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Meeting Seeks More Involvement of Women in Public Life 

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A joint agreement after the Technical Coordination Meeting of Women and Child Protection  in Mulia, Puncak Jaya Regency, attended by 67 participants from 22 regencies - Jubi/Roy Ratumakin

A joint agreement after the Technical Coordination Meeting of Women and Child Protection  in Mulia, Puncak Jaya Regency, attended by 67 participants from 22 regencies – Jubi/Roy Ratumakin

Mulia, Jubi – A meeting on women and child protection in Puncak Jaya, Papua, has called for more representation of women in parliament.

A joint agreement after the Technical Coordination Meeting of Women and Child Protection  in Mulia, Puncak Jaya Regency, attended by 67 participants from 22 regencies, sought to promote gender equality, said the Head of Papua Provincial Women and Child Protection Agency Anike Rawar.

Rawar  told Jubi the meeting held from 9 to 11 June 2016 has resulted eight points of agreement to be endorsed at the provincial and national levels.

“The first point is the Provincial Women and Child Protection Agency to support the change of institutional nomenclature in accordance to the Law No 23/2014 on Local Government through advocacy and coordination,” she said.

Rawar added in order to materialize the gender equality in development, the government at provincial, municipal and regional is expected to have commitment to endorse the formation of gender mainstreaming working group and capacity strengthening as well as to endorse the establishment of gender responsive budget.

“The next agreement is we ask both provincial and municipal/regional governments to consider to provide appreciation or reward to P2TPA in order to improve their performance in providing service and assistance towards women and children whom the victims of violence,” she said.

She also added the forth of joint agreement is a memorandum of understanding is required in order to strengthen the work coordination between relevant and cross-sectorial offices in the handling the violence cases against women and children.

“The fifth is in order to protect the children from all forms of discrimination and sexual abuse, physical harassment as well as the fulfillment of children’s basic rights, each municipality/regency is expected to create the child-friendly city as well as regional children forum,” she said.

Further, at point six, it is more focus in preparation of women representatives in the legislature in 2019, which is expected all parties to prepare the women politicians in accordance to Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Regulation No 10/2015 about grand design of women representation in the legislature in the Election 2019.

“Furthermore, in order to improve the women participation in economic sector, the support from the provincial and local governments is needed to endorse the policy and regulation for the opening of economic access for women by using all women capacity in each development areas,” she said.

Earlier, the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise said every women, in particular Papuan women, must participate in the development, and Papuan women must take part in the parliament.

“In 2030 we must able to show that women are equal with men, which is the percentage of women and men in the parliament is 50:50. Once it was equal we will report it to the UN Secretary General,” said Yembise.

She said Indonesian becomes one of the countries that take their women to the era of 50:50 in 2030. It means both men and women must walk together, be equal in every aspects of life. (Roy Ratumakin/rom)

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Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future

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Mathea Mamayou, a native Kamoro woman whose tribe affected tailings produced by PT Freeport Indonesia. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary for the Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights Commission of the Papua House of Representatives Mathea Mamoyao, who is also a Kamoro native, said ‘one percent fund’, 1% of Freeport’s gross revenues go to the local tribes, does not guarantee the sustainable future of those tribes.

“I don’t know whether this compensation is still there or not. I don’t want certain people took advantages on it, while people are still living under the poverty,” she told Jubi on Wednesday (18/7/2018).

Further, she said what she wants is a guarantee for the Kamoro tribe to live in a better condition in the future. But the fact is the education and health services in the Kamoro region is still poor. “For all the times, I’ll keep talking about it, because as a native, I don’t want the young generation of my tribe not to survive in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, the board of Meepago Customary Council John NR Gobai said indigenous peoples as the tenure landowners collect the promise of the Indonesian Government on the bargain involved Freeport, the Central Government and the landowners on 4 September 2017.

“At that time, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan agreed to accommodate the request of Amungme tribe asking Freeport to give a reimbursement of 1% fund which they received as the Corporate Social Responsibly funds into larger value shares,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Military could only arise trauma among locals

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Student activists from BEM Uncen and PMKRI speak during press releases. -Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Student Executive Board of the Cenderawasih University (BEM UNCEN) Paskalis Boma asks Papua Police to withdraw officers from Nduga District to prevent people from trauma.

