group, he said, even attacked civilians in Banti and Kimbeli, Tembagapura District.
    Kamal said this morning's gunfight happened when the police were tracking down the men who shot at a Freeport car at the same location at Mile 69. During the shooting, a Puncak Jaya Power worker Raden Totok was shot in the head.
     ANTARA
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    WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 10:12 WIB
    3) British Ambassador Moazzam Malik to Visit West Papua
    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik will visit the provinces of Papua and West Papua on Nov 16 to follow up on several areas of cooperation between the governments of UK and Indonesia.
    The activities are part of the regular visits to several provinces of Indonesia as stated in a press release received on Tuesday.
    In West Papua Province, Malik will visit the cities of Sorong and Manokwari. He will thereafter visit Jayapura City in Papua Province. During the visits, he will meet local- and provincial-level partners and stakeholders, including business people, communities and academics.
    "This will be my third visit to the Papua region since I started serving as an ambassador. My visits aim to discuss issues of mutual interest, including climate change, education and development," he noted.
    Malik expressed interest in returning to the University of Papua in Manokwari City and encourage Papuan students to continue their studies in the UK, including through the UK scholarship scheme of Chevening.
    "The UK supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. We consider Papua as an important area for Indonesia. We support the efforts of the Indonesian government and society to overcome the challenges in Papua region and expect the province to enjoy stability, peace, and prosperity similar to other provinces in Indonesia," he said.
    The Chevening Scholarship is a scholarship program funded by the British government along with partner organizations. Indonesia was the fourth-largest recipient of the Chevening scholarship in the world.
    As many as 80 packages of Chevening scholarship have been handed out to Indonesians during the 2018-2019 academic year.
    The British Embassy in Indonesia continues to encourage Papuan students having strong leadership qualities to study in the UK through the UK's Chevening and Indonesia's Educational Fund Management Institute scholarship schemes in a bid to help the province realize its full potential.
     
    ANTARA

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    4) Police Adopt 'Delicate' Approach to Avoid Casualties in Papua: Spokesman
    By : Sheany | on 9:59 AM November 15, 2017
    Jakarta. National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto told reporters on Tuesday (15/11) that police are approaching the situation involving an armed group besieging two villages in Timika, Papua, "delicately" to avoid casualties.
    "The police are still hoping to achieve a resolution through persuasive efforts, we don’t want any casualties. We want to resolve this issue in Banti and Kimbely delicately," Setyo said.
    A group of gunmen known as the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) allegedly laid siege to Banti and Kimbely -- two villages in Timika, Papua, which are home to more than 1,300 residents -- for more than two weeks.
    Banti and Kimbely are located near the Utikini river in Tembagapura district, next to the Grasberg copper mine operated by the Indonesian unit of US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan.
    According to Setyo, police are refraining from asserting a hard-power approach.
    "It’s not that the police are incapable [of fighting back], but if we are assertive we will definitely incur casualties. So we’re trying our best to take the persuasive approach [through negotiations]," Setyo said.
    He added that the government has sent two containers of food supply for the villagers, but they have yet to gain full access because the roads to the villages have been blocked.
    Local authorities are currently in the middle of negotiations with the armed group. Setyo said police have attempted to provide a more effective means of communication by providing radios, though this measure was refused by the group.
    The police have claimed that the siege was sparked by economic issues, though the spokesman did not dismiss the possibility of other factors contributing to the situation.
    "We are certain that economic issues played a role, but there are other factors that we need to look into, which must be based on facts," Setyo said.
    On Tuesday morning, unknown gunmen shot at a vehicle owned by Freeport Indonesia, injuring one.
    Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said the gunmen are provocateurs who want to disturb peace in the region.
    Papua Police on Saturday issued a wanted list of 21 men from the armed group that cut access to 1,300 people in Banti and Kimbely villages in Tembagapura last week.
    Police believe the militants are led by Sabinus Waker.


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    5) Papua police face difficulty seeking release of 1,300 villager hostages
    Jakarta | Wed, November 15, 2017 | 04:17 pm
    The National Police have said they found it difficult to provide assistance to 1,300 people in Banti and Kimbely villages in Tembagapura district, Mimika regency, Papua, who have become hostages of a Papuan separatist group.
    Armed separatists from the Free Papua Movement (OPM) have been holding the residents hostage since Nov. 5.
    Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said on Tuesday that the group had closed all the access points to enter the villages.
    "They made holes in the roads and set obstructions, so we could not use the roads," Setyo said as quoted by kompas.com. He added that the police also found it difficult to distribute assistance via helicopter because there was no landing area in the villages.
    "There's no base for airplanes or helicopters to land. It is a mountainous area with cold, thick fog," Setyo added.
    He went on to say that OPM members had been hiding around the villages. They sometimes climbed up the mountain and stayed in the villages.
    Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) presidium chairman Neta S. Pane previously cited the hostage crisis as a more aggressive strategy taken by the 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 on Monday. “The government must anticipate the new maneuvers of these armed criminals.” (foy)


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    6) Gunmen Kill Elite Police Officer in Papua
    By : Telly Nathalia | on 8:59 PM November 15, 2017
    Jakarta. Gunmen opened fire on police investigators, killing one and injuring another near the Grasberg mine operated by the Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan in Mimika, Papua, on Wednesday (15/11).
    The shooting took place just a day after armed men shot at a Freeport Indonesia vehicle, wounding an employee.
    "Two members of the Police's Mobile Brigade [Brimob] were shot by an armed group while on patrol," Papua Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Commr. Suryadi Diaz said.
    He said the body of Brig. Firman and wounded Brig. Yongky Rumte were taken to the district's capital Timika by helicopter.
    Police are searching for the assailants.
    Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar told reporters in a message sent through WhatsApp that the armed group was formed in 2015. While no incidents were reported in 2016, the gunmen became active in September and are now besieging two villages in the district, Banti and Kimbely, which are home to more than 1,300 residents.
    Police are trying to resolve the situation through persuasive measures to avoid casualties.
    According to National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasito, food supplies were sent to the villages that have been sealed off since more than two weeks.
    Local authorities are in the middle of negotiations with the armed group. Setyo said police have tried to provide mobile radios to improve communication, but this measure was rejected by the gunmen.
    While police said the siege was triggered by economic issues, Setyo did not dismiss the possibility that other factors involved.
    Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said the gunmen are provocateurs who want to disturb the peace in the region.
    Last weekend, police issued a wanted list of 21 members of the group, which they believe is led by Sabinus Waker.
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    A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
    Original bahasa link at
    http://tabloidjubi.com/artikel-11549-dewan-pers-diminta-usut-media-yang-memberitakan-penyanderaan-di-papua.html

    The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua
    Rabu, 15 November 2017 — 19:58
    Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,


    Ilustrasi - Dok. Jubi


    Jayapura, Jubi - Around 80 civil society organizations and individuals actively engaged in labor movements, farmers, students, students, intellectuals, youth, religious groups, journalists, freedom of expression activists, public lawyers, literacy activists and art community urged the Press Council to investigate alleged violations of ethics by a number of mass media and journalists in the news about the recent conflicts in Papua.

    Civil Society Organizations and Individuals who joined the Gema Demokrasi (GEDOR) through the release received editorial Jubi, Wednesday (15/11/2017) said since the circulation of information took place around 1,300 villagers Kimbely and Banti Village by armed groups (KKB) Mimika Police Chief AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon interviewed by journalist tagar.id on November 9, 2017, has clarified that there is actually no hostage against the villagers of Kimbely and Banti.

    "We see that a number of major media such as television, online / digital, and print still often declare the event is a hostage," said Ade Wahyudin of LBH Press in the press release.

    He continued, the hostage phrase used by some of the media against the above events is excessive and can lead to new conflicts. The word meaning of hostage taking, according to KBBI is an act of captivating people to be guaranteed.

    "The fact is as revealed by Police Chief Mimika and Public Relations Papua Police that there is no hostage and people can still move," said Ade.

    Through the release also, SafeNet activist Damar Juniarto expects the media to learn what happened to East Timor as stated by Chairman of the Press Council, Stanley Adi Prasetyo in a discussion on press freedom in Papua, that "closing information is similar to sweeping dust into the carpet. At that time, the government's control over the media was very strong. No one media dared to bring down the news related to the facts that actually happened in the 27th province of Indonesia at that time.

    "Even if there is coverage, yes, when officials come to the capital Dili and can be a festive reception complete with dances. Everyone was surprised to learn that the people of East Timor chose independence when offered special autonomy, "said Damar.

    Damar added that the media and journalists should now immediately have a new awareness that the new press freedom of this corn age should be treated together. This freedom of the press also belongs to all the people of Indonesia, and it can take place only by delivering news that is completely independent and adheres to journalistic ethics standards.

    "We urge the Press Council to investigate the violation of the journalistic code of ethics perpetrated by a number of media while reporting on the recent condition of Papua by following up the complaint letter that will be sent by Gema Demokrasi," Damar continued.

    Separately, Press Council specialists in Papua and West Papua, Victor Mambor, said that the conflict about Papua has not changed, often violating journalism ethics. One is not testing the information obtained.

    "Information from the security apparatus without being tested is true, instantly made into news. This is not true in making a story, especially if it is related to the conflict, "Mambor said.

    According to him, should the news about Papua is better now, because more and more journalists in Indonesia, especially in Papua who passed the competence test of journalists / journalists.

    "It must be admitted that accessing resources other than the security apparatus is very difficult. But it has become the duty of journalists to meet the standards of news that made for the credibility of the media awake, "added the former Chairman of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jayapura this city.

    In addition to requesting the Press Council to investigate ethical violations committed by a number of mass media, GEDOR also urges the media not to use hostage phrases and must present factual, accurate and balanced news, and not just rely on a single source.

    The GEDOR also urged the security forces, both the Police and the TNI to put forward a persuasive effort so that no casualties would fall due to this event, and stop disseminating information that did not match the facts. (*)
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    West Papua taking on the world
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    Preliminary meeting to confirm date of meeting .Standing are Job Dalesa and Paula Makabory and Andy Ayamiseba (at right sitting)
    By Len Garae

    “We are going to take on the world, to challenge the world to see us on legal basis for West Papuan right that was abandoned by the United Nations and the international community.
    “Historically, it has always been Vanuatu that has been involved in our West Papua struggle and this explains why our United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) is set up in Vanuatu.”
    Assistant to the Executive Council of ULMWP, Paula Makabory makes the statement in her capacity as strategist mandated to work with the West Papua Unification Committee, to formalise the agenda for the annual general meeting of ULMWP from November 24 to December 1 in Port Vila.
    Longtime resident of Vanuatu and member of the Executive Council of ULMWP Andy Ayamiseba also joins Makabory to confirm the date of the AGM as November 24 to December 1.
    The completion of the first term of the ULMWP will be celebrated with the raising of West Papua’s beloved Morning Star Flag on December 1.
    She thanks the Vanuatu National Council of Chiefs and Government, the Opposition and people of Vanuatu for all their support.
    While the items of the agenda of the meeting remain confidential to the delegates, she says they will endorse the interim bylaws of ULMWP and evaluate the achievements of the organisation. The committee will also announce the result of the AGM on December 1.
    Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of Vanuatu Free West Papua Association Pastor Allen Nafuki, Job Dalesa says they are more than willing to facilitate both the opening and closing ceremony of the meeting.
    The spokesman asks all churches throughout the country to pray for the people of West Papua to achieve self-determination as soon as possible.
    “The purpose of the meeting is to evaluate the achievements of the organization since its formation at the Chiefs Nakamal in Port Vila in 2014, to unite the three main resistance groups in West Papua, who have dared to stand up to work for the people of West Papua, to achieve their right to achieve self-determination and political independence,” she says.
    One of the priorities was a call from the Melanesian Spearhead Group for all members of ULMWP to unite to work as one, to help MSG make the decision on their application for full membership of the Sub Regional Melanesian Organisation.
    Makagory explains, “We have completed our work term from 2014 to 2017 and in line with the request from MSG, now we are still waiting to hear the outcome of our request for full membership of MSG.
    “We are going to evaluate our achievements, our challenges and how to encourage other members of the United Nations to stand up for West Papua.
    “Also we will be drawing up our work programme for our second term.
    “We are looking forward to Pacific Island States as well as ACP and EU countries to stand for West Papua and support us to achieve our self-determination.”
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    2) Fire hits Freeport Indonesia port facility in Papua - company sources

    3) Firm action to be last resort in dealing with hostage-taking in Papua

    4) Another Papua police death 

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    A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
    Original bahasa link at
    http://tabloidjubi.com/artikel-11593-gudang-di-pelabuhan-pengapalan-konsentrat-ptfi-terbakar.html

    1) The warehouse at PT Freeport's shipping port is on fire
    Kamis, 16 November 2017 — 22:03
    Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,




                                                 Fires in the PTFI concentration shipment warehouse - IST



    Jayapura, Jubi - Concentrated drying port of PT. Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) in Timika located at Amamapare Port, Portsite burned around 19.09 local time.

    There has been no official information from PTFI regarding the cause of the fire. This fire incident was delivered by some PTFI workers at Portsite.

    But the fire was mentioned in the 2nd warehouse, precisely at the conveyor position (8DC / 8010 Raport Taflon conveyor) Police, through the Papua Police Public Relations Division, Kombespol Ahmad Kamal said the fire was reported by PTFI at 18:25 local time The fire could be extinguished at 18.50 by the PTFI ERG team.

    Portsite is a very important part of PTFI's activities as a means of receiving necessary materials and equipment and sending PTFI concentrates on board. As the final process, the concentrate from the warehouse is loaded onto the vessel using a conveyor. The concentrate vessel is partially loaded on the dock 'concentrate jetty' and then the ship docks at Sea Buoy A (offshore) to complete the rest of the loading by using a barge. The use of barges is necessary because of the depth of water that does not allow transports for full loading directly. Every year we ship a concentrate of more than 100 ships.

    As a result of this fire, it is likely that the concentrate delivery process will be hampered due to the burning of conveyors that usually connect the plant with concentrate transport vessel. This port is also the only shipping place for PTFI mined minerals concentrate.

    PTFI spokesman Riza Pratama, who was contacted by Jubi by phone and short message, did not give any information until the news was published. (*)

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    NOVEMBER 16, 2017 / 10:30 PM / UPDATED 8 HOURS AGO

    2) Fire hits Freeport Indonesia port facility in Papua - company sources

    Reuters Staff

    TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 16 (Reuters) - A fire has broken out at the main port used by copper miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc in Papua, Indonesia, on Thursday night, company sources said. 

    The fire broke out at Amamapare port facilities where copper concentrate from the giant Grasberg copper mine is processed before loading onto vessels for shipping. 

    The cause of the incident was not immediately clear but maintenance had been carried out at the port earlier on Thursday, sources said. (Reporting by Sam Wanda in TIMIKA; Writing by Fergus Jensen in JAKARTA; Editing by Mark Potter)

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    3) Firm action to be last resort in dealing with hostage-taking in Papua

    Pewarta:  

    akarta (ANTARA News) - A joint task force, comprising of police and military officers, will do its utmost to use persuasive steps in dealing with a hostage-taking in Mimika, Papua, but firm action will be taken as a last resort if it fails to do so, according to the Indonesian police chief.

    "If persuasive means fail and if turns out to be a deadlock, then it would be impossible for us to remain silent. The state must not lose," General Tito Karnavian, National Police Chief, said here on Thursday. 

    Some 1,300 people, comprising of local indigenous villagers and migrant workers, have been held by the armed criminal group in Bani and Kimbely kampongs, Tembagapura sub-district, Mimika District, Papua Province, since two weeks ago. 

