Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bishops want West Papuans to join inter-governmental body

http://www.ucanews.com/news/bishops-want-west-papuans-to-join-inter-governmental-body/76955

Bishops want West Papuans to join inter-governmental body 

August 26, 2016




Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic bishops from the Pacific region have voiced their support for the West Papuan people's desire to participate in the inter-governmental Melanesian Spearhead Group.

"[The West Papuans] seek what every family and culture seeks: respect of personal and communal dignity, free expression of one's aspirations and good neighborly relations," said the Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Oceania in a statement.
The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is made up of Melanesian states of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front of New Caledonia.
Indonesia was recognized as an associate member of the MSG last year but West Papua's independence movement has not been allowed to join the group. They have been granted observer status.
"Political boundaries can never contain or control ethnic relationships and so we urge governments to support the West Papuan people's desire to participate fully in the Melanesian Spearhead Group," said the bishops.
"Blocked participation in MSG is a wound in the side of all Melanesians. For West Papuans, the MSG is a natural place of collaboration and a potential source of deeper regional understanding," they said.

Dignity for West Papuans was a focus issue for the executive committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Oceania in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands at meeting in Port Moresby this week meeting.Conferences of Oceania say West Papuans should be a part of the Melanesian Spearhead Group

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Friday, August 26, 2016

1) West Papua awareness grows in New Zealand.

1) West Papua awareness grows in New Zealand.

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Labour MP Su’a William Sio tabled a motion in parliament in support of self-determination aspirations of the indigenous people of Indonesia’s papua region.
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2) Maori students in NZ march for West Papua

3:16 pm today 
Hundreds of Māori students marched to New Zealand’s parliament on Tuesday calling for freedom for West Papua.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

1) Enembe : Finance Ministry’s Policy Interrupts Development in Papua


2) Legislator Recommend English Day in Schools to Anticipate AEC
3) Boat hits whale shark in Jayapura waters
4) Conflict breaks out in Papua over income from recreational site
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http://tabloidjubi.com/eng/enembe-finance-ministrys-policy-interrupts-development-in-papua/
1) Enembe : Finance Ministry’s Policy Interrupts Development in Papua
24 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe warned that the policy of Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati to reduce government spending and transfer of funds up to Rp 133,8 trillion allocated in the National Budget for 2016 to the local governments would affect development in Papua.
“Budget reduction by the Central Government is quite inappropriate, because the local government was already allocated the budget and implemented the contract of work,” said Enembe in Jayapura on Monday (22/8/2016).
He said for example, Mimika Regency, Papua has proposed for IDR 1.9 trillion, but only gets Rp 700 billion.
“So it’s Rp 1.2 trillion less. It’s very dangerous, given that people have worked hard. I don’t know what to do,” he said. Enembe suggested the local government that was harmed by the policy to take their case to the Constitutional Court.
“I suggest that the Presidential Instruction should be testified in the Constitutional Court, because the contract of work has been set up. Lawsuit is worthy because the budget deduction is huge,” said Enembe.
He added many regions have been harmed by this policy. They got average deduction of Rp 30 billion. “It’s the first time to be happened in the government. We hope it couldn’t be a burden of local government; it should be discussed with the Audit Board to avoid finding if the contract of work have done,” he said.
Earlier, the Head of Papua Finance and Asset Management Benyamin Arisoy said the policy of the Ministry of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati is quite stressful for the financial management officers at the regional level. “The policy to reduce up to Rp 133.8 trillion is enough stressful,” he said. (*/rom)

