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Filep Karma : I would Still Keep the Struggle on Human Rights Peacefully

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Filep Karma (right) while give press statement - IST

Filep Karma (right) while give press statement – IST

Jayapura, November 30th, 2015,

Greetings to all my brothers! Greetings from my heart!

On Thursday, November 19th 2015, I, Filep Jacob Semuel Karma, had been forcibly expelled from Abepura Prison. It all began on Wednesday, November 18th 2015 at 13:00 – 14:30 of local time, when I was under psychological pressure and not given opportunity talking to my lawyer. I only had an hour to think before Johan Jarangga (Department of Corrections Chief of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Papua Region), Bagus Kurniawan (Abepura Prison Chief) and some other prison officials.

Chronology of Wednesday, November 18th 2015, 13:00 – 14:30 PM
– I was called by Hanafi, the Development and Education Section Head of Abepura Prison, through his staff Irianto Pakombong.
– In his office, witnessed by Irianto Pakombong, Hanafi read a letter which he said it was issued by the Directorate General of Correctional Department of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights enclosed the list of recipients of the Decennial Remission, including me, Filep Karma who obtained three months remission.
– Then, Johan Jarangga, Bagus Kurniawan and the staffs of Abepura Prison and Department of Corrections Papua Region entered to Hanafi’s office.
– They pushed me to leave the prison on the same day; an hour immediately after the letter had been read.
– Following the release, I have not received any copy of letter mentioned earlier–issued by the Directorate General of Correctional Department of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights. Even I never had opportunity to see or read it. So, until today, I doubt the Decree that was said a reference of my release from Abepura Prison. In 2005, I also never received the Decree issued by the Indonesian Supreme Court. I just had a facsimile copy that was unclear and extremely dubious to be used as reference over my detention.
– I have complained and considered it as an inhuman treatment over me, since I was only given a day before forcibly expelled from Abepura Prison on November 19th, 2015.

The process of my exemption was very brutal, even for animals that are in captivity, may need some time to adapt before being released into the wild. I had been imprisoned for eleven years, but I have not been given the time to adapt. Am I, a Papuan, was nothing more valuable than an animal?

Herewith I reiterate my statements as follows:
1. I still refer to my letter dated 15 August 2015 about my rejection of all remission since I was still in prison last year until today.

2. I was forced to go to jail under an unclear degree and now forced to be out with similar treatment. The Racist Colonial Government of Indonesia has sought to destroy my credibility in many ways for the sake of their image and authority.

3. State apparatus’ behavior in Papua is a reflection of government and state’s conduct. Arbitrary detention, murders and mistreatments over the people of Papua for 54 years, the murder of those accused as members of Indonesian Communist Party, Talangsari Case, Tanjung Priok Case, the murder of Munir, Marsinah and Lapindo Case indicates the Government of Indonesia is a cruel and uncivilized government against the people of its colony and even its own people.

4. My current status, released from prison, wasn’t the result of a good will or good policy of the Racist Colonial Government of Indonesia as stated by Paulus Waterpauw, Papua Police Chief whom I consider as an invader’s servant in the Land of Papua. My freedom is materialized because of the international pressures against the racist government of Indonesia that continue to commit crimes against humanity and human rights violations against it colony’s people and against its own people.

As law enforcement officer, Mr. Paulus Waterpauw is better doing his responsibility to arrest both the unidentified people (OTK) and military personnel who continuosly kill Papuans rather than dealing with what I believe about the Papua liberation ideology. This ideology would never die!

On December 8th, 2014, dozens of people were shot in Enarotali when asking about the torture against two boys perpetrated by military personnel. Then, on last July, military personnel at Ugapuga, Dogiyai, killed a junior high school student Yoteni Agapa while Melianus Mote was wounded in his arm by bayonet. And the next, on July 17th, 2015, Endi Wanimbo (15) was shot dead and dozens of people were wounded in the Eid-Al-Fitr incident occurred in Tolikara. Most of victims are school age children. In the early of August, six Mobile Brigade personnel attacked a boy causing his death. He was tortured before being shot dead. Meanwhile a shooting incident was also occurred at Koperakopa, Timika at the end of August that killed two young men, Herman Mairimau and Yulianus Okoware and injured five others. Then another shooting was happened at Gorong-Gorong, Timika that killed Kaleb Bagau and wounded Fernando Saborefek.

