1) NZ accused of lack of leadership over West Papua
Updated about 1 hour ago
A New Zealand opposition MP Catherine Delahunty says the New Zealand government is showing a lack of leadership and credibility over West Papua.
The Foreign Minister Murray McCully says he does not support a fact-finding mission to the Indonesian region by the Pacific Islands Forum.
The situation in West Papua is one of the five big issues on the Forum agenda and there have been calls from both NGOs and West Papuans for a mission to look into allegations of human rights abuses in the Indonesian province.
However Mr McCully says he does not back the calls.
“I haven't seen a role for a fact-finding mission but I think a healthy discussion about this matter amongst leaders will be useful and I think that Papua New Guinea and the chair will bring a good sense of balance and judgement to that discussion."
Ms Delahunty says the Pacific Islands Forum is the ideal venue to support an investigation into what she describes as the worst human rights abuses in the region.
The Green MP says more talk isn't going to stop West Papuans dying, or finally give them freedom and independence.
She says there is support around the Pacific for independence for West Papua and an international fact-finding mission is seen as the first step.
She says New Zealand's stance is shameful and embarrassing.
March for recognition
West Papuans living on the border between Papua New Guinea and Indonesia have staged a demonstration march appealing to Pacific leaders gathered in Port Moresby for recognition of their rights to self-determination.
About 400 West Papuans from Tabubil and Kiunga in PNG's Western Province gathered at the Kiunga Police station on Monday for the procession around Kiunga.
The Co-ordinator of the West Papua Interest Association, Ronald Waromi, says the people of West Papua are hoping Pacific leaders can afford them the same recognition they have given to others such as Tahiti and the Kanaks of New Caledonia.
"West Papua is the part of Pacific therefore in this opportunity we bring our plea to all Pacific Island leaders those who will gather in Port Moresby to see that West Papua is a part of the Pacific so they must support West Papua right for self determination."
By MALUM NALU Pacific Islands Forum chairman and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill last night highlighted the need for greater “regionalism” within the region. He made the call at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre in Port Moresby when opening the 46th Pacific Island Forum, which featured a lavish dinner, and local entertainment for the visitors. Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Secretary-General Dame Meg Taylor gave an emotional address about the forum being staged in her homeland, while outgoing chairman and Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr spoke about achievements during his term and the Pacific vision for the future. “As our nations face challenges of an uncertain global economy, and as we face challenges imposed by climate change, our region needs to activate Pacific regionalism, which is becoming more important,” O’Neill told a full house of Pacific leaders, Government representatives, diplomats and private sector representatives. “We have to work together to face these challenges - as community, as family, and as nations - because our future progress lies in our solidarity. “We are a diverse region of large and small nations, but at the same time we are all equal in the Pacific community. “It is indeed our collective differences, our diversity, that gives us much of our strength. “Each member of the Pacific Island Forum brings unique perspectives and capabilities to our table. “But, as we all know, only knowledge and the best intentions strengthen our capacity to communicate with each other. “We must improve the way we connect at many levels across our vast ocean. That is why for this year’s forum we have chosen the theme, Strengthening Connections to Enhance Pacific Regionalism. “Certainly we are getting better at connecting between our countries at the government levels, at community levels, and at cultural levels.” O’Neill said this was demonstrated at the recent Pacific Games in Port Moresby. “We have recently demonstrated that at our hosting, two months ago, of the 15thh Pacific Games here in Port Moresby, where we came together in the spirit of community which was alive and displayed as nations competed and new friendships were formed.”
Jayapura, Jubi – Back to 1965, the sixth conference of the South Pacific Commission (SPC) was supposed to be conducted in Hollandia (currently Jayapura). The silent witness still remains. The government of the Netherlands built the Papua Parliament Building in order to facilitate the conference that never materialized.
At that time, West Papua was under the status of dispute and was awaiting the implementation of People’s Vote of 1969. Starting at that time, relations between Papua and Pacific countries were seemingly disconnected. “Since the 70s, relations between Papua and the Pacific were disconnected. Since then, we know nothing about what was happening in West Papua, though it was part of South Pacific Commission,” the Director Executive of Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) Emele Duituturaga told Jubi on Monday (7/9/2015).
She added the present of social media recently has assisted the civil society at Pacific obtaining access to what was happening in West Papua. Social media provided information about violence happened in West Papua, in spite of development during the disconnection of West Papua and Pacific. “Mainstream media and social media are enable us to obtain direct information from West Papua about the violence and human right violations, and made us able to confirm it. For that reason, we could push the investigation team to concern on human right violations,” she said.
Following the cancelation of the sixth conference of South Pacific Commission in Jayapura, West Papua had no access to Pacific. Its relation with Pacific in every field was disconnected as it turned to Jakarta. Similar thing was applied for the people of Pacific. Every occasions happened in West Papua were skipped from their attention. Violence, murder, land dispute, to “murder” of Papua indigenous culture are just skipped out of Pacific. People of Pacific are silent.
But within the last five years, the solidarity of Pacific for Papua was raising. As Duituturaga mentioned it, this solidarity is raising to follow the present of social media in Pacific. “Pacific can not be silent anymore, in particular the civil society. The civil society in Pacific has obligation to enforce their government to pay attention on what was happening in West Papua,” she said.
The civil society in Pacific, she further said, agreed to push the Pacific leaders who will be participated in the Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby to speak about the West Papua issue, in addition of climate change in this week. “We enforce two points towards the Pacific leaders, namely the climate change and the allegation on human right violations in West Papua,” she said.
Further this Fijian woman said the civil society in Pacific expressed their apology for being so long in silence on the suffering of their brothers in West Papua. “In the Pacific’s Civil Society Organizations meeting held in Port Moresby on last 1 – 3 September, we conveyed our apology to the people of Papua for our silent and not caring for long time and gave no response towards the suffering of our brothers in West Papua,” she said. She further added two recommendations from the meeting would be submitted in the Regional Forum of Civil Society Organization that would be held in Port Moresby by Monday (7/9/2015).
Meanwhile, other Civil Society group leader in Pacific, Pefi Kingi QSM representing the Pacificwin-Vagahau Niue Trust, said the civil society in Pacific agreed to push the Pacific countries leaders who participated in PIF to send an investigation team consisting of PIF delegation, civil society groups and church leaders to West Papua. Further the meeting of Pacific civil society groups also agreed to enforce West Papua to be returned in the UN Decolonization List as an important step for the liberation of West Papua. “We will remind the Pacific leaders that Pacific is not free until the West Papua obtain its freedom,” said this Maori woman.
Separately, the Secretary General of PIF, Dame Meg Taylor said the voice of civil society has become the main priority of the Secretariat of Pacific Islands Forum. The voice of civil society, she said, is very important to develop the regional policy, in particular to supply information towards the leaders of PIF country members. “I am the main supporter of civil society, and I believe that a strong and vibrant civil is very important to our region,” Taylor said when opened the Regional Forum of Pacific Civil Society Organizations in Port Moresby on Monday (7/9/2015). Meg Taylor believes this forum is very important as it provides space towards civil society to give feedback on several key issues that would be submitted to Pacific leaders in the Pacific Islands Forum. (Victor Mambor/rom)
The PNG Union for Free West Papua and supporters of the Free West Papua movement are convoying around the streets of Port Moresby.
The vehicle convoy which started at Jack Pidik Park and proceeded along Waigani Drive through to the Sir John Guise stadium has stopped in front of the Kina Mart shopping mall area.
The Union leaders are speaking to members of the public who are gathered there about their cause and the issue of human rights exploitation that has powered their cause.
Union leader Kenn Mondiai says that the movement is growing and that the cause to free their Melanesian brothers and sisters is taking a regional and global stance.
The convoy made up of supporters from different walks of life have been chanting “Free West Papua” and actively waving their Morning Star flags and cheering.
Meantime, Mondiai says that there will also be a joint statement released soon about the collective efforts of regional support groups as well as their response to the positive outcomes of the recent PIF meet.
Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Papua Students, Youth and People Movement (GempaR) and other KNPB supporters held a peaceful rally in front of the gate of the Cenderawasih University in Jayapura City, Papua on Monday (7/9/2015) to express support for the Pacific Islands Forum conference being held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
During the rally, KNPB declared four political statements: first, free West Papua to safe the Pacific people from colonialism and capitalism. Second, free West Papua to save the Pacific people from global warming. Third, the people of Papua need assistance from Pacific people from genocide threat and forth, urge the United Nations to send a special team to investigate the political status of Papua and West Papua provinces. “We highly support the Pacific Islands Forum for accepting West Papua through the United Liberation Movement for West Papua as an observer to take an active role in talking and solving the problems within this region together,” the General Chairman BPP-KNPB, Victor Yeimo, said.
In the same place, the Operation Unit Chief of Jayapura Municipal Police Commissionaire Police Heru Hidayanto said the demonstration was running peacefully. “Although there’s a plan to do long march earlier, but it’s not realized. They only did the rally on location,” he said.
“For security purpose, we deployed 60 personnel of Jayapura Municipal Police, 30 personnel of Mobile Brigade and 60 personnel of Papua Police. We expected that under our personnel’s guard, they could run the rally in order and peace, because actually the police do not want the clash happened,” he said. (Munir/rom)
The Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister says his country will not do anything to endanger the good relationship it has with Indonesia when it comes to West Papua.
The situation in the Indonesian region is one of the five agenda items at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit in Port Moresby and there have been calls for a fact-finding mission to the province.
The plenary meetings have also been marked by protesters outside the venue calling for more action in West Papua.
Rimbink Pato says he acknowledges the call for a forum mission and it will be discussed but PNG is looking at other methods.
"Our strongest recommendation will be to work alongside Indonesia. Indonesia has just been made an associate member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group which is a sub-regional body and that is a starting point, and should there be some issues we will be looking to work through that and work together with Indonesia."
Mr Pato's comment comes after his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully said he did not support a fact-finding mission to the Indonesian region by the Forum.
“I haven't seen a role for a fact-finding mission but I think a healthy discussion about this matter amongst leaders will be useful and I think that Papua New Guinea and the chair will bring a good sense of balance and judgement to that discussion."
The Papua and West Papua Highway Center is currently completing the construction of a 4,325 kilometer trans-Papua highway to accelerate development in the provinces.
"Of the 4,325 kilometers, around 827 kilometers pass through wild forests," said head of Papua and West Papua Highway Center Oesman Marbun on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co.
He added that they still need around Rp 15 trillion (US$1.05 billion) to construct the section of the highway going through the forest.
"We have until 2018 to construct the 827 kilometer road. From the current trans-Papua highway project, there are some roads that have been increased, some hardened and some asphalted," said Oesman.
The trans-Papua highway is set to connect strategic areas such as Manokwari, Sorong, Wondama and Enarotali in Pania, Nabire, Bioga, Sugapa, Ilaga and Mulia in Puncak Jaya, Sinak and Karubaga in Tolikara as well as Ilu, Jayapura and Elelim. The project will also include underpass roads, which will connect areas like Habema, Wamena, Paro, Mapenduma, Kenyam and Oksibil in Bintang Mountains, Dekai in Yahukimo and Iwur, Tanah Merah, Merauke and Waropko.
According to Oesman, one of the challenges is dealing with the locals' customary land rights. Regarding the issue, the regional government's help is needed, especially at the construction site.
“The regional government has been very helpful in negotiating the land compensation process,” said Oesman. (kes)(++++)
7) Government to construct mass transportation infrastructure in Sulawesi, Papua
Rabu, 9 September 2015 19:18 WIB | 562 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Mass transportation infrastructure will be constructed in Sulawesi and Papua following completion in Greater Jakarta, according to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
Mass transportation infrastructure is not solely being constructed on Java Island, President Jokowi stated after officiating a groundbreaking of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) in East Jakarta, Wednesday.
"By the end of this month, the development of a railway line will begin in Sulawesi. The groundbreaking was initially scheduled to be held in August, but I will officiate it only after the construction work has reached at least five to seven kilometers long," he noted.
The construction work must be carried out seriously, he emphasized.
A railway line will be built in Papua, he stated.
"Feasibility study for the railway construction plan in Papua is now underway and is expected to be completed in December this year. So, we will start the development work next year," he remarked.
The president expressed the need to elaborate on the plans as he did not want to give an impression that infrastructure construction work is only being carried out on Java Island.
The government will, in stages, construct mass transportation infrastructure across the country, he remarked.
"Everybody must help to make the infrastructure development projects a success. No mass transportation project should be delayed. It has to begin and be completed soon," Jokowi affirmed.(*)
1) Activist: Indonesia likely to veto any Pacific monitoring mission in West Papua
Updated about 3 hours ago
Pacific Island leaders will consider launching a fact-finding or monitoring mission to investigate reported human rights abuses in the Indonesian province of West Papua at this meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Aid and human rights groups from across the region have been urging governments to act, saying the situation in West Papua is getting worse.
Rex Rumakiek is the secretary-general of the West Papuan National Coalition for Liberation and is in Port Moresby for the Forum.
He told the ABC's Eric Tlozek it's unlikely that Indonesia will approve any sort of monitoring mission.
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will push for a West Papuan group to be admitted to the Pacific Islands Forum at the annual summit of the region's leaders in Port Moresby.
The government's special envoy on West Papua Matthew Wale says the Solomon Islands is supporting the United Liberation Movement of West Papua's application for observer status at the Forum.
The ULMWP was granted observer status in the Melanesian Spearhead Group at the regional organisation's recent leaders summit in Honiara.
Mr Wale says Solomon Islands will also urge Forum leaders to support a resolution calling for the UN Human Rights Commissioner to conduct an assessment on the human rights situation in West Papua.
The Solomon Islands also wants a resolution calling for West Papua to be included on the UN's decolonisation list.
Mr Wale says the leaders have a moral obligation to deal with the issues responsibly given public opinion and the amount of information about the situation in the Indonesian region.
However other Pacific Islands government, notably those of Melanesian powerhouses Papua New Guinea and Fiji appear reluctant to engage on West Papua at the Forum level to any great extent.
The situation in the Indonesian region is one of the five agenda items at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit in Port Moresby and there have been calls for a fact-finding mission to the province.
However PNG's Foreign Minister Rimbink says his country will not do anything to endanger the good relationship it has with Indonesia when it comes to West Papua.
Mr Pato says he acknowledges the call for a forum mission and it will be discussed but PNG is looking at other methods.
"Our strongest recommendation will be to work alongside Indonesia. Indonesia has just been made an associate member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group which is a sub-regional body and that is a starting point, and should there be some issues we will be looking to work through that and work together with Indonesia."
The plenary meetings at the 2015 Forum summit have been marked by protesters outside the venue calling for more action in West Papua.
The 16 leaders of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) are now in closed door meetings in Port Moresby to discuss resolutions on the five topics they have been discussing at the 46th PIF leaders meeting this week.
An official communique expected at the end of the day will give the region’s stand on:
climate change and disaster risk management,
increased economic returns from fisheries activity and maritime surveillance,
regional information and communication technology,
cervical cancer screening and prevention and
The outcome will be known this afternoon when the PIF chair and host Prime Minister Peter O’Neill meets the media at 4pm.
Granting full membership to PIF observers will also be on the leader’s discussion agenda.
O’Neill said yesterday that, “issues of Pacific regionalism, issues surrounding French Polynesia and New Caledonia for full membership, the needs of small island states, human security and immigration were also discussed at the plenary yesterday.”
15 prime minister and presidents representing the PIF nations are attending, while Fiji is represented by its Foreign Affairs Minister.
1) UPDATE 1-Freeport Indonesia cuts copper sales forecast due to El Nino
Freeport Indonesia cuts 2015 copper sales by 25 mln pounds
* Grasberg exports already hurt by new rules, smelter closure
* Govt to push ahead with changes to contract renewal (Adds copper price, additional comments/details)
By Michael Taylor
JAKARTA, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Freeport-McMoRan has revised down its 2015 forecast for copper concentrate sales from its Indonesian unit by 3 percent, an official at the U.S. mining giant said, after milling operations were hurt by the El Nino dry weather pattern.
