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President Jokowi visits Papua to inaugurate several projects

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Jakarta, Jubi – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) paid a working visit to Papua, Tuesday, to inaugurate the Integrated State Boundary Posts in Skouw, Jayapura, and the construction of the provinces 50-Megawatt (MW) Gas Engine Power Plant (PLTMG).

“The president will inaugurate the start of construction of the 50-MW PLTMG in Jayapura, a 2×7 MW electric steam power plant in Tidore, and the supply of electricity to villages in West Papua, Maluku, and North Maluku,” noted a press release from the Media and Information Bureau of Presidential Secretariat made available to ANTARA News here on Tuesday.

Before inaugurating the power plants, President Jokowi will also witness the social assistance programs in Jayapura City, such as the Smart Indonesia Card, Provision of Supplementary Food, Family Hope Program, and Healthy Indonesia Card.

At the closing ceremony of the series of the “Lintas Nusantara” Working Visit to Jayapura on Tuesday, Jokowi will witness the handover of land title certificates under the national strategic program in Jayapura.

The President and First Lady Iriana departed for the Sentani Airport in Jayapura, Papua, aboard the Presidential aircraft Indonesia-1 from the Sultan Babullah Airport in Ternate City, North Maluku, at around 8:45 a.m. East Indonesian Standard Time.

Earlier on Monday, the president had launched three new ports — Tapaleo, Wayabuka, and Bicoli — in North Maluku Province to boost the peoples income in the maritime and fisheries sectors.

“The government has now prioritized to build more ports in some regions, including one in Tapaleo,” Jokowi stated in the provinces Central Halmahera District.

During the launch ceremony, the president also introduced the districts Wayabuka Port in Morotai Island and Bicoli Port in East Halmahera District.

“I have spoken to the transportation minister (Budi Karya Sumadi) to increase the number of ships arriving at the islands,” Jokowi noted.

At the launch event, the president also spoke to the locals on how the port has improved their lives. (*)

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24 houses were buried by landslides in Yahukimo

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Locations covered by landslides and damaged houses in the village Buahun Kawianggema district – Jubi/IST

Yahukimo, Jubi – Landslide disaster has struck the residents settlements and farms of in Buahun village Kabianggama District, Yahukimo Regency end of last year (December 30), at about three o’clock in the afternoon.

According to Enius Yual, a person in charge in handling landslide disaster in village Buahun, Kabianggama district, it occurred because Bibil Mountain was split in the middle that caused a shift of lands and landslides. As a result, dozens of houses and farms owned by residents were damaged and dozens of livestock died.

“There are 24 houses buried in landslides. Farms owned by residents in six villages, including Buahun, Bahabolma, Kawianggema, Soha, Supayo, and Domul villages, destroyed completely due to landslides in three locations. Total of 26 pigs also buried by landslides. Now people started to get coughing, fever chills, runny nose, and shortness of breath. Food also lacks and we ask government’s attention,” said Enius Yual to Jubi, in Dekai, Thursday (January 11).

“This disaster is a fact, not we need help from the government,” he added.

Chief of Kabianggema District, Agus Silip, who also witnesses said the disaster had happened almost two weeks ago, but the information were late to be delivered due to transportation which is only by plane. He just arrived in Deka, the regency capital, to bring evidence of disaster.

“Our house, farms, and pig are buried. Our house was ruined. Our essentials and kitchen appliances were covered by landslides. We started to get sick. We desperately need help from all parties. We’ve got nothing else,” said Silip.

He told Jubi that the disaster came in a suddenly. There was no earthquake, rain, or any other signs. Residents were in a state of shock and panic trying to save themselves.

“The news about the tragedy is delayed because of it happened in the hinterland. The means of communication are limited. Just today I met reporters,” he said.(tabloidjubi.com)

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Ten bridges connecting Wamena-Kenyam completed in 2017

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President Jokowi when reviewing the construction of Trans Papua Road in Habema-Jubi/Islami

Wamena, Jubi – Ten bridges connecting Wamena-Kenyam are confirmed to be completed by the end of 2017. The bridge is part of 35 bridges to be built along the trans-Papua Wamena road, from Jayawijaya to Kenyam, Nduga.

“For the Papua-Wamena-Kenyam Trans Road itself has been translucent, but there are some great or high slopes need to be lowered again,” said Head of the National Road Implementation Work Unit (PJN) IV Papua, Togap Harianto Manik,

According to Harianto, there are currently two multi-year contracts of 35 bridges. Only 10 bridges can only be completed this year, while another 25 bridges will be completed by 2018 to 2019.

A total of 10 bridges are under construction using iron frames with varying lengths and pass through the rushing river pathways and dangerous for the people who pass.