    He stated that the armed criminal group in those kampongs was taking people as hostages. 

    "It is said that they (the villagers) are not being taken as hostages. But what does it mean when people are not allowed to leave the area and are at gun point," he questioned.

    The number of security personnel deployed in the area is adequate, he remarked.

    He hoped that the hostage-taking incident would end without any casualty from all sides.

    The general, however, reminded that firm action could lead to a risk of people being harmed.

    But, the police would do its utmost to minimize the number of victims if it has to carry out a stern action, he explained.

    So far, 21 members of the armed criminal group have been named suspects in terror acts in Tembagapura and have been placed in the wanted persons list. 

    At least two police officers were shot dead and several other people, comprising of security men and civilians, were injured by the criminal group in Mimika during several terror incidents recently. 
    reported by Anita PD
    (T.SYS/A/KR-BSR/B003) 
    Editor: Heru Purwanto


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    4) Another Papua police death 


    An Indonesian police officer was reportedly shot dead in the latest allegedattack by militants near the vast gold and copper Grasberg mine in Indonesian Papua.
    Another officer was wounded in the attack on a patrol near the Phoenix-based Freeport-McMoRan mine, announced Papua police spokesman Ahmad Musthofa Kamal.
    A helicopter flew the men to a hospital in nearby Timika.
    The 127-km main access road to Grasberg remained closed, Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama told the media. The road links Timika to the mining town of Tembagapura.
    The National Liberation Army of West Papua, linked to the Free Papua Movement, has declared the area around the mine a battlefield and occupied two villages.
    One paramilitary police officer was reportedly killed and six others wounded in attacks last month, although Jakarta restricts media access to the troubled provinces of West Papua and Papua.
    The western half of the giant island of New Guinea was transferred from Dutch to Indonesian rule in 1963. It was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 following a UN-sponsored vote by tribal leaders that has been dismissed as a fix.
    Military chief Gatot Nurmantyo said: “The Indonesian military and police have urged the Armed Separatist Movement in Papua to surrender, but until now no one has turned themselves in. Armed separatists cannot be left alone,” he said, adding that “emergency measures” were being prepared.
    Freeport, the second-biggest copper mine in the world, has periodically suffered arson, roadside attacks and blockades since work began in the 1970s.
    On the national scale, Indonesia’s trade deficit shrank last month with double-digit growth in the value of both exports and imports.
    Exports reached US$15.1 billion in October, up 18.4 per cent on October 2016 and marking an increase of 3.6 per cent on September, according to Statistics Indonesia, while 16.6-per-cent median growth was forecast by economists polled by Reuters.
    Imports also shot up in October, up 23.3 per cent year on year and rising 11 per cent from September to US$14.2 billion.
    A trade surplus of US$900 million was reported last month.
    Indonesia’s military say it is preparing to step up operations. Picture credit: Wikimedia
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    2) Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near Freeport mine
    3) Some flee Papua villages in standoff with Indonesia forces
    4) Papua police demand release of 1,300 civilian hostages
    5) Renewed Papuan independence call amid alleged ‘hostage’ standoff
    6) PAPUA GOVERNOR: NEGOTIATE WITH INDONESIA STATE IN REGARD OF INDEPENDENCE
    7) JAYAWIJAYA HAS YET TO PASS HEALTH MINIMUM SERVICE STANDARD

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    Note comment from Press Council re reporting on so called hostage crises.

    The Press Council was asked to investigate media hostage reporting hostage taking in Papua

    Civil Society Organizations and Individuals who joined the Gema Demokrasi (GEDOR) through the release received editorial Jubi, Wednesday (15/11/2017) said since the circulation of information took place around 1,300 villagers Kimbely and Banti Village by armed groups (KKB) Mimika Police Chief AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon interviewed by journalist tagar.id on November 9, 2017, has clarified that there is actually no hostage against the villagers of Kimbely and Banti.
    "We see that a number of major media such as television, online / digital, and print still often declare the event is a hostage," said Ade Wahyudin of LBH Press in the press release.

    He continued, the hostage phrase used by some of the media against the above events is excessive and can lead to new conflicts. The word meaning of hostage taking, according to KBBI is an act of captivating people to be guaranteed.

    "The fact is as revealed by Police Chief Mimika and Public Relations Papua Police that there is no hostage and people can still move," said Ade.
    full article
    http://awpasydneynews.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/the-press-council-was-asked-to.html

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    1) Some 346 civilian hostages in Papua released amid crossfire
    Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian police and military personnel have released a total of 346 civilians taken hostage by the armed criminal group in Papua province amid crossfire on Friday, Papua police chief said.

    "Crossfire occurred during the evacuation process, causing (some) security personnel and evacuees sustained injuries," Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar, chief of the Papua Provincial Police, said.

    Amar, however, did not elaborate the number of security personnel assigned to free the hostages from the armed criminal group, that sustained injuries.

    The security officers released the 346 civilians from Kimbeli kampongs, Tembagapura Sub-District, Mimika District, Papua Province.

    Of the 346 hostages, 23 were children, he said, adding that the evacuation process was carried out on foot for about four hours heading to the Tembagapura police office.

    According to him, the armed criminal group (KKB) kept shooting from the height during the evacuation process.

    Meanwhile, Amar on Thursday demanded the KKB to release some 1,300 civilians that it had taken hostages in Banti and Kimbeli kampongs for more than two weeks.

    In the meantime, the indigenous Papuans living in Banti are reluctant to be evacuated and want to remain in their villages.

    Reported by Evarukdijati
    (T.SYS/A/B003/B/F001) 
    Editor: Heru Purwanto

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    2) Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near Freeport mine

    Sam Wanda, Fergus Jensen 


    JAKARTA/TIMIKA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua.

    Two police have been killed and at least 12 people have been wounded by gunfire in the area since mid-August. Police have blamed an “armed criminal group”, but others have said the gunmen were linked to separatist rebels. 

    According to police reports, the armed group occupied the villages of Banti and Kimbely near the mining town of Tembagapura, and had prevented an estimated 1,300 residents from leaving the area, leading to food shortages.

    Police and military leaders said they have urged the gunmen to surrender, but have also warned that tough measures could follow if their “persuasive” approach fails. 

    Residents were being evacuated to a sports hall in Tembagapura, according to a source at Freeport. 

    Mimika Deputy Regent Yohanes Bassang asked families in Timika to accommodate relatives being evacuated from the villages “to avoid further problems”. 

    Bassang said many of the villagers were from the east Indonesian island of Sulawesi and had come to the area to pan for gold. 

    The separatist West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), a group linked to the Free Papua Movement, has claimed responsibility for the shootings and declared war against the military, police and Freeport, but denied it was holding villagers hostage. 

    According to several residents interviewed by Reuters, military and police officers were preventing them from getting food from Tembagapura, where food aid was delivered in a cargo container on Saturday. 

    “The atmosphere has really heated up,” one resident said, referring to the shootings and concerns over food supplies and safety. 

    Reporting by Sam Wanda in TIMIKA and Fergus Jensen in JAKARTA; Editing by John Chalmers and Nick Macfie



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    3) Some flee Papua villages in standoff with Indonesia forces
    Indonesian police say they have helped evacuate about 400 people from villages in easternmost Papua that are at the center of a standoff between security forces and separatists. Papua police spokesman Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said Friday about three quarters of those who have left are migrants from other regions and the remainder indigenous Papuan women and children. He says there was gunfire from hills surrounding one village that was hampering police and military efforts to move people. Tensions in the region near the U.S.-owned Grasberg gold and copper mine have flared in the past month. A series of attacks by suspected separatists have killed two policemen. Members of the National Liberation Army of West Papua last month declared an area near the mine a battlefield with Indonesian security forces.

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    https://en.antaranews.com/news/113446/papua-police-demand-release-of-1300-civilian-hostages
    4) Papua police demand release of 1,300 civilian hostages

    Pewarta:  

    Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar, chief of the Papua Provincial Police, has demanded an armed criminal group (KKB) to release some 1,300 civilians that it had taken hostages in Banti and Kimbeli kampongs, Tembagapura sub-district, Mimika District, Papua Province, since more than two weeks ago.

    The Papua Police had asked the help of prominent traditional and religious figures to persuade the group to release the hostages, or to allow anyone wanting to go out of the villages for medical treatment and to get food, Amar told the press here on Thursday.

    "The people there are currently oppressed and intimidated because the group has banned them from leaving their villages. Indeed, they are not being held in one room, but they are very much oppressed. Communication is also restricted," he stated.

    Amar described the hostage-taking incident as a violation of human rights because the villagers have been intimidated and held at gun point.

    Some 150 babies and infants are facing food shortage because their mothers could no longer breastfeed them. Some villagers have fallen ill as food stock is depleting. 

    Since late October 2017, Waa-Banti Hospital, run by Amungme and Kamoro Community Development Institution, has ceased operations.

    Doctors, nurses, and other paramedics of the Waa-Banti Hospital had earlier been moved to safer area following a gun shooting incident committed by the group, targeting the hospital`s ambulance.

    Amar hoped that the group would allow everyone being taken hostages to leave their villages, and the police would send vehicles to pick them up.

    So far, the group had allowed just two persons to leave the village, namely a pregnant woman who was about to deliver a baby, and a 51-year-old traditional miner from Blitar, East Java, who is seriously ill.

    The Police and the Tembagapura sub-district administration have provided food in Tembagapura police office, but the armed criminal group has prevented no any villager from picking up the food.

    Several villagers, in fact, managed to escape and collect the food, but the group members later seized the food. 
    Editor: Heru Purwanto
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    5) Renewed Papuan independence call amid alleged ‘hostage’ standoff

    By Lalu Rahadian in Jakarta
      
    Conflicts in Papua province will not be resolved until the Indonesian government provides the Papuan people with an opportunity to determine their future through an international forum, says a leading advocate.
    Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) spokesperson Surya Anta says that the root of the Papua problem is Indonesia.
    According to Anta, the government must allow the Papuan people to determine their own future instead of continuing its “colonisation” there.
    “West Papua is under Indonesian colonialism. If we go back historically, at the time of [Indonesia’s] proclamation [of independence on August 17, 1945], the territory of Papua was not part of Indonesia,” Surya said during a press conference at the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) this week.
    Anta expressed this view in response to the reemergence of conflict in Tembagapura, Mimika regency, Papua.
    The Indonesian police say that in these districts — using police terminology — the activities of an Armed Criminal Group (Kelompok Kriminal Bersenjata, KKB) have resulted in access to the villages of Banti and Kimbely being “disrupted”.
    Papua police chief Inspector-General Boy Rafli Amar has responded to the activities of the KKB by issuing declaration Number B/MKMLT/01/XI/2017 dated November 12, 2017, calling on the KKB to surrender.
    ‘Disarm yourselves’ call
    Amar has asked that all civilians who control, carry, own or use firearms illegally to disarm and surrender them to the authorities.
    Amar also claimed that the KKB was holding hundreds of local people “hostage” in two villages in Tembagapura.
    According to Anta, the police’s claims about the residents in the villages in Tembagapura are untrue, issuing a counter claim and saying no one had been taken hostage there.
    “What we did immediately was communicate with civilian groups there. They confirmed that that no residents had been taken hostage,” he said.
    In Anta’s view what has been done by the Free Papua Movement-National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM) in Tembagapura has a clear political basis — to wrest sovereignty from the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).
    Nevertheless, said Anta, labelling the TPN-OPM an “armed criminal group” was an attempt to discredit them and labelling the group in Tembagapura KKB also obscured the roots of the problem in the “Land of Cenderawasih” (Bird of Paradise, West Papua).
    “Their political basis is winning sovereignty for the West Papuan nation which is under the colonialism of the NKRI,” he said.
    Anta also called on the government to immediately withdraw all security forces from Papua, close the PT Freeport gold-and-copper mine, release all political prisoners and open up access to journalists so that the problems in Papua could be clearly seen.
    Infrastructure not the solutionThe Papua Student Alliance (AMP), meanwhile, believes that the ambitious infrastructure development programme in the Land of Cenderawasih does not answer the basic problems of the people there.
    According to the AMP and FRI-WP, the main problem in Papua is a political one.
    Speaking in the same vein as Anta, AMP activist Frans Nawipa says that the frequent conflicts that take place in Papua can only be resolved if the government allows the Papuan people to leave Indonesia (NKRI).
    “The root of the problem is [Papua’s] political status which was manipulated by Indonesia and the military in the 1960s. No matter how long the government pursues the development approach, it will not have the potential to answer to the problems in Papua,” said Nawipa.
    Nawipa claims that no one in Papua has asked the government for this development.
    Because of this therefore, the efforts by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to develop the country from Papua would not have any significant impact.
    Surya Anta added that the construction of the Trans-Papua highway in the Land of the Cenderawasih would not be able to replace the lives that had been lost as a result of the “slaughter” by security forces.
    “What is needed is political freedom, freedom from all types of colonialism, self-determination as a national entity”, said Anta.
    Since Widodo became president in 2014, infrastructure development in Papua and the country’s borders has been one of his priorities.
    Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the article on CNN Indonesia website was “Desakan Papua Merdeka Kembali Mengemuka”.

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    6) PAPUA GOVERNOR: NEGOTIATE WITH INDONESIA STATE IN REGARD OF INDEPENDENCE

    Jayapura, Jubi – West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB) insists that they are only willing to negotiate with the Government of Indonesia, the United States Government and Indigenous Papuans (OAP) with the presence of United Nations.
    “If we agree to negotiate, the based and topic of negotiation should be clear, we want Indonesia to recognize the independence of Papuan people,” said Hendrik Wanmang, TPN-PB Operational Commander III Timika, on Monday (November 13).
    Previously, a negotiating team was formed from November 1st. The team consists of the Provincial Government of Papua, Mimika Regency and security apparatus (TNI/Polri). Right after the coordination meeting ended with the formation of negotiating team, Mimika Regent, Eltinus Omaleng said that the team was tasked to approach and ntiateeg with TPN-PB to ask what they wanted. The most important element of negotiation is  to stop the shooting.
    This team consists of church leaders, community leaders and elders Papuan women.
    Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said that if TPN-PB required recognition of Papuan independence, it cannot be negotiated with the local government, since it is a state matter.
    “If they ask for independence, the negotiation is with Indonesia state, the central government; the local government cannot negotiate on the matter, because regional government’s tasked is for the welfare of its people, in this case is the people of Papua,” explained Governor Enembe on Monday (November 13).
    Separately, a spokesman for the National Police Headquarters Setyo Wasisto said that until now the TNI-Polri in Tembagapura has yet to find the one who holds authority within TPN-PB.
    “Because the negotiations must be with the one who has authority,” said Setyo quoted by KBR news.
    Hendrik Wanmang explained that Indonesian government has deceived Orang Asli Papua during the 1969 referendum called the Act of Free Choice (PEPERA). Not only rigging PEPERA, the Indonesian government has also awarded a gold mine located on Indigenous Papuan land to a US-based company, Freeport McMoran, which occurred two years before PEPERA took place.
    In response to these TPN-PB demands, Indonesian Institute of Sciences Researcher (LIPI) Cahyo Pamungkas suggested for Indonesian government should resolve the conflict in Papua by dialogue with TPN-PB. According to him, only dialogue and not weapons can settle the conflict in Papua.
    “After the dialogue with TPN-PB, then a dialogue with the Papuan leaders abroad,” he said.
    Cahyo also confirmed that what happened in Banti and Kimbeli villages was not hostage taking, because the community is free to do activities but cannot be guaranteed safety if they want to get out from 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 group of Papuans who oppose the power of 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 know exactly who the leaders of this group. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)
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    7) JAYAWIJAYA HAS YET TO PASS HEALTH MINIMUM SERVICE STANDARD

