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KNPB Claims Police Detain 1,004 Members

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West Papua National Committee members facing Indonesia police in last demonstration on June 15, 2016 - Jubi/Yuliana Lantipo

West Papua National Committee members facing Indonesia police in last demonstration on June 15, 2016 – Jubi/Yuliana Lantipo

Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee claimed that more than 1,000 of its members have been detained by police during a rally on Wednesday to oppose the Human Rights Investigation Team set up by the Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs on(15/6/2016).

“All were detained. We are now at Jayapura Police Office. There are 1,004 activists. They are still being questioned at the Police’s office,” Chairman of KNPB Sentani Region Alan Halitopo told Jubi on Wednesday (15/06/2016).

He said the Police arrested them because they did not have a permit for the rally.

But KNPB said they were likely to be released after being questioned.

Bazoka Logo, Central KNPB spokesperson told today the Police broke its record of arrests against Papuans.

“The colonial government made a record of highest detention,” he said. This detention proved Indonesia is no longer democratic State.

Separately, Jayapura Police spokesperson Imam Rubianto they questioned 600 people and released them shortly after “They have been released this afternoon, at five o’clock. Cellphones that were seized by the Police have been returned as well,” he said.

Papua police spokesman Patridge Renwarin said police localised the demonstrators to limit their movements. He added no one was arrested.

The police action was backed by Atmadji Sumarkdijo, an aide of Chief Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who is set to visit the province today. (Benny Mawel/rom)

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The story of Nduga refugees: Mother died while giving birth to her child

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Refugees in Nduga – Jubi/Doc

Nduga, Jubi – On Wednesday (9/1/2019), the sixteen-years-old Inambo Tabuni just arrived in Wamena, and she told her story in a refugee camp. 

Soldiers came by helicopter; a bomb dropped into the village.

People fled to the forest to save their lives. Many parents were separated with their children, while those who’re in refugee camp feel grateful that they can run away,” she recounted the incident occurred in the mid-December 2018.

The refugees take shelter in provisional tents and caves in the forest. They have insufficient food to eat. Men took a risk walking dozens of kilometres to reach gardens. They gathered sweet potatoes and taros from the garden in the night.

It helped us to stand for two or three days. After that, men will return to the garden and come back in the night,” she said.

According to her refugees are distributed into small groups to a big group. “Each group contains at least ten people or more.”

She also revealed their suffering living in a refugee camp. “It seems that we are living in someone else’s place. We want to live safely in our village.”

When she arrived in Mbua from Dal, a pregnant woman Selfina Lokbere (32 years old) just came from a refugee camp, and last week Lokbere reportedly had a delivery complication. Both mother and child died.

Selfina Lokbere, who was the wife of Yakerena Umangge, reportedly gave birth to twins. Her first twin managed to be smoothly born, while the second got stuck during delivery.

The second child did not come out, so the mother tried to pull her baby out, but she couldn’t make it.”

Meanwhile, Elinaus Tabuni, a member of the health care team of Papua Province in Mbua Sub-district, Nduga Regency, confirmed the incident that occurred on 2 January 2019.  

This woman just arrived from the forest and gave birth. She had only a child who died with her during the delivery,” he said.

Further, the congregation of Imanuel Church of Mbua takes care of the funeral of Selfina Lokbere and her child, while the medical team checked the rest of her family. It turns out that she has other six children who are still alive. They are Esok Umangge (7), Londice Umangge (8), Ason Umangge (9), Jemison Umangge (3), and the twins Rinthi dan Rentha (2,6). Currently, the twins of the late Selfina Lokbere, Rinthi and Rentha then raised by Gelipa Tabuni, their mother’s relative.

In the meantime, locals said the cause of her death is because she didn’t eat and drink well while in the refugee camp, whereas the medical team thought it’s possibly because of her giving birth too often.

Meanwhile, related to Nduga refugees, the Secretary of Youth Church Solidarity Alfonsa Wayap said three children were reported dead in refugee camp due to malnutrition. The children Ubugina Unue (2), Bugun Unue (1) and Raina Kogoya (5) died in Yal Sub-district.

The local also said there are ten pregnant women among them. “Some already give births while some are waiting for the due date.” (*)

 

Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Current conditions of Nduga refugees: getting sick, trauma and injuries

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Women and children in Yigi Sub-district come to the central of sub-district from refugee camp to meet the evacuation team. – Jubi/Victor Mambor

Wamena, Jubi – The health care team of Province Papua assisted by the Health Office of Nduga Regency, which was deployed to provide health services in sub-districts affected by gun conflict in Nduga, has returned to Wamena after serving the community.

Based on three days health examination (from 8 to 10 January 2019) implemented in sub-districts of Mbua, Dal and Mbulmu Yalma, they found common diseases appeared among the refugees.

