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    1) West Papuan refugees in PNG live in fear - Free West Papua Campaign

    2) One dead in Papua shooting 

    3) UNPO April 9, 2014

    4) Two die in Papua plane  crash


    1) West Papuan refugees in PNG live in fear - Free West Papua Campaign

    Updated at 4:47 am on 9 April 2014

    The Free West Papua Campaign says West Papuan refugees living in Vanimo in Papua New Guinea fear they will be killed in revenge for the armed clashes on the Wutung border post.
    A number of separatist rebels from Papua's OPM have reportedly crossed from Indonesia since the clash.
    The Campaign's founder Benny Wenda says the refugees believe if PNG police fail to find the rebels then Indonesia will force them to arrest West Papuan refugees near the border.
    He says the refugees have told him they live in fear.
    "Because they have experienced when the Indonesian military couldn't find the freedom fighters because they run to the bush. And then they use Papua New Guinea police to look into Papua New Guinea. (if) they couldn't find them sometimes they also burn their houses because they're angry. The refugees who contacted me, they told me - if they couldn't find these freedom fighters, they will turn to us."
    Benny Wenda, Founder of the Free West Papuan Campaign who is in exile in Britain.
    2) One dead in Papua shooting 
    Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura, Papua | National | Wed, April 09 2014, 5:33 PM
    A man identified as Wakanio Enumbi, 25, was shot dead in a shootout between security officers and an armed group at Puncak Senyum, Mulia, in Papua's Puncak Jaya regency on Wednesday morning.
    "The incident took place at around 9 a.m.," Cendrawasih Military Command (Kodam) XVII chief Maj. Gen. Christian Zebua told The Jakarta Post in Jayapura.
    He said that after the clash, security officers had confiscated an SSI rifle and 17 bullets at the scene.
    Christian said that angry clashes had ben taking place in Puncak Senyum since Tuesday afternoon, after security officers spotted a number of locals passing the area carrying traditional weapons.
    This latest incident did not disrupt voting in Puncak Jaya for the legislative election, however.
    "There were no security issues during the voting period, and the shooting was not related to the election. People have kept on arriving at the polling stations to cast their votes," Puncak Jaya Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Marselis told the Post.
    "The victim [Enumbi] was on the DPO [police's most-wanted list]."
    National Police chief Gen. Sutarman said in Jakarta that the police and personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI) were investigating the case. (nfo)


    3) UNPO April 9, 2014
    West Papua: Maltreatment And Torture Cases Must Be Investigated 

    The LP3BP Manokwari [an Institute for Research, Recognition and Development of Legal Aid that provides judicial services to Papuan people] urges the National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia, as well as the UN Human Rights Council, to investigate and put on the agenda the maltreatment and torture of two men aged 20 and 25 by members of the Indonesian police.

    Below is a statement by Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of LP3BP, published on
    Speaking as a human rights defender working in the Land of Papua, I urge the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) in Jakarta to immediately investigate the maltreatment and torture by members of the Indonesian police of Yali Wenda (20) and Alvares Kapissa (25) on 2 April [2014]. Such actions are regarded as being grave human rights violations as stated in Article 9 (f) of Law 26/2000 on Human Rights Courts and the most serious form of human rights violations according to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment.
    As a recipient of the John Humphreys Freedom Award 2005 in Canada, I call on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to place this case of treatment of the two students both of whom are civilians on its agenda for discussion and the adoption of a resolution regarding the government of Indonesia in its session in May of 2014.

    The Secretary General of the United Nations should also press the Indonesian government to allow his Special Representative on Maltreatment and Torture to enter the Land of Papua in order to ensure that this case is handled transparently and in accordance with the mechanisms and principles of international law.
    As Executive Director of the LP3BH Manokwari [an Institute for Research, Recognition and Development of Legal Aid that provides judicial services to Papuan people], I call on the international community, in particular the governments of the members of the European Union to review the bilateral accords on co-operation which they have entered into with Indonesia, in the context of developmental activity in the Land of Papua.
    Respect for human rights is regarded as the foremost feature of law in any bilateral accord between state members of the European Union and other countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States of America, New Zealand and Japan and Indonesia.
    The LP3BH also urges the Government of Indonesia to give unfettered access to the Land of Papua to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group to investigate the current state of human rights in the Land of Papua and what may happen there in the future.
    - See more at:


    4) Two die in Papua plane  crash

    Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Wed, April 09 2014, 5:42 PM

    A US-manufactured Kodiak plane carrying seven people crashed on take-off at the airport, known locally as Advent airport, in Doyo, Sentani, in Jayapura regency, Papua, on Wednesday morning.
    US pilot Robert Franklin, 63, and a male passenger identified as Danis Kobak, 34, died in the crash. The plane, being used for missionary work, was scheduled to fly to Ninia in Yahukimo regency.
    "As the plane was trying to take off it had difficulty getting airborne and its left wing hit a bridge at the end of the runway. The plane crashed; its front part was engulfed in flames and its right wing was detached from the fuselage," Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Sondang Siagian said.
    Aside from the death of the pilot and passenger, two other passengers were seriously injured and another three suffered minor injuries.
    "The five passengers are being treated at RSUD [Regional Hospital] Yowari," Transportation Ministry acting spokesman Bambang S. Ervan told The Jakarta Post in a text message.
    The injured passengers were identified as Janes Pahabol, 32; Ali Kobak, 41; Darius, 30, MIsen Kobak, 28, and Neman Talingga (age unknown).
    Two motorcyclists, identified as Lia Manuari and Ida Marweri, who were passing the scene at the time of the incident were also injured.
    Bambang said the plane belonged to Adventist Aviation Indonesia and had been granted an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) 91, as it was being used for individual transportation. (nfo)

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    1) Papua call for UN to revisit former Dutch colony's plight

    2) Fresh OPM clash


    1) Papua call for UN to revisit former Dutch colony's plight
    Updated at 2:14 pm today
    West Papuan separatists say they want the United Nations to revisit their case, claiming they were denied their rights in the 1969 Act of Free Choice.
    The UN-sponsored vote by a selection of chiefs is widely decried as a sham that allowed Indonesia to annex the former Dutch colony.
    Last weekend, rebels who crossed into Papua New Guinea hoisted the United Nations flag alongside West Papua's banned Morning Star flag.
    Stanley Iko from the Free West Papua Campaign says West Papua's people feel as if they are fighting this battle alone.
    The United Nations is going to come in and help the West Papuans. You know, everywhere in the world if there are gunshots or a massacre or somebody has been murdered, around the world people get up from their seats and jump up and down and you know, start making a lot of noise. In West Papua, nothing. Nothing of that sort. The reason why they hoisted the UN flag is because they want them to come in now and have a look at their case of West Papua.
    Stanley Iko from the Free West Papua Campaign.


    2) Fresh OPM clash

    Thu 10 Apr 2014

    VANIMO, Papua New Guinea --- The Indonesian military and OPM elements have engaged in another shootout on the Papua New Guinea-Indonesia border, forcing the closure of a primary school and restrictions on traditional border crossers.
    According to intelligence sources on the ground the gun battle lasted for about 30 minutes Wednesday between 8 to 9am before the OPM (Operasi Papua Merdeka) withdrew to the nearby jungle. There are also unconfirmed reports of a skirmish between the two sides at Taimi River, some 10 kilometres west of the border and not far from an Indonesian military Forward Base.
    The PNG Government has beefed up the strength of a PNG Defence Force unit at its Wutung border post – in response to the clashes – with another section arriving from the Vanimo Forward Base recently, said the intelligence sources.
    Ian Jinga, the National Security Advisory Council director general, confirmed the clashes in an interview with the Post-Courier yesterday and said the PNG Government is aware of the situation and the border clashes.
    A team comprising officers from the PNG Foreign Affairs Department, PNG Customs, PNG Immigration Authority, PNGDF, the Royal PNG Constabulary, National Intelligence Organisation and the NSAC is currently on the ground in Vanimo to investigate reports of border incursions, establish the facts and then report back to the Government on a course of action.
    “That team will establish the facts and then report to NSAC and then the NSAC will take appropriate measures to deal with the issue. Already the Secretary for Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia to communicate a diplomatic note expressing our serious concerns on the incidences of border incursions and the possible spillover effects of what had transpired over the weekend,” he said.
    When asked if there were any fatalities on the PNG side of the border, he said no Papua New Guinean lives were lost so far and properties were not damaged. Classes at the Wutung Primary School were suspended for the day and will resume today, said the intelligence sources.
    The fighting coincides with a global protest by pro-West Papua sympathisers on the eve of Indonesia’s national legislative elections, which were held yesterday. The protest in West Papua led to the lowering of the Indonesian flag and the raising of the West Papuan pro-independence movement’s Morning Star flag last weekend, which also triggered a gun battle.
    The closure of the border to traditional border crossers is beginning to affect the Wutung community as it is running short of food because their gardens are on the Indonesian side of the border.
    The PNGDF and PNG Government officials have stopped the villagers from visiting their gardens, which has compelled the villagers recently to appeal to members of the OPM to leave their area so they can access their food gardens.


    Asmat Craft (IST)

    Jayapura, 7/4 (Jubi) – The Asmat carvings which is known with its complexity details and high artistic values are currently able to easily imitated by the Balinese craftsmen, whereas earlier it could only done by the Asmat people.
    “It wasn’t surprise if we found the Asmat carvings in Bali or elsewhere. It might be made in Province Bali and produced by the Balinese craftsmen,” a tourism observer in Papua, Mian Simanjuntak told to on Monday (7/4).
    He hoped the local government could give a serious attention towards the Papuan artists as well as their works, so that the potential and richness of art and culture could be well improved and be strength of Papuans.
    “I see a lot of leaders in Papua didn’t count on the art works of Papuan artists and tourism as well. In fact, all the elements were contained within tourism, started from art, culture, economic, aesthetics and other values. If those elements could be well understood, it would give a huge impact to the development in Papua,” he said.
    The Head Section of Tourism Promotion of Tourism and Creative Economic Department of Province Papua, Fidella Rettob admitted the Balinese craftsmen could imitate the Asmat carvings and sell it. It is now her concern.
    “Many factors have inhibited the tourism growth in Papua, either it’s about security or budget. I think if every sectors have been serious and thought the art, culture and tourism are important, the tourism in Papua should be better,” she told in her office on Monday (7/4).(Albert/Jubi/rom)

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    1) Police confirm armed civilian group behind recent firefight in Papua

    2) Shootings Mar Election in Papua

    3) 'The Indonesian System Is Used To Destroy Papuans'

    1) Police confirm armed civilian group behind recent firefight in Papua
    Thu, April 10 2014 19:19 | 328 Views
    Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The police force confirmed that an armed civilian group was responsible for the recent armed conflict in the Puncak Jaya district, Papua.

    "The perpetrators were not from the Papua Free Organization (OPM) but belonged to an armed civilian group," National Police chief General Sutarman told ANTARA News here on Thursday.

    He said the clash between the group and the Battalion 751 members was not connected with the recent general election.

    "It was not connected with the general election," he added.

    The armys head of information division Brigadier General Andika Perkasa said the army was still hunting for the group members following the conflict in Puncak Jaya on Wednesday.

    "We continued to look for the six people who escaped after the conflict. They fled toward a ravine near the scene of the conflict, but we know that a few of them were wounded," Brigadier General Andika Perkasa said.

    He admitted that the 17th Military Command members had known about the movement of the group in Puncak Jaya, following intelligence reports that it had received in the past week. 

    Following the information, the military sent a seven-member team to patrol the area led by Captain Suchori from the task force to secure the vulnerable region under the jurisdiction of Battalion 751.

    "Later, it was proved that the information was correct. At around 8.05 a. m. on Wednesday, a gun fight broke out between the team and the radical group of seven people in Puncak Senyum in Distrik Mulia, Puncak Jaya," he said.

    Due to the incident, a member named Waniyo Enumbi from the Philia group led by Rambo/Engkaranggo Wonda was killed, while six others fled.

    "The patrol team confiscated an SS-1 V-5 rifle, a machete and an arrow," Andika said.

    No one from the Battalion 751 team was wounded in the clash.

