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DPRP asked the police to stop being a spokesperson for Freeport



Roadblock action in Check Point 28, Timika conducted by employees who unilaterally layoff by PT. Freeport Indonesia, Saturday (August 19) – Jubi/TP

Jayapura, Jubi – The dissolution of demonstration and street blocking by workers of Freeport Indonesia in Check Point 28 area of the mining site by police on Saturday (August 19) responded by Papuan People’s Legislative Assembly (DPRP).

“Since May 2017, workers have addressed their problems. They insisted their rights through strike. Now it is in the fourth month. It’s as if the workers are fighting themselves without state support. The government tends to represent Freeport’s statements, not defending the rights of citizens who are oppressed and crushed just like that,” said Laurenzus Kadepa, Member of Commission I DPRP in charge of Law and Human Rights.

He was surprised, although the government of Joko Widodo through the ministry of ESDM has improves the specific regulation of PTFI, the police have not been able to balance this government policy. The paradigm of law enforcement officers is no different from the first time since Freeport existed.

“Whatever Freeport’s statements, that’s what the police would say when any problems related occur,” he said.

He pointed out, when PTFI called that the blockade in Check Point 28 and Culvert in Timika Papua conducted by a group of people who was dismissed for work truancy, the police through the Head of Public Relations also say so.

“The police seem to behave as a company spokesperson, not as a law enforcement agency,” he said irritably.

According to him, the struggle of PTFI workers seemed to vanish when their voice about their fate were buried with the news of rioting, burning and so on. The national media of Indonesia is contrived all, he said. Rarely does it fit the actual demands. There is also hardly any response from Manpower minister related to worker problems.

“Media is bought by Freeport to silent anyone who demands Freeport to obey the rules. Media companies no longer distinguish from Freeport’s statement, including police statement, loaded with the same editor. Strange,“ he continued.

He firmly said that PTFI’s immunity on the Earth Amungsa should be terminated.

Due to the police’s forced demolition of blockade at Check Point 28 yesterday (August 19), four people were injured by rubber bullets, live ammunition and police blows. In addition, 11 people were detained by the police.

Tri Puspital, Industrial Relations Secretary of PT Freeport Indonesia Workers Union said that besides employees of PT KPI named Joh Yawang, two employees of PT. Srikandi named Judas and Sapsuha Sahadil were also wounded by police gunfire.

John Wayang was injured on his left toe so it had to be sewn in hospital, while Judas was hit by a sharp bullet on the heel. Sapsuha was hit by a rubber bullet on his bottom.

“An employee wife, Ansye Lumenta was beaten by members of Brimob (mobile brigade) at the time of the incident. He fell, so his hands and feet were injured,” said Tri.

After the forced dissolution, Tri said that 11 people were detained by the Police. They were detained at the Mimika police headquarters.

The 11 persons are: 1) Matthew Patinggi, 2) Arnon Merino, 3) Willem Yoku, 4) Kadir Apdul, 5) Andi Kafiar, 6) Fari Kirlwarani, 7) Iban Subandi, 8) Fellix Belli, 9) Winarno ) San Basri and 11) Bambang Wijatnarko.

PTFI through its spokeswoman Riza Pratama said the action at Check Point 28 was done by a former employee.

“They are a group of former employees in large numbers who occupy the area (Check Point 28),” he explained.

PT Freeport Indonesia’s management had advised its employees not to cross the Check Point 28 area until further notice.

Due to the forced demolition by the police, PTFI employees who blocked the road carried out the destruction of several contractor offices and Culvert terminals.

These contractor offices are alleged to continue to receive new employees while their old employees who dismiss unilaterally by PTFI have not clarified their status.(*)



Editor: Zely Ariane


Provincial health team takes more rest than work, says Kopkedat




GIDI church missionaries, pastor and Kopkedat Papua provide public health services in Okmakot Village, Seradala Sub-district, Yahukimo District. – Jubi/Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Humanitarian Care Community for Remote Areas Papua (Kopkedat) Yan Akobiarek states despite education, public health services in Papua’s remote areas are still an issue.

Although the provincial health office has provided services to remote areas through several health programs such as Satgas Kaki Telanjang, Save Korowai and Nusantara Sehat, these programs have not well implemented.

“I think sending teams to remote areas is a good idea, but I get the impression that some team members only come for vacation, to work less and get more rest,” said Akobiarek told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (10/7/2018). For instance, he pointed out the team of Satgas Kaki Telanjang who are supposed to provide health service to villagers in Korowai. After the Ied al-Ftir break, their members are still not returning to their duty station.

