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Jakarta’s Human Rights Investigation Team Accused of Political Interests



Solidarity of Papuan Women Human Rights Defenders, L to R : Frederika Korain, Pdt. Anike Mirino, Bernadetha Mahuse, Mientje Uduas, Zandra Mambrasar, Iche Murib, Fransiska Pinimet – Jubi/Yuliana Lantipo

Solidarity of Papuan Women Human Rights Defenders, L to R : Frederika Korain, Pdt. Anike Mirino, Bernadetha Mahuse, Mientje Uduas, Zandra Mambrasar, Iche Murib, Fransiska Pinimet – Jubi/Yuliana Lantipo

Jayapura, Jubi – A team that formed by the Government and involved three indigenous Papuans to investigate human rights abuses is not representing the Papuan people’s voices and aspirations, human rights activists said.

Its formation was also seen deviated for the proper mechanism and full of political interests, said Zandra Mambrasar from the Institute for Human Rights Study and Advocacy (Elsham) Papua together with the Solidarity of Papuan Women Human Rights Defenders in the press conference held on last week.

She said this country already had the National Human Rights Commission, which its task is to resolve the human rights issues in Indonesia, including in Papua and Papua Barat provinces. Therefore, resolutions to all human rights issues must go through this institution.

“If the Government wanted to resolve the problem, it should be done through proper mechanism. Therefore, the National Human Rights Commission should take this responsibility instead of the new team launched by the Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs. It’s very political. The process was supposedly done through the National Human Rights Commission, and then followed by the investigation by Prosecutor Office before taking to the Court. That’s the mechanism,” said Mambrasar.

In April 2016, the Government through the Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs promised to resolve eleven cases of alleged human rights violations in Papua by involving the Indonesian Police Headquarters, Military, State Intelligent Agency, Papua Police, National Human Rights Commission, the Attorney General, Papua Law Customary Community, human rights activists and observers of Papuan issues.

Of eleven cases, Papua Police and Cenderawasih XVII Regional Military Command were authorized to solve four cases of alleged human rights violations. According to Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw, as cited from BBC Indonesia, said the four cases are the disappearance of former They’s driver Aristoteles Masoka (10 November 2001), the death of activist Opinus Tabuni (8 August 2008), the arrest against Yawan Wayeni (August 2009) and the Third Congress of Papuan People (19 October 2011).

Meanwhile the human rights commissionaire Imdadun Rahmat said the commission was authorized to resolve several cases of violence occurred in Papua that categorized as severe human rights violations, namely Wasior case (2001), Wamena case (2003), Paniai case (Desember 2014) and one that is still on propose, Biak case (July 1998). Deadline for the investigation team by the Government is until October 2016.

Controversy over Three Papuans in Human Rights Team

The working team that has four months to resolve alleged human rights violations in Papua has raised protest from other human rights activists in Papua. Besides questioning their work mechanism, the presence of three Papuans in the team took people’s attention.

Papuan human right activist Frederika Korain who also a lawyer, said in this meeting that the team launched by the Ministry of Political, Legal and Human Rights activists by involving three Papuans was only a game and not indicate the good intention of Government to resolve many problems in Papua.

“It seems the message is there are Papuans who get a place of honor in this country, while it is merely a game created by the Government to cover the real situation occurred in Papua. Moreover those people named themselves as activists. We must be strict on this. Those people who included in the team have no capacity, not competent in term of resolving the problem,” asserted Korain.

She’s also pessimistic the team could resolve the cases.

“How could the country that conducted violations want to solve its own violations? For the country, it is not possible.”

Human rights activist Bernadetha Mahuse who’s also a teacher said no more trust to the Government to uphold the justice over the alleged human rights cases in Papua, including to the new launched team.

She said in order to save the next generation of indigenous Papuans, she and other Papuan women human rights activists urged the fact-finding team from the Pacific Island Forum with the Indonesian Government to come to Papua immediately.

“We urge the fact-finding team from PIF to immediately come doing their investigation in Papua to endorse the humanity values,” she firmly said.

“We are the women who bring the life and it is our duty to maintain the life; well maintain it and keep it to be sustained for the life of our children in this land,” she said.

According to Mahuse who works over 15 years as human rights activist, “our womb, our land of Papua has been damaged, has been torn by the interest of the Government with its policies and investments on the land. Number of investors came for the companies’ profits, not for the people’s sake. And it has been occurred for years without any resolution. “Our trust is decreased every single day,” she said. (Yuliana Lantipo/rom)


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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