    Wamena, Jubi – Jayawijaya Regency’s Government has not been able to reach 12 indicator of minimum service standard (SPM) in health sector, which is conditions to make local area continues to push its health sector in accordance with the regulation of the minister of health.
    “It slowly began to be fulfilled, for the sake of service to the community,” said Assistant I Sekda Jayawijaya, Living Wusono, after leading the commemoration ceremony of 53th National Health Day (HKN) on Monday (November 13).
    Before setting up 12 indicators, SPM have 18 indicators. “We are currently working on a program that touches the community, such as assistance to the Puskesmas’ (local health centre) service,” said Live added.
    Unfortunately he did not mention any indicator that has not been achieved, but he ensures has received various achievements in the field of health and it is the motivation to continue to improve performance.
    Based on the regulation of health minister number 43 year 2016 on health service MSM, the 12 basic service indicators mentioned include maternal health services according to antenatal care standards, maternal health services, newborn health services, toddler health services, health services at the age of basic education, health services at the productive age.(*)
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    Note. Lots of media coverage around this so called hostage crisis .
    The OPM has pointed out a number of times the people were not held hostage 
    and in fact the local people remained in their villages because it was their home 
    and also  of their fear of military sweeps. 
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    1) Commentary: Recent Gun Contact in West Papua Challenges Jokowi’s Development Approach
    2) Hundreds of residents escorted out of besieged Papuan villages
    3) Indonesia says Papua villages in standoff with rebels secure
    4) Civilian hostages being used as human shields: Human rights activist
    5) Joint security team takes control of Kimbeli, Banti villages
    6) Police, TNI Evacuate Hundreds of Papuans from Captivity


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    1) Commentary: Recent Gun Contact in West Papua Challenges Jokowi’s Development Approach
    By : Petrus K. Farneubun | on 2:45 PM November 17, 2017




    Students from the Indonesian Peoples Front of West Papua (FRI) participating in a protest rally in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Dec. 1. The group called on the government to better support the people of West Papua and to distribute more funding and development to the region. (Antara Photo/Yusran Uccang)


    Recent gun contact followed by reportedly 1,300 people being taken hostages in Tembagapura, Mimika, West Papua, by TPN/OPM, or the Papuan National Freedom Army, continues to demonstrate political and policy battles between Papuans in general and TPN/OPM in particular and Indonesian government.
    The area of Tembagapura, a subdistrict in Mimika regency, is the home to the world’s giant gold mining company Freeport Indonesia. It is an area of constant gun fights between the Indonesian security forces and TPN/OPM.
    It is also an area where political-economic interests and cultural-social identity was in a total clash for years. No one knows for sure when it is going to end.

    The recent gun fight has caused a number of deaths and serious injuries from both sides and it is not likely to end soon following a number of demands and conditions presented by TPN/OPM to the Indonesian government to end the fight.
    The demands, of course, are difficult to meet because they deal with sovereignty and delicate political issues.
    However, what is particularly striking, though, as reported by numerous mainstream media, is that the hostages are not only non-Papuans but also native-civilian Papuans, mostly coming from the same or neighbor tribes as the TPN/OPM.
    There are different assessments and interpretations dealing with the case. Some journalists including local journalists, community leaders and activists raise doubts whether the term “hostage” is the proper word used to describe what is actually happening.
    Jonathan Kibak, a local community leader, for example, testifies that there are no hostages taking place as claimed by Indonesian authorities and the activities of the villagers of Banti and Kimberly run as usual. Others claim that it is simply a manipulation of the real situation to justify a military action.
    For that reason, they simply describe the situation as temporary isolation done by TPN/OPM to restrict the movement of security forces in the area and to prevent people from entering and leaving the villages.
    When people are allowed to go out, it will put their safety in danger and make TPN/OPM vulnerable of being attacked by joint security forces of military and police.
    They also describe that it is strange to call “hostage crisis” because there is no crisis that harms the villagers and it is unusual that TPN/OPM would take hostages against the people sharing the same tribe with them. In other words, taking Papuan civilian hostages is not a common method of TPN/OPM tactics.
    An internationally famous incident where TPN/OPM took hostage was in January 1996 where 26 hostages, 20 Indonesian and four foreigners were held in the jungle for more than four months. They were finally released through a rescue mission.
    But whatever the terms and the situation are, this incident, of course, poses a serious challenge to Jokowi’s administration. Under Jokowi’s administration, his expectation is so high to end political battles by promoting a policy of development through comprehensive changes.
    For Jokowi, political battles between strong-held ideologies of the Unitary State of Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) versus West Papua Political Independence can be ended or at least compromised through comprehensive development approaches in Papua, a belief which was also shared by his predecessors.
    Although Jokowi’s approach reflects a continuation and change of policy from his predecessors, it is fair to mention that among all his predecessors, Jokowi is perhaps the only president who pays serious attention to develop Papua.
    His frequent trips to the easternmost region in Indonesia and his strong commitment to break the Papua remoteness and promote Papuan welfare by building massive roads and implementing one-fuel price policies for West Papua and other parts of Indonesia gives a strong signal that his administration is different from the past.
    It also indicates that Jokowi is seeking solutions to bring those who have different political aspirations to support him in promoting development in the region.
    In the last couple years and continued to this year, media has reported that several members of TPN/OPM have decided to surrender and stop fighting for a political independence following impressive development growth in the area promoted by Jokowi.
    Their integrations into society signify a major transformation from active guerilla combatants to non-combatants and it is a key aspect to achieve peace by integrating and disarming the active combatant groups.
    The government built them houses and promised to improve their welfare once they were integrated into society but this was not followed by empowerment and peacebuilding initiatives. As a result, constant fighting and resistance still continue.
    And the recent incident of gun contact has illustrated once again that the political and policy battles are still far from over and the new approach needs to be done.
    One one hand, Jokowi’s government has begun to initiate a comprehensive and sustainable development approach to Papua. But on the other hand, the security approach is still strongly embraced. This is counter-productive and likely to affect the overall initiatives of Jokowi.
    It is true that although the dominant security approach has been minimal following the introduction of prosperity approach through a special autonomy law granted in 2001, the security approach remains strong in practice.
    Of course, it is not easy to withdraw security forces from West Papua due to active separatist groups in the region but the large presence of security forces and excessive use of force will lead to unprecedented consequences.
    As a matter of fact, a number of human rights reports have repeatedly revealed how the presence of security forces and the unnecessary use of force against Papuans have exacerbated the conditions and led to continuing human rights violations.
    In addition, although recent approach by Jokowi who strongly emphasizes infrastructure development which is expected to connect villages to villages in Papua in order to promote economic development in the area, the resistance from Papuans against central government will likely to continue.
    The issue of civil resistance among Papuans is not new. It has lasted before and after Papua integrated into Indonesia in 1969 through Act of Free Choice.
    Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) has indicated that there are four root causes of conflicts in Papua: marginalization and discrimination, failure of development, political and history contradiction, accountability of human rights violations.
    The Jokowi government appears to have addressed the first two issues seriously but not other two. His initiative to uplift restrictions of foreign journalists to West Papua in 2015 to monitor human rights conditions and the region development received strong resistance from other state authorities.
    Indeed, to solve the persisting problems in Papua, it is not enough to take one aspect of the policy and leaving the others behind, but all should be taken. In other words, a comprehensive measure needs to be taken to ensure a productive and mutual understanding, trust and stable conditions.
    It is also important to show that Jokowi’s government does not primarily focus on development issues but also political and human rights issues, a key to achieve peace and justice.
    Petrus K. Farneubun teaches international relations at the Cenderawasih University in West Papua. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in the field of international relations at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, with support of LPDP scholarship.

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    2) Hundreds of residents escorted out of besieged Papuan villages
    Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
    Jakarta | Fri, November 17, 2017 | 05:38 pm


    A joint team comprising Indonesian Military and National Police personnel Friday gained control of Banti and Kimbeli, two villages in Tembagapura district in Mimika regency, Papua, that were reportedly occupied by armed separatists for the past three weeks.
    Members of Free Papua Movement’s (OPM) National Liberation Army (TPN) reportedly blockaded all roads into the area and prohibited residents from leaving the villages.  
    Papua Police chief Insp.Gen. Boy Rafli Amar and Cendrawasih Military District Commander Maj. Gen. George E. Supit arrived at Kimbeli and Banti at 11 a.m. local time Friday.
    “Thirteen personnel of the Army’s Special Forces [Kopassus], supported by 30 members of the 751st Raider battalion, gained control of Kimbeli village while two teams from the Army Strategic Reserves Command’s [Kostrad] Combat Reconnaissance Platoons [Tontaipur] regained control of Banti village from the separatists,” said Cendrawasih Military District Command spokesperson Lt.Col. M.Aidi.
    “Within less than two hours, they managed to take over the two villages and push back the OPM/TPN members. They ran into the forest.”
    Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. AM Kamal said that during the operation, security personnel rescued 150 people from Kimbeli village and 194 from Longsoran village.
    Hundreds of others chose to stay because they are originally from Kimbeli and Banti villages. “They were born and grew up in Kimbeli and Banti so they don’t want to leave. They only asked us to provide security and logistical assistance until the situation in the two villages returns to normal,” said Kamal. (ebf)



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    3) Indonesia says Papua villages in standoff with rebels secure

     By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 
    TEMBAGAPURA, Indonesia — Nov 17, 2017, 5:37 AM ET

    Indonesian police said they helped evacuate more than 340 people Friday from villages in easternmost Papua after security forces apparently gained the upper hand in a standoff with separatists. It was unclear if there were any casualties.
    Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said the villages of Kimbeli and Banti, where separatists stationed gunmen last week, were secured and 344 people including two dozen children were evacuated by bus to a nearby town. Those who left were mostly migrants from other regions while hundreds of indigenous Papuans stayed behind, police said.
    Diaz said in a statement that the evacuation was preceded by a two-hour security operation that "hit back" against the separatists. Earlier Friday, a spokesman for the separatist National Liberation Army of West Papua said in an email that a military surveillance drone had flown over the area. A commander for the group could not be reached by mobile phone.
    Another Papua police spokesman, Ahmad Musthofa Kamal, said that gunfire from hills surrounding one village had hampered the efforts of about 300 police and military personnel to move people.
    Indonesia restricts journalist access to Papua and police information is not always reliable.
    Tensions in the region near the U.S.-owned Grasberg gold and copper mine have flared in the past month. A series of attacks by suspected separatists have killed two policemen and injured more than half a dozen others.
    Members of the National Liberation Army of West Papua last month declared an area near the mine a battlefield with Indonesian security forces and last week stationed armed men in the two main affected villages, Kimbeli and Banti, that are home to about 1,300 people.
    A low-level insurgency for independence has simmered in Papua since it was annexed by Indonesia in the early 1960s. The region, which makes up the western half of the island of New Guinea, was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 following a U.N.-sponsored ballot of tribal leaders that has since been dismissed as a sham.
    Police had made contradictory statements about the status of the villagers, initially calling them hostages and then in other instances saying their movements were not being restricted.
    A commander of the armed separatist group, which uses the Indonesian acronym TNP, told The Associated Press last week that villagers were generally free to go about their business but prohibited from entering the area defined as a conflict zone.
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    4) Civilian hostages being used as human shields: Human rights activist
    Pewarta: Antara  8 hours ago

    Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - An armed criminal group was deliberately using the over one thousand civilian hostages in Tembagapura, Mimika, Papua, as human shields in the fight against the state, National Human Rights Commission`s (Komnas HAM`s) Papua chapter revealed.  

    Frits Ramandey, head of the Papua human rights office, here, Friday, urged the armed group to allow access to food and medicine supplies needed by some 1,300 inhabitants of several kampongs being held hostage.

    "We urge the armed civilian group to not use the residents as shields. They must also open access to humanitarian missions and services," Ramandey emphasized. 

    The Indonesian police and military as well as the Mimika district administration have provided food supplies to the hostages in an area near the Tembagapura police office, but the villagers were petrified to take the food for fear of the armed group. 

    "Those food supplies and other goods are being kept in Tembagapura, as there is no access to drop them to those kampongs. Once again, please open access (to these supplies) for the sake of humanity," he reiterated.

    Ramandey claimed to have attempted to approach and communicate with the rebels, but to no avail, though several prominent traditional and religious figures had tried to help.

    "We have made continuous efforts. Regardless of their vested interests, access must be opened. The civilian community must not be used as a shield. People have now continued to fall victims to this," he remarked.  

    He viewed the several recent incidents of fatal shootings targeting police officers as criminal actions.

    "The Komnas HAM expresses its condolences over the demise of Police Officer Firman. What happened to the late Firman is a tragedy and crime, so law must be enforced," he affirmed.

    Chief Brigadier Firman was shot dead during a shootout with members of the armed criminal group at Mile 69 in Tembagapura on Wednesday (Nov 15).

    According to some reports, some 1,300 civilians are being intimidated and held at gunpoint in several villages surrounding Tembagapura. 

    Reported by Evariuanus Supar 
    (T.SYS/A/KR-BSR/F001) 
    Editor: Heru Purwanto

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    5) Joint security team takes control of Kimbeli, Banti villages

    Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The joint security task force has taken control of the security situation in the villages of Kimbely and Banti in Tembagapura District, Mimika, after being held hostage by an armed criminal group.

    "The security task force, led by Commander of the Papua Mobile Brigade, has recaptured the Kimbely and Banti villages at 9:30 a.m. local time," Head of Public Information of Indonesia Police Brigadier General Rikwanto stated here on Friday.

    Several high-ranking officers of the Police, such as Assistant Chief of Operations of Indonesia Police Inspector General Iriawan and Head of Papua Regional Police Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar, also visited the villages.

    The hostage evacuation process was conducted between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. local time amid the shooting incident.

    A total of 344 people were part of the first batch of freed hostages. They were evacuated to the Tembagapura Sector Police Office.

    Of the 344 people, 104 were men, 32 women, and 14 children from Kimbeli Village and 153 men, 31 women, and 10 children from Longsoran Village.

    The armed criminal group had earlier taken 1,300 civilians as hostages in the Kimbely and Banti villages of Tembagapura Sub-district.

    The police have identified 21 members of the armed group that are believed to have conducted the hostage-taking act: Ayuk Waker, Obeth Waker, Ferry Elas, Konius Waker, Yopi Elas, Jack Kemong, Nau Waker, Sabinus Waker, Joni Botak, Abu Bakar or Kuburan Kogoya, Tandi Kogoya, Tabuni, Ewu Magai, Guspi Waker, and Yumando Waker or Ando Waker.

    Moreover, Yohanis Magai, Yosep Kemong, Elan Waker, Lis Tabuni, Anggau Waker, and Gandi Waker were listed as members of the armed group. 