    (Reporting by Juwita Trisna Rahayu/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/O001)
    Editor: Priyambodo RH

    THURSDAY, 10 APRIL, 2014 | 21:26 WIB
    2) Shootings Mar Election in Papua
    TEMPO.COJayapura - Two shootings marred the legislative election in Papua yesterday. The first occurred on the border area between Indonesia and Papua Nugini in Skow near Jayapura, during the early hours of the morning. Shooting happened again at 08.30 at Senyum Peak, Puncak Jaya Regency, killing Wakanio Enumbi, a member of a militant group.
    Maj. Gen. Christian Zebua, Cendrawasih Military Region XVII commander, said that the second shooting was carried out by a militant group. "Seven of our members were patrolling and were ambushed by the group at the border guard post," he said yesterday.
    Crossfire occurred between the Indonesian military units and the attackers, resulting in Wakanio's death. "We found a SS1 gun and 17 ammunitions," he said. The body was taken to Mulia General Hospital in Puncak Jaya. Wakanio was allegedly in the list of wanted people who attacked Pirime police precinct at Lanny Jaya Regency, in 2012.
    Before the yesterday's shootings, similar incidents also happened in Skow the previous week, resulting in one casualty. According to Christian, the suspect was an Indonesian citizen who lived in Papua Nugini. After the incident, Army Col. Herman Asaribab, the 172/Praja Wira Yakti military commander, held a meeting with Maj. Pater of the Papua Nugini border military commander during which both agreed to keep the border area safe and peaceful.


    west papua 10 Apr 2014

    3) 'The Indonesian System Is Used To Destroy Papuans'

    By Marni Cordell and Alex Rayfield

    Two West Papuans who were beaten by Indonesian police for organising a protest in support of political prisoners have told NM about their horrific injuries. Marni Cordell and Alex Rayfield report
    Two West Papuan students say they were kicked, called “monkeys” and struck with a cattle-prod style instrument by Indonesian police after being arrested at a rally for West Papuan political prisoners last Wednesday.
    Alfares Kapissa, 27, and Yali Wenda, 19, told New Matilda they were severely injured during 36 hours in police custody after being arrested for their involvement in the protest at Cenderawasih University in Jayapura.
    Similar rallies were held around the globe, including in Melbourne, last week to call for the release of dozens of West Papuans imprisoned for speaking out against the Indonesian state.
    West Papuans regularly receive long jail terms for holding demonstrations, raising the banned morning star flag, and for other acts that are deemed a threat to Indonesian sovereignty over West Papua. According to data from Papuans Behind Bars, political arrests in West Papua are increasing.
    Wenda told NM he participated in the protest because “all our leaders are in prison — many of my elders are in prison without any good reason”. From Jayapura, he described what happened when police arrived to arrest him and Kapissa, who were targeted as organisers of the rally.
    “The police grabbed Alfares first, then they grabbed me,” he told NM. “They threw me into the truck. Some of my friends tried to stop the police but they weren't able. The police fired their rifles into the air and released tear gas.
    “Once in the truck the police beat me. I was hit hard on the ear with a rifle butt then they beat me on the back and on other parts of my body.
    “I tried to protect myself then one of the policemen grabbed a baton made of rattan and stabbed me on the foot. Then they twisted it hard on my foot, piercing my skin. By that stage I was lying on the floor of the truck.”
    Wenda said that during a 25-minute trip to the police station, he and Kapissa were both struck numerous times in the face and eyes, and that police used a long instrument like a cattle prod or stun gun to deliver what felt like electric shocks. He said he was so badly beaten that “until now I can’t even eat rice, only porridge”.
    “While I was in the truck the police held me down with a shield and electrocuted me. I just tried to hold my head. I screamed but the police yelled 'quiet' then hit me again. When they electrocuted me my arms went out from body. I could not control them and I could not protect myself.
    “There were about 10 or so police. They all took turns at beating me. Most of them were from Java, two were Papuan. The police called us ‘stupid students’, ‘monkeys’ and ‘dogs’. They told us we would die, that we would never get freedom,” he said.

    Alfares Kapissa, with injuries sustained in police custody including marks on his neck from a stun gun

    When the duo arrived at the police station Wenda told NM they were put in a cell with other prisoners and spent the night sleeping on the floor. The next morning they were questioned by police, without a lawyer.
    “[The police] asked us who else was involved in the action, if we knew certain people or where they lived,” Wenda said. “The police said there was no need to demonstrate. They asked why we were involved in the action, why we wanted to demonstrate to free political prisoners.”
    “The police wrote a statement. I saw the police write that we weren't beaten then they forced us to sign it. They also asked us to sign a statement that we would not carry out any other demonstrations. The police accused us of being criminals, of attacking them when in fact it was the police who beat us.
    “We complained that what the police wrote was not right but the police just forced us to sign the statement,” he said.
    The pair said they were released at midnight on Thursday and that they visited a hospital the following day where they were told they had no broken bones. “But they told us that if we wanted [the medical report] we would have to ask the police for permission,” Wenda said.
    Kapissa told NM, “The doctor took photos [of the injuries] and I asked for a copy but then the police intelligence arrived. That’s when the doctor said to me and the police that there’s nothing wrong with me, I’m fine.”
    “But I feel really different. I feel really hurt,” he said.
    Since being released, Wenda said he had twice been visited by police intelligence officers, who asked him if he was afraid after being beaten.
    “I am determined to keep doing what I can for the [West Papuan] people,” he said.
    “Some of my family have been imprisoned. Some have been killed.
    “Indonesian soldiers tied up my nana then they shot her dead in front in my eyes. In 2003 my uncle was shot dead by the army. Another time when I was in high school, I was also almost shot. Instead my friend, Agus Wenda, was shot. He died instantly," Wenda said.
    “I signed the police statement but I told the police I would still demonstrate. The longer we wait the more Papuans disappear. The Indonesian system is used to destroy us as Papuans. That is why I want to resist. The system has to be changed.”

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    1) Freeport Agrees Terms for Mining Contract Extension

    2) Pilot of plane crash buried  in Papua


    SUNDAY, 13 APRIL, 2014 | 04:02 WIB
    1) Freeport Agrees Terms for Mining Contract Extension

    TEMPO.COJakarta - The government and PT Freeport have agreed several terms in the renegotiation of Freeport's mining contract extension. There are three terms that have been agreed, according to Mineral and Coal Director, Gen. R. Sukyar, which are: the area of mining region, increased royalty rate to 3.75 percent, and smelter development plans. "The negotiation is still underway," he said, Friday, April 11.
    Although they have agreed a number of points, he said, the organization still has not agreed to divest its stake. "In regard to divesting, we have not made a deal," he said.
    He explained that the government has urged the American mining company to divest 30 percent of its stake to Indonesia. The figure is lower than what was required in Regulation Number 4 of 2009 regarding the obligation to divest 51 percent of stake.
    According to Sukyar, the request to merely divest 30 percent is because Freeport still requires the underground mining investment in Grasberg, Papua. "The government requests 30 percent. 51 percent is the maximum figure depending on investments."
    Previously, he said, the government will extend the contract with Freeport that will expire in 2021 if the company agrees to divest 30 percent of its stake. Up to this moment, the Freeport management has not confirmed whether they agree or not.

    2) Pilot of plane crash buried  in Papua
    The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Sat, April 12 2014, 7:26 AM

    The body of Robert Franklin, 63, the pilot of the Godiak 100 plane that crashed at Advent airfield in Doyo Baru village in Sentani, Jayapura regency, Papua, on April 9, was buried on Friday at the airfield’s cemetery.
    Though Franklin was a United States citizen, his family wished to bury him in Papua.
    “He was instrumental in the aviation field in Papua. He used to fly into the heartland and was very popular, going
    by the name of Bob. Virtually all residents of remote areas in Papua have travelled in planes flown by Bob,” said Mesak, a resident.
    Based on a preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), it is believed that the ill-­fated plane crashed during a failed takeoff, after its left wing hit a bridge located at the end of the runway and it smashed onto a highway.
    “The conclusive investigation will be announced by the KNKT in Jakarta,” said Papua KNKT representative, Nobert, adding that the failed takeoff was likely due to inadequate power or engine failure.

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    1) PNG government failed on West Papua issue, says Namah

    2) PNG and Indonesia agree to investigate border clashes

    3) Vanimo people live in fear of Indonesian army, says PNG MP


    1) PNG government failed on West Papua issue, says Namah

    Updated at 4:33 am today

    Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says the government has failed to address ongoing problems on the border with Indonesia.
    Belden Namah says people in his electorate, Vanimo Green, are subject to continued incursions by Indonesian military forces hunting West Papuan rebels.
    He says Vanimo people living near the border are harassed by the Indonesians who block access to the Papua New Guineans' traditional hunting and fishing territory which agreements between the two countries are supposed to guarantee.
    Mr Namah says PNG's O'Neill government is misguided in its claims that trade agreements with Indonesia can address the problems along the West Papua border.
    "It's a totally different issue, it's an issue about identity, it's an issue about the land, the motherland. So you can't mix those issues, you've got to address them separately. If it's an issue about trade, it's a totally different issue, it's the trade between Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, but if it's an issue about West Papua, it's about self-determination."
    PNG's opposition leader Belden Namah

    2) PNG and Indonesia agree to investigate border clashes

    Updated at 4:33 am today

    Papua New Guinea and Indonesia have agreed to jointly investigate recent clashes at the border involving suspected separatist militants and Indonesian soldiers.
    PNG's Defence Minister Fabian Pok says the investigations will be led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and involve other government departments.
    He says PNG officials will work closely with Jakarta to try and resolve the issues.
    Mr Pok says the PNG government has also flown in additional Defence Force troops to try and eliminate suspected OPM rebel camps on their side of the border.
    He says they have been told to free the PNG side of any rebel activities and ensure the security of Papua New Guinea citizens living in the border areas.
    The Minister has also confirmed that PNG solders attacked a suspected OPM camp and burnt down garden shelters used by PNG villagers

    3) Vanimo people live in fear of Indonesian army, says PNG MP

    Updated at 11:29 am on 14 April 2014

    A Papua New Guinea MP says people in his electorate, Vanimo Green, live in constant fear of cross-border incursions by Indonesia's military.
    Belden Namah, who is also PNG's opposition leader, says the government has failed to provide adequate military and police capabilities to protect the border.
    Ongoing Indonesian efforts to hunt down members of the OPM Free West Papua Movement recently spilled over into PNG again with another shootout between Indonesian troops and the rebels.
    Mr Namah says Indonesian military have established their presence at various points in PNG including Vanimo.
    "On some occasions, if not most of the occasions, they go and burn down houses. They threaten PNG citizens with guns whether for shielding OPMs or for whatever reason. So our people on the border, they live in fear all of the time. Papua New Guinea (government) should come out and make an open statement. Because, if we do not make a clear cut decision on the issue of West Papua, this problem is still going to exist."
    Belden Nama

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    1) Rio Tinto heavily blamed by protesters over 41 mine worker deaths

    2) Papua Governor Asks Navy to Help Search for 24 Missing

    3) Chaotic Election in Papua Caused by Lack of Preparation


    1) Rio Tinto heavily blamed by protesters over 41 mine worker deaths
    Global trade union IndustriAll accuses Anglo-Australian firm of 'very wide breaches of fundamental rights' in failure over safety

    Protesters and unions from around the world heavily criticise mining companyRio Tinto on Tuesday over alleged lapses in safety leading to the deaths of 41 people and a string of claimed environmental abuses.
    Global trade union IndustriAll, which represents 50 million industrial workers across the world, accused Rio of "very wide breaches of fundamental rights" and said the Anglo-Australian mining company could have done more to prevent the 41 deaths last year.
    Kemal Özkan, assistant general secretary of IndustriAll, said the deaths of 33 gold miners when a tunnel collapsed at a Rio joint venture mine in Indonesia last May could have been avoided.
    He claimed that the Indonesian human rights commission found that the operators of the Grasberg mine, owned with US company Freeport, "had the ability to prevent this from happening but didn't".
    "The lack of effort jeopardised the lives of others. The gravity of this case is serious," he quoted Indonesian human rights commissioner Natalius Pigai as saying in a report into the incident.
    Jan du Plessis, Rio's chairman, described the Indonesian deaths as a "tragedy" and said the company was doing all it could to improve safety. "We've got to be [by far] one of the leaders in this field [safety]," he said at the company's annual meeting in London.

