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Obby Kogoya Challenges Yogyakarta Police’s Move to Name Him Suspect

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Obby Kogoya, Papuan student who arrested by Indonesia Police during the incident of Papua Student Dormitory - Supplied

Obby Kogoya, Papuan student who arrested by Indonesia Police during the incident of Papua Student Dormitory – Supplied

Jayapura, Jubi – Obby Kogoya, Papuan student who was a alleged victim of police violence, has filed a pretrial motion against the Police’s decision to name him a suspect.

The Police arrested Kogoya following racist violence and the siege against Papuan students at Dormitory Kamasan I Yogyakarta by the Police and some civil organizations.

According to a press release by LBH Yogyakarta received by Jubi on Tuesday (9/8/2016), Obby and 8 Papuan students were taken to the Yogyakarta Police Headquarters without clear charges. His arrest was seen as an act to silent dissent.

Six among them were arrested while returning to the dormitory after buying cassava from the local market.

“The were accused of bringing sharp weapons. The accusations have never been proven because they only brought 34 kilograms of cassavas to be cooked for lunch,” stated LBH.

The rest of two including Obby were arrested and beaten while come to join his friends at the dormitory. Obby, as reported merdeka.com (16/7) was named suspect because allegedly bring an arrow.

However, LBH stated, during the process of legal assistance at the Police, cassavas are the only proofs. Therefore, Emanuel Gobay, Obby’s lawyer said Obby was named suspect without any evidence. “Determination of the suspect Obby was not in accordance of the legal process of crime, there is no evidence against him, the investigators also never showed anyone who become witnesses, as well as there is no other evidence to point him as the suspect.”

Obby is subjected to Article 212 jo. 213 Criminal Code Sub paragraph 351, which essentially he was accused to fight the officers by doing violence or mistreatment. In fact, through the video, photographs and other descriptions indicated he was the victim of violence or beaten by the security officers, stated LBH Yogyakarta.

As reported Tempo.co on Tuesday (9/8/2016), spokesperson of Sleman District Court, Ayun Kristiyanto said the court has received the letter and proposal of pretrial. The Chief of Court would assign a judge to lead the pretrial. “The trial would take seven days counted since the applicant and defendant attend to the trial. If only one party come, it has not counted yet,” he said.

Director of General Crime Investigation of Yogyakarta Police, Senior Commissionaire Hudit Wahyudi said the named of suspect is through a process of correct interrogation and investigation procedures. But he let the pretrial. “We are ready to face the lawsuit,” he said. (*/rom)

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture

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Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura indigenous school pays attention to children’s rights

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Children in the Indigenous School learn how to carve. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – Director of Indigenous School of Jayapura District Origen Monim stated that he would pay attention to the rights of children studying at his school as it stands in an area declared as a child-friendly village.

“We have a guide about what indicator of a child-friendly village is, which was given by the Head of the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office. So it would be our concern,” said Monim in Sentani on Tuesday (09/11/2018).

He further explained that the indigenous school runs their activities every day, from 14:00 to 16:30 Papua time, and a speedboat provided to pick up students to school.

“So far we operate independently. In the future, we would also try to provide snacks or additional food for children in Khandei class, namely for those aged 8-13 years,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Head of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office of Jayapura District, Maria Bano confirmed on the guide of the child-friendly village that already implemented in the Indigenous School of Jayapura District.

“Children from formal school continue their learning activities there, in the indigenous school, which encourage children playing and having fun with their friends. Because at their age, children need to observe their environment and people around them,” said Bano. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination

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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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