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KNPB activists’ arrest, only eight people were secured says the Police Chief

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Some of the 45 people arrested in a raid occurred at Uncen rented flats – IST complex

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura Municipality Police Chief, the Adjunct Senior Police Commissionaire Gustaf Urbinas confirmed the arrest of a number of people during a raid at the rent flat nearby the Cenderawasih University on Wednesday (4/3/2018).

Of the forty-five being arrested, there were only eight taken from the secretariat of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB). “The rest was arrested for alleged motorcycle theft,” said the Police Chief Urbinas. However, this arrest occurred in different locations.

According to him, despite to follow up the case of motorcycle theft, the police came to investigate the preparation of declaration by KNPB activists because this had run without a notice and permission from the police. When the police conducted a raid to follow up the criminal case, five people were found in a unit of rent flats, where the KNPB secretariat is located,” said the chief.

“Then we seized some pieces of stuff including the morning star flag and other attributes, and we took three people along with some who were in the secretariat,” said Chief Urbinas.

Joint with the police in the raid were several military members. It is known later that one of eight arrested people at the KNPB secretariat is Ones Suhuniap, the General Secretary of KNPB.

A day earlier, Suhuniap made a clarification to media that the declaration that was held on 5 April in 2018 had nothing to do with the KNPB. “Invitation on social media and distributed leaflets were not official from the Central KNPB,” Suhuniap told reporters in the press conference held at the Expo Museum on Tuesday (3/4/2018).

None of Free Papua organisations, further said Suhuniap, established a declaration committee. He mentioned a group who named itself as the Preparatory Committee of the Republic of West Papua, which would hold a declaration on 5 April 2018, is not part of KNPB.

The KNPB Chairman Victor Yeimo told Jubi that the security forces did not only arrest a number of people, including their activists but also destroyed the door of the KNBP secretariats and a number of items. The police also took some computers to their offices. Several rooms in the secretariat were also raided.

“Currently Ones Suhuniap, Mrs Pangresia Yem and Cristin Othen are being examined at the Criminal Section of the Jayapura Municipality Police,” said Yeimo. (*)
Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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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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