    He admitted that the Grasberg mine, the world's largest gold mine, was "far from perfection". But said Rio's board believed both safety and environmental issues would not be improved by the company pulling out of the operation in Papua.
    Well-known private shareholder John Farmer said it was unacceptable for the company to "gloss over 33 deaths just because it [the mine] is managed by someone else".
    A company spokesman later said: "Rio Tinto does not manage the Grasberg operation, but we do not stand aside when fatalities occur. We are working with Freeport, the managers of the mine on safety, as well as community, human rights and other issues."
    Native Papuan people protesting against the Grasberg mine, which has also been at the centre of alleged environmental abuses, were joined by others complaining about alleged human right and environmental abuses in Madagascar, Australia, Namibia and the US.
    Perle Zafinandro, the leader of a community protest group against Rio's majority-owned coastal forest mine in Madagascar, accused the company of "land grabbing and environmental devastation".
    Sam Walsh, Rio's chief executive, apologised for poor communication and promised better engagement with local people. He said the level of compensation for people displaced by the QIT Madagascar Minerals mine was negoitated by the Madagscar government, which owns 20% of the mine, not Rio.
    Walsh also committed to "turning the area back to what it was" and has employed a "team running a [plant] nursery to be able to fully rehabitualise the area".
    Zafiandro said: "How are you going to get these trees to grow on the dead sands left behind?"
    Rio has employed horticulturists from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to advise it on how to restore the unique and highly endangered littoral [coastal] forest in the southeast of the island.

    2) Papua Governor Asks Navy to Help Search for 24 Missing

    By SP/Jeis Montesori on 03:54 pm Apr 15, 2014
    Category News

    Jayapura. The governor of Papua has called on the Indonesian Navy to help search for 24 people missing a week after a boat capsized off Yapen, part of the Schouten Islands chain in Indonesia’s easternmost province.
    “We asked the commander of Lantamal V Papua [the primary naval base in Papua] to deploy its fleet to help search for 24 victims in the waters off Yapan island,” Governor Lukas Enembe said on Tuesday.
    Yapen Island Police chief Adj. Sr. Cmr. Gatot Prasetyo said the motorboat was on its way to Membramo Raya when it ran into trouble in high waves and capsized on April 8. Search and Rescue teams — which are usually comprised mostly of volunteers — from Biak and Yapen Island had begun searching for the missing but no-one had been found since the boat sank.
    Lukas said most of the passengers had been traveling to Mamberamao Raya to cast their votes in the April 9 legislative election. There were three legislative candidates from the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party, People’s Conscience (Hanura) Party and Democratic Party onboard.
    “They were exercising their right to vote in Memberamo Raya district — but this incident happened,” Lukas said.
    Papua Police spokesman Sr. Cmr. Pudjo Sulistio said the police had approximate coordinates of the search area but that waves reaching three meters had hamstrung the search.
    “We still continue the search today,” Sulistio said. “We are using a speed boat from Biak’s Basarnas [National Search and Rescue Agency] with personnel from the military, police and Search and Rescue teams from Yapen Island.”
    TUESDAY, 15 APRIL, 2014 | 16:56 WIB
    3) Chaotic Election in Papua Caused by Lack of Preparation
    TEMPO.COJayapura - Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said that the 2014 legislative elections in Papua was chaotic. He admitted to having received reports of incidents during the voting process and saw ballot papers thrown on the streets. "Clearly, this year's election was worse [than the last]," Lukas told reporters in Jayapura yesterday.
    According to Lukas, problems arose because the traditional system that allowed the people to be represented by the indigenous leaders, noken, was not recognized in the election. This system is considered controversial because it is not direct, general, free, confidential nor fair. "The Noken system was no longer applicable this election this year," he said, adding that in the cities, people flocked to the polling booths with no problem.
    The governor also criticized disorderly logistics process on the central mountainous area in Papua, such as Yahukimo Regency. He had previously asked the General Elections Commission (KPU) to submit a report of the voting, not the ballot boxes, for the vote count. "The topography and geographic conditions in Papua make it difficult for large [for large-scale logistics]," he said.
    The weather and the site's condition also hampered th voting process in Papua. Lukas said that police officers stationed in the remote areas had difficulty going back yesterday.  Some even fell sick there was limited acess to food.
    According to Lukas, the legislative elections in Papua must be handled by the right person who understood the conditions in the area. For the logistics to be sent on time, the process has to be done much  earlier.
    Papua KPU member, Tarwinto, said that 31 out of 51 districts in Yahukimo had already voted. Six districts had not received the election logistics because it could not be sent to the area. An attempt to send it by Susi Air failed because of bad weather on Saturday last week.
    Papua Election Supervisory Board member, Anugrah Pata, said that limited air transportation and bad weather became the main obstacle. "So it was not done on purpose," he said.

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    1) Border clashes may spark new flood of Papuan refugees


    3) Civilian Wounded in Papua Border Shooting

    4) RI-PNG border open despite  shootings


    6) Indonesia health minister visits Timika to monitor leprosy

    7) Indonesia to improve air defense in Papua


    1) Border clashes may spark new flood of Papuan refugees

    Updated 16 April 2014, 8:29 AEST
    There's been a sceptic response to news the governments of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia will jointly investigate recent deadly clashes on their border.
    It comes as protests over Indonesia's parliamentary elections turned deadly.
    PNG has sent in additional soldiers and the government says its aim is to re-open the border and trade.
    But West Papua researcher Dr Camellia Webb-Gannon fears the initatives will be short lived.
    Presenter: Catherine Graue
    Speaker: Dr Camellia Webb-Gannon, coordinator, West Papua Project.

    Jayapura, 15/4 (Jubi) – Splitting Papua into more provinces is not a solution to address the root of the problems and would be harmful to the people of Papua, Governor Lukas Enembe said.
    Enembe said he would rather move to Australia if the government went ahead with the idea to create more provinces out of Papua.
    “If the division of Papua province happened then I’d rather be a citizen of Australia, because I don’t want to see the problems and repercussions arising from such a decision. I don’t want to hear and follow  developments in Papua. It’s better not to know,” he said during a meeting with regents and the Jayapura mayor.
    The governor said he was concerned about proposals by Papuans to divide the province further, saying such a move was not feasible.
    “Papuans are not too many. When you split it, it means you give outsiders a space and chance to come and  take over Papua,” he said.
    “If you look at the current condition of the people of Papua, the proposed creation of new autonomous regions will be threatening the existence of the indigenous people of Papua on their own land,” he added.
    “I think such a division would be a death knell,” the governor said. (Albert / Jubi/Tina)

    3) Civilian Wounded in Papua Border Shooting

    By Banjir Ambarita on 05:40 pm Apr 16, 2014
    Category CrimeNews
    Tags: Papua

    Jayapura. An armed group in Papua fired on a border post between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, injuring one civilian, Indonesian officials said on Wednesday.
    Papua Police spokesman Sr.Cmr. Pujo Sulistyo said the incident took place at around 1 p.m local time.
    “There was a disturbance from an armed civilian group at the Skouw Wutung Border,” Pujo said. ”A civilian who was passing was shot.”
    Indonesian Military (TNI) spokesman Lt.Col. Rikas Hidayatullah said Indonesia and Papua New Guinea opened the border after it was closed for several weeks as a precautionary measure during Indonesia’s legislative elections.
    He said Heri, 20, was shot in the arm while sitting in the passenger seat of a car driving past the border.
    Pujo added that police and military officers as well as Papua New Guinea military personnel tried to catch the perpetrators but they escaped into the forest.
    “Armed groups often conduct operations at the border,” Pujo said.

    4) RI-PNG border open despite  shootings
    Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Wed, April 16 2014, 9:55 PM
    The Indonesian authorities have decided to open the Skouw Wutung border area between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) despite a recent shooting incident allegedly conducted by a group of insurgents, an official said.
    “We will pursue the assailants while the border gate will be opened,” Cendrawasih Military Command spokesman Lt. Col. Rikas Hidayatulah said on Wednesday.
    He said a civilian by the name of Hery had been shot on his way to a traditional market located near the border area. Hery is being treated at Bhayangkara Police Hospital.
    “A team of soldiers has been deployed to pursue the assailants,” Rikas said.
    The border area was closed on April 6 following a shooting incident involving insurgents reportedly led by Mathias Wenda a day before. The incident left Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Albert Papare and a soldier by the name of chief Sgt. Tugino injured.
    Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian said a joint team comprising police personnel and soldiers had been deployed to pursue the insurgents who had fled into PNG territory.(dic)



    Timika, 15/4 (Jubi) – Pupils at5 SD Inpres Fakafuku elementary school have not attended classes for nine months because the principal and teachers have not shown up for work.
    “The activities at SD Inpres Fakafuku have been paused for nine months. I think there are also some schools in Mimika that are not active,” the head of the Education Bureau for the Community Development Organization of Amungme and Komoro (LPMAK), Markus Wora, said in Timika on Tuesday (15/4).
    “It has happened because the principal and the teachers have not come to the school. The students have two options, staying at home or playing outside of their classrooms,” he said.
    Meanwhile, the head of the Elementary Education and Cultural Department, Fitria Fivie Palenewen said her office has urged the principal of SD Inpres Fakafuku to resume classes.
    “Because of our limitation, we cannot monitor all schools. Besides SD Inpres Fakafuku, there are some schools that are not active. We have summoned those school principals to sign an integrity pact to show their commitment to return to their schools and work as usual,” she said.
    She further said at the moment school activities were running although not 100 percent. (Jubi/Eveerth/rom)

    6) Indonesia health minister visits Timika to monitor leprosy

    Wed, April 16 2014 19:16 | 493 Views
    Sentani (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi visits Timika, Papua to monitor the spread of leprosy in Mumugu village, Asmat sub-district. 

    "Leprosy is still reportedly high in Mumugu, that is why the Minister will monitor the situation and meet the local people there," stated Papua Health Office Chief Aloysius Giyai here, on Wednesday.

    Leprosy in Papua ranks third in the national level after West Papua and Maluku with about 1.3 thousand new leprosy cases each year.

    Leprosy in Papua was reportedly found across 17 districts in Papua, including the Mamberamo Raya, Sarmi, Biak Noemfoor, Mappi, Boven Digoel and Jaya Wijaya district. 

    While in Mumugu, the minister will also monitor a number of public health centers and its supporting medical facilities, as also human resources. 

    Leprosy is also reported to have spread in the areas where health treatment is not coupled with adequate health facilities; the disease is contagious among both adults and children.

    Earlier on Tuesday, April 15, Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi visited Jayapura to monitor the implementation of HIV - AIDS Voluntary Counseling and Testing also evaluating the Health Social Security Management Agency, BPJS Kesehatan, at the basic services level.

    The health Minister entourage also visited the Youwari Sentani, Walihole polyclinic in Yoka, and Marthen Indey Hospital in Aryoko, Jayapura.

    After visiting a number of public medical facilities, the minister also hosted a talk show on how to eradicate malaria in Papua at on a local television channel.
    Editor: Priyambodo RH


    7) Indonesia to improve air defense in Papua

    Wed, April 16 2014 23:14 | 323 Views
    Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Air Force will improve air defense in Papua territory to avoid foreign infiltration through the airspace.

    The National Air Defense Commander Sector IV, Air Marshall Asnam Muhidir, said the Indonesian Air Force will establish a radar unit in Jayapura to enhance Indonesian Air Defense in the eastern region in 2015.

    The institution also planned to build radar units in Sorong in West Papua Province, Ambon in Maluku Province and Morotai in North Maluku.

    "The Indonesian Air Force plans to build four radar units: Jayapura in 2015, Sorong, Ambon and Morotai. We have cleared the land for the radar unit in Jayapura," Asnam said here on Wednesday.

    We hope all of the eastern area can be covered after the radar was built.

    The air force has four radars in the eastern areas such as 242 Radar Unit in Biak, 243 Radar Unit in Timika, 244 Radar Unit in Merauke and 245 Radar Unit Saumlaki in South East Maluku.

    The radar units that were built in some areas helped prevent infiltration from foreign aircraft. "Foreign aircraft are no longer eager to violate our aerial border because almost all of the areas were covered by the radar," Asnam said.

    The Air force noted the locations that could potentially be infiltrated by foreign aircraft, including the northern and southern areas.

    The institution had also cooperated with civil radar units that were built in all airports, such as in Jayapura, Timika and Ambon.

