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Rally against criminalization of Papuan governor



Papuans represented the five customary regions hold a peace rally and ‘occupy’ governor office against criminalization of Lukas Enembe – Jubi/Alex

Sentani, Jubi – Hundreds of people from various places in Sentani, Jayapura Regency have packed Sentani field near the tomb of Theys Eluay, Tuesday (September 19).

Hundreds of present masses demanded that Papua Governor Lukas Enembe be immediately returned to the land of Papua.

The masses come to the field by using four-wheeled vehicles of truck and minivan and two-wheeled vehicles. They demand to stop the criminalization of Papua Governor, to stop characters assassination of him, and the politicization of education in Papua.

They also ask for the legal process conducted by the Police of the Republic of Indonesia against the governor to be stopped. They promised that Papuans are ready to occupy the office of the Governor of Papua as long as the Papuan governor is yet to return to Papua.

If the demands are not to be fulfilled they declare that Papuans are ready to boycott the 2019 legislative election and Presidential election.

The crowd has started since early in the morning, and more people keep coming in as the sun go high.

Meanwhile in Jayapura city, Papuans who are members of Luka Enembe (LE) Volunteers for Papua Province are willing to walk from Waena Expo and Perumnas III Waena to Abepura, Jayapura City.

Denius, one of the rally orators, said they walk for the rally to the office of Papua Governor and Papua Regional Police Headquarter (Mapolda). “For the sake of our leader of Papuan people, Mr. Lukas Enembe, we are ready to walk without using vehicles,” said Denius, in his oration while crossing Padang Bulan, Tuesday (September 19).

In addition, there are residents who watch and support the rally and by called out to stop criminalization, stop discrimination, and “only LE can protect the Papuan people”.

Didymus, another orator said Papuan officials especially LE are described as a cow tied to death by the owner. So the space for the Governor of Papua is very narrow.

“Do not make our leader’s a slave, the Governor is like a cow tied by his master, but Mr. LE is the governor who must protect his people, especially the schoolchildren,” he said.

Further said, he questioned the Police Chief, who will bear the consequences of the termination of scholarship for Papuan students?(*)


Editor: Zely Ariane

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture




Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)


Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura indigenous school pays attention to children’s rights




Children in the Indigenous School learn how to carve. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – Director of Indigenous School of Jayapura District Origen Monim stated that he would pay attention to the rights of children studying at his school as it stands in an area declared as a child-friendly village.

“We have a guide about what indicator of a child-friendly village is, which was given by the Head of the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office. So it would be our concern,” said Monim in Sentani on Tuesday (09/11/2018).

He further explained that the indigenous school runs their activities every day, from 14:00 to 16:30 Papua time, and a speedboat provided to pick up students to school.

“So far we operate independently. In the future, we would also try to provide snacks or additional food for children in Khandei class, namely for those aged 8-13 years,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Head of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office of Jayapura District, Maria Bano confirmed on the guide of the child-friendly village that already implemented in the Indigenous School of Jayapura District.

“Children from formal school continue their learning activities there, in the indigenous school, which encourage children playing and having fun with their friends. Because at their age, children need to observe their environment and people around them,” said Bano. (*)


Reporter: Engel Wally

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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