    Reported by Anita Permata Dewi
    (UU.B019/B/KR-BSR/B/H-YH) 

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    FRIDAY, 17 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 22:34 WIB
    6) Police, TNI Evacuate Hundreds of Papuans from Captivity


    TEMPO.COJakarta - A team of rescuers consisting of the National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) evacuated residents of Kimbely and Banti villages in Papua, who were taken hostage by a local armed criminal group.
    According to National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto, the authorities have successfully secured Kimbely and Banti villages at 09:30 a.m. local time.
    The first part of the evacuation process at 11:00 AM up to 12:00 PM was hampered by resistance from the local armed group. The first phase of the evacuation managed to safely free the first group to the Tembangpura Police headquarters.
    Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar stated that the liberation operation went as planned.
    “None of the residents fell victim,” he said in an official video released by Police on Friday, November 17.
    The evacuation process was conducted on foot considering that the route to Tembagapura was almost inaccessible. Authorities suspect that the road was intentionally damaged by the armed group with heavy machinery.
    Based on the temporary data provided by the police, as many as 104 men, 32 women, and 14 children were rescued. There were also 153 men, 31 women, and 10 children rescued from the landslide area. 
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    West Papuan soldier with modern weapon

    The writer of this article was sitting next to the West Papua Liberation Army (WPLA) Spokesman, Sebby Sambom at Golden Port midday Wednesday, when a personal report direct from Tembagapura by the Region’s Defense Commander of WPLA (TPNPB) Brigadier, Ayub Waker and Field Operation Commander, Gusby Hunggi confirmed that their men also destroyed three cars and one helicopter.
    The attack took place at a police check point at Freeport Indonesian Mining Company 3.30 yesterday morning.
    Sambom says this is fresh news that does not normally get to the international media uncensored by Jakarta.
    Asked if the latest fighting is likely to threaten the unity among the delegates of the all West Papua annual conference in Port Vila beginning November 24, Sambom says he believes it will be discussed in the meeting.
    Asked where WPLA gets its modern weapons from, he replies with a dubious smile that they buy them and also collect them from their victims.
    “An Australian journalist asked me the same question after seeing pictures of young men with weapons which are not readily available on the market.
    "They are provided by Australia to Indonesia’s special forces," he says.
    Asked to explain how the standoff between Indonesia’s police and soldiers and WPLA also known as TPNPB is likely to end, he replies that the armed West Papuan fighters are not “criminals or rebels” because they are fighting for their rights to protect their women and children, their lands and mineral resources and freedom and sovereignty.
    This is the most respectable stand that any indigenous freedom fighter or guerrilla fighter is prepared to risk everything for.
    He says to every West Papuan, the 54-year old struggle has progressed to a new level where it is becoming clearer that if they restrict their struggle to diplomacy, it may take another 54 years and many are determined that enough is enough.
    In the latest 8-point statement to Jakarta, WPLA makes the following demands reiterating its military wing will stop the war only if:
    • Freeport Indonesian Mining Company in Tembagapura, West Papua, is closed;
    • Indonesia recalls all organic and non-organic military forces from the area of West Papua and replaces them with UN security forces.
    • Government of Indonesia approve the implementation of an act of free choice for self-determination for indigenous people of West Papua;
    • Indonesian Government of the Provinces of Papua and West Papua dismissed and the non-government status, fully surrender to a UN trust government.
    • Negotiator in the Agreement be a Papuan military representative of the TPNPB, the civilian Movement of the interior and the ULMWP foreign diplomat;
    • Signing of this Agreement be mediated by neutral parties and the UN, not JDP or Indonesian Government;
    • Other matters concerning timing of referendum and negotiators be submitted later, if Indonesian Government approves of bid of this agreement and
    • WPLA (TPNPB) rejects bid of any form other than those listed on the eight items of this bid. If the Indonesian government does not approve this bid then TPNPB will not stop the war.
    The spokesman says the war against the Indonesian military in Papua will go on until the top of the bid is approved, which is to close the Freeport Mine.
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    Original bahasa link at


    2) TPN-PB was confirmed there was a fire contact before the evacuation of civilians

    Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi,
    Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 09:13


                               Evacuation of civilians from Kampung Banti with the aim of Tembagapura - IST

    Jayapura, Jubi - The armed contacts that occurred before the evacuation of civilians in Banti and Kimbeli were justified by Hendrik Wanmang, Commander of Operation of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-PB) III Timika.

    "Two of our members were wounded in a shootout last morning," Hendrik Wanmang said briefly to Jubi via telephone on Saturday (11/18/2017).

    But another source said two TPN-PB members were killed in a firefight that Friday morning. Both are named Ilame Tabuni and Yuliana Waker.

    On the side of the TNI / Police, there were no casualties or gunshot wounds. Similarly, residents who were evacuated from Kampung Banti and Kimbeli.

    "No one community is a victim, yes," said Papua Police Chief Irjenpol Boy rafli Amar in an official video released by Police Public Relations on Friday, November 17, 2017.

    The evacuation process of civilians itself lasted until 12:00 local time. The evacuation was done since 09.30 after the two villages were controlled by the armed forces task force at 07.00.

    Reported by CNN Indonesia, around 07.00 am, Kampung Kimbeli has been controlled by Kopassus 13 and Raider 751 troops while Banti village is controlled by two teams from Taipur Kostrad. After these two villages are controlled by TNI units joined in the Armed Forces Task Force, the evacuation process is carried out.

     "After the entire area is controlled and the situation is declared safe, Pangdam XVII / Cenderawasih coordinates with Kapolda to immediately send the Evacuation Team," said Head of Information Center for Military Region XVII / Cenderawasih Command Colonel Muhamad Aidi.

    Papuan Legislative Member Laurens Kadepa hopes the evacuation process will not be a TNI / POLRI effort to carry out attacks in villages suspected of being a TPN-PB hiding place.

    "Evacuation of non-Papuans to Tembagapura is not an attempt by TNI / POLRI to carry out sporadic attacks, by land and air in villages suspected to be members of TPN-PB, because in every village there must be civilians," Kadepa said. (*)

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    2) Armed Criminals Set Freeport Truck on Fire
    3) Expressing Anger, Armed Criminal Group Burns Haul Truck of PT Freeport
    4) Freeport Evacuating Mine Worker Families after Shootings



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    NOVEMBER 19 2017 - 12:15AM

    1) High noon in Papua: conflict simmers around Freeport mine
    Jewel Topsfield   Amilia Rosa

    What happened to Martinus Beanal?
    The truth is, no one knows. Even the bare facts surrounding his disappearance are murky.


                                                    Martinus Beanal, right, at his work. Photo: Supplied

    According to police in the Indonesian province of Papua, Beanal was shot in the head in the jungle.
    He worked for a firm that supplied food to Freeport McMoRan, the US mining giant that runs Grasberg, one of the world's largest copper and gold mines.
    The mine is carved deep into the mountains in the remote and restive province.
    The area surrounding Grasberg – which many indigenous Papuans see as the root of their oppression – has long been the site of a low-level insurgency
    Members of an armed group known as the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB-OPM), who describe themselves as freedom fighters, say they are fighting here for independence.


    They believe the lucrative mine is the primary reason why Indonesia acquired Papua in 1969, after a highly flawed UN-backed ballot for independence in which only a handful of the local population were allowed to vote.
    Grasberg generates billions of dollars in revenue for Freeport. The Indonesian government also benefits: Freeport is their largest taxpayer.
    However most Papuans stand to gain little from the mine. Their province remains the poorest in Indonesia, with 28 per cent of people living below the poverty line.
    Violent attacks have spiked in the mining area in recent weeks amid negotiations over a plan for Freeport to divest 51 per cent of its stake in Grasberg to the Indonesian government.
    On November 7, Martinus Beanal had been trying to return to his village of Banti, which had been cut off by the conflict, to be with his wife and four children.

    Four days later he was reportedly found in the woods near the village with a hole in his head.
    "Actually, it was the family that found him and then they told us and we collected the body together," Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz told Fairfax Media.

    He said no autopsy was performed: "The family simply took it and buried it."
    This version of events was also reported in the local media. But it was news to Beanal's family, who were shocked when they read the newspaper reports.
    "We still have no idea where my brother is or what happened to him," Kristina Beanal told Fairfax Media. "No one collected a body, let alone buried the body."
    The police blame his disappearance on KKB, an acronym for "armed criminal group", which is how they refer to the TPNPB-OPM. The TPNPB-OPM blames police or the military.

    All Kristina knows is that Martinus had set out for Banti at 5am on November 7.
    He trekked through the jungle to avoid the 125-kilometre road that snakes between the lowland village of Timika and the mine, which is where "the fights have always taken place".
    Two of Martinus' nephews agreed to meet him halfway. But as they reached an area known as Mile 68, they heard a gunshot.
    "My nephews ran and returned to the village," Kristina said.  "The next day our big Beanal family went to search for him. [We searched] for days, we still haven't found him."
    Kristina said the family would have insisted on an autopsy. They also would have wanted his body back.
    "In our culture, until we know what happened to him, until he is returned home, we can't grieve. I have been doing just that, holding back any tears."
    When Fairfax Media asked - on two separate occasions - about the discrepancy in accounts, Papuan police promised to "double check and confirm". There was no response before publication.
    According to local activist Adolfina Kuum, cases like this are frequent in Papua. "People go missing and then they are found dead, or just simply [remain] missing. The cases go unresolved. We never find out what happened to them."
    On November 15, another family in Papua was left grieving. Brigadier Firman, a member of the police paramilitary force Brimob, was shot while patrolling the area around the mine. His wife is six months pregnant.

    TPNPB-OPM commander Hendrik Wanmang told Fairfax Media the group was responsible for the attack: "We are at war … we are fighting the Indonesian government."
    Firman's father-in-law, John Manangsang, was remarkably gracious. He said it was important that the government did not recklessly punish anyone.
    "I personally can't blame anyone but today's lesson is my child made a sacrifice for this country," Manangsang said.
    "We don't know for sure who committed it, and what the motive is. I ask for it not to be quickly determined. This is a very complicated phenomenon."

    The shooting is the 15th in the area since mid-August. Two police officers have now been killed and at least 12 people wounded. A Freeport ambulance was shot at, injuring a woman who had just given birth.
    For more than two weeks the TPNPB-OPM blocked access to villages in the conflict zone although it insisted it was not holding villagers hostage.
    One woman told Fairfax Media her eight-month-old baby had run out of formula a week ago and was being fed on rice porridge and water.
    She said 20 villagers tried to leave the village of Kembeli when the situation became tense on October 29, but were stopped at a roadblock.
    "The men held guns to their necks and said they wouldn't do anything, but they had to go back. They trashed their belongings on the road. They took my parents' phone."
    Police warned the villages were running out of food and medicine and the hospital in Banti was closed because doctors didn't feel safe after their ambulance was shot at.
    They initially tried to negotiate with TPNPB-OPM, fearing civilians could be killed if they forcibly entered the villages to evacuate those who wished to leave.
    But on Friday their patience ran out. The military and police entered the villages and evacuated 344 people. Children rode on the shoulders of their parents as they were evacuated along a mountainous trail.
    "The joint task force now has control over the two villages," Papua National Armed Forces spokesman Muhammad Aidi told Fairfax Media. "There was some resistance from the group but we managed to push them out of the villages."
    Some native Papuans chose not to be evacuated but police said they had requested protection from the joint task force in the villages until the situation was safe.
    But those who stayed behind remain edgy they could be caught up in any future violence between the police and military and the TPNPB-OPM.
    Some of those evacuated were originally from Toraja in South Sulawesi.
    Yohanis Batto, the Torajan association group leader in Timika, thanked the police and military for evacuating without any civilian casualties.
    He said physically the evacuees were fine "but mentally they are traumatised".
    When Batto spoke to the Torajan evacuees they vowed never to return to villages in the mining area. "They might still try to make a living in Timika, but not up there, they are too traumatised."
    Indonesian President Joko Widodo has arguably paid more attention to Papua than any president since Suharto, according to an October 31 report by the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict.
    "Jokowi has made serious efforts to lower prices for basic goods, reduce the isolation of remote areas by building more roads, build markets for Papuan women and increase access to education," the report says. "Nevertheless the political wing of the independence movement inside Papua has grown more active, not less."
    It says the government has made at least three miscalculations in its Papua policies: that economic development would make political grievances go away, that fraudulent local elections could be safely ignored and that past human rights violations would be easy to resolve.
    The report says the divestment of Freeport is "consuming Papua at the moment".
    "There is a high probability of continued tensions as different parties within Indonesia contend for huge economic stakes," it says. "Any violence in the Freeport area can involve multiple actors with multiple interests."
    Few people know this better than Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono, who has spent years documenting murky deaths in the Freeport mine area.
    Harsono says there have been regular shootings along the road between Timika, which he describes as a "wild wild town", and the mine. These include the 2002 murder of two American teachers and an Indonesian and the 2009 killing of Melbourne Freeport mine worker Drew Grant.
    Harsono says none of the 50 or so cases have ever been properly resolved.
    In 2007, Harsono and US academic Eben Kirksey wrote Murder at Mile 63, a detailed account of the shooting of the American teachers.
    The report questions whether the pro-independence Papuan guerrillas sentenced over the attack acted alone. It says an initial police investigation implicated Indonesian military troops in the attack.
    Why would the Indonesian military stage an attack at the Freeport mine?
    One theory, the report says, was that Freeport had been reducing official and unofficial payments to Indonesian security forces. "The August 2002 attack may have been orchestrated by the Indonesian military in a bid to convince Freeport of their continued need for security."
    Fifteen years later, Harsono is not optimistic police will be able to identify the perpetrators of the latest shootings or resolve the disappearance of Martinus Beanal.
    He said Papuans are angry with Freeport and want to have control over the mine. "This is not something that can be solved overnight," he said.
    "If negotiations with the Indonesian government and Freeport involved Papuan officials it would reduce tension and dissatisfaction."
    Meanwhile, the families and friends of Brigadier Firman and Martinus Beanal mourn the loss of their loved ones.
    "My brother had no criminal history, he was not carrying any weapon, he only had with him a bag with some food that day," said Kristina Beanal. "He wasn't siding with anyone to make him a target. He was just this kind and good man."
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    SATURDAY, 18 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 16:08 WIB
    2) Armed Criminals Set Freeport Truck on Fire

    TEMPO.COJayapura - A group of armed criminals on Saturday, Nov. 18., at 6 a.m. Eastern Indonesian Time set haul truck belonging to Freeport on fire in Lower Wanagon.
    Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli on Saturday confirmed the burning of heavy equipment belonging to Freeport and also the unsuccessful attempt of gunning down an employee’s car.
    Based on the police report, the acts were committed by 10 people.
    An employee from the geo-tech division saw two armed men and immediately took a detour. While he was taking a detour, the two men fired their guns, but they missed him, Boy explained. The incident was reported to the security.
    Boy cannot confirm whether the perpetrators are the same group committed an act of terror in Tembagapura.
    "It is possible that the perpetrators are the same because they know the filed really well," the PapuaPolice chief said.
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    3) Expressing Anger, Armed Criminal Group Burns Haul Truck of PT Freeport

    Saturday, 18 November 2017 | 12:42 WIB

    TIMIKA, NETRALNEWS.COM - One unit of haul truck belongs to PT Freeport Indonesia was burned in the area of Lower Wanagon, Grasberg, Tembagapura District, Mimika, Papua on Saturday (11/18/2017) at around 6 am (Eastern Indonesian Time/WIT).
    Head of Public Relations Division of Papua Regional Police Ahmad Mustofa Kamal in Timika, Saturday, told reporters that the arson allegedly was committed by the armed criminal group (KKB) Kali Kabur.
    "Those we attacked retreated from the Kimbeli and Banti areas running to the back of Banti village then climbed up [to Wanagon, Grasberg] and committed the action," Ahmad said.
    According to him not all areas are blocked by members of the Task Force because it consists of steep cliffs. The burning said Ahmad is an expression of anger showed by the KKB.
    He also said that the fires were carried out by 10 KKB members who had previously also fired several shots.
    "[According to] information we got from some employees who were there at the scene of the event [said] it was like that but because of fear they at the time of burning could not do anything," he said as quoted from Antara.
    Meanwhile, a number of officers from the National Vital Security Task Force consisting of Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and National Police (Polri) immediately moved to the scene to investigate considering the location of the incident is also approachable.
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    SATURDAY, 18 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 19:16 WIB
    4) Freeport Evacuating Mine Worker Families after Shootings

    TEMPO.COTimika - U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc is evacuating spouses and children of workers from its giant Indonesian copper mine after a string of shootings in the area raised security concerns, company sources said.
    The move follows efforts by the authorities on Friday to evacuate villages near Freeport’s Grasberg mine in the eastern province of Papua that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists.
    Since August at least 12 people have been injured and two police officers have been killed by gunmen with suspected links to separatist rebels.
    Freeport has asked family and household members of its employees to prepare over the weekend for a temporary relocation from the mining town of Tembagapura, about 10 km (6.2 miles) from Grasberg, the sources said. Workers have been asked to stay behind and maintain their work schedule, they said.
     
