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Military, Police Say Crowd Did Not Burn Mosque Deliberately



The meeting among Military Commander, Papua Police Chief, Regent of Tolikara dan President of GIDI in Tolikara, on Saturday afternoon (18/7/2015) - Jubi

The meeting among Military Commander, Papua Police Chief, Regent of Tolikara dan President of GIDI in Tolikara, on Saturday afternoon (18/7/2015) – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua’s military and police chiefs visited Karubaga Sub-district, Tolikara Regency after rioting left stalls burned and prompted security forces to open fired at 11 members of the Evangelical Church in Indonesia (GIDI) on Friday morning (17/7/2015), coinciding with Eid al Fitr celebrations.

Cenderawasih XVII Regional Military Commander Major General Fransen G Siahaan and Papua Police Chief Inspector General Yotje Mende on Saturday held a meeting to find the best solution to the conflict.

The meeting was also attended by Tolikara Deputy Regent, Tolikara Police Chief, the President of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Indonesia the Rev. Dorman Wandikbo and the victims. The Regional Commander said the Military and Indonesian Police and other people’s component including the victims of both sides, Muslims and GIDI together would rebuild the Mushola, kiosks and houses that burned in the incident. Cenderwasih Regional Military Command would also collect and transported the used-clothes and foodstuffs by helicopter.

The Papua Police Chief further said he’s very concerned about what was happened yesterday. The Indonesian Police will carry out their duty that is securing the situation and location, doing mediation and listing the inventory of material losses.

Meanwhile the regent and regional authorities has also made an agreement with the victims as follow:
1. The regent is responsible for the material losses and will rebuild the houses and stalls;
2. The regent will facilitate the meeting among related parties for resolution;
3. The regent will apologize to the victims of both sides of Muslims and indigenous Papuans;
4. Military and Indonesian Police will maintain the security and help to build the temporary facilities.

Based on temporary review, the chronology of incident was started when the crowd burned Mr. Sarno’s house and Silvi’s stalls. Quickly the fire grew larger and spread to fuel stall and then burned the entire stalles and houses. Mushola where located in the same location was not escape from the fire either. The purpose of visit of the Regional Military Commander and Papua Police Chief on location is to align the information that randomly circulated in public as well as to confirm the reality on the crowd deliberately burned the Mushola. For this reason, the Regional Military Commander asked the intelligent to be more cautious against those who take benefit on this situation by creating chaos when the situation is getting better after the incident.

“Regional Military Commander is promptly prepared and integrated to support law enforcement by firstly seeking the accurate data. The fact about mushola was being burned is not true,” the Commander said in his visit on location.

Based on last observation on the ground, there are 38 family units who became the victims of fire and violence, 63 burning stalls and 153 people were displaced. The victims are coming from both sides, Muslims and Christians, Non-Papuans and Indigenous Papuans as well. The indigenous Papuans who became the victims of violence committed by the Rev. Marthen Jingga and the Rev. Marthen Manimbo are including Bindo Jikwa, Dorkas Jikwa, Nasiora Jikwa, Natina Jikwa and Timobe Kogoya.

In regards to repressive act by the security forces that caused the casualties, the Papua Police Chief said the police will conduct the thorough investigation on it and it would be process professionally. If the offenders were found among the officers, the police would crack them up. All victims are currently taken a medical treatment, four are hospitalized at Wamena Public Hospital while 7 was treated at Jayapura Dok II Public Hospital.

Meanwhile the President of the Synod of the Evangelical Church in Indonesia the Rev. Dorman Wandikbo who was also with the Regional Military Commander and Papua Police Chief said GIDI had no intention to cause chaos. Thus, as GIDI representative, he apologized for the mistreatment of GIDI’s members over the Muslims in doing Eid Fitr prayer.

The Vice Chairman of Tolikara Legislative Council Yotham Wonda also regretted the incident because it should be solved through dialogue for not staining the religious tolerance among people. The Chairman of the Commission A of Tolikara Legislative Council Originis Wanimbo recognized the low education among the local people made them easily to be provoked. Meanwhile, Hajj Colem whose stall was burned in the incident said in the meeting that he hope the incident would never happen in the future.

After the meeting, the Military and Police and local residents worked together to clean the debris. In completion of their visit, the Regional Military Commander and Papua Police Chief took their time to give donation to the victims of fire victims in the refugee camps where located behind the Regional Military Headquarter. (Victor Mambor/rom)



KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination




KNPB and Gempar Papua activists at the Secretariat of Central KNPB. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB) held a limited discussion to support FKLNS (Organization of the Liberation Struggle of the Kanaky Tribe in New Caledonia) which has been well received by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to conduct a referendum in November 2018.