Freeport, which runs one of the world's largest copper mines in Papua in eastern Indonesia, said a lack of water supply would cut its 2015 sales by 25 million pounds from an earlier sales estimate of 860 million pounds for the year.
"During the third quarter, milling operations have been impacted by a reduction in process water available under current El Nino conditions," company spokesman Eric Kinneberg said in an email late on Wednesday.
Indonesia is expected to face moderate El Nino conditions from July to November, affecting provinces from Sumatra to eastern Indonesia, although the weather pattern could strengthen from September to December.
An intensifying El Nino is also impacting Ok Tedi Mining Ltd's Papua New Guinea copper mine, which a company executive said earlier this month is likely to stay shuttered until the first quarter of 2016.
The past month has also seen a stream of output cuts at copper mines in response to prices mired at six-year lows.
Any lengthy disruptions to supplies could support benchmark copper prices that have fallen around 15 percent so far this year and currently trade at about $5,340 a tonne.
"It helps protect the downside, but if we see a deceleration in China, it won't stop prices going down to the $4,500 range," said Dominic Schnider of UBS Wealth Management in Hong Kong, referring to Freeport.
Exports from Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg mine complex in remote Papua have already been hindered this quarter by new payment rules for buyers and the closure of the company's domestic smelter.
Freeport Indonesia usually produces about 220,000 tonnes of copper ore per day, which is then converted to copper concentrate. Kinneberg declined to provide daily output details for the mine.
Union officials said last week that Freeport sent a letter to employees on Aug. 20 asking for greater efficiency and emphasizing the need for cost-saving.
On Thursday, Indonesia's energy and mines minister said the government plans to push ahead with changes that would allow miners to seek an earlier renewal of expiring mining contracts.
Freeport has for years been seeking contract certainty before investing the more than $15 billion needed to turn its Indonesia asset into the world's biggest underground mine after 2016. The company's current deal is due to expire in 2021. (Additional reporting by Melanie Burton in MELBOURNE; Editing by Tom Hogue)
Jayapura, Jubi – The Indonesian Papua Highland Student Association (AMPTPI) said the state of education in villages is an indicator of how the government does not properly use Papua Special Autonomy Funds to build human resources.
The measurements and standards are there in the villages instead of the city. If referring to the villages, the Special Autonomy Fund for education is not useful for Papuans. Education in the villages is so far behind,” the Secretary General of AMPTPI, Yanuarius Lagowan, said in Waena, Jayapura City on Monday (07/09/2015).
He named some local educational institutions that he was visited are not running well, either it’s private or public school. Those schools seems stagnant to run the learning activities due to the lack of teachers and other related facilities. “Some private and public schools are closed. In several areas in Paniai, Keerom, in particular at the border area, the lack of teachers made the Military personnel taking over their role. Meanwhile in Wamena, schools are not running in Elabukama region due to the road access to the schools.
About the closure of schools, Markus Mawel, resident of Waga-Waga village of Kurulu Sub-district, Jayawijaya Regency confirmed it. He said one of schools in his village, namely Sekolah Dasar Yayasan Pendidikan dan Persekolahan Katolik was temporarily closed due to the lack of teachers.
“This elementary school was closed in 2001-2002 due to the lack of teachers but reopen in 2006. Now it is running well,” he told by phone to Jubi from Wamena on Monday (07/09/2015). (Mawel Benny/rom)
Timika, Jubi – Health care services to hundreds of patients with leprosy in Kampung Mumugu, Sawaerma district, Asmat, Papua, remain poor because staff are rarely at work, a pastor said.
Pastor Hendrik Hada Pr, acting head of Alfons Sowada Agats foundation that treats lepers in Kampung Mumugu in Timika, on Monday (7/09/2015) said that leprosy cases were found around 2004. Asmat regency sent a number of health workers in the Sawaerma district when the local government opened health services in the district in order to monitor and treat patients with leprosy.
The number then was growing when former Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi visited Mumugu at the end of 2013. Sadly, he said, one by one left Mumugu. “It’s been the last few months, none of the health workers in the health centers, “he added.
Former chairman of the Secretariat of Justice and Peace of the Diocese of Agats said it has requested additional nurses and doctors to local health department and provincial health department for the service program of leprosy patients in Mumugu, yet the request was not responded.
Until now, he said, the Foundation has five medics to serve about 165 lepers in Mumugu, where four of whom are nuns of the Congregation of Princess Reinha Rosary (PRR), based in Lebao, East Flores, NTT.
They are in turn provide health care services and assistance to hundreds of lepers who live in the village. According to him, the major obstacles faced are the lack of means of transportation and geographical conditions that are difficult.
He added the location can only be reached by using a motor boat transportation for hour. “Everything is transported by boat both foodstuffs, medicines and medical personnel. When the river is dry, transportation will be jammed, “he said.
Agats Bishop Mgr Aloysius OFM Murwito some time ago said the nuns of the congregation PRR have particular expertise in dealing with patients with leprosy. The reason, they have experience in dealing with leprosy patients in a number of areas in NTT as Lembata and East. (*/ Tina)
Jayapura, Jubi -Dozens of people seeking positions in the Village Empowerment Agency of Papua Province were disappointed after their applications were rejected because they failed to satisfy requirements.
One of the applicants, Nataniel Bahabol, who came from Yalimo, said only applicants who graduated before 2011 were eligible for the hiring process. He said he was told of the requirements by the admission committee of the Provincial Community Empowerment Agency in Kotaraja on Monday (07/09/2015).
“If you only want to recruit personnel who graduated before 2011, why were we not told beforehand or why wasn’t it was announced. We have come from far-away to Jayapura,” said Nataniel.
According to him, most applicants came from other regencies by plane just to submit their applications. “Obviously we are disappointed with the actions of the leadership of BPMK Papua province that did not give clear information. We are not government officials, we came here after borrowing some money, “he added.
Both applicants and the admissions committee argued it for a while but because of regulations made by the central government (Pempus), the applicants accepted despite coming from remote areas, such as Puncak , Timika, Paniai, Serui, Tolikara, Yalimo, Yakuhimo, and Pegunungan Bintang.
Other applicant, Yonas Tebai from Dogiyai hoped that in the recruitment process, it must prioritize native Papuans. “We ask to prioritize Papuans. This program is for Papuans and must based on the mandate of Law No. 21 of 2001. Do not immigrants, “he hoped.
Earlier, head of Village and Community Empowerment Agency (BPMK) of Papua, Donatus Motte, in Jayapura, Sunday (06/09/2015), said currently, BPMK seeks as many as 76 facilitators to be placed in 29 regencies / city. “We postponed to announce it since there is new regulation that need to be reviewed. So. The total of facilitators that we are going to recruit is 76 people and each regency will have 5 facilitators, “he explained.
As for facilitators that experts in the finance etc, BPMK requires 75 people. “So we need about 150 facilitators,” he said.
He also added that BPMK will employ as many as 2,691 local village assistants/ facilitators, to be placed in 29 regencies /city. “The candidates must be graduated from junior and senior high school and live in the village,” he said. (Abeth You/ Tina)
After failing to convince Australia and New Zealand to back stronger global warming temperature restrictions, Pacific islands vulnerable to climate change will gear up to take on the world.
The climate change showdown at the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday ended in a stalemate with 16 leaders agreeing to disagree on whether to take a two degree or 1.5 degree warming limit stance to UN talks in Paris in December.
Small island nations facing rising seas pushed hard for the 1.5 degree target, saying anything higher risked their survival.
But Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and NZ counterpart John Key refused to give ground during the 'robust' discussions at the nine hour meeting.
The pair were seen celebrating the result over beers at the Grand Papua Hotel bar after the press conference.
Fiji's rival club of Pacific nations last week issued a declaration calling for a 1.5 degree limit.
That point was echoed in a forum sub-group of six small island states earlier this week.
The leaders found more common ground on fisheries and will consider a NZ catch quota system model.
Pacific islands will send ministers to NZ to learn more about how it works in coming months.
At the moment fishing vessels pay a daily fee to catch as many fish as they like, which might not be sustainable in the long term.
Mr Abbott returned to Canberra overnight, but other leaders are staying on for talks with non-forum member countries such as the US and Indonesia on Friday.
Jakarta will no doubt be keen to weigh in on the forum's stance on human rights abuses in its Papua provinces.
The leaders want to send in a fact-finding mission, but insist they respect Indonesia's sovereignty.
Low-lying islands take the moral high ground Sep 12th 2015 | WELLINGTON | From the print edition
AUSTRALIA and New Zealand have never found it easy to corral Pacific-island leaders into supporting their initiatives. It is getting harder. Pacific politicians are no longer so dependent on aid from their rich neighbours, and they have greater capacity to embarrass them on issues such as climate change, fisheries policy and support for secessionists in West Papua, in eastern Indonesia. These all loomed large at the summit of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) held in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea (PNG), from September 7th to 11th.
It was attended by both Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, and New Zealand’s, John Key. They were probably relieved not to be joined by Frank Bainimarama, the former military commander who led a coup in Fiji in 2006. Fiji was suspended from the forum in 2009, but readmitted after Mr Bainimarama won a general election last year. Some of his officials attended, but he himself is boycotting PIF meetings until the forum is reformed—and Australia and New Zealand are expelled. Other Pacific nations are less strident. But they too want to reshape the PIF’s agenda, particularly on climate change.
Mr Bainimarama has launched a rival group, the Pacific Island Development Forum, which held its third annual meeting in Fiji from September 2nd to 4th. The resultant communiqué endorsed the goal of keeping global average temperatures no more than 1.5˚Celsius above pre-industrial levels (the existing goal agreed among developed countries is 2˚). It is part of a strategy of “deep decarbonisation” that Mr Bainimarama hopes to take to the UN’s climate-change conference to be held in Paris in December. Tony De Brum, the Marshall Islands’ foreign minister, says Australia’s proposed 26-28% cut in emissions from 2005 levels is far too low to stop the atoll states from disappearing beneath the waves. He wants much bolder targets. Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, said that island leaders might ask Australia to leave the PIF; or they might stage a walkout if it refuses to sign up to the 1.5˚ target.
Australia’s moral authority in the region has been dented. It has cut its foreign-aid budget and disbanded its specialised aid agency, AusAID, with greater aid emphasis now on Australia’s commercial interests. And the shunting of Australia’s unwanted refugees to “Offshore Processing Centres” on Nauru and in PNG has looked mean-minded, despite sweeteners such as refurbished hospitals, roads and local jobs for the host countries.
On tiny Nauru, with a population of only 10,000, the refugee centres have supplanted phosphates as the biggest source of earnings. Electoral self-interest means no politician dares oppose the centres. Nauru’s politics are troubled. An authoritarian government, led by Baron Waqa, has removed most opposition MPs from parliament. One MP, Roland Kun, has had his passport seized and been prevented from rejoining his family in New Zealand. The Australian government has refrained from criticising its island ally. But, in a rare Pacific-policy split with Australia, New Zealand suspended its aid to Nauru’s judicial sector in early September.
Unlike Nauru, Papua New Guinea, which, with 7.2m people is the largest Pacific Island state, has other sources of foreign exchange, including a $19 billion ExxonMobil liquefied-natural-gas project. But PNG’s politicians are more likely to turn on the unpopular detention centre on Manus island. Relations with Australia are often frosty. In July the prime minister, Peter O’Neill, announced a ban on foreign (mostly Australian) consultants. Then PNG stopped Australian vegetable imports.
New donors, such as Indonesia and, most noticeably, China, are offering money to the island states. So island leaders have greater leeway to pursue independent foreign policies. But that too generates its own challenges. It is harder, for example, for regional groups such as the PIF to adopt a coherent policy towards pro-independence activists in Indonesian-ruled West Papua. Many Melanesians have instinctive sympathy for the freedom-fighters. But they are much less willing to antagonise Indonesia than to tell Australia and New Zealand to mind their own business.
4) Pacific Islands Forum: Nations split over climate change
Joe Kelly Political reporter Canberra
Pacific Island leaders have split on how to tackle dangerous climate change at a key regional summit, with Australia and New Zealand declining to back an ambitious target to limit global temperature increases to 1.5C.
After meeting for nine hours in Port Moresby, the leaders of the 16 member Pacific Islands Forum failed to reach a united position on climate change to take to the UN Paris conference in December — one of the stated objectives of the summit.
President Anote Tong of the low-lying nation of Kiribati said while there was a split position between member nations, the final communique had been devised to accommodate the more ambitious aspirations of the smaller states.
“It’s not the best outcome we would have liked,” he said.
“At this point in time we’d like to be able to sit down and at least agree on a range of numbers ... this is the way we have come out of this meeting.”
Earlier in the week, Mr Tong had canvassed the prospect of Australia and New Zealand leaving the regional grouping if they did not help combat climate change by committing to contain global temperature increases to a 1.5C target.
“What I said was there is a possibility that our views might be split,” Mr Tong clarified yesterday. “We’ve got around that, and I think I’m very happy we didn’t end up in that situation.”
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said the outcome of the 2009 Copenhagen climate conference was to try and limit temperature increases to 2C, but that lower lying nations were free to push for a more ambitious target. “There is also an agreement that ... low-lying states are particularly vulnerable and they would seek an even more ambitious target,” Mr Key said.
Tony Abbott said Australia and New Zealand had made no “additional commitments when it comes to climate change” and defended the emissions reductions efforts of both nations.
“I was very pleased to explain to the forum today, what Australia is doing, just how ambitious we are being,” the Prime Minister said. “None of us are in the business of damaging global industries like agriculture in the case of New Zealand or resources in the case of Australia.”
The final communique from the meeting was not available last night although there was a commitment by Australia for an extra $19 million a year to ensure fisheries could be properly policed.
On West Papua, PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said he “respected the sovereignty of Indonesia” although he noted concerns about human rights and announced a “fact-finding mission” to determine the situation on the ground.
Earlier, Mr Abbott used a bilateral meeting with Mr O’Neill to push for the Australian Federal Police to play a more hands-on role in local law enforcement.
A key focus of his meeting with Mr O’Neill was on how to use Australian expertise to make Port Moresby a safer place to do business, he said.
“I’m disappointed that our 73 police have not been more operational,” he said. “You won’t be surprised to learn that one of the principal subjects that Prime Minister O’Neill and I discussed earlier this morning was making them as operational as possible.”
By Online Editor 4:36 pm GMT+12, 10/09/2015, Papua New Guinea
The Pacific Island Forum Leaders have resolved that they respect and recognise the sovereignty of Indonesia on West Papua.
But they also want to see the human rights issues of West Papua addressed by all parties, which include the Pacific leaders, Indonesia and West Papua, to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in Papua.
In a show of solidarity Thursday, the leaders have also requested the Forum Chair Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to convey the forum’s views to Jakarta.
They also want O’Neill to consult Indonesia on a fact-finding mission to discuss the situation in West Papua.
The Prime Minister, flanked by Australia’s Tony Abbott, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Kiribati President Anote Tong and PIF Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor addressed the Pacific and international media last night outlining the resolution thus far reached.
O’Neill said the meeting was very successful and noted many great and positive outcomes of the meetings, the discussions mainly on the five major agendas, West Papua, Climate Change, Fisheries, ICT and Cervical Cancer.
“On West Papua we note that we respect the sovereignty of Indonesia over West Papua, and we note some of the concerns that we have about the human rights concerns situations in the Papuan provinces," O’Neill said as he read the resolutions passed.
“And that is why we are calling on all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in Papua and leaders have requested the Forum Chair to convey the views of the forum to the Indonesian Government and to consult it in on the possibility of a fact finding mission to discuss the situation in West Papua for all parties concerned.
