Jayapura, Jubi – President of Evangelical Church in Indonesia (GIDI), the Rev. Dorman Wandikbo visited to Nahdatul Ulama Board Office of Province Papua to seek solution on the incident occurred at Karubaga, Tolikara on 17 July 2015. Chairman of NU Province Papua, Toni Wanggai welcomed Wandikbo during his visit.
“We come here (NU Office) to strengthen our good relation to find peace solution for GIDI members and Muslims at Tokikara after the last incident,” the Rev. Wandikbo told Jubi in the meeting held at NU Office on Monday (27/7/2015).
He came to the meeting with Chairman Kingmi Synod the Rev. Benny Giay. Inter-religious Harmony Forum (FKUB) of Province Papua also attended the meeting.
Both priests were deeply for the statement of the Chairman of NU, Toni Wanggai few times ago that stated the Tolikara incident could be resolved by Papuans, no need intervention from outsiders.
Toni Wanggai welcomed their good intention. He once again affirmed that Papuans must solve the incident in Tolikara. He hoped this problem could be immediately solved because in next two months, Muslims would do Eid prayer to celebrate Eid al-Adha.
“As far I knew the land used by Muslims to build Mushola there belongs to the Church. Then, GIDI and Tolikara Regent also donated a cow for Muslims as an apology to the circular that already passed, as well as a clarification. It indicates a good intention before the incident was occurred. So we could solve by ourselves,” Wanggai said.
The Rev. Dorman Wandikbo explained the letter of clarification issued to clarify the circular that later triggered the problem was not received by Tolikara Police Chief before 17 July that coincidence with Eid Al-Fitr. It’s happened because Tolikara Regent as Committee Chairman of GIDI Seminar must got to Panaga Village on 14 July in the morning to resolve dispute among villagers at that village.
In this meeting, both Muslim and Christian leaders were taking time to talk with Ustad Ali Muktar, Muslim leader at Karubaga, Tolikara. In the phone conversation, he admitted the current situation at Karubaga is fine. He is glad having direct conversation with President of GIDI though via telephone. He also admitted very glad because Muslims in Papua Province has met with GIDI leaders to materialize a peace among Muslims at Tolikara and local community who are GIDI members in majority.
“Yes. In the near future, after the guests from Jakarta have returned, I will come to Jayapura. I hope able to meet with President of GIDI that make the life of Muslims and Karubaga natives can be saved and comfort as before. Indeed, we can only solve this problem without intervention from other parties. Because for nine years I was here (Karubaga), the incident like yesterday was never happened, either the threat or prohibition. We used to pray, it’s just fine. We also had harmonious relation with out brothers here. When the stalls were burned, I stayed at Christian Tolikara native at Kompleks Koramil 1702-11. President of GIDI also provided me with generator. Thank you sir for the generator,” Ustad Ali Muktar thanked the President of GIDI by phone.
Ustad Ali Muktar, Toni Wanggai and the Rev. Dorman Wandikbo agreed that Muslims and GIDI members are the victims in this incident. “Muslims became victims because forbidden to worship, while GIDI members became the shooting victims by security forces. In addition both sides experienced the material losses. Both sides are victims,” said Toni Wanggai.
On this occasion, the Rev. Wandikbo said the information that GIDI prohibit other Christian dedomination to build churches in Tolikara is not true. “They should ask me about it. GIDI never prohibit other denomination to build a church in Tolikara. The fact is there are GIDI member who have problem with other denomination’s member who want to build church in Tolikara. So it’s personal problem, not the Church,” said Wandikbo.
At the end of meeting, both religious leaders agreed to hold several phases of reconciliation toward peace among Muslims and GIDI members in Tolikara. “In near future, we will meet again to discus our concrete action. Insya Allah, Muslims in Tolikara can do Eid prayer during Eid al-Adha,” Toni Wanggai said. (Victor Mambor/rom)
DPRP and MRP urged Komnas HAM to investigate Nduga’s case
Jayapura, Jubi – Yunus Wonda, the heads of the Papuan Representatives Council (DPR Papua) made the calls after security forces allegedly killed four civilians during an anti-insurgency operation last week that followed the slayings of 17 construction workers by separatist rebels.
“We ask the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to conduct a thorough investigation. They must investigate not only this December incident, but also what happened last July,” Yunus Wonda, chairman of the council, told Jubi on Monday (10/12/2018).
DPR Papua will set up a special committee to conduct an inquiry into what happened, Yunus added.
But now, he said Nduga is still closed for any civilians, included member of DPR Papua.
Separately, Timotius Murib, chairman of the people’s assembly (MRP), said the MRP has formed a committee to investigate the Dec. 2 and 3 attacks by separatist rebels and also reports from church that mentioned 4 civilians dead during the evacuation.
