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Students was beaten to faint by police officers of Teluk Wondama



Yunus while getting treatment at his home. He was suspected to had broken fingers – Doc. Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – A student of Class X, SMUN 01 Wondama, West Papua named Yunus Manaruri was beaten by a number of police officers to faint. This incident occurred on October 11, 2017 when Yunus was about to leave for school.

From the chronology collected, Yunus was driving two-wheeled motorcycle from Rado to school. In the middle of the street he saw the Traffic Police (Polantas) and had intention to return home. But he changed his mind and kept going to school.

When he got to the front of the road leading to his school, a Polantas arrested him and checked. Yunus identified the head of traffic police Wondama Bay who arrested him and asked for his driver’s license and vehicle registration.

Since there was no driver’s license and vehicle registration, the police removed the motorcycle keys.

Yunus says that it’s his sister’s bike and asks for the key again since there’s a cabinet lock on the bike seat he’s using. The police returned the motorcycle keys to Yunus. But Yunus instead turn on the bike, and try to keep going to school.

But the back of the motor was detained by the police, Yunus confessed to falling into the trench. He then stood up from the trench and punched the policeman on his mouth. A number of other policemen who were on the scene did not accept his colleague was beaten. They then pushed Yunus into one of the new kiosk buildings and beat him to unconscious.

When Yunus regained consciousness, he was ordered to get into the car to the Wondama Bay Police Station in Isei (Rasiei District). On the way, Police officers hit his face in the car and photographed him with mobil phone.

Frangky Samperente, an environmental activist who is often accompanies the community in Wondama Bay, told Jubi that after getting out of the car and arriving at the police station, the guard police still beat Yunus.

“Suddenly came an officer then hit him twice in the head. The officer used the agate ring to cause Yunus forehead to bump,” said Frangky.

Frangky continued that the police also frightened and threatened Yunus by saying that he would be taken to the firing range and fire him. Yunus was also asked to raise his hand to be cut using a bayonet.

The victim also suffered torture while detained. The police ordered him to pick up a broom handle from a metal pipe, and then hit him with the handle. The other police told Yunus to sit close to the cell door, then kick his jaw with his shoes.

“Yunus still feels ill. He was tortured, hit with water hoses until his hands were swollen, besides being told to push up and jumping jack in the cell,” said Frangky.

According to Frangky, at this time, Yunus felt pain throughout the body, waist, eyes swelling, hearing loss, broken lips bleeding, nose swelling and difficulty of breathing.

“He has trouble sleeping and eating because of his throat and jaw pain,” explained Frangky.

After being detained for two days, Yunus was sent home by a policeman. The family then took him to ER at Wondama Bay Hospital.

On October 19, the Teluk Wondama Resort Police Department took Yunus to the hospital for examination. According to his brother who is also a health officer, Yunus will be reconciled to Manokwari, because there are indications that the finger bone is allegedly cracked.

Kapolres Teluk Wondama, AKBP. Drs Frits Sokoy when confirmed by Jubi, expressed his apologies for Yunus’s incident. He confessed when the incident he was on a business trip outside Wondama Bay and could not explain what exactly happened.

“We on behalf of personal, family and police greatly apologize about this incident. We will deal with this issue by taking information from members of the field, the community and Yunus’s parents themselves. This is our responsibility and risk as the leader,” explained Police Chief Sokoy. (


Noken system in Papua’s elections is still debated




Illustration of Noken system mostly used in the highland region of Papua’s election – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The Constitutional Court (MK) has acknowledged and endorsed the Noken System in the elections in accordance with the Decree of the Constitutional Court Number: 47-48 / PHPU.A-VI / 2009 and the article 18B paragraph (2) of the 1945 Constitution.

However, this system is still considered to cause some conflicts among local communities because it forces many candidates to think and work hard to get sympathy from people living in such areas applied to this system.
Although the Papua General Election Commission (KPU) has issued the technical guidelines in 2013 regulating the use of noken instead of the ballot box in the election, Metusalak Ifandi, the Chairman of Papua Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), admits the noken system is still a potential source of conflicts in the local election in Papua.
“The implementation in the field is totally different from the technical guidelines. This should be addressed by KPU. Of course, there needs a coordination between KPU and Bawaslu regarding the technical implementation including the regulations because we only refer to their guidelines,” he answered Jubi on Tuesday (9/18/2018) in Jayapura.
Multi-interpretation and the need of review
The noken system is considered valid if the noken is hung on the wood located in the polling station. Voters must come to the location and should not be represented by others to put the ballot into the noken. After the voting, the ballots must be counted on location but still need to be punched (to authorize), not like the voting process in other regions where the noken system is not applied, voters punched the ballot at the same time they put it into the ballot box. That’s why, according to Papua Bawaslu, the noken system often leads to misinterpretation.
“According to the Constitutional Court, the use of the noken system to substitute the ballot box is to respect the tradition of the local community,” said Metusalak.
Meanwhile, Theodorus Kossay, the Chairman of KPU Papua, said KPU Papua considers three aspects towards the application of the noken system, namely reviewing this system with academics, establishing the standard operating procedures and stimulating the use of this system.
“These three aspects were carried out to give weight to the implementation of the noken system and provide education to the people living in 14 districts that use the noken system,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Roy Ratumakin
Editor : Pipiet Maizier

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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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