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Regent of Asmat and Papua Governor refused President’s offered on relocation



President Joko Widodo meet Papua Governor and Asmat Regent to discuss health crisis in Asmat at Presidential Palace, Tuesday (23/1/2018) –

Bogor, Jubi – Elisa Kambu, the Regent of Asmat considers that efforts to relocate Asmat people are not possible.

“Relocation to new places is impossible, (even though) the relocation was intended by the President in order to make improvements of the surrounding communities in the districts and villages they live in,” Elisa said at Bogor Palace on Tuesday (January 23).

Elisa delivered the statement in a joint press statement after having a meeting with President Joko Widodo at Bogor Palace, West Java.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, Minister of Health Nila Moeloek, Minister of Social Affairs Idrus Marham, Head of Staff Office of President Moeldoko, Regent of Asmat Elisa Kambu, Vice Regent of Nduga Regency Wentius Nimiangge and Papua Governor Lukas Enembe.

Previously President Joko Widodo had offered the relocation as an option to overcome the measles and malnutrition outbreaks in Asmat. Cases of measles and malnutrition in Papua are scattered in several areas including Pegunungan Bintang Regency. Those even happened repeatedly.

“Because moving people is not that easy, it is related to culture and customs, customary rights, and how they plant, gathering food etc. We will take care of the people, we would guarantee them with better access,” Elisha added.

According to Elisa, health facilities such as Puskesmas (health centre) have existed in all district capitals (sub-districts), but the problem is how to maximize the operation.


“We hope the people would stay in their village, not in the forest or elsewhere, we do not intend to move them from the village, far from their own place and territory,” said Elisha.

Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said that the most likely relief is to improve their own place within a district range by building housing and roads.

“We cannot move them elsewhere,” Lukas said.

Social Minister Idrus Marham said that the President asked for an integrated and comprehensive approach to deal with the outbreaks.

“We cannot work alone, the president also said that because this problem (not) only occurs in Asmat, it needs to look at other districts (and regencies) in Papua in order to anticipate everything,” said Idrus.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Nina Moeloek said he would go to Papua on Wednesday (24/1).

“After the critical condition we will think about rehabilitation and the long-term solution, one of which has been mentioned (by the governor) is to make a good shelter around the village to accommodate people nomadic livelihood. We must also take care of its fuel, we might cooperate with Ministy of Forestry to cultivate sago as their main local food, we should improve it, also fish processing,” she said.

The outbreaks of measles and malnutrition occurred in Asmat District since September 2017 which had resulted in 68 infants and children died.

On January 1-11, 2018 the joint team was reported to have treated hundreds of patients with measles, 393 of whom were outpatients and 175 of whom were hospitalized.

A number of obstacles that are experienced are the lack of doctors that there are only 12 doctors and one specialist in Asmat. (Antara)


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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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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Non-Papuans dominate IPDN recruitment in Papua




Illustration of IPDN Students in Papua. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The selection process of IPDN students in Papua Province for intake 2018/2019 is considered discrimination against indigenous Papuans due to the domination of non-Papuans. It’s definitely against the Special Autonomy Law of Papua.

A humanitarian activist Natalius Pigai said this is discrimination. “Only four out of seventy cadets are Papuans. It means 90% of new IPDN students are non-natives. I am offended, and for this, I completely criticise Jokowi and the Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo,” Pigai told Jubi by phone on Saturday,(08/31/2018).

According to Pigai, who was the former member of the National Human Rights Commission, a distribution of power to accommodate the children of a nation as the agents of change is a strength of this country. It would grow their sense of belonging towards this country.

Separately, Marinus Yaung, a lecturer on International Relations of the University of Cenderawasih, maintained he doubts the competence of IPDN graduates compared to his students from the variety of department of studies including Government Science, Administration Science, State Administration, Anthropology, Social Welfare and International Relations.

According to him, the alumni of the University of Cenderawasih have been shown more qualified and ready to work in all districts in Papua Province rather than the IPDN alumni.

“Our alumni are better and highly competent of serving in the bureaucracy as echelon III or IV in the district government,” said Yaung. (*)


Reporter: Abeth You

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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