The ten Papuan boys who were shot dead within the last 10 months were actually should gained serius attention from Mr. Paulus Waterpauw.

5. I have never been afraid and retreat from prison sentence for the sake of the vision of liberation and independence of the nation and my country, West Papua.

6. At the moment, I am still in a period of adaptation and recovery proces after being expelled from Abepura Prison. In the near future, I will conduct a medical check-up to examine my physical condition. But I would still keep the struggle on human rights and the right to freedom of expression peacefully.

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the press colleagues, and anyone any where who have shown Solidarity. I believe, what happened today, apart from the Power of God, can only happen because of their good attention and collaboration.
MOVE FORWARD, KEEP STRUGGLE, TAKE IT, FREEDOM AND LONG LIVE MY PEOPLE, WEST PAPUA.

Filep Jacob Semuel Karma

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Journalist turns tales of undercover Papuan reporting into love novel

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Aprila Wayar poses with her latest novel Sentuh Papua which chronicles a Dutch journalist’s undercover reporting of Papua and is based on actual events – Bambang Muryanto/Jakarta Post

By Bambang Muryanto

A Dutch freelance journalist, Rohan (a pen name), had been interested in the political turmoil in Papua for years. In 2015, his application for a journalistic visa was denied. The 32-year-old then decided to embark on an undercover reporting assignment in the country’s easternmost province.

For 153 days, he observed the way local people lived, met with leaders of the pro-independence Free Papua Movement (OPM) in the jungle, enjoyed the beauty of Papua’s nature and met Aprila Russiana Amelia Wayar, or Emil, a local journalist who later became his girlfriend.

It was Emil who wrote about Rohan’s adventures in Papua and their love story in the novel Sentuh Papua, 1500 Miles, 153 Hari, Satu Cinta (Touch Papua, 1500 Miles, 153 Days, One Love).

In the novel, Rohan’s character said foreign media agencies in Jakarta refused to publish his report on Papua, worrying that the government would revoke the visas of their Jakarta correspondents.

Emil recently launched her 374-page novel in a discussion forum organised by the Alliance of Independent Journalists’ (AJI) Yogyakarta chapter and the Yogyakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH).

Emil has been in Yogyakarta since early this year to publish the book. She chose Yogyakarta because she had spent time there as a student at Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW).

The 38-year-old author said she initially intended to write a journalistic piece that was rich in data and interviews. She used the character of Rohan to describe the lack of press freedom in Papua, human rights violations in the province and challenges to OPM’s quest for self-determination.

‘Easier to understand’

“I then chose [to write a] novel to make it easier for Papuans and Indonesians to understand the [province’s] issues,” she said.

Through the book, Emil, who used to work for independent media platform Tabloid Jubi, was determined to represent the other side of Papua’s story vis-a-vis mainstream reporting on the province, which she deemed mostly biased.

She said many journalists covering cases of human rights abuses in Papua only interviewed security personnel and neglected the victims.

“Journalists writing about Papua have to cover both sides,” she said.

However, she realised both the challenge and risks that come with reporting Papua as a journalist, as she herself often received threats and harassment while doing her job.

In her book, the characters Rohan and Amelia, who is based on herself, are chased by a group of people armed with machetes.

According to Reporters Sans Frontier’s (RSF) latest World Press Freedom Index, Indonesia ranks 124th out of 180 countries – the same position as last year.

Open access promise

The Paris-based group highlighted the restriction of media access to Papua and West Papua as a factor that has kept Southeast Asia’s largest democracy at the bottom of the list.

The condition prevails despite President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s campaign promises to open access to Papua for foreign journalists.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Press Council categorised Papua and West Papua as “medium/relatively free” in its 2017 press freedom index.

Yogyakarta-based lawyer Emmanuel Gobay said Emil’s book, despite being published as fiction, was a good reference for those who want to understand Papua from both the local and professional perspective.

“This novel reflects the state of press freedom in Papua,” he said.

