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Security forces allegedly shot 17 Papuans, one dead



Yulianus Pigai, one of the victims of shooting in Deiyai Regency August 1 2017 – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – The TNI, Police and Brimob joint forces allegedly shot 17 civilians of indigenous Papuans (OAP) in Deiyai ​​District. One of them named Yulianus Pigai was shot by hot bullet, six were still being treated at Deiyai ​​Hospital, three were treated at Tendage Health Centre, Deiyai, and seven children were treated by his family.

One eyewitness (PE) said, this incident began on Tuesday afternoon, August 1, 2017, at around 16:30 local time.

At that time a young man, Ravianus Douw, 24 years old, with six other friends bathed in Oneibo Creek, Deiyai. At that time a number of workers are working on an interconnection bridge project under the contractor company PT. Putra Dewa Paniai.

“Locals appealed for vehicle assistance to the company that is building a bridge on Oneibo Creek to rush the victim to the hospital. But the company did not pay attention, so one of the residents must go to Waghete (nearby town) to call for vehicle that is quite far, at about 10 km,” he said.

“After being rushed to Madi Hospital, Paniai, the victim passed away,” he said.

A similar narrative said by Father Santon Petege Pr., a leader of Paniai Parochial told Jubi on Tuesday night (August 1).

Father Santon said, there were some young men bathing in Kali Oneibo. One of them drowned. But after being saved to the surface, this young man was still alive and in critical condition, he needs help.

They then asked for help to the bridge workers to use the company’s car to bring the victim to Paniai Hospital. Unfortunately the workers did not want to rent the car to bring the drowned victims to the hospital.

There was an unsuccessful bargain. Five hours later, a different car was obtained. The victim was then quickly taken to Madi hospital. About 2.5 hours drive by car to the hospital in Madi, Paniai.

“But he died when he got to the hospital,” said Father Santon.

The victim’s family and relatives think that the victim (Ravianus) might still be saved if the company workers agree to lend their car. They were disappointed and then got angry at the workers, who were still in the vicinity of the bridge construction.

“Then this project chief called the police. The joint forces of police, mobile brigade police and army officers came. Did not ask questions but shot several youths,” he said.

Father Santon deplored the acts of thuggery of the apparatus. According to him, they should ask in advance to find out the real case. “I am very sorry. Officers must be responsible,” he said.

The police refused of shooting recklessly                                                 

Meanwhile, Head of Public Relations of Papua Police, Kombes (Pol) A.M. Kamal confirmed to Jubi on late Tuesday the chronology of Ravianus Douw’s death. But he denied the officers shot at people recklessly.

Police also said that when local people came to the location of the project, there was an incident of beating to one of the workers and also destruction around the site. On that basis, according to him, the company then called Mobile Brigade Police which is about one kilometer from the location.

Brimob commander with local police force, about nine people, then headed to the location and checked all workers.

“There was one worker went missing, maybe because he was afraid and run, but now he’s found,” he said.

He claims that his members have attempted a persuasive approach and negotiated with the local citizens, but they failed.

“The villagers attacked the security forces probably because they thought police would defend the company. Brimob and police officers withdrew while firing warning shots into the air. Because people are still throwing stones at members of Brimob and police, they then shoot to the ground and apparently there are bounce’s bullet and wound four residents. No one died because of the bullets. Only some wounded,” he said.

Meanwhile, Paniai Police Chief, AKBP. Supriyagung said on Tuesday night (1/8) that he was at the Tigi police station to confirm the incident. “I am in the Sector police station, to check the truth of the news referred. Children (victims) are also going to the hospital,” he said.


Victims in Deiyai hospital

Officer of Deiyai Hospital emergency unit, Yanuarius Pekei said, as many as seven victims were rushed to hospitals and one of them had died from three bullets in the left and right legs.

“The one who died named Yulianus Pigai. The bullet is still in his body. The other three are still critical, named Yunior Pakage, hit by a right-footed shot to the left; Delia Pekei was shot on the right shoulder right to the right arms; And John Pakage was also hit by on his arm,” he said.

He added that three other victims of Meki Pakage, Esebius Pakage and Penis Pakage suffered minor injuries and had been given medication.(*)


ULMWP plans peaceful movements in seven indigenous territories




United Liberation Movement for West Papua Action Committee (ULMWP) team – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – ULMWP going to hold peaceful demonstrations in seven indigenous territories of West Papua on 24 – 28 September 2018.

Ice Murib, the spokesperson of action committee for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), stated in a press conference held in the Papuan Customary Council, Expo Waena on Wednesday (08/19/2018).

The central theme is to give full support to Vanuatu and other Pacific countries to address the issue of West Papua to the UN General Assembly 2019.

“We will conduct a peaceful movement in indigenous territories of Mamta and Animha on 24 September 2018 centred in Hollandia (Jayapura), whereas the same activities in other regions will be on the following dates,” said Murib.

Murib further said the delegations of ULMWP and Vanuatu are going to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. So far, Vanuatu has made a resolution enforcing the rights of self-determination for West Papua to be submitted at the hearing.

“They will also mobilise support from other countries to promote self-determination for West Papua,” continued Murib.

For this reason, he appealed to all people including students, civil servants and those who are care of independence to participate in the movement. “You can do whatever you want to celebrate it. Pray, do orations, give speeches and so on.”

In Jayapura, the rally will start from different points namely Expo, Lingkaran Abe and Dok V and then the mass will gather at Perumnas 3 Waena. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya




Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November




The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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