“We also declare that this is a consultation process, we need to work together and the Indonesian Government needs to be commended for the efforts that it has made so far in making sure that there is more autonomy given to the West Papuans and also to provinces like Aceh and the good work that they are doing promoting democracy in Indonesia itself giving rights to the discussions that we are having today,” he said.
O’Neill was also asked what PNG’s position on West Papua was by the media.
He acknowledged the relationship both countries share and the commitment in communication the two countries have.
“Very accommodating Government in Jakarta – communicate with Indonesia and that is precisely what we have been doing. PNG has been doing that for the last few years and we are encouraged by what we are hearing from Jakarta,” he said.
LEADERS at the Pacific Islands Forum have agreed that the chairman of the Forum Leaders meeting convey their views with regards to West Papua to the Indonesian Government.
The meeting noted concerns about the human rights situation in West Papua and in the 46th PIFS communique, the leaders recognised Indonesia's sovereignty over the Papuan provinces, but called on all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in Papua.
Apart from their request to the forum chairman, Peter O'Neill to convey their views to the Indonesian Government the leaders also want the chairman "to consult on a fact-finding mission to discuss the situation in Papua with the parties involved".
In the communique they recalled their decisions and concerns expressed at their meeting in 2006 about reports of violence in Papua where they called on all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in Papua and to work to address the root causes of such conflicts by peaceful means.
At the Pacific Islands Development Forum held in Fiji last week, the leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Octavanius Mote was denied entry to the meeting although he was part of the Solomon Islands delegation. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare included Mr Mote as part of his delegation to the Pacific island Forum meeting in PNG this week.
Meanwhile, leaders agreed to hold the next forum meeting next year in the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa to host in 2017, Nauru the following year and Tuvalu in 2019.
The forum meeting was held in Port Moresby, PNG, and ended on Thursday with a leaders' retreat.
It was attended by Heads of States and governments of Australia, Cook Islands, FSM, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Fiji and Marshall Islands represented by foreign ministers.
The 46th Pacific Islands Forum has finally released its official communique, outlining the commitments of the leaders in next 12 months.
The communique was issued more than 12 hours after the end of Thursday's leaders' retreat.
The issue of the fisheries was the big winner from the leader's summit, while an acceptance of varying viewpoints marks the statement on climate change.
Koro Vaka'uta reports:
"In terms of fisheries the Forum has acknowledged the current effort based Vessel Day Scheme system had brought great economic returns and endorsed a new plan that called for increases in economic return to be achieved within five years. Earlier 10 years had been the target. The Forum will also examine the implementation of a quota management system by visiting New Zealand to study fisheries management there with the country being put up as an model for sustainable fisheries. Leaders reiterated their concerns that climate change remains the greatest threat to the well-being of Pacific people and called for the adoption of a legally binding agreement at the UN climate change conference at the end of the year. While the Forum declared that a 1.5 degree increase in temperature would severely impact small island states it still didn't require New Zealand and Australia to commit to that. Another big issue during the week was the situation in West Papua. Forum leaders say they recognise Indonesia's sovereignty over the province but are still concerned about human rights abuses there. Chair PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill will now approach Jakarta to express the concerns and hold discussions over a fact-finding mission. The last two issues on the agenda were cervical cancer and ICT connectivity but they were somewhat put on the backburner with leaders saying developing a regional approach will require further time, but the creation of an ICT Advisory Council would be looked at. The future hosts of the Forum have been confirmed with the Federated States of Micronesia holding the event next year, Samoa in 2017; Nauru in 2018 and Tuvalu in 2019.”
Jakarta, Jubi – Bank Central Asia (BCA) and UN children’s fund UNICEF in Indonesia will work together to promote child-friendly education in Papua.
“This child-friendly education is a form of our attention to building a positive environment for children, especially children in Papua, ” said BCA President, John Setiaatmadja, while giving child-friendly education donation at Menara BCA on Tuesday (08/09/2015).
Jahja said the program is expected to improve the quality education for the children by creating positive environment.
In the same occasion, chief representative of UNICEF Indonesia, Gunilla Olsson stated that a donation of Rp 850 million from the BCA is useful for creating an educational environment that gives a sense of safety and comfort for the kids. “We believe that this educational program can bring positive change in schools and communities so that children will be protected from all forms of violence,” Olsson said.
According to him, this child-friendly educational programs produced two innovation module which are safe and strong school module and module to build resilient.
In the first module, UNICEF provides a positive disciplined approach for the teachers so that teachers are able to discipline students without physical and verbal violence.
Meanwhile, module to build resilient will be given at non-formal education about prevention
violence, gender rights, reproductive health, communication, and life skills. “These two module have been through the revision process based on local context which is expected to be applied effectively,” he hoped.
Child-friendly education currently is only implemented in three cities, Wamena, Jayapura and Manokwari. (*/ Tina)
Sorong, Jubi – Papua People’s Assembly of West Papua (MRP PB) was asked to be more serious in tackling problems in Papua including the issues of the rights of indigenous Papuans (OAP).
DPP chairman of Imura Forum, Paul F. Mayor confirmed that conflict of customary land rights often happens and West Papua People’s Assembly must give pay attention on it. “Blockage and demonstration emerge everywhere because of land issues. Where is MRP PB? They should pay more attention to this problem rather than other things that there is no benefit for the Papuans, “he said in press received by Jubi in Sorong, West Papua on Tuesday (08/09/2015).
Therefore, he urged representatives of cultural institutions to handle it seriously. “MRP PB must form a team to visit the conflict areas by conducting a discussion with traditional leaders, youth and local people as well as academic faculty, “he added.
He also hoped that MRP PB and West Papua Legislative Council to jointly seek a formula for the sake of protecting indigenous rights, particularly the issue of ownership rights customary for the people of Papua. “Why we have to do this? Because when the native Papuans speak up, there must be stopped, he stated.
One of activist from the Indonesian National Student Movement (GMNI) in Sorong Raya, Jhon Malibela also said the same thing. He hoped MRP PB to immediately talk with the Native Papuans about the land issues. (Niko MB/ Tina)
Jayapura, Jubi – A member of Papua Legislative Council of Commission I on Political, Legal and Human Rights, Laurenzus Kadepa, said police should not always see demonstrations in a negative way.
“When police view the demonstration negatively, surely there will be suspicion. Democracy in Papua is dead. If the police always see it from negative side, it will definitely happen a clash. If it’s like that, there will always be a question what is in Papua, and can be justified that there is no democratic space in Papua, “Kadepa said to Jubi on Monday (07/09/2015).
He said how can we call this country is a democratic country when there is no freedom to express opinion in public. It is their right to express any opinion in the public and should be respected. “They’re also Indonesia citizens. They should be given a room. If there is no space for democracy again, the effect will be more danger as well as confirm that there is no democracy in Papua. “he said.
West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and several student organizations in the city of Jayapura, held a peaceful demonstration in front of the gate of the University of Cendrawasih a few days ago in Waena, Jayapura city. The demonstration was escorted by heavily armed police from Jayapura city police.
Based on information, the protestors would be heading to Papua Legislative Council in Jayapura but it was failed because of not getting permission from police.
Demo coordinator, Warpo said police who were guarding the mass action did not preclude the demonstration, but it helped the process of the struggle of the Papua independence movement. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)
Jayapura, Jubi – A Koya TImur resident, Kuba (32 years old), was wounded after he was hit by a bullet and an arrow by an unknown assailant at Skopro Village, Arso Timur Sub-district, Keerom Regency, Papua on Wednesday (9/9/2015).
A source said the victim suffered injuries to the head. “Just asked the Papua Police. The victim is currently taken to the Keerom Hospital for medical treatment,” said the source via a text message on Wednesday (9/9/2015).
The Papua Police Spokesperson Senior Police Commissionaire Patrige Renwarin confirmed Jubi about the incident. “The incident was occurred at 09:00 Papua time when the victim was cutting a tree on that scene. He got shot in the back head through the left eye. He also got bad injury on the left hand through the stomach. He is currently under the intensive treatment at Keerom Hospital. His current condition is still not updated,” Renwarin said on Wednesday (9/9/2015).
According to him, due to the lack of eyewitness, until now the police could not make a conclusion about the motive behind the shooting. The police officers are now doing the investigation. “The victim is not able to be questioned now. However, it’s too soon to rely this with politic. This is purely a case of crime. There’s no connection with the political situation, whether in Keerom or in Papua,” he said. “If the perpetrator has been caught, we will knew who’s behind his action and what’s his motif. Do not say it’s a red zone. I don’t think it could be said like that. So it’s too early to say this area as red zone,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – The Ministry of Rural and Regional Development and Transmigration ) will earmark Rp590 billion to build facilities in six border regions in Papua for the period of 2016-2019.
“There are three general directorates of the Ministry of the village that has been in unification. The first, the General Directorate of Specific Areas in particular the Director of Border allocates around Rp325 billion, ” said General Director of the Ministry of Development of Specific Areas and Rural Development and Transmigration, Suprayoga Hadi in Jayapura on Wednesday (09/09/2015).
He added, the funds will be used for road and dock constructions in border areas in Jayapura, Keerom, Pegunungan Bintang, Supiori, and Merauke .
The Director General of Village and Community Development budgets around Rp137 billion and from the region countryside will be around Rp87 billion. “So the total of budget is almost Rp. 590 billion,” he said.
According to him, hundreds of billions of funds will be used to build a variety of different facilitation in six regions. For example, in Supiori it will provide funding in the context of the boat dock. As for the border area, will built roads, water supply, PLN, which is needed by the local community. “That’s why I said earlier, we need to conduct a survey to identify the needs of community, “he said.
Therefore, we urged each regency to propose what is needed based on the aspirations and needs of the community. (Alexander Loen/ Tina)
Jayapura, Jubi – The head of the Indonesian Papua Central Highland Student Association (DPW-AMPTPI), Natan Naftali Tebay, said Jokowi has yet to fulfil his promise to settle many cases of violence, shooting and restriction on democracy space.
In fact, such cases are raising, for instance the shooting incident over four students who allegedly shot by military and police personnel in Tolikara, the killing of nine students and three boys of Catholic Church respectively in Dogiyai and Timika. “In addition, the military officials continue to get promoted. Therefore Jokowi’s words to improve the people’s welfare and build roads, bridges and houses are only a promise. In fact, the problems in Papua are not the problems of welfare and so on, but the human right and political issues. Both Jokowi’s promise and Papuan people’s aspiration could be accommodated through free dialog facilitated by the third party,” Tebay told Jubi in Jayapura on Wednesday (9/9/2015).
He further said this is not aimed to speak about the aspiration of Papuan people but a space of meeting. “If Jokowi is not yet keep his promise, AMPTPI will do a consolidation to reject his visit to Papua. It’s not important for him to come to Papua if his visit could only raise another problem. He used to find a solution for Papua, but we demand him to keep his promise,” Tebay said.
Earlier, the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo in his speech when attending the celebration of Christmas in Jayapura City in December 2014 asked for no more violence in Papua Province. He said what had happened in the past shouldn’t be happened in the future, because Papua is not built with violence but through special approach to the public. “For me, the most important is this incident shouldn’t be happened anymore, because I want to develop the Land of Papua. I also invite all parties including Military/Police, regent and major as well as governor to build Papua,” President Jokowi said in GOR Waringin Kotaraja, Jayapura City in December 2014,
At that time, he didn’t give any comment related to the violence happened in Enarotali, Paniai Regeny on 8 December 2014 that killed four students and a civilian because he thought the information was not valid at that time. “Dialog is also important, so the central and regional government could be connected. No more violence in Papua, so I also will often come to Papua, at least three times a year,” he said at that time.
His statement is obtained serious response from the international observer from Cenderawasih University, Marianus Yaung. He said it’s dilemmatic since a civilian background president has not totally accepted by military as supreme commander. “Altought the Military Chief made a statement in the early of January 2015 that Military is ready to support the political choice of President Jokowi to settle the problem of Papua through dialog, but the current reality has proved that the Military/Police has not yet fully accepted the national leadership by civil,” Yaung told Jubi by phone on Wednesday (09/09/2015).
According to Yaung, the replacement of former Indonesian Minister of Politic, Legal and Human Right to Luhut Pandjaitan and removal of Budi Waseso as Indonesian Police Crime and Investigation Chief were an indication that Jokowi’s intension to control the Military/Police could not be realized yet, and the violence and armed conflict could be continuously happened in Papua. “Papua is a country controlled by weapons. Those who are most powerful to determine the life and death of the people of Papua are those who have weapons. An important note to the President Jokow is he should not make a statement saying there’s no problem in Papua, so Papua-Jakarta dialog shouldn’t be needed. Human right violations are still happening up to now,” he said.
As long as weapon and bullet are still widely circulated, and the perpetrators of human right violation are still walking freely in Papua, therefore this land will keep produce the violence and bloody conflict which lead casualties. “If the President Jokowi could stop the circulation of weapons and bullets and bring the perpetrators of severe human right violation to the Court, therefore he could make a statement about there is no more problem in Papua and no more dialog is needed,” he said. “If the president wants to win the heart and mind of Papuan people, therefore he must choose the resolution through peace dialog of Jakarta-Papua that already well prepared by Papua Peace Network (JDP). Appoint JDP as special envoy of President Jokowi in preparing the Papua dialog,” he said. (Abeth You/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said the quality of education in villages must be on par with that in the city.
“Education in the villages need to be organized well so that it can have the same quality as in the city and graduates are ready to compete in the job market,” Enembe said in Jayapura on Wednesday (09/09/2015).
“Therefore, I call upon all parties to work together for the better change in Papua,” he said.
He said he hoped the department of education to evaluate its programs and find an appropriate model of education in order to meet the needs in each village. “Because there are many Papuans who live behind mountains, in the valleys and hillsides that have not enjoyed the education well,” he said.
“Education and health are two important parts of the province with the demography and topography of Papua that are dispersed and isolated,” he said. (Alexander Loen/ Tina)
Sentani, Jubi – An isolated and nomadic tribe was discovered in Omon village, South Gresi district, Jayapura regency, a councillor said.
A member of the Jayapura Legislative Council, Matheys Lewerisa, said he found out about the tribe while conducting a working visit some time ago. “When they are in the village, they mingle with the community village by building huts to live in, ” he said in his office on Tuesday (08/09/2015).
“It’s a sign for the local government to visit here more often and seriously develop the region including transportation access,” he said.
Oktofianus Samon, a resident said, the tribe in South Gresi South has been around for a long time. Their lives do not settle so it is difficult to be handled directly. “Not only does the tribe live in South Gresi, they can move and live in Yapsi, Kemtuk Gresi, even in Lerehi,” he added. (Engel Wally)
16. Leaders recalled their decisions and concerns expressed at their meeting in 2006 about reports of violence in Papua, in which they also called on all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in Papua and to work to address the root causes of such conflicts by peaceful means.
17. Leaders recognised Indonesia’s sovereignty over the Papuan provinces but noted concerns about the human rights situation, calling on all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in Papua. Leaders requested the Forum Chair to convey the views of the Forum to the Indonesian Government, and to consult on a fact finding mission to discuss the situation in Papua with the parties involved.
FORTY-SIXTH PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
8 - 10 September 2015
The Forty-Sixth Pacific Islands Forum was held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from 8 – 10 September 2015 and was attended by Heads of State and Government of Australia, Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The Republic of Fiji and the Republic of the Marshall Islands were represented by their Ministers for Foreign Affairs.
2. French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Tokelau attended the formal session as Associate Members. Timor-Leste, the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group, the Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the United Nations (UN), the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the International Organization for Migration and the World Bank attended as Observers. The Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP): the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA); the Pacific Power Association; the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC); the South Pacific Tourism Organisation; the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme; and the University of the South Pacific (USP) were represented by their respective Heads of Organisations and senior officials.
