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Papuans Travel to Jakarta Demanding Regional Splits



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Jayapura, Jubi – Papua legislator, Laurenzus Kadepa warned parties in Papua against selling the Papuan people to propose regional or provincial divisions to the central government.

He said regional divisions should be viewed from all sides carefully.  All aspects should be calculated, both good and bad impacts towards the indigenous should be reviewed, not only for the ambition towards the power, money and position, the elites ask for the split to the central government.
“Don’t sell the issue and people for the sake of the split, whether it is at the regional or municipal or provincial levels. Don’t use the reason of the acceleration of development and people’s welfare as reference to ask for the split or New Autonomous Region (DOB). This is totally a mistake,” Kadepa told Jubi on Wednesday (5/10/2016).

He asked the central government to cancel all proposals of DOB for Papua. He said the split need the budget, if there is the split, the budget efficiency socialized by the central government would mean nothing.
“Regional split is not solution to resolve the problems in Papua. On the other hand, it would cause the new problems. Papuans are odds, just directly come to Jakarta asking for the regional splits. Why didn’t they ask to the provincial government that is accordance with the government mechanism,” he said.
According to him, asking the split for the reason that the Papua Island has three times of Java Island does not make sense. It is only a strategy of a group of people who only need this split for their position, money and power.
“Do not lose conscience, selling the people and another else to pave the split for the personal or group interests. The split is not the answer towards the problems occurred in Papua,” he said.
On Tuesday (4/10/2016), Regional Representative Council (DPD) of the Indonesian House of Representatives held the National Consolidation Meeting (Rakornas) on DOB by involving the governors, regents and mayors from the entire regions of Indonesia in Gedung Nusantara V Jakarta.
Rakornas lead by the Committee I Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives Akhmad Muqowan. In the Rakornas, a number of DOBs at the provincial, regional and municipal was presented. As many as 15 proposed provincial DOBs , 129 regional DOBs and 27 municipal DOBs were discussed in this meeting.
“Without DPD, the split can not be done, it is the mandate of the Law 23 Year 2014. In this case, please be understand that in materializing a DOB, the reference is this law,” he said.
He hoped there would not be a problem in the establishment of new autonomous region, so the representatives should not need to confirm it. Yapen Islands Regent Toni Tesar asked the chairman suggestion about DOB shouldn’t start from zero but it is enough to do through amendment, so the preparation as regulated in the law should done be done. At the same place, Tolikara Deputy Regent Amos Yikwa admitted he support whatever decided by the Committee I of the Indonesian House of Representatives related to DOBs establishment in Papua Province.
“Pegunungan Bintang is consisting of 46 sub-districts and 546 villages. In principle the DOBs should be existed in Kembu and Bogoga,” said Amos.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Internal Affairs Tjohjo Kumolo said the DOBs could not be discussed within this year or next year due to the instability of state financial. The central government does not want to burden the parent (former) government, because the state’s financial condition is critical and it would give the impact to the budget deduction from the central to the regional, as well as the economic condition is not stable yet.
“The government would conduct a rigorous and gradual selection to carefully consider the regulation, social political, budget fiscal, national economic as well as the regional geographical situation. We would report the final decision on DOB establishment to the president. Please be understood that we keep respecting the public constitutional,” said the minister Cahyo. (*/rom)


KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination




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




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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Migration is a factor of increasing poverty in Papua




Indigenous Papuans. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Septer Manufandu, the former Executive Secretary of Non-Governmental Organization Working Forum of Papua (FOKER LSM Papua), stated stakeholders in Papua need to the right solution to strict the flow of migration into Papua.

So far, he said that Papua is an open region and anyone is free to come to Papua without strict control. Therefore he urges the authority to establish a proper mechanism to control the migration, but respect everyone’s right at the same time.

“In the Special Regulation about Population, it does not prohibit people outside of Papua to enter Papua, but rather to control it. So migrants must have a clear purpose coming to Papua,” Manufandu told Jubi on Friday (9/9/2018).

Meanwhile, a Papua Parliament Member Mustakim said a factor that causes the increase in the percentage of poverty in Papua is the rapid influx of migrants.

“No matter how hard the government tried to reduce the poverty rate in Papua, it becomes difficult to work as people from the outside continue to come,” said Mustakim.

Furthermore, he said a proper solution to regulate the influx of population in Papua is the government should stipulate the provincial regulation (Perdasi) or special regional regulation (Perdasus) on migration. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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