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Autopsy Only to Delay Paniai Case Resolution

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Peoples evacuated the victim of Bloody Paniai incident - Jubi

Peoples were evacuated the victim of Bloody Paniai incident – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – A request by the Indonesian Human Right Commission for the approval from the victims’ family of Paniai Blood Case (08/12/2104) for autopsy over four dead students allegedly shot by military force personnel has raised a confusion among many parties.

Local Customary Council is still questioning the clearance of its Decree (SK).

Paniai Customary Council Chief John NR. Gobai told Jubi in Jayapura on Monday (28/09/2015) that he questions whether the Ad Hoc team of Komnas HAM has involved the community in their task. “Komnas HAM RI asked us to speak with the victims’ family for autopsy. But I am confused whether they have involved the community? Secondly, we need a clearance on the Decree because this is a big issue,” Gobai said.

According to him, it is fine if the commission want to do autopsy based on the State’s request, though the evidences are already there. Now, how to persuade the family to approve the autopsy. “Because open the grave is violating the customary law. The customary law comes first and the government comes later in Paniai. What we asked for is the independent must be enforced, and we refused the autopsy at the first place. For us the data and evidences are sufficient. For instance, there are bullets, projectiles, and witnesses of the survivals, doctor’s statement, and video as well. So what’s else?” Gobai said.

He further said the case settlement becomes vague because three team members, namely Budi Hernawan, Rika Korain and Yan Warinussi, have not seen the copy of decree from Komnas HAM RI until now. “So, the team’s name should be clear first, whether they would be called as Ad Hock team or so on. It’s important to predict the direction of case settlement, whether it refers to the Regulation No.26/2000 or other regulation. “It’s not independence because people are not involved. So how do people to believe it? Please be honest. Is it hurt for being honest?” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Papua Student Independent Forum, Teko Kogoya told reporter in Abepura on Monday (14/09/2015) that the Ad Hoc team of Komnas HAM RI do not execute their task as mandated in the plenary meeting of Komnas HAM RI. “We stated the Ad Hoc team was not executing their former task because the State has not provided fund for human right enforcement in this country. Komnas HAM RI is the biggest and highest State’s institution of human right advocacy and settlement of human right violation cases. But, if they said they have no financial resource, it’s totally a mistake,” said Kogoya.

Moreover, according to him, after the establishment of Ad Hoc team, the Indonesian government was able to provide 20 billion rupiahs to help other countries, namely Fiji, Solomon Islands and PNG. “It means the government intentionally muted the Paniai Blood Case and other human right violation cases in Papua. Well, both Komnas HAM RI and Indonesian Government should able to distinguish between criminal and human right violation cases,” said Kogoya. (Abeth You/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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KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination

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KNPB and Gempar Papua activists at the Secretariat of Central KNPB. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB) held a limited discussion to support FKLNS (Organization of the Liberation Struggle of the Kanaky Tribe in New Caledonia) which has been well received by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to conduct a referendum in November 2018.

The First Chairman of Central KNPB Agus Kosay said it’s time for Kanaky to get self-determination from French colonialism.

“Kanaky must declare their self-determination. If Kanaky gets their independence, it would be able to give their support to West Papua because we share the same situation, which lives under the colonialism,” he said on Wednesday (08/12/2018) in Jayapura.

Meanwhile a member of Gempar (Papuan Youth and Student Movement) Nelius Wenda said as a nation oppressed by Indonesia, West Papua fully supports the referendum agenda of New Caledonia.

“Kanaky must determine their destiny. It must be far better than being under the French colonialism. In the future we Papuans are just like Kanaky,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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In Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo

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Papuan students and youth are arrested by the police on Tuesday (4/9/2018) in a rally to support Vanuatu to bring up the issue of West Papua in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). – Jubi / Doc.

Jayapura, Jubi – The current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo is considered to be no different from Prabowo in Human Rights violations in Papua.

If Prabowo recognised as a perpetrator of human rights violations in Papua, Widodo considered allowing violent conflicts and human rights violations in Papua to continue. Now both will compete in the Indonesian presidential election 2019.

“For us from Mimika District, Jokowi is no different from Prabowo. Why? If Prabowo is a perpetrator of human rights violation in Papua, the current president Jokowi knows about these violations but let it happened repeatedly,” said Odizeus Beanal, the Director of Amungme Tribal Society (Lemasa) told Jubi on Tuesday (11/9/2018) while mentioning some cases of human rights violations occurred in Paniai, Timika, Ndugama and other regions.

Today the allegations of human rights violations in Papua still continue. Some violent incidents against civilians that resulted in casualties and arrests of random people still occur under the current administration.

The Amnesty International Indonesia has recorded 38 cases of extrajudicial killings from 2014 to mid-2018 that confirmed 51 victims. This report launched in mid-July 2018.

Government efforts and victims rejection

The Indonesian government through the Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security has formed an integrated team whose task to collect data and information, make analyses and report to the president. The team who consist of 39 members from Papua and Jakarta established in May 2018 as an integrated team to resolve cases of alleged human right violations in Papua. However, it obtained rejection from many Papuans to consider them as not neutral.

“It is impossible to accept those who suspected as perpetrators to become referees. Furthermore, we know this team facilitated by the Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security who has a military background. From the beginning, the Police has supported this team. So how could we believe them?” said Peneas Lokbere, the Coordinator of United for Truth (BUK).

According to Lokbere, who continuously are accompanying victims of Papuan human rights violations, the team only maintained the strategy of former minister Wiranto who at that time suggested that the alleged human rights violations in Papua resolved through the customary law.

Moreover, he said until now there are hundreds of victims of human rights violations in Papua who still fight for justice. For instance, the family of victims of the Bloody Paniai incident of December 8th, 2014. The number of victims might be up to thousands because these alleged human rights violations have occurred since Indonesia annexed Papua in the 60s.

“Jokowi once expressed in front of five thousand more Papuans at Mandala Stadium in Jayapura that he would immediately resolve the Bloody Paniai case. But it was only a promise, “said Tinus Pigai, a relative of Apinus Gobai who was the victim of the incident at Karel Gobai Square, Paniai.

According to him, Jokowi’s visits to Papua were in vain, because he had not been able to fulfil his promise to resolve the Bloody Paniai case. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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