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Government of Indonesia must Earnestly Address Human Rights Violation in Papua : AHRC

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Infographic of the violation of Freedom of Expression in West Papua - ICP

Infographic of the violation of Freedom of Expression in West Papua – ICP

Jayapura, Jubi – The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned about six Pacific countries raising the subject of human rights violations in Papua in the General Debate of the Assembly’s 71st Session, on 26 September 2016.

“The six Pacific countries are Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and Tonga. The six Pacific countries called for the Indonesian government to address human rights violations in Papua; they have also called for West Papuan self-determination rights to be respected,” AHRC wrote in the statement received by Jubi on Monday (3/4/2016).

The AHRC said they deeply appreciates the point raised by the six Pacific countries, because human rights violations in Papua have occurred for decades and there is no serious effort by the Indonesian government to address the violations. The AHRC notes that ever since Papua integrated into Indonesian territory, many cases of human rights violations have occurred. The AHRC has reported and documented cases of human rights violations, for instance the Wasior and Wamena case, the Theys Hiyo Eluay murder case, enforced disappearance of Mr. Aristoteles Masoka, 1977 Puncak jaya case (allegation of Genocide), the Paniai case of 2014, and the Tolikara case.

The AHRC notes that the government has addressed none of the human rights violations in Papua. Furthermore, the judicial system does not function; the police have become party to the perpetrators that have committed violations; and there is no investigation into the involved Indonesian troops. We do not know the names of the units and the numbers of personnel involved. Such questions remain unanswered because the government has not earnestly sought to resolve the cases of these violations,

“Of course, the AHRC is aware that there are some initiatives undertaken by the government to deal with Papua, for instance the Accelerated Development Unit for Papua and West Papua (UP4B). This unit was established under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyo’s administration (SBY). There is also the establishment of the human rights team under the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to address human right cases in Papua, the government policy of releasing political prisoners in Papua (under President Joko Widodo’s administration), and what took place when President Widodo started his presidential campaign from Papua,” said AHRC.

However, all efforts undertaken by the government have yielded no result for Papua. On the contrary, human rights violations are still ongoing; military personnel who killed Mr. They Hiyo Eluay have been promoted to the head of Intelligence Strategic Body (BAIS), and, in general, no justice and remedy for victims is to be found.

“Therefore, considering the above situation, the AHRC calls upon the government of Indonesia to seriously accept all points raised and recommendations made by the six Pacific countries; the government must open access for an independent body to monitor human rights protection in Papua,” AHRC concluded the statement.

Furthermore, the government of Indonesia must make earnest and immediate efforts to start peaceful dialogue with the Papuans and a credible and independent third party that is supported by the UN should facilitate the dialogue. (Victor Mambor)

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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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