The health care team coordinator dr Beery I. S Wopari explained this happened due to lacking food supplies. “In our struggling to overcome the geographical challenge during the services, there are indeed some diseases that dominantly found among adults and children,” he told reporters in Wamena on Friday evening (11/1/2019).

He added that his team found many cases of joint and bone pain as well as the pain in the entire body and headache. There are also some cases of high blood pressure among men and women.

Meanwhile for children, infants and toddlers, the common diseases found in respiratory infectious diseases such as flu and cough as well as diarrhoea, intestinal worms and wounds. They also found some pregnant women among the refugees. 

Many children also have wounds in their body as a result of falling in the running.

Dr Wopari also revealed that there are three adults wounded by gunshot, but they didn’t come to treatment so that the team only gave medication to reduce pain.

Meanwhile, a member of health care team Elianus Tabuni admitted that the deployed team has 16 people consisting of specialists, medical practitioners, and nurses and assisted by a team from the Health Office of Nduga Regency. The three days services concentrated in three sub-districts, Mbua, Dal and Mbulmu Yalma, Nduga Regency plus Ilekma Sub-district, Jayawijaya Regency because many people fled to Wamena.

The team also planned to go to Yigi Sub-district in the third day, but due to an unfavourable situation, they returned to Wamena to continue their service there.

We communicated with the military regarding the update situation in Yigi. They suggested us not to come to the area because of gunshots arbitrary caught in this area. We assumed it was a bad sign for us to continue our journey to Yigi Sub-district,” said Elianus Tabuni.

He also admitted besides the geographical difficulties and cold weather, people who come for treatment didn’t trust them for the first time.

They might be traumatic thus they ever questioned us whether we came to help them, to provide health services or another else,” said Tabuni. (*)

 

Reporter: Islami Adisubrata

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Skrzypski goes to a hunger strike asking for trial moved to Jayapura

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First trial of Jakub Fabian Skrzypski and Simon Magal which delayed on 17 December 2018. -Jubi/Islami

Wamena, Jubi – After being delayed, the trial of an indictment reading against the Polish defendant Jakup Fabian Skrzypski and Simon Magal, that scheduled to be held on Tuesday (8/1/2019) at Wamena District Court have postponed one more time.

His attorney Welis Doga in Wamena District Court revealed that he and Simon Magal’s attorney had been in the court while waiting for the prosecutor to pick up the defendant Skrzypski from Jayawijaya police detention. However, the prosecutor called to inform him that his client refused to come to the trial. He finally went to the police detention to persuade him attending the court.

He then revealed the reason why his client refused to come. “He wanted the trial to conduct in Jayapura.” For that reason, currently, Skrzypski goes to a strike hunger in detention.

“Then I talked to the attorney, the food has properly accommodated, but it might be about the different treatment he had in his country, Poland. That might be the reason why he refused to get a trial in Wamena,” he said.

After coordinating with another legal counsel, Welis Doga asked the court to postpone the trial until 14 January 2019. “For Jacob, I will talk with another legal counsel as well as speak to him about the possibility to follow this stage. Therefore, I’ve tried to talk with the judge. However, the court has no right to move the trial to Jayapura,” said Doga.

Separately, Simon Magal’s attorney David Maturbongs admitted he initially had the same thought as Skrzypski, trying to ask for the transfer of trial location from Wamena to Jayapura.

“We had tried, but the High Prosecutor’s Office said the time already passed. It should be communicated from the start and pleaded to the Supreme Court asking for the transfer of trial location from Wamena District Court to Jayapura District Court,” he said.

Previously, the inaugural trial with the agenda of reading the charges against defendants Jakub Fabian Skrzypski (39 years) and Simon Magal aka Simon Carlos Magal (30 years) scheduled for Monday (12/17/2018), also had to be cancelled because of the interpreter of the defendant Jakub Fabian Skrzypski was not present. As a result, the Chief Judge Yajid, SH., MH along with member judges Roberto Naibaho, SH and Ottow W.T.G.P Siagian, SH postponed the reading of the indictment until 8 January 2019.

Meanwhile, the Prosecutor Ricarda Arsenius said because of the trial occurred in Indonesia should refer to the Indonesian Law, and use Bahasa Indonesia.

“We have already called the interpreter, but because of the difficulties getting air ticket during the holiday, we cannot present the interpreter,” he said. 

Jakub Fabian Skrzypski is a Polish citizen who’s the first foreign national in Indonesia to be tried with treason articles, namely Article 106 of the Criminal Code and or Article 110 of the Criminal Code and or Article 111 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 53 of the Criminal Code and 55 of the Criminal Code. He’s charged with life imprisonment or a maximum of twenty years imprisonment. (*)

 

Reporter: Islami

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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