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After inauguration of new leadership, KNPB Merauke was arrested



Resort Police of Merauke raid KNPB Merauke secretariat and arrested 77 people (31/5), released the same day – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Around 77 leaders and sympathizers of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Merauke were arrested by Merauke Resort Police officers using a truck and four patrol cars on Wednesday (May 31) at 11 noon local time, in KNPB Merauke secretariat at Jalan Domba 4. Rimba Jaya, Merauke.

“The arrest took place at 11 AM in the secretariat. Masses were lifted into a police truck, four patrol cars, including 77 people and even a 3-year-old toddler,” according to Mecky Yeimo, Central Board of KNPB who was also arrested, by phone to Jubi.

Mecky said five of his members were being interrogated by police in the Police’s Detective Room. They are Charles Sraun as elected chairman, Emanuel Metemko, Novaris Wopai, Mother Pankresia Yem and Marius Yandum.

Novaris Wopai, general secretary of KNPB Merauke region in his statement to Jubi after interrogation said police asked questions about their activities that morning.

“They asked my full name, position, the activity, the contents and purpose of the activity. I said that it was done to inaugurate the new leadership. They also asked KNPB mission and its vision, and I say generally we are fighting for the right of self-determination through a referendum mechanism, ” Novaris said by phone.

According to Mecky Yeimo’s information, the police raid the secretariat at around 11 am because KNPB considered unregistered organization. “So (the arrest) is not because of activity’s permit, they came after we just ended the activities with praying,” said Mecky.

He also said that security forces had taken excessive action when they came to the secretariat and bring the masses to the resort Police.

“They forced the participants to take off their BK (Morning Star) shirts and attributes, Noken with BK emblem also confiscated,” Mecky said.

The first people to be interrogated, he continued, were the men who wore BK shirts, while others were examined from head to toe.

Merauke police chief: We try to investigate first

AKBP Bahara Marpaung, Merauke Police Chief justified the arrest of 77 people. But he refused to call it an arrest.

“It was not an arrest, but we ‘gather’ them to know their intentions and objectives of the activities which they claimed on behalf of KNPB in Merauke. So we try to investigate it. Then we will also link with the evidence that we get,” said Kapolres Bahara Marpaung to Jubi by phone.

According to him the number of people “gathered” and “directed” is about 72 to 73 people, and it is said as a usual procedure. “This is a normal procedure, but later based on our interrogation there will be evaluation link to the evidence then we will conclude,” he said.

With regard to the evidence and violations of KNPB members are doing, the Chief of Police has not been able to give any information because they are still waiting for the outcome of investigation.

According to Mecky Yeimo all the 77 persons have been released at 6 PM local time. “But our personal belongings confiscated by the Police apparatus are not yet returned,” Mecky said. (*)

Reporter              : Zely Ariane


WWF promotes customary map in Tambrauw





Training participant on a mapping of primary sites of indigenous peoples in Tambraw District by WWF Indonesia Program Papua – Jubi / doc WWF.


Tambrauw, Jubi – WWF Indonesia Papua Program is mapping the indigenous peoples’ landmark with 1: 50,000 scale to support the preparation of the Spacial Plan of Tambrauw District, West Papua Province.

The two-day training conducted on 17 – 18 May 2018 in Sausapor is also aimed to build a partnership with the local government and other institutions who have a similar concern in mapping.

WWF Indonesia Program Coordinator Wika A. Rumbiak said that the mapping of primary sites in Tambraw District is a series of the process of socio-cultural and spatial mappings which conducted to show representative of indigenous people’s space pattern.

“Hopefully, this participatory mapping can accommodate the rights of the community in spatial planning, which stated in Article 2 of Government Regulation (PP) No. 69 of 1996,” said Wika, Saturday (19/5/2018).

The training result, said Wika, is a common understanding about developing a rational and measurable planning method. That is by applying participatory mapping and the development of expertise and knowledge, in processing spatial data with GIS (Geospatial Information System).