    Details of the evacuation or the number of people impacted were not immediately clear. Shots were fired at a light vehicle and two large mining trucks were set on fire at Grasberg on Saturday, one of the sources said.
    A spokesman for Freeport Indonesia and Papuan police did not respond to requests for comment on the matter. The sources declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to media.
    Grasberg is the world's second-largest copper mine by volume.
    The separatist West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM) says it is at war with Indonesian authorities and wants to “destroy” Freeport in an effort to gain sovereignty for the region.
    TPN-OPM has claimed responsibility for the shootings but denies police allegations it took civilian hostages. 
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    3) LP3BH calls on President Jokowi to immediately deal with conflict in West Papua
    4) Indonesian reggae ambassador performs in Skouw, Papua
    5) West Papua to host Senja Kaimana Festival 2017
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    SUNDAY, 19 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 11:40 WIB
    1) Papua Police Urges Members of Armed Group to Turn in Themselves
    TEMPO.COJakarta - Papua Police urged 21 members of an armed group in Mimika, Papua to turn themselves inThey have been listed as wanted fugitives (DPO) since November 12, 2017.
    "Papua Police chief has urged the armed criminals to turn themselves inWe ask them to follow suit in order to avoid any casualties," Papua Police spokesperson Com. Sr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal stated in Timika on Saturday (18/11).
    Kamal confirmed that that the 21 wanted criminals have launched an attack to an officer in Tembagapura and sieged a number of villages around PT Freeport Indonesia. "They are still there since there are a number of locations," he said.
    To this moment, Kamal continued, none of them have been caught or turned themselves in. "We hope we can arrest all of them alive or they turn themselves inOnce they are apprehended, we can find out clearly the root of these attacks," he explained.
    Kamal said that National Military and the Police working together in Tembagapura Joint Operation Task Force are convinced that the armed separatist group committed a number of attacks with help from their supporters. They used traditional weapons including arrows, machetes, and other sharp weapons.
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    2) house appreciates military, police cooperation to free hostages
    Pewarta: Antara  19 hours ago
    Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The House of Representatives (DPR) has appreciated the cooperation of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and the National Police (Polri) to free villagers who had been taken hostage by the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) in Papua.

    The synergy of TNI-Polri to free hostages from the armed groups in Papua deserves appreciation, as it shows a form of first-class cooperation that has saved the lives of hundreds of residents, said House Commission I member, Charles Honoris.

    "I highly appreciate the synergy of the TNI and police to free hostages from the armed groups in Papua," Honoris noted in a written statement in Jakarta on Saturday.

    He added that under the Government of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, the TNI and the Police could work in good cooperation.

    The cooperation between the two forces has achieved greater results, especially in security operations and while safeguarding the state sovereignty.

    "The people of Indonesia certainly expect that the solidity and synergy of TNI-Polri would continue well," he asserted.

    Honoris, who is a politician of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), remarked that the solidity of both institutions will ensure the safety of Indonesia. Therefore, it should continue to be improved in order to maintain the defense and security of the state.

    Previously, TNI and police officers had managed to evacuate 345 villagers of Kimberly and Utikini villages, Papua, on Friday afternoon (Nov 17).

    The process of evacuation of hostages was reportedly interrupted by shootings from the armed criminal groups.

    Papua Regional Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar confirmed the evacuation of the villagers who had been taken hostages by KKB in Kimbely.

    He revealed that the evacuation process continued for almost five hours, accompanied by attacks or gunfire from KKB members. 

    Of the 345 hostages, 23 were children, he noted, adding that the evacuation process was carried out on foot for about four hours, heading to the Tembagapura police office.

    According to him, the armed criminal group kept shooting from a height during the evacuation process.

    Meanwhile, Amar, on Thursday, called on the KKB to release some 1,300 civilians that it had held as hostages in Banti and Kimbeli kampongs for more than two weeks.

    In the meantime, the indigenous Papuans living in Banti were reluctant to be evacuated and wanted to remain in their villages.

    (T.A014/A/KR-BSR/B003) 
    Editor: Heru Purwanto
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    via reg.westpapua list

    3) LP3BH calls on President Jokowi to immediately deal with conflict in West Papua

      The Executive-Director of the LP3BH, Yan Christian Warinussy, has called on President Jokowi to immediately take action with regard
    to the conflict now underway in the region of Tembagapura, West Papua. As yet, there has been no response from the President to reports about
    an armed conflict  that is currently underway between the Indonesian security forces  (Army and Police) and the TPNP (Papuan National
    Liberation) Armed Forces in the vicinity of the massive mining company, P.T' Freeport  Company.

         However, there have been  a few statements  from the TPNP which is thought to be involved in the armed struggle would suggest that
    they regard these actions as part of the movement by the people of West Papua  for the struggle for self-determination of the OAP
    (Traditional Papuan People).

        We should at the same time not forget that in the last two years, at the United Nations, there have been statements by the leaders of
    countries in the Pacific and Caribbean countries have made strong statements condemning the serious human rights abuses that have
    occurred in West Papua.

        At the UN General Assembly in September this year, four countries called on the United Nations to discuss the right of the people of
    West Papua to self-determination and the grave human rights violations that have occurred in West Papua for the past fifty years which threaten to
    result in the genocide of the Papuan people.   In the opinion of the LP3PN, the armed struggle that is underway cannot solve the Papuan people’s 
    struggle for self-determination.

        The LP3BH calls on President Jokowi not to continue increasing the security forces in West Papua and instead to focus on dialogue as
    the way to resolve the crisis in West Papua.

         Three people, Pastor DR Neles Tebey, Wiranto and Teten Masduki, have already been named on 15 August this year to participate in
    preparing for dialogue between Papua and Jakarta. which in the first place should deal with the current conflict underway in Tembagapura.

          The efforts to resolve the problem in Tembagapura should involve not only representatives of the stakeholders in Tembagapura
    but also representatives in the diaspora.

          A number of investigations have been  carried out such as the one by Professor Drooglever was entitled 'The Act of Free Choice'.

            Dr. Greg Poulgrain also undertook an investigation which was entitled The Incubus of Intervention which dealt with the conflicting
    Indonesian Strategies of John F. Kennedy and Allen Dullles.

           The result of these investigations was that the huge copper and gold project in Tembagapura  was the factor that triggered the
    political conflict between the USA-the Netherlands and Indonesia which was mediated by the United Nations during the years from 1960 - 1969
    was clarified by the actions taken by the TPNP which is part of the OPM (Organisasi Papua Merdeka). [The meaning of this is not very clear
    to me.]

           The result of all this is that it is necessary for President Jokowi to promote peaceful dialogue between all 'stakeholders'
    involved in the conflict.

          The LP3BH would finally like to once again urge President Jokowi to make use of the three people 'in charge', namely Pastor
    Neles Tebey, Wiranto and Teten Masduki to take measures to promote all-inclusive dialogue before Christmas 2017.

    Peace

    Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director the LP3BH-Manokwari and
    recipient of  the John Humphrey Freedom Award 2005.

    Translated by Carmel Budiardjo, recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, 19995.
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    4) Indonesian reggae ambassador performs in Skouw, Papua
    Pesona Indonesia
    Jakarta | Sun, November 19, 2017 | 03:35 pm

    Indonesian reggae ambassador Ras Muhammad recently performed in front of 1,823 tourists from Papua New Guinea and 3,000 locals who live around PLBN (cross-border post) Skouw, Papua on Nov. 16.
    The concert started at 05:00 p.m. and Ras performed a total of 11 songs such as “No Woman No Cry,” “Peace in Liberia,” and “Live Upright.” In the middle of his performance, he was joined by Dutch reggae musician, Toke.
    Other than Ras Muhammad, renowned local reggae bands such as Dave Solution and Vanimo Natives from Papua New Guinea also performed there.
    Tourism Ministry's nature tourism department head Hendry Noviardi said that the number of tourists from Papua New Guinea who came to the concert was beyond expectation. They initially set the goal of 1,500 people and ended up welcoming 1,823 people.
    The head of PLBN, Skouw Yan Numberi added that people from Papua New Guinea love to shop at Skouw market that opens every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
    “The profit earned by sellers are good. One Kina, Papua New Guinea's currency, is equal to four thousand rupiahs ($0.30),” Yan said.
    “This is the third event from Tourism Ministry, during the previous two events my average income was 1.2 million rupiahs and in this event, my income is around 2.5 million rupiahs,” said a seller named Mamah Karai who sells beverages. (asw)
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    5) West Papua to host Senja Kaimana Festival 2017
    Pesona Indonesia
    Jakarta | Sat, November 18, 2017 | 05:26 pm

    West Papua is set to host Senja Kaimana Festival 2017 in Kaimana Regency on Nov. 20-23.
    The cultural parade will feature eight tribes from Kaimana, namely Mairasi, Kuri, Irarutu, Oburau, Madewana, Napiti, Myere and Kouwayi.
    The festival itself was first held in 2012 and has become an annual event in the regency. This year, the event is slated to feature performances of modern and traditional dances, traditional archery competition, traditional cooking competition, exhibition of local products and cultural procession.
    “There will be a cultural parade from tribes in Kaimana to open the festival and also competitions for visitors. Hopefully Kaimana will be getting more recognition that is beneficial to the local economy,” said Kaimana tourism department head Marthen Fenetiruma.
    Dozens of stalls will be available for the locals to sell handicraft products or food.
    The festival will also host a batik launching event where several batik motifs such as palm, garuda combined with traditional house, jellyfish, sea urchin, sun, tifa and manta will be trademarked.
    “One of the aims of this festival is to consistently promoting Kaimana batik,” Marthen added.
    Visitors will be given the opportunity to visit several tourist sites such as Hius Paus in Triton Bay, Mai Mai site, Ermund, Tugu For De Bus Lobo and Little Comodo in Triton Bay.
    To travel to Kaimana, tourists can book a Garuda Indonesia flight.
    “Garuda offers flights that serve Ambon – Kaimana – Manokwari and Ambon – Kaimana – Nabire using ATR – 600 planes that can carry 70 passengers,” he told. (kes)
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    2) Komnas HAM to Receive Report on Papua Tomorrow
    3) Govt continues to provide economic justice in Papua
    4) TPN-PB CONFIRMED OF ARMED CONTACTS BEFORE EVACUATION OF CIVILIANS
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    ORIGINAL BAHASA LINK AT

    1) PAPUAN LEGISLATORS WANT PROOF OF HOSTAGE IN BANTI
    PAPUA NO. 1 NEWS PORTAL | JUBI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    MONDAY, 20 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 11:08 WIB
    2) Komnas HAM to Receive Report on Papua Tomorrow

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Original bahasa link at
    1) Papua Senator accused TNI Police of doing public deception

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

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

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    2) Hundreds leave Papua villages in separatist standoff

    Originally published November 20, 2017 at 1:31 am Updated November 20, 2017 at 1:56 am

    By 

    The Associated Press



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

    JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds more people have left villages in Papua that were at the center of clashes with separatists, Indonesian police said Monday.

    It was the second evacuation from the region near the U.S.-owned Grasberg gold and copper mine in a week.


    Papua police chief Boy Rafli Amar said about 800 villagers were bused to the town of Timika and are being accommodated in a local hall.

    “They finally asked to be evacuated or relocated because the conditions there were traumatizing,” Amar said.


    Security forces appeared to gain the upper hand in the standoff with separatists on Friday and evacuated more than 340 people who were migrants from other regions.

    Two people were killed in Friday’s security operation. Indonesia’s military said they were separatists while a spokesman for the National Liberation Army of West Papua said they were civilians.

    Tensions in the region near the mine have escalated in the past several weeks. A series of attacks by suspected separatists have killed two policemen and injured more than half a dozen others.

    A low-level insurgency for independence has simmered in Papua since it was annexed by Indonesia in the early 1960s.

    The region, which makes up the western half of the island of New Guinea, was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 following a U.N.-sponsored ballot of tribal leaders that has since been dismissed as a sham.

    The Associated Press


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

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

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

    November 21, 2017 7:00 am JST 

    Marwan Batubara


    1) Policy confusion hobbles Indonesian mining

    Government must provide greater certainty to achieve full economic gains



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

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

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    Government must provide greater certainty to achieve full economic gains

    Under a mining law passed in 2009 and implemented in 2014, exports of raw minerals were banned to boost the development of a domestic refining and processing industry.

    After sweeping to power on a wave of nationalism in 2014, Widodo initially backed the ban. However, last January, the export prohibition was lifted, and three years of refining sector investment and development were laid to waste. Why this stark retreat from Indonesia's stated goal of raising itself up the global value chain?

    The main reason for this reversal was the mounting financial pressure on the president. The ban triggered a significant fall in overseas sales, which accounted for 17% of total exports by value before the prohibition. The export collapse hit the government's income from the sector, contributing to a widening budget deficit.

    The economy has been growing at an annual rate of about 5%, short of the 7% Widodo targeted when he came to office, and foreign investors have been heading for the door. In July, proposed revisions to the government's 2017 budget increased the deficit from 2.4% of GDP in 2016 to 2.9%, just short of a legal limit of 3%. The World Bank now lists the rupiah among Asia's most vulnerable currencies.


    Rising national debt

    Meanwhile, the president has increased government spending on infrastructure to more than 60% of the annual budget from 12% before he took office. His chances of re-election in 2019 are inextricably linked to the success of his $350 billion infrastructure agenda. But rising deficits and a growing national debt have put paid to many of his projects to improve roads, bridges, ports and power grids.

    It is unfortunate for the long-term prosperity of Indonesia that Widodo's pursuit of short-term political advantage, combined with a pressing need to balance the books, have served to curtail the focus on downstream investment, which was one of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's most forward-looking policies.

    Keeping open the trade in unprocessed minerals permanently would render Indonesia's domestic mining industry incapable of creating long-term added value for its people. Lifting the export ban has deeply affected the investment climate, creating legal uncertainty. Many analysts believe that the export of raw mineral resources contradicts the Indonesian constitution of 1945, which mandates the utilization of soil, water, minerals and natural resources extracted from the earth for the prosperity and welfare of the Indonesian people.


    There remain many influential advocates of the ban on unprocessed mineral exports, such as the Civil Society Coalition (a group of lawyers, academics, environmental activists and non-government organizations), which failed in an attempt to persuade the Supreme Court to reimpose the restrictions. Now this coalition and others in favor of the ban must unify, refocus and renew their legal challenges, as well as mobilize the public.

    In typically prevaricating style, the Supreme Court has yet to release its reasons for the ruling, but a new case could be filed, or the judgment could be challenged in the State Administrative Court. Unfortunately, the courts are not immune to political pressures, and with an election on the horizon the most effective course of action may lie in ensuring that mining is a key campaign issue. Those calling for a restoration of the ban must make their voices heard loud and clear.