3. The Forum Leaders’ Retreat was held at Port Moresby on 10 September 2015.
4. Leaders expressed their deep gratitude to the Honourable Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, CMG, MP, and the Government and people of Papua New Guinea for the excellent arrangements made in hosting the 2015 Leaders’ meeting, and for the kind hospitality extended to them during their stay in Port Moresby.
5. Leaders warmly welcomed the participation of Fiji at the Leaders meeting.
FRAMEWORK FOR PACIFIC REGIONALISM
6. Leaders welcomed progress made in the implementation of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, including the establishment of the Specialist Sub-Committee on Regionalism (SSCR). Leaders commended the Sub-Committee on its work, in particular the consideration of 68 submissions lodged by a wide range of proponents from Pacific governments, regional and international organisations, civil society organisations and individuals. Leaders noted that the SSCR had identified five issues it considered met the tests for regionalism as specified in the Framework, which warranted Leaders’ consideration.
7. Leaders reaffirmed the central importance of increasing economic returns and ensuring the sustainable management of fisheries. Leaders further reaffirmed strengthening
maritime surveillance and enforcement, noting the multi-dimensional nature of these issues.
8. Leaders acknowledged the current effort based management system (VDS) that has brought significant economic return to Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA). Leaders endorsed the Regional Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries and directed that increases in economic return be achieved within five years. Leaders agreed that a joint taskforce of FFA, PNA and the Forum Secretariat would lead the development of a programme to increase the sustainable economic returns of fisheries, including examining a quota management system, and report back to Leaders in 2016. Leaders also welcomed New Zealand’s offer for ministers and officials to visit New Zealand to study New Zealand’s quota system.
9. Leaders tasked Fisheries, Economic and Foreign Ministers to undertake a joint comprehensive evaluation of the regional monitoring, control and surveillance, and compliance regime and report back to Leaders in 2016. Leaders noted that the evaluation should reflect the importance of sharing technology and information. Leaders expressed their appreciation to Australia and New Zealand for their assistance on surveillance.
10. Leaders reiterated their concerns that climate change remains the single greatest threat to the livelihood, security and well-being of the peoples of the Pacific. Leaders called for the adoption of an ambitious and legally binding agreement at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). They strongly endorsed the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Declaration on Climate Change Action, attached as Annex 1, in advance of COP21.
11. Leaders extended the current two regional frameworks: the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change; and the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action for one year.
Information Communications Technologies
12. Leaders noted the unprecedented economic and educational opportunities that Information Communications Technologies (ICT) offers, including access to world markets and global knowledge. Leaders also acknowledged the challenges to realising these benefits, which included, among others, under-utilisation of ICT services in Forum Island Countries (FICs), a lack of resources and expertise, and the threat of cyber-attacks and crime.
13. Leaders tasked the Forum Secretariat and USP to consider the merit of a regional ICT Advisory Council. The Council should not overlap with existing mechanisms and must deliver real deliverables.
14. Leaders noted the substantial burden that cervical cancer places on women and girls in the Pacific region as well as the insufficient response to address it across the region.
15. Leaders agreed, given current regional prioritisation of Non-Communicable Diseases, that developing a regional approach to address cervical cancer would require further consultation with relevant technical organisations and national authorities and consideration of resource allocation for prevention and treatment.
West Papua (Papua)
16. Leaders recalled their decisions and concerns expressed at their meeting in 2006 about reports of violence in Papua, in which they also called on all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in Papua and to work to address the root causes of such conflicts by peaceful means.
17. Leaders recognised Indonesia’s sovereignty over the Papuan provinces but noted concerns about the human rights situation, calling on all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents in Papua. Leaders requested the Forum Chair to convey the views of the Forum to the Indonesian Government, and to consult on a fact finding mission to discuss the situation in Papua with the parties involved.
19. Leaders directed the commencement of the analysis of governance and financing options for collective action in pursuit of Pacific regionalism be completed in 2016, and for this work to be led by the Forum Secretariat in consultation with CROP and other stakeholders.
FORUM FOREIGN MINISTERS
20. Leaders welcomed the convening of the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting in early July 2015 in Sydney, Australia where discussions focussed on disaster management and international engagement of the Forum. In considering the recommendations put forward by the Foreign Ministers for their consideration, Leaders also reflected on the advantages and disadvantages of convening an annual meeting of Foreign Ministers.
21. Leaders agreed that Forum Foreign Ministers will meet annually from 2016, after the Forum Officials Committee Meeting, to assist and inform Leaders of relevant regional and international issues facing the region.
22. Leaders agreed that decisions of regional ministerial meetings be provided to Leaders for oversight and where required, for endorsement.
23. Leaders considered the report of the Forum Ministerial Mission to French Polynesia which took place from 20 to 23 July 2015 to assess its application for full membership of the Pacific Islands Forum. Leaders considered the key observations of the Mission, including whether the existing governance arrangements of French Polynesia formed the basis for its eligibility for full membership of the Forum, and to participate independently and effectively as a full member, in the full complement of political deliberation, decision making and commitments of the Forum. Leaders deferred the decision on the application of French Polynesia on full membership pending a review of the criteria for admission of new members to the Forum.
REGIONAL ASSISTANCE MISSION TO SOLOMON ISLANDS
24. Leaders recalled that the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) drawdown, which is being progressed in accordance with the RAMSI Participating Police Force Drawdown Strategy 2013 – 2017, is due to be finalised by 30 June 2017. Under the Strategy, the primary area of focus is the development of leadership and accountability at all levels, with the objective of developing a modern, effective, accountable, and independent Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.
25. In commending the joint achievements made by the Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI to date, Leaders welcomed assurance by the Government and RAMSI, provided through the Enhanced Consultative Mechanism, that the Drawdown Strategy was a living document and as such would continue to work together to ensure that RAMSI’s activities remain aligned to the Solomon Islands Government’s priorities to ensure that gains achieved would be sustained into the future.
26. Leaders also noted the Solomon Islands Government’s appreciation to members for work undertaken under RAMSI, as well as to Australia and New Zealand for their financial support over the last 12 years, and to personnel from around the region that contributed to the mission. The Government has seen significant achievement in the restoration of law and order; improved financial systems; and benefits it has brought other Forum Island Countries in terms of skills learned in Solomon Islands.
RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINANTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHAL ISLANDS
27. Leaders agreed to continue to support bilateral, regional and multilateral action to assist the Republic of the Marshall Islands in its efforts to engage the United States towards a justified resolution to the U.S. Nuclear Testing Programme. Leaders also considered submitting another letter to the U.S. Government urging the U.S. to take action to address meaningfully the lingering needs resulting from the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Testing Programme.
STRENGTHENING THE POST-FORUM DIALOGUE
28. Leaders considered the key findings of the 2015 reassessment of Post-Forum Dialogue (PFD) partners and noted with concern, among others, that there was limited regional cohesion by PFD partners due to varying levels of regional engagement, therefore making it difficult to identify where the Forum has formed clear issues-based coalitions with partners. Leaders also noted that financing of the regional agenda is fragmented through CROP agencies, the UN system and multi-country programming, and while trade and levels of aid were the primary measures of engagement for the majority of partners, this did not provide a complete picture of the political aspects of the Forum’s PFD relations.
29. Recognising the importance of partnerships and the opportunity provided by the Framework for Pacific Regionalism to further articulate the role that PFD partners can play with regard to the regional agenda, Leaders agreed to the need for Post-Forum Dialogue partners to align to the priorities presented by the
30. Leaders endorsed the outcomes of the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting held in early July 2015 regarding a strengthened annual Post-Forum Dialogue Plenary which focuses on key Forum priorities, as well as the opportunities for Forum Members to further engage with partners in the margins of international meetings.
31 Considerable progress has been made since the launch of negotiations for PACER Plus in 2009, with negotiations on most chapters close to conclusion and continuing positive engagement and flexibility shown by all parties. Leaders renewed their commitment to the PACER Plus negotiations as an instrument for promoting regional integration in the Pacific and assisting Forum Island Countries to achieve robust economic growth and sustainable development.
32. In noting the substantive progress made in the PACER Plus negotiations, Leaders requested Ministers responsible for international trade to ensure that their negotiators exercise the necessary flexibility in the negotiations to facilitate the rapid conclusion of a high quality trade and investment agreement, at the latest, by June 2016.
THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA/SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
33. Leaders acknowledged that while the Pacific region recorded mixed outcomes in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the majority of Forum Island Countries managed to reduce child mortality and achieve universal primary education, and very few countries made gains in reducing poverty, achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women. Leaders expressed their support for a successful UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015 and committed to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with particular attention to the region’s ‘unfinished business’ on the MDGs.
34. Leaders called for the support of development partners, consistent with their commitments under the SAMOA Pathway and Addis Ababa Action Agenda, particularly in the areas of financing, statistics, partnerships, SDGs integration, and follow up and review, as well as acknowledging the special case of Small Island Developing States. They also recognised the ongoing global discussions on the SDGs indicators through the
Inter-agency and Expert Group on the SDGs Indicators and called for the active participation of the region to influence these discussions through Fiji and Samoa who are members of this Expert Group.
35. Leaders emphasised a country-driven process in tailoring the global indicators to their national context. They noted that once UN member governments agree to the global set of indicators, there is merit in tailoring the global indicators to better reflect the Pacific context and to use these regional indicators to monitor the Pacific’s progress on the SDGs, including towards the high-level objectives of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway.
36. Leaders called for an open and inclusive consultation process, accounting for national priorities, to select the relevant global SDGs indicators to the Pacific context to ensure regional ownership. They also task the Forum Secretariat, in collaboration with CROP and UN agencies, to lead this consultation process, building on existing work streams to avoid duplication, with the aim of adopting regional indicators at the next Forum Leaders’ meeting in 2016, as well as outline a regional process for the follow up and review of the SDGs and SAMOA Pathway that would seek to reduce the burden of reporting at the country level.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FORUM COMPACT
37. Leaders endorsed the 2015 Pacific Regional MDGs Tracking Report and the 2015 Tracking the Effectiveness of Development Efforts in the Pacific Report. They also considered future reporting arrangements of the Forum Compact, and decided that future reports of the Pacific Regional MDGs Tracking Report and the Tracking the Effectiveness of Development Efforts in the Pacific Report be referred to the Forum Economic Ministers for endorsement and to provide updates, if so required.
PACIFIC LEADERS GENDER EQUALITY DECLARATION
38. Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the 2012 Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration. Leaders noted that while there has been notable progress on gender equality in three of the six key Declaration areas: gender responsive policies and programmes, gender parity on education and ending violence against women, there has been less progress on women’s economic empowerment, and sexual reproductive and health services.
SMALLER ISLAND STATES LEADERS MEETING
39. Leaders noted the decisions of the Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders Meeting held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 7 September 2015 including the SIS Leaders’ Port Moresby Declaration on Climate Change.
CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATION DIALOGUE
40. Leaders noted the substantive dialogue and valuable exchange of ideas between the Forum Troika and representatives of Pacific Civil Society Organisations in the margins of the Forum Leaders meeting.
DATE AND VENUE OF NEXT MEETING
41. Leaders welcomed and confirmed the future hosts of the Forum as follows: the Federated States of Micronesia in 2016; Samoa in 2017; Nauru in 2018; and Tuvalu in 2019.
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Consular in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea (PNG) Elmar Iwan Lubis reported Saturday, September 12, that two Indonesian citizens were being held hostage by an unknown group in Skouwtiau village, Papua New Guinea.
"Previously, we received information about two Indonesian citizens who were declared missing in a shooting incident in Skopron, Keerom village several days ago. Based on the information, two Indonesian citizens were allegedly taken by an unknown group Skouwtiau village, Papua New Guinea," Elmar said through e-mail on Saturday.
A resident of Skopron, Keerom Regency, Papua, was shot by an unidentified person near the Indonesian border with PNG on Wednesday, September 9. The man was shot while cutting wood in the forest area of Kampung Skopron, Keerom, about an hour away by road towards PNG.
In addition, Elmar said, the Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo had also received information from Papua New Guinean soldiers in Vanimo that the soldiers have already learned about the two Indonesian citizens who were being held hostage by the unknown group.
"The two Indonesian citizens are reportedly in a good condition,” Elmar said.
According to Elmar, the Papua New Guinean soldiers also informed Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo that they continued to make efforts to free the two Indonesians.
"However, we told the soldiers that we emphasize that the safety of our two citizens is our main priority,” he said.
hejakartapost.com, Jakarta | Archipelago | Sat, September 12 2015, 5:31 PM -
Two Indonesian citizens are being held captive by unknown persons in Skouwtiau hamlet in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
According to the Indonesian Consul in Vanimo, Elmar Lubis, on Saturday, it received confirmation from the PNG military regarding the incident.
The two Indonesians, namely Sudirman, 28, and Badar, 30, who both work as woodcutters, were captured on Wednesday while working in Skofro hamlet in the Kerom regency. Another woodcutter, Kuba, was shot during the incident.
Kuba is currently being treated at the Bhayangkara Hospital in Jayapura.
Elmar said that Sudirman and Badar were in good condition and efforts to release them were still ongoing. He has also made a request to the PNG military to prioritize the safety of the Indonesians. (kes)(++++)
The Indonesian consulate in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea, says that two Indonesian citizens are being detained in a village near the two countries' common border.
While it remains unclear who is detaining the pair, they are being held in the Skouw area, with Indonesian media reporting that the information has been relayed by PNG defence force personnel.
The Jakarta Post reports the Indonesian Consul in Vanimo, Elmar Lubi, as saying two men aged 28 and 30, who work in the logging sector, were captured on Wednesday while working in Skofro hamlet in Indonesia's Kerom regency.
Another Indonesian woodcutter was reportedly shot during the incident in which the men were captured, but was not taken into detention and is now in hospital in Jayapua.
CNN Indonesia reports that the Indonesian authorities are working with the PNGDF to secure the pair's release.
The incident comes as almost a thousand Indonesian soldiers have been newly dispatched to maintain the border region.
Suara Pembaruan reports that the 950 soldiers from two battalions are being deployed to this part of Papua province on a nine-month assignment rotation.
Among their assigned duties are to guard the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia, and to prevent illegal logging in the region.
Jakarta commits to development in Papua border region
Meanwhile, Indonesia's government, through the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development and Transmigration, has reportedly earmarked around 40 million US dollars for border development in Papua province.
Tabloid Jubi reports that the money will be used to build facilities in regions located mainly along the border with Papua New Guinea for the period of 2016-2019.
The general-director of the Ministry of Development of Specific Areas and Rural Development and Transmigration, Suprayoga Hadi says the regions concerned include the provincial capital Jayapura as well as Keerom, Pegunungan Bintang and Merauke regencies.
Mr Suprayoga says the funds will be used for infrastructure development projects such as road and dock constructions in the border areas.
He indicated that the government is in the process of identifying the needs and aspirations of local communities in each regency in order to make best use of the development funds.
2) NZ doubtful that Indonesia will allow West Papua mission
Updated at 8:04 am today
The New Zealand Foreign Minister has expressed doubt that Indonesia will agree to a Pacific Forum fact-finding mission into West Papua.
Murray McCully's comments come after the Forum Chair and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said Jakarta had been accommodating recently.
Mr McCully has met with the Indonesian vice-minister for foreign affairs and a fact-finding mission into human rights was brought up.
"Well I did raise that with the vice-minister that we would certainly hope that if the idea was put forward that they would respond to it positively, but I have to say that I didn't get a very reassuring response to that."
1) Island in focus: 950 soldiers sent for border patrol -
The Jakarta Post, Semarang | Archipelago | Mon, September 14 2015, 3:12 PM -
Nine hundred and fifty personnel from the Army’s Diponegoro Regional Military IV Command (Kodam) overseeing Central Java and Yogyakarta were deployed to Papua on Saturday to patrol the border area between Indonesia’s easternmost province and neighboring Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The personnel left Semarang’s Tanjung Emas Port in war ships KRI Teluk Cendrawasih and KRI Teluk Teratai, with Kodam chief Maj. Gen. Jaswandi and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo overseeing their departure.