“Because this MRP is a representative body for Papuan Indigenous People, we don’t see the Nduga case as a separate issue, but part of what has happened so far in Papua,” Timotius added.
Meanwhile on Monday, a local youth leader alleged that security forces shot dead four civilians on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, including at least one clergyman, while troops were trying to retrieve bodies of the workers killed by TPNPB guerrillas in the Mbua, Yall and Yigi districts of Nduga.
“Two [were killed] in Mbua and two in Yigi. One [of those killed] in Mbua is my uncle. His name is Yulianus Tabuni,” Samuel Tabuni, a Papuan youth leader who once ran for office as the regent of Nduga, told Jubi.
Samuel stated his uncle was a member of the church assembly in Mbua, not involved in separatist movement.
He said relatives told him that government forces had pressured several pastors in the area to give them information about the rebels. (*)
West Papua National Liberation Army: It’s an attack, not execution
Jayapura, Jubi – West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) finally spoke up regarding the murder accusation over them. They admitted being responsible for the shooting of people identified as the employees of PT. Istaka Karya that are building the Trans-Papua road.
15 confirmed dead in Nduga incident; locals’ complaint is a root, says the Church Leader
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Police confirmed fifteen dead in the shooting incident reportedly occurred in Puncak Kabo, Yal Sub-district, Nduga Regency. Papua Police Public Affairs Chief Senior Commissionaire Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said 19 people shot in the incident that caused 15 deaths. Currently, the fifteen corpses have successfully concentrated in one location for evacuation on Thursday (06/12/2018).
“So, the total of shooting victims are 19 which 15 died, three injured while one survived and had evacuated on Tuesday (04/12/2018),” said Kamal in the press conference held at Jayawijaya Regional Police Headquarter on Wednesday night (05/12/2018).
Further, Kamal said the joint evacuation team discovered all victims in Yal Sub-district and continued searching for other victims who worked for PT. Istaka Karya that consist of a field manager and twenty-four workers.
Earlier, Military Public Affairs Chief Colonel Muhamad Aldi stated that a criminal group had executed the employees of PT. Istaka Karya in a location identified as Puncak Kabo.
It begins with the locals’ complaint
Separately, the Rev. Dr Benny Giay, the Chairperson of Papuan Kingmi Church Synod, said the incident that reportedly killed 24 workers of road construction in Nduga Regency triggered by a suspected military member who took a picture of the community worship on 1 December 2018.
“There’s worship attended by the community, local government and a man who’s suspected military member,” Giay forwarded a message from a resident to Jubi on Wednesday (05/12/2018).
“When residents saw him taking the pictures, they were scared. So, they asked the guy to remove his photos, but he denied,” added Giay.
He then left the scene and went to the military post, while people couldn’t make him delete his pictures.
Meanwhile, the worship continued to 2 December 2018. The residents who came to the event asked him to remove the photos. Then, there was gunfire near the military post that caused more than ten casualties.
“This is a sequence,” he said.
Moreover, the Rev. Giay added that a polemic whether the dead victims are civilians or soldiers, it should refer to the policy of President Joko Widodo during his visit in Wamena in 2016.
“The point is that President Widodo has trusted the military to build the road following his visit to Wamena in 2016,” he said.
Soon after this agreement in January 2017, the West Papuan Liberation Army who’s has power over this region refused the road construction and gave a war threat.
Therefore, according to Giay, no wonder if the locals suspected the workers as the army. They reckon that ordinary people might not want to work in the region under the security threat.
Separately, the Corporate Secretary of PT. Istaka Karya Yudi Kristanto confirmed that there were 28 workers joined in the bridges construction project in the Yigi River and Aworak River located in Nduga Regency Papua. He also ensured that there had never been any problems regarding their construction project there.
Meanwhile, Papua Police stated that a survivor Bharatu Wahyu who’s a member of Mobile Brigade also evacuated to Wamena public hospital on Wednesday night (5/12). He got shot at the right arm, left shoulder and neck in the gunfire when the security forces attempted to find the victims.
“The plan is to evacuate the bodies to Wamena because most of their families are living in Wamena. But it depends on the weather, if it’s bad we’ll send them all to Timika,” said Kamal.
According to him, soon they’ve got the news of 31 dead; the joint security force immediately came to the scene for confirmation. Therefore, it was only the initial information.
Meanwhile, Jayawijaya Police Chief Adjunct Senior Police Commissionaire Yan Pieter Reba appealed the victims’ families and those who want to find further information about the victims to come to Jayawijaya Police
Headquarter or Military District Command 1702/Jayawijaya.
“We provide a post in the police headquarter and military district command as well. So, if people want the information about their families, they can come directly to these posts for checking the truth,” he said. (*)
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