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PAPUA LEGISLATOR: FILEP KARMA DETENTION AT SOETTA AIRPORT WAS ‘TOO MUCH’

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Filep Karma was being briefly detain and interrogated at Soekarno-Hatta Airport on January 2 – supplied/CNN Indonesia

Jayapura, 5/1 (Jubi) – Papua Legislator, Decky Nawipa considered the attitude of Soekarno-Hatta Airport Jakarta’s police toward  Papuan Freedom leader Filep Karma on Tuesday (January 2) was too much and unnecessary.

Filep Karma, a former and well known Papuan political prisoner, was briefly detained at the airport for wearing a Morning Star badge on his ‘daily civil servant uniform’. Filep Karma is always wearing civil servant uniform with morning star badge in public everywhere.

That is why Decky Nawipa said it was ridiculous to detain Karma based on his wearing of the symbol.

“It’s not a new thing he (Filep Karma) ear the morning star badge on his shirt, and the ever-used pinnacle of a star, has become his identity,” Decky said to Jubi on January 3.

Nawipa said it is odd that Soetta Airport decides to detain and questioning Karma since the badge always stuck on Karma shirt. Wherever he has to travel, domestic or international, he always wears it.

“Why is it now being questioned? People wearing such badge are not automatically categorized as independent Papuans,” he said.

According to him, limiting and prohibiting the attributes of the morning star is not new for indigenous Papuans.

“It has been around since the Netherlands still occupied West Papua, until West Papua was submitted to Indonesia,” he said.

Quoted from CNN, Papuan independence leader, Filep Karma was briefly detained at Soekarno-Hatta airport police, Jakarta Tuesday (January 1) approximately at 21:00 pm, after getting off the plane.

He was taken to the Soekarno Hatta Airport Police HQ. But he was finally released by human right advocate of Civil Liberty Defender (CLD).

CLD’s activist, Uchok Sigit Prayogi, who accompanied Filep Karma at the Airport Police Headquarters, said based on the information obtained from Filep, at that time; he departed from Yogyakarta to Soekarno Hatta airport.

“When Filep arrived at the airport at about 9 PM, some TNI members were some dressed in civilian clothes, and then took Filep’s lodge to the arrival room,” Uchok told CNNIndonesia.com on Wednesday (January 3).

According to him, Karma said that since the flight from Yogyakarta to Jakarta, he was suspected by one TNI member who happened to be in the plane with him. Members of the TNI had reprimanded Karma because of the attributes Filep charged.

Arriving in the waiting room, a number of security forces then questioning Karma for the Morning Star badge on his outfit.

“In the interrogation process Karma was bombarded with question like investigation, even to the point of threat by breaking the table. It happens until 23:00 PM. Then, the police came and took Karma lodge to the Airport Police Headquarters for questioning. After debating, at 01.00 PM, Karma was finally able to go home,” he said. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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Papua Customary Council: Indonesia and Papua Free Movement must sit together

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The funeral of Nduga residents who suspected killed by Indonesian military attack – Jubi/Ist

Jayapura, Jubi – The president of Papua Baptism Churches Dr Socrates Sofyan Yoman said the Indonesian Government’s reaction on the murder of 16 people in Nduga Regency on 2 December is truly explicit and unfair.

“We all disagree and condemn Papua Free Movement’s act that killed 16 Indonesians in Nduga on 1 December 2018,” Yoman told Jubi reporter on Friday, 14 December 2018 in Abepura, Jayapura City, Papua.

However, the Indonesian Military and Police shouldn’t take this as a reason to conduct a military operation in Nduga because it would only cause more causality among innocent people, he said.

Currently, the military operation has been carrying out and already took many lives of civilians.  However, the reaction over this killing is a paradox. Papuan people should question the policy of the Indonesian Government.

“Are there shouts and curses (from Indonesian Government) when their military and police massacred hundreds or even thousands of West Papuans for 54 years? Where is the justice? Where is the humanity?” asked Yoman.

Moreover, he said without justice and through the incident that killed 16 people in Nduga, the Indonesian Government has established their image before the eyes of the nation of West Papua, Indonesia and the international community that Indonesia is an imperialist who conquered and colonialized West Papua.

Meanwhile, Dominikus Surabut, the Chief of Papua Customary Council, said the Indonesian Government would never solve the problems in Papua through the task forces.

“Indonesia must sit together with the Free Papua Movement,” he affirmed.

According to him, both sides must take this conciliation seriously and have a mutual commitment to solving the problems in Papua.

Without conciliation, the violence will repeat. Therefore, Yoman appealed the West Papuans to fight for their primary rights peacefully. They no need to be provoked by the provocative actions of the Indonesian Government.

