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Students Urge Papua Parliament to Form Investigation Team on Yahukimo Case

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Jayapura, Jubi – At least 200 Yahukimo students in Jayapura held a peaceful protest in front of the Papua Parliament Office on Monday (30/3/2015).

The protestors, who called themselves the Yahukimo Student Community, urged the Papua legislative council to form a team to investigate violence that marred the dissolution of Yahukimo West Papua National Committee’s fundraising.

Protest coordinator Olmek Nawa said the students wanted their representatives and NGOs to be involved in such a team.
“The perpetrator must face trial according to the Law. Papua Police Chief must pull out the Mobile Brigade from Yahukimo because it adds traumatic for people. The letter signed by seven tribe chiefs must be retrieved because we are the students and youths had no idea about it,” Nawa reading their statement.

Further according to him, the Papua Legislative Council must urge Yahukimo Police Chief’s dismissal since he couldn’t take control on his officers.
“We want the parliament to immediately follow up our aspiration in particular those who represented Yahukimo Regency. They must not consider this case is over. It is now under UN Human Right Commission’s review,” he said.

Several councilors including Orwan Tolli Wonne, Laurenzus Kadepa, Mathea Maoyau, Gerson Soma, Natan Pahabol, Sunut Busup, Lazarus Siep, Thomas Sondegau and Tan Wie Long met with the crowd. Papua Legislative Council’s Commission I Deputy Chairman Orwan Tolli Wanne said his commission has considered the action would be taken by parliament related to Yahukimo case.
“We will form an investigation team and we will discuss it with Papua Legislative Council Chairman. We will process and follow up this aspiration,” Tolli Wonne said.

Meanwhile Yahukimo Regency elected councilor Natan Pahabol said he and four councilors from Yahukimo would depart to Yahukimo.
“We will conduct an investigation to related parties and publish the report through media and so on. Since 1969, human right violations in Papua had never ended. We are five councilors represented Yahukimo Regency and other parliament members will depart to Yahukimo for investigation. We will discuss the findings in plenary meeting and recommend it to related parties,” said Natan Pahabol. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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Strengthening the soul of leadership, AWWEGIPBY held a debate event

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A student answering questions from the host. – Jubi/David Sobolim

Jayapura, Jubi – The Student Association of Apahapsili, Welarek, Werenggik- Elelim-Silika, Pagai dan Benawa (HMP-AWWEGIPBY) recently held a debate event in Jayapura to promote the leadership among students.

Both junior and senior students from second and eighth semester participated in the event which held on Wednesday (6/6/2018) with a theme ‘Student Eligibility Test in Leading Organisation’.

“We examined their understanding about the organisation through a debate,” said Zan Faluk, the Chairman of AWWEGIPBY.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Commission C of Yalimo House of Representatives Alexander Walilo, who attended the event as a panellist, said he gave his support and appreciated this event because he thought it contributes to the development of Yalimo future leaders.

“All the time, the students only watched the debate of governor or regent candidates on television. Now they took a good initiative to carry out the debate,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Literacy learning at the University of Cenderawasih

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Elementary school children when visiting a literacy stall in the auditorium of Uncen- Jubi/David Sobolim

Jayapura, Jubi – To introduce the importance of literacy to pupils and college students in Papua, Yayasan Nusantara Sejati in cooperation with the Australian Government, UNICEF Papua and Papua Provincial Education Office and Jayapura Regional Education Office open a literacy stall in a parking lot of the auditorium of the University of Cenderawasih (Uncen) Abepura.

Arlenia Sitepesi, the Chairman Committee of Yayasan Nusantara Sejati, told Jubi on Thursday (7/6/2018) that the exhibition involved twenty schools and five replication schools from the city and district of Jayapura.

“We invite the nearby schools, such as from Abepura, Kotaraja and surrounding areas to participate in the various competitions held.”

The Secretary of Papua Provincial Education Office Protasius Lobya said this literacy program has gained a national recognation and would apply throughout of Indonesia.

Therefore, Papua should be proud of it. “We must support the Papuan context in literacy because it has included in the Special Regulation No. 3 and the Papua Governor’s Regulation No. 23. Budget on education in Papua is very high, so we should support it.” (*)

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua’s legislator: Free from rubella and measles shouldn’t be a media campaign only

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Vice-Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau. – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – The Vice Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau warned the provincial government not set a goal for Papuan children to be free from rubella and measles only on media.

She further said it is difficult to actualise this goal if the access to health services including the regular immunisation program has not been optimal since it has not reached remote areas yet.

“There is a query that should be answered immediately before the government’s commitment to free a million of children from the threat of rubella and measles,” said Duwitau on Thursday (7/6/2018).

Furthermore, she said if the Papua Provincial Government really committed to this goal, they should optimise the health services including the regular immunisation program by developing the local health facilities.

Meanwhile, the Head of Papua’s Health Office Aloysius Giyai admitted that this province still has a problem with the regular immunisation program. The participation rate is below 80 per cent in most districts, which is under the national target.

“Even in some districts with high participation rate, the Universal Child Immunisation (UCI) rate is also below 80 per cent,” said Giyai. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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