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TWO DIED, 6 MISSING AS FLOODS, LANDSLIDES HIT JAYAPURA CITY

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FLOODS AND LANDSLIDES HIT JAYAPURA CITY (Jubi)

FLOODS AND LANDSLIDES HIT JAYAPURA CITY (Jubi)

Jayapura, 23/2 (Jubi) – Two people were killed and six people missing after landslides triggered by heavy rains hit Jayapura City, an official said.

Several people were injured and hospitalized, said the chief of the Social Welfare Department of Papua Province, Supaman Pasundan on Sunday (2/23).

In 2013, Jayapura city received Adipura, a government award to honor cities that implement good environmental programs.

Supaman Pasundan said the victims were a 50-year-old man and a woman.
“I helped one house, but many homes in the area are buried by landslides, ” said Supaman.

Hundreds of motorcycles and cars were stuck for about eight hours in the middle of the main road of Jalan Sam Ratulangi.Heavy storms pounded Jayapura city starting on Saturday night. About an hour later, the water overflowed from Anafri pond to Jalan Samratulangi, Jayapura. The flood water carried trash, and mud, blocking the city’s roads. Offices along Jalan Samratulangi, such as Papua Police Headquarters, Department of Transportation Papua, as well as dozens of homes in the complex APO were inundated.

One resident, Eric Mandenas, said the flooding was the worst to have occurred in Jayapura city.
“It was the second flood, yet this was the worst one because just right in the middle of the city” he said on Sunday morning ( 2/23)

He urged the government of Jayapura Municipality to pay more attention to the management of drainage around the city of Jayapura in order to minimize flooding during heavy rainfalls.
“The government should be observant and this was an important lesson for the future,” said a student of the Faculty of Engineering, Cenderawasih University.

LACK OF ATTENTION TO SPATIAL PLANNING AND DRAINAGE IN JAYAPURA CITY
Outdated spatial planning and drainage systems in Jayapura city and lack of public awareness are to blame for flooding,  said a member of Commission II of the Papuan Legislative Council ( DPR Papua), Agustina Basik Basik.

Jayapura is overcrowded and the government  must review the city planning, she said .

The construction of buildings such as malls etc have to go through feasibility studies, taking into account recommendations on  waste, sewage and drainage management.
“The drainage system has not been built well by the constructors. What I see is drainage is not environmentally feasible,” said Agustina on Sunday morning (2/23).

The disaster served as a warning for the government to work seriously  and manage the city to avoid similar calamities in the future.

Agustina is said, for the first time this situation occurred in Jayapura, moreover, precisely in the heart of the city. This is due to the human hand, so she hoped members of the community have to get self-conscious and keep the environment well.
“Residents should all be aware that this disaster as a result of human acts. So, we should protect the environment, not cut down trees illegally and not throw trash anywhere. It is our responsibility to make this city free from floods”, said Sofia. (Jubi / Indrayadi TH/ Tina )

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Students ask for Jokowi’s promises following an attack in Nduga

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Students joined the Solidarity for Nduga in a protest to refuse military settlement in Nduga – Jubi/Doc

Dekai, Jubi – Dozens of students who are members of the Association of Students from the Papuan Central Highland of Indonesia (AMPTPI) urged the President Joko Widodo to solve some problems occurred following the attack by the military in Nduga on 11 July 2018.

Samuel Lokbere, the Chairman of the Student Association of Nduga said the conflict involved gunfire between the West Papuan liberation army and Indonesian security force has caused trauma for the local people in Nduga.

“Military operation in Alguru village is a real threat for civilians. Despite disturbing, it also increases the fear among Nduga people who are still traumatic with the similar incident occurred in Mapenduma in 1995-1996,” Lokbere stated in a press release recently.

Meanwhile Efer Lokobal, the Chairman of AMPTPI Manado, North Sulawesi, also regretted the failure of the President Joko Widodo to fulfil his promise during his presidential campaign for solving the human rights issues in Papua.

“Until now the President of Indonesia failed to solve the human rights issues in Papua. Lately, even there are many shooting incidents against civilians everywhere.” (*)

 

Reporter: Piter Lokon

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Traumatised Papuans flee conflict in Nduga

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West Papua Liberation Army monitoring Indonesian military flyover in Nduga, 11 July 2018. – Photo: TPNPB/radionz.co

Nduga, Jubi – Thousands of West Papuan villagers have reportedly fled from their homes in a remote regency due to conflict between Indonesian military forces and pro-independence fighters.

This follows a string of deaths in Nduga regency where Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army have exchanged gunfire in recent weeks.

Three people were killed in an attack on police at the local airport two weeks ago during regional elections. A faction of the Liberation Army claimed responsibility.

Following the attack, about a thousand extra police and military personnel deployed to the remote regency as part of a joint operation.

They have been conducting an aerial campaign over the Alguru area in pursuit of the Liberation Army, with unconfirmed reports saying at least two Papuans have been shot dead and others injured in recent days.

A police helicopter was reportedly fired on by a faction of the Liberation Army last week, although it is unclear whether it was in response to rounds of aerial artillery fired by the military over Alguru.

