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After Meeting with Luhut, Papua Governor Expresses Disappointment



The meeting with the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan to discuss alleged human rights violations in Papua

The meeting with the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan to discuss alleged human rights violations in Papua – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe expressed his disappointment after a meeting with the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan to discuss alleged human rights violations in Papua.

On Thursday evening (21/4/2016), Papua Governor along with Papua Police Chief, Chairman of Papua Legislative Council, Cenderawasih Military Commander, Chairman of Papua People’s Assembly, Human Rights Commission Representative Papua and Coalition for Human Rights Violation in Papua held a closed meeting with Luhut at his office on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, Jakarta Pusat.

The meeting is aimed to follow up the recommendation resulted from the Focus Group Discussion on Documentation of Alleged Human Rights Violations in Papua that held from 15 to 19 April 2016 at a hotel in Jayapura City and attended by group of civil society who concern on human rights violations in Papua.

“The state should not be involved in solving the human rights issues in Papua, instead it should leave it to Papua to be solved by Customary Law. It remains to be debated,” Governor Enembe briefly said after the meeting with the minister.

Separately, human rights activist Theo Hesegem who also participated in the meeting, said the settlement of human rights violations in Papua was not easy.

“We cannot solve the problem just by gathering and talking, then suddenly it is done. In this case, the victims should become a priority,” said Hesegem on Monday (25/4/2016).

He also stressed that all cases suspected as human rights violations had political background, therefore it couldn’t be separated with the political issues.

Papuan people’s trust towards the Central Government also should be confirmed before talking about human rights resolution in Papua.

“Wasior and Wamena cases already took to the Attorney General from more than a decade, but the State seems have no intention to solve it. It was stopped without any particularly reason. We only knew that the Attorney General returned the files to the Human Rights Commission by reason of lack of evidence. On the other hand, the Human Rights Violations said the investigation has been done and the Attorney General was responsible with the lack of evidence,” said lawyer and human rights defender Anum Siregar during the FGD break in Jayapura.

She requested the government to show good intention by solving the first three cases as priority.

“Wasior and Wamena cases were already investigated, it should be first settled until the human rights court. Then the Paniai case occurred in last 2014 to be settled because the ad hoc team has been formed. If these cases were solved, then we are ready to talk about another cases,” said Anum Siregar.

Legal and Security Affairs, in a meeting at his office Thursday night, said President Joko Widodo has been providing direction is quite clear. The government, said Menkopolhukam seriously intend to reconcile once atasdugaan investigate human rights violations that have occurred.
The Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Panjaitan, in the meeting held at his office at that Thursday night, said President Joko Widodo has been providing a clear direction related to this issue. The government, said the minister, seriously intend to reconcile as well as to investigate the alleged human rights violations occurred in Papua.

“If the government was proven to conduct violation in the past, so the current leaders in this country would not hesitate to apologize to the victims,” said the minister.

He also emphasized that this effort is not for blaming. According to him, President Widodo has given advice to punish those who found guilty but it must have evidences. He said there would be a team led by Governor of National Defense Institute Agus Widjojo to run the investigation and reconciliation.

“If there are new founding in the investigation, we would not close the next step,” he said. (Victor Mambor/rom)


Noken system in Papua’s elections is still debated




Illustration of Noken system mostly used in the highland region of Papua’s election – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The Constitutional Court (MK) has acknowledged and endorsed the Noken System in the elections in accordance with the Decree of the Constitutional Court Number: 47-48 / PHPU.A-VI / 2009 and the article 18B paragraph (2) of the 1945 Constitution.

However, this system is still considered to cause some conflicts among local communities because it forces many candidates to think and work hard to get sympathy from people living in such areas applied to this system.
Although the Papua General Election Commission (KPU) has issued the technical guidelines in 2013 regulating the use of noken instead of the ballot box in the election, Metusalak Ifandi, the Chairman of Papua Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), admits the noken system is still a potential source of conflicts in the local election in Papua.
“The implementation in the field is totally different from the technical guidelines. This should be addressed by KPU. Of course, there needs a coordination between KPU and Bawaslu regarding the technical implementation including the regulations because we only refer to their guidelines,” he answered Jubi on Tuesday (9/18/2018) in Jayapura.
Multi-interpretation and the need of review
The noken system is considered valid if the noken is hung on the wood located in the polling station. Voters must come to the location and should not be represented by others to put the ballot into the noken. After the voting, the ballots must be counted on location but still need to be punched (to authorize), not like the voting process in other regions where the noken system is not applied, voters punched the ballot at the same time they put it into the ballot box. That’s why, according to Papua Bawaslu, the noken system often leads to misinterpretation.
“According to the Constitutional Court, the use of the noken system to substitute the ballot box is to respect the tradition of the local community,” said Metusalak.
Meanwhile, Theodorus Kossay, the Chairman of KPU Papua, said KPU Papua considers three aspects towards the application of the noken system, namely reviewing this system with academics, establishing the standard operating procedures and stimulating the use of this system.
“These three aspects were carried out to give weight to the implementation of the noken system and provide education to the people living in 14 districts that use the noken system,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Roy Ratumakin
Editor : Pipiet Maizier

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ULMWP plans peaceful movements in seven indigenous territories




United Liberation Movement for West Papua Action Committee (ULMWP) team – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – ULMWP going to hold peaceful demonstrations in seven indigenous territories of West Papua on 24 – 28 September 2018.

Ice Murib, the spokesperson of action committee for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), stated in a press conference held in the Papuan Customary Council, Expo Waena on Wednesday (08/19/2018).

The central theme is to give full support to Vanuatu and other Pacific countries to address the issue of West Papua to the UN General Assembly 2019.

“We will conduct a peaceful movement in indigenous territories of Mamta and Animha on 24 September 2018 centred in Hollandia (Jayapura), whereas the same activities in other regions will be on the following dates,” said Murib.

Murib further said the delegations of ULMWP and Vanuatu are going to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. So far, Vanuatu has made a resolution enforcing the rights of self-determination for West Papua to be submitted at the hearing.

“They will also mobilise support from other countries to promote self-determination for West Papua,” continued Murib.

For this reason, he appealed to all people including students, civil servants and those who are care of independence to participate in the movement. “You can do whatever you want to celebrate it. Pray, do orations, give speeches and so on.”

In Jayapura, the rally will start from different points namely Expo, Lingkaran Abe and Dok V and then the mass will gather at Perumnas 3 Waena. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya




Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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