The novel, which Emil wrote in eight months, is her third after Mawar Hitam Tanpa Akar (Black Rose Without Its Stem) and Dua Perempuan (Two Women), both of which told stories about social issues in Papua.

Emil was the first indigenous Papuan novelist invited to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) in Bali in 2012. She plans to write a fourth book in the Netherlands, where she is currently undergoing medical treatment for a heart condition. (*)

Bambang Muryanto is a Jakarta Post journalist and an Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) advocate.

 

Source: asiapacificreport.nz

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MRP urges the Police investigating Goo’s shooting

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An illustration of Dogiyai residents staged action to reject all acts of violence in Dogiyai DPRD Office- Jubi / Abeth You

Paniai, Jubi – The Papuan People’s Assembly urged the Papua Police Chief to investigate the shooting over a resident Geri Goo in Moanemani that was allegedly committed by the police member from the Kamuu Sector.

“The shooting incidents happened repeatedly. Legal action clearly should be held. Therefore we ask the Papua Police Chief to investigate this case thoroughly,” said an assembly member of Religious Division Niko Degey to Jubi on Friday (4/5/2018).

He claimed these unceasing shooting incidents indicate that as law enforcement, the Police never change their mindset and paradigm. Degey, who is also the coordinator of SKKI GKI Kingmi of Paniai District, asked the Police for not only investigating who the perpetrators are but the intellectual actors as well, including the police commanders at Moanemani Police Sector and Nabire Police Department.

“This investigation will become evident to the public that even the police are not immune from the law. It is also to respect the victim’s family in Dogiyai,” he said.

Meanwhile, Papuan legislator Laurenzus Kadep also urged the police to investigate this case immediately. Kadepa, who is a member of Law and Human Rights Division, said he expects the victim Geri Goo to not experiencing the same situation as other violation victims in Papua that is the case has never resolved.

“The police must investigate it immediately and reveal who the perpetrator is and conduct a legal process,” said Kadepa. (*)

 

Reporter: Abeth You

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Solomons delegation to Indonesia sought balance

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Solomon Islanders have displayed strong support for West Papuans, including in this 2015 march through the streets of Honiara in support of a West Papuan bid to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group – Photo: Supplied

Solomon, Jubi – A Solomon Islands civil society worker says a delegation from his country which visited Indonesia sought a balanced view on West Papua human rights issues.

 

Wilfred Luiramo was one of several civil society people selected by the government to visit Indonesia, including West Papua and Papua provinces, last week.

 

Mr Luiramo said he wasn’t travelling on behalf of the group Forum Solomon Islands International, which he is chairman of, but rather as an individual civil society worker.

He said the Solomons government of Rick Hou was seeking a balanced approach on human rights in Papua region.

“Our relationship with Indonesia must be built and the human rights issue in West Papua must not be forgotten. It has to be part of the document. And generally, looking through it, Solomon Islands as a Melanesian country, and the West Papuan issue is very sensitive to us, we still feel that more can be done,” said Wilfred Luiramo.

Wilfred Luiramo said the approach on Papua being taken by Mr Hou’s leadership was different to that of the previous leadership of Manasseh Sogavare.

Of the rights situation, he said Papuans had different views on the issue of human rights abuses.

“Some propose that these things happen. Some say that these things happened previously, in the past,” he explained.

“So we have been collecting different views from them. All of them are not having the same view, but the issue remains that we try to make a balanced document out of all the informations we get.

Mr Luiramo said delegation members were yet to finalise their reports on the information garnered from the visit.

“We met with even the military generals, the governors and the CSO (civil society organisation) people, and tried to ask them what is their view… we keep trying to get a balance on it.”

He noted that some people saw the rights situation in Papua as having improved.

“Because Indonesia as a country is just coming to democracy in 1998, full democracy. Previously it was military-controlled.

“So they said there are improvements over time, and even some of the leaders told us, one of the common sayings, that ‘we are not a perfect country’ which is true.

“They are changing over time, and even some of the indigenous say that there are improvements within the human rights issue,” Mr Luiramo said, adding that some Papuans conveyed that they wanted independence from Indonesia. (*)

 

Source: radionz.co

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