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http://tabloidjubi.com/eng/legislator-recommend-english-day-in-schools-to-anticipate-aec/
2) Legislator Recommend English Day in Schools to Anticipate AEC
24 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Facing competition in the era of the Asean Economic Society, Papua legislator Natan Pahabol suggested the introduction of English Day in schools.
The member of the Commission V of the Papua Legislative Council said the implementation of English Day in schools is required because English is an international language.
“The implementation of English Day for at least a day in a week in the particular day should be done gradually, but the students would get used to, at least it is for the beginning,” he said on Monday (22/8/2016).
He said English Day was needed because the Papua Provincial Government often sends students to continue their studies overseas.
“How could they, Papuans, continue their studies abroad if they cannot speak English fluently, so they must be prepared from the early stage. We think for the long term,” he said.
If it has been applied, he added, the Provincial Government need to issue the Governor Regulation. If not, the regional and municipal government could issue it.
“If the regulation was already set up, for example the governor’s decree or regent’s decree or regional regulation, like or dislike, the school authority would obey it. Starting from now we must able to make a break through in the education sector in Papua,” he said.
 A university student in Jayapura City, Nikson Alius said the implementation of English day needs to be considered. “I think it’s a good idea, nothing’s wrong. We are in Papua couldn’t just stay, it needs to do many ways for education in Papua to be able to compete with other region,” said Alius to Jubi.

According to him, during the time, the education in Papua is less creative. This is the time for the Education Office to make a breakthrough for Papuan students to be introduced with English since the early stage. (*/rom)

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http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/08/25/boat-hits-whale-shark-in-jayapura-waters.html
3) Boat hits whale shark in Jayapura waters
Jakarta | Thu, August 25 2016 | 11:48 am
A whale shark, measuring around 4 meters in length, was killed after it was struck by a boat in Jayapura waters, Papua, on Thursday morning.
The police chief of Jayapura Seaport area, Adj. Comr. Abraham Soumilena, said the KM Labobar vessel hit the endangered species on its way from Serui in Yapen Islands regency to Jayapura.  
“There has been two times during the last three years a ship hits a whale shark in Jayapura waters,” said Abraham as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.
Jayapura Seaport’s fisheries quarantine coordinator Izaak Andrie said his institution had coordinated with the ship’s captain to dispose the body of the animal in the high seas.
“The shark’s corpse should not be released in Jayapura waters because it can spread illnesses. The corpse will be brought to the high seas so its decomposition process will not create any problems,” said Izaak.
Reportedly, the Labobar's crew members managed to fish out the whale shark from the water and put it on the ship's prow, 10:30 a.m. local time.
Local residents in Papua often refer to whale sharks as gurano bintang. The whale shark is one of the biggest fish in the world. It can measures up to 20 m in length while the smallest whale shark can measure just 55 centimeters.  
Whale sharks can easily be found in Kwatisore waters, West Papua, and its surrounding areas. The diet of a whale shark consists of prawns, squids, small fish and tuna. (ebf)
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http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/08/25/conflict-breaks-out-papua-over-income-recreational-site.html
4) Conflict breaks out in Papua over income from recreational site
Jayapura | Thu, August 25 2016 | 07:26 am

A communal conflict broke out in a hamlet of East Sentani district, Jayapura, when people from a neighboring village reportedly set 15 houses on fire early Tuesday while residents were in bed.

The people attacked Hansambe hamlet after the head of their village was allegedly mugged earlier by several youths from the hamlet. 

“I heard noises like the sound of someone being attacked. Then I woke my father up. I was only able to grab my bag in which I placed my cell phone. We left the house through the back door and ran up the hill. The size of crowd was unclear because it was dawn and quite dark when they started burning the houses,” said Maria Monim, 45, on Wednesday.

A local reverend, Mehuwe Meltari, who was with his father, was beaten by the mob before they burned down his house.

“I called out to them to speak, but they hit me and my father. Then they set the house on fire. We fled to save ourselves,” he said.

Mehuwe suffered a broken left hand and a bruised nose. 

“Our only thought was to save ourselves and we could only save the clothes on our backs,” he said.

Maria, along with 15 families, watched their houses go up in flames from behind shrubbery without being able to save their belongings. The only belongings they had left were the clothes they were wearing.

The attackers carried spears, machetes and bows and arrows. 

