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Mama-Mama Papua protest against Jakarta based Pokja Papua



Mama-Mama Papua indigenous traders and Solpap held a demonstration against Jakarta based Pokja Papua intervention – Jubi/Zely Ariane

Jayapura, Jubi – Hundreds of Mama-mama Papua (Papua Mothers) traders and Solidarity of Indigenous Papuan Traders (SOLPAP) held a peaceful demonstration in Taman Imbi, Jayapura, Papua, on Monday (3/04/2017).

They demand for Papua Working Group (Pokja Papua) under Judith Dipodiputro who based in Jakarta, to leave out permanent market of Mama-mama Papua.

Mama-mama question the necessity of Papua Working Group. They said Pokja Papua is only want to dominate the market of Mama-mama indigenous traders. Even the Working Group will use the fourth floor of the newly built market building as their office.

Yuliana Douw, one of the Mama-mama Papua indigenous traders told Jubi that she rejects the existence of the Working Group and their programs.

“We do not want to. All these time Solpap, student’s activists and organizations, and many other activists who fight for us. There’s no Pokja, that is why it should be out of the market,” said Yuliana Douw.

She considered Pokja Papua is only want to use them to get projects from government and investors.   “They only want to use us as project to make money. But for 15 years we have been fighting on the street to demand Papuan market development, and Pokja Papua is nothing to the struggle, “said Yuliana.

Solpap Mothers are praying to start the protest action April 3rd 2017 – Jubi/Zely Ariane

Pokja Papua intervention

Judith Dipodiputro has been famous among Mama-Mama Papua and Solpap for her stubborn intervention and effort in order to have connection with Mama-Mama Papua traders.

In December 2015 representatives of Mama-mama Papua went to Jakarta to demand the Ministry of State Owned Company (BUMN) to clear the bureaucracy to build the market without any help from Judith who considered herself work for BUMN Ministry.

In the end, through Mama-mama consistent struggle, President Joko Widodo through Precidential Staff Committee (KSP) cut the government bureaucracy down to build four stories building of Mama-mama Papua Market in Jayapura Papua.

Solpap protest action against Pokja Papua April 3rd 2017 – Jubi/Zely Ariane

But still, Judith role is quite mysterious, as well as Pokja Papua which is not an official body relate to the government but somehow have capacity to intervene.

Judith is considered an outside intervention, especially with the latest training program she held to Mama-mama Papua without coordination. “It’s arbitrarily intervention,” said Franki Warer, the protest action coordinator.

“We joined three days training organised by Judith of Pokja Papua, we were shown pictures of vegetables and stuffs. We were taught how to clean our body. We are not taught how to sell or how to manage. Mama-mama were asked to give signatures. They took us home by bus and gave us toiletries, ” said Yuliana.

Franki Warer said lot of programs planned and organised by Pokja Papua, “but those are not to accomodate what do Mama-mama Papua traders really need. And Pokja Papua up until now makes no coordination with Solpap and Mama-mama Papua.”

Solpap Mothers shown their statement aginst Pokja Papua April 3th 2017 – Jubi/Zely Ariane

Cintya Warwe, another Solpap organiser in her speech during the protest action firmly stated that Pokja Papua has used Mama-mama Papua for their project. “They make proposal out of Mama-mama Papua to BUMN and other parties without our say. They live in a hotel here for two months to try to intervene us. They even want to use the fourth level of the market for their office. That’s why we refuse their presence. This market was a result of 15 years struggle with bloodshed, sweat, even lives,” said Cintya.

The protest action end with a statement read by the coordinator. In the statement they demand for Pokja Papua to back off, not to bring in commodities from outside which will affect local prices and the income of Mama-mama Papua. They also not allowed Pokja to use the fourth level of the newly built market.

“We have to sit together. Regional government, Solpap and Pokja Papua to find respectable solution,” said Frangki.(*)

Reporter             : Arjuna Pedemme

Editor                   : Zely Ariane


Provincial health team takes more rest than work, says Kopkedat




GIDI church missionaries, pastor and Kopkedat Papua provide public health services in Okmakot Village, Seradala Sub-district, Yahukimo District. – Jubi/Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Humanitarian Care Community for Remote Areas Papua (Kopkedat) Yan Akobiarek states despite education, public health services in Papua’s remote areas are still an issue.

Although the provincial health office has provided services to remote areas through several health programs such as Satgas Kaki Telanjang, Save Korowai and Nusantara Sehat, these programs have not well implemented.

