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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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Noken system in Papua’s elections is still debated

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Illustration of Noken system mostly used in the highland region of Papua’s election – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The Constitutional Court (MK) has acknowledged and endorsed the Noken System in the elections in accordance with the Decree of the Constitutional Court Number: 47-48 / PHPU.A-VI / 2009 and the article 18B paragraph (2) of the 1945 Constitution.

However, this system is still considered to cause some conflicts among local communities because it forces many candidates to think and work hard to get sympathy from people living in such areas applied to this system.
Although the Papua General Election Commission (KPU) has issued the technical guidelines in 2013 regulating the use of noken instead of the ballot box in the election, Metusalak Ifandi, the Chairman of Papua Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), admits the noken system is still a potential source of conflicts in the local election in Papua.
“The implementation in the field is totally different from the technical guidelines. This should be addressed by KPU. Of course, there needs a coordination between KPU and Bawaslu regarding the technical implementation including the regulations because we only refer to their guidelines,” he answered Jubi on Tuesday (9/18/2018) in Jayapura.
Multi-interpretation and the need of review
The noken system is considered valid if the noken is hung on the wood located in the polling station. Voters must come to the location and should not be represented by others to put the ballot into the noken. After the voting, the ballots must be counted on location but still need to be punched (to authorize), not like the voting process in other regions where the noken system is not applied, voters punched the ballot at the same time they put it into the ballot box. That’s why, according to Papua Bawaslu, the noken system often leads to misinterpretation.
“According to the Constitutional Court, the use of the noken system to substitute the ballot box is to respect the tradition of the local community,” said Metusalak.
Meanwhile, Theodorus Kossay, the Chairman of KPU Papua, said KPU Papua considers three aspects towards the application of the noken system, namely reviewing this system with academics, establishing the standard operating procedures and stimulating the use of this system.
“These three aspects were carried out to give weight to the implementation of the noken system and provide education to the people living in 14 districts that use the noken system,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Roy Ratumakin
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ULMWP plans peaceful movements in seven indigenous territories

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United Liberation Movement for West Papua Action Committee (ULMWP) team – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – ULMWP going to hold peaceful demonstrations in seven indigenous territories of West Papua on 24 – 28 September 2018.

Ice Murib, the spokesperson of action committee for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), stated in a press conference held in the Papuan Customary Council, Expo Waena on Wednesday (08/19/2018).

The central theme is to give full support to Vanuatu and other Pacific countries to address the issue of West Papua to the UN General Assembly 2019.

“We will conduct a peaceful movement in indigenous territories of Mamta and Animha on 24 September 2018 centred in Hollandia (Jayapura), whereas the same activities in other regions will be on the following dates,” said Murib.

Murib further said the delegations of ULMWP and Vanuatu are going to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. So far, Vanuatu has made a resolution enforcing the rights of self-determination for West Papua to be submitted at the hearing.

“They will also mobilise support from other countries to promote self-determination for West Papua,” continued Murib.

For this reason, he appealed to all people including students, civil servants and those who are care of independence to participate in the movement. “You can do whatever you want to celebrate it. Pray, do orations, give speeches and so on.”

In Jayapura, the rally will start from different points namely Expo, Lingkaran Abe and Dok V and then the mass will gather at Perumnas 3 Waena. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

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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.” (*)

 


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