Jayapura, Jubi Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon Manasseh Sogavare has reiterated Solomon Islands call on the United Nations for the recognition of Taiwan and expressed concern about the human rights violations in West Papua when he addressed the 71st United Nations General Assembly yesterday, Friday 23rd September.
Solomon Islands commits a section in its annual address to the United Nations General Assembly to call on the UN for the recognition of Taiwan and when reiterating that call yesterday, the Prime Minister said, “Solomon Islands recognises the fundamental right of Taiwan’s 23 million people to participate meaningfully in the United Nations specialised bodies.”
However, the Prime Minister said Solomon Islands finds Taiwan’s limited and restricted participation with the World Health Organisation regrettable, especially at a time when the spread of infectious diseases is impacting children and needs everyone to assist.
He said similarly, Taiwan remains unjustly on the fringes of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s decision-making process despite managing more than a million flights or 58 million passengers through ‘Taipei Flight Information Region.’
“We (therefore) call for Taiwan’s open and free access to all WHO meetings and also call for Taiwan’s predictable and certain participation in ICAO gatherings.
“There has always been two political systems along the Taiwan Strait and the reality is the world works with one and turns a blind eye to the other.”
He said the implementation of the (UN) 2030 Agenda calls for all hands on deck and therefore the UN must put the interest of humanity first and work with all including Taiwan.
On the issue of human rights violations in West Papua, the Prime Minister said Solomon Islands is gravely concerned about the human rights violations against Melanesians in that region.
And he added that the human rights violations and the pursuit for self-determination of West Papua are two sides of the same coin.
“Many reports on the human rights violations in West Papua emphasise the inherent corroboration between the rights to self-determination that results in direct violations of human rights by Indonesia in its attempts to smother any form of opposition.”
The Prime Minister said, “The principle of sovereignty is paramount to any institution whose core rationale is the respect for sovereignty. If the justification of sovereignty rests on a series of decisions that are questionable, then there is a case to challenge the legality of the argument of sovereignty.”
He added that, “As the chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group that also includes Indonesia as an associate member and the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) as an Observer, Solomon Islands affirms the need for constructive engagement with Indonesia and looks forward in cooperating with Indonesia to address the violations of human rights in West Papua.
The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to reaffirm Solomon Islands support for the unalienable right of the people of the Territory of French Polynesia pursuant to annual resolutions of the UNGA beginning in 2013.
He said Solomon Islands continues to request the Administering power to work and cooperate with the UN Special Committee on the question of French Polynesia and C24 (UN Committee on Decolonisation).
The Prime Minister also made mentioned the question of New Caledonia on the United Nations Agenda.
He said the Melanesian Spearhead Group continues this issue and wished the people of New Caledonia all the best as they prepare to decide on their political future in 2018.
Indonesian Punk Band talks about West Papua issue in ASEAN countries
Jayapura, Jubi – A good band gets you raving about their music but a brilliant band takes the discourse one notch higher. A striking name like Koteka Is The Reason is enough to get people wondering: “what the hell does that mean?” and that is exactly what its founder Anca was trying to do, he told Good Times2 during an interview on Monday.
Let’s not beat around the bush. Koteka, essentially, is a penis cover traditionally worn by some of the indigenous tribes in the Papua Island. Made out of dried-out gourd, it symbolises the Papuans’ struggle to protect their heritage against all sorts of exploitation.
“West Papua is a part of Indonesia too, but not many people are at all concerned about the situation there – with all the genocides, massacres and gold-minings that are still happening.
“Papua contributes well to the country’s economy with our rich natural resources but what do the people get in return? Nothing. No good education or healthcare. Literally nothing,” Anca said as he looked on the floor of Oscar’s on the Corner, his left hand mindlessly tucking his long, wavy hair behind his ear.
We were sitting at the smoking area outside, away from the rage-filled screams of Reign in Slumber, a local fave who opened the Punky Monday night at Oscar’s – the same gig where Anca’s band was headlining.
It was apparent that Anca was looking for just the right words to explain about West Papua, where he was born and raised for 16 years before moving to East Java. He took a small pause and added: “I figured if I gave the band a catchy name like Koteka, more people would be intrigued about West Papua and would like to learn more about it.”
Anca and his bandmates: Hasan (guitar), Sinyo (bass), Samson (guitar) and Dani (drum) were on a Southeast Asia tour called Sempoyongan (Indonesian for tottering or wobbling) where they played at venues in Thailand, Vietnam and several parts of Malaysia. After this, the boys were headed to the final leg of their tour in Singapore.
“The punk scene in Indonesia is huge. There are so many movements related to the scene too, like art exhibitions, free library initiatives and fundraising for disaster-stricken communities.
