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Police Declined STTP, KNPB Continues Protest

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Abepura, Jubi – The Papua Police did not issue a permit to the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) for a demonstration demanding the release of  two French Journalists detained in  Jayapura Immigration custody.

KNPB planed to hold a rally  on Monday but the Papua police refused to issue a permit. The Secretary of KNPB, Ones Suhuniap said in a statement Sunday (12/10) the police refusal to issue a permit amounted  to the closure of democratic space in West Papua.

He explained the police argued that  that KNPB is not a registered organization and that it used the banned symbol of Morning Star and the stamp symbolizing the Free Papua Movement.

In Addition, the Papua Police also said protests by KNPB always include demands for independence for West Papua.

Suhuniap said KNPB was established before the existence of the Indonesian rule in Papua. ‘We only add “B” on the “KNP” to refer the declaration of KNP’s political manifesto on 1 December 1961,” Suhuniap said.

He further said the police’s rejection of  West Papua symbols contradicted the Special Autonomy Law on the Regional Symbol.
“The Papua Police violated the law because Aceh which also obtained a status as special region can use its own symbol,” he said.

KPNB said the police have violated the Constitution 1945 saying the Independence is the right of each nation. “Therefore the Papua Police has violated the Constitution 1945,” he said.

Overall, the KNBP considered the letter of rejection was only the reason. Therefore the KNPB will keep on its planning.
“Indonesia is a democratic county. It should guarantee the opinions and political difference. Therefore, we keep on our planning. Being arrested or being shot, it doesn’t matter. We never admit the existence of the Republic of Indonesia in West Papua. It’s imperialist,” he said.

Meanwhile, KNPB spokesperson, Basoka Logo said KNPB only submitted the notification; they don’t need permission to hold a demonstration from the Papua Police.
“We will keep on the protest. We don’t need STTP,” he told Jubi in Abepura on Sunday (12/10). (Benny Mawel/rom)

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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

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya

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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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KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination

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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

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