Jayapura, Jubi – Government of Papua is going to take legal action against PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), the copper and gold mining unless the company pays Surface Water taxes, an official said.
“We are ready to take legal action against PT Freeport Indonesia, if it does not comply with Regulation Tax Act No. 28 of 2009 on Regional Taxes and Levies Regional, and Local Regulation of Papua,” head of Department of Revenue of Papua Ridwan Rumasukun told journalists in Jayapura, Papua on Wednesday (03/18/2015).
He said all this time Freeport Indonesia only pays Surface Water tax based on an MoU which stipulates a small rate and is not based on the law and regulation. According to the rules and regulation of Papua, PT. Freeport must pay provincial government Rp. 435 billion per year.
If PT.Freeport has objection to that, it can apply for a waiver and, if approved, has to pay 50 percent of the total owed to the government.
“Well, Freeport needs to settle the tax from 2011 until 2014 and it clearly must be based on the regulation and not on the MoU,” he said.
He added that earlier Papua Provincial Government is also working with the High Court of Papua as the State Attorney for this case, but before the government has delivered an objection letter to the PT. Freeport.
“Governor of Papua through the Second Assistant Regional Secretary of Papua, has given some inputs on this case. If they are not paying the tax, we are ready to bring to the court it,”Rumasukun added.
Director General of Regional Finance Ministry of Home Affairs Reydonnizar Moenek said, it would facilitate meetings between Provincial Government and Management of PT. Freeport Indonesia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs already has data about surface water tax. (Alexander Loen/Tina)
Police declare completion of Skrzypski’s trial documents
Jayapura, Jubi – Relevant documents of 30-year-old-Polish Jakup Febian Skrzypski (JFS) who arrested by a joint team from Papua Regional Police and Jayawijaya Regional Police at a hotel in Wamena City, Jayawijaya Regency, a few months ago due to an allegation associated with an insurgent group are already complete.
Public Relations Chief of Papua Police Senior Commissionaire A.M. Kamal said the prosecutor office confirmed the completion of these relevant documents. Therefore, the investigators from the Directorate of Crime of Papua Police will handover both the suspect and pieces of evidence to Wamena District Attorney for further process.
“Regarding this case, the investigators from the Directorate of Crime of Papua Police have questioned four witnesses,” said Kamal on Friday (10/19/2018).
Skrzypski is charging against Article 106 of the Criminal Code concerning State’s treason that makes him possible to take life imprisonment or twenty years in jail. “While other suspects YS and SM are still being investigated,” he said.
Earlier last month, the Head of Papua Representative Office of Human Rights Commission Frits Ramandey confirmed that the suspect Skrzypski was physically in good condition in the prison of Papua Regional Police.
“Even though he is fine physically, and as a prisoner, he has his right, but I think he is psychologically stressed,” Ramandey said at the time. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Dekai gradually recovers, actors allegedly take advantages of clash situation
Jayapura, Jubi – Security situation in Dekai, the capital city of Yahukimo District, is getting recovered gradually. However, public activities in this town still not running well after the dispute involving residents a few days ago. Streets and the centre of the crowd are reportedly abandoned.
Ramandey: International mechanisms can help to settle Papuan past human violations
Jayapura, Jubi – Head of Papua Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) representative office, Frits Ramandey said that it is possible for human rights issues in Papua to be solved based on international mechanisms.
However, he said, as long as national mechanism is working, international mechanisms must respect and should not interven the process.
“But the intervention is very likely to happen in various international forums, for example some countries give their view of human rights issues in Indonesia, especially Papua in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) forum,” Frits told Jubi on Monday (December 8).
According to him, that was an example of international mechanism, and possible political intervention in such forum is unavoidable. Besides, both victims and other parties need the support of international mechanisms.
“For example, in 2017 some people referred to Papua journalists report in the media, for example, Jubi was a reference for various countries, especially embassies, such as Franciscan report, which provide basis for intervention, (in this way) the international mechanism is very possible.”
Furthermore, Frits said that periodical report from National Human Rights Commission (KOMNAS HAM) on human rights development and enforcement in Indonesia can be a fresh reminder for Indonesia has ratified several international instruments.
Related to the Paniai case, he hopes that the newly appointed TNI Commander will give TNI members a chance to be questioned.
“KOMNAS HAM Adhoc team needs to ask for information related to TNI involvement (in the case). If they fail to cooperate with Komnas HAM official letters such as the police, the credibility of TNI institutions will be ruin, as Indonesia is included in international human rights mechanism,” he said.
Previously Papuan legislator John NR Gobai said he supports international mechanism used for Papua human rights settlement. According to him, so far the central government has been acting indifferent.
“But the question is whether Indonesia government would gives permission or is willing, because international mechanism need government need support to be implemented,” said Gobai.
He said, it is possible to solve the problem of Papuan human rights with international mechanism but it is still rely on Indonesian government cooperation.
Governor regulation on Papua human rights
Related to the provincial mechanisms to settle past human rights cases, Frits Ramandey said that Papua’s governor regulation regarding human rights has not been realized. It is still stumbles in Legal Bureau of Papua Province.
Papuan governor, Lukas Enembe, according to Frits is committed to the regulation. He even had assigned Assistant I, Doren Wakerkwa (to be incharge) and Doren had given the governor guidance to the Legal Bureau of Papua Province Regional Secretariat.
“Komnas HAM has institutionalized the draft of its gubernatorial regulation,” said Frits to Jubi, Monday (December 8).
He questions the reason behind Legal Bureau lack of responses, while governor has ordered it. If there are any records related to the draft, it should be conveyed to Komnas HAM for correction.
“The Legal Bureau in some forums with the Minister of Political, Legal and Human Rights, expressed their commitment to resolve the human rights cases, but unfortunately the Bureau of Law is still lack of cooperatiion,” he said.
He said that Komnas HAM had coordinated with Head of Legal Bureau several times, but gets no respond. Frits note that it is important to remembe Act No. 21 of 2001 on Special Autonomy of Papua that was born because there were demands for solving human rights problems. (*)
Editor: Zely Ariane
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