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Freeport Shouldn’t Take Any Party on Blaming, Councilor Says

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Freeport activity - Jubi

Freeport activity – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Legislative Council criticized PT Freeport in the on going renegotiation process of contract of work that failed to involve the Papua Provincial Government, some local governments in the mining areas of PT. Freeport and customary people.

Some members of Papua Legislative Council from Electoral Area III including Mimika, Nabire, Intan Jaya, Deiyai, Dogiyai and Paniai said PT Freeport Indonesia and Central Government to never ignoring Papua Provincial Government, local governments in Freeport’s mining operation areas and customary people.

‘These three strengths that are Papua Provincial Government, local governments in the area surrounded Freeport mining areas and customary people should not be involved. If the customary people, provincial government and local governments are not involved, do not blame on them if there’s a problem,” Wihelmus Pigai said on Monday (10/8/2015).

According to him, today is the era of reform. Do not act as if it’s the ear of new order. The customary people should be involved. The interests of Papua Provincial Government, local governments in Freeport’s mining areas should be accommodated in the process of contract negotiation.
“Law on Mineral and Energy Resources No. 4/2004 is a regulation issued in rush without involving the interest of Papua. Therefore the reference is the Special Autonomy Law 2001. It’s true there’s Mineral and Energy Resources Law, but it’s about the natural resources in Papua. So the reference is Special Autonomy Law. The potential of natural resources is in Papua, not in Jakarta, so we should refer to Special Autonomy Law,” he said.

In addition, according to Pigai, the President Decree No.16/2015 about the assessment team of Natural Resources Management for Papua Economic Development should be more specific to cover the natural resources management.
“Economically it would give positive contribution to both provincial and local governments and local community. Currently it’s not give a benefit for Papua,” he said.

On one occasion, the Chairman of Papua Legislative Council Yunus Wonda said the Papua Provincial Government, Mimika Regional Government and related stakeholders including customary people must be involved in the discussion of Freeport’s Contract of Work. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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Women protest the electricity cut off

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Indigenous women traders who barred the road in front of the market due to the electricity cut off by PLN. – Jubi / IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Dozens of indigenous women who are selling local products at the traditional market ‘Pasar Mama-Mama Papua’ blocked the road in front of the market on Friday afternoon (8/10/2018) to protest the National Electricity Company (PLN) for cutting off the electricity at the market for several hours due to late payment for the last four months amounted to Rp 60 million.

The coordinator for the Solidarity for indigenous Papuan traders (Solpap) Franky Warer said it just happened spontaneously because of their disappointment. “The electricity was cut off at around 11.00 Papua time when I was still at home, then someone called me. I then went to the market and called the mayor,” Warer told Jubi by phone on Friday evening (08/10/18).

After that, he said, the Municipal Government agreed to contact the PLN and the electricity in the market turned normal at around 18:00 Papua time.

Meanwhile, the Papuan legislator John NR Gobai commented that relevant parties should pay attention to this matter for not outsizing the traders. “This market is managed under the Trade and Industry Office of Jayapura Municipal Government. So the agency needs to find a solution immediately,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Soedarmo: Papuan Coffee promoted in Boston and Paris

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The atmosphere of Papua Coffee Festival – Jubi / Alexander Loen

Jayapura, Jubi – Acting Papua Governor Soedarmo said Provincial Government is going to promote Papuan coffee to Boston and Paris shortly.

He revealed this agenda to reporters when opened the Papua Coffee Festival held in the parking of Bank Indonesia. Banks, local entrepreneurs and coffee farmers participated in this event.

“So, we are not only promoting Papuan coffee domestically but also abroad. Through our partner, we will participate in a coffee exhibition in Boston, whereas in September, I am going to send a team to participate in the exhibition held at the Eiffel Tower,” said Soedarmo on Friday (08/03/2018) in Jayapura.

According to him, the taste of Papuan coffee is not less delicious compared to coffee from other Indonesian regions or even other countries, because he has compared it with others. “I have met with the former Colombian Ambassador; then we compared Papuan coffee with Colombian coffee. But Papuan coffee is still better,” he said.

In the same place, Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tommy Mano claimed the municipal government is ready to support the provincial government in developing local commodities by promoting the local food in every event held by the municipal government.

“Indeed, we are not growing coffee here in Jayapura Municipality, but we are the biggest coffee connoisseurs,” Mano said. (*)

 

Reporter: Alexander Loen

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Freeport and Indonesian Government are unfair to Papuans

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A meeting between religious, youth and customary leaders and former workers of PT Freeport Indonesia conducted in Jayapura. -Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Coordinator of the United Organization against Violence, Peneas Lokbere, accused the US company-based PT Freeport and the Indonesian Government have been racist to Papuans.

According to him, it reflects from the history of the first contract of work between the company and the Indonesian authority in 1967 to the contract extension in 2018 that excluded the participation of Papuans.

“Papuans never have an idea about the content of the agreement. The Government of Indonesia considered them as second citizens, and this is discrimination,” said Lokbere on Thursday (26/07/2018) in Abepura.

Meanwhile, Samuel Tabuni, the Chairman of Papuan Community Forum on Freeport, said Jakarta (the central government) might be proud of taking over the 51 per cent share of PT Freeport, and the provincial might get a 10% share, but he warned about the indigenous rights.

“Since 1967, the indigenous peoples who have tenure rights of the land have never involved in regulating the ownership of shares in the mining company,” said Tabuni on Wednesday (25/07/2018) in Jayapura. (*)

 

Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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