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Police have pocketed name of rioters in Puncak Jaya



Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Regional Police (Polda) has claimed the names of several suspected actors behind the riot between supporters of candidate pairs of regional election in Puncak Jaya (Puja), Papua, Saturday (July 29).

Head of Papua Police Public Relations, Kombes (Pol) A.M. Kamal said after the rioting in Kampung Legimut District of Pagaleme, the police immediately conducted the crime scene (TPK), identified and examined or questioned a number of witnesses.

“The situation (in Puja) is conducive now. We identified each group that carried out the attack, there were alleged invitations from people who we had pocketed their name for conducted illegal action,” said Kombes (Pol) A.M. Kamal, Monday (July 31).

According to him a number of Papua Police officers went off to Puncak Jaya, such as Dir Intel Polda Papua, Kabidkum Polda Papua, Wakasat Brimob and members of Brimob.

“They were deployed to communicate with each party and the top officials and invite them to ask conflicting communities to stop the fighting,” he said.

He confirmed that some of the 12 victims of recent Puncak Jaya clash were hit by arrows has brought down to Jayapura for further treatment. It’s just that he did not know exactly the identity of the victims who were brought to Jayapura.

“Yes, there are about three or four people now being treated at Bhayangkara Hospital, Jayapura City, at first we thought it was impossible because there was no plane on Sunday, but they can managed to chartering the plane because the condition had to be handled immediately,” he said.

Seven victims who were hit by arrows in a riot between supporters of Puncak Jaya election candidates brought to Jayapura, Sunday (July 30). They were treated in Bhayangkara Hospital, Kotaraja, Jayapura City and Yowari Hospital, Jayapura Regency.

Puncak Jaya Police Chief, AKBP Indra Napitupulu confirmed that some of the victims were evacuated to Jayapura to get medical treatment.

According to him, those who were evacuated were Litu Wonda, Yater Wonda, Endinus Wonda, Yatu Wonda, Itinus Wonda, Endelis Wonda and Yenus Wonda.

“The security forces are still on guard so that there will be no conflict between supporters of the candidate’s pair,” Napitupulu said.

Election in Puncak Jaya was followed by three candidate pairs, they are Yustus Wonda-Kirenius Telenggen, Hanock Ibo-Rinus Telenggen and Yuni Wonda-Deinas Geley. (*)


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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Two hectares of forest area burned in Wasur National Park




Forest fires in Wasur National Park area, Merauke Regency. – Jubi / Frans L Kobun

Merauke, Jubi – Eleven firefighters of the Firefighter Brigade of Forest and Land Control of Merauke was trying to put out of the fire on Wasur National Park area following the forest fires in the past few days.

Sukamto, the Head of Firefighter Brigade told reporters on Friday (7/9/2018) that the forest fires in Wasur National Park were identified yesterday so that his team went to the fire spot immediately.

He explained that approximately two hectares of forest area in Wasur National Park burned, although the firefighter team tried to blackouts of fire using both manual and semi-mechanics water pumps. “We don’t know yet what caused the fire. However, it is more likely the human’s factor,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sota Police Chief the Adjunct Police Commissionaire Ma’ruf states the police have provided an understanding to local communities in villages to encourage people not to burn the forest in dry season.

“If this habit still continues, it might give a negative impact on the forest ecosystems,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Frans L Kobun

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Police accused of violating higher education law following students’ arrest




USTJ students held a protest to refuse the police entering the campus. -Jubi / Benny Mawel

Jayapura, Jubi – Assistant Rector III of the University of Science and Technology Jayapura (USTJ) Isak Rumbarar regrets the arrest of his students by Jayapura municipal police on 4 September 2018 in their campus.

He said 34 students were arrested at around 11:00 in the morning to the police station and interrogated there throughout the night. The police then released them on Wednesday morning (5/09/2018)

As the assistant rector for student affairs, I regret it. I was late to the campus. They already took the students when I have arrived,” he told Jubi in the campus on Wednesday (05/09/2018).

Furthermore, according to him, the police must consult with the campus authority before arresting the students because they hold a protest on the campus area only.

Meanwhile, the President of USTJ Student Malvin Yobe said the Police made a mistake by entering the campus without any notice to the campus authority.

The police made a mistake to enter the campus and arrested students. In this case, they violated the Law number 12 of 2012 concerning to higher education. They must give written notification to the campus authority to arrest. We are disappointed because it ’s wrong,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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