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Papua Governor Proposes Task Force to Stop Illegal Logging

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Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe called for a task force to combat illegal logging in the easternmost province of Indonesia.

“Actually this problem of illegal logging has occurred for several years ago and it is massive, ” Enembe told reporters in Jayapura, Papua on Monday (02/23).

He said illegal logging is so rampant that every night containers containing wood board the ship.
“Everyone knows it, but no one dares to fight it,” he said.

For the problem of illegal logging, the officials who made the report also violated it, so it is impossible for them to crack down this practice.
“This country is chaos. Many regulations are made, but can not be enforced well. It is regrettable,” Enembe added.

Therefore, he urged the Forestry Agency and related parties to immediately stop the perpetrators of illegal logging practices in the forests of Papua.
“If illegal fishing, the ship can be sunk, yes illegal logging vessels should also be scuttled and car transporters should be burned. It is to be established by the Minister of Forestry,” he hoped. (Alexander Loen/Tina)

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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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Police allegedly committed sexual harassment in Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya

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Students and officers negotiate during the civil registration drives in front of a student dormitory in Surabaya. – Jubi / IST

Jayapura, Jubi – There was alleged harassment occurred following the civil registration drives dubbed as ‘operasi yustisi’ in a Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya on Friday (6/7/2018). Some time ago, the similar incident happened in Papuan student dormitory in Malang some time ago.

Public Lawyer from Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Surabaya, Mohamad Saleh while contacting Jubi reported the Papuan Student Alliance in Surabaya at that time was holding a weekly discussion at the Papuan Student Dormitory in Jalan Kalasan no. 10 Tambaksari, Surabaya at around 20:30 pm.

Then the Tambaksari Sub-district Head accompanied by hundreds of police officers, military and civil service officers of Surabaya Municipal Government arguing that they were carrying out the ‘operasi yustisi’. “There were 50 police, military and civil service officers who come during the students’ weekly discussion.”

Further, Saleh said two participants and a public attorney from LBH Surabaya asked for an official letter to the sub-district head, but he couldn’t prove it. “The two students, Isabella and Anindya, were trying to talk with the sub-district head, but one of the police officers yelled at Anindya with harsh words which began to heat up the atmosphere,” he said.

Moreover, he continued the police officers then pulled him and Isabella while Anindya harassed by one of those officers. “Isabella and I were dragged into a police car until our shirt buttons were loosing, while an officer grasped Anindya’s chest,” he said.

Legislator of Papua, Jhon Gobai separately regretted this incident. He added the officers should carry an assignment letter when conducting the civil registration drives. “I completely regret this incident, whereas officers didn’t bring an assignment letter to perform their duty. I ask the Police Chief to evaluate the performance of his subordinates,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Titus Ruban

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Police and Amnesty International have different perceptions

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Papua Police Chief Boy Rafli Amar. – Jubi / Arjuna

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Police Chief, the Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar said the police and the Amnesty International (AI) have different perceptions over the report that said the police and military committed extrajudicial killing of 95 indigenous Papuans over the past eight years.

“Their mission is different from ours. The Police are not killing people but doing their duty. The world ‘kill” must be related to its context,” said Amar on Wednesday (4/7/2018).

Further, he said the Police also lost many of their officers who were shot and died during their duties. If officers on duty raise their guns in the scene then arise causalities, it should not consider as killing people. “The Police have a standard operating procedure in using the firearms. So it’s surely seen objectively. It is not the police come to take the lives of the people, not like that,” he said.

The Police, continued the chief, have never protected officers who found guilty. For instance, if they involved in a criminal case, they would be prosecuted according to the law. “What the Amnesty International said is tendentious, because both of us have different understanding and vision over this situation,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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