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CLD reported Papua Regional Police ‘Maklumat’ to Indonesia Ombudsman



Illustration of joint security forces conducted sweeping in Cenderawasih Univ dormitory on Dcember 19 2016 – Jubi/Zely Ariane

Jayapura, Jubi – Civil Liberty Defenders (CLD), a joint Indonesian human rights lawyer based in Jakarta, will report Papua Police Chief to the Ombudsman of Indonesia for conducting maladministration on the issue of the Police Chief ‘Maklumat’ (Notice) on July 1, 2016.

Such notice is considered contrary to some legislations and freedom of expression, as well as discriminatory and deepening stigma on Papuans.

Uchok Shigit Prayogy, one of the young lawyers of CLD who became one of the reporters on Thursday (June 15) said their report is primarily intended to hold legal and administrative accountability related to the release of the Police Chief’s Maklumat of 1 July 2016.

“We ask for accountability because the edict clearly violates the freedom of Papuan people to express opinion publicly,” Uchok said.

Administratively, the CLD states that Police Chief of Maklumat’s address to the non-internal police department has been contrary to notification of the Maklumat which should be addressed only to internal police purpose.

“In principle, if referred to National Police Chief Regulation number 15 of 2007, it might legitimate, but keep in mind that it is only a notification and (should) only apply to the (internal) area of ​​the police that issued it,” said Uchok Sigit.

Hence, he continued, the Notice has violated two provisions, which are issued to create a stigma against 7 Papuan organizations, while it also addressed to the public and all government officials, “this clearly violates the basis of the Notice,” he stressed.

While several police offices in Papua put banners of announcements claiming that the Papua Police Chief Notice is not intended to silence the space of democracy, the CLD lawyer accuses the opposite.

“It is just an effort to silence the voice of Papuan people because this Maklumat was born amidst massive peaceful actions by the people of Papua in responding to human rights violations,” said Uchok.

Through this report to Ombudsman CLD is going to encourage the public institution to process the report and ask for clarification from the Papua Police Chief what lies behind the drafting of such discriminatory Notice.

“From this reporting, then a recommendation will be made and that will be used as a reference for the improvement of Police services as a non-discriminatory public servant to the Papuan community, as well as organizations in Papua, especially in conveying opinions in public,” Uchok said.

Since its inception, the issue of the Papua Police Chief Maklumat on July 1, 2016 has harvested legal refutation by some human rights lawyers in Papua, such as Gustaf Kawer, Anum Siregar and Simon Pattiradjawane. In line with the CLD, in essence they considered the Notice is only part of the effort to silence freedom of expression.

“As a public lawyer we consider regional Police Chief has overwhelmed its authority when issuing the Notice. So we ask for this to be revoked and should not apply, “said Simon Pattiradjawane at that time.

The recent Papua Police Chief, Boy Rafli Amar when contacted by the editor related to CLD’s complaint to Ombudsman RI seems reluctant to give response, either by short message or by telephone.

While the Ombudsman RI can only process the CLD report after 14 working days since CLD letter of summons and clarification to Kapolda Papua delivered on June 5, 2017 ago.

As was known, on July 1, 2016, the then Papua Police Chief, Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw issued a Maklumat (Notice) No 245 / VII / 2016 amid massive peaceful protest actions mediated by West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in support of United Liberation for West Papua (ULMWP ) to be a full member of MSG.(*)

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Papua Printing Company to support young Papuan writers




Komunitas Sastra Papua (Papuan Literature Community) when launching a discussion on literacy education in Jayapura. – Jubi/Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi- Komunitas Sastra Papua (Papuan Literature Community) asked the Papua Provincial Government to reactive the regional company ‘Percetakan Rakyat Papua’ (Papua Regional Printing Company) to response the current demand of publication since many young Papuans are now becoming a writer.

However, the main constraint is in printing,” said the secretary of Komunitas Sastra Papua (Kosapa) Aleks Giyai on Thursday (31/5/2018).

Percetakan Rakyat Papua is considered bringing opportunities for Papuans to get the lower-cost printing. “To print some printed items such as books, magazines, calendars and so on, we have to make an order in Java. Even though the printing cost is quite cheaper, the shipping cost is expensive,” explained Giyai.

