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LONDON PROTESTORS URGES JOKOWI TO OPEN PAPUA TO FOREIGN JOURNALISTS IF ELECTED

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Hundreds of protestors held a peaceful rally outside the Indonesian embassy in London (Tapol)

Hundreds of protestors held a peaceful rally outside the Indonesian embassy in London (Tapol)

London , 2/4 ( Jubi ) – “I spent six years in prison for calling for resistance against injustice in Burma. Now I stand here to give solidarity to the comrades in Papua who are experiencing the same thing,” said former Burmese political prisoners , Aung Ko.

Hundreds of protestors organized by TAPOL (Political Prisoners), Survival International and Amnesty International UK held a peaceful rally outside the Indonesian embassy in London on Wednesday to demand Indonesia release political prisoners in Papua and political parties and Indonesian presidential candidates to support the fulfillment of Papuans’ democratic rights.

A similar demonstration was also held in Scotland , the Netherlands , Australia , New Zealand and Papua .

In Jayapura , about 10:00 am ( local time) , police fired warning shots to disperse peaceful protestors demanding an immediate release of Papuan political prisoners. Police were heard calling the protestors “monkeys” and arrested two people people. The two protestors were allegedly mistreated and denied legal counsel while in detention at  the Jayapura police station.

In London at 13:00 pm (local time ) demonstrators represented 76 political prisoners who are currently behind bars in Papua . They were symbolically handcuffed and had their mouths covered to demonstrate restrictions on freedom of expression in Papua. Despite mounting international concerns about the political situation and human rights in Indonesia, political parties taking part in the April 9 elections still lack plans on how to resolve the conflict in Papua. Some demonstrators challenged presidential candidates to explain their programs on Papua .

Some protesters held up a signs that read: “Jokowi , foreign journalists should be allowed to enter Papua”. Another said: “Bakrie, will you release Papuan political prisoners?”
“In a letter to the Indonesian ambassador in London , HE Teuku Mohammad Hamzah Thayeb , delivered today, the organizers of the demonstration , TAPOL stated that there are 537 Papuan political prisoners in 2013. It’s twice as many as in 2012. Cases of prisoners subjected to mistreatment including  torture  are three times as high as the level in 2012, and cases of denial of access to lawyers or unfair courts have doubled from 2012, ” Paul Barber, TAPOL coordinator, told Jubi from London on Wednesday night ( 2/3).

The lack of democratic space in Papua means that the election is almost irrelevant to many people of Papua, he said.

Dominic Surabut, a Papuan political prisoner, sent a message from Abepura prison  to all demonstrators. He said:  “Freedom and democracy can not be killed and imprisoned , because the spirit is absolute and no one or no country can eliminate it. To the human rights workers and those who pro-democracy activists around the world, we cannot stay silent. We must continue to clench our hands and souls together to save and put democracy in place”.

Surabut was arrested on October 19, 2011 and is currently serving a sentence of three years in prison for his participation in a peaceful political meeting in Jayapura .

According to a report published by Papuan Behind Bars , political prisoners in Papua are often tortured to extract confessions. Many of them were beaten and subjected to cruel and degrading acts like being forced to fight each other or not given proper food or medicines. Restrictions on international organizations and foreign media working in West Papua means that many violations occur in secret , and independent reporting is almost impossible . This is a serious problem in the region known to host one of the highest concentrations of security forces in the world, the report said.

“If Indonesia does not have anything to hide in Papua , why they do not allow journalists and international organizations come to Papua ? Seventy- six political prisoners in Papua can not be hidden from the world . ” Paul Barber said .

International organizations and UN mechanisms are more and more asking on restriction of the right to freedom of expression in Papua. And this restriction is unacceptable. In November 2012 , the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion that the detention of Filep Karma , as long as 15 years in prison for raising the Papuan Morning Star flag is a violation of international law .

In May 2012 , at a session of the Universal Periodic Report of Human Rights ( Universal Periodic Review ) on Indonesia in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva , the Indonesian government accepted the recommendation to invite the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression , Frank La Rue . The visit was planned for early 2013 but was canceled unilaterally by the Indonesian government. In May 2013 , the Chairman of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Navi Pillay expressed concerns about restrictions on freedom of expression in Papua.

TAPOL called on the Indonesian government to drop criminal charges against Papuan political activists and meet the international standards regarding the treatment of prisoners. ( Jubi / EC / Victor Mambor / Tina)

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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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