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Papuans Really to Support Coalition of Pacific Countries at UN General Assembly

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More than thousand people attended a rally backed by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) on the grounds of Rusunawa, University of Cenderawasih - Jubi

More than thousand people attended a rally backed by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) on the grounds of Rusunawa, University of Cenderawasih – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Thousands of Papuans held rallied in separate locations on Monday (19/9/2016) to show their support for the Coalition of Pacific Countries for West Papua who will raise the issue of Papua self-determination and human rights violations at the plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly, scheduled to be held on this week.

In Jayapura, more than thousand people attended a rally backed by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) on the grounds of Rusunawa University of Cenderawasih, Perumnas III Waena. They offered prayers and made political speeches to inform attendants about the advocacy process of the Papua political issues in the UN General Assembly.
The Central KNPB represented by Agus Kossay and Mecky Yeimo particularly highlighted on the role of the coalition in endorsing the West Papua issue to be discussed in the plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly.
“This process indicates our struggle would not stop at the Melanesian Spearhead Group. The six countries (Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, and Nauru) are the countries that would take the self-determination issue of West Papua in front of the UN General Assembly,” he said before the crowds that already come to the scene since 13:00.
 According to Kossay, Papuan people have closed relationship in Pacific (Melanesia) long time ago before Indonesia has taken over Papua to become its colony.
“Melanesian race has work together in many aspects including politic and socio-cultural in the South Pacific,” he said.
However, said Kossay, the intensive contacts between them were gradually decrease when Indonesia taken over Papua since 1963 through Referendum 1969 that legally and morally can not accepted. Then Indonesia blocked the communication of Papuan people with Pacific.
He said for 54 years Indonesia used its power to restrict and separate the Papuan people from the contact with the Melanesian in Pacific, whether in the regional or socio-cultural forums.
“Though the relationship has been conducted since 1940s before the independence of Indonesia in 1945. Even the Netherland New Guinea (now West Papua territorial) officially joined in the South Pacific Conference since 1947 to 1962,” he said adding there are spirits to liberate the Pacific regions from imperialism and form their own government in that conference.
Meanwhile, the First Secretary of Central KNPB Mecky Yeimo in the same occasion appealed the Papua people to continue to work hard to fight for self determination as a nation respected by other nations in the world, as well as part of Melanesian and Pacific family.
“We are the people of West Papua also fully support the Pacific Islands Forum with the expectation the leaders of the countries would pay attention to the rights of self-determination for West Papua according to the UN General Council Resolution No. 1541,” he said.
They also urged the United Nations to immediately send the observer team on the Rights of Self Determination according to the Declaration of Westminster on 3 May 2016 in England, “Because the implementation of the people’s voting (Pepera) 1999 could not accepted by law and ethics and violated the principles of act of free choice in the New York Agreement 1962,” asserted Mecky.
The similar protests were also conducted in several regions by doing a rally on the street or oration in the secretariat offices. According to Mecky Yeimo, the protest was implemented smoothly though there are some blockages on the street. “Thousands of people in Yahukimo were done the protest successfully, but 13 people were arrested by the police, 5 were children but they have been released on the afternoon. As many as 82 people were also arrested in Merauke but they have been released at 5 afternoon,” said Yeimo. (*/rom)

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Papuan Film Festival pictures the voiceless

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Jayapura Deputy Mayor of Jayapura Rustan Saru (in the centre) photographed with the Chairperson of FFP II Organizing Committee Harun Rumbarar (in the right) and one of the visitors. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura City, Tuesday, 7 August 2018, visitors crowded in Lokabudaya Expo Museum Waena, Heram sub-district to attend the Papua Film Festival held by a film community Papuan Voice for three days from 7 to 9 August 2018.

A festival participant Mecky Yeimo said the films screened in the festival provide a lot of information about the land disputes between native landowners and investors. “I am happy because as Papuans we can get a lot of information about the deprivation of the rights of indigenous people in Papua,” he said.

Further, he said Papuans are commonly known for their culture of oral tradition, and the information in the films becomes an interesting issue to discuss in the future.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Pusaka Foundation Frangky Samperante, who met Jubi at the same place, said FFP is a forum where people can find out the facts that occurred in many areas in Papua. “Films can be the basis for people to make a judgment based on the information they see and hear,” said Samperante.

Furthermore, he considered this film community could become an agent for Papuans to voice their aspirations and to express their expressions. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Police come to ULMWP Region Animha during regional meeting

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Act of 1969 – WANI Tabloid

Jayapura, Jubi – The local police came to the regional meeting of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Region Animha which attended by regional leaders and delegates that held in their office in Merauke on Saturday (7/29/2018).

According to Deputy Chairperson of the ULMWP Region Animha, Ms Pangkrasia Yeem in a statement received by Jubi on Friday (08/03/2018), Merauke Police leading by the Head of Regional Police Intelligence Budi Santoso had entered the ULMWP Office without permission when the meeting had just finished.

“They asked what the meeting was about,” told Yeem. Then she explained to the police that it was the first meeting after the ULMWP Region Animha declared on 14 July 2018. “And the ULMWP has been sitting together with Indonesia in the Melanesian Spearhead Group,” she said.

After the visit, the ULMWP Region Animha continued their discussion on Thursday (08/02/2018) and read a statement rejecting the results of the 1969 Act of Free Choice. The event was held in the ULMWP Region Animha office and run smoothly.

In her statement, the Deputy Chairperson of the ULMWP Region Animha Pangkrasia Yeem said that the Act of Free Choice occurred 49 years ago in Papua from 14 July to 20 August 1969 was not valid because of not in accordance the international mechanisms.

“Its implementation was also full of intimidation, terror and manipulation. In practice, Indonesia mobilized the troops on a large scale to Papua to overcome the Free Papua movement,” she said. (*)

Reporter: Zely Ariane

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Deiyai youth figures talk about a year after bloody Oneibo case

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Illustration of human rights. Pixabay.com/Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Deiyai youth Domininggus Badii said that it was a year right the tragedy of Bloody Oneibo occurred on 1 August 2018. But this incident has continuously kept in people’s memory.

“Though it already passed, the community is still trauma by the incident,” he said. Further, he said the incident involved an officer who shot a civilian when the company PT. Putra Dewa asked for back up to secure the dispute between locals and the company.

Meanwhile, another Deiyai youth Alex Giyai said there is nothing more alive than an injury but the pain and the inability to forget.

“We ask the central, national as well as local governments and the National Human Rights Commission, both provincial and regional House of Representatives to immediately resolve the Oneibo case, but it has not happened for over a year,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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