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‘Crazy Ideas’ Needed to Combat Illegal Logging

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Jayapura, Jubi – The eradication of illegal logging in Papua is not easy as it requires the involvement of all parties and ‘crazy ideas’, said Papua Police.

“Especially it needs support from the Ministry of Forestry. There should be strong action. The Minister of Maritime Affairs came up with a crazy idea, for example to destroy truck or ship used for transporting illegal logging. It has a deterrent effect,” Patrige Renwarin said to Jubi this week.

He said, between January-April, the Papua Police seized 10 truckloads of timber without documents. However he did not mention how many cubic of timber was secured. He further said, for the last case on April 17, police seized three truckloads of 12.9 cubic of Merbau wood transported from Keerom.
“The first case of seven timber trucks has been carried to the second stage. Seven driver suspect. Evidence and the suspects have been handed over to the prosecutor. The timber is confiscated in Koya, Muara Tami District, Jayapura, and in Urum Guay, Jayapura district, “he said.

Three cases of confiscation of timber trucks on the highway of Tanah Hitam, Abepura district, Jayapura in mid-April, were developed by investigator. Initially, the police only set three driver as a suspect.
“Once developed, we manage to catch one more person. He also has a suspect and is now detained at the police station with initials M. He ordered to transport the wood. So it has been four suspects involved in this case, “he added.

The eradication of illegal logging was also voiced by Papua Legislative Council (DPRP). The local parliament wanted to temporarily imposed moratorium of timber in Papua both logs and processed.

Chairman of Commission IV of DPRP on Forestry, Boy Markus Dawir said, it is important that businessmen, communities, and local governments to get the same benefit. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)

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Papua’s legislator suspects an intrigue behind foreigners’ deportation

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Papua’s Legislator John Gobai – Jubi / Doc

Nabire, Jubi – Papua’s Legislator John Gobai suspects an intrigue behind deportation of foreigners in Nabire.

The statement followed the arrest of twelve foreign workers by Timika Immigration Authority at the bank of Musairo River, where located in the mining area of PT. Pacific Mining Jaya (PMJ).

According to Gobai, he has raised the issue about foreign workers in Nabire to the Papua Police but no prompt response. Papua Provincial Government gave a permit to PT. PMJ to take a mining sample, but the company conducts a gold mining operation.

Jubi has tried to contact the Head of Immigration Office of Tembagapura, Jesaja Samuel Enock, but no answer from the immigration authority until this news written. Based on the information obtained by Jubi, there are currently 22 foreigners in Nabire. (*)

 

Reporter: Titus Ruban

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Activists hold a long march in Manokwari to commemorate 17 years of Wasior human rights violation 

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Caption: Demonstration of 17 years of Wasior Case – Jubi / Doc

Manokwari Jubi – Dozens of human rights activists, the families of victims, and human rights partisans held a protest to commemorate human right violation in Wasior 2011 by holding a long march in Manokwari on Thursday (13/05/2018).

Masses started to walk from the Information Office in Sanggeng to LP3BH Office in Fanindi to submit a legal complaint file to the LP3BH Director, Yan Christian Warinussy.

The Chairman of the Council of Indonesian Trade Union (GSBI) West Papua, Yohanes Akwan, in a press release declared that up to 17 years of Wasior Case occurred, the state remains to neglect the incident that occurred in 2001. 

We submit our aspirations officially as well as a request to LP3BH to continue to voice the cases of human rights violations in Papua to the international community,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the LP3BH Director Yan Christian Warinussy said this complaint was part of the respect towards the human rights. “This is a part of human rights enforcement, as well as a responsibility of human rights defender to accept this complaint.

The Indonesian Human Rights Commission once investigated the Case of Wasior in 2003, but the case closed at the level of investigation. At that time, Warinussy was a member of Wasior Human Rights Investigation. (*)

 

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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PNG admits there is still a lot of smuggling on the border of Wutung

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Papua New Guinea immigration and customs at Wutung – emtv.com

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua New Guinea Customs (PNG) admits smuggling at Wutung, the border area between PNG and Papua Province, still frequently occurs.

Of course there are smugglers escape from our surveillance because of human resources and equipment. For instance, at the Jacksonville Airport in Port Moresby, smugglings still occur, with or without recognition,” the Senior Manager of PNG Customs John Kiu told at the Wutung Border on Friday (15/06/2018).

He further said apart from military there are only 11 officers who work at the border of PNG and Indonesia who expected to control transactions that involving more than a thousand people everyday at Wutung.

I have four officers. They are responsible for customs only, while we have two officers for immigration and quarantine.”

Moreover, he said the temporary border post in Wutung has no facilities except an office and a border station, water and electricity supplies, which were the left assets of trade and investment project amounted of 90 thousand million that have ended in 2014. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

 

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