Meanwhile, cultural activist Andy Tagihuma thought books play a crucial role in developing a character of a nation. “The gradual progress of literacy development in Papua is a result of the inconsistent book publishing,” said Tagihuma.

He further said Papua should be able to produce and publish books and other writings locally like what has been done by the University of Cenderawasih in the past, which printed most of their writings such as Warta Uncen and other scientific journals independently. “But now they mostly send it to Java for printing,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Developers must complete the permit for housing construction




Illustration of the rapid growth of housing in Doyo Lama area. – Jubi/Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – As the rapid growth of housing construction in the areas of Sentani Timur, Sentani and Waibhu, the Head of Integrated Permit and Regional Investment Agency of Jayapura District Henock Puraro said developers should administer the IMB (Construction Permit) first for new housing constructions.

Developers who want to build new housings need to arrange an agreement with the tenure of landowners first. Then, they should complete the legal aspect of their proposal,” Puraro told reporter in Jayapura Regent Office at Gunung Merah, Sentani on Thursday (31/5/2018).

He said his office would soon publish about the spatial planning to the public in regards to the ongoing regional development process. “We will publish the system of city spatial planning including the regulation related to housing construction,” he said.

Similarly, the Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industry for Jayapura District Henky Yoku said developers should consider the cultural, social and economic aspects of the local community.

“What is the impact of housing development on the local community? Developers cannot just build new housing then take a profit of it. They should take account of the sustainability of the local community who live surrounding the environment. Therefore there is a value added from this development,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Nine fish species found in Fakfak coastal areas




Nine fish species found in the coastal areas of Berau Bay dan Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay, Fakfak District. – Jubi/Doc CI Indonesia, Fakfak

Manokwari, Jubi – The Conservation International (CI) Indonesia in Fakfak has identified nine species of coral fish as new species because it has not scientifically included in Pisces taxonomy.

The Program Manager of CI Indonesia for Fakfak Nur Ismu Hidayat said this finding made during the survey on the potential of coastal areas in Fakfak in two-week diving at the Berau Bay, Kokas sub-district and Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay, Karas sub-district.

“From two weeks of diving at the northern Fakfak (the coastal area of Berau Bay), we can identify six new species. Then three species were identified in the western Fakfak, namely the coastal areas of Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay located at Karas sub-district,” Hidayat told Jubi on Friday (1/6/2018) in Manokwari. Further, he said the habitats of the nine fish are quite varied, from the depth of 1-2 metres with average wave condition, muddy sediment to the coral area.

“One of the newfound fish, 6-centimetre black fish with the light-coloured mouth like wearing lipstick, is classified in Pomacentrus Family based on its morphology. This species cannot find in other places. Based on this fact, the researchers strongly assume the species is the endemic fish of Fakfak coastal sea,” said Hidayat. Moreover, he said the nine new fish species are not possible to consume because of their size, but they potentially become decorative fish that people can enjoy their beauty in their natural habitats, so, it’s potential for ecotourism development.

Furthermore, he said the coral and marine biota in Fakfak are extraordinary. Fakfak coastal area is also a safe habitat for rare fish species that rarely found in other sea areas.  “For instance, the gong-liked black parrot fish (large coral fish species which a bulge front head looked like a gong), known as Chlorurus Oedema, was successfully captured during the survey in the estuary of the Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay,” added Hidayat.

Meanwhile, a lecturer from Universitas Papua (Unipa) Manokwari Keylopas Krey said the potential of local species in West Papua Province is quite high, but it has not well documented. For the new finding, the researcher certainly will take a systematic and scientific procedure. “In the process to identify the taxonomy, morphology and genetic analysis would be applied to confirm and validate whether these nine species are new species that evolve or have a relationship with other species in that area,” said Krey.

The finding of these alleged new fish species is a good prospect for science. Therefore the reserve management of this area couldn’t be separated from science. It means science will be applied to improve the application system and national and international records about regional potencies.

“Unipa will not only continue to encourage the smart steps of many parties in protecting the environment in the entire of the land of Papua as the centre of biodiversity; but also keep to push all the parties for taking positive steps toward the sustainable development management,” he said.

Moreover, he added,” there are high conservation values that need to maintain. Therefore, the development in Papua, especially in West Papua Province, can always prioritise the values that respect to the future of local wisdom for our future generation.” (*)


Reporter: Hans Kapisa

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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