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KNPB Says No Morning Star Flag Raising at December 1st Rallies

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Jayapura, Jubi – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) states anyone could not restrict the political rights of Papuans to become an independent nation, including to restrict their will in commemorating the historical fact about the political manifesto declared on 1 December 1961.

“Whoever they are, for whatever reasons and power, will not be capable of erasing or denying the historical fact on 1 December 1961,” said a declaration issued on 26 November 2015 and signed by KNBP General Chairman Victor Yeimo.

Yeimo said people cannot deny that this history was born on the blessing of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Nation of West Papua territorial has declared the political manifesto for the independence of Papua.
“A noble desire to stand-alone as a country,” said the declaration signed by Victor Yeimo and the Chairman of West Papua National Parliament Buchtar Tabuni.

Therefore, KNPB appealed the Papuans in the entire land of West Papua and around the world to continue commemorating 54th Independence Manifesto Day. Further the declaration said : 1) West Papuan people are obliged to commemorate the Papua Independence Manifesto day by temporarily leaving their routine activities; 2) Every Papuans whether they join their families, ethnic or religious groups or those who live in dormitories, must read, learn, discuss and commemorate the content of Papua independence manifesto declared on 1 December 1961; 3) West Papuan people to immediately stand together for self-determination, because the independence is the right of all nations and a fundamental right guaranteed by Indonesian and International law; and 4) do not raise the morning star flag on 1 December 2015.

The Commission I member of Papua Legislative Council for Politic, Government, Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Laurenzus Kadepa earlier told Jubi all parties shouldn’t create any tension in the Papuan historical day. All parties, whether those who stand for Papua independence or Indonesia, must refrain to not sacrifice the innocence civilians.
“All parties do not make the moment of 1 December to mess up Papua. Do not create tension among the people. Pro-independence group should not disturb other people or create anarchy if it is to commemorate the December 1st. And pro-Indonesian Republic should not take this moment to justify on people,” Kadepa told Jubi by phone on Thursday (26/11/2015).

He said there is no restriction to those who celebrate the December 1st but it should refer to the rule. He worried if they made some acts allegedly considered against the law would be used as excuse by security force to arrest people, commit violations, or even shoot the civilians,” he said.

He further based on the last experiences, in the days considered ‘sacred’ by Papuans had always been colored with the arrest, violation, even the shooting perpetrated by certain culprits, whether it was Unidentified People (OTK) or security force personnel. “The moment of December 1st is not the moment of arresting or beating or shooting people. The security force could do task and responsibility but never misuse it,” he said. (Mawel Benny/rom)

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya

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Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)

 


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November

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The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)

 


Reporter: Engel Wally

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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