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Indonesia Frets Over Papua Issue at the United Nations

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Indonesia's diplomat responds to criticism on Papua by Pacific Countries - RNZI

Indonesia’s diplomat responds to criticism on Papua by Pacific Countries – RNZI

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua legislator Laurenzus Kadepa said the Indonesian Government showed panic when the Pacific countries talked about the Papua issue and alleged human rights violations at the UN General Council plenary meeting.

The Commission I member of the Papua Legislative Council for the Government, Politic, Legal and Human Rights Affairs said the Indonesian delegation showed it through the rights of reply in the debate session to criticize and point out the six countries that are Nauru, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Tonga as to intervene the sovereignty and integrity of its country.

“The Indonesian Government should reflect and change its approach to Papua. It shouldn’t overreact. The Indonesian Government at the UN plenary meeting said the state has already upheld the human right enforcement; it is part of its commitment and the international community would keep asking about it,” said Kadepa to Jubi on Monday (26/9/2016).

He urged Indonesia to make good in its promise to solve cases of human right violations in Papua.

“Support for Papua from the international community, especially among the Pacific countries, should prompt Indonesia to change its ways in Papua,” he said.

He said it is the time for the government, Papua legislators and security forces to reflect what have they done, especially in law and human rights enforcement and so on. “The increase of Papua human rights issue at the international community is one of warnings for the state and its apparatus. If the access to Papua is really opened to everyone, I think it wouldn’t be a problem. Let everyone come to see the firsthand condition of Papua,” he said.

According to him, the international community has intensively discussed about the human rights issues in Papua due to their concern to Papua condition. It couldn’t be denied that up to now the settlement of the alleged cases of human rights violations in Papua as promised by the Indonesian Government has been stuck. There is no result. There was none of cases revealed. The government mentioned many barriers as the reason.

“Also I agree with the Coordinator of Kontras Jakarta Haris Azhar mentioning the handling of human rights violations in Papua was only to response the noise from international community. It’s right. It seems the government did it only for that reason. Up to now none of cases is settled,” he said.

Separately, other Papua legislator Ruben Magai said the future of human rights enforcement in Indonesia, especially in Papua are entering the black period. He said how the state could solve the alleged human rights violations if some parties allegedly perpetrators have position in the structure of state’s administration. “It is obviously worsen the state’s image. Therefore the human rights violation would never be ended and the international world continue to question it,” said Ruben.

Furthermore, said Ruben, the Pacific countries keep monitoring and pushing the settlement of Papua issues. So when the Indonesian Government is not taking it seriously, the Pacific countries would highlight on those issues. (*/rom)

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Papua’s legislator suspects an intrigue behind foreigners’ deportation

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Papua’s Legislator John Gobai – Jubi / Doc

Nabire, Jubi – Papua’s Legislator John Gobai suspects an intrigue behind deportation of foreigners in Nabire.

The statement followed the arrest of twelve foreign workers by Timika Immigration Authority at the bank of Musairo River, where located in the mining area of PT. Pacific Mining Jaya (PMJ).

According to Gobai, he has raised the issue about foreign workers in Nabire to the Papua Police but no prompt response. Papua Provincial Government gave a permit to PT. PMJ to take a mining sample, but the company conducts a gold mining operation.

Jubi has tried to contact the Head of Immigration Office of Tembagapura, Jesaja Samuel Enock, but no answer from the immigration authority until this news written. Based on the information obtained by Jubi, there are currently 22 foreigners in Nabire. (*)

 

Reporter: Titus Ruban

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Activists hold a long march in Manokwari to commemorate 17 years of Wasior human rights violation 

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Caption: Demonstration of 17 years of Wasior Case – Jubi / Doc

Manokwari Jubi – Dozens of human rights activists, the families of victims, and human rights partisans held a protest to commemorate human right violation in Wasior 2011 by holding a long march in Manokwari on Thursday (13/05/2018).

Masses started to walk from the Information Office in Sanggeng to LP3BH Office in Fanindi to submit a legal complaint file to the LP3BH Director, Yan Christian Warinussy.

The Chairman of the Council of Indonesian Trade Union (GSBI) West Papua, Yohanes Akwan, in a press release declared that up to 17 years of Wasior Case occurred, the state remains to neglect the incident that occurred in 2001. 

We submit our aspirations officially as well as a request to LP3BH to continue to voice the cases of human rights violations in Papua to the international community,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the LP3BH Director Yan Christian Warinussy said this complaint was part of the respect towards the human rights. “This is a part of human rights enforcement, as well as a responsibility of human rights defender to accept this complaint.

The Indonesian Human Rights Commission once investigated the Case of Wasior in 2003, but the case closed at the level of investigation. At that time, Warinussy was a member of Wasior Human Rights Investigation. (*)

 

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Catholic Church leader at Sentani secure the Eid al-Fitr prayer

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Caption: Illustration of Masjid Al-Aqsa Sentani during the construction – Jubi / Doc

Sentani, Jubi – Some members of the Catholic Youth Organization (OMK) of the Parish ‘Sang Penebus Sentani’ assisted the police to secure the procession of Eid al-Fitr prayer that took place the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sentani, Jayapura District on Friday (06/15/2010).

Despite these young people, Pastor Hendrikus Nahak OFM also involved in this activity.

“The harmony of interfaith people should come from a sincere heart. What I want to say is harmony is beautiful, that a beautiful harmony should come out from a sincere heart,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Taklim Masjid Agung Al-Aqsa Sentani, Nurdin Sanmas, expressed his gratitude to the entire community who took part in securing the Eid al-Firt prayer.  “I want to say more in my speech, but I was touched to see the pastor himself led the young people.”

Moreover, he expected what has been done by the pastor can be imitated by other religious communities in Jayapura district. (*)

 

Source: Antara

Editor: Pipit Maizier

 

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