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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


Reconstruction is necessary to track the implementation of Special Autonomy in Papua



Papua Civil Servants held protest in 2016 to support Governor’s statement to return the special autonomy ‘s fund to Jakarta – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – A lecturer International Relations of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Cenderawasih Laus D.C. Rumayom asserted that reconstruction might be crucially important for evaluating the implementation of the Special Autonomy in Papua.

According to him, the reconstruction might help to assess achievements and obstacles occurred since the Special Autonomy Law applied in Papua since 2001.

“Some people say it works, whereas some say it doesn’t. But what the measure is? What does it look of its relationships with international politics?” Rumayom told Jubi on Thursday (10/11/2018).

Moreover, he said we would find out whether indigenous Papuans understand the situation after 18 years of the implementation of Special Autonomy and the map of future development.

“Therefore you might able to say that the indigenous Papuans should not become a beggar. We must have a strong principle of maintaining what has become a political contract through the Special Autonomy,” he said.

However, he said it is undeniable that the indigenous Papuans are facing social and cultural degradation. He took an example of seven tribes who are the landowners of PT. Freeport Indonesia’s mining area that has no power to voice their rights on gold and copper mine.

“Yet the outsiders talk about it, even though they have no relations at all with the family or the lands or another else,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director of LP3BH Manokwari Yan Christian Warinussy recently said the government need to promptly encourage and promote a thorough evaluation of the implementation of the Special Autonomy policy to see and answer a series of questions over the past ten years.

“The evaluation is aimed to find a policy breakthrough for stakeholders, including the government’s role so that it could thoroughly protect their citizens,” said Warinussi. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor : Pipit Maizier

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Memo NZ: ‘Get on the right side of history’ over West Papua



Vanuatu says New Zealand should get on the right side of history and support West Papuan self-determination. However, reports James Halpin of Asia Pacific Journalism, Indonesian diplomacy with its Pacific allies Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are defiantly undermining Pacific “solidarity” on the issue.

Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu has called on New Zealand to get on the right side of history when it comes to West Papua.

Reaffirming President Salwai’s remarks at the UN General Assembly late last month, Regenvanu told Asia Pacific Report that the “people of Vanuatu have never had the opportunity to exercise their right of self-determination, which is an unalienable right under international law, and they must be given that opportunity”.

Vanuatu was one of three countriesfour less than in 2016 – whose leaders gave UN strong messages in support of West Papuan self-determination.

Independence for Vanuatu was achieved from the co-colonisers France and the United Kingdom in 1980.

West Papua had been a colony of the Dutch New Guinea but was annexed by Indonesia after a paratrooper “invasion” in 1962 followed by a UN-supervised vote in 1969 described by critics as fraudulent.

Asked why Vanuatu has taken the lead in advocating for West Papua, Regenvanu says:

“We take this position because of our historical solidarity with the people of West Papua – we were once together and the struggles as colonies trying to become independent; we achieved ours and we will not forget our brothers-and-sisters-in-arms who have not got theirs.”

Forum failure

For President Salwai and Regenvanu, the recent Pacific Islands Forum was a failure at gaining Pacific support for West Papuan self-determination.

“We are disappointed at the position of Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Australia to vocally oppose self-determination for West Papua. We are pleased that most other countries support self-determination, however.”

Regenvanu also criticises New Zealand for not following the advice that it gives to Pacific Island countries.

New Zealand should, “actively support with actions on this issue the ‘international rules-based order’ it is always promoting to PICs”.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group, which shares an ethnicity with the people of West Papua, has also failed at achieving solidarity over the issue.

“PNG and Fiji have strong ties to Indonesia and work actively to ensure the MSG does not address the issue.”

End colonialism call

President  Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas introduced the issue of West Papua to the UN General Assembly this year.

“For half a century now, the international community has been witnessing a gamut of torture, murder, exploitation, sexual violence, arbitrary detention inflicted on the nationals of West Papua perpetrated by Indonesia.”

“We also call on our counterparts throughout the world to support the legal right of West Papua to self-determination.”