He said the attack by the police officers occurred in Langguru and Kenyam on 11 July 2018 was very violent. “Nduga is part of Indonesia. If the police want to attack the National Liberation Army and Free Papua Movement (TPN/OPM), they shouldn’t harm the civilians,” he told Jubi on Wednesday (19/7/2018).

Further, he said the military’s attack in Nduga District was excessive as they attacked unarmed people whereas they were well-equipped. “People don’t carry weapons; they can’t fight back. They can’t do it because they are the citizens of Indonesia. This incident remains a scar and is rooted in the hearth of the local Nduga community. It only arises a fear.”

Meanwhile, Benediktus Bame, the Chairman of the Catholic Students Association of Indonesia (PMKRI) St Efrem Jayapura, the government could apply some human approaches towards the TPN/OPM. “The action taken by the government officials was very excessive. It would only arise a fear among the local people,” he said. (*)

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Papuan Liberation Movement wants dialogue

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Members of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua at a Melanesian Spearhead Group summit in 2013: Paula Makabori, Dr John Ondawame, Rex Rumakiek. – RNZ / Johnny Blades

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua supports the idea of dialogue with Indonesia as long as it is mediated internationally, the movement’s secretary says.

Indonesia’s government of Joko Widodo has recently made overtures to West Papuan customary and civil society leaders for dialogue over a range of issues in Papua region.

Secretary Rex Rumakiek said the push for dialogue was not a bad thing.

“But dialogue internationally, not Indonesian type of dialogue that resulted in 1969’s Act of Free Choice. That’s the type of dialogue Indonesia wants. We are not going to go back to that approach,” Mr Rumakiek said.

“We want an international dialogue and the best place to dialogue is the United Nations general assembly. Let us vote on the issue.”

The movement hoped to have questions over the legitimacy of the self-determination act under which West Papua was incorporated into Indonesia debated by the UN General Assembly in the next year or two, Mr Rumakiek said.

Since being admitted to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in 2015 with observer status in the regional grouping, the movement has had more opportunities to engage with Indonesia, which enjoys associate member status in the MSG.

The dynamic between the two parties, however, is clearly strained, as Indonesia’s government has characterised the movement as a separatist group that does not represent Papuans.

The full MSG members – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia’s Kanaks – have been working to facilitate dialogue between the movement and Indonesia

“We can talk direct to them with the MSG members as witnesses. That is what we call a third party” Mr Rumakiek explained.

“We cannot talk direct to Indonesia by ourselves, but with the MSG facilitating. We try to avoid other people speaking on our behalf. The MSG is trying to arrange for meetings (between the West Papuans and Indonesia’s government).”

Meanwhile, the Australia-based Mr Rumakiek said the movement was disturbed by the reports from Papua’s remote Nduga regency that Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army had exchanged gunfire in recent weeks.

Three people were killed in an attack on police at the local airport two weeks ago during regional elections. A faction of the Liberation Army – which is not directly linked to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua – claimed responsibility.

Following the attack, about a thousand extra police and military personnel deployed to Nduga as part of a joint operation.

They have been conducting an aerial campaign over the Alguru area in pursuit of the Liberation Army, with unconfirmed reports saying at least two Papuans have been shot dead and others injured in recent days.

The Indonesian aerial operations over Alguru echoed previous military operations in the area, which devastated the livelihoods of Papuan villagers, Mr Rumakiek said.

“They are applying the same strategy that they bomb villages and chasing the people who live in the bush, so the after effects are much more serious than the actual destruction itself,” he said.

“Those people, when they come back to their village there will be nothing left for them to return to because the schools and clinics are destroyed and the churches are destroyed.”

But in a statement, Indonesia’s military said reports that security forces were conducting airstrikes or dropping bombs in Nduga were a hoax.

Military forces were working with police in “law enforcement activities” in Alguru, it said. (*)

 

Source: radionz.co

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