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Arso Residents Request Attention of Local Government

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Jayapura, Jubi/Antara – As many as 122 residents displaced by a conflict in the early September 2014 in Sanggaria Village, Arso I of Keerom Regency demanded the attention of the local government.

“We want the Keerom Local Government to rebuild 20 houses that were burned in the dispute by a group called ‘Barisan Nusantara’ a few hours after the murder,” Theo Asso who claimed as chief of Sixteen Papua Central Highland residents of Keerom Regency in Jayapura City on Friday (13/2/2015).

Hundreds of residents were temporarily displaced and stayed in the emergency shelter at the yard of Keerom Vocational Training Agency Office. A dispute was triggered by a murder of a woman by Darius Gombo. A young man who later identified as insane.

Asso claimed hundreds of residents were the victims of crime of an insane man that caused dozens of houses becoming a target of revenge by a group of community. “We also want those culprits get arrested and processed before the Law,” he said.

Related to the murder, he also said the Police and Military have responded. “The Papua Police Deputy Chief Brigadier General Paulus Waterpauw promised to solve the problem including to encourage the local government to rebuild dozens of burning houses,” he said.

For that reason, Asso revealed the purpose of his visit to Jayapura City was to meet with the Papua Police Chief Inspector General Yotje Mende to discuss about the current situation in Arso I. Currently the residents are not comfort with the presence of Barisan Nusantara because they are considered not being friendly. “Our people have provided fifty million rupiahs to the murder victim’s family as compensation to maintain the existing relationship and brotherhood among us from anyone who want a dispute in Arso I,” he said.

Meanwhile when confirmed about the incident, the Papua Police Chief Inspector Police Yotje Mende said he has gave order to the Keerom Police Chief to pay attention on security and safety in Arso I to avoid another incidents.
‘We will meet the local government to make coordination about its solution (rebuild the burning houses), to accommodate their aspiration,” he said. (*/rom)

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Journalist turns tales of undercover Papuan reporting into love novel

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Aprila Wayar poses with her latest novel Sentuh Papua which chronicles a Dutch journalist’s undercover reporting of Papua and is based on actual events – Bambang Muryanto/Jakarta Post

By Bambang Muryanto

A Dutch freelance journalist, Rohan (a pen name), had been interested in the political turmoil in Papua for years. In 2015, his application for a journalistic visa was denied. The 32-year-old then decided to embark on an undercover reporting assignment in the country’s easternmost province.

For 153 days, he observed the way local people lived, met with leaders of the pro-independence Free Papua Movement (OPM) in the jungle, enjoyed the beauty of Papua’s nature and met Aprila Russiana Amelia Wayar, or Emil, a local journalist who later became his girlfriend.

It was Emil who wrote about Rohan’s adventures in Papua and their love story in the novel Sentuh Papua, 1500 Miles, 153 Hari, Satu Cinta (Touch Papua, 1500 Miles, 153 Days, One Love).

In the novel, Rohan’s character said foreign media agencies in Jakarta refused to publish his report on Papua, worrying that the government would revoke the visas of their Jakarta correspondents.

Emil recently launched her 374-page novel in a discussion forum organised by the Alliance of Independent Journalists’ (AJI) Yogyakarta chapter and the Yogyakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH).

Emil has been in Yogyakarta since early this year to publish the book. She chose Yogyakarta because she had spent time there as a student at Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW).

The 38-year-old author said she initially intended to write a journalistic piece that was rich in data and interviews. She used the character of Rohan to describe the lack of press freedom in Papua, human rights violations in the province and challenges to OPM’s quest for self-determination.

‘Easier to understand’

“I then chose [to write a] novel to make it easier for Papuans and Indonesians to understand the [province’s] issues,” she said.

Through the book, Emil, who used to work for independent media platform Tabloid Jubi, was determined to represent the other side of Papua’s story vis-a-vis mainstream reporting on the province, which she deemed mostly biased.

She said many journalists covering cases of human rights abuses in Papua only interviewed security personnel and neglected the victims.

“Journalists writing about Papua have to cover both sides,” she said.

However, she realised both the challenge and risks that come with reporting Papua as a journalist, as she herself often received threats and harassment while doing her job.

In her book, the characters Rohan and Amelia, who is based on herself, are chased by a group of people armed with machetes.

According to Reporters Sans Frontier’s (RSF) latest World Press Freedom Index, Indonesia ranks 124th out of 180 countries – the same position as last year.

Open access promise

The Paris-based group highlighted the restriction of media access to Papua and West Papua as a factor that has kept Southeast Asia’s largest democracy at the bottom of the list.