“In responding the state’s violence, I asked the West Papuans to keep fighting for their rights in peaceful, humane and dignified ways,” said Yoman.  (*)

Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Economic factors influencing Papuan women to become sex workers in Manokwari

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A small group of covert sex workers at Sanggeng traditional market, Manokwari – Jubi / Hans Arnold Kapisa

A group of women gathered around Sanggeng traditional market or precisely behind a bank office in Manokwari act differently. Faces covered by light blush on and lipstick, they are waiting for visitors.

Acting like sex workers, they offer sex for visitors but secretly and give on-location service only. These convert sex workers are not only migrants but native Papuan women as well. It’s more than ten indigenous women who work as sex workers there.
The fact is their rate is not very expensive. A customer can only spend two hundred thousand rupiahs for their service, while their safety is guaranteed because there are a group of men work as guards.
“There’s quite a lot of visitors. They come almost every day, from the morning till night,” a woman said.
She admitted that she has to work like this because she has no choice. She do it for her living.
Even though she didn’t tell about her house and family’s background, her situation has illustrated the terrifying condition behind the privileges of many programs offered by regional government offices of West Papua Province, especially for Papuan women.
A woman figure in West Papua Province Yuliana Numberi said that this group of women is a victim of social life.
“They have a right to live and to be empowered like other Papuan women who get attention from the government through the regional government programs on Tuesday (11/12/2018).
According to her, the practice of covert prostitute in this location is not a new issue. It has been occurring for a long time. However, there is no humanitarian approach taken by those who have concern for them.
“This group of women is those who neglected. We must see this as an issue that can be improved through a program and our mutual concern because they are doing it to meet their daily needs,” she said.
Moreover, the government, said Numberi, should not only pay attention to Papuan women who sell betel nuts, vegetables and fruits in the traditional market or on the roadside, but they must also help and treat sex workers in the same manner.
“It’s terrifying because they have the same right to live like women. So, I hope in the future the government through gendered perspective development policies can involve all women without determining their status, position, religion and race. The government should empower all women and make them a subject in their lives,” she said.
If viewed from a gender perspective, sex workers are the victims of the community’s social life.
“Unfortunately, we do not know when they have a problem with their reproductive health and healthy life, especially regarding the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases that risk their health,” she explained.
On the other hand, she continued, if they don’t work like this, who will support their life. Due to their background, she also hopes that the community will not exclude them from society, instead to embrace them to find out why they do this job.
“We maybe don’t know if they have children who need expenses, or their husbands are jobless, or actually, they are the victims of their household needs. Therefore, we must look forward to ensuring that everyone can access the empowerment program which means there are participation, controls and benefits that we can provide in empowering a woman in the community,” Numberi said. (*)
Reporter: Hans Kapisa
Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Thousands of people take refuge to the forest, says the Church authority

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Jayapura, Jubi – Thousands of residents of Mbua, Yall and Yigi sub-districts reportedly sought refuge in the forest following the raid conducted by the joint police and military forces towards the West Papua Liberation Army that claimed to be responsible for the shooting incidents of the workers of PT. Istaka Karya on 2 December 2018.

The residents are mostly the congregation of the Kingmi Papua Church. “We received reports from Yigi and Yall informed that about five presbyteries have taken refuge to the forest since the evacuation of shooting victims conducted,” the Rev. Dr Benny Giay told Jubi on Sunday (9/12/2018).

Further, he described that the five presbyteries are including Yigi Barat presbytery of six congregations, Yigi presbytery of six congregations, Mbua presbytery of six congregations and Mbulmuyalma of eight congregations. Meanwhile, for Mugi presbytery, he doesn’t have detailed information yet about how many groups that fled to the forest.

“Each congregation is on average consisting of 30-50 heads of families. So, it estimated that the total of refugees is 780 householders. If each family consists of two family members, it means there are more than 1,500 refugees,” explained the Rev. Giay. The Kingmi Church, further said Father Giay, is Christian’s denomination that dominant in Nduga. They have approximately 60,000 followers in Nduga.

Moreover, he added that in the previous military raid between June and July 2018, there were fifty families in Alguru village where suspected the hiding place of the insurgent group had a refuge to the forest. Then, there were 150 people went to Timika, whereas 116 people exited Nduga to Agats, Asmat Regency regarding the incident occurred in Nduga within the last eight days.

Meanwhile, the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (MPH-PGI) expressed their profound condolences and deplored the use of violent-approach either by civilians, insurgents or state apparatus in solving the problems in Papua.

“The violence, in any form, in our opinion, would never solve a problem, but create new scars and wounds which in turn will create another circle of violence,” wrote the Rev. Dr Henriette T.H. Lebang, the Chairperson of PGI in their pastoral message regarding the incident in Nduga.

Furthermore, PGI calls on all parties to stop all forms of violence and sit together to solve the existed problems with humanity and dignity. “Only through this way we can liberate Papua from its entangled problems,” she continued. (*)

Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier 

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