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SBY Received the Draft Law on the Special Autonomy in Tanah Papua



Governor of Papua and Governor of West Papua Province (Jubi)

Governor of Papua and Governor of West Papua Province (Jubi)

Bogor, 28/1 ( Jubi ) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY ) officially received the Draft Law on the Special Autonomy in Papua, which is directly delivered by the delegations of Papua and Papua Barat leading by the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe and the Governor of Papua Barat, Abraham O. Ataruri on Tuesday (28/1) in Bogor Palace, West Java.  Joint in the delegations are the Papua People’s Assembly, People’s Representative Council of Papua and Regents of Papua Districts.

After receiving the draft law, the President Yudhoyono and Vice President Boediono with the ministers held a closed meeting in order to hear reports from the governors of Papua and Papua Barat on the development progress in their respective areas. The two governors also report about the evaluation towards the Law on the Special Autonomy in Papua based on the President’s instruction.

Participated in the meeting are Coordinating Minister for Politic, Law and Security Affairs, Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, Agung Laksono; Coordinating Minister for Economic, Hatta Rajasa; Minister of Education and Culture, M. Nuh; Head of State Intelligence Bureau, Marciano Noorman: Chief Police of the Republic of Indonesia, Sutarman; Indonesian Army Commander, Moeldoko and Minister of Health, Nafsiah Mboi; Deputy Minister for Law and Human Rights, Deni Indrayana; Deputy Minister of Finance, Any Ratnawati; Deputy Minister of Public Works, Hermanto Dardak, Head of Working Unit for Development Monitoring and Evaluation, Kuntoro.

Coordinating Minister for Politic, Law and Security Affairs, Djoko Suyanto, representing the President Yudhoyono, said the Draft Law on Special Autonomy in Papua aims to improve the people’s welfare in both provinces, Papua and Papua Barat. However, the draft will be further discussed between the Governor of Papua and Governor of Papua Barat before taken over by the Minister of Domestic Affairs as the coordinator to further discussed with the relevant ministries.

“As it is known, the Law on the Special Autonomy in its progress has passed several stages of evaluation, which is first time occurred in 2006. It’s marked with the establishment of the Law on the Acceleration of Development in Papua and Papua Barat which is proclaimed in 2007.

In its progress, the Law was re-evaluated in 2011 that led to a development coordination unit that is the Unit for the Acceleration of Development in Papua and Papua Barat (UP4B). Then, after his inauguration, the Governor Lukas Enembe gave his direction on how to accelerate and expand the development in Papua that could be perceived by the lowest level of society,” he said. Prior to the submission of the Draft Law on the Special Autonomy to the President, the meeting has been conducted 12 times between team of Papua and Papua Barat with the assistance of the Cenderawasih University and the Ministry of Domestic Affairs at the initial review.

Therefore, the initial compiled draft of 12 times meeting will be immediately synchronized by the two governors. “I think 95% has been already agreed. The President was grateful if within the next 2-4 months the draft will be formularized and synchronized with other laws on the ministries/institutions and the most important is not contradictive with the Constitution 1945,” he said.

Further he added that the spirit of president’s wishes that delivered to the two governors is how to add the value on the Law on the Special Autonomy into the distribution of outcomes in the fields of energy, forestry, marine, transportation and so on. “The Regional Government actually want to focus on those points which would later become the spirit of the added values into the new Draft Law,” he said. (Jubi/Alex)
marine, transportation and so on. “In fact in those points, which would later become the spirit of added value to assign Regional Goverments (provinves of Papua and Papua Barat) into the draft of the new law,” he said. (Jubi/Alex/P. Maizier)


Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future




Mathea Mamayou, a native Kamoro woman whose tribe affected tailings produced by PT Freeport Indonesia. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary for the Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights Commission of the Papua House of Representatives Mathea Mamoyao, who is also a Kamoro native, said ‘one percent fund’, 1% of Freeport’s gross revenues go to the local tribes, does not guarantee the sustainable future of those tribes.

“I don’t know whether this compensation is still there or not. I don’t want certain people took advantages on it, while people are still living under the poverty,” she told Jubi on Wednesday (18/7/2018).

Further, she said what she wants is a guarantee for the Kamoro tribe to live in a better condition in the future. But the fact is the education and health services in the Kamoro region is still poor. “For all the times, I’ll keep talking about it, because as a native, I don’t want the young generation of my tribe not to survive in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, the board of Meepago Customary Council John NR Gobai said indigenous peoples as the tenure landowners collect the promise of the Indonesian Government on the bargain involved Freeport, the Central Government and the landowners on 4 September 2017.