    Asnam added that the plan to assign jet fighters to stand by in the Papua area was yet to be implemented as the fleet was not yet ready.

    The Air Force had prepared the Biak Air Base to be the hangar for Indonesian jet fighters to defend the countrys territory as it had adequate facilities.(*)

    Editor: Heru

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    1) Papua merchants close Skouw border market


    1) Papua merchants close Skouw border market

    Thu, April 17 2014 20:20 | 365 Views

    Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Several merchants in Skouw border market in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea borderline are still closing their shanties due to fear after the shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday (April 16) and Thursday.

    The shooting incident by the unknown armed person occurred on Wednesday after the reopening of border fence.

    Several traders in Skouw admitted to re-open their shanties in the market on Thursday after closing the market post the previous shooting incident between Indonesian Military soldiers and armed group in the border.

    The Wednesday shooting claimed the life of a trader, Herry, who was waiting in his car after being shot in his right hand.

    "The Wednesday and Thursday morning shooting incidents forced us to not continue with the trading activities in the market," the coordinator for Skouw Market, Ahmed, stated here on Thursday.

    Ahmed cannot assure when the merchants will be ready to re-open their shanties in the market until the situation is safe.

    "We cannot assure when they will open the market. It depends on the traders," Ahmed asserted.

    The Skouw border market is located 400 meters from neutral zone between the two countries.

    The traders hold the market activity three days a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

    Hundreds of PNG citizens in Sandaun Province cross the border to buy daily needs and electronic devices in the Skouw market.
    Editor: Priyambodo RH

    Jayapura, 16/4 (Jubi) – A man was injured in a drive-by shooting at the border with Papua New Guinea (PNG) .
    The incident occurred on Jl Raya Perbatasan Skouw Wutung at Pembuangan Sampah Baru (new garbage disposal), border market around 13:30. A man named Hery (24), was seriously injured to the right arm after being hit by a bullet fired by an unknown person and.
    Hery was evacuated to a hospital in Kotaraja , according to a Papua police spokesman.
    “He is a trader at the border market. I don’t know exactly what happened,” Aco, Muaratami resident told on Wednesday (16/4).
    Papua police chief Inspector General (Pol) Tito Karnavian said he had not received a detailed report on the incident.
    “Now, a police  team is there to investigate the crime scene,” Karnavian said on Wednesday (16/4)
    He added, the day before shooting, police conducted a raid and found data from a laptop suspected to belong  to a member of the rebel group led by Matthias Wenda.
    “When examined it and  the man fled. In his laptop we found photos and videos of their activities,” he stated on Wednesday (16/4).
    This group has approximately 10 firearms and moser. “In video, there were seen approximately 20 to 30 people standing in line,” he said.
    The victim is an employee of Nayak shop. When he and his friend, Syamsudin drove passed by garbage dump, a shot was heard. The shot went right where Hery was sitting. They was driving a black pick up with police plate number DS 8407 AD.
    Military personnel from Battalion 623/BWU rushed to the location after they heard the shot and sent the victim to Bhayangkara hospital while some of them hunted the perpetrators.

    No one has been arrested. (Jubi / Indrayadi TH/ Tina)

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    Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
    Media release 25 April 2014 

                                    "Lest we forget"- West Papua

    As Australians and New Zealanders remember those who fought and lost their lives for their country, it is hoped that people will also give a thought to those Indigenous people who died in Australia's frontier wars and remember those who are still not free in our region.

                                             Banner at Aboriginal tent embassy Canberra

    Joe Collins of AWPA said "It is not widely known, especially by the younger generation that the people of West Papua fought with the allied forces, Australian and American against the Japanese who had invaded West Papua then known Dutch New Guinea. Australians operated particularly in the Merauke region of West Papua. In what many consider a betrayal and hotly debated in the Australian parliament at the time, Australia acted against the wishes of the West Papuan people for independence.   Australia supported the fraudulent act of free choice and actively impeded West Papuan leaders from going to the UN in New York carrying testimonies from many West Papuan leaders calling for independence". 
    Australia continues to ignore the human rights abuses in West Papua, our second closest neighbour after PNG. 

    In its March update "Papuans behind bars” stated that there are at least 73 political prisoners in Papuan jails. The least the Australian government could do is urge the Indonesian government to release all the political prisoners.


    Background to Australian involvement in West Papua


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    Thanks to Cammi for inviting WP supporters to the terrific session on West Papua at Sydney Uni yesterday

    Activism: a panel in honour of the work of Faith Bandler – MORNING SESSION 10am-1pm
    PANEL: Focus on West Papua, a community forum.
    Ronny Kareni, (West Papua community, Victoria)
    Melkias Okoka (3CR Community Radio, Victoria, West Papua community, Victoria) Camellia Webb-Gannon (West Papua Project, University of Sydney)

    West Papua, located on the western half of the island of New Guinea, was wrested from Dutch administration by the Indonesian state and military in 1962. The predominantly Melanesian and Christian West Papuans, who had been prepared by the Dutch for independent nation-statehood, have vociferously opposed Indonesian occupation ever since.
    During the Cold War, Indonesia was backed by the USA, Australia and the United Nations in strengthening its hold on West Papua through an illegitimate referendum - the so-called Act of Free Choice - in which less than one percent of West Papua's population was coerced by threats of violence to vote for integration with Indonesia. Since 1962, successive Indonesian regimes have been carrying out crimes against humanity in their efforts to suppress West Papuan independence aspirations - current estimates of West Papuans killed during the occupation range between 100,000 and 500,000. Many West Papuan cultures and lands are threatened by extensive mining, oil palm planting, migration from other parts of Indonesia, and deforestation. Indigenous West Papuans are a minority in their own land. The West Papua Project was founded in 2000 by a group of academics at the University of Sydney's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies deeply concerned at the lack of academic or political attention given to the West Papuan conflict. The goal of the West Papua Project is to promote peaceful dialogue between West Papuans and Indonesians as well as conflict transformation to bring about peace with justice in the region. 

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    1) Former Merauke regent gets  a year in prison for graft

    2) Appeal May 1 , UN Negligent decolonize West Papua

    3) Miss Cendrawasih University Finalists Learn How to Make Batik



    1) Former Merauke regent gets  a year in prison for graft
    The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Fri, April 25 2014, 6:16 AM

    A panel of Jayapura Corruption Court judges has sentenced former Merauke regent John Gluba Gebze to a year in prison and fined him Rp 50 million after he was found guilty of graft relating to the procurement of souvenirs made of crocodile skin worth Rp 18 billion.
    The panel, which comprised presiding judge Halim Dolman Sinaga and two other judges Petrus Maturbongs and Irianto P Utama, agreed that the defendant was proven to have abused his authority as regent and caused state losses.
    The defendant was deemed to have clearly violated Law No. 20/2001 on anticorruption and the Criminal Code (KUHP).
    Commenting on the ruling, both John’s lawyer Iwan Niode and prosecutor Yazosisokhi Zebua said they would consult before issuing any statement regarding the ruling.
    The ruling was lighter than the six years in prison and Rp 500 million fine requested by prosecutors.
    The case originated when Merauke regency decided to give out crocodile skin souvenirs. John initially argued that giving away souvenirs was his way of promoting souvenir producers, but prosecutors disagreed, saying that John had not demonstrated a strong promotion strategy, with the venture representing a huge waste of money. (dic)

    A google translate of posting on KNPB web page. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
    Original bahasa link at

    2) Appeal May 1 , UN Negligent decolonize West Papua
    April 25, 2014 By : admin Category : KNPB Center , News , Appeal
                                                                       Saat-Saat Aneksasi

    United Nations ( UN ) fails to carry out the process of decolonization in West New Guinea ( West Papua ) . Instead , the UN managed to throw the shackles of colonial West Papua into Indonesia since May 1, 1963 . 's Been 51 years and let the United Nations ignore West Papua colonized and suffering . May 1, 2014 , the people of West Papua to commemorate and demanded the United Nations Trusteeship Council ( Council trusteeship ) to fulfill the right of self-determination ( the right of self - determination ) for the people of Papua , on the territory of West Papua .
    Moments Annexation

    That the people of West Papua independence already memanifestokan December 1, 1961 , but Indonesia, the U.S. and the UN have been destroyed by lust and exploitation territorial expansion through the annexation of West Papua May 1, 1963 . 's Evidence UN denial of the right of self-determination which is being raised by the Parliament of West Papua ( Niuew Guinea Raad ) at that time .

    Every 1st of May , Indonesian authorities and the U.S. celebrating colonize and exploit West Papua , but the people of West Papuans commemorate as the beginning of human suffering and destruction of natural and Papua .

    UN , Indonesia , the Netherlands and the United States should - by spirit -inducing initiatives decolonization Papuan independence initiated by representatives of the nation of Papua ( West Papua Parliament ) December 1, 1961 , but they actually gave birth to neo colonialism of Indonesia through the transition of power from the Dutch colonial administration to colonial new , namely Indonesia on May 1, 1963 .

    People of the world, including the Indonesian people , must fight and destroy the occupation over the world , and encourage independence for the colonies - including West Papua - appropriate UN Resolution 1514 ( XV ) and resolution 1541 ( XV ) , the people of the world in order to create a peaceful brotherhood .

    West Papua National Committee [ KNPB ] world community solidarity calling for the independence of West Papua . We also hope that the members of the State and Party Parliamentary around the world joined in the International Parliamentarians for West Papua ( IPWP ) through , which is currently 80 members have joined and signed a declaration of the right of self-determination for West Papua .

    KNPB called on the people of West Papua to dismiss themselves and commemorate May 1, 1963 with the action open , worship , and or free speech with the goal of reflecting and rejecting 51 years of oppression brought neo- colonialism in Indonesia.
    " We Must End "
    Abepura prison , 25 April 2014
    Victor Yeimo
    Chairman KNPB


    FRIDAY, 25 APRIL, 2014 | 12:46 WIB
    3) Miss Cendrawasih University Finalists Learn How to Make Batik
    TEMPO.COJakarta – Dozens of finalists of the 2014 Miss Cendrawasih University in Jayapura have concluded their training session on how to make the Indonesian traditional clothing of batik.
    The finalists were trained by Jimmy Afarr, the owner of batik numbay [Jayapura].  Jimmy toldAntara in Jayapura on Thursday that “the training has just ended.”
    According to him, the training sought to give the necessary knowledge of batik to the finalists and would-be models.  “Especially for Papuans, so they don’t just wear Papuan batiks but also know the philosophy of the painting on the dress,” he said.
    Jimmy said a model must also know how to make batik instead of just wearing them. He hoped the finalists could now make batik after the training.
    Miss Papua 2013 Maria Fransiska Tambingon, meanwhile, said the young generation of Papua must preserve the existing Papuan art and culture, including batik. “The young generation of Papua must learn how to develop Papuan batik and preserve it,” she said.
    Delince Gobay, a finalist of the beauty pageant, said he was grateful to have received the knowledge of batik, adding that it was the first batik training session. 
    Editor: Unggul Tri Ratomo



    Jayapura , 24/4 ( Jubi ) Three people have been arrested and another surrendered by his parents after clashes triggered by a drunken in Sorong, police said.
    “We are still looking for one more person and negotiating for his surrender,“ Papua police chief Inspector General Tito Karnavian said in Jayapura on Thursday ( 24/4).
    “The clash occurred because these offenders were influenced by alcohol and disseminated false information. ”
    Tito said police were seeking to re-activate the Interfaith Communication Forum (FKUB ) and the Inter- Tribal Harmony Forum ( Forkas ) as Sorong is very heterogeneous.
    “However, religious and inter-ethnic tolerance is already quite well and need to be improved and maintained,” said Tito.
    The four suspects are identified by their initials as AL, who is accused of battery, VCT and YSH who are acccused of throwing stones at a mosque and ALS, who allegedly pelted the Sorong Hajj  dormitory with rocks. ( Jubi / Indrayadi TH/ Tina)
    (Visited 5 time, 5 visit today)

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    1) 2 TNI Soldiers Shot in Armed Group Attack in Papua

    2) Another soldier shot dead  in Papua

    3) Immigration staff at Indonesia-PNG border not back on duty

    4) Malaria remains endemic in five Indonesian provinces

    5) West Papua: Photo Project Draws Attention To Human Rights Abuses And Political Struggle


