Connect with us

Indigenous Peoples of Papua






Jayapura, 9/3 (Jubi) – Measures taken by PT Freeport Indonesia as a result of the Indonesian Government’s tax policy will include production cuts that may lead the company to reduce or even discontinue the sponsorship of Persipura Jayapura, an indigenous figure said.

As the community of Indigenous employees of PT Freeport Indonesia and the representative of the tenure right owners in the mining areas of PT Freeport Indonesia, Papuan Brotherhood said it was concerned about the Mining Law No.4/2009 and Minister Regulation No. 6 PMK.011/2014 on the export taxes.
“Related to the government’s policies, PT FI has discontinued its operations in several mining locations including the underground mining, Big Gossan  and open pit Grasberg,” said the chairman of Papuan Brotherhood, Herman Rumboirusi,  in a statement received by on Monday (9/3).

Papuan Brotherhood said the ,anagement of PT Freeport Indonesia take some measures to improve its efficiency considering now it only produced 40% of its normal output.

Measures could include the layoff of 30,000 workers and contractors, reductions  in community development or partnership funds allocated to support education and health services for the local communities surrounding the mining areas through scholarships and livelihood skills training as well as the collaboration with the local government to support the infrastructure development programs.

Such measurr would affect public health services for communities in Tsinga, Arwanop, Tipuka, Ayuka, Nayaro, Koperapoka and Nawaripi, the statement said.

PT Freeport would also reduce the Trust Funds or Endowments to the Watching Foundation and Yuamako Foundation who worked for the community development for Amungme and Kamoro tribes whose their tribal lands are polluted by the tailing.

The company is also expected to cut the operational cost for their Social Local Development Department for the local community surrounding the mining area including the programs of Business Incubator, Community Development, Malaria and related diseases control and Community License Officer. Other emergency funds including disaster relief funds also would be halted for management efficiency.

In addition, the Freeport’s efficiency would also affect the regional revenues of both Provincial Government and Local Government of Mimika Regency. The Regional Gross Domestic Product will decrease to 91,1 percent while it decrease to 37 percent and 0.8 percent respectively for provincial and national GDP.

Papua Province’s bid to host 2020 National Games (PON) would be also affected because Freeport would not able to finance the construction of the Mimika Sport Complex .

Papua Brotherhood also highlighted some social problems that might arise from unemployment such as crime or other social problems.

To avoid future social impacts in Mimika Regency, Papuan Brotherhood has met with the Papuan People Assembly, the Governor and Vice Governor of Papua Province and the Chairman of Papua Legislature Council.
“Generally the Government Officials and legislators were very supportive to what we have voiced,” said Brotherhood said. The chairman together with his Papuan colleagues hoped the Provincial government of Papua will increase pressure on Jakarta.

“The effort of Papuan Brotherhood is a moral movement and a show of sympathy to the workers of PT Freeport Indonesia who would be affected by the management’s policy in particularly the termination of work,” Papuan Brotherhood said. (Jubi/dominggus a mampioper/rom)


Provincial health team takes more rest than work, says Kopkedat




GIDI church missionaries, pastor and Kopkedat Papua provide public health services in Okmakot Village, Seradala Sub-district, Yahukimo District. – Jubi/Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Humanitarian Care Community for Remote Areas Papua (Kopkedat) Yan Akobiarek states despite education, public health services in Papua’s remote areas are still an issue.

Although the provincial health office has provided services to remote areas through several health programs such as Satgas Kaki Telanjang, Save Korowai and Nusantara Sehat, these programs have not well implemented.

“I think sending teams to remote areas is a good idea, but I get the impression that some team members only come for vacation, to work less and get more rest,” said Akobiarek told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (10/7/2018). For instance, he pointed out the team of Satgas Kaki Telanjang who are supposed to provide health service to villagers in Korowai. After the Ied al-Ftir break, their members are still not returning to their duty station.

