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Police Shot in Self-defence , Says Chief

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Papua Police Chief, Paulus Waterpauw - Jubi

Papua Police Chief, Paulus Waterpauw – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said three officers who were allegedly involved in the shooting dead of a vocational school student at Kampung Pisang, Gorong-Gorong, Mimika Baru Sub-district, Mimika Regency, acted in self-defense.

Waterpauw expressed regrets over the incident but said the officers’s action was in accordance procedure.
“It should have never happened, but it did happen. So it must be seriously tackled because its impact would be widespread,” he said.

“Three officers came to the scene after getting report from a resident whose the house was stolen and broke by a suspect allegedly friend of the victim. The officers were attacked while the patrol car was damaged. Three officers could be said being in hazard, so they opened an alert shot. But then they found out there are casualties, there’s people hit by bullet on the tight,” the Police Chief Waterpauw said at Papua Police Headquarters on Tuesday evening (30/9/2015).

According to him those officers didn’t act responsively but handled the situation carefully. They acted to not spreading the case. It’s according to procedure; giving an alert. “It had to be done if already disturbed the safety of life. If they did a violence effort, the casualties must be greater. They had to do prevention. If later there are casualties, I think it’s situational because it was night and dark,” he said.

Although he believe the officers were confronted and handled the situation properly, but to clarify this case, the Papua Police deployed a team led by Papua Deputy Police Chief Brigadier General Albert Rudolf Rodja to collect some information and conduct investigation whether the officers have acted properly on procedure base. “I express my condolence to the family. As the believer, I believe we never know the God’s plan. I cannot say too much. Only I apologize to what was happened. But actually they has tried to prevent this to be happened,” he said.

Three police officers who were on the scene are Brigadier Chief H, Brigadier Chief N and First Brigadier IP. Currently Provost has seized their guns for further investigation. Despites the investigation, Waterpauw said the Papua Police is currently prioritizing negotiation with victim’s family to burry the body immediately after the autopsy.

Earlier, on Monday (28/9/2015) at around 19:45 Papua Time, a vocational school student Kalleb Baggau (18 years) was shot on the chest and died, while another student Fernando Saborefek (17 years) was shot on the abdomen. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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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.” (*)

 


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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In Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo

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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. (*)

 

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Two hectares of forest area burned in Wasur National Park

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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

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