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PAP : Only Two Options – Special Autonomy Law Changes or Special Autonomy Plus

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Dozens of members of the Papua Customary Youth (Pemuda Adat Papua/PAP) left for Jakarta last week to hold a  rally in front of the Presidential Palace - Jubi

Dozens of members of the Papua Customary Youth (Pemuda Adat Papua/PAP) left for Jakarta last week to hold a rally in front of the Presidential Palace – Jubi

Sentani, Jubi – Dozens of members of the Papua Customary Youth (Pemuda Adat Papua/PAP) left for Jakarta last week to hold a rally in front of the Presidential Palace.

Their main goal is to urge the central government to close mining activities run by PT. Freeport Indonesia in Timika and to replace the Special Autonomy Law 2001 that has been implemented for 15 years in Papua.

PAP Chairman Decky Ovide said a change in the the Special Autonomy Law 2001 in Papua is one of important points to be expressed to the Central Government. “After a long reflection, we understand that the Special Autonomy Law has not given any impact to the Papuans’ prosperity,” he told Jubi by phone on Saturday (5/3/2016).

He explained the Special Autonomy Law must be entirely redrafted, because it wasn’t well implemented. “Where did the money go? It’s not clear,” he said.

Every paragraphs and articles of the Special Autonomy Law, he continued, must be reviewed. Promised free education and health services have not been yet implemented as well as the economic and infrastructure development. Everything was not running well until now,” he said.

He continued the protest was to urge the Central Government to agree conducting evaluation on the implementation of the Special Autonomy Law in Papua, including the expenditure report of received fund.

“We give three months for the Central Government to evaluate the Special Autonomy Law. They must involve the Provincial Government and Papuan community leaders. There are only two solutions for Papua, that are to reconstruct the Special Autonomy Law or to negotiate the Special Autonomy Plus,” he said.

PAP request is almost similar with the statement of Papua Governor some times ago to resume the Special Autonomy fund to the Central Government, which made some parties assuming he was involved with the rally.

“I am not involved with the protest asking the shut down of Freeport or resuming the Special Autonomy fund. It is not my business as the governor,” said Papua Governor Lukas Enembe. (Engel Wally/rom)

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Two young Papuans, selling newspapers for study

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Robi Wenda while serving his customer – Jubi / Yance Wenda

Sentani, Jubi – Awan Sol, a 19 years old student of Papuan Baptist Theology in Jayapura works part-time selling newspapers in front of the former Merpati Office at Abepura, Jayapura City to meet his daily needs.

Sol whom is native of Yahukimo District said he works early in the morning before the class and sell approximately 30 to 50 copies of newspapers every day. “Headlines are a factor whether newspapers will immediately be sold out or not. If I can sell 10, I got Rp 100 thousand. The more copies I sell, the more money I get. After the class, I continue to sell the rest of copies,” he told Jubi on Wednesday (4/7/2018).

Meanwhile, Robi Wenda, a student of Cenderawasih University has to postpone from his study due to financial issue. He is now selling the local newspapers at the Sentani Airport to support his needs. “I sell ‘Jubi’ and ‘Cepos’ every day,” he said to the reporter at the Sentani Airport, Jayapura District. (*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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KOMNAS HAM Papua: AI is influential in the United Nations

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Amnesty International when launching its report in Jayapura City. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Human Rights National Commission (KOMNAS HAM) Papua Representative said people should not underestimate the Amnesty International (AI) because the agency is quite influential in the United Nations.

Ramandey’s statement was related to the launched of AI’s report ‘Sudah, Kasi Tinggal Dia Mati: Pembunuhan dan Impunitas di Papua (Fine, Let them all died: Killing and Impunity in Papua)’ on 2 July 2018 in Jayapura.

The Amnesty International reports since January 2010 to 2018, the Indonesian security forces killed 95 people in both provinces of Papua and West Papua, which 69 victims killed without legal consent, and 85 were indigenous Papuans. However, the report has reaped the reaction from the police and military.

“AI is very influential in the decisions taken in the UN Human Rights Council, especially related to the human rights cases,” Ramandey told Jubi on Friday (6/7/2018).

Further, he said it should consider that the Amnesty International, which has 72 offices around the world, is the only institution received the accreditation from the UN to provide views on the alleged human rights violations.

“This is a good practice for the state to improve the legal system and litigation. A mechanism, a dynamic that the Indonesian Government—not only the police and military—should consider. The government must give a good response,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director of LP3BH (Research, Study and Legal Assistance of Manokwari) said both civil and military officers in Indonesia have the custom to rebut over the report without sufficient data and investigation results of proper standards and methodologies. It often leads to polemical lies in public. “It could also lead to ignorance among Indonesians including Papuans about questionable legal facts in order obtaining fair, transparent and accountable information.” (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Where does Rp 9.56 billion for Panggama Airport’s construction go?

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Papuan Legislator Natan Pahabol (blue shirt) with the Yahukimo community. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan legislator from Yahukimo, Yalimo and Pegunungan Bintang electoral districts Natan Pahabol questioned the funds allocated for the airport construction in Panggama Sub-district Yahukimo.

He said the Papua Provincial Government allocated Rp 11.95 billion in 2016 to renovate the Panggama Airport. The amount of Rp 9.56 billion has disbursed to the contractor in the fiscal year 2017. In the same year, the contractor began to work on the former airport that was built by missionaries from the European Evangelical Agency around 1972-1973 in collaboration with the GKI Synod in Tanah Papua under the leadership of the Rev. Adam Roth.

“After that, the work discarded and until now the airport has not finished. So when it rains so heavy, the airport is flooded. By this year it cannot be used,” said Pahabol to Jubi on Friday (6/7/2018).

Further, he said during this time, the local community, especially the church workers from GKI Yalimo and Anggruk depend on this airport for their only access in and out of the region by using the small-bodied aircraft. Now, their access has obstructed due to the construction.

“We are questioning to the Public Works Office, who’s responsible for the airport’s construction? The airport is for the public access, so we hope the office could immediately find out who the contractor is?” he said.

Another Papuan legislator, John NR Gobai said it is not just the Panggama Airport but infrastructure development in some areas, especially in Papua has not finished for years. “For instance, Karang Tumarisita Bridge in Nabire District. It has not finished for three years, and it’s a responsibility of the government agency,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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