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After inauguration of new leadership, KNPB Merauke was arrested

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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

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture

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Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura indigenous school pays attention to children’s rights

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Children in the Indigenous School learn how to carve. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – Director of Indigenous School of Jayapura District Origen Monim stated that he would pay attention to the rights of children studying at his school as it stands in an area declared as a child-friendly village.

“We have a guide about what indicator of a child-friendly village is, which was given by the Head of the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office. So it would be our concern,” said Monim in Sentani on Tuesday (09/11/2018).

He further explained that the indigenous school runs their activities every day, from 14:00 to 16:30 Papua time, and a speedboat provided to pick up students to school.

“So far we operate independently. In the future, we would also try to provide snacks or additional food for children in Khandei class, namely for those aged 8-13 years,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Head of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office of Jayapura District, Maria Bano confirmed on the guide of the child-friendly village that already implemented in the Indigenous School of Jayapura District.

“Children from formal school continue their learning activities there, in the indigenous school, which encourage children playing and having fun with their friends. Because at their age, children need to observe their environment and people around them,” said Bano. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

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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