“So there is a span or length of 100, 80 and 60 which may be quite heavy currents so it is impossible to pass by vehicle,” Harianto explained.

Not only Wamena to Kenyam, the implementation of national road in Puncak Jaya area is also targeted for completion in 2019, including roads from Wamena to Sugapa in Intan Jaya Regency.

Head of Work Unit (Satker) for the implementation of the national road of Puncak Jaya region, La Hanafi said that access to Puncak Jaya through six districts passed by Jayawijaya, Tolikara, Puncak, Puncak Jaya, Yahukimo and Lanny Jaya is targeted in the Trans Papua road program.

“Starting from Wamena to Enarotali border in Sugapa can be done in 2019,” said Hanafi.

In addition, PJN V Puncak Jaya is also working on roads starting from Dekai in Yahukimo Regency towards Kenyam, Nduga Regency, as part of trans-Papua road from Satker Jayawijaya Wamena to Kenyam.

“We ask for local governments and communities support for a non-technical way, because we are technically ready to implement it,” he said.

According to him, the total has reached 78 percent, and those are with several directions, such as Sugapa to Bioga, Bioga to Sugapa, Bioga-Illaga, Illaga to Bioga. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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Focus on infrastructure development has made human rights enforcement lacking?

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Jakarta, Jubi – Still in the framework of evaluation of Joko Widodo – Jusuf Kalla 3 years’ government, law enforcement and human rights is
the most hot topic and spotlight of many parties.

This time the Vice Chairman of Commission III of the House of Representatives, Benny K. Harman who considered the performance
of government of Joko Widodo – M. Jusuf Kalla in the field of law enforcement, tend to walk in place.

“We are like running in place, the progress in law enforcement field is like ‘poco-poco dance’,” Benny said as quoted by Antara
on Saturday (October 28) in a discussion in Jakarta entitled Critical Evaluation of Three Years of Jokowi Government; where is Legal Justice?

According to him, the lack of performance shows the government is not working well. “If this is the case, we can do this even without the president,” he said.

According to him, the law in Indonesia today tends to be used by the government as a tool of power by putting justice aside .

“The law is supposed to guard democracy, but I am afraid that the it used as a tool to achieve the interests of power,” he said.

Focus on infrastructure is the cause?

In response, Experts Office Staff of the President, Ifdhal Kasim said it is due to government policy focusing on infrastructure development,
which does cause less attention in other areas.

But Ifdhal also specifies, current legal reforms concentrate on regulatory reform, the settlement of a number of human rights cases
and the reform of legal institutions.

He said from seven past human rights violation cases, two are under legal processing.

“There have been two cases, that is Wasior and Wamena in Papua, which are now in the process of submitting to the court,” he said.

He claims the government is looking for the best solution to resolve a number of other human rights cases and is expected to be completed
before President Jokowi’s term is completed by 2019. “The government is looking for a comprehensive format of human rights resolution,” he
said.

While in some official responses at UN forums, such as Human Rights Council Meeting, Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and General Assembly
of the United Nations few weeks before, the Indonesian government has consistently explained various claims of infrastructure development
outcomes in Papua under Jokowi’s government as responses to issues Human Rights of Papua.

It seems as a way to counter the issues of separatism or self-determination that began to get additional support in the UN forums, not only from the Pacific countries, but also some countries in the Caribbean and Africa.

Related to that, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told BBC (26/10) that government can not prevent countries in the South Pacific region from promoting human rights issues in Papua to the UN General Assembly. Because every UN member country gets the right to discuss any subject in the public forum.

“All countries are free to express their opinion, that is their right,” said Retno after describing the achievements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the administration of President Joko Widodo in Jakarta.

However, she continued, Indonesian diplomats at the UN are encouraged to answer all the demands and insistence by other countries through the exposure of development progress that proclaimed by the government.

“Our right is to explain the development carried out in Papua, comprehensive developments etc, as we have explained,” said Retno.

Attention to human rights has lost

Previously, Amnesty International in their evaluation statement on the performance of Jokowi’s human rights sector concluded that Jokowi’s
political commitment in handling human rights violations cases has disappeared.

“Jokowi’s commitment and will have been lost while the time is ticking,” said Usman Hamid, Director of Amnesty International
Indonesia, quoted by Tempo.co (10/10) during a press conference at his office in Menteng, Central Jakarta.

According to human rights activists and former Kontras Coordinator, one of the causes of the stagnancy of human rights cases settlement is that the judicial system eliminates punishment of military personnel involved in human rights violations.

In fact, he continued, many rules of law that can be used as a basis for the government to resolve the issue of human rights. “But there is
an unfairness of Jokowi in using the constitution,” he said.

So it is not surprising that many cases of human rights violations ended in documents and notes. Some of the cases are related to freedom of expression and religion, to cases of violence.(tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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