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Legislator: 10 percent of Freeport shares to Papua is a ‘political bribe’

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Signing of PT Freeport shareholder agreement – Jubi doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Legislator of Papua, Laurenzus Kadepa, considered that the granting of 10 percent of PT Freeport Indonesia’s shares to Papua Province Government and Mimika Regency Government from 51 percent of the Government of Indonesia’s shares divestment is similar to the case of Special Autonomy (Otsus).

He said that in 2001 the Government of Indonesia had granted the Special Autonomy Law and the Special Autonomy Fund to Papuans who were insisted to be politically independent.

“Now the Government of Indonesia gives 10 percent of Freeport shares to Papua Province and Mimika regency,” he said to Jubi, Saturday (January 13).

According to him, the issues of Papua human rights violations which are now increasingly go global had resulted fruitful international response, that some countries are now continuing to voice the issue of Papuan human rights at various world forums.

“The response of various countries related to human rights situation in Papua, may make Indonesian Government forced to think: how to tame the human rights issue. And one of them, I think, with the giving out shares of Freeport,” he said.

However, he continue, not all Papuans responded negatively to the shares. There are among those who support and look at it as a positive step.

“Papuan people is divided in responding this issue, because Freeport is the beginning of calamity and suffering experienced by indigenous Papuans,” he said.

Previously the central government, the Papua Provincial Government, the Mimika Regency, and PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminum (Inalum) agreed on a 10 percent divestment agreement of PT Freeport Indonesia in Jakarta on Friday (January 12).(tabloidjubi.com)

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Natural resources trigger territorial annexation

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West Papua is a rich mix of reefs and rainforest – some of the most beautiful environments on the planet – thecoraltriangle.com/Diana Himmelspach

Jayapura, Jubi – Natural resources and the division of region considered behind a reason why some district governments claim on territories of other district administrations, stated a member of the Commission I of Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights of the Papuan House of Representatives Yonas Nussy on Thursday (11/10/2018).

“Governments have their administrative territories, while indigenous peoples have customary territories (land tenure rights). Sometimes conflicts occur when other parties claim on someone else’s land despite that the customary landowners know exactly the border of their lands,” said Nusy.

Therefore, he said, the borders of villages, sub-districts, districts and provinces should be managed by involving many relevant parties to avoid this sort of problems in the future.

Furthermore, he said the Commission I of the Papuan House of Representatives plans to invite some government agencies and other relevant parties to discuss some actions to address the territorial issues in Papua.

“The provincial border of Papua and West Papua should be an issue that needs to be emphasized,” he said.

He hopes that both provincial and regional (municipal) governments will take seriously in addressing the problems associated with the territorial border because some conflicts are assumed to follow.

A few days ago, some groups from Mamberamo Raya (Mambra) District protested that some areas of their district allegedly annexed to the neighbouring district because of its gold potency.

The Secretary of Mamberamo Apawer Indigenous Peoples Council Marthen NK Tukeji said the areas annexed are namely Kordesi, Dopo, Turere, Degey, Darpos and Dou.

“It similarly happens to other sub-districts of Taiyeve and Taria. We hope the Papuan House of Representative, Papuan People’s Assembly as well as the Papuan Provincial Government could pay attention to this problem,” said Marthen NK Tukeji on Tuesday (10/09/2018). (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Freeport Indonesia disregards Papua Manpower Office’s Decree

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Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Workers, Students and Papuan People’s Coalition Yosepus Talakua accused PT. Freeport Indonesia neglects the Provincial Manpower Office’s decree.

“PT. Freeport is seeking for a way to smooth out their ‘furlough’ program because of the company has lost their profit even though it has not proven,” said Talakua when giving his statement at the Office of Papua Human Rights Advocates Association (PAHAM) on Monday (8/10/2018).

The decree No.560 / 1271 issued by the Provincial Manpower Office concerning the inspection of the Service Supervisory Team stated that the 18 months strike conducted by 8,300 Freeport workers were legal according to the Law No. 13 of 2003 about the employment.

Therefore, the termination of employment without the stipulation covered in article 151 is void,  whereas the mechanism of furlough determined by the Company not acknowledged by Law No, 13 of 2003.