Jaswandi said they would later be stationed along the 760-kilometer-long land border between Indonesia and PNG. “This [deployment] is a routine [assignment]. Among our main duties are to protect border crossers and to prevent illegal logging practices. Those are noble duties for the soldiers,” he said.
The soldiers, according to Jaswandi, will spend nine months in Papua before being replaced by a new deployment.
2) Hostage situation in PNG not political: Chief security minister
Senin, 14 September 2015 22:55 WIB | 477 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Legal Affairs, Luhut Pandjaitan said on Monday that the recent incident of two Indonesians being taken hostage in Papua New Guinea was not political.
"Actually, the incident is a criminal act. It has nothing to do with politics," he said.
He further said that the Papua New Guinea government and the Indonesian government representative: the defense attache from the Indonesian embassy in Port Moresby, are continuing to negotiate with the hostage takers.
The Papua regional police command and the regional military command have also coordinated with the PNG police and military with regards to the incident.
"Until today there was no talk about ransom or an operation to free the hostages. The Indonesian and Papua New Guinea governments are still conducting negotiations, so let us just wait for the results," he said.
On Saturday, the Indonesian consulate in Vanimo, the capital of Sandaun province, Papua New Guinea, said that two Indonesian citizens, identified as Sudirman (28) and Badar (30) had been kidnapped by unknown people in the village of Skoutio in the Sandaun province.
They were taken by armed men on Wednesday while cutting wood in Skopro in the sub-district of Arso Timur in the district of Kerom, Papua bordering Papua New Guinea, which is a three-hour walk from Skoutio.
Papua New Guinea Defense Forces had also confirmed the incident. The Papua Cenderawasih XVII Military Command, Major General, Hinsa Siburian said the hostage taking was carried out by members of an armed group led by JP.
Besides taking two hostages, the armed group members had also shot Kuba, a friend of Sudirman and Badar, injuring him seriously.
National Police Chief, General Badrodin Haiti said efforts are still being made to free the hostages.
"Our representatives are coordinating with the security agency in Papua New Guinea so let us just wait for the result," he said during a visit to West Nusa Tenggara.
Meanwhile, the Free Papua Movements group leader, Jeffrey, has said that the two hostages would be freed if members of his family, held by the Keerom police in Papua in a narcotics case, are released.
Commenting on this, Haiti said, "We cannot follow their way of settling the problem because it would all depend upon the results of the negotiations conducted by the government with the armed group."(*)
Nethy Dharma Somba and Nani Afrida, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura/Jakarta | Headlines | Tue, September 15 2015, 6:09 PM -
The Indonesian Military (TNI) has requested help from Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) military to secure the release of two Indonesians who have been taken hostage by a criminal group operating in the border area between the two countries.
“We appreciate PNG’s efforts to release our people from the armed group. We also hope that the hostages will be released in a good condition. Now, we are still waiting for the [negotiation] process by our representatives in PNG,” spokesperson for regional military command (Kodam) XVII/Cenderawasih, Lt. Col. Teguh Pujo Rahardjo, told The Jakarta Post on Monday night.
The two Indonesians, identified as Sudirman, 28, and Badar, 30, are timber workers in Skofro hamlet, Keerom regency, Papua.
The criminal group has been holding them hostage since Wednesday, asking in return for the release of two people who are being detained by the Keerom Police in relation to a marijuana case.
According to Teguh, the TNI would extend the deadline until Tuesday afternoon so the criminals had time to negotiate and release the two Indonesians.
“We will help the PNG military and police if they ask for our assistance. However, we hope the negotiation runs smoothly so we don’t need [to use] any violence to [secure the] release of our people,” Teguh said, adding that the TNI was standing by near the border for progress on the case.
Kodam XVII/Cenderawasih co-mmander Maj. Gen. Hinsa Siburian has asked the PNG military for assistance in freeing the Indonesians.
It was reported earlier that a shooting occurred in Skofro, about an hour’s drive from PNG. The perpetrators, an unidentified armed group, targeted four woodcutters, including Sudirman and Badar.
One of the woodcutters, 38 year-old Kuba Marmahu, was shot in the head, while another escaped.
The armed group, which claimed to be part of the Free Papua Organization (OPM), then took Sudirman and Badar into PNG territory.
Kuba is currently being treated at Bhayangkara Hospital in Jayapura.
According to Elmar Lubis, the Indonesian Consul in Vanimo, PNG, the Indonesian government received confirmation from the PNG military regarding the incident on Wednesday.
Elmar said that Sudirman and Badar were in good condition and efforts to release them were still ongoing. He also made a request to the PNG military to prioritize the safety of the Indonesians.
The Papua Police revealed Monday that they had sent three community leaders to PNG to help with the negotiations.
“They will find information on the two Indonesians now in PNG. They will also negotiate with the armed group to repatriate our people to Indonesia,” Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said in Jayapura on Monday.
Paulus said he would hold a meeting with PNG authorities in Vanimo to discuss further action on the release of the two Indonesians.
According to Paulus, based on his communications with Elmar, the two Indonesians were being held in PNG’s Skouwtiau hamlet.
TNI spokesperson Maj. Gen. Endang Sodik said that PNG authorities had met with the group to negotiate about the hostages.
“The group demanded to exchange the hostages with their two comrades who are detained at the Keerom Police station due to drug possession,” Sodik said in Jakarta.
The police and the TNI claimed that the group was part of the OPM under Jeffry Pagawak.
“Jeffry’s group is a new criminal group that creates terror in Jayapura and Keerom,” Paulus said.
The group has reportedly carried out several terrorist acts in Papua, including attacking a police office in 2012.
It was reported that Jeffry has been on the police’s wanted persons list since 2006. ____________________________
Doha, Qatar (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has condemned the abduction of two Indonesian citizens in the area bordering Papua Province and Papua New Guinea.
The Indonesian government is trying to free the hostages, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated here on Tuesday.
"The Indonesian government is still communicating and cooperating with the Papua New Guinea authority in an effort to facilitate the release of the hostages. According to information, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill is monitoring the effort," Retno remarked.
Retno noted that her institution is coordinating with the Foreign Ministry of Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian Military Commander over the efforts to secure the release of the Indonesians.
The minister affirmed that the two countries have agreed to cooperate on freeing the hostages.
The Indonesian government has also lauded the concern shown by the Papua New Guinea authority in handling the issue.
Additionally, the Indonesian consular in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea, has met the special envoy of the prime minister of Papua New Guinea.
Earlier, on Saturday, the Indonesian consulate in Vanimo, the capital of Sandaun province, Papua New Guinea, reported that two Indonesian citizens, identified as Sudirman (28) and Badar (30), had been kidnapped by unidentified individuals from the village of Skoutio in Sandaun province.
The Indonesians were kidnapped by armed men last Wednesday while conducting logging operations in Skopro in East Arso sub-district in Kerom district, Papua, which borders Papua New Guinea, and can be reached by undertaking a three-hour walk from Skoutio.
Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Legal Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan noted last Monday that the kidnapping incident in Papua New Guinea was not a political issue.
According to Luhut, the Indonesian government and Papua New Guinea authority are still negotiating with the armed men to release the hostages.
"To date, there was no talk about a ransom or an operation to free the hostages. The Indonesian and Papua New Guinea governments are still conducting negotiations, so let us just wait for the results," he affirmed.(*)
A google translate of article in suarapapua.com. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
3) The meaning of “recognition” Sovereignty PIF in Indonesia
By: Editor | Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 23:54 pm | Viewed: 5 times
By: Victor F. Yeimo *
"As the members of our United Nations recognized Indonesian sovereignty over West Papua, but the United Nations also recognizes their right (West Papua) to self-determination and human rights violations".
Prime Minister Menasseh Sogavare, when responding reaction of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia who refuses intervention Pacific Islands Forum (Pacific Islands Forum / PIF) on the issue of West Papua (source: http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz).
In another statement on human rights, responding to Indonesia that does not want human rights issues discussed by PIF, Sogavare also stated: "If a UN member states committed crimes against humanity against the people, it is no longer the domestic affairs of the country, but it is an issue that should be discussed by the UN . "
Menasseh statement Sogavare, who is also chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is the answer for the people of West Papua and Indonesia colonial rulers over 'debate' the meeting of PIF. A statement of the Melanesian leaders who managed to bring in West Papua became an observer at MSG this should be the basis of our judgment in responding the PIF.
First, recognition and award PIF Basis for Indonesia's sovereignty over Papua province (not a nation of Papua) is part of maintaining the ethics and principles of independence, sovereignty and equality of states to peaceful coexistence.
Recognition that does not mean eliminating the commitment of the countries of Melanesia and the Pacific to appreciate and fight for the right of self-determination in accordance charters and covenants of the UN, which is also the basis communique decision MSG in Noumea, 2013.
In accordance with that, Menasseh Sogavare in the end of this year, or early next year will hold a meeting to bring the issue of West Papua to the United Nations Committee of 24 (the UN Decolonization Committee).
Second, Decision PIF leaders to send a fact-finding team to West Papua is not a form of foreign intervention as it is being addressed by the authorities kolonila Indonesia. However, it is an obligation for member states of the UN, including the PIF which is a regional organization of the United Nations in accordance with the UN covenants.
That the colonial rulers of Indonesia through the Indonesian law and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) is not successfully protect and prosecute almost all cases of human rights violations that occurred in the region of West Papua are claimed as part of Indonesian territory. The UN and its organizations should send a fact-finding team, for a variety of meetings and the results of the UN Human Rights Commission to prove the findings of human rights violations that continue to occur in West Papua.
Third, the PIF Leaders within two points of communiqué was also agreed that it would be menyelesaian root of the problems West Papua peacefully. PNG Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill as Chairman of PIF are given the responsibility to consult with the Jakarta says it is the first step to do a lot of things coming together Indonesia.
Peter O'Neil from the beginning a very cautious and diplomatic in dealing with the issue of West Papua because, in my opinion, he wants Papua to be resolved without disturbing the stability of the Pacific region. He considers the nature of Indonesian brutality of the colonial rulers who always puts the militaristic ways in resolving the issue of West Papua.
Fourth, the Papuan struggle for self-determination has become the struggle of the people of Melanesia and the Pacific. Whatever the decision and the interests of politicians Melanesia and the Pacific it will not remove the support and the strong insistence of the people of Melanesia and the Pacific continued strong and turbulent.
Thus, the people of West Papua have to react to it as part of the ongoing progress of the struggle abroad on the unity of the struggle of the people of Papua. We must judge this as a diplomatic war is being fought across the Pacific diplomacy strength colonial Indonesia full of engineering and bribery.
* The author is Chairman of the KNPB and Work Team ULMWP.
1) Indonesia Awaits PNG to Deal with Hostage Situation
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Defense, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said that the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea is great. "Therefore, we respect the measures that the Papua New Guinea administration is currently doing," said Luhut on Wednesday September 16.
Luhut said that he cannot reveal the hostage situation to media. However, he claimed that Indonesia awaits another hour or two for the PNG government to deal with the situation.
He added that the Indonesian government is set to do any means necessary to deal with the increasingly worrying situation, yet still maintaining coordination with PNG authority. As for the hostages, Luhut claimed that the two are in decent shape.
Previously, two workers of a lumber factory were kidnapped on Saturday by the Free Papua Organization, led by Jeffrey Pagawak. Prisoner barter notion was in the air, until Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi dismissed the possibility.
By : Banjir Ambarita | on 07:59 AM September 16, 2015
Jayapura. Security forces in Jayapura have launched a manhunt for an unknown assailant who stabbed to death a soldier outside the main military base in the Papuan capital in the early hours of Wednesday.
The incident occurred at around 1:25 a.m. as the soldier, identified as Master Pvt. Langgeng, was carrying out a routine patrol of the base’s perimeter.
A lone assailant is believed to have jumped him and stabbed him repeatedly with a knife, just 300 meters from the base’s main guard post, out of sight of the other soldiers gathered there.
The assailant fled into the dense residential area behind the base, according to Lt. Col. Teguh Pudji Raharjo, a spokesman for the base.
“We can confirm that there has been a stabbing against a member of the Jayapura military base that left the victim dead,” he told the Jakarta Globe. “There were a number of other soldiers on duty at the guard post, but because the incident took place some 300 meters away, the assailant was able to get away.”
Teguh said the military and police had launched a joint force to hunt down the perpetrator.
He refused to speculate on the identity of the perpetrator. Similar attacks on the armed forces in Papua have typically been blamed on separatists, who have been waging a low-level insurgency since the 1960s.
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has denied that the two Indonesians being held in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are spies.
“It is not true,” said Luhut when he was asked to clarify the rumors that the two Indonesians were spies.
A group in PNG is holding two loggers -- Sudirman (28) and Badar (20) -- after capturing them in Skouwtiau hamlet in the Kerom regency. Another victim, Kuba, was shot during the incident but was able to escape. He is currently being treated at the Bhayangkara Hospital in Jayapura.
Luhut said the Indonesian government was still coordinating with the PNG government to free the Indonesians. “From the Indonesian government's side, we are ready to carry out any steps to free the Indonesians,” he added.
The Free Papua Organization (OPM) is allegedly responsible for the kidnappings.
Previously, National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti rejected the offer of trading the two Indonesians with two drugs detainees.
Luhut said that the two Indonesians were in good condition. (bbn)
Jayapura, Jubi – Indonesian Minister of Rural and Underdeveloped Region and Transmigration, Marwan Jafar, contradicted President Joko Widodo’s pledge to terminate the transmigration program in Papua.
Despite giving support to Jokowi’s statement, the minister said he would expand the program of transmigration in Papua. In an interview in Jakarta on last week, he said the current program is intended to move residents from densely populated areas to less-populated ones. Those people also would be provided with cash and land property if they “succeed” in Merauke.
“Merauke could be considered as the borderland area that was succeed in executing the transmigration program and development of farming area in the eastern Indonesia,” said the minister to reporters in Jakarta as cited by Jakarta Globe. He further said Merauke is the “heaven for trans-migrants”.
He predicted about 275 thousand people have moved to Merauke since the annexation over West Papua by Indonesia in 1969. Those migrants were often said to harm the indigenous people. They were accused ignoring the sense, habitude and tradition of the indigenous people, destroying the environment and taking the economic opportunity of indigenous people.
In the meeting with public figures in Jakarta on last week, Jokowi renounced that his government will terminate the transmigration program to Papua.
“The government will end the transmigration to Papua because it has caused social gaps,” through the statement conveyed by the President Spokesperson, Teten Masduki.
The president, Teten said, has asked the Papua Governor to terminate the transmigration program.
However, the Minister Marwan Jafar seems not paying attention to Jokowi’s statement. He said the transmigration program will accelerate the production as well to support the government’s plan to develop 1.2 million hectares of rice field in Merauke under the Merauke Integrated Rice Estate (MIRE) Project. “If the program is succeed, will bring more benefits for this district,” he said. (Victor Mambor/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – The Indonesian military has accused a Papuan rebel group led by Jeffry Pagawak of taking hostage two Indonesian citizens in Papua New Guinea.
“They are members of Papua Free Movement from Papua separatist movement group under Jeffry Pagawak, “ Military Information Chief Major General Endang Sodik told reporters in Jakarta, Monday (14/09/2015).
Meanwhile, Pagawak rejected the allegations, on Tuesday (15/09/2015), saying he has moved to Port Moresby for two years and a half to consolidate the struggle of West Papua diplomacy in Pacific Islands Forum, which just ended last week. “I do not know about the hostages. I am not a member of the West Papua Liberation Movement (TPN-OPM). I have worked in Port Moresby since the first time I’ve moved in Papua New Guinea to promote the human right violations in West Papua and do lobbying in PIF. Now we struggle through lobby and advocacy. We are now fighting in peace,” Pagawak said by phone.