    1) 2 TNI Soldiers Shot in Armed Group Attack in Papua

    By Banjir Ambarita on 03:23 pm Apr 25, 2014
    Category News
    Jayapura. Two Indonesian Military officers were injured after yet another exchange of gunfire on Friday between the military and an armed group suspected to be part of the Free Papua Movement in Puncak Jaya district, Papua.
    The two soldiers were identified as Polang Harahap and Rahman Hakim, who were shot in the forehead and right shoulder, respectively, after an armed group ambushed a military (TNI) outpost in Gurage village, Puncak Jaya on Friday afternoon. The assailants managed to flee the scene.
    “‘[Both injured soldiers] are being evacuated to Mulia Hospital,” Lt. Col. Rikas Hidayatullah, spokesman for the Papua military command, said on Friday. “Other [TNI] members are chasing after the shooters. We don’t know yet if anyone [from the attackers] was injured.”
    The village of Gurage  is located near the Tingginambut area, where a faction of Papua’s separatist group, or OPM, led by Goliat Tabuni is known to launch attacks on Indonesian security personnel.
    2) Another soldier shot dead  in Papua
    Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Fri, April 25 2014, 8:05 PM
    A member of the Indonesian Military (TNI) identified as Second Sgt. Rahman Hakim from Sentani 751 Infantry Battalion was shot dead by an unidentified man at the TNI post in Gurage District, Puncak Jaya regency, Papua, on Friday.
    It was also reported that a civilian identified as Polang Harahap was also shot and in critical condition.
    Cendrawasih Military Command spokesman Col. Rikass Hidayatullah said the two men were shot by unidentified men. Rahman took a shot to his shoulder while Polang was hit on his temple.
    “The victims have been brought to Mulia General Hospital while soldiers have been deployed to pursue the perpetrators,” he said.
    Rahman's body was handed over to his family to be buried.
    The Gurage post has a history of being ambushed. According to military records, many lives have been lost at the post.


    3) Immigration staff at Indonesia-PNG border not back on duty

    Fri, April 25 2014 17:02 | 421 Views
    Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Jayapura immigration office in the border of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea has not brought back it staff for security reasons.

    "We have not got our immigration staff back in Skouw, Jayapura, after gun fires and border fence closing," explained Head of Jayapura Immigration Office, Gardu Tampubolon here on Friday.

    He sated that Skouw immigrations staff have been transferred to Hamadi indefinitely. 

    "Citizens activities in both the countries are still on but it is done via the sea since it is considered to be more secure," pointed out Tampubolon. 

    Besides immigration staff that is not back in Skouw, the market in the border area that sells daily necessities for Papua New Guinea citizens is also still closed.

    Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border fence has been closed since April 5, after gunfire between security forces and paramilitary groups.(*)
    Editor: Heru


    4) Malaria remains endemic in five Indonesian provinces

    Fri, April 25 2014 17:00 | 401 Views

    Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Malaria is a major public health problem in most tropical countries, including Indonesia with five of its provinces still having high cases of this deadly disease.

    Hundreds of people in the province of Papua, West Papua, East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and North Maluku are still at risk for malaria infection.

    In the province of Papua alone, around 42.6 of every thousand people have suffered from malaria.

    The highest rate was recorded by the regency of Keerom, where 317.18 of one thousand people have suffered from malaria, and Mimika stood second with 246.8 of one thousand people.

    As part of the National Malaria Eradication Program, the Ministry of Health is determined to distribute 6.3 million mosquito nets in 2014 to prevent the spread of malaria by anopheles mosquitoes.

    "A total of 3.6 million mosquito nets have been distributed so far, but we are going to distribute 6.3 million more this year," Health Ministrys Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health Tjandra Yoga Aditama clarified here on Wednesday.

    He added that besides mosquito nets, preventive measures were being taken by spraying 49,260 houses in 2013 and 47,966 houses in the previous year.

    In Biak Numfor district, Papua, the local health department on Friday, marked the World Malaria Day by distributing free mosquito nets to the local community.

    Biak Numfor Deputy District Head Thomas AE Ondy, while distributing the mosquito nets stated that World Malaria Day is commemorated every year on April 25 and is regarded as global efforts to control and eliminate the disease.

    On the occasion, he called upon all public elements in the district to lead healthy lifestyles in their efforts to control the spread of malaria disease. 

    Meanwhile, "Movement Against Malaria" committee spokesman Ruslan pointed out that the annual parasite incident of malaria in Biak Numfor district remained high, at 46 per one thousand people. 

    "It means, out of every one thousand people in Biak, 46 are malaria positive, and therefore we call upon the people here to exercise their habit of using mosquito net all the time," Ruslan asserted.

    He explained that people should continue to prevent malaria from spreading by leading a healthy lifestyle and by always cleaning up the mosquito breeding grounds. 

    During her visit to Mimika district in Papua last week, Health Minister Dr Nafsiah Mboi praised the seriousness of the district administration to eradicate malaria.

    The minister noted at the time that currently there were 200 districts in Indonesia that were already free of malaria and 117 others were still expected to be declared free of the disease.

    "Hard work is needed to reduce the cases," the minister stressed, adding that it should not be too difficult to carry out the program to free Mimika of the disease as the PHMC of PT Freeport Indonesia already has long experience fighting malaria in Kuala Kencana and areas around it.

    She added that eradication of malaria had to be carried out from upstream to downstream, by maintaining a healthy environment, killing mosquito larva through fogging and with abate, regular blood tests and the use of mosquito nets.

    The minister lauded the policy of Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, who set aside 15 percent of the funds for Papua Special Autonomy to finance health programs.

    "If that program could be fully implemented, there should be substantially large amounts of funds available for health sector development in Papua," she explained. 

    Meanwhile, Mimika acting district head Ausilius You stated that the district was set to be free from malaria in 2018, or earlier than the previously set target of 2028.

    Ausilius, however, noted that support from all public elements and other institutions were needed to eradicate malaria, which was still a common disease in the district.

    Malaria is transferred and spread by anopheles mosquitoes.

    Ausilius indicated that he had invited the Department of Public Health & Malaria Control (PHMC) of PT Freeport Indonesia, the district health service and other related agencies to discuss ways of accelerating efforts to eradicate the disease in Mimika.

    PT Freeport Indonesia is an Indonesian unit of the US mining giant Freeport McMoRun Copper & Gold operating large copper and gold mines in Papua. 

    "According to the districts strategic plan, Mimika could be free of malaria only in 2028, but I want the time target set earlier. Before the National Sports Week is held in Papua in 2020, Mimika should be free from the disease," he asserted.

    Meanwhile, head of Mimika district health service Ibrahim Iba stated that in a bid to cope with malaria in Mimika, the health service will launch a week long campaign to educate the people on the use of mosquito nets.

    According to him, the health service has procured tens of thousands of mosquito nets sprayed with insecticides for the use of the local people.

    According to the World Health Organization, malaria remains one of the worlds biggest health challenges that has killed more than 600 thousand people in 2012.

    Therefore, April 25 has been named as World Malaria Day, to remind the public and the world that malaria is both preventable and curable. (*)
    Editor: Priyambodo RH


    5) West Papua: Photo Project Draws Attention To Human Rights Abuses And Political Struggle

    A Dutch Surinamese photographer and journalist has created a photo project of West Papuan political refugees living in exile to raise awareness of their plight. While in West Papua, his equipment was confiscated and returned only upon his departure, despite that it was not a visit for journalistic purposes. This clearly indicates that West Papua is still one of the most policed places on the planet.

    Below is an article published by Warscapes
    The author, Rohan Radheya is a Dutch Surinamese contract photographer and videojournalist. He is one of the very few press photographers from his country of origin covering stories on an international scale. With his work he hopes to reach out to the younger people in his community and to motivate them to explore their artistic side. Rohan is currently represented by Zumapress.

    In 1969, Indonesia took over West Papua with the now infamous Act of Free Choice, a mock referendum where West Papuans were forced to relinquish their independence through intimidation and threats. Today [22 April 2014], fifteen years after a democracy replaced President Suharto's dictatorship, West Papua is still one of the most policed places on the planet – with approximately 30,000 security personnel dealing with an indigenous population of around two million. 
    Human rights records speak of atrocities, with disappearances and tortures happening on a daily basis. What is even more troubling is that some Indonesian military officers who committed and supervised tortures and genocide in East Timor are now serving in West Papua, and they are committing the same crimes.
    What triggered Indonesia’s annexation of West Papua are its rich natural resources. The US and other Western countries have huge investments in West Papua’s copper and gold. The US giant McMoran operates in Freeport, the largest mine in the world, making the company Indonesia’s largest taxpayer. For decades now, parts of West Papua and the Grassberg mine especially have been restricted to foreign journalists, making any assessment of the humanitarian crisis almost impossible.

    I first became interested in West Papua a year ago [2013] when I had the chance to visit the capital Jayapura. When I arrived at the Sentani airport, I was told by the Indonesian immigration officers to go to the police station and pick up a surat jalan, or visiting permit, which is issued to all foreigners. At the police station, the head commissioner who was going through my passport noticed previous journalist visas from other countries. He asked me if I was a journalist. I thought it would be useless to deny it and I confirmed that indeed I was a journalist, but that for this particular trip I had no intention of working. What came after was most surprising. He quite simply Googled me and imposed upon me to leave my photographic gear at the police station. I could pick it up again on my way out of the country.

    And so it is that I went through West Papua without a camera. I visited Wamena, Jayapura, and Vanimo. I met with key leaders of the OPM (Organisasi Papua Merdeka), the freedom movement for the liberation and independence of West Papua.
    When I came back to my home in the Netherlands, I looked for a way to bring forward the plea of West Papuans. I visited the International Criminal Court in The Hague and talked to Simon Sapioper, the President of the National Government of West Papua in exile. 
    Simon sat down with me and told me about the horror of the 1998 Biak Massacre, where hundreds of West Papuans were chained and then dumped in the ocean by the notorious Indonesian Kopassus (Komando Pasukan Khusus or Special Forces Command). When their bodies washed ashore, the Indonesian authorities claimed they were victims of a tsunami that occurred one thousand miles away somewhere in Papua New Guinea. Simon hinted this could be a strong case for the International Criminal Court to start investigating crimes against humanity in West Papua. Fatou Bensouda, the head prosecutor of the ICC, told him to gather as much evidence as possible. 

    I wanted to help and this is where my photos came into play. I needed strong pictures and I was inspired by the work of James Mackay and his project Abhaya, about political prisoners inside Burma. I was introduced to many West Papuan political refugees and started photographing each of them holding a board of a place in West Papua where war crimes have taken place.
    This is only a humble first step towards understanding, representing and offering exposure to West Papua’s independence struggle that would be strengthened if it gains an international awareness.
    Photo by Flickr © Austronesian Expeditions
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    1) Free West Papua Campaign office to open in Australia

    2) TNI Soldier Shot Dead in Papua


      Benny Wenda is currently in Australia ahead of the launch of a Free West Papua Campaign office in Perth this Sunday 27th April.
      The office will work closely to help co-ordinate activity in Australia with active groups in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Darwin and Brisbane, to raise awareness and lobby Australian politicians to support the right of self-determination for West Papua.
      Speaking ahead of the launch, Benny Wenda expressed his gratitude to the Australian Government for allowing the office to open in line with shared values of democracy. The opening of the Australian office follows on from the opening of three other offices last year in Oxford,UK and The Hague, Netherlands and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.


      TNI members stand guard at border posts with Indonesia Papua New Guinea, Marauke, Papua on Monday (28/10). ANTARA/Zabur Karuru
      SATURDAY, 26 APRIL, 2014 | 06:46 WIB
      2) TNI Soldier Shot Dead in Papua
      TNI members stand guard at border posts with Indonesia Papua New Guinea, Marauke, Papua on Monday (28/10). ANTARA/Zabur Karuru

      TEMPO.COJakarta - A member of the Indonesian Military (TNI) identified as Second Sgt. Rahman Hakim from Sentani 751 Infantry Battalion was shot dead by an unidentified man at the TNI post in Gurage District, Puncak Jaya regency, Papua, on Friday, as reported by Antara News.
      It was also reported that a civilian identified as Polang Harahap was also shot and in critical condition.
      Cendrawasih Military Command spokesman Col. Rikass Hidayatullah said the two men were shot by unidentified men. Rahman took a shot to his shoulder while Polang was hit on his temple.
      "The victims have been brought to Mulia General Hospital while soldiers have been deployed to pursue the perpetrators," he said.
      Rahman's body was handed over to his family to be buried.
      The Gurage post has a history of being ambushed. According to military records, many lives have been lost at the post.