    As well as encouraging more investment in the industry as a whole, a clear decision to reinstate export restrictions would help to clarify the future of Grasberg, giving Freeport little option but to build the smelter the country so dearly needs.

    Marwan Batubara is executive director of the Centre for Indonesian Resources Studies, an independent think-tank focused on natural resources policy, in Jakarta.

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    2) Security hinders deliveries of basic goods to Papuan regencies

    Anton Hermansyah The Jakarta Post

    Puncak Jaya Mulia | Tue, November 21, 2017 | 10:16 am

    Security concerns following the election riots in Tolikara regency, Papua, are hampering deliveries to mountainous areas in the province, the such as Puncak Jaya and Wamena regencies, the state-owned enterprises (SOEs) minister said on Monday.

    "The logistic trucks have to take a detour because of security issues. It took about three days before, but now it takes five days or even longer," SOEs Minister Rini Mariani Soemarno said on Monday in Mulia, Puncak Jaya.

    Several SOEs have been assigned by President Joko Widodo to reduce the price of basic commodities, including cooking oil, cement and fuel, in the mountainous Papuan regencies.

    The price of cement used to be Rp 2 million (US$147.8) per sack, while fuel cost Rp 50,000 per liter and cooking oil cost Rp 50,000 per liter, the minister said.

    "Cement is now sold for Rp 500,000 per sack, fuel is the same price as in Java at Rp 6,900 per liter, and cooking oil is Rp 33,000 per liter," she said, thanking Pertamina, PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and PT Semen Tonasa for their cooperation in lowering the commodities' prices.

    Local residents have confirmed the situation, saying that deliveries of basic goods were disrupted because of security concerns.

    Daeng Ewa, a motorcycle taxi driver, said that gasoline was growing scarce in recent months, as it was delivered only once every three to five days. (bbn)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

    TEMPO.COJakarta - British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik has expressed support to Papua Province to remain within the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).
    "The policy of the British government is very clear that we support the unity of Indonesia, and Papua is absolutely a part of the NKRI, so there is no debate over it," Malik remarked in a special interview with Antara here on Tuesday.
    Malik noted that being within the framework of the NKRI, the Papuan indigenous people are entitled to the same services as Indonesian citizens in other parts of the country.
    "Hence, education and health services or opportunities in the economy must be tailored to their aspirations as well," the British envoy remarked.
    He said that in the framework of the NKRI, the aspirations of indigenous Papuans should be heard, respected, and fulfilled, as this is the responsibility of the central and regional governments.
    "We feel that President Joko Widodo is very conscious and committed to advancing the future of Papua, as he visits the Land of Cenderawasih more often than the previous heads of state," Malik noted.
    The British envoy believes that the steps and policies undertaken by the president have been wise, such as the settlement of human rights cases that had become major issues, access to foreign journalists in Papua, the issue of political prisoners to regulate the process of dialog between the central government and Papuans to be heedful of his aspirations.
    "Unfortunately, the implementation of these policies is still low until now. Hence, it demonstrates to all parties that there are certain interests that hinder the directives of President Jokowi," he remarked.
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    3) ‘Every signature was an act of courage’

    21 November 2017

    How did West Papuan campaigners build a game-changing 1.8 million-strong petition in the teeth of government repression? Key organizers tell Danny Chivers how it was done and what’s at stake

     
    Smuggled under the cover of darkness. Hidden among innocent-looking deliveries. Carried by people not known to the authorities, by volunteers along jungle paths, to highland villages unreachable by motor vehicles. Thousands risked their freedom – and their lives – to spread it in secret across a nation.

    It’s a lot more effort than we would usually expect to collect signatures on a petition. But this was no ordinary petition – it was a call for human rights and indigenous self-determination in a region where such sentiments are strictly banned. The Indonesian government is determined to hang on to the region of West Papua – a territory which it has occupied by military force since 1963 – and dissent by its indigenous peoples is frequently met with intimidation, violence or arrest. Simply raising the West Papuan Morning Star independence flag could result in 15 years of imprisonment. Distributing a petition calling for an internationally monitored independence vote for the West Papuan people is, in the eyes of the Indonesian state, similarly treasonous.

    The petition campaign ran from May to July this year. According to the Free West Papua Campaign, 57 West Papuans were arrested during that time for supporting the petition, and 54 were tortured at the hands of Indonesian security forces. One West Papuan, Yanto Awerkion, is facing a 15-year jail sentence for organizing a gathering in support of the petition.

    It is therefore all the more extraordinary that – in just three months – a staggering 1.8 million people signed it. Seventy-one per cent of the indigenous West Papuan population placed their signature – or thumbprint – on paper, in defiance of the occupying regime. Around 100,000 Indonesian settlers living in West Papua also signed in solidarity with the Papuan population.

    This result has a huge historical resonance. In 1969, Indonesia’s military occupation was ‘legitimized’ by the ironically titled Act of Free Choice, when 1,026 indigenous West Papuans were hand-picked by the Indonesian military, marched to polling stations at gunpoint and ordered to vote to be part of Indonesia.

     
    Indonesia’s claim on West Papua rests heavily on this fraudulent event involving less than 0.2 per cent of the population. Now, via the People’s Petition, the overwhelming majority of West Papuans have risked their life and liberty to call for a new, independently monitored freedom vote. The contrast with the 1969 sham ‘referendum’ could not be starker.

    Gaining a voice

    At the end of this summer, the petition was smuggled out of West Papua and officially validated by Dr Jason Macleod of the University of Sydney. As West Papuan leaders handed it to the UN’s Decolonization Committee on 26 September, Macleod confirmed that it was ‘an impressive example of community organization and mobilization across West Papua, one that reflects the sincere demands of the West Papuan people for self-determination.’

    Benny Wenda, International Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, said at the UN: ‘Today, we hand over the bones of the people of West Papua to the United Nations and the world. After decades of suffering, decades of genocide, decades of occupation, today we open up the voice of the West Papuan people which lives inside this petition.’

    The story of this achievement is one of courage, unity and determination. When the petition idea was discussed by West Papuan independence leaders in 2016, they realized that this project had the potential to give the West Papuan people the public voice they are usually denied. Bazoka Logo, the National Petition Organizer and Spokesperson for the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), said: ‘This petition was essential to provide vital proof that the majority of West Papuans in the cities, in the villages, in the jungle and as refugees, want independence.’

    But to make the most of this opportunity, they needed to aim high and throw all of their resources into reaching the population – from the Indonesian-dominated coastal cities to remote villages in the jungle highlands. Logo explained: ‘We divided our team into seven subcommittees. These groups visited local government offices, people in the cities, people in the villages; everywhere. Many people who signed the petition could not write, so they signed with their thumbprints. Others wanted to sign at our offices and needed travel support. Often the teams went from house to house to collect signatures.’

    ‘We cannot be scared anymore’

    From May to July, the bulk of other demonstrations and protests were put on hold as West Papuan activist networks focused their efforts on spreading the People’s Petition across the nation.

    Some local leaders were willing to help. ‘There were churches which helped to organize petition-signing events, and there were some churches which were scared to do so,’ explained Logo. ‘There were also some local government officials who helped and who signed the petition (right), and others who could not.’

    Logo believes that many people who did not sign still supported the petition’s demands. ‘People told us, “We will not be safe with the Indonesian military and police if we give our names,” but they fully supported the petition.’

    Related: West Papua between freedom and disaster. Issue 502 of New Internationalist

    Local petition organizer Steven Itlay is Chair of the KNPB in Timika, and was part of the Bomberai regional team who secured 267,437 signatures for the petition. He explained how every signature represented an act of courage: ‘From the start of the petition until now, there are many people who have been arrested and tortured by the Indonesian military and police.’

    Mama Togodly lives in a village in the Lapago region of West Papua, and attended a locally organized petition event. She said: ‘I signed the petition because it is incredibly important for our people. I was not scared. We have already been killed, tortured and raped. We cannot be scared anymore. We West Papuan women are never afraid.’

    The first response from Indonesian officials was to denounce the petition as a ‘publicity stunt’. This is unsurprising, as accepting the legitimacy of the petition would put the Indonesian state’s hold on power in West Papua at serious risk. The West Papuan people have made their position clear: they have roundly rejected Indonesian rule. Now it is the responsibility of the rest of the world to listen to their voices and support their clear desire to determine their own fate. n

    Danny Chivers is a writer, campaigner, performance poet and author of two NoNonsense guides for New Internationalist: Climate Change and Renewable Energy.
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    1) House Commission I Expresses Gratitude for UK Ambassador’s Controversial Tweet on Papua

    2) INDONESIA: Journalist in Timika, Papua brutally attacked by police officers

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    1) House Commission I Expresses Gratitude for UK Ambassador’s Controversial Tweet on Papua
    Thursday, 23 November 2017 | 15:48 WIB
    JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM -  Member of House Commission I Martin Hutabarat assessed the tweet containing controversy by the UK Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik should not be responded emotionally, and should be thanked for. This followed the tweet by UK Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik about the condition in Papua today.
    "I think we do not need to be too emotional to respond to the tweet by the UK Ambassador Moazzam Malik about the gap he sees in Papua. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not need to reprimand the concerned," he told reporters in Jakarta on Wednesday (11/22/2017).
    According to Martin, Indonesia should be grateful that there is ambassador of friendly country reminding that in Papua there is a big challenge that must be faced, that is, overcoming the gap. Voicing the problem in Papua, he continued, needs to be continuously done to eliminate the unrest amid most people in Papua that they will become Australian aborigines in Papua in the next 30-40 years.
    "This ambassador's tweet is almost the same as the request of the parliaments of friendly countries visited by the House of Representatives Commission I, which asked the country's support for the integration of Papua with NKRI [Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia]," said Martin.
    The Gerindra politician added in a meeting of the delegation of Indonesian Parliament with the Serbian parliament on August 11, 2017, Martin said the Serbian parliament firmly supported the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, but asked the Indonesian Government to pay close attention to the voices of the people in Papua.
    "Because this gap issue is what is often raised by foreign countries and NGOs that have been supporting the separation of Papua from NKRI," explained Martin.
    "Therefore, we at Commission I are actually grateful that the British ambassador has reminded us that the task of prospering the people of Papua, including addressing the gap, should be our concern in the coming years," he said.


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    2) INDONESIA: Journalist in Timika, Papua brutally attacked by police officers

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    ISSUES: Fair trial, impunity, remedy, freedom of opinion, due process of law, rule of law 
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    Dear Friends,
    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the brutal attack against Mr. Saldi Hermanto, a journalist in Timika, Papua. He was attacked by the police after he criticized on Facebook the police handling of security at an entertainment show he attended. Although the Mimika Police Chief has promised to properly settle the case, the public and media should monitor and ensure that the case is not merely settled by the internal police mechanism. The perpetrators must be criminally prosecuted.
    CASE NARRATIVE:
    On Saturday, 11 November 2017 at 10:50 p.m., journalist Saldi Hermanto and his kid were enjoying an entertainment show in the night market of Timika Indah, Papua. As the show was going on, suddenly there was chaos among the audience. Subsequently, Hermanto wrote on his Facebook wall criticizing the police failure to secure the entertainment show and guarantee security for visitors.
    Hermanto’s criticism angered the police officers, some of whom felt he had humiliated and offended the police institution. Some six to eight police officers of Mimika Police Office (Polres Mimika), then searched for Hermanto. Finally, they found him in a small post where many journalists usually gather and send news to various media, located in front of the Mimika Traffic Police Unit of Mimika Police Office (Kantor Satuan Lalu Lintas Polres Mimika). The police officers then brutally attacked Hermanto, they beat him repeatedly and brought him inside the integrated police post. The brutal attack caused serious injuries on Hermanto’s face and right rib, and Hermanto had difficulty breathing after the attack.
    On November 13, at 9 a.m. Timika journalists from the Association of Online Media (IWO) Timika and from the Association of Journalist Photo Indonesia (PFI) Timika organized a peaceful protest in front of the Mimika Police Office in Cendrawasih Street. The protesters demanded that the Chief Police of Mimika Police Office, Police Superintendent (AKBP) Viktor Dean Mackbon fairly and properly investigate the brutal attack and violence against Mr. Saldi Hermanto, a journalist of Salam Papua and Okezone. In responding to the protest, AKBP Dean Mackbon stated that nine of thirteen police officers who had been examined, were detained for further investigation related to the attack. In addition, AKBP Victor stated that the there will be two investigation processes, both internal and criminal prosecution. He also apologized to the journalists and promised to settle the case.
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
    The AHRC notes that violence against journalists continues in Indonesia. Another recent case occurred on 20 October 2017, when police brutally attacked Mr. Panji Bahari, a journalist of Banten Post in Banten province. According to the Independence Journalist Alliance (AJI) Indonesia, in 2016 there were 78 cases of violence and attacks against journalists. This is a higher number compared to 2015, in which 40 cases of violence and attacks against journalists were recorded.
    SUGGESTED ACTION:
    Please write to the authorities listed below, asking them to ensure that the brutal attack committed by police officers of Mimika Police Office must be properly investigated under fair trial principles. The police should provide open access for media and public as well as independent State commissions, such as the National Commission on Human Rights to monitor and ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable. Further, the government must take seriously cases of violence against journalists, in order to enhance and ensure their protection in Indonesia.
    The AHRC will write a separate letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, calling for their intervention into this matter.

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    INDONESIA: Journalist in Timika, Papua brutally attacked by police officers

    Name of victims : Mr. Saldi Hermanto, a journalist of local newspaper in Papua 
    Names of alleged perpetrators : Indonesian Police 
    Date of incident : 11 November 2017 
    Place of incident : Timika, Papua province, Indonesia
    I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the brutal attack against Mr. Saldi Hermanto, a journalist in Timika, Papua. He was attacked by the police after he criticized on Facebook the police handling of security at an entertainment show he attended. Although the Mimika Police Chief has promised to properly settle the case, the public and media should monitor and ensure that the case is not merely settled by the internal police mechanism. The perpetrators must be criminally prosecuted.

    On Saturday, 11 November 2017 at 10:50 p.m., journalist Saldi Hermanto and his kid were enjoying an entertainment show in the night market of Timika Indah, Papua. As the show was going on, suddenly there was chaos among the audience. Subsequently, Hermanto wrote on his Facebook wall criticizing the police failure to secure the entertainment show and guarantee security for visitors.
    Hermanto’s criticism angered the police officers, some of whom felt he had humiliated and offended the police institution. Some six to eight police officers of Mimika Police Office (Polres Mimika), then searched for Hermanto. Finally, they found him in a small post where many journalists usually gather and send news to various media, located in front of the Mimika Traffic Police Unit of Mimika Police Office (Kantor Satuan Lalu Lintas Polres Mimika). The police officers then brutally attacked Hermanto, they beat him repeatedly and brought him inside the integrated police post. The brutal attack caused serious injuries on Hermanto’s face and right rib, and Hermanto had difficulty breathing after the attack.
    On November 13, at 9 a.m. Timika journalists from the Association of Online Media (IWO) Timika and from the Association of Journalist Photo Indonesia (PFI) Timika organized a peaceful protest in front of the Mimika Police Office in Cendrawasih Street. The protesters demanded that the Chief Police of Mimika Police Office, Police Superintendent (AKBP) Viktor Dean Mackbon fairly and properly investigate the brutal attack and violence against Mr. Saldi Hermanto, a journalist of Salam Papua and Okezone. In responding to the protest, AKBP Dean Mackbon stated that nine of thirteen police officers who had been examined, were detained for further investigation related to the attack. In addition, AKBP Victor stated that the there will be two investigation processes, both internal and criminal prosecution. He also apologized to the journalists and promised to settle the case.
    The AHRC notes that violence against journalists continues in Indonesia. Another recent case occurred on 20 October 2017, when police brutally attacked Mr. Panji Bahari, a journalist of Banten Post in Banten province. According to the Independence Journalist Alliance (AJI) Indonesia, in 2016 there were 78 cases of violence and attacks against journalists. This is a higher number compared to 2015, in which 40 cases of violence and attacks against journalists were recorded. 