Moreover, Talakua accused PT. Freeport’s statement about the loss was a defence to ignore the rights of thousands of workers who do strike to get justice for their fundamental rights, such as the right to live and to work as well as the right of association.

“We have attempted various efforts referring to the mechanism and the laws of the Republic of Indonesia by meeting with the government agencies and the House of Representatives for voicing the injustice committed by PT. Freeport Indonesia,” he said.

Meanwhile, to Antara, the Chairman of Department of Chemical, Energy and Mining Workers (SP-KEP) SPSI Aser Gobay said in the decree the Provincial Manpower Office also confirmed that the dispute of industrial relations between PT. Freeport Indonesia and the strike workers have no legal requirement.

On that basis, the Provincial Manpower Office believes that the Company is obliged to fulfil all the rights of the employee and provide them benefits and allowances from May 2017 to date.

“This is a step forward for the workers and their affiliation who do strikes in Mimika District. We have received a decree issued by the supervisory team of Papua Provincial Manpower Office in which concluded that a strike conducted since May 2017 legally acknowledged by the Indonesian Law,” said Gobay to Antara in Timika on Thursday (4/10/2018).

In line with that, the Papuan Student and Workers Coalition urge PT. Freeport Indonesia to Immediately comply with the Law No. 13 of 2003 and consider the fundamental rights of 8,300 workers that have been neglected by the company.

They also demanded the management of PT. Freeport to immediately provide the normative rights of employers and be responsible for 33 workers who died due to the termination of employment as a result of the strike.

Furthermore, the association asked the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration to take a prompt action to solve the protracted dispute between the workers and PT. Freeport Indonesia as well as urged the Papuan Parliament and the House of Representative to be assertive against PT. Freeport regarding a decree No. 560/1271 issued by the Provincial Manpower Office about addressing the termination of employment. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Dogiyai and Deiyai coffee crowned as ‘the Best Coffee of the Year’

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The founder of Enauto Coffee, Hanok Herison Pigai, received an award from the Executive Director of SCOPI, Sunday, (30/9) – Jubi / SCOPI Instagram

Jayapura, Jubi – Arabica Coffee Deiyai and Dogiyai won the first place and runner-up at The Best Coffee of the Year award held in Jakarta Coffee Week 2018 on 28 – 30 September 2018.

The two types of green coffee which origin of the highlands of Meepago region, Papua, are introduced by the Product Processing Unit of Enauto Coffee which was established by the Foundation of Community Welfare Development (Yapkema).

The assessment was done by both national and international coffee experts, by looking at the post-harvesting process that produces the ready-to-drink coffee. They then decided that Deiyai coffee won the first place in the category of “Honey Process”, while Dogiyai coffee became the runner-up in the category of the Natural and Semi-Washed Process.

“We won these categories based on the new assessment, namely the process of post-harvesting green beans,” Director Yapkema who is also the founder of Enauto, Hanok Herison Pigai told Jubi by phone on Monday (1/10/2018).

Moreover, he explained the coffee experts from Australia and Indonesia assessed the coffee beans brought by 14 farmers representing their respective regions throughout Indonesia. The coffee beans are then roasted and smelled, after which they brewed (cupping).

Pigai explained that Enauto implements a new approach in processing the post-harvesting coffee so that it could win this annual competition which has conducted since three years ago.

“We have applied four post-harvesting processes over our Arabica coffee and also provided training to farmers. The process includes natural, honey, semi-washed and full-washed,” he said.

Pigai believes that in the future the market demand for his coffee products will be high, especially after being crowned a champion in the speciality coffee category.

“On behalf of other local coffee farmers, I feel proud to be present at the Indonesian coffee festival to represent coffee and Papuan culture,” he said.

Previously, reported by Bisnis.com (18/9), the Executive Director of the Indonesian Sustainable Coffee Platform (Scopi) Veronica Herlina, said Jacoweek 2018 would be very helpful to encourage and motivate the farmers in planting.

“We hope that by the joining Jacoweek, they will return to their villages and be motivated to plant and able to know the size of the market they have,” she said.

As the initiator of the Jacoweek, Scopi, according to Veronica, has provided more than 84,000 training in one year for a total of around 2 million coffee farmers throughout Indonesia. (*)

Reporter: Hengki Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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