The training involves some related regional government offices including the Village and Community Development Office (Dinas Pemberdayaan Masyarakat and Kampung), the Environment Office, Regional Development and Planning Board, and the Tambrauw Forestry Office.

“The involvement of regional government offices in this training is to prepare the participatory mapping facilitators and to improve their knowledge on Geospatial Information System (GIS) for inputting spatial data entries,” said Wika. (*)

Reporter: Hans Kapisa

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papuan Voices promotes indigenous Papuans in film festival




Papuan Film Festival II Committee when holding a press conference at Jerat Papua office, Jayapura City. – Jubi / Abeth You

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Voices will promote indigenous Papuans through Papua Film Festival II (FFP II) which is running in Jayapura City on 7 – 9 August 2018.

Papuan Voices established in 2011 and now stations in six regions of Papua, namely Biak, Jayapura, Keerom, Wamena, Merauke, Sorong and Raja Ampat.

“The theme of FFP II is indigenous Papuans struggling facing modernization. We chose this theme to response the current situation occurred in Papua,  said Chairman of the Committee of FFP II Harun Rumbarar in Jayapura on Thursday (7/5/2018).

In this festival, Papuan Voices wants to increase public awareness on the critical issues faced by indigenous Papuans.

“Also, it acts as a forum to strengthen filmmakers networking in Papua. Our works further explain the position of indigenous peoples in facing the waves of development and investment,” he said.

Meanwhile, FFP II Secretary Bernard Koten said his organisation recently focus on producing a short documentary film about human and the land of Papua, which assign to all levels of community in Papua, Indonesia and abroad.

“To see Papua through the eyes of Papuans, in the form of a documentary film,” Koten said. (*)


Reporter: Abeth You

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Using intelligence for election




Book review “Intelijen and Pilkada” written by Stepi Anriani – Jubi / Arjuna


Jayapura, Jubi – It began from her curiosity about why her fellow activists who are considered smart, experienced and have broadened networks are reluctant to enter politics; Stepi Anriani wrote a book entitled ‘Intelijen dan Pilkada (Pendekatan Strategis Menghadapi Pemilu)’ – Intelligence and Election (Strategic Approaches to Election).

“The reason is simple, they do not have money, while for being elected as candidates of the legislatures, regents, mayors or governors need billions of rupiah,” she said in her book review conducted in Entrop, Jayapura City on Wednesday (16/5/ 2018).

The 225-page book discusses what the intelligence is and how one can use it to win regional and national elections without spending much money, because being aware or not, everyone has conducted intelligence activities in their everyday life to obtain accurate information to be verified and justified.

In the book, she categorises the intelligence into seven definitions, namely as information, knowledge, product, activity, process, organisation and profession. “The stronger a person’s intelligence is, the less money he spends.”

She also wrote how making the intelligence approach and winning an election without cheating. There are six main points can be applied: do not recruit wrong campaign team, strong character, strategy, counter-propaganda, gaining supporters and facing the opponent.

Attended the book review, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar, Papua Military Commander Major General George Elnadus Supit and Chairman of Papua Election Commission Adam e Arisoi became keynote speakers, while students, academics, community leaders and journalists joined the event.

“Intelligence is not just a domain of state apparatus, but anyone who wants to succeed in any field must able to understand to use it, including in politics,” said Boy Rafli. According to him, the National Police and Military use the intelligence to map vulnerable areas, especially potential social conflict areas.

In the same place, Major General George Elnadus Supit said intelligence and politics are like two inseparable coins. It is impossible to take power without money, but it depends on how the person manages his ‘intelligence’.

Meanwhile, Arisoi rates the book as very interesting because it tells the connection between intelligence and regional election.

The author of the book, Stepi Anriani was a graduate from the Public Administration of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Padjadjaran. She pursued her master study on Intelligence Strategic Studies at the University of Indonesia. She worked as an expert in the Indonesian House of Representatives and resource person in several government agencies. Currently, she pursues her doctoral study on Policy at the University of Indonesia and teaches in several places. She dedicates her book to her companions (Indonesian citizens). (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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