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Demanded their colleagues released, hundreds of KNPB Nabire activists arrested



Hundreds of KNPB activists in Nabire, Papua were arrested and brought into a Police truck in Bukit Meriam witnessed by a Papuan Mama – (Jubi / ist)

Paniai, Jubi – Hundreds of activists from the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) of Nabire region were reportedly arrested by Nabire Police Resort and secured in Nabarua Police Station.

Political Education and Diplomacy Commission KNPB Nabire, Alexander Pigai said to Jubi that the arrest happened when they march to the local police station to demand two of their colleagues who were detained by the police on Monday (03/07/2017) to be released.

“The arrest occurred at 10:05 Papua time earlier in Meriam area, when we came down the road to Nabire Police to ask the police to free two of our colleagues, namely Andi Yeimo and Samuel Kobepa,” said Alexander Pigai, Thursday (July 6) .

He explained that the two colleagues were detained in Nabire Police yard when they asked the police to release another KNPB activist, Yanto Waine who was arrested earlier while distributing leaflets to commemorate July 1 as the day of Proclamation of West Papua.

“Yanto Waine is missing three days from 30 June to 2 July. When we trace him, he was detained in Nabire Polres. Yanto was arrested while distributing flyer on Jln. Medan, Karang Mulia. On July 4, 2017, the members of KNPB Nabire went back to Nabire Police, demanding immediate release of the detained Yanto Waine,“ he explained.

According to him, at 12.00 o’clock Papua time day, himself and around other 30 people went to Nabire Police. When they arrived, they negotiated with the police related to the arrest of Yanto Waine who was already four days in jail.

“At 3 pm, all KNPB members were detained and beaten by the police and that was the time when Andi Yeimo and Samuel Kobepa get arrested and the other (28 people) were forced to get out on the highway,” he said.

“At 4 pm, all those 28 people were told to go back to the Police yard. From the Polres yard, the police claimed to promise us that Yeimo, Samuel Kobepa and Yanto Waine will be released by July 5. But then only Yanto Waine was released,” he said.

KNPB Nabire spokesman, Deserius Goo said it was so odd that they came to police station to ask their colleagues to be free from persecution but led in another arrest.

When contacted via cellular phone, Nabire AKBP Police Chief Sonny Sanjaya did not provide answers. (*)

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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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