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Filep Karma : I Reject Sentence Cut and Only Consider 1 Desember as Independence Day

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Filep Karma while signed a leter for Coordinator Minister of Politics, Law and Security - Jubi

Filep Karma while signed a leter for Coordinator Minister of Politics, Law and Security – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – “I, Filep Karma, refuse an offer of a remission of my detention on the anniversary of Independence Day of 17 August. I consider only 1 December as my independence day, that is the independence day of West Papua,” Papua political prisoner Filep Karma told Jubi on Friday (14/8/2015).

Karma have been serving his 15-year jail term since 2000 for raising the morning flag star at Cenderawasih University.

He said he would only accept an offer of unconditional release.
“If I was granted unconditional release, I would be glad to walk free out of Abepura Prison on next 18 August,” Karma said. He believes he did nothing wrong or committed a crime when raising the morning star flag.

So, he keep insisting to continue the campaign on the independence of West Papua, though he was release someday.

Jubi notice that Filep Karma always refused an offer of remission from the Indonesian Government. In 2008, he turned down an offer of remission though the former Division Head of Law and Human Right Department of Papua Province Demianus Rumbiak recommended two political prisoners Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage who attracted attention from the US Congress at that time to be released. He also rejected remission offered by government in the following years. He keep insist to refuse the offer though the government said it’s an obligation of State. According to him, remission is given for a guilty person as a mercy for good behaved during the time in prison. “Well, I never felt being guilty for what I’ve been done, but I got a sentence,” last year he said after rejecting the government’s offer.

And the last, he refused exemption offered by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in last May. At that time, the President Widodo offered him a pardon along with some political prisoners, but at the end only five political prisoners took the offer.

On the other hand, the Division Head of Law and Human Rights Ministry of Papua Province, Abner Banosro, said his office has program of remission towards all prisoners in the entire Papua prisons that given at the time of 70th anniversary of Indonesian Independence Day and a Decade Remission that given every 10 years.
“So, total of both prisoners and children prisoners who’ve been released after getting remission in the 70th anniversary of Indonesian Independence Day and Decade remission are 45 people, including Filep Karma,” he said.

In response this, Filep Karma stated he is political man, so he refused being adjusted as criminal through the granting of remission, pardon or amnesty. “An offer of remission, conditional release, pardon or amnesty indicates none of good intention by the Government of Indonesia in resolving the political issue in Papua, but only to avoid the international political pressure against the Papuan issue and to create a good image of the Indonesian Government in the international community,” said Filep Karma.

According to him, the Indonesian Government should be aware of being made a mistake over his detention. If he was granted an unconditional release, the government also must rehabilitate his name. “It’s also applied to other political prisoners of Free Papua Movement and the Republic of South Maluku who currently are still in Indonesian prisons and custodies as well as those who are listed in the Wanted List,” he said. (Victor Mambor/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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