“I think sending teams to remote areas is a good idea, but I get the impression that some team members only come for vacation, to work less and get more rest,” said Akobiarek told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (10/7/2018). For instance, he pointed out the team of Satgas Kaki Telanjang who are supposed to provide health service to villagers in Korowai. After the Ied al-Ftir break, their members are still not returning to their duty station.

Meanwhile, Maria Duwitau, the Vice Chairman of the Commission V on education and health of the Papuan House of Representative said doing health services in Papua, in particularly remote areas, is always connecting with a commitment. “No matter how greater of the offer, but without willingness and commitment, I think it’s useless,” Duwitau told Jubi not long ago. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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SKP HAM urges the government to open democratic space for Papuan students




SKP HAM in a press conference in LBH Papua office. – Jubi/LBH Surabaya.Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Solidarity for the Victims of Human Rights Violation (SKP HAM) Papua urge the Indonesian Government to open democratic space for Papuan students and conduct a thorough investigation on sexual harassment by a police officer at Papuan dormitory in Surabaya on last Friday (6/7/2018).

The Coordinator of SKP HAM Peneas Lokbere said the Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia of1945 in the Article 28E Paragraph 3 and the Law No. 39 of1999 on Human Rights Article 24 Paragraph 1 state, “Each person has the right to associate, assemble and express his opinions peacefully” but what have been occurred to the Alliance of Papuan Students is a violation against the constitution.

“The police and military officers and members of the civil service police unit came to student dormitory trying to stop the weekly discussion. The students also witnessed the security forces carrying long-barrier guns. It was such an ironic,” Lokbere stated in the press release received by Jubi on Wednesday (11/8/2018).

Further, he stated that according to the Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Surabaya, the incident occurred when the Tambaksari Sub-district Chief accompanied by the police, military and civil service police unit of Surabaya Municipality came to the dormitory in the inspection of civil registration. “However, when students and public attorney from LBH Surabaya asked for an official letter, the sub-district chief was not able to show it.”

Meanwhile, the Director of LBH Papua Simon Pattirajawane said what have done by the security forces, in this case, is a violation against the human rights. “The Human Rights Commission should immediately form an investigation team to investigate this alleged case of intimidation, terror and racism against Papuan students in several cities in Java, including Surabaya, Malang and Yogyakarta.” (*)


Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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West Papua activists stopped by Solomons police




Ben Didiomea displays the West Papuan flag as Indonesian staff try to usher him away. – Photo: Facebook/ Ben Didiomea

Solomon, Jubi – Solomon Islands police says they confiscated a West Papuan flag at the Melanesian Arts Festival to stop any provocation aimed at the Indonesian delegation.

Ben Didiomea had his flag taken by police over the weekend after he held it up in front of Indonesia’s festival stall to protest its inclusion at the event.

A video on Facebook shows Mr Didiomea – who was part of a group of demonstrators – holding up West Papua’s Morning Star flag as Indonesian officials tried to move him away from the stall.

He was then approached by Solomon Islands Police who confiscated the flag.

Mr Didiomea said he had been standing in solidarity with fellow Melanesian people of Indonesia’s Papua region, where the Morning Star is banned.

He said the Melanesian Arts Festival, which Honiara hosted over the last ten days, was not intended as an Asian festival.

Police issued a statement saying the flag was removed to prevent provocation of the Indonesians, reminding the demonstrators that it was not a political event.

Mr Didiomea, who along with two other demonstrators was questioned by police, said the inclusion of Indonesia at the Arts Festival was a political move by the Solomons government.

“Because it was a festival of Melanesia, Indonesia is not part of Melanesia. So why does it need an Indonesia stall at the arts festival? It’s a Melanesian festival, so what are Indonesia coming to arts festival?”

Changing relationship

According to Mr Didiomea, the police action was a sign that the country was forming a closer relationship with Indonesia.

The Solomon Islands government under prime minister Rick Hou has recently shown signs that it was pursuing a different policy regarding West Papua to that of the previous prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Mr Sogavare, who is now the deputy prime minister, campaigned internationally about West Papuan human rights issues. He was also supportive of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, and instrumental in its admission to the Melanesian Spearhead Group in 2015.

However after he was replaced by Mr Hou late last year, the Solomons government has been notably less vocal about West Papua human rights issues in international fora.

A visit in April by a Solomons delegation to Indonesia’s provinces of Papua and West Papua at the invitation of Jakarta was billed as having added “balance” to the government’s view on West Papuan issues.

The Solomons government told RNZ Pacific in May that it was consulting with the provinces as it formulated an official position on West Papuan human rights and self-determination issues. (*)



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