    Therefore, I respectfully request you to ensure that the brutal attack committed by police officers of Mimika Police Office must be properly investigated under fair trial principles. The police should provide open access for media and public as well as independent State commissions, such as the National Commission on Human Rights to monitor and ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable. Further, the government must take seriously cases of violence against journalists, in order to enhance and ensure their protection in Indonesia.
    I look forward to your prompt action in this matter.
    Yours Sincerely,
    ……………….
    PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:
    1. Mr. Joko Widodo
    President of the Republic of Indonesia
    Jl. Veteran No. 16
    Jakarta Pusat
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 3458 595
    Fax: +62 21 3484 4759
    E-mail: webmaster@setneg.go.id

    2. Mr. Yasonna Laoly
    Minister of Law and Human Rights
    Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 6–7
    Kuningan, Jakarta 12940
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 525 3006, 525 3889
    Fax: +62 21 525 3095

    3. Dr. Mualimin Abdi SH., MH
    Director General of Human Rights
    Office of the Director General of Human Rights
    Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 6–7
    Kuningan, Jakarta 12940
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 5253006
    Fax: +62 21 5253095

    4. General Pol. Drs. H.M. Tito Karnavian, M.A., Ph.D
    Chief of National Police (KAPOLRI)
    Jl. Trunojoyo No. 3 KebayoranBaru, Jakarta Selatan 12110
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 384 8537, 726 0306
    Fax: +62 21 7220 669
    E-mail: info@polri.go.id

    5. Inspector General Pol Boy Rafli Amar 
    The Chief of Police Area of Papua [Kapolda Papua]
    Jalan. Sam Ratulangi No. 8, Papua 99112
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 967 531014
    Fax : +62 967 533763

    6. Ms. Poengky Indarti
    Commissioner of the National Police Commission
    Jl. Tirtayasa VII No. 20
    KebayoranBaru, Jakarta Selatan
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 739 2315
    Fax: +62 21 739 2352
    E-mail: secretariat@kompolnas.go.idskm@kompolnas.go.id

    7. H. Bambang Soesatyo, S.E., M.B.A
    Chairperson of the Commission III of The House of Representative 
    KetuaKomisi III DPR RI 
    Gedung Nusantara II DPR RI, Lt I
    JalanJenderalGatotSubroto, Jakarta,
    INDONESIA
    Telp : +62 21 -5715566, +62 21-5715569, +62 21-5715864
    Fax : +62 21 5715566
    8. Mr. Abdul Haris Semendawai
    Chairperson of the Agency for Victims and Witness Protection 
    Lembaga Perlindungan Saksi dan Korban (LPSK) 
    Jalan Raya Bogor KM. 24 No. 47-49, Susukan, Ciracas, RT.6/RW.1, Susukan, Ciracas, Kota Jakarta Timur, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 13750
    Tel: +62 21 29681560
    Fax: +62 21 29681551 / +62 21 29681557
    9. Mr. Ahmad Taufan Damanik 
    Chairperson of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM)
    Jl. Latuharhary No. 4-B
    Jakarta 10310
    INDONESIA
    Tel: +62 21 392 5227-30
    Fax: +62 21 392 5227
    E-mail: info@komnas.go.id

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    2) PM HOU SUPPORTS WEST PAPUA

    3) PTFI closing demo, colored rejection of aspiration submission

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    2:46 pm today

    1) West Papuans call for closure of Freeport gold mine

    2:46 pm today 


    Thousands of West Papuans have demonstrated in Jayapura, calling for the closure of the massive Freeport gold mine in Mimika regency
    They're also demanding Indonesian security forces withdraw from the area around the mine where a standoff continues with the West Papua National Liberation Army, or TPN.
    utube footage

    An estimated two thousand Papuans took to the streets of Papua's provincial capital to demand the closure of a mine they see as a symbol of oppression.
    Freeport is Indonesia's single largest source of revenue but Papuans say they see no benefit from it.
    Recently, Jakarta has been negotiating for Freeport's US parent company to divest from the mine, but West Papuans say they are not consulted over the matter.
    Now, tensions in the region around the mine have been escalating amid intensified movements of security forces. Reports from Mimika indicate the Indonesian military launched rockets into the TPN stronghold earlier this week, killing two of their members.
    Police and military blame the TPN for shootings on the road to the mine last month which left two policeman dead and others injured. Reports not yet confirmed by police say a Papuan was also shot dead in the past month on the road.

    Freeport security personnel looking on at the Freeport McMoRan's Grasberg mining complex, one of the world's biggest gold and copper mines, located in Indonesia's remote eastern Papua province.  Photo: AFP PHOTO / OLIVIA RONDONUWU
    The road between Timika city and the Freeport mine, which is about 125 kilometres long, is guarded by an estimated three thousand Indonesian security forces.
    According to Indonesian human rights researcher Andreas Harsono, 50 people - including Freeport workers, civillians, police and military officers - have been killed and over five hundred injured in shootings along the road in the past fifteen years.
    With the recent spate of unrest along the road have come signs of an Indonesian military sweep operation of the kind that have caused many Papuan villagers to flee into the bush in the past.
    Earlier this week Indonesian police said they were evacuating residents from several villages in the Tembagapura area. But villagers said they were terrified by the presence of these forces, and that the military were obstructing their ability to access food.
    It contrasts with claims by Indonesian police earlier this month that the TPN was holding people in Kimberley and Banti villages hostage.


    Demonstrators in Timika seek answers from Indonesian security forces over the disappearance of local Papuan Martinus Beanal. Photo: Supplied
    A demonstration was held in Timika yesterday by a group of local civillians protesting against what they described as "hoax reports" in Indonesian media regarding the hostage claims.
    The demonstrators also sought answers about the reasons for the recent disappearance of a local Papuan, Martinus Beanal, whose family has now been told by police that their son is buried. The family said they had not seen his body since and were given no reasons for his reported death.
    Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Justice and Peace Secretariat in Mimika's capital Timika, Saul Paulo Wanimbo, said the TPN had relayed a message to local villagers that they were not targetting them.
    The TPN said its conflict was strictly with the Indonesian military and police, and that one of their main goals was to close the Freeport mine.

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    2) PM HOU SUPPORTS WEST PAPUA

    PM Hou and Secretary General of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Octovanius Mote


    THE Prime Minister Hon. Rick Hounipwela MP has stated that he will continue to support the plight of the West Papuans.

    He was responding to a call by the Secretary General of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Octovanius Mote during a courtesy visit made to the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.
    In his briefing with the Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Mote congratulates Hon. Hounipwela for his new role as the Prime Minister and for settling recent political difference and for maintaining stability in the country.
    Mr. Mote then stated that his people are grateful for the support that the Solomon Islands have rendered towards West Papuans.
    He further reiterates, “We really hope that your government will continue to support us because it is already a very historical momentum already built by Solomon Islands Governments on the West Papua issue.”
    Mote also expresses that without the support from countries like Solomon Islands it is predicted that by year 2020 according to academic reports, there will be as less than 23 percent West Papuans left in their land due to the increase of migration by Indonesians into West Papua.
    The ULMWP Secretary General further mentioned an update about a recent meeting held between Pope and Pacific Islands Leaders in which the the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Hon. Charlot Salwai representing the Melanesia and the Vatican’s Secretary of State on lobbying towards next year’s UN General Assembly in September.
    Mr. Mote stated that one of the outcomes of the meeting was that the Vatican has made a suggestion to the Vanuatu Prime Minister was for Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to open diplomatic relations with the Vatican and adding that Solomon Islands might give mandate to its Ambassador in Brussels to extend also to including the Vatican.
    He said that by doing so, the Prime Minister of both countries can communicate directly to the Holy See to ask the Holy See to support to pull numbers towards the next year’s UN resolution.
    In his response, the Prime Minister Hon. Hounipwela thanked the ULMWP Secretary General for taking the time to visit his office and further stated his support for the plight of the West Papuans;
    “In terms of the matters that you raised,” the Prime Minister says, “Solomon Islands has been a astound supporter of the cause of West Papua.”
    “I believe we have had a number of opportunities to press on with what can be done but also as a gesture there are lots of hurdles to go over but we will continue to hope for the best.” Says Hon. Hounipwela.
    “We will continue to play our role as much as we can.” The Prime Minister says.
    The Prime Minister also thanked the Secretary General Mote for his kind words in congratulating him and acknowledging his role in bringing stability in the country.
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    A google translate. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
    Original bahasa link at

    3) PTFI closing demo, colored rejection of aspiration submission
    •  Kamis, 23 November 2017 — 21:57


    Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi


    Demo Front Persatuan Rakyat (FPR) at the House of Representatives of Papua, urged the closure of PT Freeport Indonesia - Jubi / Arjuna

    Jayapura, Jubi - At least thousands of Papuan students and youth joined in the People's Union (FPR) Front held a peaceful demonstration demanding PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) closed on Thursday (23/11/2017), at the front yard of the Papua parliament.

    The demonstration was colored by a committed mass action unwilling to submit a statement of their attitudes to the local parliament, unsure of the council body.

    "Our aspiration will not be handed over because it will only be stored and burned at the end of the year," said FPR General Coordinator Samuel Womsiwor in his speech before Papuan House Speaker Yunus Wonda together with several Papuan legislators.

    Several points are the demands of the masses, asking for the closure of PTFI which is considered the root cause of problems in Mimika, and Papua generally, in order to prevent long-standing humanitarian conflict in Timika.

    Demonstrators also requested the opening of access for journalists and the international media for the objectivity of the Tembagapura issue, and asked the TNI-Polri to respect the journalist's ethical code for the balance of information related to the situation of Tembagapura

    "We came here bare-chested, as a form of injustice to us in our own land, no hostage taking place in Tembagapura, 334 people evacuated, not being held hostage by indigenous Papuans, but because the country failed to prosper them," he said.

    According to him, now the original people of Papua mourn, hurt. Indonesia and Freeport are fighting over stocks, and indigenous Papuans are just spectators.

    "We have been the victims.This is not the first and the last act, we will do preconditions to reverse the growing opinion if there is a hostage and etc. We are victims, non-Papuan victims, the TNI-Polri officers are also victims of the prolonged conflict in the Freeport area, "he said.

    Chairman of Student Executive Board (BEM) Uncen Jayapura, Paskalis Boma in his oration said, the issues reported by various national media confusing and make it ask, what is actually in Mimika.

    "This is because it does not fit the facts: Victims are not only civilians, but also security forces, because the system forces them to be on guard at the Freeport mine area," Boma said.

    He said that tens of years of indigenous Papuans were being bullied, depressed, and not benefiting from Freeport's existence.

    "Immediately close Freeport, we can not remain silent, when we are intimidated and oppressed, if we do not take care of it, free us," he said.

    Said Paskalis Boma, it requested international media, because indigenous Papuans no longer believe the national media

    "We will only submit a statement of our attitude, because we believe it will not be realized." We know the DPRP is also under pressure, "he said.

    Representative of KNPI Kota Jayapura, Benyamin Gurik in his oration said the same thing.

    "We all know the history, we want the House of Representatives to form a special committee next week, we will ask whether the committee has been formed, who is the chairman, what the agenda is, and when closing Freeport We will not talk about divestment 51 or 52 percent," said Gurik .

    Speaker of the Papua House, Yunus Wonda who was accompanied by a number of members of the House of Papua in front of the masses promised his side will follow up the aspirations by forming a special committee.

    Although initially the demonstrators refused to submit their aspirations to the Papuan People's Representative Council, but ultimately the statement was handed over as evidence and guidance of the Papuan People's Legislative Assembly to follow up with the formation of a special committee. (*)
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  • 11/23/17--22:17: 1) West Papua Summit
  • 2) EDITORIAL: Not so happy 'Otsus’ Day

    3) Understanding the root problem in Papua and its solution
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    http://dailypost.vu/news/west-papua-summit/article_4a8c79db-2567-5588-85f6-332b48a15a00.html


    1) West Papua Summit
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                       Left to right: John Tekwie, Benny Wenda and Rex Rumakiek
                                           By Len Garae

    An expected total of 50 West Papuan Leaders from West Papua and beyond and supporters of the Vanuatu Free West Papua Association, are going to take part in a walk from Saralana Park to the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs Nakamal this morning, to launch the first West Papua Leaders’ Summit after the first Committee was elected in 2014.
    The West Papua United Liberation Movement was formed three years ago in the Chiefs Nakamal.
    Following the launch, the Leaders’ Summit is expected to go for a week ending with a flag raising ceremony on December 1.
    Asked if coming to Port Vila to attend the Summit is safe, London-based Global Campaigner Benny Wenda replies, “It is not safe but it is the price towards our West Papua struggle for freedom”.
    On what it feels like inside knowing that the imminent gathering is preparing to pioneer the way forward to tomorrow, he replies, “For me Port Vila is becoming our home — our shelter because the Government and people are always welcoming us here. We can travel round the world but we are always welcome here in Vanuatu as well as in the Solomon Islands”.
    Wenda is confident that the parade today is plotting new history for West Papua’s destiny and sending a message to the world that Vanuatu and its people are committed all the way to make sure that West Papua gains its independence.
    Rex Rumakiek, now over 80 years old, still remembers the small beginnings with the initial message delivered by Father Walter Lini (deceased) in his address to the people of East Ambae at Longana People’s Centre on what was then called Aoba in 1983.
    “Father Lini reminded the people of the young country that despite the country’s lack of resources but that at the end of the day, everybody had to pray for God’s divine guidance to sustain the people of West Papua to be able to achieve self-determination from Indonesia,” he recalls.
    John Tekwie is the former governor of Sandaun Province in Papua New Guinea on the northern border with West Papua.
    He is the representative of West Papua in the Pacific.
    “I want to thank the Vanuatu Government and its people for being the front runner for West Papua.
    “Let me say that the politics of West Papua in PNG is all confused politics.
    “The leaders do not really know what to do.
    “Do they give their support to our brothers and sisters in West Papua first or do they entertain Indonesia’s political interests?” he says with dilemma.
    But he confirms the people of PNG are very supportive of the struggle of the people of West Papua.
    There is no problem at all.
    “I am talking of politics and let’s leave that to the politicians and let’s move on, to this new part of the final process,” he explains.
    “I say the final process because this meeting is critical to finalise the election of the new executives involving a final structure of new political status of the organisation, bringing it to the next level.
    “For me I want to see a structure where we now have a government in exile. We cannot be forever campaigning and being advocates of independence forever.
    “We have to make a statement, take a definitive and resolute position and move to the next level.
    “You see. I’ve been a governor for Sandaun Province on the border for ten years. I understand politics. I am the border man on the corridor between Papua New Guinea and West Papua and am a Vanimo man right on the border.”
    He feels the gesture made by the Vanuatu Government and its people to the people of West Papua is a very important thing.
    “It is a historic event and we have seen the document and we are waiting for the Prime Minister to announce it when he is ready,” he concludes.
    The Public Relations Officer of the Office of the Prime Minister cannot be reached for comment.