He suspected the hostage-taking news which stated his name as responsible person behind the hostage of Sudirman (28 years old) and Badar (30 years old) on Wednesday last week was connecting with the West Papuans achievement in PIF last week. He admitted his participation in the civil society meeting with the PIF leaders and encourages the deployment of investigation team of Pacific countries to West Papua. “The goal is to ruin the credibility of our struggle achieved in PIF. Those media were also telling wrong information by saying KNPB was involved in Bloody Abepura incident in 2006, for example. In fact KNPB was established in 2008,” said Pagawak.
The Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw told to reporters in Jayapura on Monday (14/09/2015) that the information on two hostages is still not clear. There’s information about two citizens were taken hostages by the rebel group under Jeffy Pagawak, but the Papua Police is not able to confirm whether they were taken hostages by certain group because there is no data and finding fact,” Waterpauw said.
Jeffry Pagawak, with other Papuan activists, has been named in the wanted list after the Bloody Abepura Tragedy that killed four police officers. Along with Hans Gebze, Arnold Omba and Henny Lani, he was accused as person in charge over the peace protest ended with chaos. Since being listed, Jeffrey Pagawak left Papua to live in Papua New Guinea. (Victor Mambor/rom)
2) Wanted Rebel Leader Denies Role in Papua Kidnapping Case
By : Robert Isidorus, Banjir Ambarita & Ezra Sihite | on 22:15 PM September 16, 2015
Jayapura/Jakarta. The rebel leader accused of kidnapping two Indonesian loggers and fleeing with them across the border to Papua New Guinea has denied any involvement in the incident, hinting he was being framed by the armed forces.
Jefry Pagawak, said to be a local commander of the Free Papua Organization (OPM) and wanted by the authorities since 2006, said on Wednesday that he had nothing to do with the group that attacked a group of loggers in Papua’s Keerom district, on the border with Papua New Guinea, on Sept. 9, killing one person and abducting two.
“I’m trying to find out who’s behind this attempt to tarnish my name by carrying out this shooting and kidnapping,” Jefry told the Jakarta Globe by phone.
“You’ll have to ask the police and the military about that, because I wasn’t there and I’m not part of that group,” he added, saying he would never carry out such an attack “because then I wouldn’t be safe.”
Police alleged that Jefry’s wing of the OPM is responsible for the attack and kidnapping, and that the rebel leader has a history of targeting civilians.
Last week’s incident occurred in Keerom’s Skopro village, a three-hour hike through thick jungle to the village of Skouwciouw in Papua New Guinea. The attackers fired on the group of loggers, killing one who was alter identified by police as simply Kuba. They then took two others hostage, identified as Badar, 30, and Sudirman, 28, and fled across the border.
The Indonesian authorities claim that the kidnappers have demanded the release of Papuan separatist prisoners in exchange for the hostages, but the Globe has been unable to confirm this.
An Indonesian consular official in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea, said the PNG military was on the trail of the kidnappers but that there had been no progress yet in securing the hostages’ freedom through negotiations or through use of force.
Officials in Jakarta have made clear that they will not give in to any demands the kidnappers have made or plan to make, and that they have full faith in the PNG military being able to secure the men’s release.
“We’ve left it entirely up to the PNG government on how to deal with this incident, because the PNG government is a friend of ours and the prime minister has given this matter special attention,” Luhut B. Panjaitan, Indonesia’s chief security minister, said on Wednesday.
As for the kidnappers, he said Jakarta “will not negotiate with them on any point. Once we start negotiating, they’re going to start dictating terms.”
Jayapura, Jubi – West Papua and its peope are part of the Melanesia and Pacific. Therefore it is relevant for the nation of Melanesia to speak up through the Melanesia Spearhead Group and Pacific countries, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare said last week.
His statement told on the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF)reconfirmed the former statement made by the special envoy of the Solomon Islands for West Papua issue, Matius Wale, after a ministerial on Wednesday evening. “The Solomon Islands will raise the issue of West Papua in the 46th meeting of Pacific Islands Forum in the retreat of Pacific countries leaders,” Wale said to reporters on last week during PIF.
Wale, in his statement, affirmed the participation of the Solomon Islands in PIF this year has three resolutions for West Papua issue. “Our first resolution is to support the application of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) to be an observer in PIF, the second is to urge the PIF leaders to support a resolution proclaiming the UN Secretary General to do assessment on the human right condition in West Papua as well as to call the UN Decolonization Committee to resume the West Papua in their list of decolonization,” said Wale.
After the leaders meeting, Sogavare confirmed the West Papua issue is very relevant in PIF, although it’s not easy for him to ask the Pacific leaders to be aware that this is the right time to talk about West Papua. “Public opinion has been formed and many information about West Papua have been conveyed to us. This leaders forum has moral obligation in handling the issue of West Papua in a responsible manner,” Sogavare said.
He also denied the statement made by the Indonesian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdurrahman Mohamed Fachir mentioning that PIF is not a right place to talk about West Papua issue. According to him, the current PIF is to discuss about the economic development partnership, the issues of climate change, fisheries and Information, Communication and Technology in Pacific. “West Papua is not a recent issue. It stood with us before we obtained the independence. We will fight for our brother, the nation of West Papua, to be an observer in MSG (Melanesia Spearhead Groups). We’ll do the same in PIF,” he said.
Bringing the issue of West Papua in the Pacific Islands Forum, he further said, is not something outside of PIF mandate. And the Solomon Islands recognized the Indonesian sovereignty over West Papua. But the sovereignty of a State is not an excuse for doing repression and human right violation. “Our membership in United Nations indicated our recognition to Indonesian Sovereignty over West Papua. Similar with the United Nations who recognize the rights of a nation on self-determination and human right violation,” Sogavare said.
In his point of view as leader, if UN member States commit human right violations against their own people, it is no more their domestic problem, because every UN member States have obligation to question the capacity of their membership in the UN.
However, he did not deny that his decision has affected to relation between the Solomon Islands and Indonesia. But he considers his country and people are now being tested on their commitment for West Papua. “They (Indonesia) has said their disappointment and we explained to them that we have good intention in connection with the Pacific Islands Forum and MSG. We actively consulted with Indonesia,” he said.
He also appreciates Papua New Guinea’s choice to opposite his country on the issue of West Papua. Sogavare said the Papua New Guinea should think about the interests of its people who share the borderland with Indonesia. But, Papua New Guinea absolutely has right to do so,” he said. “Indonesia shouldn’t agree with our position and decision, but we keep consult with them and explain that our decision is right on our side. And we will keep move forward for our goal,” stated Sogavare.
In the interview with Jubi in last June at Honiara, Sogavare explained the people of Solomon Islands want Papua to be free to determine their selves. Melanesia is not free if Papua wasn’t. The people of Solomon Islands consider West Papua as their old brother that should be free for the glory of Melanesia. “It is not merely a will of a prime minister but it’s the people’s will who choose me as their leader. It’s a mandate of the people of Solomon Islands,” he said at that time.
Supports from his people made him strong against Fiji and Papua New Guinea to accept ULMWP as observer in MSG. (Victor Mambor/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – John Key and Murray McCully’s hands-off approach to human rights atrocities in West Papua is in stark contrast to the actions taken by previous New Zealand governments on similar abuses by Indonesia in East Timor, the Green Party said today.
While at the Pacific Islands Forum, John Key and Murray McCully have ruled out supporting a fact-finding mission in West Papua, despite evidence from groups such as Human Rights Watch that horrific abuses are happening there.
“Over the years, the New Zealand Government has supported several fact-finding missions to East Timor to investigate human rights abuses by Indonesia,” said Green Party human rights spokesperson Catherine Delahunty on this week.
“They’re an effective diplomatic tool for finding out what’s really happening on the ground, and for letting oppressive regimes know that the whole world is watching them.
“Without fact-finding missions to East Timor, we might have never known the true extent of the barbaric behaviour of Indonesian forces in the area, and the international community, including New Zealand, would not have felt compelled to get involved.
“Yet, when John Key and Murray McCully were given the opportunity at the Pacific Islands Forum to support a human rights fact-finding mission to West Papua, they refused to show any real leadership.
“John Key says that Indonesia and West Papua need to work this issue out ‘bi-laterally’.
“That’s all well and good when you’re talking about two sovereign, independent states – unfortunately, West Papua is currently occupied by Indonesia which doesn’t exactly put the two on even ground when it comes to any potential negotiations.
“West Papuans desperately need the international community, including New Zealand, to rally around them, regardless of how Indonesia may feel about it.
“Supporting a fact-finding mission is the very least we should be doing,” said Ms Delahunty. (*)
Jayapura, Jubi – A Papua councilor urged the Police to uncover the perpetrators of the shooting and violence cases in Papua and stop calling them Unknown Persons (OTK).
A member of the Papua Representative Council’s Commission I for Politic, Government, Legal and Human Right Affairs, Emus Gwijangge, said in the recent shooting incident against a civilian named Kuba at Skoporo Villange, Arso Timur Sub-district, Keerom Regency on Wednesday (9/9/2015), the police identified the perpetrator as OTK.
He urged the Police to uncover perpetrators as well as their motive to the public. “From time to time, in cases of shootings or violence which cost the life of civilians in Papua, the perpetrators had always been undiscovered, and mostly identified as OTK. Who were they? The Police must uncover it and reveal their motive,” Gwijangge told Jubi last week.
He it seems the people in Papua have no value. Many civilians who become the victims of shooting and violence but the perpetrators remain undiscovered. “All stakeholders in particular Papua Provincial Government, Papua Legislative Council, Papua People’s Assembly, Military/Police, community and religious leaders and NGOs must sit together to talk about such issue in Papua, about how to make the secured Papua,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said the joint force is still chasing the perpetrator. “The Military/Police Joint Force is still chasing the perpetrators, and did investigation on the scene. The victim said the perpetrators were four, but it’s still unidentified yet,” said the Chief Waterpauw. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
6) 12-Trillion-Dollar Tangguh LNG Expansion Project to Go Ahead as Environment Assessment Done
LNG Tangguh’s area – suplied
Denpasar, Jubi – The Tangguh LNG expansion project worth 12 billion dollars which is operated by British Petroleum (BP) in the Tangguh liquefied natural gas block in West Papua would go ahead after the Indonesian Minister of Environment approved the assessment of environmental impact analysis.
The approval paves the way to accelerate the production.
The environmental impact analysis (Amdal) of LNG Tangguh becomes an important condition to improve the capacity of annual production of LNG Tangguh from 7.6 million tons to 11.4 million metric tons. BP Regional President for Asia Pacific, Christina Verchere made a statement on Saturday (12/9/2015) that the Minister of Environment had approved the Amdal for the Tangguh Integrated Expansion Project on 24 July 2015 and its environmental permit was approved. “This is an important milestone for Tangguh Expansion Project, and I want to give the highly appreciation to the Minister of Environment, West Papua Provincial Government, local governments of Teluk Bintuni and Fakfak for their efforts and cooperation for this achievement. We hope to get another permits from the government to materialize the project that projected to give significant benefit for Indonesia,” Verchere said on Saturday (12/9/2015).
LNG Tangguh, where is located in Teluk Bintuni, West Papua Province, is the third largest LNG supplier in Indonesia. It is also the first LNG Company in Indonesia to fully perform the combined upstream and downstream production in domestic. The operation of LNG Tangguh is currently consisting of two identic LNG trains (Train 1 and Train 2) with the capacity of annual production to 7.6 tons. The Tangguh Expansion Project will build a third LNG processing operation (Train 3) that will bring the total capacity of production to 11.4 tons.
“Tangguh Expansion Project will help to fulfill the energy demand in Indonesia. As part of the project expansion, BP and its partner would provide 40 % of LNG output from Train 3, that would have the capacity of annual production of 1.5 million tons to supply the State Electricity Company in Indonesia,” she explained. She also added the planning, design and procurement regarding to the project expansion are still waiting for further approval from state institution and ministry, including SKKMigas (Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities Republic of Indonesia).
Tangguh Project operated by BP Berau as the contractor of SKKMigas. BP hold 37.16 % shares in that project, while other Tangguh partners hold the rest of shares; MI Berau (16,30 %), CNOOC Muturi (13,90 %), Nippon Oil Exploration (Berau) (12,23 %), KG Berau / KG Wiriagar (10,00 %), Indonesia Alam Gas Resources Muturi (7.35 %), and Talisman Wiriagar Overseas (3,06 %)
BP has more than 45 years of experience in Indonesia and one of the largest foreign investors in the country. Its activity was dominated by the exploration and business production, notably the Tangguh LNG which began operating in 2009. (Victor Mambor/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said the shooting and the hostage-taking of two Indonesian citizens at the border with Papua New Guinea will not hurt relations between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
“It’s not affecting the bilateral relationship between two countries,” Enembe told reporters after meeting with legislators of the national House Representatives in Jayapura on Tuesday (15/9/2015).
Enembe said the provincial government was trying to confirm whether the two Indonesians were being held hostage by unidentified persons (OTK) or was held due to a permit problem. “Cenderawasih XVII Military Commander has informed the provincial government about two Indonesian citizens, but no confirmation whether they were being hostages or detained because of crossing the boundary,” he said.
He further explained following this incident, the partnership between Indonesia and PNG, especially with Papua Province is not changing. It’s indicated from the information issued by PNG Consulate that appealed the Indonesian citizens to temporarily not traveling to PNG. “For instance, the Papua Provincial delegation and Persipura team that are currently should stay in Vanimo for delaying their travel due to PNG Consulate’s guidance,” he said.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia for Papua New Guinea in Vanimo Sandaun Province in the press release to tabloidjubi.com on Saturday (12/09/2015) stated they received information from PNG army in Vanimo, and acknowledged about two Indonesian citizens who’s taken hostages by unidentified group, and both are in good condition. “PNG army also informed to Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo that up to now they are still attempting to release two Indonesian citizens,” Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo, Elamar Iwan Lubis, said. (Alexander Loen/rom)
Yogyakarta, Jubi – “An autopsy is not the right way to discover the perpetrators. I think an autopsy is deliberately being used for digging graves and moved the bodies to other locations from the public place at Karel Gobay Arena,” Papuan Councilor Laurenzus Kadepa told to Jubi on Tuesday (15/09/2015).
He said so in responding the statement by Indonesian Human Right Commissionaire Natalius Pigai that said the settlement of shooting case which killed four high school students at Enarotali and wounded dozens of civilian on 8 December 2014 was waited the autopsy result.
According to him, the evidences are already clear and complete. The bullet flakes were founded in the victims’ bodies, there are witnesses from the victims’ side, the survivors, and witnesses from the military. It’s up to the State to reveal the perpetrators of this incident “The evidences and witnesses as well as survivors are sufficient to direct a conclusion on the perpetrator. I suspect this case of incident would never been revealed as expected by the victims’ family. I said this based on the previous experiences, such as the kidnapped and murder case of Theys, in which the perpetrators only got the light punishment and now Jokowi give him a strategic position. Also another cases in the past that have less attention from the government. For me, experience is a good teacher,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Paniai Regional Customary Chief, John Gobay, added the Indonesian Human Right Commission seems following the demand of Military/Police that already formed a joint investigation team under the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs. “This team was deliberately set for concealing or even attempting to dismiss the Ad Hoc team of Indonesian Human Right Commission. The fact is the Ad Hoc team has never been invited in the meeting. They (residents – victims) also never saw their Decree. So the Indonesian Human Right Commissionaire must maintain their independence for not being affected,” said Gobay from Nabire.
Related to autopsy, he said it should be done after approval from the victims’ family. “It should be done in the process of investigation by ad hoc team that must also involved the independent party to ensure the result. The projectiles founded in the bodies of Yulianus Tobai, Andresas Dogopia, and Yahya Gobay were already taken at Paniai Hospital and transferred by Indonesian Police to the ad hoc team. So what is it for? Do not limit the case on the four death victims. For those who survive, are they not the victims of severe human right violation?” he said.