“It is exciting for us to check out the punk scene elsewhere, exchange music banters – that is always fun. Hopefully our presence will open the locals’ eyes to the bigger punk scene in the region. We also hope to go back to Indonesia and give the same exposure to Cambodian bands that we met,” he said.
On Monday, they played in Phnom Penh for the first time ever and their enthusiasm was evident during a 12-song set that lasted way, way too short.
I am going to say it: Koteka is the Reason is a big, fat tease. There was no way all five of them could fit on Oscar’s stage so Anca planted himself in the middle of the dancefloor, gripping his microphone hard on one hand, with only the side of his face visible to the crowd. That, to me, was an invitation to mosh.
“Hello Phnom Penh, we are from Indonesia. Thanks for having us,” Hasan the guitarist, taking his place on the left of the stage, said into the microphone, ever-so-sheepishly. He took us by surprise when he launched straight into heavy riffs right after, which riled up the entire pub.
The lads served up a mean hardcore-punk platter and the crowd just gobbled it all up.
Some fifty seconds into the first song, just as the adrenaline started to kick in and the patrons were just about to slamdance their sweaty bodies against each other, the song died abruptly with Hasan capping it with a “thank you” and a satisfied grin on his face.
Get this. Each of their song lasts just a little over one minute. The boys sure know how to leave the crowd hungry for more.
The ‘teasing’ continued with 11 Others including An Ounce of Gold, Ready to Shoot and In the Name of Mountain Gold. It is hard to tell if he was doing it on purpose, but Anca was pretty elusive with his movements when he performs. If you are lucky, you would catch a glimpse of his face for a good two seconds before the dimmed lighting swallows his silhouette again.
The boys completely ignored the many chants of “one more, one more” from the crowd and emptied up the stage within seconds for homegrown death metal act, Doch Chkae.
Commenting on his new Cambodian peers, after the show, Anca said: “They were really good.”
“I don’t know about others but punk has really shaped me up. Prior to this, I do not give a rat’s ass about politics or current affairs. Punk helped me to become more open minded and accepting to differences – skin colour, religion, ideas, sexuality – whatever they may be. Under the big punk umbrella, we unite as one,” he said. (*)
This article was appeared for first time in khmertimeskh.com
Skrzypski goes to a hunger strike asking for trial moved to Jayapura
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. (*)
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Papua Governor says will facilitate Morobe Governor to visit Freeport
Jayapura, Jubi – Ginson Sauno, the Governor of Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) asked Papua Governor Lukas Enembe to facilitate the visit of Morobe Provincial Government to the mine site of PT. Freeport Indonesia in Timika.
He conveyed this during a dinner that held by Morobe Provincial Government in Lae City on Thursday (09/20/2018) to welcome the governor and the contingent of Papua provincial government.
“Morobe’s capital, Lae City, often hosts some national events on mining. Therefore, we ask the Governor of Papua to facilitate us visiting PT. Freeport Indonesia,” said Governor Sauno.
Morobe is crucial for PNG because it has main ports in the Pacific region, agricultural industry and plantations, as well as cattle and poultry farms, mining and other major industries. So, it provides and distributes most of the daily needs of the national community.
Geographically, Morobe is a province located on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea with a population of around 750,000 people living in 33,705 km² area. As a result of the division of the Southern Highlands Province in 2012, the province becomes the most populous province in PNG which consists of Huon Peninsula, Markham River, Delta and the coastal areas along the Huon Bay.
In responding the request of Governor Saonu, Governor Enembe promised to facilitate a team of Morobe Province to visit the mining site of PT. Freeport Indonesia. “As far as known, we just gained 10 of 51 per cent of Freeport’s shares. So I will help to facilitate the visit of Governor Morobe and his team,” said the governor.
Besides visiting PT. Freeport Indonesia, Governor Saonu also offered Governor Enembe the teaching and learning exchange program. According to him, the main obstacle for two provinces in the collaboration is language. Therefore, Morobe Province will send their English teachers to Papua, and in turn, Papua Province will send the Indonesian language teachers.
Meanwhile, for the student exchange program, Governor Saonu offers a scholarship program for Morobe students who want to continue their higher education in Papua.
Governor Enembe has very welcomed this offer. “We have sent many Papuan students abroad for study. So we will follow up the offer from Governor Saonu soon,” he said.
He also regretted not being able to meet with Governor Saonu last year to sign the Letter of Intent (LoI) because at that time he had to report to the President of Indonesia in Jakarta.
“I also regret not being able to bring my office staff because I was just appointed as a governor for the second period a few days ago,” he added.
Regarding the demand of beef supply in PON (National Sports Event) 2020, Governor Saonu has a positive response. “We are ready to supply meat for PON 2020. We have the largest cattle farm in PNG as well as the chicken farm. This cooperation will benefit the two provinces,” said Governor Saonu.(*)
Reporter: Victor Mambor
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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