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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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Activists hold a long march in Manokwari to commemorate 17 years of Wasior human rights violation 

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Caption: Demonstration of 17 years of Wasior Case – Jubi / Doc

Manokwari Jubi – Dozens of human rights activists, the families of victims, and human rights partisans held a protest to commemorate human right violation in Wasior 2011 by holding a long march in Manokwari on Thursday (13/05/2018).

Masses started to walk from the Information Office in Sanggeng to LP3BH Office in Fanindi to submit a legal complaint file to the LP3BH Director, Yan Christian Warinussy.

The Chairman of the Council of Indonesian Trade Union (GSBI) West Papua, Yohanes Akwan, in a press release declared that up to 17 years of Wasior Case occurred, the state remains to neglect the incident that occurred in 2001. 

We submit our aspirations officially as well as a request to LP3BH to continue to voice the cases of human rights violations in Papua to the international community,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the LP3BH Director Yan Christian Warinussy said this complaint was part of the respect towards the human rights. “This is a part of human rights enforcement, as well as a responsibility of human rights defender to accept this complaint.

The Indonesian Human Rights Commission once investigated the Case of Wasior in 2003, but the case closed at the level of investigation. At that time, Warinussy was a member of Wasior Human Rights Investigation. (*)

 

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Gerri Goo’s case will be raised at UNHRC by the Asian Legal Resource Centre

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Gerri Goo in hospital – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) regarding the situation of extrajudicial executions (summary executions) in Indonesia.

As wrote in ALRC’s press statement to Jubi on Wednesday (30/5/2018), despite being a state party to key international human rights treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and the International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Indonesia has yet to fully recognize the right to life and protection for all people from summary execution.

The right to life is also enshrined in the Indonesian Constitution (UUD 1945) and Law No. 39 of 1999 on Human Rights. The enforcement of such laws however, is Indonesia’s failing. In fact, law enforcement agencies and security forces in Indonesia are themselves guilty of summary executions. The ALRC’s sister organization, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is documented the case of Gerri Goo, an indigenous Papuan who died after being shot by law enforcement agencies in Moanemani, Degiyai regency. Gerri was shot during a joint sweeping operation by the Moanemani police officers and the police mobile brigade (Brimob). Gerri was hospitalized for 33 days, and he finally passed away on 9 May 2018.

In the past, particular under the regime of Suharto, summary executions occurred massively, and remains unpunished until present. Thousands, perhaps even one million people have been victims of summary execution during the 1965-1966 massacre, the mysterious shooting (Penembakan Misterius – Petrus) of 1981-1983, the Tanjung Priok case of 1984, the Talangsari case of 1989, the military operation and emergency period in Aceh from 1989-1998 and 2003, the 1998 May tragedy, the student shooting in Trisakti and Semanggi in 1998-1999, the case of Wasior and Wamena Papua 2001 and 2003, and various cases occurring in Papua, such as the cases of Puncak Jaya 1977-1978, as well as the Abepura case of 2000. Despite the Abepura case being prosecuted in the Makassar district court in 2005, the court failed to find evidence and finally released all the perpetrators. The government has also failed to address various recent cases of summary executions, such as the Paniai case, and the brutal attack and murder of Vijay Pauspaus in Sanggeng Manokwari Barat.

The recurrence of extrajudicial executions in Indonesia is largely due to the impunity enjoyed by the offenders, especially if they are part of the police or military institutions. For instance in the death of La Gode, the Sula Police Station prefers to internally discipline the police officers who had illegally arrested and transferred La Gode to the Military Post of Task Force (Satgas) 732/Buana. The internal ethic mechanism conducted on 31 March 2018 at the Sula Police Station ruled that:

  1. Police Chief Brigadier Zaenuddin Ahmad was to get 21 days detention, one year suspension of rank, promotion and educational training.
    2. Police Brigadier Harifin Idu was to get 21 days detention, two years suspension of rank, promotion, annulment of his current position in Police Administration and one year suspension of his regular salary.
    3. Police Brigadier Mardin was to be punished with 21 days detention with six months suspension of educational training.

Extrajudicial execution committed by the police is also caused due to the lack of commitment by the government to implement internal police regulations on human rights. The Internal Police Regulation No. 8 of 2009 on the Implementation of Human Rights Principles and Standards in the Discharge of Duties of the Indonesian National Police, and the Standard Operational Procedures like the SOP No 1/X/ 2010 on Countermeasures on Anarchy, and SOP No 14 of 2012 on the Investigation Management of Crimes have all remained on paper thus far.

In view of the above situation, the ALRC requests the UN Human Rights Council to undertake studies to assess the root causes of extrajudicial executions in Indonesia. The Council should not merely work with the Indonesian government, but should also work and support the Indonesian civil society at large in dealing with recurrence and massive extrajudicial executions in Indonesia.

The Council should put pressures on the government of Indonesia so that the State officially invites and cooperates with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions. (*)

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Shift in Solomon Islands government’s view on Papua

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Solomon, Jubi – A leading foreign affairs official from the Solomon Islands government says it’s now seeing a balanced picture on Indonesia’s Papua region.

The government is consulting with the provinces as it formulates an official position on West Papuan human rights and self-determination issues.

Consultations follow a visit by a Solomons government-led delegation to Indonesia’s provinces of Papua and West Papua at the invitation of Jakarta.

The Solomons’ Special Secretary on Foreign Relations, Rence Sore, was one of the government officials in the delegation.

He said the visit was aimed at achieving a balanced picture of what’s going on in Papua.

“Before we went we had been listening to the other side of the story. And the story we heard, we were always hearing at that time, was there’s always human rights abuse, there’s always fighting for independence, someone is being killed and all that. It’s one-sided, all one-sided.”

Rence Sore said that when they went to Papua region, the story was entirely different.

He said that for now the government had yet to decide on its official position regarding West Papua and Papua provinces.

“We’re trying to give the government a good picture. Both sides of the coin we have to tell the government, and the government independently makes that policy decision.”

The delegation’s visit and resulting report were indications that the Solomon Islands government, under prime minister Rick Hou, was approaching a different stand on 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.

The Liberation Movement, which Indonesia’s government opposes, last month voiced disappointment that it wasn’t notified by Solomon Islands about the delegation’s visit.

Mr Sore, who said his government consulted with Indonesian authorities for the visit, noted the Liberation Movement’s strong connections with civil society organisations in Solomon Islands.

“And to some extent, that strong connection also was with the previous Solomon Islands leadership, government, prime minister.

“We went (to Indonesia) with authorisation from the current prime minister, and official authorities were notified.

However Mr Sore would not be drawn on whether the Hou-led government had shifted position on Papua.

“That decision is not yet formal. It depends entirely on the report. We did a report when we came back, and we are still doing the consultations on the policy. That policy will go through the government cabinet.” (*)

 

Source: radionz.co

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