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Father Jhon: Military Hurts Papuan People’s Hearts

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Paskalis Kosay was shot by a soldier when chewing the beetle nut at a beetle nut stall located at Jalan Sulawesi, Wamena - Jubi

Paskalis Kosay was shot by a soldier when chewing the beetle nut at a beetle nut stall located at Jalan Sulawesi, Wamena – Jubi

Wamena, Jubi – Human rights activist in Papua Central Highland, Father Jhon Jonga, said the shooting incident over Paskalis Kosay perpetrated by military personnel identified as FA who’s allegedly under alcohol influence is yet another proof of the Indonesian Military’s habit of harming Papuans.

“Indeed it is a big hurt for Papuans, furthermore he is a Military Police’s personnel. It means he comes from the elite level of military, which means his emotional stability is beyond others. This action was really add injuries for Papuans,” Father Jonga, the Yap Thiam Hien 2009 awardee, told Jubi in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency on Saturday (29/11/2015).

On Friday (27/11/2015), around 01:00 AM, a Military Police’s personnel who allegedly under alcohol influence shot a civilian named Paskalis Kosay (18).“I often emphasized this to the military commanders those who drunk shouldn’t given a weapon. I also heard the perpetrator was drunk. The last shooting incident in Timika was also involved the drunk soldiers. What would it be if it kept to be happened all the time?” he said.

He even demanded the Indonesian Army Chief General Muliyono to prove his promise to crack down those whose do the power abuse to harm the Papuans. “Sometimes ago, the Indonesian Army Chief committed he would be strict, didn’t he? Concerning to his promise, I want to say to both military regional commander or district commander to give severe punishment over this Military Police’s personnel in according to the law,” he said.

According to him, the incident was occurred before the Papuan independence anniversary on 1 December. “Each time ahead to December, the incident (shooting) like this is always happening. I think these patterns had been set,” he said.

A victim’s family member, Marten Kosay, said the incident was occurred in Jalan Sulawesi, Wamena at around 01:00 AM of Papua time when he and his friends gathered in front of Himalaya Store in Wamena. They planned to come in the dance party that had been started since 21:00 held in a residence’s house.
“We were already at the party house. When we heard the shooting, we thought it was the car tire. So, we just ignored. Not a second, a boy called Dedi came running and told us that Paskalis had been shot. We all stood up at once. Paskalis’ brother named Yoel directly hold the perpetrator who was trembled at the time, but other personnel came and pushed Yoel,” Marten Kosay explained.

Paskalis Kosay was shot when chewing the beetle nut at a beetle nut stall located at Jalan Sulawesi.
“This boy (the victim) was stood chewing the beetle nut here, then the perpetrator who already drunk came to sit on the chair near the stall. We knew he was drunk and parked his motorcycle there, and then sat down. And because of he was drunk, he directly shot the victim who was chewing the beetle nut,” he said.

“I think he (the perpetrator) has a problem. He sat there for quite long before shooting. Fortunately, the bullet hit the beams, if not it must deeply hit his body,” said a woman, the beetle nut stall owner that visited by victim. (Wesai H/rom)

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Human rights violations talk in the meeting of Military Commander and Parliament Chairman

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Head of Papua House of Representatives  (DPR Papua)Yunus Wonda with Pangdam XVII Cenderawasih, Mayor Jenderal (Mayjen) TNI Yosua Pandit Sembiring – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – Major General Yosua Pandit Sembiring, who recently appointed as the Commander of Regional Military Command XVII Cenderawasih, met Yunus Wonda, the Chairman of Papuan Parliament on Thursday (10/18/2018).

After the meeting where took place in the chairman office, the Commander stated instead of talking about human rights violations they discuss the development in Papua.

“We also didn’t talk about the involvement of military culprits in human rights violations. Even if it was true, I ask for clear information and evidence. We surely cannot rely on rumours, so clear evidence is needed,” he said.

Moreover, he declared his meeting with the chairman was just a friendship meeting and information exchange to improve Papua in the future. “This meeting is solely a gathering to exchange information and experience,” he said.

Furthermore, he said both sides concern about how to make Papua more advanced and how to scale up the capacity of Papuan human resources, including in the field of education.

“From our conversation, I figure out that 100 indigenous Papuans have sent to school outside of Papua. This kind of program needs to be improved because these students can bring Papua to a better direction once they return,” he said.