The condition prevails despite President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s campaign promises to open access to Papua for foreign journalists.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Press Council categorised Papua and West Papua as “medium/relatively free” in its 2017 press freedom index.

Yogyakarta-based lawyer Emmanuel Gobay said Emil’s book, despite being published as fiction, was a good reference for those who want to understand Papua from both the local and professional perspective.

“This novel reflects the state of press freedom in Papua,” he said.

The novel, which Emil wrote in eight months, is her third after Mawar Hitam Tanpa Akar (Black Rose Without Its Stem) and Dua Perempuan (Two Women), both of which told stories about social issues in Papua.

Emil was the first indigenous Papuan novelist invited to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) in Bali in 2012. She plans to write a fourth book in the Netherlands, where she is currently undergoing medical treatment for a heart condition. (*)

Bambang Muryanto is a Jakarta Post journalist and an Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) advocate.

 

Source: asiapacificreport.nz

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MRP urges the Police investigating Goo’s shooting

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An illustration of Dogiyai residents staged action to reject all acts of violence in Dogiyai DPRD Office- Jubi / Abeth You

Paniai, Jubi – The Papuan People’s Assembly urged the Papua Police Chief to investigate the shooting over a resident Geri Goo in Moanemani that was allegedly committed by the police member from the Kamuu Sector.

“The shooting incidents happened repeatedly. Legal action clearly should be held. Therefore we ask the Papua Police Chief to investigate this case thoroughly,” said an assembly member of Religious Division Niko Degey to Jubi on Friday (4/5/2018).

He claimed these unceasing shooting incidents indicate that as law enforcement, the Police never change their mindset and paradigm. Degey, who is also the coordinator of SKKI GKI Kingmi of Paniai District, asked the Police for not only investigating who the perpetrators are but the intellectual actors as well, including the police commanders at Moanemani Police Sector and Nabire Police Department.

“This investigation will become evident to the public that even the police are not immune from the law. It is also to respect the victim’s family in Dogiyai,” he said.

Meanwhile, Papuan legislator Laurenzus Kadep also urged the police to investigate this case immediately. Kadepa, who is a member of Law and Human Rights Division, said he expects the victim Geri Goo to not experiencing the same situation as other violation victims in Papua that is the case has never resolved.

“The police must investigate it immediately and reveal who the perpetrator is and conduct a legal process,” said Kadepa. (*)

 

Reporter: Abeth You

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Solomons delegation to Indonesia sought balance

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Solomon Islanders have displayed strong support for West Papuans, including in this 2015 march through the streets of Honiara in support of a West Papuan bid to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group – Photo: Supplied

Solomon, Jubi – A Solomon Islands civil society worker says a delegation from his country which visited Indonesia sought a balanced view on West Papua human rights issues.

 

Wilfred Luiramo was one of several civil society people selected by the government to visit Indonesia, including West Papua and Papua provinces, last week.

 

Mr Luiramo said he wasn’t travelling on behalf of the group Forum Solomon Islands International, which he is chairman of, but rather as an individual civil society worker.

He said the Solomons government of Rick Hou was seeking a balanced approach on human rights in Papua region.

“Our relationship with Indonesia must be built and the human rights issue in West Papua must not be forgotten. It has to be part of the document. And generally, looking through it, Solomon Islands as a Melanesian country, and the West Papuan issue is very sensitive to us, we still feel that more can be done,” said Wilfred Luiramo.

Wilfred Luiramo said the approach on Papua being taken by Mr Hou’s leadership was different to that of the previous leadership of Manasseh Sogavare.

Of the rights situation, he said Papuans had different views on the issue of human rights abuses.

“Some propose that these things happen. Some say that these things happened previously, in the past,” he explained.

“So we have been collecting different views from them. All of them are not having the same view, but the issue remains that we try to make a balanced document out of all the informations we get.

Mr Luiramo said delegation members were yet to finalise their reports on the information garnered from the visit.

“We met with even the military generals, the governors and the CSO (civil society organisation) people, and tried to ask them what is their view… we keep trying to get a balance on it.”

He noted that some people saw the rights situation in Papua as having improved.

“Because Indonesia as a country is just coming to democracy in 1998, full democracy. Previously it was military-controlled.

“So they said there are improvements over time, and even some of the leaders told us, one of the common sayings, that ‘we are not a perfect country’ which is true.

“They are changing over time, and even some of the indigenous say that there are improvements within the human rights issue,” Mr Luiramo said, adding that some Papuans conveyed that they wanted independence from Indonesia. (*)

 

Source: radionz.co

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