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      1) Soldier shot by separatists  gets state funeral

      2) Freeport, Newmont’s sales  slump as export policy  begins to bite

      3) Police Arrest Head of Maluku Separatist Group


      1) Soldier shot by separatists  gets state funeral
      Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Sat, April 26 2014, 7:25 PM
      The Cendrawasih Military Command honored the late First Sgt. Rahman Hakim with a state funeral at the Kesuma Trikora Heroes Cemetary in Jayapura, Papua on Saturday. The ceremony was led by the Cendrawasih Military Command’s chief of staff Brig. Gen. Hinsa Siburian.
      The state funeral was provided because Rahman died in the line of duty, when conducting routine security at the military post in Gurage, Puncak Jaya regency, Papua. Rahman was shot dead, allegedly by a group of separatists, in an ambush on Friday.
      “The perpetrators fled the scene as soon as they shot Rahman,” Hinsa said on Saturday.
      Rahman was also granted a posthumous promotion from Second Sergeant to First Sergeant.
      A civilian, identified as Polang Harahap, was severely injured in the shooting and is currently receiving medical treatment.
      The Army has deployed troops to apprehend the attackers. (dic)
      2) Freeport, Newmont’s sales  slump as export policy  begins to bite
      Raras Cahyafitri, The Jakarta Post | Business | Sat, April 26 2014, 12:08 PM

      Copper-mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia’s production dropped while another major copper miner PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (NNT) was unable to sell its products in the first quarter of this year following the government’s ban on unprocessed-ore exports.

      Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of US Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., reported that its copper production fell 36 percent in the first three months of the year to 140 million pounds, compared to 219 million pounds in the same period last year.

      Gold production also fell but more slightly to 208,000 ounces during the January-to-March period of the year from 212,000 ounces year-on-year.

      Low production has squeezed Freeport Indonesia’s sales, as it only sold 109 million pounds of copper and 162,000 ounces of gold during the first quarter of the year, down by almost 45 percent and 15 percent, respectively, from the same period a year earlier.

      In a report released on Thursday evening, the company attributed the lower sales to lower milling rates as a result of the restrictions on concentrate exports from Indonesia, which resulted in the deferral of approximately 125 million pounds of copper and 140,000 ounces of gold in the first quarter of 2014.

      Freeport Indonesia is expected to resume exports next month to meet its sales target of 0.9 billion pounds of copper and 1.5 million ounces of gold from its Indonesian mines by year-end.

      “To the extent Freeport Indonesia is unable to resume exports in May 2014, this will result in a deferral of approximately 50 million pounds of copper and 80,000 ounces of gold per month,” the company said.

      As a result of the 2009 Mining Law, the government banned the export of raw ore as of January.

      Semi-finished minerals such as concentrates can continue to be exported until 2017 if mining companies are committed to building smelters either on their own or in cooperation with others.

      Freeport Indonesia is currently working on a feasibility study to build a copper smelter and has already signed several agreements to supply its concentrates to other smelters to be built by other firms.

      NNT has also signed a deal to supply its concentrates to domestic smelters.

      Apart from the commitment, concentrates sellers are also required to pay progressive export duties, starting at 20 percent rising to 60 percent by 2016, to resume their exports. The companies have criticized the duties and are seeking reductions.

      Earlier this week, the government said that it would consider reducing the duties should companies show progress in smelter development.

      The extent of the reductions is currently being formulated and is expected to be announced as early as next week.

      NNT, which also released its performance figures on Thursday evening, said it had to stockpile its concentrates because it was unable to export despite increased production. The company said it was unable to export around 2,000 ounces of gold and 2,500 tons of copper as a consequence of the new regulation.

      The company produced a total of 8,000 ounces of gold and 10,000 tons of copper at its Batu Hijau site in the January-March period this year, up 14 percent and 11 percent, respectively, from the same period a year ago.

      “At this time, operations continue at Batu Hijau. However, to the extent there are continued delays in obtaining approval for 2014 exports, NNT will implement contingency plans to scale back production taking into consideration copper-concentrate storage capacity and in-country smelter availability, which would impact the company’s ability to achieve its outlook,” Newmont said in the report.


      3) Police Arrest Head of Maluku Separatist Group

      By Jakarta Globe on 03:30 pm Apr 25, 2014
      Category CrimeNews
      Tags: Maluku
      Jakarta. Maluku police on Friday have reportedly arrested Simon Saiya, an activist wanted for masterminding the display of a separatist flag during a performance for the president almost seven years ago.
      Simon was arrested with nine companions in Nusaniwe subdistrict, Ambon, and that a South Maluku Republic (RMS) flag called “Benang Raja” as well as two United Nations flags were confiscated as evidence, Sr. Comr. Martuany Siregar — who is the operational unit head of the Maluku police — told state-run Antara news agency.
      Simon is transition president of the Maluku Sovereignty Front (FKM) and RMS, both of which were established in April 25, 1950 to seek an independent state in Indonesia.  The government has called the organizations separatist groups and have arrested activists. Meanwhile, the leaders and a dozen other members sought refuge in the Netherlands.
      Simon has been on the national police’s wanted list after allegedly ordering RMS activists to unfurl an RMS flag during the celebration of National Family Day in Ambon on June 29, 2007. The event was attended by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife, ministers, governors and district heads.
      In the middle of the event, the RMS activists — who posed as dancers performing the traditional Maluku war dance known as Cakalele — unfurled the flag before Yudhoyono and his entourage.
      Police promptly arrested 39 RMS followers after the event, but Simon remained at large. The 39 activists were charged with subversion and their sentences ranged from 12 years to life in prison.

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                                                                             Photo from

      A google translate of posting on KNPB webpage.. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic. 
      Original bahasa link at

      Reporting Action Unison KNPB Support FWPC Australian Open Office
      April 27, 2014 By : admin Category : News

      Jayapura , KNPBnews - Campaign Office Opening Papua Merdeka ( Free West Papua Campaign ) Chapter Australia on Sunday ( 27/4 ) today , welcomed the support of the people of West Papua action simultaneously at various areas in Papua .

      In Jayapura , KNPB focused action in support of the Command Center in Waena KNPB . Together with the members of the Regional Parliament ( PRD ) of different areas , they issued a support to launch in Perth , Australia , which was attended by the Leader of the Free Papua Abroad , Benny Wenda . Action led by the chairman 1 KNPB Center , Agus Kossay and all the crew KNPB Center .

      Of Timika Timika Region KNPB PRD and centralize support activities in the yard office KNPB Center . They unfurled posts ( banners ) menyeruhkan support and the people of Australia to support the Papua campaign . Actions led by Steven Itlay as Chairman of the Timika Region KNPB

      Meanwhile , from Manokwari Manokwari reported KNPB Chairman , Alexander Nekenem lead . Alex said that the people of West Papua to support the opening of the campaign office of the Free Papua Movement . He also urged the Australian Government to support the campaign immediately Papua .

      Support for the opening of an office action FWPC Chapter Perth , Australia is also done in Yahukimo royally yesterday ( 26/4 ) under the command of chief KNPB Yahukimo region , Erinus Suhuniap . Thousands of people took part in the event this support . The action was also attended by the Chairman of the PRD with Yahukimo , Aminus Balingga stated rejection of the Indonesian Presidential Election and menyeruhkan UN to support the right of self-determination through a referendum .

      The same action is filled with worship in Merauke . Led by Chairman KNPB Merauke region , opening remarks worship FWPC office in Australia was conducted under a pressure of 1 platoon and the military and police who surrounded the place of execution . Worship is done brought terror support the Indonesian military .

      According to the observation in some areas , the actions of support in the form of leaflets and sms do . People hoped the presence of the Office , the Australian people can participate in the campaign of liberation from the tyranny of oppression of the Papuan people .

      Support action pictures and news can be seen at : 

      Benny Wenda as the Coordinator of the Free West Papua Campaign is currently in Australia and officially open the office . FWPC already opened offices in the UK , Netherlands , Papua New Guinea ( PNG ) and now in Perth Australia .


      More photos   at 
      From Merauke
      The gathering was observed by  military and police (plainclothes and uniformed)  


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      1) Troops search for armed  group


      3) West Papua: my people need Australia’s help before it is too late

      4) Biak Fair closed after shooting incident



      1) Troops search for armed  group
      The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Mon, April 28 2014, 5:30 AM
      The Army is continuing the hunt for the armed gang believed to be responsible for the fatal shooting of First Sgt. Rahman Hakim, a member of the Cendrawasih Military Command, on Friday.
      “We lost one of our best soldiers in the shooting. We still have not identified the group as it [the shooting] happened very fast,” the military command spokesman Lt. Col. Rikas Hidayatullah told Antara on Saturday.
      He said the military had increased patrols around the area of the shooting.
      Rahman was shot dead by the unidentified group at a military post in Mulia district, Puncak Jaya regency, Papua at about 3 p.m.
      The victim was buried with full military honors led by the military command chief of staff Brig. Gen. Hinsa Siburian at Kusuma Bangsa Heroes Cemetery in Jayapura on Saturday.
      “First Sgt. Rahman was protecting Papua from armed groups. Hopefully, the loss will motivate us all to create a peaceful Papua,” Hinsa said.