Similarly, Yunus Wonda said the meeting was just a friendship meeting that not discusses any other matters. “We only talk about general issues, exchange ideas. I only asked him to support us in the upcoming PON 2020 (the National Sports Week Event),” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Police declare completion of Skrzypski’s trial documents

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Jakup Febian Skrzypski with Frits Ramandey, human Right Commission Office of Papua – Jubi/Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Relevant documents of 30-year-old-Polish Jakup Febian Skrzypski (JFS) who arrested by a joint team from Papua Regional Police and Jayawijaya Regional Police at a hotel in Wamena City, Jayawijaya Regency, a few months ago due to an allegation associated with an insurgent group are already complete.

Public Relations Chief of Papua Police Senior Commissionaire A.M. Kamal said the prosecutor office confirmed the completion of these relevant documents. Therefore, the investigators from the Directorate of Crime of Papua Police will handover both the suspect and pieces of evidence to Wamena District Attorney for further process.

“Regarding this case, the investigators from the Directorate of Crime of Papua Police have questioned four witnesses,” said Kamal on Friday (10/19/2018).

Skrzypski is charging against Article 106 of the Criminal Code concerning State’s treason that makes him possible to take life imprisonment or twenty years in jail.  “While other suspects YS and SM are still being investigated,” he said.

Earlier last month, the Head of Papua Representative Office of Human Rights Commission Frits Ramandey confirmed that the suspect Skrzypski was physically in good condition in the prison of Papua Regional Police.

“Even though he is fine physically, and as a prisoner, he has his right, but I think he is psychologically stressed,” Ramandey said at the time. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Dekai gradually recovers, actors allegedly take advantages of clash situation

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Houses of residents that burned during residents clash in Dekai,
Yahukimo District, Monday (8/10/2018) – Jubi. Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Security situation in Dekai, the capital city of Yahukimo District, is getting recovered gradually. However, public activities in this town still not running well after the dispute involving residents a few days ago. Streets and the centre of the crowd are reportedly abandoned.

“Many people still decide to stay outside of the town. Schools, offices and shops are still closed. “I had a little walk this morning and only met some people riding their motorbikes,” a Deyai resident Nias Baye told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (9/10/2018).
He hopes the government of Yahukimo District to appeal residents returning to their homes. “The clash is over, but many residents are worried about their safety. Therefore, they choose to remain in their shelters. Shops should also be reopened so that we can buy our necessities and other things,” he said.
The clash triggered by a traffic accident occurred on Saturday that led to a dispute between two groups of citizens in Dekai for three days, from Saturday to Monday (8/10/2018).
Actors allegedly take benefits of the situation
Papuan legislator from Yahukimo District Sinut Busup suspects someones who take advantages of the clash situation. He said the traffic accident should possibly resolve by law, but what has happened was the two groups of citizens involved in the dispute and resulted in many casualties including many injured people and material loss.
“I suspect there are culprits behind the action who provoke the community for their interests,” Busup said on Tuesday (10/10/2018).
According to him, the police must investigate, reveal and arrest the perpetrators who provoke people that triggering a dispute. Moreover, he said another impact of this incident is students and pupils studying in other regions are worried and anxious about an unexpected situation in their hometown.
Meanwhile, Yahukimo Regent Abock Busup said the security forces are coping with the clash in this region. “At the moment, the situation in Yahukimo is safe and under control. I have already communicated the security forces asking them to investigate this case thoroughly,” the regent told Jubi by phone on Monday evening (8/10/2018).
He further said he wants this case to take to the court and not through the customary fines or an amicable solution. “I ask the person who triggers this conflict to be arrested and taken to court,” he said.
Law is a key solution
In response to this issue, a member KPMY (Yahukimo Students Community) in Jayapura Habel Pusop said their concern over the clash in their hometown that has taken many casualties.
“We are very concerned about the current situation in Yahukimo. At the moment, the situation is very tense that makes people uneasy. The government activity is not running well, so, we are in Jayapura feeling very sad,” he said.
Furthermore, he said this incident should be determined by law. People who found guilty in this incident must be treated by the Indonesian Law so that people can return to their normal activities without feeling worried.
“The problem was triggered by only one person, but the impact of revenge caused many casualties from both sides. As a student, we care, are upset and sad at the same time,” he said.
Finally, he asks all Yahukimo students throughout Indonesia, especially those studying in Jayapura City, are not provoked by many fake issues or hoax news about this issue.  (*)
Reporter: Piter L, Arjuna P, Hengky Y
Editor: Pipit Maizier

 

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