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Tolikara Incident Not Religiously Motivated, Minister Says

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Jakarta, Jubi/Antara – Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said the rioting in Karubaga, Tolikara, Papua province, was not motivated by ethnicity, religion, race and intergroup (SARA) issues.

“The incident in Tolikara is not about racial issues, but rather the action of members of the community who were upset and emotional,” said Tjahjo said via short messages received by Antara in Jakarta on Monday (20/07/2015). Therefore, he asked the interfaith community in Tolikara to rebuild it together.

“It could be as proof that tolerance in Tolikara is better or even the best,” he said.

On Monday, the minister flew to Papua to hold dialogue with a range of communication forum of regional leaders (Forkompida) local, religious leaders and community leaders.

He also will provide assistance to the process of building the mosque instead of a mushala (small prayer house).

Previously, Tjahjo appealed to all communities, especially in Tolikara and its surroundings, to not be provoked during Eid al-Fitr 1436 H.
“People do not need to be emotional and provoked by the situation. Be on guard against provocateurs. Be sure that the security forces are able to resolve the issue quickly and well, “Tjahjo added.

He explained the ranks of the political unity of the nation and the entire Indonesian continue to coordinate with local intelligence and security forces linked to resolve the conflict in one of the districts in Papua.
“I believe the ranks of the political unity of the nation will be able to improve coordination of intelligence both at the center and in the regions ‘short fuse’,” he said. (*)

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Women protest the electricity cut off

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Indigenous women traders who barred the road in front of the market due to the electricity cut off by PLN. – Jubi / IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Dozens of indigenous women who are selling local products at the traditional market ‘Pasar Mama-Mama Papua’ blocked the road in front of the market on Friday afternoon (8/10/2018) to protest the National Electricity Company (PLN) for cutting off the electricity at the market for several hours due to late payment for the last four months amounted to Rp 60 million.

The coordinator for the Solidarity for indigenous Papuan traders (Solpap) Franky Warer said it just happened spontaneously because of their disappointment. “The electricity was cut off at around 11.00 Papua time when I was still at home, then someone called me. I then went to the market and called the mayor,” Warer told Jubi by phone on Friday evening (08/10/18).

After that, he said, the Municipal Government agreed to contact the PLN and the electricity in the market turned normal at around 18:00 Papua time.

Meanwhile, the Papuan legislator John NR Gobai commented that relevant parties should pay attention to this matter for not outsizing the traders. “This market is managed under the Trade and Industry Office of Jayapura Municipal Government. So the agency needs to find a solution immediately,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Police come to ULMWP Region Animha during regional meeting

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Jayapura, Jubi – The local police came to the regional meeting of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Region Animha which attended by regional leaders and delegates that held in their office in Merauke on Saturday (7/29/2018).

According to Deputy Chairperson of the ULMWP Region Animha, Ms Pangkrasia Yeem in a statement received by Jubi on Friday (08/03/2018), Merauke Police leading by the Head of Regional Police Intelligence Budi Santoso had entered the ULMWP Office without permission when the meeting had just finished.

“They asked what the meeting was about,” told Yeem. Then she explained to the police that it was the first meeting after the ULMWP Region Animha declared on 14 July 2018. “And the ULMWP has been sitting together with Indonesia in the Melanesian Spearhead Group,” she said.

After the visit, the ULMWP Region Animha continued their discussion on Thursday (08/02/2018) and read a statement rejecting the results of the 1969 Act of Free Choice. The event was held in the ULMWP Region Animha office and run smoothly.

In her statement, the Deputy Chairperson of the ULMWP Region Animha Pangkrasia Yeem said that the Act of Free Choice occurred 49 years ago in Papua from 14 July to 20 August 1969 was not valid because of not in accordance the international mechanisms.

“Its implementation was also full of intimidation, terror and manipulation. In practice, Indonesia mobilized the troops on a large scale to Papua to overcome the Free Papua movement,” she said. (*)

Reporter: Zely Ariane

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Deiyai youth figures talk about a year after bloody Oneibo case

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Jayapura, Jubi – Deiyai youth Domininggus Badii said that it was a year right the tragedy of Bloody Oneibo occurred on 1 August 2018. But this incident has continuously kept in people’s memory.

“Though it already passed, the community is still trauma by the incident,” he said. Further, he said the incident involved an officer who shot a civilian when the company PT. Putra Dewa asked for back up to secure the dispute between locals and the company.

Meanwhile, another Deiyai youth Alex Giyai said there is nothing more alive than an injury but the pain and the inability to forget.

“We ask the central, national as well as local governments and the National Human Rights Commission, both provincial and regional House of Representatives to immediately resolve the Oneibo case, but it has not happened for over a year,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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