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Releasing 5 Political Prisoners Is Won’t Solve Papua Problems

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Apotnalogilik Lakobal, one of five political prisoners who have been released while interviewed by Jubi - Victor Mambor

Apotnalogilik Lakobal, one of five political prisoners who have been released while interviewed by Jubi – Victor Mambor

Jayapura, Jubi – The chairman said the Papua Legislative Council said President Joko Widodo’s decision to release five Papuan political prisoners during his visit in Papua earlier this year was not a solution to the the Papua issue.

Council Chairman Yunus Wonda said the release of the five political prisoners should be a start to a more lasting solution.
“The issue in Papua is more about a political issue. The release of political prisoners would not solve the Papua’s issue. The central government shouldn’t hesitate open up to conduct peace dialogue with Papua. The Papua issue would not be solved as long as the dialogue is not yet materialized,” Wonda said on Tuesday (14/7/2015).

According to him, the President Joko Widodo must obey his promise by doing a dialogue, which is already designed by Papua Peace Network (JDP). He further said the dialogue would not involve the Papua’s officials but the opposite party that has opposite ideology, whether those who are currently living in the forest or abroad.
“The dialogue would not involve the governor, Papua Legislative Council or Papua People’s Assembely. When SBY was president, I ever said whoever the president was; he could not solve the Papua’s issue if he didn’t start with the root of problems. If Aceh could have the Helsinki Pact, why couldn’t Papua?” he said.

He further said Papua has a value that the Central Government should be considered. Furthermore, the supports from Pacific countries over Papua is getting stronger although its status in MSG is only as observer. Now it’s the time for the Central Government to talk with Papuans and the opposite party.
“The Central Government shouldn’t talk with us, Papua officials, but people. About the place of dialogue, it would be up to Papuan people. They have a right but they have no courage to start and are living under the shadow of fear. Papua would remain the same if no one dare to start,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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Papua’s legislator suspects an intrigue behind foreigners’ deportation

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Papua’s Legislator John Gobai – Jubi / Doc

Nabire, Jubi – Papua’s Legislator John Gobai suspects an intrigue behind deportation of foreigners in Nabire.

The statement followed the arrest of twelve foreign workers by Timika Immigration Authority at the bank of Musairo River, where located in the mining area of PT. Pacific Mining Jaya (PMJ).

According to Gobai, he has raised the issue about foreign workers in Nabire to the Papua Police but no prompt response. Papua Provincial Government gave a permit to PT. PMJ to take a mining sample, but the company conducts a gold mining operation.

Jubi has tried to contact the Head of Immigration Office of Tembagapura, Jesaja Samuel Enock, but no answer from the immigration authority until this news written. Based on the information obtained by Jubi, there are currently 22 foreigners in Nabire. (*)

 

Reporter: Titus Ruban

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Activists hold a long march in Manokwari to commemorate 17 years of Wasior human rights violation 

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Caption: Demonstration of 17 years of Wasior Case – Jubi / Doc

Manokwari Jubi – Dozens of human rights activists, the families of victims, and human rights partisans held a protest to commemorate human right violation in Wasior 2011 by holding a long march in Manokwari on Thursday (13/05/2018).

Masses started to walk from the Information Office in Sanggeng to LP3BH Office in Fanindi to submit a legal complaint file to the LP3BH Director, Yan Christian Warinussy.

The Chairman of the Council of Indonesian Trade Union (GSBI) West Papua, Yohanes Akwan, in a press release declared that up to 17 years of Wasior Case occurred, the state remains to neglect the incident that occurred in 2001. 

We submit our aspirations officially as well as a request to LP3BH to continue to voice the cases of human rights violations in Papua to the international community,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the LP3BH Director Yan Christian Warinussy said this complaint was part of the respect towards the human rights. “This is a part of human rights enforcement, as well as a responsibility of human rights defender to accept this complaint.

The Indonesian Human Rights Commission once investigated the Case of Wasior in 2003, but the case closed at the level of investigation. At that time, Warinussy was a member of Wasior Human Rights Investigation. (*)

 

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Catholic Church leader at Sentani secure the Eid al-Fitr prayer

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Caption: Illustration of Masjid Al-Aqsa Sentani during the construction – Jubi / Doc

Sentani, Jubi – Some members of the Catholic Youth Organization (OMK) of the Parish ‘Sang Penebus Sentani’ assisted the police to secure the procession of Eid al-Fitr prayer that took place the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sentani, Jayapura District on Friday (06/15/2010).

Despite these young people, Pastor Hendrikus Nahak OFM also involved in this activity.

“The harmony of interfaith people should come from a sincere heart. What I want to say is harmony is beautiful, that a beautiful harmony should come out from a sincere heart,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Taklim Masjid Agung Al-Aqsa Sentani, Nurdin Sanmas, expressed his gratitude to the entire community who took part in securing the Eid al-Firt prayer.  “I want to say more in my speech, but I was touched to see the pastor himself led the young people.”

Moreover, he expected what has been done by the pastor can be imitated by other religious communities in Jayapura district. (*)

 

Source: Antara

Editor: Pipit Maizier

 

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