“At that time, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan agreed to accommodate the request of Amungme tribe asking Freeport to give a reimbursement of 1% fund which they received as the Corporate Social Responsibly funds into larger value shares,” he said. (*)


Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Military could only arise trauma among locals




Student activists from BEM Uncen and PMKRI speak during press releases. -Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Student Executive Board of the Cenderawasih University (BEM UNCEN) Paskalis Boma asks Papua Police to withdraw officers from Nduga District to prevent people from trauma.

He said the attack by the police officers occurred in Langguru and Kenyam on 11 July 2018 was very violent. “Nduga is part of Indonesia. If the police want to attack the National Liberation Army and Free Papua Movement (TPN/OPM), they shouldn’t harm the civilians,” he told Jubi on Wednesday (19/7/2018).

Further, he said the military’s attack in Nduga District was excessive as they attacked unarmed people whereas they were well-equipped. “People don’t carry weapons; they can’t fight back. They can’t do it because they are the citizens of Indonesia. This incident remains a scar and is rooted in the hearth of the local Nduga community. It only arises a fear.”

Meanwhile, Benediktus Bame, the Chairman of the Catholic Students Association of Indonesia (PMKRI) St Efrem Jayapura, the government could apply some human approaches towards the TPN/OPM. “The action taken by the government officials was very excessive. It would only arise a fear among the local people,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

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Papuan Liberation Movement wants dialogue




Members of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua at a Melanesian Spearhead Group summit in 2013: Paula Makabori, Dr John Ondawame, Rex Rumakiek. – RNZ / Johnny Blades

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua supports the idea of dialogue with Indonesia as long as it is mediated internationally, the movement’s secretary says.

Indonesia’s government of Joko Widodo has recently made overtures to West Papuan customary and civil society leaders for dialogue over a range of issues in Papua region.

Secretary Rex Rumakiek said the push for dialogue was not a bad thing.

“But dialogue internationally, not Indonesian type of dialogue that resulted in 1969’s Act of Free Choice. That’s the type of dialogue Indonesia wants. We are not going to go back to that approach,” Mr Rumakiek said.

“We want an international dialogue and the best place to dialogue is the United Nations general assembly. Let us vote on the issue.”

The movement hoped to have questions over the legitimacy of the self-determination act under which West Papua was incorporated into Indonesia debated by the UN General Assembly in the next year or two, Mr Rumakiek said.

Since being admitted to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in 2015 with observer status in the regional grouping, the movement has had more opportunities to engage with Indonesia, which enjoys associate member status in the MSG.

The dynamic between the two parties, however, is clearly strained, as Indonesia’s government has characterised the movement as a separatist group that does not represent Papuans.

The full MSG members – Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia’s Kanaks – have been working to facilitate dialogue between the movement and Indonesia

“We can talk direct to them with the MSG members as witnesses. That is what we call a third party” Mr Rumakiek explained.

“We cannot talk direct to Indonesia by ourselves, but with the MSG facilitating. We try to avoid other people speaking on our behalf. The MSG is trying to arrange for meetings (between the West Papuans and Indonesia’s government).”

Meanwhile, the Australia-based Mr Rumakiek said the movement was disturbed by the reports from Papua’s remote Nduga regency that Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army had exchanged gunfire in recent weeks.

Three people were killed in an attack on police at the local airport two weeks ago during regional elections. A faction of the Liberation Army – which is not directly linked to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua – claimed responsibility.

Following the attack, about a thousand extra police and military personnel deployed to Nduga as part of a joint operation.

They have been conducting an aerial campaign over the Alguru area in pursuit of the Liberation Army, with unconfirmed reports saying at least two Papuans have been shot dead and others injured in recent days.

The Indonesian aerial operations over Alguru echoed previous military operations in the area, which devastated the livelihoods of Papuan villagers, Mr Rumakiek said.

“They are applying the same strategy that they bomb villages and chasing the people who live in the bush, so the after effects are much more serious than the actual destruction itself,” he said.

“Those people, when they come back to their village there will be nothing left for them to return to because the schools and clinics are destroyed and the churches are destroyed.”

But in a statement, Indonesia’s military said reports that security forces were conducting airstrikes or dropping bombs in Nduga were a hoax.

Military forces were working with police in “law enforcement activities” in Alguru, it said. (*)



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