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Military, Freeport Act as Lords in Papua , Says Uncen Faculty Member

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Jayapura, Jubi – Two lords – the military and Freeport –  are controlling the Land of Papua,  said a Cendrawasih University faculty member, Marinus Yaung.

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Marinus Yaung – Jubi

He made the remarks during a public discussion titled ‘Demanding Jokowi Fulfill Promises’ held at the Grand Abe Hotel, Abepura, Jayapura, Papua, on last week.

“There are only two lords that I observed from the 1960s to the present, namely Freeport and the military,” he said.

He said Freeport represents foreign powers on this land because Indonesia is only regarded as a guardian of foreign power in Papua.

While the military began to infuse its power since Papua became part of Indonesia until now. Power in the sense of control of Papua, without the need to question the past happened.

According to him, President Jokowi just know that Papua is no man’s territory. “Papua has two masters, so be careful with his promise. Why? Because there have been two lords who ruled over this land, before Jokowi elected president, “he said.

He further said, the two lords absolutely are not counted by President Jokowi in delivering its promises to Papua.

At the beginning of January 2015, Kapuspen military issued a statement that TNI is ready to support the president’s policy in resolving problems in Papua. Yet on the second visit, Jokowi statement changed again. He said his visit to Papua means a dialog with Papuans.

“We as the people of Papua confused by this, but for me it is a normal thing because apparently, Jokowi realized that there are two lords in Papua. If the president has an agenda in Papua, he must adjust to the agenda of the two lords, “Yaung said.

According to him, since Jokowi became president, not a single promise is realized in order to resolve a number of problems affecting Papua.

“We Papuans voted in the last presidential election to Jokowi 70-75 percent, with the hope that the future of Papua would be much better, “he said.

In the same place, Father Neles Tebay, Pr. as the religious leaders said, Jokowi has two commitments, the first is a commitment to build Papua and the second is to build a peaceful land.

“I see that president is willing to resolve conflicts peacefully instead of using Article treason (criminalizing politics-red),” he said.

But on the other hand, President Jokowi also must embrace all parties and should be manifested by dialogue. “With dialogue, all the components such as government, Papuan who against Indonesia, Freeport, etc can sit together to find mutual perceptions in order to build Papua and make Papua as a peaceful land, “he said. (Roy Ratumakin/Tina)

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Five civilians in Timika have reportedly been arrested , says ULMWP

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Jayapura, Jubi – Five civilians in Timika have reportedly been arrested by the newly reactivated military counter-terrorism unit for “aspiring” to West Papuan independence.

“At 10pm on Saturday June 9, Orpa Wanjomal (40) and his stepchild Polce Sugumol (31) were arrested at their home in the SP 2 [housing unit] in Timika,” United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) spokesperson Jakob Rumbiak said yesterday.

“Five hours later, at 3am in the morning, on Sunday June 10, Titus Kwalik was arrested at the SP 10.

“At the same time Julianus Dekme (31) and Alosius Ogolmagai (49) were arrested at Julianus’ house at the SP 6. The five civilians were arrested for aspiring to Papuan independence.”

Rumbiak said that the Joint Special Operations Command (Koopssusgab) was involved in the arrests. The Koopssusgab is a joint military counter-terrorism unit, which was recently reactivated in concert with revisions to the Anti-Terrorism Law, and is under the direct authority of Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

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The commando unit, according to House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I chairperson Abdul Kharis Almasyhari, was formed to assist in dealing with terrorism under certain conditions if the national police request assistance.

According to Almasyhari, under the revisions to the 2003 Anti-Terrorism Law, which were enacted on May 25, there are additional regulations which make it more comprehensive, including the possibility of involving the TNI (Indonesian military) under certain conditions.

“However the Koopssusgab apparently can’t be formed yet because they don’t have a core budget yet,” said Almasyhari.

Nevertheless, the ULMWP is sure that the arrests were carried out by Koopssusgab.

“The use of the special military anti-terrorist force against West Papuan civilians is irresponsible and morally wrong”, said Rumbiak.

The West Papuan people were not terrorists, and had never carried out terrorist acts, unlike Indonesian terrorists or extremists.

The West Papuan people’s right to self-determination is guaranteed under the Indonesian Constitution, the United Nations Human Rights Charter, UN General Assembly Resolution 1514 (1960), the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights (2007) and UN General Assembly Resolution 1752 Chapters XVII and XII.

Tabloid Jubi has attempted to contact Mimika District Police Chief Assistant Superintendent Agung Marlianto via WhatsApp for clarification of the alleged arrests. As of posting this article however, Marlianto has not responded.

Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.

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Literacy learning at the University of Cenderawasih

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Elementary school children when visiting a literacy stall in the auditorium of Uncen- Jubi/David Sobolim

Jayapura, Jubi – To introduce the importance of literacy to pupils and college students in Papua, Yayasan Nusantara Sejati in cooperation with the Australian Government, UNICEF Papua and Papua Provincial Education Office and Jayapura Regional Education Office open a literacy stall in a parking lot of the auditorium of the University of Cenderawasih (Uncen) Abepura.

Arlenia Sitepesi, the Chairman Committee of Yayasan Nusantara Sejati, told Jubi on Thursday (7/6/2018) that the exhibition involved twenty schools and five replication schools from the city and district of Jayapura.

“We invite the nearby schools, such as from Abepura, Kotaraja and surrounding areas to participate in the various competitions held.”

The Secretary of Papua Provincial Education Office Protasius Lobya said this literacy program has gained a national recognation and would apply throughout of Indonesia.

Therefore, Papua should be proud of it. “We must support the Papuan context in literacy because it has included in the Special Regulation No. 3 and the Papua Governor’s Regulation No. 23. Budget on education in Papua is very high, so we should support it.” (*)

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua’s legislator: Free from rubella and measles shouldn’t be a media campaign only

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Vice-Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau. – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – The Vice Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau warned the provincial government not set a goal for Papuan children to be free from rubella and measles only on media.

She further said it is difficult to actualise this goal if the access to health services including the regular immunisation program has not been optimal since it has not reached remote areas yet.

“There is a query that should be answered immediately before the government’s commitment to free a million of children from the threat of rubella and measles,” said Duwitau on Thursday (7/6/2018).

Furthermore, she said if the Papua Provincial Government really committed to this goal, they should optimise the health services including the regular immunisation program by developing the local health facilities.

Meanwhile, the Head of Papua’s Health Office Aloysius Giyai admitted that this province still has a problem with the regular immunisation program. The participation rate is below 80 per cent in most districts, which is under the national target.

“Even in some districts with high participation rate, the Universal Child Immunisation (UCI) rate is also below 80 per cent,” said Giyai. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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