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Factions Attempt to “Sabotage” Government in Papua, says Councilor

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Demosntration held by Bara NKRI on Abepura - Roy Ratumakin

Demosntration held by Bara NKRI on Abepura – Roy Ratumakin

Jayapura, Jubi – Deputy Chairman of the Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council for Government, Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Orwan Tolli Wone warned of the rise of many civil organizations in Papua recently.

He said those organizations have political interests and were established to counter other organizations seen opposed to the Indonesian government.

He also said there appeared to be an attempt to ‘disrupt’ the government in Papua under the administration of Governor Lukas Enembe and Vice Governor Klemen Tinal.

“I think there is a faction who wants stir up the situation in Papua, looking for attention. It might want to disturb the government in Papua. It was stirred; has political interest. It wasn’t sincere. It has particular motive. The groups might be also established to counter other Papuan struggle organization, such as West Papua National Committee (KNPB),” said Tolli Wone on last weekend.

He said he wouldn’t question it when those organizations were existed for long time but it came lately coincidently with the moment of political year of Papua, ahead to simultaneously Regional Heads Election at municipal and regional levels in 2017 and Governor election in 2018.

“This is Papuan political year. People do not easily be provoked. Keep maintain the unitary and security. There are those who would only create the horizontal conflict among Papuan people,” he said.

If it was to maintain the unitary of the Republic Indonesia and people’s security, the civil organizations were needless. People could do it individually. In addition, the Military and Police are there to ensure the public security and safety as well as the unitary of the Republic of Indonesia.

“Military and Police are to maintain the unitary of the Republic of Indonesia, while those organizations are recently came. It’s different with the existing organizations, although it was opposite to the country, such as KNPB. It has already existed and rooted among the people in the entire regencies/municipalities in Papua,” he said.

However, he added, KNPB was restricted in doing demonstration since it’s considered as illegal and against Pancasila, thought the Indonesian Law admits that every citizens have rights to express their aspiration into public according to the procedure. “There are the Law Number 9/1998 on expressing the aspiration in the public and the Indonesian Police Regulation Number 7/2012 on service procedure in securing of freedom expression in the public. The regulations are clear but violated for long time. Meanwhile other organizations were permitted. It is discrimination,” he added.

Meanwhile the Commission I member Laurenzus Kadepa said some particular fractions might want to create the conflict situation in Papua on purpose. “There are certain culprits attempting to create conflict among the people. It is not only between Papuans and non-Papuans but also between the indigenous Papuans,” told Kadepa. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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Five civilians in Timika have reportedly been arrested , says ULMWP

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Jayapura, Jubi – Five civilians in Timika have reportedly been arrested by the newly reactivated military counter-terrorism unit for “aspiring” to West Papuan independence.

“At 10pm on Saturday June 9, Orpa Wanjomal (40) and his stepchild Polce Sugumol (31) were arrested at their home in the SP 2 [housing unit] in Timika,” United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) spokesperson Jakob Rumbiak said yesterday.

“Five hours later, at 3am in the morning, on Sunday June 10, Titus Kwalik was arrested at the SP 10.

“At the same time Julianus Dekme (31) and Alosius Ogolmagai (49) were arrested at Julianus’ house at the SP 6. The five civilians were arrested for aspiring to Papuan independence.”

Rumbiak said that the Joint Special Operations Command (Koopssusgab) was involved in the arrests. The Koopssusgab is a joint military counter-terrorism unit, which was recently reactivated in concert with revisions to the Anti-Terrorism Law, and is under the direct authority of Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

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The commando unit, according to House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I chairperson Abdul Kharis Almasyhari, was formed to assist in dealing with terrorism under certain conditions if the national police request assistance.

According to Almasyhari, under the revisions to the 2003 Anti-Terrorism Law, which were enacted on May 25, there are additional regulations which make it more comprehensive, including the possibility of involving the TNI (Indonesian military) under certain conditions.

“However the Koopssusgab apparently can’t be formed yet because they don’t have a core budget yet,” said Almasyhari.

Nevertheless, the ULMWP is sure that the arrests were carried out by Koopssusgab.

“The use of the special military anti-terrorist force against West Papuan civilians is irresponsible and morally wrong”, said Rumbiak.

The West Papuan people were not terrorists, and had never carried out terrorist acts, unlike Indonesian terrorists or extremists.

The West Papuan people’s right to self-determination is guaranteed under the Indonesian Constitution, the United Nations Human Rights Charter, UN General Assembly Resolution 1514 (1960), the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights (2007) and UN General Assembly Resolution 1752 Chapters XVII and XII.

Tabloid Jubi has attempted to contact Mimika District Police Chief Assistant Superintendent Agung Marlianto via WhatsApp for clarification of the alleged arrests. As of posting this article however, Marlianto has not responded.

Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.

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Literacy learning at the University of Cenderawasih

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Elementary school children when visiting a literacy stall in the auditorium of Uncen- Jubi/David Sobolim

Jayapura, Jubi – To introduce the importance of literacy to pupils and college students in Papua, Yayasan Nusantara Sejati in cooperation with the Australian Government, UNICEF Papua and Papua Provincial Education Office and Jayapura Regional Education Office open a literacy stall in a parking lot of the auditorium of the University of Cenderawasih (Uncen) Abepura.

Arlenia Sitepesi, the Chairman Committee of Yayasan Nusantara Sejati, told Jubi on Thursday (7/6/2018) that the exhibition involved twenty schools and five replication schools from the city and district of Jayapura.

“We invite the nearby schools, such as from Abepura, Kotaraja and surrounding areas to participate in the various competitions held.”

The Secretary of Papua Provincial Education Office Protasius Lobya said this literacy program has gained a national recognation and would apply throughout of Indonesia.

Therefore, Papua should be proud of it. “We must support the Papuan context in literacy because it has included in the Special Regulation No. 3 and the Papua Governor’s Regulation No. 23. Budget on education in Papua is very high, so we should support it.” (*)

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua’s legislator: Free from rubella and measles shouldn’t be a media campaign only

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Vice-Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau. – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – The Vice Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau warned the provincial government not set a goal for Papuan children to be free from rubella and measles only on media.

She further said it is difficult to actualise this goal if the access to health services including the regular immunisation program has not been optimal since it has not reached remote areas yet.

“There is a query that should be answered immediately before the government’s commitment to free a million of children from the threat of rubella and measles,” said Duwitau on Thursday (7/6/2018).

Furthermore, she said if the Papua Provincial Government really committed to this goal, they should optimise the health services including the regular immunisation program by developing the local health facilities.

Meanwhile, the Head of Papua’s Health Office Aloysius Giyai admitted that this province still has a problem with the regular immunisation program. The participation rate is below 80 per cent in most districts, which is under the national target.

“Even in some districts with high participation rate, the Universal Child Immunisation (UCI) rate is also below 80 per cent,” said Giyai. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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