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Pacific NGOS Have Political and Bad Motives : Indonesian Delegation



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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Papua Printing Company to support young Papuan writers




Komunitas Sastra Papua (Papuan Literature Community) when launching a discussion on literacy education in Jayapura. – Jubi/Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi- Komunitas Sastra Papua (Papuan Literature Community) asked the Papua Provincial Government to reactive the regional company ‘Percetakan Rakyat Papua’ (Papua Regional Printing Company) to response the current demand of publication since many young Papuans are now becoming a writer.

However, the main constraint is in printing,” said the secretary of Komunitas Sastra Papua (Kosapa) Aleks Giyai on Thursday (31/5/2018).

Percetakan Rakyat Papua is considered bringing opportunities for Papuans to get the lower-cost printing. “To print some printed items such as books, magazines, calendars and so on, we have to make an order in Java. Even though the printing cost is quite cheaper, the shipping cost is expensive,” explained Giyai.

Meanwhile, cultural activist Andy Tagihuma thought books play a crucial role in developing a character of a nation. “The gradual progress of literacy development in Papua is a result of the inconsistent book publishing,” said Tagihuma.

He further said Papua should be able to produce and publish books and other writings locally like what has been done by the University of Cenderawasih in the past, which printed most of their writings such as Warta Uncen and other scientific journals independently. “But now they mostly send it to Java for printing,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Developers must complete the permit for housing construction




Illustration of the rapid growth of housing in Doyo Lama area. – Jubi/Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – As the rapid growth of housing construction in the areas of Sentani Timur, Sentani and Waibhu, the Head of Integrated Permit and Regional Investment Agency of Jayapura District Henock Puraro said developers should administer the IMB (Construction Permit) first for new housing constructions.

Developers who want to build new housings need to arrange an agreement with the tenure of landowners first. Then, they should complete the legal aspect of their proposal,” Puraro told reporter in Jayapura Regent Office at Gunung Merah, Sentani on Thursday (31/5/2018).

He said his office would soon publish about the spatial planning to the public in regards to the ongoing regional development process. “We will publish the system of city spatial planning including the regulation related to housing construction,” he said.

Similarly, the Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industry for Jayapura District Henky Yoku said developers should consider the cultural, social and economic aspects of the local community.

“What is the impact of housing development on the local community? Developers cannot just build new housing then take a profit of it. They should take account of the sustainability of the local community who live surrounding the environment. Therefore there is a value added from this development,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Nine fish species found in Fakfak coastal areas




Nine fish species found in the coastal areas of Berau Bay dan Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay, Fakfak District. – Jubi/Doc CI Indonesia, Fakfak

Manokwari, Jubi – The Conservation International (CI) Indonesia in Fakfak has identified nine species of coral fish as new species because it has not scientifically included in Pisces taxonomy.

The Program Manager of CI Indonesia for Fakfak Nur Ismu Hidayat said this finding made during the survey on the potential of coastal areas in Fakfak in two-week diving at the Berau Bay, Kokas sub-district and Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay, Karas sub-district.

“From two weeks of diving at the northern Fakfak (the coastal area of Berau Bay), we can identify six new species. Then three species were identified in the western Fakfak, namely the coastal areas of Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay located at Karas sub-district,” Hidayat told Jubi on Friday (1/6/2018) in Manokwari. Further, he said the habitats of the nine fish are quite varied, from the depth of 1-2 metres with average wave condition, muddy sediment to the coral area.

“One of the newfound fish, 6-centimetre black fish with the light-coloured mouth like wearing lipstick, is classified in Pomacentrus Family based on its morphology. This species cannot find in other places. Based on this fact, the researchers strongly assume the species is the endemic fish of Fakfak coastal sea,” said Hidayat. Moreover, he said the nine new fish species are not possible to consume because of their size, but they potentially become decorative fish that people can enjoy their beauty in their natural habitats, so, it’s potential for ecotourism development.

Furthermore, he said the coral and marine biota in Fakfak are extraordinary. Fakfak coastal area is also a safe habitat for rare fish species that rarely found in other sea areas.  “For instance, the gong-liked black parrot fish (large coral fish species which a bulge front head looked like a gong), known as Chlorurus Oedema, was successfully captured during the survey in the estuary of the Nusalasi-Van Den Bosch Bay,” added Hidayat.

Meanwhile, a lecturer from Universitas Papua (Unipa) Manokwari Keylopas Krey said the potential of local species in West Papua Province is quite high, but it has not well documented. For the new finding, the researcher certainly will take a systematic and scientific procedure. “In the process to identify the taxonomy, morphology and genetic analysis would be applied to confirm and validate whether these nine species are new species that evolve or have a relationship with other species in that area,” said Krey.

The finding of these alleged new fish species is a good prospect for science. Therefore the reserve management of this area couldn’t be separated from science. It means science will be applied to improve the application system and national and international records about regional potencies.

“Unipa will not only continue to encourage the smart steps of many parties in protecting the environment in the entire of the land of Papua as the centre of biodiversity; but also keep to push all the parties for taking positive steps toward the sustainable development management,” he said.

Moreover, he added,” there are high conservation values that need to maintain. Therefore, the development in Papua, especially in West Papua Province, can always prioritise the values that respect to the future of local wisdom for our future generation.” (*)


Reporter: Hans Kapisa

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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