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Pacific NGOS Have Political and Bad Motives : Indonesian Delegation

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The meeting of CSOs representatif and Troika Forum - Jubi/Victor Mambor

The meeting of CSOs representatif and Troika Forum – Jubi/Victor Mambor

Jayapura, Jubi – Indonesia strongly rejects outside intervention in the country’s internal affairs and accusations of human rights violations in Papua leveled by activists and rights groups from the Pacific were politically motivated, the government  said.

The Indonesian government on Wednesday (14/9/2016) reaffirmed its strategic position in the Pacific after the recent Pacific Islands Forum Summit.
The Indonesian delegation at the summit said the Pacific region is important for Indonesia and reaffirmed that geographically and culturally Indonesia is the part of the Pacific and 11 million of 240 million of its population have the Melanesian cultural background.
In response the PIF Communiqué related to human rights violations in West Papua, the Indonesian delegation said it respects the decision taken by PIC to state the Papuan is a sensitive issue for Indonesia and not put the suggestion to send a fact finding mission to Papua in the result of the communiqué this year.
The Indonesian Delegation considered the accusation on the human rights violation in Papua from several individuals and foreign NGOs was based on the awful intention and political reason. It also affirmed that Indonesia has a credible national mechanism related to the progress and protection on the human rights.
The Indonesian Government was stated to have commitment to work together constructively with the PIF country members, and Indonesia also could become a bridge between Pacific and Asia and Indian Ocean.
On the other hand, the researcher from Abdurrahman Wahid Center (AWC) Dr. Budi Hernawan some time ago regretted the action taken by the Indonesian Government, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who stated refusing to be dictated by the outsider but does not have any clear policy of bargaining.
“I think the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is likely to enjoy to use the old way by buying the voice of PNG and Fiji. The Rejection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the offer of ‘fact finding team’ and dialogue by MSG, on the other hand want to show that Indonesia is refusing to be dictated to. This is the policy line of the Jokowi’s government,” said Budi who has been involved in the research and advocacy on human right issues in Papua for years.
However, he also stressed that the action taken by the ministry of foreign affairs was only to strengthen the mobilization in the Pacific. “Is it aware of consequences or not? They are also against the offer from the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) related to Special Envoy Papua, so it is not clear what they want to,” he said.
At the end, continued Budi, what happened is not a new offer for Papua but just another reactive activities. As known earlier, as long as June 2016, many civilian groups, human rights activists, human rights attorney including the Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council are pessimistic to finally rejected the investigation human rights team formed by the Indonesian Government through the Coordinating Minister of Politic, Legal, Security Affairs in last May.
“It’s the government’s team. I don’t believe it. People recruited in the team made us feel pessimistic. Moreover some cases of human rights violation in Papua are targeted to be settled within this year,” said the Secretary of Commission I Mathea Mamoyo in last June.
The team has also been rejected by the ULMWP working team at the time it was established. “This team is only a part of Jakarta scamming to avoid the questions from the international community about the implementation of the Universal Periodic Review by UN Human Rights Council, as well as to switch the opinion and to avoid the questions from the countries joined in the Pacific Islands Forum,” according to Sam Awom who represented ULMWP in Indonesia.

While the team under the Coordinating Minister of Politic, Legal and Security Affairs is suspected against the law. “I considered the Integrated Team under the Coordinating Minister of Politic, Legal and Security Affairs is against the Law No. 39 Year 1999 on human rights and the Law No. 26 Year 2000 on the human rights court. The establishment is clearly ignoring the task and duty of the National Human Rights Commission that has regulated in the Law No 39 Year 1999 on human rights and the Law No 26 Year 2000 on the human rights court,” said Yan Christian Warinussi, Papuan human rights attorney at the Papua Lawyers Club in last June. (*/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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