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Out of 60 candidates for Komnas HAM commissioners, only 19 with very good competence



KOMNAS HAM office in South Jakarta Indonesia – IST

Moanemani, Jubi – The Coalition to Save Komnas HAM has released track record and competence of 60 candidates for KOMNAS HAM commissioner last weekend.

The civil society coalition has undertaken tracking on 60 candidates that includes indicators of Capacity, Integrity, Competence and Independence of Candidates for KOMNAS HAM members which should be an important consideration in determining whether or not a candidate is eligible to proceed to the next stage of selection.

Based on the coalition release received on July 4, the results assessment showed only 19 candidates who have very good competence, 23 candidates have only good enough competence and 5 candidates still have to go into human rights issues.

“There were also five candidates who refused to provide information and seven candidates did not provide whole information,” Zico Mulia, a member of the coalition as quoted saying in the release.

In terms of Independence they also found 13 people who turned out to be affiliated to political parties, 13 people affiliated with industry/corporation and 9 people have links with radical organizations or groups.

In terms of capacity there are 11 people who have problems in terms of cooperation, 16 people in terms of communication, 9 people in terms of decision-making, 12 people in terms of performance, and 12 people have problems in carrying out managerial principles.

In terms of integrity, there were 5 people found to relate in issues of corruption/gratification, 11 people have trouble in honesty, 8 people related to sexual violence and 14 people have problem in diversity issue.

Currently selection process of commissioner in the period of 2017-2022 has entered the stage of selecting 28 best candidates. Earlier 60 candidates had attended Public Test on May 17-18.

“From the results of the search we conducted an objective assessment involving independent experts from academic circles, formerly elected commissioners and experts,” said Zico.

The assessment has been submitted to the Candidate Committee of Komnas HAM Commisioner Candidates 2017-2022 Monday (Juli 3).

“Our effort is one stage of the process of guarding the selection that we are still going to do in the future. Our main goal is to strengthen and reform Komnas HAM in order to improve the quality of human rights enforcement of every Indonesian citizen,” said Zico.

2012-2017 period of decline

According to the coalition, the National Commission on Human Rights as an institution mandated by Law (Act 39 of 1999 on Human Rights, Law 26 of 2000 on Human Rights Court and Law No. 40 of 2008 on the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination) to conduct Supervision, Protection and Enforcement of human rights, in the period 2012-2017 has experienced a drastic decline.

Evaluation reports from Civil Society Alliance to Save the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) evaluates that there are a number of bad records, including poor performance accountability; unequal capacity and understanding of human rights among the commissioners; no independence, integrity and credibility; as well as the existence of institutionalized corruption and maladministration findings based on audit reports of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK).

However, Komnas HAM Commissioner from Papua, Natalius Pigai in Jayapura at the end of June, felt that Papuan human rights cases were getting more attention during his administration.

For Pigai, because the authority of KOMNAS HAM is limited in accordance with the mandate of the Act, the attention of mass media and international pressure to human rights cases in Papua has been an important achievement of KOMNAS HAM during his time.

“So do not demand the settlement of human rights violation cases on KOMNAS HAM, because it is not mandated, but the speed of monitoring on various cases of alleged human rights violations, especially in Papua, and public disclosure through mass media, is an important achievement,” he said. (*)


ULMWP plans peaceful movements in seven indigenous territories




United Liberation Movement for West Papua Action Committee (ULMWP) team – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – ULMWP going to hold peaceful demonstrations in seven indigenous territories of West Papua on 24 – 28 September 2018.

Ice Murib, the spokesperson of action committee for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), stated in a press conference held in the Papuan Customary Council, Expo Waena on Wednesday (08/19/2018).

The central theme is to give full support to Vanuatu and other Pacific countries to address the issue of West Papua to the UN General Assembly 2019.

“We will conduct a peaceful movement in indigenous territories of Mamta and Animha on 24 September 2018 centred in Hollandia (Jayapura), whereas the same activities in other regions will be on the following dates,” said Murib.

Murib further said the delegations of ULMWP and Vanuatu are going to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. So far, Vanuatu has made a resolution enforcing the rights of self-determination for West Papua to be submitted at the hearing.

“They will also mobilise support from other countries to promote self-determination for West Papua,” continued Murib.

For this reason, he appealed to all people including students, civil servants and those who are care of independence to participate in the movement. “You can do whatever you want to celebrate it. Pray, do orations, give speeches and so on.”

In Jayapura, the rally will start from different points namely Expo, Lingkaran Abe and Dok V and then the mass will gather at Perumnas 3 Waena. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya




Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November




The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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