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Papua Governor Witnesses Papuan Students Being Raid in Yogyakarta

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Papua Governor Lukas Enembe while met Papua Students in Yogyakarta - Jubi

Papua Governor Lukas Enembe while met Papua Students in Yogyakarta – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan students in Yogyakarta were reportedly attacked by a group of people while Papua Governor Lukas Enembe was scheduled to meet Yogyakarta Sultan Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X on Wednesday (3/8/2016).

A Papuan student was hit in the mouth, in the presence of Enembe.

Papua legislator Laurenzus Kadepa who was in Yogyakarta a couple weeks ago confirmed the incident.

“Yes, it’s right. Mr. Governor witnessed it. I think there would be a greater issue after this if both Yogyakarta residents and Papuans do reflect on themselves. All efforts have been done,” he said.

He said the Papua Legislative Council did not only meet with Yogyakarta Police Chief but also Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X as well. But until now there is no guarantee on protection and safety for Papuan students.

“The governor already met Papuan students at their dormitory Kamasan I Yogyakarta, then he met Sultan at Sultan’s residence. But only the governor was allowed to meet him,” he said.

According to Kadepa, in the meeting Sultan told Enembe that Yogyakarta, once the capital of the country, was not appropriate to be a place to voice aspirations for the independence of Papua though the freedom of expression is guaranteed in the Constitution. Yogyakarta is Indonesia.

“It’s Sultan’s statement. He thought students should do it in their dormitory only. Not outside,” he said.

Separately another Papua legislator who was also part of the Papua Legislative Council team to Yogyakarta, Whilhemus Pigas, appreciated Governor Enembe’s decision to come to Yogyakarta to listen the voices of Papuan students and witness their condition after the incident of 15 July at Kamasan I Student as well as to meet Sultan.

“We hope the governor’s visit to Yogyakarta can ensure that during their studies in Yogyakarta, Papuans students can feel safe. With the governor’s visit, hopefully it could give a signal to Yogyakarta Government and other parties including the local residents that Papua Provincial Government never closed its eyes about what was happening towards Papuan students. It’s not only applied to Papuan students in Yogyakarta, but also those who are in the entire Java Island, Bali and other regions outside of Papua,” said Pigai.

He also expected the meeting between Papua Governor and Sultan could clarify the statement of Sultan that said separatists are not allowed to live in Yogyakarta that the accusing was not generally addressed to all Papuan students in Yogyakarta but only to some culprits.

“I hope Sultan clarified his statement to Papua Governor. I also ask the Papuan students in Yogyakarta and other cities to more concentrate to their studies. Do not get involved with things that not expected,” he said.

He also said not only about the security and safety, Papuan students also conveyed to the team of the Commission I of Papua Legislative Council that they were compounded while opening a bank account.  They would be declined without the ID card.

“When they showed their ID card, they kept being declined. Why it’s become complicated in Yogyakarta. I ask the governor to work with other regional governments in Java, Bali, Sulawesi or other provinces where Papuan students continue their studies to not complicate for the access of everything,” he said. (*/rom)

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya

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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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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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In Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo

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Papuan students and youth are arrested by the police on Tuesday (4/9/2018) in a rally to support Vanuatu to bring up the issue of West Papua in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). – Jubi / Doc.

Jayapura, Jubi – The current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo is considered to be no different from Prabowo in Human Rights violations in Papua.

If Prabowo recognised as a perpetrator of human rights violations in Papua, Widodo considered allowing violent conflicts and human rights violations in Papua to continue. Now both will compete in the Indonesian presidential election 2019.

“For us from Mimika District, Jokowi is no different from Prabowo. Why? If Prabowo is a perpetrator of human rights violation in Papua, the current president Jokowi knows about these violations but let it happened repeatedly,” said Odizeus Beanal, the Director of Amungme Tribal Society (Lemasa) told Jubi on Tuesday (11/9/2018) while mentioning some cases of human rights violations occurred in Paniai, Timika, Ndugama and other regions.

Today the allegations of human rights violations in Papua still continue. Some violent incidents against civilians that resulted in casualties and arrests of random people still occur under the current administration.

The Amnesty International Indonesia has recorded 38 cases of extrajudicial killings from 2014 to mid-2018 that confirmed 51 victims. This report launched in mid-July 2018.

Government efforts and victims rejection

The Indonesian government through the Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security has formed an integrated team whose task to collect data and information, make analyses and report to the president. The team who consist of 39 members from Papua and Jakarta established in May 2018 as an integrated team to resolve cases of alleged human right violations in Papua. However, it obtained rejection from many Papuans to consider them as not neutral.

“It is impossible to accept those who suspected as perpetrators to become referees. Furthermore, we know this team facilitated by the Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security who has a military background. From the beginning, the Police has supported this team. So how could we believe them?” said Peneas Lokbere, the Coordinator of United for Truth (BUK).

According to Lokbere, who continuously are accompanying victims of Papuan human rights violations, the team only maintained the strategy of former minister Wiranto who at that time suggested that the alleged human rights violations in Papua resolved through the customary law.

Moreover, he said until now there are hundreds of victims of human rights violations in Papua who still fight for justice. For instance, the family of victims of the Bloody Paniai incident of December 8th, 2014. The number of victims might be up to thousands because these alleged human rights violations have occurred since Indonesia annexed Papua in the 60s.

“Jokowi once expressed in front of five thousand more Papuans at Mandala Stadium in Jayapura that he would immediately resolve the Bloody Paniai case. But it was only a promise, “said Tinus Pigai, a relative of Apinus Gobai who was the victim of the incident at Karel Gobai Square, Paniai.

According to him, Jokowi’s visits to Papua were in vain, because he had not been able to fulfil his promise to resolve the Bloody Paniai case. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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