He further said, “I think without digging their graves, this case has already categorized in severe human right violation case. Until now, the survivors and the victims’ family are still disappoint and hope that the Indonesian Human Right Commission could accelerate their work,” he said.
Earlier, the Indonesian Human Right Commissionaire Natalius Pigai said the settlement of shooting case in Paniai on 8 December 2014 is still waiting the result of autopsy over the victims’ bodies. “Paniai case is part of the task of Central Government, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Indonesian Police Headquarters, Indonesian Military Headquarters and Indonesian Human Right Commissionaire. The Paniai case only relies to autopsy. This is important because we cannot accuse people randomly. The accuracy of autopsy rate is 80%,” Natalius Pigai said after meeting with Papua Police Chief on last week in Jayapura. (Arnold Belau/rom)
Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) looks forward to a positive progress from the recent Pacific Forum leaders’ decision on West Papua, with much hope in the current chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil.
ULMWP says it sees only two possible outcomes and that either Indonesia refuses the request of our Pacific leaders, or they agree to begin a difficult process that includes terms and condition for the fact finding mission.
ULMWP Spokesperson, Mr Benny Wenda said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill plays a vital role as chair of the forum and must begin negotiations with Indonesia for a fact finding mission. “PNG has a lot of bilateral, economic and trade interests with Indonesia, and it must not confuse its position as per the leaders’ decision…PNG has a moral responsibility to seeking a just resolution on behalf of our leaders and people of the Pacific,” said Wenda on Thursday (17/9/2015).
He stressed the importance of having a just and independent fact finding mission, with the hopes that a similar fact finding mission that was undertaken by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders PIFs can learn from those mistakes to ensure they are not repeated. “We hope that the mission includes independent candidates from all sectors of society.”
Wenda said ULMWP welcomes the outcomes of the 46th Pacific Island Leaders forum, but has cautioned Pacific leaders to ensure a fact finding mission takes place. “Solidarity support from the Pacific and globally have heard the cries from West Papua, and we thank our people who continue to support us. We appeal to our people to continue to hold their respective governments to account and lobby our leaders to support our quest for an independent fact finding mission, and also at the United Nations to be listed on the decolonization list and for the UN to appoint a Special Envoy for West Papua.”
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of ULMWP, Octovianus Mote said it is the will of our Pacific people that have brought the issue of West Papua before our Pacific leaders and all gratitude goes to the voices of our people. “The ULMWP would like to thank the government and people of the Solomon Islands for championing the issue of West Papua at the forum, especially the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare and the Special Envoy on West Papua, Mr Mathew Wale…we also thank the Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva for demonstrating true Pacific solidarity by speaking up for West Papua,” said Mote.
“Looking back at previous Leaders commitments on the West Papua issue and the current support from the Solomon Islands and Tonga, this PIF decision is historical in driving the agenda forward.”
Mote said the next step is the United Nations and he appeals to all leaders in the Pacific to support the quest of the Solomon Islands Government. (Victor Mambor)
Jayapura, Jubi – Young Women’s Parliamentary Group (YWPG) congratulates the Honourable Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on his stand for West Papua’s human rights and sovereignty issues.
YWPG in their press release, Thursday (17/9/2015) is pleased that the Hon. PM has made a firm stand on West Papua’s plight for freedom and desire to be a sovereign nation as other Pacific Islands nations. The Group is also pleased that PM Sogavare has appointed a diplomatic envoy to West Papua Hon. Matthew Wale and congratulates Hon. Wale on his new appointment. YWPG is grateful that Solomon Islands Government and leaders now recognize the struggle of West Papuans.
The group understands that Solomon Islands as a nation is now standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Vanuatu and Samoa to support West Papua in its struggle. YWPG has been a strong supporter of ending the violence done against the people of West Papua, and members within the group have been actively involved in pushing for Solomon Islands to stand with West Papua as a Melanesian nation.
In its support, YWPG marched to start its “Free West Papua” campaign early this year during the International Women’s Day on Tuesday 10th March 2015. YWPG’s campaign was based on ending human rights violations against West Papuans, themed “Stop the Violence. Make it happen.”
YWPG applauds champion politicians such as Hon. Derrick Manu’ari, and now the Hon. Matthew Wale and PM Sogavare for bringing the concerns of West Papua’s struggle into the government’s diplomatic circle.
On this note, YWPG also applauds both civic and church leaders, groups such as Solomon Islands in Solidarity for West Papua, and the countless citizens who have made West Papua a household name in Solomon Islands. (*)
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Papua New Guinea government to increase the number of troops in an attempt to free two Indonesian nationals were held hostage Free Papua Organization, Indonesian officials said Thursday, September 17.
"Papua New Guinea are working hard to help release of hostages. The office of Prime Minister stated there are additional forces for the release attempt,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi at the Palace Complex, Thursday.
Retno asserts Indonesia will continue to coordinate and cooperate with the government of Papua New Guinea so that the two Indonesian citizens could soon be freed. Indonesia, Retno said, can not enter and be directly involved because the location is in Papua New Guinea.
“We cannot send our forces into the territory of Papua New Guinea," she said.
Regarding the condition of two Indonesians, Retno assured that they are still alive. The government, said Retno, continued to communicate intensively with the Papua New Guinea team on the field.
Two citizens of Indonesia, Sudirman and Badar, who worked as lumberjacks in Skofro, Keerom district, Papua, which borders with Papua New Guinea, were taken hostage by the Free Papua Movement (OPM). They were taken hostage after the group attacked and shot residents.
Both were then taken to Skouwtiau, Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. Because the location of the hostage is no longer in Indonesia, the Indonesian Military Area Command contacted the Consulate General of Indonesia in Vanimo to ask help from the Regent of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea and the army in order to liberate the two citizens who were taken hostage.
1) Indonesia: After Shootings of Civilians, People of Papua Demand Justice
Victor Mambor 2015-09-17
The night began as a celebration of academic achievement but ended in the latest shooting of civilians by security forces in Papua, Indonesia’s remote easternmost province.
Local people were gathering in Timika, a city of about 120,000 in the lowlands of south-central Papua, to celebrate the graduation of Leonardus Tumuka, the first member of the Kamoro tribe to earn a doctorate.
There was Tifa Duduk – traditional drumming, singing and dancing – but an altercation with soldiers shattered the festive mood in the early morning hours on Aug. 28. A shooting ensued that killed two young men and wounded five other people.
A special team of the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has been sent to the region to investigate this and other incidents, in which members of the Indonesian security forces have allegedly shot and killed civilians.
A tragic turn
The shooting occurred around 2 a.m., when a group of Kamoro people was gathering at St. Fransiskus Koperapoka church to prepare for the celebration, Gerry Okoware, a witness, told BenarNews.
According to him, two soldiers on a motorcycle rode up, waved guns and yelled, "Who hit our [army] members?"
Some women tried to get the soldiers to leave the church yard, and some young men joined the effort. Then, shots rang out.
Seven people were wounded, two fatally. Imanuel Herman Maurimau and Yulianus Okoware, both 23, died after being rushed to local hospitals.
Less than an hour before the shooting, an altercation took place when two other soldiers tried to enter the street, which had been blocked off for the festivities.
"The two people were drunk, and they tried to break into the street closed by local people and police for the celebration," the bishop of Timika, Monsignor John Philip Saklil Pr, told BenarNews by phone from the city. Timika is a hub for Freeport Indonesia, the firm that operates the world’s largest gold mine in nearby Tembagapura sub-district.
When an argument ensued between the soldiers and some young men at the scene, Kamoro elders, fearing that the incident might escalate, intervened to mediate the dispute.
The soldiers backed down and went away, but the two other servicemen on the motorbike rolled by some 40 minutes later, Sakil said.
‘Protector of immoral criminals’
Within the past year there have been at least five cases of shootings of civilians in Papua by soldiers or members of the police force, according to the bishop. A total of eight people have died as a result.
"The cases have not yet been completely solved. In addition to a lack of transparency in handling the cases, it seems there is no good will or seriousness from police and army leadership. Therefore, the culprits have never been caught,”Saklil told BenarNews.
The worst of these shootings occurred on Dec. 8, 2014, when four teenagers were allegedly shot and killed by members of the security forces, as hundreds of people were protesting outside a military installation in Enarotali, a town in Paniai regency. The crowd was riled up by reports that some servicemen had fought with some local teens the night before.
Among the other incidents, members of a mobile police brigade and some soldiers were allegedly involved in a shooting in Dogiyai regency on June 26 that left one civilian dead and another wounded.
Tensions rose even higher on July 15, after a riot broke out in Tolikara regency. A group of Christians rioted outside a small mosque as local Muslims were taking part in a prayer service to mark Eid-ul-Fitr. The Christians were angered by noise coming from the mosque’s loudspeakers.
According to news reports, a small fire broke out at the mosque, and one person was shot dead and 11 others suffered gunshot wounds when police fired on the crowd.
Yet because the people responsible for such shootings are still on active duty with the National Police and Army, their mere presence terrorizes people in Papua, Saklil said.
"The absence of a serious and sincere effort on their side gives the impression that both institutions are no longer serving the public. They are no more than the protector of immoral criminals," the bishop said.
Komnas HAM investigates
Komnas HAM Commissioner Natalius Pigai and four other staff members arrived in Timika on Sept. 8 to interview relatives of the two dead civilians, as well as gather facts from the army, local police force, and intelligence officials.
"We also stressed to the national police and army that we will monitor this case through to the level of military court, until the trial is over," Pigai told BenarNews by phone from Mimika.
Families of the victims want justice, Pigai said after visiting several of the wounded in hospital.
"Up until now, only the army has provided aid to the victims. No other aid has been received, including from the local government of Mimika. But the public is now seeking justice through transparent trials and verdicts, because we have two people who died here," he added.
According to Pigai, the army has acknowledged that the two men who carried out the shooting were members of the local district’s military command. Military police have arrested and identified them as Chief Sgt. Makhar and 1st Sgt. Arshar.
Separately, Cenderawasih Hinsa Siburian, head of Military Command Zone XVII, confirmed to BenarNews that the two soldiers had been handed over to military police.
"They are now under investigation and soon will be tried by the military high court. The sooner, the better," Siburian said.
But he did not say what kind of punishment they might face, if court-martialed.
"They will be charged with multiple crimes," he said.
The latest case has added to the toll from violence in Papua since Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia’s president last October, following an election campaign in which he promised to pay special attention to justice and development in Papua.
Laurensius Kadepa, a member of the provincial house of representatives, questioned the pledge that Jokowi had made on the campaign trail.
"Where are his promises saying that Indonesia's development will be started in Papua? Where is his attention on the human rights issue in Papua? I see no significant change until now,” Kadepa told BenarNews.
“The violence by security forces is still going on, and Papuan lives are at stake in the name of the unity of the Republic of Indonesia. That is very wrong," said Kadepa, who has headed parliamentary committees probing such shootings.
Two Indonesian citizens who were taken hostage by West Papuan rebels have been rescued, the head of the PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) says.
The men, known as Sudirman and Badar, were reportedly kidnapped by gunmen while cutting wood in Skopro in the Indonesian province of Papua and brought into PNG last week.
The Indonesian government had requested PNG assistance to free its citizens, reportedly giving Port Moresby its full support to any action taken.
Brigadier general Gilbert Toropo confirmed that PNGDF troops successfully rescued the men on Thursday night after initial negotiations with pro-independence group the Free Papua Organisation (OPM) failed.
"We were expecting them to be released on [September 17] about midday but that did not eventuate," he told the ABC.
"So the orders were issued for the PNGDF to move in closer to secure the two captives' release forcefully.
"As a result, when our troops moved in to recapture the two captives everyone fled into the bush."
Mr Toropo said the Indonesian men were later handed over by several women who belonged to the group of hostage takers.
"We were still following clues and some of the females, realising the danger that their men and their people were going to be in, brought in the captives freely," he said.
Mr Toropo said one person was arrested, and "not one shot was fired" in the operation near Vanimo on the north coast of PNG.
"We wanted to handle this operation with sensitivity and avoid casualties as much as possible," he said.
The office of PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill said the two Indonesians were safe and had been treated at a health centre.
Churches and aid groups say there has been a recent increase in tension and alleged human rights abuses in Papua province, where pro-independence activists are waging a long-running separatist movement.
3) Two Indonesian Hostages Taken To Jayapura After Release
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that the two Indonesian hostages in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have been released by their captors. The two have been delivered by PNG Authorities to Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo, alive and well.
"The two Indonesians will be taken from the consulate to Skowtiau border," said Minister Retno on Friday, September 18. The two hostages, Ladiri Sudirman and Badar, will head to Jayapura for medical examination.
Both Ladiri and Badar were abducted in Skouwtiau, Kerom District, on September 12. The armed captors have asked for prisoner trade with the Papuan Police, as two of their friends are currently in Police custody. The two men were released on Thursday evening.
4) Govt Draws Praise, Criticism in Papua Kidnapping Case
By : Basten Gokkon | on 11:46 AM September 18, 2015
Jakarta. The government's successful efforts in ensuring the freedom of two Indonesian loggers kidnapped and brought to Papua New Guinea last week have drawn mixed reactions from officials and experts.
An armed group believed to be part of the separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) on Thursday night released two Indonesians ̶ identified as loggers Badar, 29, and Ladiri, 28 ̶ to security forces in Papua New Guinea, where both had been held since their capture on the Indonesian side of the border last week.
The release reportedly took place without incident and the two men are said to be healthy.
"I really appreciate President Joko Widodo for immediately contacting Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neil and requesting his help in releasing the two civilians," Setya Novanto, speaker of the House of Representatives, said in a statement distributed in Jakarta on Friday.
Setya also extended his praises to Indonesia's security forces and the government of Papua New Guinea.
Separately, the kidnapping and subsequent release received criticism from political expert Zainal Abidin, who questioned the authenticity of the entire situation.
"People will naturally praise Joko for helping free the two Indonesians," he said.
"[But] I think it's only fair we remain suspicious; this may have been a scenario created by the [Indonesian] government to boost its popularity," he added.
Zainil pointed out OPM leader Jefry Endang Sodik's denial of the separatist group's involvement in the matter.
"The OPM are known to admit holding Indonesian nationals hostage and they often make demands in exchange for [the hostages'] freedom. But in this case, the group has denied any wrongdoing," Zainil said on Tuesday as quoted by Intelijen.co.id.
"This definitely raises questions, especially as State Intelligence Agency [BIN] chief Sutiyoso is very good at handling [such matters]," he added.
The Indonesian government expects to have both hostages in custody later this afternoon.
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir on Friday, September 18, 2015, revealed the chronology of how two Indonesian nationals were release from the hands of their kidnappers.
Two Indonesian nationals, Sudirman and Badar, were taken hostage by armed militias since September 12, had been released late Thursday, September 17, 2015.
“Based on information we received, the Papua New Guinean army and the OPM agreed to meet Thursday noon,” Arrmanatha said at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Arrmanatha added that when the forces arrived at the agreed location, the group was not seen and escaped into the deep forest. The security forces, Arrmanatha said, chased the group into the woods until evening. At 7:30 p.m. local time, both hostages had been retrieved by the Papua New Guinea army.
“They manage to retrieve the two Indonesian nationals with minimum force,” he said.
The wellbeing of the two hostages confirmed when they arrived at the Indonesian Consulate General in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea.
Arrmanatha added the team in Papua New Guinea had initiated a negotiation to release the two Indonesian nationals since Tuesday, September 15, 2015, or three days after their kidnapping, by scheduling a meeting with spokesperson of the abductors.