For President Salwai, it is an issue of justice and equality for the people of West Papua,

“I would like to get back to the principles in the charter of the United Nations to reaffirm that we believe in the fundamental rights of human beings in dignity and worth of the human person and in equality of rights between men and women and nations large and small.”

President Salwai has been the flag bearer of West Papuan self-determination. His aim is for West Papua to be placed back onto the decolonisation list under the UN charter.

However, President Salwai was supported by two other Pacific leaders, Marshall Islands’ President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands, and Enele Sopoaga of Tuvalu.

Sopoaga said: “The United Nations must also engage with the people of West Papua to find lasting solutions to their struggles.”

Constructive engagement

President Heine staid that Pacific Island countries supported constructive engagement on the issue.

At the 2016 UN General Assembly, seven countries stated their supported for West Papuan self-determination. These were: Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Palau.

Decolonisation has become an important part of foreign relations in the Pacific with the New Caledonian independence vote on November 4.

After hundreds of years of European colonisation, the UN has provided a platform for and facilitated the self-determination of indigenous peoples across the world.

The Indonesian delegation denounced Vanuatu at the UN General Assembly just days ago. The Indonesia delegation used the entirety of their second right of reply in the general debate to deplore Vanuatu’s support for West Papuan self-determination.

“Although being disguised with flowery human rights concern, Vanuatu’s sole intention and action are directly challenging the internationally agreed principles of friendly relations between state, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” UN General Assembly Vice-President Muhammad Kalla said on behalf of his country.

He said: “Like any other country, Indonesia will firmly defend its territorial integrity.”

The Indonesian representative, Aloysius Taborat, said: “respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity is the cardinal rule in the relation among nations and in the United Nations”.

However, critics say Indonesia’s handling of West Papua’s vote in the 1969Act of Free Choice “was rigged” so that West Papua would vote to join Indonesia. Therefore, many see hypocrisy in Indonesia’s words, including in their reputation over press freedom.

Human rights abuses are a common occurrence in West Papua, according to human rights organisations. Simply raising the West Papuan flag can result in 15-years imprisonment.(*)

James Halpin is a student journalist on the Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies course at AUT. He is filing articles in the Asia-Pacific Journalism Studies paper.

Source: MIL OSI


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Civilians are allegedly among casualties in Tingginambut gunfire



Resort police squad of Tingginambut met one of the tribe leaders last year (illustration) –

Jayapura, Jubi – A human rights worker from the Kingmi Church reported seven people died in a gunfire between a joint Indonesian force of the Law Enforcement Task Force (Satgas Gakkum) with a group of Free Papua Liberation Army (TPN) / OPM) led by Goliat Tabuni in Puncak Jaya District, Papua on Monday morning (1/10/2018).

“Five people killed are civilians, including two children and a pregnant woman. Meanwhile, the other two are TPN/OPM members,” he explained by phone on Saturday (6/10/2018).

Furthermore, he said from the information he received from Tingginambut confirmed that these seven dead victims found around the villagers’ houses. So apparently more victims might be found in the woods as many villagers escaped to the forest during the shooting.

Meanwhile, the Military Information Chief of XVII Cenderawasih Colonel Inf. Muhammad Aidi in the press release confirmed the gunfire in Tingginambut sub-district really happened.

“At around 6:45 am of Papua time, the military task force of 20 soldiers led by the First Lieutenant Inf. Angga conducted a patrol when they saw the Morning Star flag fluttering on the hill in Gubuleme village of Tingginambut sub-district. They then found out that the location was the headquarters of the insurgent group under Golliat Tabuni,” said the colonel.

He further said the military warned the group to surrender, but instead they shot a soldier. Consequently, the 30 minutes gunfire between the army and insurgents unavoidably occurred.

Being oppressed, he said the insurgent group finally retreated behind the hill and ran out to the forest, whereas the soldiers took control on the insurgents’ headquarters. An insurgent was down at the location.

“There were also some evidences found, namely a British-made Lee Enfield long barrel, two digital cameras, a number of TPN / OPM documents, a revolver fire gun, dozens of various caliber ammunition, an air rifle, two cellphones, a series of automatic rifle ammunition, two laptops, and the Morning Star flag, “he said. (*)

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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