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    http://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2017/11/24/editorial-not-so-happy-otsus-day.html

    2) EDITORIAL: Not so happy 'Otsus' Day


    EDITORIAL The Jakarta Post
    Jakarta | Fri, November 24, 2017 | 08:10 am

    Celebrations are moments of joy to commemorate milestones in a person’s life, or a nation. Today, Papuans have a new commemoration: “Otsus Day,” or Papua Special Autonomy Day, as declared this week by Governor Lukas Enembe.
    Some residents grumbled for not being notified that Nov. 21 was an official holiday. But others may be forgiven for wondering what there was to celebrate. Maybe the blessing in disguise is that the commemoration of the 16-year-old law brings to mind the pile of work that is progressing too slowly to catch up with numerous shouts of unaddressed grievances.
    The 2001 Special Autonomy Law brought much hope to the nation and to the people of what is now Papua and West Papua; hope that they could be trusted to run their own government with the Papuan People’s Council representing customary groups, diverse faiths and women. The central government under then-president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid had hoped that a special autonomy, following the symbolic name change from Irian Jaya of the Soeharto era to Papua, would help tone down cries for independence following unresolved human rights violations and continued poverty despite Papua’s rich natural resources, including the world’s largest gold mine.
    Since the granting of its special autonomy, Papua has received Otsus funds reaching almost Rp 60 trillion (US$ 4.4 billion) — yet natural-resources rich Papua and West Papua remain provinces with the lowest Human Development Index.
    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has stood out among his predecessors for showing more attention to Papuans. He pardoned political prisoners and is accelerating infrastructure development in the province. But efforts at winning over the hearts and minds of Papuans remain paltry to what is being ignored.
    Among others, a special team set up last year to address major human rights violations has yet to announce any progress. Among the reasons law enforcers cite as hurdles in investigations are the refusal of families to exhume the bodies of victims for autopsies, such as those killed in the December 2014 shooting of civilians, including teenagers.
    Papuan civilians have come to perceive that as Indonesia’s minority of non-Muslim Melanesians, they are valid targets as suspected supporters of the independence movement, while losing out to migrants economically.
    Though Papua does not host a battlefield as in the war between the government and Aceh rebels in the past, Papuans are often subject to an insecure life with lowlevel eruptions of violence with unclear actors — the worst involving the recently reported hostage taking of 1,300 people in Mimika regency near PT Freeport Indonesia’s mine. That a separatist group claimed responsibility has not helped bring clarity over the incident as independent verification by media is restricted.
    Papuans are not the only ones complaining about corruption and suspected rigging in local elections.
    But addressing the wide corruption loopholes and repeated flaws in Papua’s local elections — including a glaring discrepancy between registered voters and population data, as cited again in the latest report of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict — are just a few of many urgent corrections, if indeed Papuans are considered equal to other citizens.



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    3) Understanding the root problem in Papua and its solution

    November 22, 2017 9.50pm AEDT

     
    In early November, police reported 1,300 people were “being held as hostages” by a “group of armed criminals” in the villages near Tembagapura, Papua, a district that holds one of the largest gold and copper mines in the world, owned by Freeport Mc-Moran, the US mining company.

    The media followed with reports that the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police (Polri) had rescued around 300 non-Papuans. However, the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB), a local political group which supports Papuans’ right to self-determination, said the news about the hostage was not true

    The news prompted public speculation on the alleged hostage perpetrators, their motives, and the conflict of interest taking place in the event. Speculations abound about the source of the heightened tension starting from ideological reasons of attacks against nationalism, political reasons related to the pro-independence movement, to pragmatic reasons related to security business for the companies there, which implicates many actors.

    The reaction from the public is partly due to Papua’s history. Since the 1970s, in Papua, there has been a pro-independence movement which requested for another referendum. The result of Act of Free Choice (Pepera) referendum in 1969 which was attended by 1,022 government-chosen Papuan delegations, authorised Papua as part of Indonesia. However, there are many Papua’s pro-independence who feel that Pepera was conducted under the military pressure.


    The roots of Papua conflict

    Deciding on the best strategy to overcome security problems in Papua by ending violent acts from anyone by any motives is a difficult task.

    The Papua Road Map book published by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences in 2009 has elaborated on the roots of Papua conflict:

    marginalisation, discrimination, including the lack of recognition of Papua’s contribution and service to Indonesia,

    the lack of social infrastructure development in Papua, especially education, health, economic empowerment, and the low level access to participation for native Papuans,

    unfinished process in political economic, and socio-cultural integration, 

    the widespread political violence that has never been addressed, 

    unresolved human rights violation, especially the Wasior, Wamena, and Paniai cases.


    Don’t rush into military operation

    Events in Tembagapura may point to a relationship between the business and security sector in Papua, which involves various actors who tend to use each other. A company like Freeport often spends special funds to make sure that their operations are safe, sometimes by asking protection from TNI and Polri.

    The Tembagapura (Banti and Kimbeli) “hostage” case is still unclear, but it is possible that it was not only driven by economic motives such as competition between local miners, but also political motives involving the Free Papua Movement (OPM). 


    The police has reported that the “hostage” is related to competition or tailing areas between migrants and native Papuans. If this is true, then the police should deal with this using law enforcement approach. 

    However, if the soldiers of the Free Papua Movement were responsible for the hostage taking as claimed by the military, then it is the domain of the Indonesian military

    The strategy to ensure security in Papua should be carefully thought out due to this mix between political and economic interests in Papua. 

    Using a state perspective, Tembagapura case should be thoroughly managed to restore stability and security. However, if the government goes overboard in restoring security via a military operation, Indonesia will be deemed inconsistent in its commitment to Papua’s development, especially if the security is ensured at the expense of human rights principles. 

    The dynamics in Papua is closely related to political interests. The conflicting interests between the government and people of Papua have created a deep sense of distrust between the two. 

    This distrust between the government and people of Papua intensifies one-sided claim either by Indonesian nationalists or pro-independence activists. It manifests in, for example, pro-independence activists claim that Papua is “a colony of Indonesia” and reversely the stigmatisation of Papuans as separatists by nationalists. 

    Human rights activists and some Papuans often paint government efforts to improve the conditions in Papua as a way to marginalise local people. The government and investors have been criticised for grabbing customary land of Papuans

    On the other side, Indonesian nationalist that oppose to Papuan self determination rights often see native Papuans’ genuine discontent as an indication of resistance towards the government, and proof that they wish to separate. 

    Nonmilitary approach to Papua’s security


    What should the government do to ensure security and stability in Papua? 

    First, there’s no need to overreact. The Tembagapura case is likely to be driven by pragmatic interests of the parties involved. 


    Second, the government should balance their state security approach with human security. The safety and well-being of the people that are not directly involved in the conflict must be a priority irrespective of ethnicity and race between migrants or indigenous people. 


    Third, the government should build paths for dialogue and negotiation towards reconciliation in the long term. Gradually or simultaneously there should be a space for dialogue to prevent growing distrust between migrants and indigenous Papuans and between authorities and the public. 


    On August 15th, 2017, President Joko Widodo, religious and tribe leaders as well as Papuan human rights activists met at the presidential palaceJakarta. After the meeting, the Coordinating Minister of Politics, Legal, and Security, the president’s chief of staff and the coordinator of Papua Peace Network were appointed as the persons in charge to prepare dialogues on human rights and security issues in Papua. 

    Fourth, the local governments, must be proactive and work together with the police to restore security in the region. 

    Fifth, the three pillars of Papua (the local governments, Papua legislative bodies, and the Papuan People Council should work together to improve prosperity and welfare of all Papuans. 

    Dialogue is still relevant and urgent

    Even though there is no “new” approach to create peace in Papua and that there are differing views over the urgency of dialogue, it does not mean that dialogue is no longer relevant for Papua. 

    The most important thing to ensure the success of the dialogue process is to start with a common ground to create a more democratic and prosperous Papua. This is not only to retain Indonesia’s territorial integrity, but moreover to appreciate and respect Papuan dignity within the diversity of Indonesian people.

     
    This article was originally published in Indonesian

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    Chronology of violence by Brimob officers working in PT Permata Putera Mandiri’s concession towards indigenous customary landowners in South Sorong

    Information has emerged that the conflict between indigenous people in Puragi village, South Sorong, and PT Permata Putera Mandiri, a subsidiary of the Austindo Nusantara Jaya Group, has resulted in a string of aggressions from police mobile brigade (Brimob) officers working  for the company in recent months, since it recommenced deforestation on the disputed land. In the most serious incident, on 23rd October,  a man was savagely beaten by three Brimob guards for trying to defend his land. Yayasan Pusaka and the Iwaro Student Network (IPPMI) recently went to the area to investigate  – here’s the report they compiled.
    Starting in September and continuing until now, seven clans who hold customary rights to land in Puragi village, Metamani sub-district, South Sorong Regency, Papua Barat province, have staged a “customary law blockade” to stop work and establish limits to the areas oil palm plantation company PT Permata Putera Mandiri (PT PPM) can clear, around places known as Ureko and Nyono. The seven clans are: (1) Gue, (2) Atoare, (3) Mengge, (4) Bumere, (5) Kawaine, (6) Oropae 1, (7) Oropae 2.
    The reason for the blockade was that since the initial land clearance and planting, up to and including the more recent ongoing clearance of land which started in September 2017, the company has not carried out its obligation to hold a decision-making meeting with the community to reach an agreement about the status of the land, and compensation for any ways they have been disadvantaged or lost sources of livelihood, including forest products and food sources. The company has also not openly discussed with them empowerment programmes concerned with economic, social and cultural rights.
    The company has ignored customary laws and community demands and continues to clear and destroy the forest. Sometimes a contractor says they will take up the issue or meet the community’s demands, but this has yet to occur. 
    This has led to an increasing level of tension between the community and the company, which makes use of police mobile brigade to guard its concession. These Brimob guards have been involved in acts of violence and intimidation and have made threats of beatings, arrests and other forms of aggression.
    The following is a chronology of the aggressions suffered by members of clans from Puragi village, who have faced threats and violence in the course of their blockade actions:

    Violence towards Nataniel Oropae

    In early October 2017, Nataniel Oropae (the Puragi Village Head), who owns land and sago groves in the area PT PPM is cultivating, went to the office of the contractor (RPU) at its camp in Kapiremi grove, at the three kilometer post, accompanied by seven other customary landowners from Puragi, Sorong and Teminabuan (South Sorong).
    Their intention was to demand that the company pay for the loss of land and forest products that it had destroyed, cleared or damaged, whether in the past, or during the current clearance work.
    As they arrived in RPU’s camp it was raining, and so Nataniel took shelter beside the security outpost. Nataniel started talking to a Brimob officer who came outside to look for something. “What are you looking for?”, Nataniel asked.
    The officer turned around and approached Nataniel, angry and threatening without reason, and then, wanting to punch him, placed his fist against Nataniel’s forehead. “Don’t hit me”, Nataniel pleaded.
    In the end the officer didn’t strike him and asked Nataniel “are you drunk?”, for no clear reason. This incident made Nataniel feel afraid and degraded.
    In the community’s dialogue with the company (at which officers guarding the company were present), the company said that lost or damaged forest products would not be paid for. In accordance with Papua Barat Gubernatorial Regulation number 5 (?), only timber of diameter 30 cm and up would be paid for, while rattan, sago, resin and so on would not be compensated. Disappointed, the community continued the blockade.

    Violence towards Arnold Bumere and Edison Oropae

    Arnold Bumere owns land around the Kapiremi grove, which has been cleared by PT PPM without first holding a decision-making meeting involving the wider community and customary landowners. Arnold protested and erected a bar to mark a customary law prohibition on clearing forest and sago groves on his clan’s land.
    In early October 2017, he suffered violence and intimidation at the Jamarema log compound.
    Edison Oropae, a customary landowner of the Ureko grove, who has also used customary law to deny the company access to his land and sago groves, had a similar experience. Brimob guards stationed at the company’s camp were verbally aggressive towards Edison, intimidating him and threatening him with acts of violence.

    Violence towards Yan Ever Mengge, also known as Bowake.

    On 23rd October 2017, Yan Ever Mengge, also known as Bowake, met a company worker who was clearing land and forest around the Kapiremi grove. Bowake asked him about whether the community’s demands to be paid compensation for the land and forest products they had lost would be met. The company had promised that this would take place on the 22nd October 2017. However, Bowake and other clans had received no response to their demands by that date.
    Bowake therefore put in place a customary law blockade around Kapiremi grove and asked the worker to stop clearing the area. Bowake removed the keys of the worker’s motorbike and the excavator, and departed, leaving the worker behind.
    Brimob officers came to the area of the blockade and asked who had done it. Then they went to look for Bowake in their vehicle. Driving at top speed, the car pursued Bowake, trying to run him down, but he was able to jump to the side of the road to avoid it. The officers opened the left-hand door of the car violently, slamming it into Bowake’s body.
    Three Brimob officers ganged up on Bowake, striking him and torturing him until he fell to the ground. They used their rifle butts to strike him around his neck, back, waist and knees, Wearing jackboots, they kicked him in his stomach, sides and chest.
    “Brimob said, ‘We’re going to kill you here, today’. They were kicking me like I was a football” Yan Ever Mengge said. The Brimob guards also threatened that they would bury him alive.
    Some local passersby witnessed the incident from a distance, but were not able to help. They just shouted out, asking for mercy, and for Brimob to halt their ferocious attack.
    Bowake was soaked in blood, his whole body covered with bruises and he was unable to walk. He was lifted up and put in the vehicle that the Brimob officers were driving. When they got out of the car in the camp, the Brimob officers continued to kick him until he collapsed. He was brought to the company’s camp and looked after there for several days. He was still in pain and didn’t heal, his backbone and back were hurting, he had difficulty sleeping and often vomited blood.

    Bowake’s medical condition and a settlement for the violence.

    A company worker called Crist took Bowake to the hospital in Teminabuan. According to Bowake, when they were in the longboat traveling from Puragi village to Teminabuan, company staff sent a message to Crist that Bowake shouldn’t report this violent incident to his family in Teminabuan.
    The Mengee family in Teminabuan city did subsequently find out about the problems that Bowake had experienced, however, as Bowake spoke out about the violence and pain which he had suffered to members of his extended family.
    The family and three village heads, from Puragi, Tawanggire and Bedare, met and decided to demand a settlement for the violence towards Bowake, plus the cost of his medical treatment, and a resolution of the issue of indigenous people’s land rights in the area. 
    On 5th November 2017, the Mengee family from Teminabuan and Puragi went to the company’s camp and asked them to come to Puragi village to discuss a settlement, but the company were opposed to this, they wanted to reach the settlement in the company offices. Discussions continued until midnight. Bowake’s family demanded the payment of a penalty under customary law for the beatings and tortures carried out by the three police officers, which would come to 150 million Rupiah. The calculation of the penalty was based on 50 million Rupiah for each of the three perpetrators, but the company bargained the sum down to 50 million Rupiah.
    The company produced an official note that it would pay the costs of treatment and a 50 million Rupiah penalty for the beating, and that the matter would then be considered settled. The penalty money would be sent to the family in Teminabuan within the next week. However, this has still not taken place and Bowake has no medicine. He has only been using traditional medicine until now.
    The family intends to reject the contents of this note because it was signed in a rush in the middle of the night by family representatives Max Mengge and Cristina Mengge Tesia (represented by Dorce Mengge), and Ashari, on behalf of the company. They feel that the family is disadvantaged by the agreement, for example because it means that the case is considered closed and also because the company didn’t stick to the agreed time limit to pay the family.
    Sources:
    Victims Yan Ever Mengge and Nataniel Oropae (Head of Puragi village)
    Victim’s family members: Christina Mengge, Dorce Mengge, Christina Mengge, Bram. 
    Compiled by Franky Samperante and Simon Soren
    Sorong, 19 November 2017

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