      Jayapura , 27/4 ( Jub ) – A member of the Air Force special unit was shot dead by a policeman at a market in  Biak Numfor on Sunday.
      First Private Wardana allegedly allegedly took out a bayonet belonging to a member of the police mobile brigade unit (Brimob), identified as NW, and wounded him in the head, police said.
      NW in turn used his gun to shoot Wardeni. The fight was triggered by the consumption of alcohol, police said.
      Papua Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Sulistyo Pudjo Hartono said that the incident happened because if a lack of coordination between the Biak police chief, the local Brimob commander and  Air Force colleagues.
      “Unknown to each top leader, members of Brimob and TNU AU members met again at the night market. They quarreled and fought. As a result, Pratu Wardana was shot dead and the member of Brimob was injured on his head and hands because of a sharp tool,” Sulistyo said on Sunday ( 27/4).
      Papua Police Chief  Inspector General Tito Karnavian said he had contacted the local Air Force chief Rear Marshal Asnan Muhidir, the local military commander and Biak police to discuss measures to prevent future conflicts.
      Sulistyo said the police chief has also an evaluation on the performance of the Biak Brimob chief.
      “We convey to the public and military comrades that this issue is purely a personal matter and has nothing to do with the policy of the force at all,” he said.
      Police investigating the crime scene found a bullet, a bayonet, a white Q brand watch  and a pair of Adidas sandals.
      The team then visited the families of the victim.
      “The perpetrator will be flown to the Papua police by police aircraft tomorrow morning ( 28/4 ) at 07.00,” he said. (Jubi/Indrayadi TH/ Tina )
      3) West Papua: my people need Australia’s help before it is too late
      By Benny Wenda
      This Anzac Day weekend, we opened the first ever Free West Papua campaign office in Australia. 
      For more than 50 years, my people have suffered what I considered to be a slow-moving genocide under the repressive military occupation of Indonesia. During the second world war, the “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” of West Papua came to the aid of Australian soldiers. Now it is the West Papuans that need Australia’s help in order to end human rights abuses so that my people can be free to live in peace.
      Indonesia’s response to West Papua advocacy abroad has been frighteningly vehement. After the opening of our UK office in 2013, Indonesia made a diplomatic complaint to the British government. Foreign minister Natelegawa said he could not understand why the British government was “unwilling to take steps against the Free West Papua office”, and the president even tweeted about it. The British ambassador in Jakarta was summoned and had to remind Indonesia of the protections enjoyed in democracies, pointing out that no steps would be taken against our office, since it “does not require [government] permission to open”.
      Bob Carr revealed in his recent memoir that he had discussed the prospect of us opening an Australian office with Indonesia’s foreign minister at that time, and was told that Indonesia would “prefer [Australia] not to allow an office to open”. During his state visit to Indonesia last year, prime minister Abbott said last year that West Papuan activists were not welcome in Australia, and that Australia would not tolerate West Papuans’ demonstrations against Indonesian control.
      But we hope that the Australian government will follow the example set by the British government: reminding Indonesia that, unlike in West Papua where people are sent to prison for 15 years for merely raising a flag, Australia is a democracy where freedom of speech is protected and where West Papuans and those who support us can speak out about our desire for self-determination.
      The Australian public clearly has much sympathy for West Papua and for our cause – both historically and today. Australia initially prepared to go to war with the Dutch to prevent Indonesia’s invasion of West Papua in the early 1960s. As a result of Cold War real-politik and US pressure, Australia stepped out of the dispute. Much like the support for Indonesian control over East Timor until 1999, the Australian government has so far refused to acknowledge West Papua’s claim to self-determination out of concern for its relationship with Indonesia. Like in East Timor, the law is on our side. If Australia can change its position on East Timor, it can change its position on West Papua.
      Despite the government’s current position, the Australian public remains supportive. An opinion poll commissioned in 2006 showed over 75% of Australians support self determination – including the option of independence – for West Papua. My last visit to Australia was for a 2013 TEDx event where I spoke alongside my lawyer, Jennifer Robinson. We received two standing ovations from a packed out Sydney Opera House, and I was overwhelmed by the support and encouragement we received from the audience.
      Predictably, Indonesia was concerned. Some officials argued that Indonesia should cut diplomatic ties with Australia for allowing me the opportunity to speak about my people’s cause. A few days later, Australia’s then foreign minister Bob Carr responded in the Senate, saying that Australians supporting West Papua’s claim to self-determination was “an appalling thing to do”. In his memoir, Carr refers to our office opening in Oxford, alleging we are “provocateurs who encourage Papuans to put their lives on the line”, and spoke with concern about the prospect of an office opening in Australia.
      What is appalling is how my people have been betrayed by the United Nations and by the international community and left to suffer at the hands of a brutal Indonesian military regime. What is appalling is Indonesia asking Britain and Australia to compromise on their own values and freedoms in order to silence us. 
      We are not provocateurs, but advocates for the rights of the West Papuan people. As a leader in exile, I have an obligation and duty to my people to use the democratic freedoms I enjoy abroad to speak out about their suffering. The only people putting Papuan lives on the line are those who kill peaceful activists with absolute impunity (more than 22 of them were killed in 2012 alone).
      My people’s lives remain on the line – and the nations who continue to support Indonesian control are complicit. We aim, through opening the office in Australia, to raise awareness about the illegality of Indonesia’s occupation, and about this ongoing violence.
      Raising awareness is important, especially when Tony Abbott claims that West Papuans are “better not worse off” under Indonesia. This is just not true. It is estimated that more than half a million West Papuans have been killed since Indonesian occupation in the 1960s. We are the poorest province in Indonesia, despite being the richest in natural resources. Literacy is very poor – the worst in Indonesia. Health statisticsare grim. We are suffering an HIV/AIDS crisis with the highest rate of infection in Indonesia. There are at least 73 West Papuan political prisoners in Indonesia today. I cannot and will not remain silent while my people suffer.
      Australia has before taken a stand against Indonesia in order to respect international law and protect West Papuans. In 2006, Australia granted asylum to 42 West Papuans after concluding (correctly) that, as activists advocating independence for West Papua, they would be persecuted if they were returned to Indonesia. This decision was taken in accordance with Australia’s obligations under international law, and Australia should be commended for standing by that decision despite Indonesia recalling its ambassador.
      We hope that Australia will withstand pressure from Indonesia over the opening of our office. Lest we forget: by the time Australia changed its political position to support East Timor, close to a third of its populationhad been killed by the Indonesian military. My people need Australia’s help before it is too late.

      4) Biak Fair closed after shooting incident

      Mon, April 28 2014 11:00 | 456 Views

      Biak, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Biak Numfor district administration closed the Biak Fair on Monday after the shooting incident in which an elite Indonesian soldier was killed.

      Private Wardi Deni of the Air Force special force was shot at by a sniper early at 03.15 on Sunday .

      Deputy regent of Biak Thomas Alfa Edison Ondy said the decision to close the fair was to prevent similar incident. 

      Thomas described the incident as a criminal case and called on local people to maintain security.

      The case had been in the hand of the law enforcer to carry out investigation and to uphold the law, he said. 

      A team of investigators from the Papua police headed by deputy chief of the Papua regional police Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw already started investigation immediately after the shooting.

      There was no official announcement whether the incident was an ordinary criminal case or involved separatists.

      Papua is still a hot spot with separatists still threatening security in the countrys easternmost region. (*)

      Editor: Heru


      Jayapura , 27/4 ( Jubi ) – Shooting incidents that often occurred in Puncak Jaya were purely criminal acts, said chief of staff of military command XVII of Cenderawasih, Brigadier General Hinsa Siburian.
      “Victims include a motorcycle taxi driver, a driver, teachers and even soldiers. It means that they are purely criminal groups and we will continue to pursue them,” said Siburian on Saturday ( 26/4) after attending the funeral of  Rahman Hakim, a 752 Infantry Battalion Raider sergeant who was killed in an attack by an an armed group on Friday.
      He said that the presence of soldiers was to protect the citizens who live in that area from any disturbances including from armed criminal groups.
      “The military exists to protect the people and local governments,” he added.
      He said he had instructed the soldiers  to be vigilant.
      “We will not add troops,” said Siburian.
      The number of army posts in Mulia, Puncak Jaya will be moved to higher ground or strategic areas because they often became targets of shootings from criminal groups, he said.
      Clashes between soldiers and an armed group broke out in Puncak Jaya regency on Friday ( 25/4 ), leaving  two members of the 751 Infantry Battalion Raider wounded. Rahman died later of his injuries.
      Cenderawasih XVII military command spokesman Lt. Col. Rikas Hidayatullah said the incident began when officers from the security post Gurage Raider Battalion 751 Infantry Battalion were patrolling around the scene.
      “Suddenly they were attacked by an armed group and as a result , Rahman and Polang got shot. After that, the perpetrators fled ,” Hidayatullah said. (Jubi/Indrayadi TH/Tina)

      6) Women call for end to military bases in Asia-Pacific

      Press Release – Pacific Media Watch
      AUCKLAND ( Pacific Media Watch ): Women peace campaigners from Aotearoa, Australia, Hawai’i, Japan, Philippines and Polynesia/Te Ao Maohi have called for the removal of military occupation and bases in the Asia-Pacific region.Women campaigners call for end to military bases in Asia-Pacific

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      The Hon Julie Bishop MP

      Minister for Foreign Minister

      House of Representatives

      Parliament House

      Canberra ACT 2600

      29 April 2014

      Dear Foreign Minister,

      I am writing to you concerning the heightened tension in West Papua leading up to the 1 May which is the 51st anniversary of the transfer of the territory of West Papua to Indonesia by The United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA) in 1963. Last year on the 1 May as West Papuans gathered to commemorate this tragic event in their history, the security forces cracked down on peaceful demonstrators who had called a number of rallies to commemorate the event.

      The police shot and killed two protesters on the 30 April as they prepared to mark the 50th anniversary of the handover. Another activist who was also shot died of her wounds in hospital on the 6 May.   In Timika fifteen people were arrested for simply raising their national flag, The Morning Star and six were arrested in Biak. In the town of Fakfak, the police hauled down the Morning Star flag which had been raised in a local school. Local people were also intimidated by the security forces during these rallies.

      At the time the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay expressed concern in relation to the crackdown on the

      demonstrations stating   “These latest incidents are unfortunate examples of the ongoing suppression of freedom of expression and excessive use of force in Papua,” and. “I urge the Government of Indonesia to allow peaceful protest and hold accountable those involved in abuses.” and

      “There has not been sufficient transparency in addressing serious human rights violations in Papua,” she said, urging Indonesia to allow international journalists into Papua and to facilitate visits by the Special Rapporteurs of the UN Human Rights Council.

      As recently as the 11 February 2014, the district court of Biak sentenced five Papuans to jail terms of between 20 months and three years simply because they were involved in the rally on the 1 May 2013 where the Morning Star flag was raised. 

      AWPA is concerned that the security forces will again crackdown on any civil society groups that hold rallies to commemorate the event leading to more human rights abuses. In the past month they have been a number of incidents which has caused increasing tension in the territory.

      There have been a number of shootings on the PNG - West Papuan border and also in the Puncak Jaya region in the highlands.  The security forces respond to these incidents with operations that cause fear in the local communities.

      In a rally called on the 2 April in West Papua as part of a “Global Day of Action calling for the release of Papuan political prisoners, two protestors were arrested and tortured by Jayapura police officers simply because the took part in the peaceful protest.

      We urge you to use your good offices with the Indonesian government asking that the Indonesian Government allow all peaceful rallies to take place without interference by the security forces and to also urge the Indonesian President to release all West Papuan political prisoners unconditionally.

      Yours sincerely 


      Joe Collins

      AWPA (Sydney)

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      Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

      Media release 29 April 2014

       AWPA calls on Foreign Minister to raise concerns about the situation in West Papua with Indonesia

      As the 51st anniversary of the transfer of the territory of West Papua to Indonesia by The United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA) on the 1 May in 1963 approaches, AWPA has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop concerning the possible crackdown on any rallies called by civil society groups in West Papua to commemorate this tragic event in their history. 

      It should be remembered that on the 1 May last year as West Papuans gathered to commemorate this event in their history, the security forces cracked down on the peaceful demonstrators.   The police shot and killed two protesters on the 30 April as they prepared to mark the 50th anniversary of the handover. Another activist who was also shot died of her wounds in hospital on the 6 May.   In Timika fifteen people were arrested for simply raising their national flag, The Morning Star and six were arrested in Biak. In the town of Fakfak, the police hauled down the Morning Star flag which had been raised in a local school. Local people were also intimidated by the security forces during these rallies.

      Joe Collins of AWPA said " We are concerned that the security forces will again crackdown on any civil society groups that hold rallies to commemorate the event leading to more human rights abuses”. In the past month they have been a number of incidents which has caused increasing tension in the territory, shootings on the PNG - West Papuan border and also in the Puncak Jaya region in the highlands.  The security forces respond to these incidents with sweeps that cause fear in the local communities".
      AWPA is urging the Australian Foreign Minister to raise concerns about the situation in West Papua with the Indonesian government asking that the Indonesian Government allow all peaceful rallies to take place without interference by the security forces and to also urge the Indonesian President to release all West Papuan political prisoners unconditionally.
      AWPA letter at

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      1) Military reform swept under  the rug


      3) Two die after a clash in Timika: Police

      1) Military reform swept under  the rug
      Fitri Bintang Timur and Puri Kencana Putri, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Opinion | Mon, April 28 2014, 10:57 AM
      Recently, Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Gen. Moeldoko stated that “democratic transition should be concluded this year” as Indonesia had yet to achieve political stability.

      The commander’s responsibility is to ensure that national defense is in top-notch condition and to oversee internal military institutional reform. Does his statement mean he is eyeing a political position beyond his current defense role? Does his reference to the protracted transition and yearning for stability mean he subscribes to the New Order fixation, which insinuates that civilians are not ready to lead the country and that the military should lend a hand again?

      One analyst has suggested moving from questioning security sector reform to security sector “transformation”, arguing that the focus should change from making the military accountable for its conduct to arming the TNI with the latest weaponry Indonesia can afford, especially with the regional turmoil over the South China Sea.

      Others similarly view that Indonesia’s military reform has been completed successfully. Such complacency has led to unsuccessful reform issues being swept under the rug.

      Yes, there have been huge improvements within the TNI since the end of the New Order. The dwifungsi (dual role in defense and civilian life) has been removed, no military member obtains a free seat in the legislature, business units have been restructured from the corps to being under the Defense Ministry or State-Owned Enterprises Ministry, and the police are no longer part of the military.

      Yet we should also remember the shortcomings of military reform.

      First, reform is incomplete regarding the military’s respect for human rights. In 2000, the TNI published a Soldiers’ Guideline for Human Rights Implementation.

      However, there is no guarantee that soldiers will behave according to the guidelines, as long as there is no commitment of the institution’s willingness to be bound by human rights standards.

      It has been just a little over a year since the Cebongan attack in Sleman, Yogyakarta, when members of the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) raided a prison, killing an inmate who they said was a thug who killed a colleague.

