Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) was coy about Luhut Panjaitan’s plan to visit two Melanesian Spearhead Group country members, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
“Only these two countries can take Indonesia,” said ULMWP Secretary General Oktavinus Mote to Jubi on Tuesday (29/3/2016) by phone.
Because, according to him, PNG and Fiji are in trouble right now. Fiji was recently hit by Winston hurricane while PNG is facing an economic turmoil.
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs Luhut Panjaitan said his visit to Fiji and PNG has no connection with the Papua issue in MSG forum or a strengthening the position of Indonesia in regional organization in the Pacific region.
“It is because of a movement to make Papua seems not part of Indonesia, such as in Melanesia. But East Nusa Tenggara, Ambon, those are anthropologically part of Melanesia as well. So, there is no reason about it,” said the minister.
However he acknowledged the Indonesian relationship with the countries in Pacific is less warm. “Why did it happen? We might be too busy with other business,” he added.
But the ULMWP Secretary General Octovianus Mote said the Melanesian leaders are among the world leaders who know the reality in Papua. Their credibility as leaders has been tested in the past, including when they decided to recognize and accept the ULMWP to resume as family member of Melanesian and South Pacific’s big family.
“At the moment, West Papua nation and people are not alone in their struggle anymore. Papua has become a member of Melanesian family since 2013 and strengthened by recognition as observer in Honiara last year,” continued Mote.
He added, the Indonesian effort to affect the Melanesian leaders would not succeed.
In the MSG Summit held in last June 2016, Fiji and PNG are the countries that supported the acceptance of Indonesia becoming the Associate Member in MSG. two other countries, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu didn’t give their supports. Both countries along with Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS) gave supports to ULMWP to become a member as observer in MSG. (Victor Mambor/rom)
Food production is now an issue for Papuan traders in Jayapura City
Jayapura, Jubi – Not many indigenous traders in Papua sells their agricultural produce. They mostly buy it from vegetable farmers at Youtefa traditional market before reselling it in other traditional markets in Jayapura City.
“It is approximately 70 per cent of Papuan women traders buy such agricultural produce at Youtefa traditional market,” said the Coordinator of Indigenous Papuan Traders Solidarity (SOLPAP) Frangky Warer on Thursday (10/18/2018) in Jayapura City, Papua.
Every day, the indigenous traders who are mostly women wake up early in the morning. They go to Yotefa traditional market at 3:00 a.m. to buy some produce.
“Then they sell it in different traditional markets until 9:00 a.m. and return home. After that, they come back to sell their goods at the traditional market in the afternoon starting from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. So they only sleep about two to three hours and spend most of their time for trading,” explained Warer.
Furthermore, he said if there are those who sell their agricultural produce, it could be pineapple sellers because of about 90 per cent of indigenous traders in traditional markets in Jayapura City has pineapple fields that located in an area called Angkasa.
“However, they don’t sell the pineapples every day because it relies on the harvesting season,” he said.
This situation clearly shows that Papuans are not producers but distributors of good. “The fact is we Papuans consume more,” he said.
Therefore he suggests that all parties should pay serious attention to this issue, especially the local government. “The government need to provide cultivating lands for Papuans so that we can break the chain of dependence,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Head of Small and Medium Enterprise and Industry Office of Jayapura Municipal Government Robert L. N. Awi similarly said that Papuans currently only involved in selling. “Surprisingly, they don’t sell their daily food or necessities in the market,” he said.
He pointed out that not many indigenous Papuans now sell the betel nuts and sago in four traditional markets in Jayapura City, namely Yotefa, Hamadi, Tanjung Ria and Entrop traditional markets. “We can count them. Currently, those who sell those things are coming from other Indonesian regions,” he said.
This particular condition then leads the Papuan House of Representative to draft the special regulation on local food security and indigenous Papuan traders in which control the production and distribution of the local food.
“Those who have land must use it for cultivating or give it to others who want to produce. However, they should have a further agreement about profit sharing” said a parliament member John Gobai. (*)
Reporter: Benny Mawel
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Human rights violations talk in the meeting of Military Commander and Parliament Chairman
Jayapura, Jubi – Major General Yosua Pandit Sembiring, who recently appointed as the Commander of Regional Military Command XVII Cenderawasih, met Yunus Wonda, the Chairman of Papuan Parliament on Thursday (10/18/2018).
After the meeting where took place in the chairman office, the Commander stated instead of talking about human rights violations they discuss the development in Papua.
“We also didn’t talk about the involvement of military culprits in human rights violations. Even if it was true, I ask for clear information and evidence. We surely cannot rely on rumours, so clear evidence is needed,” he said.
Moreover, he declared his meeting with the chairman was just a friendship meeting and information exchange to improve Papua in the future. “This meeting is solely a gathering to exchange information and experience,” he said.
Furthermore, he said both sides concern about how to make Papua more advanced and how to scale up the capacity of Papuan human resources, including in the field of education.
“From our conversation, I figure out that 100 indigenous Papuans have sent to school outside of Papua. This kind of program needs to be improved because these students can bring Papua to a better direction once they return,” he said.
Similarly, Yunus Wonda said the meeting was just a friendship meeting that not discusses any other matters. “We only talk about general issues, exchange ideas. I only asked him to support us in the upcoming PON 2020 (the National Sports Week Event),” he said. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Police declare completion of Skrzypski’s trial documents
Jayapura, Jubi – Relevant documents of 30-year-old-Polish Jakup Febian Skrzypski (JFS) who arrested by a joint team from Papua Regional Police and Jayawijaya Regional Police at a hotel in Wamena City, Jayawijaya Regency, a few months ago due to an allegation associated with an insurgent group are already complete.
Public Relations Chief of Papua Police Senior Commissionaire A.M. Kamal said the prosecutor office confirmed the completion of these relevant documents. Therefore, the investigators from the Directorate of Crime of Papua Police will handover both the suspect and pieces of evidence to Wamena District Attorney for further process.
“Regarding this case, the investigators from the Directorate of Crime of Papua Police have questioned four witnesses,” said Kamal on Friday (10/19/2018).
Skrzypski is charging against Article 106 of the Criminal Code concerning State’s treason that makes him possible to take life imprisonment or twenty years in jail. “While other suspects YS and SM are still being investigated,” he said.
Earlier last month, the Head of Papua Representative Office of Human Rights Commission Frits Ramandey confirmed that the suspect Skrzypski was physically in good condition in the prison of Papua Regional Police.
“Even though he is fine physically, and as a prisoner, he has his right, but I think he is psychologically stressed,” Ramandey said at the time. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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