Besides burning houses, palm trees in the front yards of their houses were also cut down. The mob also set alight a post used by Hansambe youths to collect entrance fees from people visiting the Telaga Cinta Lake recreational site.

The attack took place a day after the village head from Kemtuk Gresi was allegedly stopped, forced to hand over his money and assaulted by a group of drunk youths from Hansambe hamlet.

The village head then reported the incident to residents in his village, after which the attack ensued.

As a result, 15 of the 18 houses in the hamlet, inhabited by 65 residents, were razed. 

Residents whose houses were burned are currently staying with relatives in Putaly village, located 5 kilometers away.

“The police have arrested seven people for carrying out the attack and burning houses, as well as three people who assaulted the Kemtuk Gresi village head,” said Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw.

Those who attacked the village head, added Waterpauw, would be charged under Article 170 of the Criminal Code, while those involved in the attack and arson would be charged under articles 160 and 406 of the Criminal Code.

Jayapura regency secretary Yerry F. Dien said his office would immediately meet with the community in Hansambe and Kemtuk Gresi hamlets to resolve the issue amicably.

“The Jayapura administration will immediately take remedial measures to prevent the trouble from spreading. We have already provided food aid and collected data from victims whose houses were burned. The government will rebuild their homes,” he said.

Hansambe hamlet youth Rudy Sokoy said he believed the attack was not simply revenge for the attack on the Kemtuk Gresi village head but as a result of envy over the income from the Telaga Cinta Lake recreational site, as youths operating the entrance post could earn an income of between Rp 500,000 (about US$37) and Rp 1.5 million daily.

“Ever since the site began to be flocked by visitors two years ago, residents of Putaly Abaar and Putaly villages have been fighting over the right to manage the location. We strongly believe the problem is simply a dispute over the site,” said Rudy.
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1) Pacific women call for investigation of women’s rights in West Papua


2) Maori students in NZ march for West Papua

3) Papua Legislator Accuses Government as Pro-Capitalist over Palm Oil Bill
4) Papua Export-Import Revenue Drops in July

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http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/311827/pacific-women-call-for-investigation-of-women's-rights-in-west-papua

1) Pacific women call for investigation of womens rights in West Papua

7:26 pm today

 

West Papuan human rights activist Rode Wanimbo address the 7th Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women, while Bernadetha Mahuse looks on. Photo: Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women
The call comes from the Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women which represents policy makers and front line workers from 13 Pacific countries.
Representatives of women from West Papua attended the networks 7th meeting in Fiji last week and raised some critical issues and gaps in service delivery for victims of gender violence in West Papua.West Papuan human rights activists Rode Wanimbo (centre with headdress), Bernadetha Mahuse (second from right) and Ivana Yohana (right) seen with Merilyn Tahi (left, Vanuatu), Shamima Ali (second from left, Fiji) and Ofa Likiliki (Tonga). Photo: Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women
The director of Tonga's Women and Children Crisis Centre, Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki said the network stands in solidarity with women from West Papua.
"Members of the network in the outcomes resolution are calling for a fact-finding mission to be undertaken in West Papua to look into the status of women and girls and the impact of the conflict and political tensions on women and girls as a result, " said Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki.

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http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/311832/maori-students-in-nz-march-for-west-papua