       This incident ruined the decade-old image of fairly successful TNI reform as its weapons storage was compromised and the soldiers involved did not show any respect for human rights, nor for international norms respecting civil-military relations, as stipulated in the 1949 Geneva Convention.

      The attack occurred in an area relatively accessible for the media; pressure instantly mounted for an investigation and an open trial for the suspects.

      But what would have happened if this incident had taken place somewhere in Papua, with limited media access? What would happen if journalists themselves were the victims, like the “Balibo Five” in former East Timor?

      In 2012 alone, the independent Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) recorded more than 90 cases of violence involving military members, including maltreatment (55 cases), destruction (10) and shooting (four cases). As these violations were not widely reported, the public has no idea whether the TNI addressed the cases internally, or whether it turned a blind eye due to a lack of internal accountability supervision.

      This condition leads to the second shortcoming in military reform: the sluggish progress regarding military tribunals. The open tribunal on the Cebongan attack, held after mounting public pressure, was a rare event. The legislature has been debating revisions to the Military Tribunal Law since 2004. The bill stipulates that military personnel suspected of criminal acts will be brought before a civil court, rather than a military tribunal, as the latter usually gives administrative penalties rather than penalties aimed at deterrence.

      Analyst Wahyudi Djafar has noted that even if accused military personnel were to be brought before a military tribunal, the tribunal should adhere to principles such as transparency and accountability, besides handing out punishment befitting the crime. Apparently, these requirements have become major obstacles to the amendment of the Military Tribunal Law.

      As a result, today’s military tribunals still preserve impunity, giving lenient punishment and freeing masterminds from individual responsibility.

      The pattern is similar to the tribunal of Kopassus members found guilty of abduction and forced disappearance of student activists in 1998; perpetrators were brought to court, but the one giving the assignment is still protected by law.

      The third issue is the untouched territorial commands (Koter) at the local level, which were used by the New Order to spy on and influence the population. There is no reason for the military to persist having operations in the local areas, as it should focus on being the first line of defense against outside threats in the frontier areas.

      Because military personnel are still deployed at the local level, the Koter will always be suspected as effective political tools, for instance to conduct voter mobilization and intimidation around each election time. Hence, Koter needs to be reformed, or else military personnel or retired officers might use its network to gain political support up to the local district.

      Returning to Gen. Moeldoko’s wish of the conclusion to democratic transition to make way for political stability, it is not his position to provide such a statement.

      Unless he is subtly hinting an underlying motive that he is ready to leave his military throne to join politicians and the business crowd — just like several former generals leading political parties and several others taking commissioner positions in state owned enterprises.
      Fitri Bintang Timur is a researcher at the Institute for Defense Security and Peace Studies and a Fellow of Marthinus Academy, Jakarta. Puri Kencana Putri is a researcher at the independent Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), and a graduate student of international law and human rights at the University for Peace, Costa Rica.


      Timika, 27/4 (Jubi) – The Mimika government has launched a campaign on the importance of using mosquito nets to prevent malaria.
      “Malaria is still a serious health problem right now. According to the Ministry of Health, about 80 percent of the areas of Mimika Regency was the malaria endemic in 2009, which means that 45 percent of its population are still living in areas with high transmission risk,” Erens Meokbun, Fourth Assistant of Mimika Regency said in Timika on Sunday (27/4).
      Meokbun said the malaria disease is in number one disease found among people who seek treatment at Puskesmas (Community Health Centers) and other health clinics in Mimika.
      He further said besides a burden to the local economy; malaria also affects the intelligence of children.
      “Malaria is not only a health problem or a responsibility of the health sector, but also a social problem which affects the social and economic sector. Therefore a forum is required in order to handle this issue,” Meokbun said.
      He said the local government of Mimika has declared the Free Malaria Program for Mimika by 2026. And for the success of the program, the local government has coordinated with stakeholders.
      “I look forward to all related stakeholders, either the local government, the army, the police, the regional and national public companies, private sectors, NGO and the community to use the moment of its commemoration today to actively participate and contribute to efforts to elimination of malaria,” he said.
      Meanwhile, to commemorate the World Malaria Day, the Health Department of Mimika Regency and the Malaria Center of  LPMAK (the Community Development Organization for Amungmy and Kamoro) together with Bank Papua Branch Mimika launch the campaign to encourage residents to use mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria.
      The Head of Health Department, Ibrahim Iba said his office has selected the Kamoro Jaya Village as the venue to spread awareness because the village is among the worst-affected. He said, with the campaign, he hoped Mimika would be Malaria free by 2026. He also hoped the local community would be more prosperous. Iba said his office has distributed more than 100 mosquito nets in Kamoro Jaya village.
      “We didn’t just give them, but our officers also helped install the nets,” he said.
      Before being distributed to the residents, the mosquito nets have already been laced with insecticides to kill the mosquitoes when they hit the nets. At the event, the organizer also provided free blood tests.
      “We are very grateful to all stakeholders who participated in this event and selected this village to distribute the mosquito nets,” said a local community leader, Amuruh. A Mimika resident, Maria Fabiola admitted she is very appreciative of the government’s program.
      “The community must support and give a positive response to the program if it is useful. And also they are grateful to the all parties who gave the mosquito net,” he said.
      The malaria prevalence in Papua was almost 36 times higher than the national level in 2013. More than 80,000 cases were found in Mimika Regency every year. The effort of malaria control has been conducted for years in Mimika Regency, the government however has not decreased the annual index of patient, which is 132 cases per 1,000 people in 2013.
      Also in 2013, more than 17,000 houses has been sprayed with insecticide, 34,000 houses installed with the mosquito nets, 18,000 people have trained, 6,000 people had the blood test and 1000 people had be treated. (Jubi/Eveerth/rom)

      3) Two die after a clash in Timika: Police

      Mon, April 28 2014 21:22 | 279 Views
      Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - A Monday morning clash that occurred in Jalan Yos Sudarso of Timika, Papua Province, led to the death of two people, namely Didimus Hagabal and Musa Janampa.

      The clash occurred in the street near the Public Hospital of Mimika leading to Karona Restaurant in Timika, the Operational Chief of the Mimika Resort police force, Commissioner Arnolis Korowa, said on Monday, adding that the police had detained 23 people as witnesses of the clash. 

      The police officers, led by Chief of Mimika Resort police force Senior Commissioner Adjunct Jermias Rontini, arrested tens of people when they inspected the scene of the crime on Monday morning.

      "We detained 23 people as witnesses to question them for information relating to the incident," Arnolis said. 

      The body of Musa Janampa was placed in the Mitra Masyarakat Hospital in Timika, while the body of Didimus Hagabal will be evacuated from the Mimika Hospital to a funeral house in Wangirja Village-SP9.

      The incident occurred on Monday at 04:30 a. m. local time when a few people of the Moni Tribe, who live in front of the Mimika Hospital, were rebuked by four people who were on a silver minibus in Jalan Yos Sudarso.

      The driver drove the minibus ran away to the Kamoro Jaya-SP1 Village.

      One of the passengers, namely Pilemon Hagabal, was hit by an arrow on his back and another passenger, Didimus Hagabal, fell down from the bus and ran to the Karona-Nawaripi Restaurants backyard.

      The people who brought arrows and machetes pursued and injured Didimus.

      After reaching the backyard of the restaurant, Didimus entered Elisabet Kamesfles house and asked for help.

      Elisabet called an ambulance and Didimus was rushed to the Mimika Hospital. However, he died in the hospital. 

      Meanwhile, relatives of Didimus, who visited the Mimika Hospital to see the victim, also clashed with people from the Moni Tribe who live in front of the hospital.

      A local house wife, namely Angelina Sihombing, suffered an injury on her right leg after she was hit by an arrow when she went to a nearby store.

      Meanwhile, a car that belonged to a relative of Didimus Hagabal was damaged by the Moni people.

      The police force and members of the Brigadier Mobile unit of the Papua Regional police had inspected the location near the Mimika Hospital.

      Police officers also seized 22 bows and 70 arrows from the detained people.

      The police force also found the dead body of Musa Janampa near the GKII Filadelfia Church.

      The incident has triggered a panic among the Mimika people, such as in Kwamki Lama, Jalan Perintis and Timika Indah as well as Kwamki Baru.

      The condition of Timika on Monday evening was conducive. (*)
      Editor: Heru

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      1) Air Force Member Shot Dead by Papua Police After Drunken Row




      1) Air Force Member Shot Dead by Papua Police After Drunken Row

      By Banjir Ambarita on 09:15 am Apr 29, 2014
      Category CrimeNews
      Jayapura. Wardeni, a member of the Air Force operating in Biak, Papua, was shot dead by a local police officer on Sunday after a dispute at a night fair.
      Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Sulistyo Pudjo Hartono has confirmed the fatality.
      “There was a misunderstanding due to the alcohol [they consumed],” Sulistyo explained.
      Two days before the incident, the two engaged in a fight with each other but they were separated by their commanders.
      “After they separated peacefully, [we thought that] the problem was solved,” Sulistyo said.
      The initial dispute was believed to be over conflicting responsibilities as security supervisors.
      Wardeni, the victim, met A.S., the shooter, again early on Sunday morning at a night fair where they argued until A.S. shot Wardeni.
      A.S. has now been detained and was to be brought to Jayapura Police pending the investigation.
      Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian, head of the Papua Police, has ordered a thorough investigation of the incident.
      Sulistyo said tha t , if necessary, the sub-detachment head of the Biak Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) would be removed from his post.
      Sulistyo said that Tito had also coordinated with local police and army leaders to prevent any further incident.
      “We’re telling our people and fellow army members that there was a personal problem, and not an institutional problem,” he said.
      The victim’s remains were to be moved to Cirebon, West Java, on Monday.



      Merauke, (28/4 (Jubi)- Eight customary landowners went to the Merauke Sea Port Administrator Office to demand it pay 3 billion rupiah in compensation for the use of their land.
      The Police Chief of the Sea Port Sector, First Inspector Theodorus Tawaru told on Monday (28/4) the landowners led by Marselino Mahuze at first aimed to conduct a protest and a blockage in front of the office, but then withdrew  after a negotiation.
      “I told the customary landowners that we are ready to facilitate a dialog between the landowners and the Head or the Deputy of Sea Port Administrator Office, but the police would take action if they blocked the office,” the chief said.
      According to Tawaru, the landowners finally agreed to meet with the Officer in Charge, Demianus Kowa, to represent the head who was not present at that time.
      “We only did our duty to ensure the security, while the rest is the responsibility between the Head of Sea Port Administrator Office and the landowners. But the point is we have well facilitated a dialogue,” the Chief said.
      Separately, Kowa confirmed the meeting but he said he could not take any decision on behalf of the office.
      “I only said to the landowners that I would forward their demand to the head,” he said.
      Kowa said the landowners initially asked for Rp 750 million but increased the demand to Rp 1.5 billion and then Rp 3 billion. “What have been said by the landowners, I still need to report it to the head,” he said.
      A customary landowner, Marselino Mahuze said the landowners agreed to give the company time until next month. They threaten to block the port if the payment was not settled by then. (Jubi/Frans L Kobun/rom)
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      Jayapura, 28/4 (Jubi) – A police officer who allegedly killed an airman in Biak has been flown to the Papua Police Headquarters in Jayapura for further investigation.
      “He departed to Sentani around 12:00 Papua time with Skytrack plane,” Papua Police spokesman, Senior Commissioner Sulistyo Pudjo Hartono said on Monday (28/4).
      He said the cause is a serious one, and for that reason he must read the Letter of Investigation first. “Our officer consumed an alcoholic drink and the airman too. They lost control because of it,” he said.
      When asked about the motive, he said police were investigating if the incident was related to that on  Friday (25/4) when both sides were involved in the dispute in a gambling location in Biak.
      “This is a problem between a particular group, not involving the institutions. But everything has to be examined in the iInvestigation,” Pudjo said
      He further said the Papua Police Chief, Inspector General Tito Karnavian has communicated with the Sector Commander of Air force IV Marsma Asnan Muhidir and Biak Regional Military Commandant, Biak Police Chief to order their member for staying at their base to avoid the spread of conflict.
      The Local government of Biak Numfor has officially closed the night market after the shooting incident that killed the air force member on Sunday (27/4) around 03:00 Papua time. (Jubi/Indrayadi TH/rom)

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