On Thursday, Armanatha said, the Papua New Guinea Army deployed personnel to search them directly into the forest. He did not explain whether the hostage release involve fire exchanges between the army and the group.
“The information will be communicated by the Papua New Guinea team to [the Indonesian] consulate during a briefing,” he added.
Arrmanatha ensured that the team had prioritized non-violent negotiation and persuasion to release the hostages as requested by Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi. Armanatha said that during the process to release the hostages the Indonesian Military was on standby at the border.
“The Papua New Guinea team said that they would try their best to help with the situation. If they couldn’t handle it, they would have asked for help from the Indonesian government,” Arrmanatha added.
6) AGO Ready to Confiscate Papua Cop’s Huge Assets
By : Yeremia Sukoyo | on 10:27 PM September 18, 2015
Jakarta. The Attorney General's Office is ready to confiscate the assets of graft and money laundering convict Labora Sitorus, a law-ranking but surprisingly well-off police-officer-cum-businessman from West Papua.
Attorney General M. Prasetyo said the Supreme Court has already issued a final and binding ruling on the matter, so authorities could proceed.
Even if Labora were to lodge a judicial review to challenge the ruling, “it would not get in the way of the impending confiscation [of the assets],” Prasetyo said on Thursday.
Labora made national headlines in 2013 when it turned out he had some Rp 1.5 trillion ($105 million) in his bank accounts. He had been laundering money gained through fuel hoarding and illegal logging with his timber company Rotua.
The notorious officer has since been sentenced to 15 years in prison for graft and money laundering.
Jayapura, Jubi – Most of patients who visited the Abepura hospital in the first half of this year suffered from malaria and respiratory problems, a hospital official said.
The number of patients who visited the hospital on an outpatient basis from January to May 2015 was at 28,718, said the head of the Medical Records and Information subdivision at Abepura hospital, Sumarti on this week.
As many as 3,587 patients are covered by the National Health Insurance managed by the Social Security Organizing Body (BPJS) while 3,028 were patients not covered by BPJS.
The vast majority were patients Regional Health Insurance / Health Papua cards amounted to 22,103. “Most of patients suffer from Respiratory Infections (ARI) and Tuberculosis,” Sumarti said.
She added, while the other diseases are like bone motion, pharyngitis, symptoms of muscle pain, Osthearthanitis, acute gastroenteritis , other body regions Injury, and hypertension.
Especially for hospitalized patients from January to March 2015 amounted to 2,446. There are 544 BPJS patients, 274 private patients and 1,628 patients of Papua Health Card. “Malaria still dominates awith 211 hospitalized patients, followed by acute gastroenteritis (GEA) with 108 patients.
Separately, head of sub division of Nursing, Daniel Rumaropen said specialized field of nursing in terms of quality, human resources have been very adequately prepared. However, when the VIP room is used, will definitely attract nurses from other units and it is certainly disturbing work system. ” The hospital needs more medical officers as there are rooms that sometimes have no nurses including the VIP room, “he said. (Roy Ratumakin/Tina)
2) Letter to Tanya Plibersek MP
Australian Labor Party — Townsville Branch
PO Box 911, Townsville QLD 4810
7th September 2015
The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP
Deputy Leader of the Opposition and
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development
The Townsville Branch of the Australian Labor Party at our Branch Meeting on the 7th September 2015 resolved our support for the Free West Papua moment in West Papua.
The Townsville Branch asks that the Federal Shadow Minister Hon Tanya Plibersek MP calls upon the Indonesian Government to take steps towards recognizing the culturally and ethnically Unique people of West Papua.
To recognize that the people of West Papua (which became part of Indonesia in 1969 after the so called Act of Free Choice vote), has a desire and moral right to become
independent from Indonesia and allowed self-governance of their first nations peoples.
The Townsville Branch calls upon the next Australian Labor Party National Conference to adopt a policy of support to the people of West Papua and their desire for Independence.
Jayapura, Jubi – Cancer patients at General Hospital (Hospital) Dok II Jayapura, Papua, are in jitters after reports that one fellow patient died due to a lack of chemotherapy drugs.
A chemotherapy patient, Esye Kurubuy, a resident of dok IX, Jayapura, on this week, said that she has not received chemotherapy services because drug stocks ran out.
She said her chemotherapy session had been postponed twice – on August 8 and September 8. “I have waiting for more than a week, but there was no treatment. There are also other people who face same experience. In fact, we heard there was a patient from the operating room who died due to waiting for the drugs. It makes us worried with the services of the hospital,” she said.
Up to now, we have not received any information yet and are still waiting for it. “So we are chemotherapy patients, we are very dissatisfied with the existing services in the hospital. The phase 1,2 and 3 chemotherapy treatments must be in accordance with the schedule, “she explained.
It also expressed by other patients from Pirime District, Lanny Jaya regency, Lince Wenda stated during these days she has not received chemotherapy services due to run out of drugs. “The nurse said there is no drugs so we hope Papua Legislative Council to deal with the hospital to solve this problem, “she said.
The same place, Marhani which is also one of the patients revealed that it was not just the three of them who is in chemotherapy patients, since there are several other women who are also waiting for service as a result of running out of medication. “Actually, there are many chemotherapy patients but we are invited to meet the director,” said the veiled woman.
Chemotherapy is one of the efforts to kill the cancer cells by interfering with the function of cell reproduction. And Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment method by providing a substance or drug that works and have properties to kill cancer cells. (Munir/ Tina)
4) House lauds Jokowi for peaceful solution of hostage crisis
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Jakarta (ANTARA Newsa) - House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Setya Novanto lauded President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) for coordinating with Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister Peter ONeil until the Indonesian nationals Sudirman and Badar being held hostage were freed.
"I really laud the swift action taken by President Jokowi, who made a direct call to ONeil to seek assistance for the release of the two Indonesian citizens," Novanto stated here on Friday.
The two Indonesian civilians, who were abducted by a group of gunmen last Friday in Keerom district, Papua province, and moved to Vanimo in PNG, were reported to have been freed following a successful special operation.
Cenderawasi Military Commander Major General Hinsa Siburian confirmed in Jayapura on Friday that the two hostages have been freed by the PNG army.
"Yes, the army of PNG succeeded in freeing the two hostages, and now, they are in the Sandaun provincial city of Vanimo," Siburian noted, adding that the two released hostages are now in good condition.
The DPR speaker also praised the Indonesian Military and Police who were proactive and eager to resolve the hostage drama by deploying a special rescue squad at the border between Indonesia and PNG.
Novanto affirmed that the quick response shown by the Government of PNG should certainly be reciprocated by the Government of Indonesia by boosting bilateral relations between the two countries, both in the security and defense sector, as well as economy and tourism among others.(*)
Yogyakarta, Jubi – Two activists of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Hariel Luluk and Arpius Magayong, were arrested by the local police in Yahukimo while distributing flyers announcing the results of the Pacific Islands Forum meeting on the West Papua issue.
The chairman of KNPB in Yahukimo, Erius Suhun, said armed police officers in a patrol car came, stopped in front of a store and immediately arrested the two activists who were distributing the flyers.
Then both were taken to the local police station. “But, when we went to the police station and talked with the officers, they had been released since this afternoon. They were beaten by the police but currently they are already with us,” Suhun said on Wednesday (16/9/2015).
The Central KNPB spokesperson Bazoka Logo confirmed to Jubi about the arrest of their two activists in Yahukimo. He said the political matter of the Papuan people is not final yet. Papua issue is currently being worldwide. “Now, we warned the police to behave and maintain their attitude. Because the Papua issue is not merely a domestic matter but also get attention from the worldwide,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Papua Police spokesperson Senior Commissionaire Patrige Renwarin has not yet being confirm. (Arnold Belau/rom)
Yogyakarta, Jubi – Papua councilor Lauzensus Kadepa accused the national media in Jakarta of fuelling the conflict in Papua.
“Some reports about the hostage-taking showed the national media in Jakarta are not professional. They accused the wrong people, those who were never involved. That’s their bad side. This is an effort to keep enforcing the project of conflict in Papua with the intention to destroy Papua,” Kadepa said in Jayapura on Wednesday (16/9/2015).
He cited the coverage on Tolikara case, in which some media in Jakarta continue to raise the issue of the little mosque was burned while the coverage on the shooting victims perpetrated by security forces was never given a space. “That’s it. It showed the national media are taking side instead of being neutral. Similar thing was happened on the report about two Indonesian citizens who are taken hostages in the border of Indonesia – PNG, or when a national media reported that West Papua National Committee was involved in action since 2006 while it was established at the end of 2008. Well, I advise to national journalists asking their local journalist colleagues about the local situation before publishing their writing. I guess there’s a grand design to destroy Papua,” he said.
Separately, senior journalist and Human Right Watch researcher said there are many problems among the so-called ‘media national journalist’ in Jayapura, Manokwari and Timika. They (journalist) are often underpaid that forced them to collect cash from their news resources. He further said Papua geographical space that often seven time of the size of Java Island is not considered by media leaders in Jakarta. As a consequence, the less payment could not be used to cover the cost of reportage.
“Most of national media reporters in Papua have sold their independence to the third party. Even in 2011, leaked military document listed dozens of reporters as intelligent and informant of Military Special Force. Their names were circulated on social media, and recently it was analyzed by Sydney Morning Herald and Allan Nairn,” he told Jubi from Jakarta.
Harsono revealed those who mentioned in the military document are mostly ‘straight-haired’ journalists. However, he recognizes some ‘curly-haired’ journalists who also sold their independence.
“I think the Press Council need to conduct special investigation on several disturbing news, including the report written by two media national journalists, and to find out whether it was done on purpose or not. It’s required to recover the people’s trust in Papua –indigenous or migrant—against journalism in Indonesia,” he said. (Arnold Belau/rom)
Merauke, Jubi- About 3,000 hectares of rice fields might face crop failure because the prolonged dry season depleted water supplies, said the head of the Department of Agriculture and Foodstuffs of Merauke, Bambang Dwiatmoko.
“I have not received the latest data, but based on the data received a week ago reported that rice fields will face rice failure due to the dry season and possiblly, the amount of dry areas will increase, ” Bambang told Jubi in the Merauke Bappeda Office on last week.
But he said there are still some more rice fields can be harvested for reserve food and sale. “And it has an impact on the farmers’ income,” he added.
There have been various ways to help the farmers in the villages like providing the engine sump aid and other agricultural equipment. However, the equipment is not able to function properly.
Merauke regent, Romanus Mbaraka some time ago said the government would continue to give attention. (Frans L Kobun)
Jayapura, Jubi – The chairman of the Hanura faction of the Papua Representative Council, Yan Permenas Mandenas, warned the Papua People’s Assembly (MRP) to stop engaging in politics.
He said MRP had been involved too much involved in politicking despite its role as a cultural institution to protect the basic rights of indigenous Papuans. “MRP cannot go on being engaging in the political domain. It’s responsible to manage the religious and customary affairs, women issue and basic rights of indigenous Papuans and so on. They don’t have taking care of political business. All the time MRP is too much involved into politic. Dissolved it, if it kept doing so,” Mandenas said on Wednesday (16/9/2015).
He further said it is a mistake if MRP is too much concerned on the political issues instead of the basic rights of indigenous Papuans. “So, I think if MRP has got involved into politic, better it might be dissolved and apply for 14 seats in the parliament representing the religious, youth, customary or women leaders and so on,” he said.
Regarding to the request of MRP Deputy Chairman, the Rev. Hofni Simbiak, to delay the regional election that simultaneously would be conducted in several regions in Papua in December due to Christmas, he said it’s certainly not possible. “Because the regional election is a national agenda. It cannot be delayed because there’s no reason,” he said.
Earlier, Yulianus Uropdana, Law Master graduated from Sanata Dharma University, rejected the recommendation MRP No.11/2015 about the indigenousness of the regional head/deputy. “MRP has good intention, but the Special Autonomy Law does not regulate such issue, except for governor and vice governor. It acts like an entrusted political institution, so better if it’s disbanded. It’s wasted, because not well performed. It only spends the State’s money, the Otsus fund,” he said at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
By : Vanesha Manuturi | on 5:13 PM September 20, 2015
Jakarta. State coal miner Bukit Asam is cooking up plans to supply coal to Freeport Indonesia, a local unit of US mining giant Freeport-McMoran, as part of the government's initiative for Freeport to use more locally-based products in its business.
"We've started talking with Freeport about the prospects of providing coal for Freeport's power plants and about teaming up to build the power plants. Hopefully, these plans can materialize soon," Bukit Asam president director Milawarman said in a statement.
Milawarman added that the publicly-listed state company is hoping to become a partner for Freeport's power plant in Timika, Papua, and its smelter in Gresik, East Java.
Talks between Bukit Asam and Freeport were conceived amid calls from Industry Minister Saleh Husin, urging Freeport to utilize local components and products.
"Freeport has become a part of the national industry, so it must be supported by other industries," Saleh said during his visit to Freeport's mine in Papua's Mimika district over the weekend.
"In line with Freeport's investment commitment and operations in Indonesia, I asked them to use more local products, such as steel from Krakatau Steel, cement from Semen Indonesia, and coals from Bukit Asam, among other things."
Others to attend the meeting included National Development Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Sudirman Said, as well as several top executives from state owned enterprises, such as Bukit Asam, steel maker Krakatau Steel and cement manufacturer Semen Indonesia.
Responding to calls from the Industry Minister, Freeport Indonesia president director Maroef Sjamsuddin said that the miner is "open" to the opportunity of partnerships with state-owned companies.
Freeport Indonesia earmarked up to $1.7 billion (Rp 22.41 trillion) in capital expenditure this year, $1.16 billion of which is allocated for local spending and $498 million for imports, according to a statement from the Industry Ministry.
As of July, the mining giant has spent up to 36 percent, or about $422 million, of its capex, the statement said.
In August 2015, a West Papuan woman completed her stint as the first participant of our Video Residency program in Yogyakarta. The program is designed to enable filmmakers to advance their video production skills while expanding their networks in the larger video and film community in Indonesia.
An alumni of Papuan Voices, Martha Langowuyo has been active in SKP Jayapura as a media volunteer for the past several years while finishing her studies at Cendrawasih University. During the program, she has gained various technical and non-technical skills from our staff and also from a mentor who was assigned to assist Martha in video production.
We conducted training in camera handling by shooting and recording daily activities in some of the major streets in Yogyakarta. After shooting, we evaluated all the footage and discussed on how to improve it. We also combined aspects of journalism within the video production framework, where Martha learned about journalism ethics, informed consent, and planning and conducting an interview.
Even since the application process for the residency, Martha had already outlined her issue of interest and video production plan. She was keen to produce a video on access to education for Papuan women, using the case study of Papuan students in Yogyakarta.
On the first day, we discussed how her idea could be developed further and worked on a more detailed production plan which lasted up until her return to Jayapura at the end of the month.
During her stay in Java, Martha also visited six NGOs and video community organizations. Apart from these visits, she was also exposed to events such the Kamisan demonstrations and learned about story development from more seasoned filmmakers in Jakarta.
She also conducted some interviews delving deeper into social and gender-related issues in Papua. Her interviews with prominent womens rights activist, Ita Natalia, and rural researcher Yando Zakaria are also available on the EngageMedia site.
Near the end of her residency, Martha completed a short documentary on Papuan issues and conducted a public screening of the film, which was attended by over 50 people. The post-screening discussion focused on the role of women in Papua and how the militarization of Papua affects the social and economic lives of ordinary people. You can view Martha's video, 'Bangkitlah dan Belajarlah!', with English subtitles below.
Martha Langowuy's residency was sponsored by the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club, through its Harry Burton Memorial Fund. Reuters cameraman Harry Burton was murdered by pro-Taliban militants in an ambush in Afghanistan in November 2001 while on secondment from his Jakarta base. The fund set up in his memory aims to support the training of journalists, with priority given to camera operators, from the remoter parts of Indonesia.