Meanwhile, Maria Duwitau, the Vice Chairman of the Commission V on education and health of the Papuan House of Representative said doing health services in Papua, in particularly remote areas, is always connecting with a commitment. “No matter how greater of the offer, but without willingness and commitment, I think it’s useless,” Duwitau told Jubi not long ago. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

Continue Reading


SKP HAM urges the government to open democratic space for Papuan students




SKP HAM in a press conference in LBH Papua office. – Jubi/LBH Surabaya.Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Solidarity for the Victims of Human Rights Violation (SKP HAM) Papua urge the Indonesian Government to open democratic space for Papuan students and conduct a thorough investigation on sexual harassment by a police officer at Papuan dormitory in Surabaya on last Friday (6/7/2018).

The Coordinator of SKP HAM Peneas Lokbere said the Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia of1945 in the Article 28E Paragraph 3 and the Law No. 39 of1999 on Human Rights Article 24 Paragraph 1 state, “Each person has the right to associate, assemble and express his opinions peacefully” but what have been occurred to the Alliance of Papuan Students is a violation against the constitution.

“The police and military officers and members of the civil service police unit came to student dormitory trying to stop the weekly discussion. The students also witnessed the security forces carrying long-barrier guns. It was such an ironic,” Lokbere stated in the press release received by Jubi on Wednesday (11/8/2018).

Further, he stated that according to the Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Surabaya, the incident occurred when the Tambaksari Sub-district Chief accompanied by the police, military and civil service police unit of Surabaya Municipality came to the dormitory in the inspection of civil registration. “However, when students and public attorney from LBH Surabaya asked for an official letter, the sub-district chief was not able to show it.”

Meanwhile, the Director of LBH Papua Simon Pattirajawane said what have done by the security forces, in this case, is a violation against the human rights. “The Human Rights Commission should immediately form an investigation team to investigate this alleged case of intimidation, terror and racism against Papuan students in several cities in Java, including Surabaya, Malang and Yogyakarta.” (*)


Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

Continue Reading


West Papua activists stopped by Solomons police




Ben Didiomea displays the West Papuan flag as Indonesian staff try to usher him away. – Photo: Facebook/ Ben Didiomea

Solomon, Jubi – Solomon Islands police says they confiscated a West Papuan flag at the Melanesian Arts Festival to stop any provocation aimed at the Indonesian delegation.

Ben Didiomea had his flag taken by police over the weekend after he held it up in front of Indonesia’s festival stall to protest its inclusion at the event.

A video on Facebook shows Mr Didiomea – who was part of a group of demonstrators – holding up West Papua’s Morning Star flag as Indonesian officials tried to move him away from the stall.

He was then approached by Solomon Islands Police who confiscated the flag.

Mr Didiomea said he had been standing in solidarity with fellow Melanesian people of Indonesia’s Papua region, where the Morning Star is banned.

He said the Melanesian Arts Festival, which Honiara hosted over the last ten days, was not intended as an Asian festival.

Police issued a statement saying the flag was removed to prevent provocation of the Indonesians, reminding the demonstrators that it was not a political event.

Mr Didiomea, who along with two other demonstrators was questioned by police, said the inclusion of Indonesia at the Arts Festival was a political move by the Solomons government.

“Because it was a festival of Melanesia, Indonesia is not part of Melanesia. So why does it need an Indonesia stall at the arts festival? It’s a Melanesian festival, so what are Indonesia coming to arts festival?”

Changing relationship

According to Mr Didiomea, the police action was a sign that the country was forming a closer relationship with Indonesia.

The Solomon Islands government under prime minister Rick Hou has recently shown signs that it was pursuing a different policy regarding West Papua to that of the previous prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Mr Sogavare, who is now the deputy prime minister, campaigned internationally about West Papuan human rights issues. He was also supportive of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, and instrumental in its admission to the Melanesian Spearhead Group in 2015.

However after he was replaced by Mr Hou late last year, the Solomons government has been notably less vocal about West Papua human rights issues in international fora.

A visit in April by a Solomons delegation to Indonesia’s provinces of Papua and West Papua at the invitation of Jakarta was billed as having added “balance” to the government’s view on West Papuan issues.

The Solomons government told RNZ Pacific in May that it was consulting with the provinces as it formulated an official position on West Papuan human rights and self-determination issues. (*)



Continue Reading