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Ignorance of Peace Journalism Fuels Conflict in Tolikara



Religious leaders in the Papua province have agreed to settle the recent incident in Tolikara district by traditional wisdom - Jubi

Religious leaders in the Papua province have agreed to settle the recent incident in Tolikara district by traditional wisdom – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Media failure to apply journalistic ethics and peace journalism has been blamed for fueling the conflict between Muslims and Christians in Tolikara and in other places in Indonesia, a Muslim youth leader said.

Nahdatul Ulama (NU) Papua Youth Chairman, Ridwan al-Makassary said the Tolikara incident that occurred on 17 July 2015 has been wrongly interpreted by most media workers, as they didn’t apply journalistic standards.

And when making coverage of such incident that was triggered by miscommunication between interreligious communities, a journalist is expected able to cover it with the perspective of peace journalism.
“I see the peace journalism as foundation to get a solution at that point but didn’t executed by journalists,” said the lecturer of Jayapura Science and Technology University who spent most of his life from childhood in Serui during a dialogue ‘Peace Papua, Peace Indonesia’ held by national television station in Jayapura on Saturdary (1/8/2015).

In the forum attended by government officials, military, police and presidential staff, as well as religious and community leaders, Ridwan said his visit to Karubaga after two days of incident gave him a different point of view compared with the media coverage including national media.

He said people in Tolikara have good relations among themselves, and are living in harmony, even they share each other. For example, a Christian family provides their house for homestay for ustad (Muslim religious leader) from Nahdatul Ulama whom local people called ‘Islam Shepherd. He is Ustad Ali Muktar.
“Before the incident, I saw ustad stayed at Christian family’s house,” he said.  Ridwan further said he also observed high tolerance among local people that who seemed unwilling to allow this ‘Islam shepherd’ out of Tolikara at the end of this month. Religious leader from Tolikara, Ustad Ali left Tolikara to participate in Muktamar NU (NU Conference) in Jombang, East Java.

“When Ustad wanted to live, they (local people) said ‘please don’t go Islam Shepherd’. That’s they said. That’s I saw. So, the relationship has already fine,” said Ridwan who currently take Master of Human Rights and Democracy in Sydney, Australia.

Ridwan also said 40 Muslim refugees whose burned houses admitted during the first time came and stayed in Tolikara, they never experienced any pressure or intimidation because of faith. ‘They said there’s not pressure, intimidation. So I was surprised when media told the opposite,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Papua Interreligious Harmony Forum, the Rev. Lipius Biniluk said the incident that took a life because lack of relationship and communication at the level of leaders.

He appealed every leaders to improve their communication and relationship to create peace in Papua, peace in Indonesia.
“Communication between the leaders is quite disturbed. Papua community do not recognize any religious conflict. So, communication between the leaders should be improved for the sake of peace in Papua, peace in Indonesia, the Rev. Biniluk. (Yuliana Lantipo/rom)

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Five civilians in Timika have reportedly been arrested , says ULMWP





Jayapura, Jubi – Five civilians in Timika have reportedly been arrested by the newly reactivated military counter-terrorism unit for “aspiring” to West Papuan independence.

“At 10pm on Saturday June 9, Orpa Wanjomal (40) and his stepchild Polce Sugumol (31) were arrested at their home in the SP 2 [housing unit] in Timika,” United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) spokesperson Jakob Rumbiak said yesterday.

“Five hours later, at 3am in the morning, on Sunday June 10, Titus Kwalik was arrested at the SP 10.

“At the same time Julianus Dekme (31) and Alosius Ogolmagai (49) were arrested at Julianus’ house at the SP 6. The five civilians were arrested for aspiring to Papuan independence.”

Rumbiak said that the Joint Special Operations Command (Koopssusgab) was involved in the arrests. The Koopssusgab is a joint military counter-terrorism unit, which was recently reactivated in concert with revisions to the Anti-Terrorism Law, and is under the direct authority of Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

Commando unit
The commando unit, according to House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I chairperson Abdul Kharis Almasyhari, was formed to assist in dealing with terrorism under certain conditions if the national police request assistance.

According to Almasyhari, under the revisions to the 2003 Anti-Terrorism Law, which were enacted on May 25, there are additional regulations which make it more comprehensive, including the possibility of involving the TNI (Indonesian military) under certain conditions.

“However the Koopssusgab apparently can’t be formed yet because they don’t have a core budget yet,” said Almasyhari.

Nevertheless, the ULMWP is sure that the arrests were carried out by Koopssusgab.

“The use of the special military anti-terrorist force against West Papuan civilians is irresponsible and morally wrong”, said Rumbiak.

The West Papuan people were not terrorists, and had never carried out terrorist acts, unlike Indonesian terrorists or extremists.

The West Papuan people’s right to self-determination is guaranteed under the Indonesian Constitution, the United Nations Human Rights Charter, UN General Assembly Resolution 1514 (1960), the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights (2007) and UN General Assembly Resolution 1752 Chapters XVII and XII.

Tabloid Jubi has attempted to contact Mimika District Police Chief Assistant Superintendent Agung Marlianto via WhatsApp for clarification of the alleged arrests. As of posting this article however, Marlianto has not responded.

Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.

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Literacy learning at the University of Cenderawasih




Elementary school children when visiting a literacy stall in the auditorium of Uncen- Jubi/David Sobolim

Jayapura, Jubi – To introduce the importance of literacy to pupils and college students in Papua, Yayasan Nusantara Sejati in cooperation with the Australian Government, UNICEF Papua and Papua Provincial Education Office and Jayapura Regional Education Office open a literacy stall in a parking lot of the auditorium of the University of Cenderawasih (Uncen) Abepura.

Arlenia Sitepesi, the Chairman Committee of Yayasan Nusantara Sejati, told Jubi on Thursday (7/6/2018) that the exhibition involved twenty schools and five replication schools from the city and district of Jayapura.

“We invite the nearby schools, such as from Abepura, Kotaraja and surrounding areas to participate in the various competitions held.”

The Secretary of Papua Provincial Education Office Protasius Lobya said this literacy program has gained a national recognation and would apply throughout of Indonesia.

Therefore, Papua should be proud of it. “We must support the Papuan context in literacy because it has included in the Special Regulation No. 3 and the Papua Governor’s Regulation No. 23. Budget on education in Papua is very high, so we should support it.” (*)

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua’s legislator: Free from rubella and measles shouldn’t be a media campaign only




Vice-Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau. – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – The Vice Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau warned the provincial government not set a goal for Papuan children to be free from rubella and measles only on media.

She further said it is difficult to actualise this goal if the access to health services including the regular immunisation program has not been optimal since it has not reached remote areas yet.

“There is a query that should be answered immediately before the government’s commitment to free a million of children from the threat of rubella and measles,” said Duwitau on Thursday (7/6/2018).

Furthermore, she said if the Papua Provincial Government really committed to this goal, they should optimise the health services including the regular immunisation program by developing the local health facilities.

Meanwhile, the Head of Papua’s Health Office Aloysius Giyai admitted that this province still has a problem with the regular immunisation program. The participation rate is below 80 per cent in most districts, which is under the national target.

“Even in some districts with high participation rate, the Universal Child Immunisation (UCI) rate is also below 80 per cent,” said Giyai. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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