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua has accused the Indonesian military of bombing in Nduga.

“Bombing, burning houses, and shooting into villages from helicopters are acts of terrorism,” the Liberation Movement’s chairman Benny Wenda said.

“The Indonesian government’s horrific acts of violence against the Melanesian people of West Papua are causing great harm and trauma.”

The Nduga regent, Yarius Gwijangge, last week made a plea to the security forces not to shoot from the air because he feared this could lead to civilian casualties.

With the situation in Nduga remaining tense, a local Liberation Army Field Operations Commander, Egianus Kogoya, confirmed a number of Alguru villagers had fled from their homes.

“All the (Liberation Army) soldiers scattered back into the forest with 50 heads of family from Alguru village without possessing or not carrying their possessions, in order to save themselves from the death threats of Indonesian military and police bombs,” Mr Kogoya said.

“The Indonesian military helicopters fired the bombs, four times with huge explosion through air strikes at Alguru village. As a result of this attack, the gardens and houses of the people in Alguru’s village are flattened with the ground”.

However, Indonesia’s military published a statement saying reports that security forces were conducting airstrikes or dropping bombs were a hoax.

It said military forces were working with police in “law enforcement activities” in Alguru which is considered a stronghold of the Liberation Army and the OPM Free West Papua Movement.

Indonesian authorities have described the Liberation Army as armed criminals rather than by their pro-independence moniker.

Meanwhile, Responding to the attacks, the largest organisation of Christian Churches in Indonesia called for the country’s human rights commission to open offices in Papua region.

The Communion of Churches (PGI) urged Indonesian authorities to stop repressive action and adopt a strategy of persuasion.

It said the National Commission on Human Rights should open an office in Papua, citing a government mandate under Papua’s special autonomy laws.

PGI spokesman Irma Riana Simanjuntak said Indonesia’s government should establish a fact-finding team to verify deaths in recent attacks and guarantee the public’s safety.

Human rights workers, journalists and medical workers should also be able to access Papua, Mr Simanjuntak said.

Indonesia officially ended restrictions on access to Papua in 2015 but human rights groups and journalists continue to face hurdles when trying to travel there.

Trauma revisited

Young people in Nduga are tired of violence triggered by politics, a West Papuan from the regency said.

Speaking from the Papua provincial capital Jayapura, Samuel Tabuni said he had been in contact with friends and family in Nduga.

Thousands of Nduga villagers had fled from the regency since the violence surged during last month’s elections, Mr Tabuni said.

The villagers were terrified by recent developments which echoed shootings and killings that took place in previous Indonesian military deployments to the remote region, he said.

The recent influx of Indonesian military had brought back memories from 1996 in particular, when Indonesian military commander Prabowo Subianto led special forces into the same area on a campaign to save hostages held by the Free Papua movement commander Kelly Kwalik.

“That’s why when a lot of troops… army and police coming in to Nduga, Kenyam, most of our people are afraid, you know, that the same thing is going to happen,” Mr Tabuni said.

“So we are deeply traumatised. That’s why when a lot of troops… army and police coming in to Nduga, Kenyam (the regency’s capital), most of our people are afraid, you know, that the same thing is going to happen. ”

Special Autonomy Status was granted to Papua by Jakarta in 2001 with the promise of developing its human potential but in Mr Tabuni’s view this had not transpired.

“Conflicts in Special Autonomy is more than in the past because of this politics,” he said.

“The regional politics as well as the politics in terms of campaigning (for) being head of regency and governors. So these two politics kill many Papuans, honestly, especially those that are young.”

Mr Tabuni said many young Papuans wanted dialogue between Indonesia’s government and those pursuing independence to find a peaceful solution.

“We don’t want to be invoved in all this politics and conflict and war. We have to have open dialogue to solve all the problems.”

Meanwhile, human rights activists urged the security forces to withdraw their join operation in Nduga, saying it was having a major impact on the lives of local villagers. (*)

 

Source: radionz.co

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Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future

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Mathea Mamayou, a native Kamoro woman whose tribe affected tailings produced by PT Freeport Indonesia. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary for the Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights Commission of the Papua House of Representatives Mathea Mamoyao, who is also a Kamoro native, said ‘one percent fund’, 1% of Freeport’s gross revenues go to the local tribes, does not guarantee the sustainable future of those tribes.

“I don’t know whether this compensation is still there or not. I don’t want certain people took advantages on it, while people are still living under the poverty,” she told Jubi on Wednesday (18/7/2018).

Further, she said what she wants is a guarantee for the Kamoro tribe to live in a better condition in the future. But the fact is the education and health services in the Kamoro region is still poor. “For all the times, I’ll keep talking about it, because as a native, I don’t want the young generation of my tribe not to survive in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, the board of Meepago Customary Council John NR Gobai said indigenous peoples as the tenure landowners collect the promise of the Indonesian Government on the bargain involved Freeport, the Central Government and the landowners on 4 September 2017.

“At that time, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan agreed to accommodate the request of Amungme tribe asking Freeport to give a reimbursement of 1% fund which they received as the Corporate Social Responsibly funds into larger value shares,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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