Meanwhile, Maria Duwitau, the Vice Chairman of the Commission V on education and health of the Papuan House of Representative said doing health services in Papua, in particularly remote areas, is always connecting with a commitment. “No matter how greater of the offer, but without willingness and commitment, I think it’s useless,” Duwitau told Jubi not long ago. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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SKP HAM urges the government to open democratic space for Papuan students




SKP HAM in a press conference in LBH Papua office. – Jubi/LBH Surabaya.Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Solidarity for the Victims of Human Rights Violation (SKP HAM) Papua urge the Indonesian Government to open democratic space for Papuan students and conduct a thorough investigation on sexual harassment by a police officer at Papuan dormitory in Surabaya on last Friday (6/7/2018).

The Coordinator of SKP HAM Peneas Lokbere said the Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia of1945 in the Article 28E Paragraph 3 and the Law No. 39 of1999 on Human Rights Article 24 Paragraph 1 state, “Each person has the right to associate, assemble and express his opinions peacefully” but what have been occurred to the Alliance of Papuan Students is a violation against the constitution.

“The police and military officers and members of the civil service police unit came to student dormitory trying to stop the weekly discussion. The students also witnessed the security forces carrying long-barrier guns. It was such an ironic,” Lokbere stated in the press release received by Jubi on Wednesday (11/8/2018).

Further, he stated that according to the Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Surabaya, the incident occurred when the Tambaksari Sub-district Chief accompanied by the police, military and civil service police unit of Surabaya Municipality came to the dormitory in the inspection of civil registration. “However, when students and public attorney from LBH Surabaya asked for an official letter, the sub-district chief was not able to show it.”

Meanwhile, the Director of LBH Papua Simon Pattirajawane said what have done by the security forces, in this case, is a violation against the human rights. “The Human Rights Commission should immediately form an investigation team to investigate this alleged case of intimidation, terror and racism against Papuan students in several cities in Java, including Surabaya, Malang and Yogyakarta.” (*)


Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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West Papua activists stopped by Solomons police




Ben Didiomea displays the West Papuan flag as Indonesian staff try to usher him away. – Photo: Facebook/ Ben Didiomea

Solomon, Jubi – Solomon Islands police says they confiscated a West Papuan flag at the Melanesian Arts Festival to stop any provocation aimed at the Indonesian delegation.

Ben Didiomea had his flag taken by police over the weekend after he held it up in front of Indonesia’s festival stall to protest its inclusion at the event.

A video on Facebook shows Mr Didiomea – who was part of a group of demonstrators – holding up West Papua’s Morning Star flag as Indonesian officials tried to move him away from the stall.

He was then approached by Solomon Islands Police who confiscated the flag.

Mr Didiomea said he had been standing in solidarity with fellow Melanesian people of Indonesia’s Papua region, where the Morning Star is banned.

He said the Melanesian Arts Festival, which Honiara hosted over the last ten days, was not intended as an Asian festival.

Police issued a statement saying the flag was removed to prevent provocation of the Indonesians, reminding the demonstrators that it was not a political event.

Mr Didiomea, who along with two other demonstrators was questioned by police, said the inclusion of Indonesia at the Arts Festival was a political move by the Solomons government.

“Because it was a festival of Melanesia, Indonesia is not part of Melanesia. So why does it need an Indonesia stall at the arts festival? It’s a Melanesian festival, so what are Indonesia coming to arts festival?”

Changing relationship

According to Mr Didiomea, the police action was a sign that the country was forming a closer relationship with Indonesia.

The Solomon Islands government under prime minister Rick Hou has recently shown signs that it was pursuing a different policy regarding West Papua to that of the previous prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Mr Sogavare, who is now the deputy prime minister, campaigned internationally about West Papuan human rights issues. He was also supportive of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, and instrumental in its admission to the Melanesian Spearhead Group in 2015.

However after he was replaced by Mr Hou late last year, the Solomons government has been notably less vocal about West Papua human rights issues in international fora.

A visit in April by a Solomons delegation to Indonesia’s provinces of Papua and West Papua at the invitation of Jakarta was billed as having added “balance” to the government’s view on West Papuan issues.

The Solomons government told RNZ Pacific in May that it was consulting with the provinces as it formulated an official position on West Papuan human rights and self-determination issues. (*)



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