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Special Autonomy Seats Belong to Customary People

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Abepura, Jubi – Legislative seats reserved for the indigenous Papuans as regulated in the Papua Special Autonomy Law must be given to customary people.

Self-styled customary institutions such as Customary Law Institute (LMA) and Barisan Merah Putih (BMP/local nationalist force) are not allowed to compete for the seats under the customary law.

“Which one of these customary institutions represents Papuans? LMA was a product of the Ministry of Internal Affairs that we don’t know for what reason it was established, while Papuans already had DAP (the Papua Customary Law Council),” a board of the Papua Customary Law Council, Willem Rumasep told Jubi at DAP Office, Jayapura on Monday (26/1).

“And who was behind the BMP? BMP is not part of customary bodies,” he said.

This statement was not automatically denying the indigenous people who joined those categorized-customary institutions. He strongly recognized them as part of customary people, but their institutions were established to serve political interest despite of the interest of indigenous.

“DAP has law and regulation drawn up by the customary people. It was not being set by certain parties,” he said.

He said if the government has really reserved the seats for the customary people, DAP would not take it, but on the other hand it must give recommendations on who deserve them. Therefore, he further said the government should build a communication with DAP for participating in the process of recruitment, selection and inauguration.

Unfortunately, until now he said the government has not sent a letter to DAP. Event the Provincial Government of West Papua that has been succeed to appoint eleven indigenous people was never communicate with DAP, but it’s not a problem because the opportunity has given to the DAP members.

“I have not received any letter from the government, but it may directly contact the representatives of seven customary areas. If it is so, it would be a problem then. We will accept anyone who’ll be appointed, just like in West Papua Province. There were eight of eleven seats represented by DAP members. It would be a problem if the candidates were nominated by using the customary label,” he said.

Last week, the BMP Chairman, Ramses Ohee stated the customary figures of five customary areas recommended him to nominate persons who will represent Papuans in the parliament. “They officially gave me a mandate. They said I must do it for the safe of Papua,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council, Elvis Tabuni said the main agenda of Commission I is to recruit, select and appoint 14 councilors representing the indigenous Papuans as regulated by Law No. 21/2001 on the Papua Special Autonomy Law.

He said it was just waiting for the governor’s letter about the registration and approval. Once it got the letter, the Papua Legislative Council will establish a Special Committee who will responsible to establish a Selection Committee to recruit 14 candidates from five customary areas, namely Mamta, Saireri, Lapago, Meepago and Anim Ha.

Earlier, the Regional Secretary of Papua Province told media the governor’s letter about 14 seats has been registered. However, a member of Commission I, Emus Gwijangge declined it. “Until now, the Commission I has not received the copy yet. We just found out from the media,” Gwijangge said.

According to him, like or not, the Special Regional Regulation on 14 seats must be implemented in accordance with the Papua Special Regulation Law to prevent the customary people, Papua’s Parliament and Papua People’s Assembly to blame each other because it was not well implemented. (Benny Mawell/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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PNG admits there is still a lot of smuggling on the border of Wutung

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Papua New Guinea immigration and customs at Wutung – emtv.com

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua New Guinea Customs (PNG) admits smuggling at Wutung, the border area between PNG and Papua Province, still frequently occurs.

Of course there are smugglers escape from our surveillance because of human resources and equipment. For instance, at the Jacksonville Airport in Port Moresby, smugglings still occur, with or without recognition,” the Senior Manager of PNG Customs John Kiu told at the Wutung Border on Friday (15/06/2018).

He further said apart from military there are only 11 officers who work at the border of PNG and Indonesia who expected to control transactions that involving more than a thousand people everyday at Wutung.

I have four officers. They are responsible for customs only, while we have two officers for immigration and quarantine.”

Moreover, he said the temporary border post in Wutung has no facilities except an office and a border station, water and electricity supplies, which were the left assets of trade and investment project amounted of 90 thousand million that have ended in 2014. (*)

 

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

 

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