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Eight Abepura Prisoners Obtain Decennial Remission

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Filep Jacob Samuel Karma who’s sentenced for 15 years to peacefully stand for Papua independence - Jubi

Filep Jacob Samuel Karma who’s sentenced for 15 years to peacefully stand for Papua independence – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Eight prisoners of Abepura Prison, Papua, were granted sentence cuts given every 10 years under Indonesian Law. Prisoners who obtained remission are those who previously given the general and special such as in public holiday.

The current decennial remission was applied in 2015, which was given to eight prisoners including the prominent Papua’s political prisoner Filep Jacob Samuel Karma who’s sentenced for 15 years to peacefully stand for Papua independence.

Karma once refused both general and decennial remission offered by the government. He planned to pursue his fifteen years ‘contract’ at the Abepura Prison until 2019, though finally he was ‘forced’ out on 19 November 2015.

The Head of The Prisoners Division of the Law and Human Rights Ministry of Papua Region, Johan Yarangga said the decennial remission is merely given once every ten years to the prisoners who have undergone a minimum of six months of detentions and considered a good behavior. The remission is given to all types of prisoners, both criminal and political prisoners and to those who have obtained a general or special remission.

Further, Yarangga who’s former Abepura Prison Chief said of eight prisoners given the remission, only Filep Karma is directly released while the seven prisoners still undergo their remaining detention period. “Except Filep Karma, seven prisoners are still in jail to undergo their remaining detention period,” he said.

The decennial remission is referring to the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Right’s Decree No: W.30-300-PK.01.01.02 Year 2015 dated 15 October 2015 of Law and Human Rights Regional Papua Office. The Ministry Official Abner Banosro on behalf the Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights Affairs signed the decree. Yarangga said the eight prisoners are consisting of seven regular prisoners and a political prisoner.

They are Agus Risdiyanto with a month and 15 days remission; Ir. Ahkmad Yusmam MM (2 months); Aloysius Leonard Fanghoy SE (2 months); Asmar Hamza Batjo (3 months); Musrifah SE (2 months); Oktovianus Karet SE (2 months); Amirudin Bedu (1 month, 15 days), political prisoner Drs. Filep J. Samuel Karma with three months remission.

Karma’s Attorney Olga Hamadi said the decennial remission is a prisoner’s right including her client. Though her client refused the offer, she revealed her client didn’t get the same right like other prisoners. “His rights as prisoner to get meals, health service, and so on was gone. And other prisoner will also occupy his jail. He certainly should get out, getting remission is his right,” said Hamadi.

Earlier, Karma refused the remission from the Indonesian Government including the decennial remission. According to him, for the security reason, he preferred to stay in jail rather to become a free man, which he considers more risk. Karma told Jubi at the time before his release on last week ,” This remission gives no different as if escaping from the small jail to the big one. The Indonesian jail, the imperialist jail.” (Yuliana Lantipo/rom)

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya

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Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)

 


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination

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KNPB and Gempar Papua activists at the Secretariat of Central KNPB. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB) held a limited discussion to support FKLNS (Organization of the Liberation Struggle of the Kanaky Tribe in New Caledonia) which has been well received by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to conduct a referendum in November 2018.

The First Chairman of Central KNPB Agus Kosay said it’s time for Kanaky to get self-determination from French colonialism.

“Kanaky must declare their self-determination. If Kanaky gets their independence, it would be able to give their support to West Papua because we share the same situation, which lives under the colonialism,” he said on Wednesday (08/12/2018) in Jayapura.

Meanwhile a member of Gempar (Papuan Youth and Student Movement) Nelius Wenda said as a nation oppressed by Indonesia, West Papua fully supports the referendum agenda of New Caledonia.

“Kanaky must determine their destiny. It must be far better than being under the French colonialism. In the future we Papuans are just like Kanaky,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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In Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo

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Papuan students and youth are arrested by the police on Tuesday (4/9/2018) in a rally to support Vanuatu to bring up the issue of West Papua in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). – Jubi / Doc.

Jayapura, Jubi – The current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo is considered to be no different from Prabowo in Human Rights violations in Papua.

If Prabowo recognised as a perpetrator of human rights violations in Papua, Widodo considered allowing violent conflicts and human rights violations in Papua to continue. Now both will compete in the Indonesian presidential election 2019.

“For us from Mimika District, Jokowi is no different from Prabowo. Why? If Prabowo is a perpetrator of human rights violation in Papua, the current president Jokowi knows about these violations but let it happened repeatedly,” said Odizeus Beanal, the Director of Amungme Tribal Society (Lemasa) told Jubi on Tuesday (11/9/2018) while mentioning some cases of human rights violations occurred in Paniai, Timika, Ndugama and other regions.

Today the allegations of human rights violations in Papua still continue. Some violent incidents against civilians that resulted in casualties and arrests of random people still occur under the current administration.

The Amnesty International Indonesia has recorded 38 cases of extrajudicial killings from 2014 to mid-2018 that confirmed 51 victims. This report launched in mid-July 2018.

Government efforts and victims rejection

The Indonesian government through the Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security has formed an integrated team whose task to collect data and information, make analyses and report to the president. The team who consist of 39 members from Papua and Jakarta established in May 2018 as an integrated team to resolve cases of alleged human right violations in Papua. However, it obtained rejection from many Papuans to consider them as not neutral.

“It is impossible to accept those who suspected as perpetrators to become referees. Furthermore, we know this team facilitated by the Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security who has a military background. From the beginning, the Police has supported this team. So how could we believe them?” said Peneas Lokbere, the Coordinator of United for Truth (BUK).

According to Lokbere, who continuously are accompanying victims of Papuan human rights violations, the team only maintained the strategy of former minister Wiranto who at that time suggested that the alleged human rights violations in Papua resolved through the customary law.

Moreover, he said until now there are hundreds of victims of human rights violations in Papua who still fight for justice. For instance, the family of victims of the Bloody Paniai incident of December 8th, 2014. The number of victims might be up to thousands because these alleged human rights violations have occurred since Indonesia annexed Papua in the 60s.

“Jokowi once expressed in front of five thousand more Papuans at Mandala Stadium in Jayapura that he would immediately resolve the Bloody Paniai case. But it was only a promise, “said Tinus Pigai, a relative of Apinus Gobai who was the victim of the incident at Karel Gobai Square, Paniai.

According to him, Jokowi’s visits to Papua were in vain, because he had not been able to fulfil his promise to resolve the Bloody Paniai case. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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