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Papuan Legislators Convey People’s Rejection of Military Base in Biak

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Laurenzus Kadepa, a member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council on Political, Legal and Human Rights - Jubi

Laurenzus Kadepa, a member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council on Political, Legal and Human Rights – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – A team from the Commission I of Papua Legislative Council  visited the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Legan and Security Affairs in Jakarta to convey Papuan people’s rejection of the government’s plan to build a military base in Biak Regency. 

Commission member Laurenzus Kadepa said the team met with Deputi I of the Internal Politic Affairs of the Coordinating Ministry of Politic, Legal and Security Affairs, Major General Yoedhi Swastono  on Thursday (15/9/2016) in Jakarta.
“We delivered Biak people’s aspiration who reject the plan to build a military base. We asked the Ministry of Politic, Legal and Security Affairs to review the plan,” said Kadepa by phone to Jubi. On Thursday evening, the Ministry Representative, said Kadepa, told the plan is part of their program, however, after people’s aspiration, they promised to recall on the situation on the ground and conduct a socialization to the community.
“I personally said to the representative that the indigenous Papuans are traumatic with the military. When they’ve heard ‘military’, they seemed frightening. It is because of the past,” he said.
He said, before building a military base, the related ministry and stakeholders should ask the local people on the plan. They should review it if they reject it. “It should be about how the Military or Police to get the people’s trust by, for example, solving some violence cases that allegedly perpetrated by the security personnel in the past,” he said.
Kadepa said he disagreed with the plan. He concerned that the presence of a military base in Biak would later give a bad impact to the civilians and possibly could trigger some cases of human rights violations and violence in Papua. Some times ago, Biak residents who joint in the Forum for Byak, Supiori, Raja Ampat and Teluk Wondama held a protest to reject the plan to build a military base in the Papua Parliament’s Office.
The Secretary of Forum Agustinus Rumaropen in Jubi Office some times ago said people had traumatic with the Military in Papua. The presence of military base in Biak would only contribute another dark stories and tragedies that would have a negative impact to the tenure rights and people’s welfare.
“As a native, I strongly disagree with the plan to build the Military Base,” said Rumaropen at that time.
In April, the Indonesian Military Commander General Gator Nurmantyo said the government prioritized the construction of Military Base in Natuna Islands, Riau, Morotai, North Maluku, Saumlaku, Tanimbar Islands, Maluku and Biak, Papua. The plan to build the military base is part of program to secure the border area.
“We will turn the islands as the mother ship. The war aircrafts and airplane could land in those islands, as well as the ships, and logistic aids. So, what is it different with the mother ship? Instead of buying the mother ship, we make it as the mother ship,” said Gatot when visited the Manuhua Sea Base in Biak Numfor, Papua in last April. (*/rom)

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Papua’s legislator suspects an intrigue behind foreigners’ deportation

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Papua’s Legislator John Gobai – Jubi / Doc

Nabire, Jubi – Papua’s Legislator John Gobai suspects an intrigue behind deportation of foreigners in Nabire.

The statement followed the arrest of twelve foreign workers by Timika Immigration Authority at the bank of Musairo River, where located in the mining area of PT. Pacific Mining Jaya (PMJ).

According to Gobai, he has raised the issue about foreign workers in Nabire to the Papua Police but no prompt response. Papua Provincial Government gave a permit to PT. PMJ to take a mining sample, but the company conducts a gold mining operation.

Jubi has tried to contact the Head of Immigration Office of Tembagapura, Jesaja Samuel Enock, but no answer from the immigration authority until this news written. Based on the information obtained by Jubi, there are currently 22 foreigners in Nabire. (*)

 

Reporter: Titus Ruban

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Activists hold a long march in Manokwari to commemorate 17 years of Wasior human rights violation 

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Caption: Demonstration of 17 years of Wasior Case – Jubi / Doc

Manokwari Jubi – Dozens of human rights activists, the families of victims, and human rights partisans held a protest to commemorate human right violation in Wasior 2011 by holding a long march in Manokwari on Thursday (13/05/2018).

Masses started to walk from the Information Office in Sanggeng to LP3BH Office in Fanindi to submit a legal complaint file to the LP3BH Director, Yan Christian Warinussy.

The Chairman of the Council of Indonesian Trade Union (GSBI) West Papua, Yohanes Akwan, in a press release declared that up to 17 years of Wasior Case occurred, the state remains to neglect the incident that occurred in 2001. 

We submit our aspirations officially as well as a request to LP3BH to continue to voice the cases of human rights violations in Papua to the international community,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the LP3BH Director Yan Christian Warinussy said this complaint was part of the respect towards the human rights. “This is a part of human rights enforcement, as well as a responsibility of human rights defender to accept this complaint.

The Indonesian Human Rights Commission once investigated the Case of Wasior in 2003, but the case closed at the level of investigation. At that time, Warinussy was a member of Wasior Human Rights Investigation. (*)

 

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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PNG admits there is still a lot of smuggling on the border of Wutung

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Papua New Guinea immigration and customs at Wutung – emtv.com

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua New Guinea Customs (PNG) admits smuggling at Wutung, the border area between PNG and Papua Province, still frequently occurs.

Of course there are smugglers escape from our surveillance because of human resources and equipment. For instance, at the Jacksonville Airport in Port Moresby, smugglings still occur, with or without recognition,” the Senior Manager of PNG Customs John Kiu told at the Wutung Border on Friday (15/06/2018).

He further said apart from military there are only 11 officers who work at the border of PNG and Indonesia who expected to control transactions that involving more than a thousand people everyday at Wutung.

I have four officers. They are responsible for customs only, while we have two officers for immigration and quarantine.”

Moreover, he said the temporary border post in Wutung has no facilities except an office and a border station, water and electricity supplies, which were the left assets of trade and investment project amounted of 90 thousand million that have ended in 2014. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

 

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