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Briefly arrested for commemorating May 1, Jayapura Resort Police released dozen KNPB activists

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Illustration on the condition of KNPB secretariat in Sentani, Jayapura Regency, after the police repaint their wall on 1st December 2016 – Jubi/Yance Wenda

Jayapura, Jubi –  Jayapura Resort Police said that they had sent dozens of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) arrested in Sentani, Jayapura Regency, Monday (May 1), when they were about to hold the commemoration of Papua Annexation Day, May 1, 1963.

Jayapura Police Chief, AKBP. Gustav Urbinas confirmed that they had ‘secured’ as many as 53 people of KNPB supporters. However, after being identified, they were then discharged.

“It has been released at 16:00 PM, we only identified their data, questioned, then sent them home.”

They were ‘secured’ when they are going to hold activities. “But its activities without notice to the police,” said AKBP. Gustav Urbinas to Jubi via phone, Monday (May 1).

According to him, since the action will be conducted in the community area and involves many people, the police took the masses to the local Polres to ask about the activities undertaken and its purpose.

“They held an activity in Sekertariat KNPB in BTN Purwodadi,” he said.

The police chief also denied the information obtained by Jubi mentioning that in the police has damaged the Sentani KNPB Secretariat and ransacked the property of KNPB and public around the secretariat.

“Oh, no, no, we only secure materials that are against the Unitary Republic of Indonesia, materials such as KNPB flags, cloths, documents and all that, and personal items have been returned,” he said.

Agus Pahabol, secretary of KNPB Sentani confirmed to Jubi May 1 that their secretariat were being raid and damaged the facilities and repainted the walls of the house. They also seized KNPB’s belongings.

He confirmed 53 people as the first arrest, but he said dozens to 200 other were also taken away and brought to the police station but they were kept at the front of the police station.

Bazoka Logo, spokesman of KNPB Central as quoted from suarapapua.com said that at 07.36 AM, the police came to the Secretariat KNPB Sentani region and forced the masses to disperse.(*)

Reporter              : Arjuna Pedemme

Editor                    : Zely Ariane

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Papuan Film Festival pictures the voiceless

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Jayapura Deputy Mayor of Jayapura Rustan Saru (in the centre) photographed with the Chairperson of FFP II Organizing Committee Harun Rumbarar (in the right) and one of the visitors. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura City, Tuesday, 7 August 2018, visitors crowded in Lokabudaya Expo Museum Waena, Heram sub-district to attend the Papua Film Festival held by a film community Papuan Voice for three days from 7 to 9 August 2018.

A festival participant Mecky Yeimo said the films screened in the festival provide a lot of information about the land disputes between native landowners and investors. “I am happy because as Papuans we can get a lot of information about the deprivation of the rights of indigenous people in Papua,” he said.

Further, he said Papuans are commonly known for their culture of oral tradition, and the information in the films becomes an interesting issue to discuss in the future.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Pusaka Foundation Frangky Samperante, who met Jubi at the same place, said FFP is a forum where people can find out the facts that occurred in many areas in Papua. “Films can be the basis for people to make a judgment based on the information they see and hear,” said Samperante.

Furthermore, he considered this film community could become an agent for Papuans to voice their aspirations and to express their expressions. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Police come to ULMWP Region Animha during regional meeting

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Act of 1969 – WANI Tabloid

Jayapura, Jubi – The local police came to the regional meeting of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Region Animha which attended by regional leaders and delegates that held in their office in Merauke on Saturday (7/29/2018).

According to Deputy Chairperson of the ULMWP Region Animha, Ms Pangkrasia Yeem in a statement received by Jubi on Friday (08/03/2018), Merauke Police leading by the Head of Regional Police Intelligence Budi Santoso had entered the ULMWP Office without permission when the meeting had just finished.

“They asked what the meeting was about,” told Yeem. Then she explained to the police that it was the first meeting after the ULMWP Region Animha declared on 14 July 2018. “And the ULMWP has been sitting together with Indonesia in the Melanesian Spearhead Group,” she said.

After the visit, the ULMWP Region Animha continued their discussion on Thursday (08/02/2018) and read a statement rejecting the results of the 1969 Act of Free Choice. The event was held in the ULMWP Region Animha office and run smoothly.

In her statement, the Deputy Chairperson of the ULMWP Region Animha Pangkrasia Yeem said that the Act of Free Choice occurred 49 years ago in Papua from 14 July to 20 August 1969 was not valid because of not in accordance the international mechanisms.

“Its implementation was also full of intimidation, terror and manipulation. In practice, Indonesia mobilized the troops on a large scale to Papua to overcome the Free Papua movement,” she said. (*)

Reporter: Zely Ariane

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Deiyai youth figures talk about a year after bloody Oneibo case

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Illustration of human rights. Pixabay.com/Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Deiyai youth Domininggus Badii said that it was a year right the tragedy of Bloody Oneibo occurred on 1 August 2018. But this incident has continuously kept in people’s memory.

“Though it already passed, the community is still trauma by the incident,” he said. Further, he said the incident involved an officer who shot a civilian when the company PT. Putra Dewa asked for back up to secure the dispute between locals and the company.

Meanwhile, another Deiyai youth Alex Giyai said there is nothing more alive than an injury but the pain and the inability to forget.

“We ask the central, national as well as local governments and the National Human Rights Commission, both provincial and regional House of Representatives to immediately resolve the Oneibo case, but it has not happened for over a year,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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