The First Chairman of Central KNPB Agus Kosay said it’s time for Kanaky to get self-determination from French colonialism.

“Kanaky must declare their self-determination. If Kanaky gets their independence, it would be able to give their support to West Papua because we share the same situation, which lives under the colonialism,” he said on Wednesday (08/12/2018) in Jayapura.

Meanwhile a member of Gempar (Papuan Youth and Student Movement) Nelius Wenda said as a nation oppressed by Indonesia, West Papua fully supports the referendum agenda of New Caledonia.

“Kanaky must determine their destiny. It must be far better than being under the French colonialism. In the future we Papuans are just like Kanaky,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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In Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo




Papuan students and youth are arrested by the police on Tuesday (4/9/2018) in a rally to support Vanuatu to bring up the issue of West Papua in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). – Jubi / Doc.

Jayapura, Jubi – The current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo is considered to be no different from Prabowo in Human Rights violations in Papua.

If Prabowo recognised as a perpetrator of human rights violations in Papua, Widodo considered allowing violent conflicts and human rights violations in Papua to continue. Now both will compete in the Indonesian presidential election 2019.

“For us from Mimika District, Jokowi is no different from Prabowo. Why? If Prabowo is a perpetrator of human rights violation in Papua, the current president Jokowi knows about these violations but let it happened repeatedly,” said Odizeus Beanal, the Director of Amungme Tribal Society (Lemasa) told Jubi on Tuesday (11/9/2018) while mentioning some cases of human rights violations occurred in Paniai, Timika, Ndugama and other regions.

Today the allegations of human rights violations in Papua still continue. Some violent incidents against civilians that resulted in casualties and arrests of random people still occur under the current administration.

The Amnesty International Indonesia has recorded 38 cases of extrajudicial killings from 2014 to mid-2018 that confirmed 51 victims. This report launched in mid-July 2018.

Government efforts and victims rejection

The Indonesian government through the Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security has formed an integrated team whose task to collect data and information, make analyses and report to the president. The team who consist of 39 members from Papua and Jakarta established in May 2018 as an integrated team to resolve cases of alleged human right violations in Papua. However, it obtained rejection from many Papuans to consider them as not neutral.

“It is impossible to accept those who suspected as perpetrators to become referees. Furthermore, we know this team facilitated by the Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security who has a military background. From the beginning, the Police has supported this team. So how could we believe them?” said Peneas Lokbere, the Coordinator of United for Truth (BUK).

According to Lokbere, who continuously are accompanying victims of Papuan human rights violations, the team only maintained the strategy of former minister Wiranto who at that time suggested that the alleged human rights violations in Papua resolved through the customary law.

Moreover, he said until now there are hundreds of victims of human rights violations in Papua who still fight for justice. For instance, the family of victims of the Bloody Paniai incident of December 8th, 2014. The number of victims might be up to thousands because these alleged human rights violations have occurred since Indonesia annexed Papua in the 60s.

“Jokowi once expressed in front of five thousand more Papuans at Mandala Stadium in Jayapura that he would immediately resolve the Bloody Paniai case. But it was only a promise, “said Tinus Pigai, a relative of Apinus Gobai who was the victim of the incident at Karel Gobai Square, Paniai.

According to him, Jokowi’s visits to Papua were in vain, because he had not been able to fulfil his promise to resolve the Bloody Paniai case. (*)


Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Migration is a factor of increasing poverty in Papua




Indigenous Papuans. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Septer Manufandu, the former Executive Secretary of Non-Governmental Organization Working Forum of Papua (FOKER LSM Papua), stated stakeholders in Papua need to the right solution to strict the flow of migration into Papua.

So far, he said that Papua is an open region and anyone is free to come to Papua without strict control. Therefore he urges the authority to establish a proper mechanism to control the migration, but respect everyone’s right at the same time.

“In the Special Regulation about Population, it does not prohibit people outside of Papua to enter Papua, but rather to control it. So migrants must have a clear purpose coming to Papua,” Manufandu told Jubi on Friday (9/9/2018).

Meanwhile, a Papua Parliament Member Mustakim said a factor that causes the increase in the percentage of poverty in Papua is the rapid influx of migrants.

“No matter how hard the government tried to reduce the poverty rate in Papua, it becomes difficult to work as people from the outside continue to come,” said Mustakim.

Furthermore, he said a proper solution to regulate the influx of population in Papua is the government should stipulate the provincial regulation (Perdasi) or special regional regulation (Perdasus) on migration. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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