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APF Dili 2016 : Papua Should be Common Issue of ASEAN

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Participants in the APF 2016 come from ASEAN countries, US, Europe and Pacific - Jubi

Participants in the APF 2016 come from ASEAN countries, US, Europe and Pacific – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Problems facing civil societies in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia were the focus of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (AFP) in Dili, Timor Leste, Co-Chair Regional Steering Committee APF Jerald Joseph said.

Joseph told Jubi that this year the APF is focusing on the challenges faced by people who work under the threats of the state by both legal or illegal circumstances to silent dissent and curtail freedom of expression, especially targeting human rights defenders.

“The vision of the ASEAN Community should translate into a vibrant civil society that isable to work in the environment that empowers them,” said Joseph.

He added the ASEAN Community also should articulate their real condition in the term of economic challenge that recently affected the human rights defenders.

“What is happening from Laos to Timor Leste must be a lesson for the ASEAN Community. This meeting is a forum for the ASEAN Civil Society to strengthen their solidarity towards each other. Problems that occurred in each countries of ASEAN must become the common issues, including the human rights issues in Papua,” he added.

Separately, Victor Mambor, a Jubi journalist who gets the opportunity to convey the current situation of human rights issues in Papua in the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum 2016 held on 3 – 6 August 2016 in the Convention Center of Dili, Timor Leste said the human rights issues in Papua never become an agenda of the ASEAN civil society or governments.

“The ASEAN governments or ASEAN civil society have discussed a lot about some issues occurred in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand to Vietnam, but Papua issue is almost never been on their agenda,” said Mambor.

In fact, according to him, the human rights issue in Papua should also become a part of problems encountered by the civil society in ASEAN. Because Indonesia is the ASEAN member and Papua is still a fragment of Indonesia. ”Maybe this is the first time for Papua issue to become a main issue in the ASEAN forum,” said Mambor.

The human rights issue in Papua, he continued, is almost similar with what has happened in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand recently. That people who expressed the dissent voice to the government were arrested, prisoned and murdered. The government of these countries continues taking repressive acts that are counterproductive over the human rights enforcement that become the main issue in the ASEAN Community today.

“Geographically, Papuans might not feel like a part of ASEAN Community but Melanesian. But in the context of the human rights, it must be seen universally. So, when the ASEAN civil society talk about the human rights, they should observe towards the acts of their government against the human rights enforcement. I hope Papua issues could become a recommendation in this forum,” said Mambor.

Meanwhile Chalida Tajaroensuk, Director of People’s Empowerment Foundation Thailand admitted she didn’t know about what was happening in Papua, in the context of the rights of freedom of expression and other basic rights as well.

“I was shocked to know that almost 47 years that Papuan people have faced many violations against their human rights. I saw some photographs in the social media showing how the security personnel acted against the indigenous Papuans. In my opinion, it’s discrimination,” said Tajaroensuk.

According to her, the ASEAN civil society must strengthen their solidarity to urge the ASEAN government to have strong commitment in law and human rights enforcement. Because some governments of the ASEAN Countries are still accommodating the perpetrators of human rights violation to become the government’s, military’s and police’s officials.

“The ASEAN Community must listen more voices of voiceless people such as the customary people, youth and women. It would enrich its vision and strengthen the solidariy among the ASEAN civil society,” she said. (Xisto Magno/rom)

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya

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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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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November

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The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)

 


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture

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Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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