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Police to Stop Questioning GIDI Leaders?



Church leader and Chairman of NU of Papua Province - Jubi

Church leader and Chairman of NU of Papua Province – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Police will stop the questioning of three GIDI leaders after a meeting between religious leaders; Nadhatul Ulama (NU) and church synod leaders in Papua and Crime and Investigation Unit Chief of Papua Police last week.

The statement was made after the meeting between the General Crime and Investigation Director of Papua Police Dwi Riyanto with the Chairman of Nadhatul Ulama Papua, DR. H. Toni Wanggai, MA, and the Kingmi Synod Chairman the Rev. Benny Giay, Baptist Synod Chairman the Rev. Socratez Sofyan Yoman, GIDI Synod Chairman the Rev. Dorman Wandikbo and GKI Synod Chairman presented by the Rev. Dora Balubun at the Papua Police Headquarter.

The rev. Benny Giay said considering the security for all, especially people in Tolikara, both Christian and Muslim, so through the meeting the Papua Police agreed to discontinue summon over three GIDI leaders for further questions. The agreement was accommodated by Interfaith Forum (FKUB) Papua on 29 July 2015.

“This summon discontinued because at first, this agreement is to represent the feeling and aspiration of both sides. Second, it is related to the security for both sides, because it’s not only the police who’s responsible to the security. The Police should respect this, for not taking any further action with doing investigation. If they insist to do so, what’s for about? Because both sides have agreed for peace,” Giay said.

And third, good intention of both sides that has resulted seven points of agreement for conflict resolution should be respected. Giay also said a question should be raised if the police continue enforcing the legal process by issue letter of summon only against GIDI. Nevertheless, the continuation of this misunderstanding would be further discussed with Papua Police Chief Paulus Waterpauw after he returns from Jakarta.

Meanwhile, Chairman of NU Papua Province, DR. H. Toni Wanggai, MA said his present with Papua church leaders at Papua Police Headquarter to give fully support so that the police could respect the decision taken by both sides. “NU Papua fully support the demand of the church synod leaders to discontinue the legal process of Tolikara incident and solved through mediation and companionship or by customary law according to peace agreement made between GIDI and Muslim leaders at Tolikara on 29 July,” Haji Wanggai told Jubi.

“Because the government is only care about the legal process but ignore the customary, social and cultural approach, therefore we are worried that this case would be prolonged and complex, it also would affect the stability of social politic in Papua and Indonesia,” Haji Wanggai said.

He also said GIDI leaders have respectfully apologized the security forces who did repressive action that caused many wounded people and one death from GIDI members. They also agreed to maintain the harmony between Muslim and Christian Community in Tolikara.

“We hope the President Jokowi could wisely discontinue this process of legal enforcement to prevent the greater social political impact for the sake of common respect in realizing Papua as peaceful land,” Haji Wanggai said.

Meanwhile, the Crime and Investigation Unit Director of Papua Police did not give any comments in regards to the meeting result that held about one hour in his office. His office has issued three summonses against the Rev. Nayus Wonda, the Rev. Marhen Jingga and the Rev. Yakob Jikwa. But the summons over three GIDI leaders on Friday (14/8) was protested by church and NU leaders in Papua. (Yuliana Lantipo/rom)

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya




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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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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