2) Maori students in NZ march for West Papua

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Hundreds of Māori students marched to New Zealand's parliament today calling for freedom for West Papua.
The march was met at the steps of parliament by MPs from various political parties, who spoke of their concern about Indonesian state oppression in the Papua region.
Maori protestors at West Papua rally, Wellington Photo: RNZI
The students gathered in the capital for the annual conference Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga ,this year hosted by Ngāi Tauira, the Māori Students' Association at Victoria University of Wellington.
A co-president of Ngāi Tauira, Raimona Tapiata, said the hundreds gathered felt strongly about the plight of West Papuans, from which they drew many parallels with how Māori experienced colonialism.
He said for instance Maori can relate to the marginalisation of West Papuans' indgenous language under Indonesian rule.
"Especially having come from similar backgrounds, similar cultural beliefs, similar values and what our culture is all about, all those types of connections between all Pacific nations is another element that comes into play, " he said.
Addressing the crowd, the MP Marama Davidson said West Papuans' struggle was their struggle.
NZ Green MP Marama Davidson  Photo: RNZI
"We are standing up for up for the people of West Papua, we are standing their mana whenua. We are standing up for their tino rangatiratanga," she said,
“ But we're also standing up for all of us and the better world we are trying to create by supporting eachother, because the oppression, the colonisation, the abuse of human rights, it all breathes the same oxygen."
                        Former boxer David Tua on the left with Jerome Mika, Labour’s Pacific Vice-President Photo: RNZI
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3) Papua Legislator Accuses Government as Pro-Capitalist over Palm Oil Bill
23 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua legislator Laurenzus Kadepa said he would refuse the Palm Oil Plantation bill currently being deliberated at the House of Representatives.
 
He said the government and the House agreed to complete it in 2016 under the pretext of protecting and preventing foreign intervention in the sector.
“Who will get benefit from this law? To whom the opportunities will open? It’s apparently favoring and benefiting investors more. It favors the capitalists. This national policy is not pro-people. If it was passed, I refused it to be applied in Papua,” Kadepa told Jubi on Monday (22/8/2016).
The Central Government issued the moratorium on oil palm plantation  some time ago, but it was just talk without being materialized.
“As it’s already happened, people affected by oil palm plantations would be more victimized. It’s an overlapped policy. Resolve the problem with the oil palm investors with the customary people first,” he said.
He added the Indonesian House of Representative could ratify the bill, but he would continue to refuse it to be implemented in Papua for good. It’s not the time for investment to harm the people. It is now the time for the government to resolve the dispute on oil palm plantation with people who continue to complain and ask for their rights.
“For example, Yerisiam Tribe in Nabire. Until now people are still rejecting the oil palm plantation. It is similar with other regions in Papua, such as Merauke and Manokwari. I think it would be the same in other Indonesian regions to refuse the implementation of Oil Palm Plantation Law. I pay attention more to the condition of the victims of oil palm plantation in Papua and the landowners,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of Coalition for Oil Palm Plantation Victims in Papua, John Gobay said the reason behind the oil palm plantation law was to protect the oil palm farmers. But in Indonesia, the oil palm farmers are only existed in Sumatera, Sulawesi and other regions but not in Papua. Now what was happened is the customary people are becoming the victims of the oil palm company.
“Given not the bill of the protection of oil palm plantation is currently included in the National Legislation Program, it needs to refuse it for some reasons,” said John Gobay.

Among the reasons are it’s simply a guile of plantation investors who hiding behind the farmers to get their intention to take the forest and the land increasing the burden of huge deforestation. Another reason, especially in Papua there are no oil palm farmers. Therefore the parliament should not arbitrarily formulate the legal product. Because it only increases the problem instead of resolve it. The law would crash with the Presidential Decree on oil palm plantation and mining moratorium by Jokowi Administration.
“The state should be focus on the protection of the customary people through the bill on customary people protection after the decision 35 by Constitutional Court. The entire customary people and the victims of oil pal plantation in Papua strongly reject this particular bill,” he said.
He said the Indonesian House of Representative should make the legal product that not harms the victims of oil palm plantation especially in Papua. “We need recognition from the State for the sake of the customary people not the oil palm market,” he said. (*/rom)
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4) Papua Export-Import Revenue Drops in July
23 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi- Export-import revenue for Papua Province fell to US$101.15 million, 45.46 percent, from compared to the previous month of US $85.47 million, the Papua Statistics Bureau said.
Import revenues in July dropped to US$47.80 million, or 43.96 percent, compared to June’s US$85.28 million.
“Export and import activities dropped in July due to the Muslim holiday, so the loading activities for exports and imports in the entire Indonesian regions were not conducted for fully 30 days,” the Head of Papua Statistic Central Bureau JB Priyono said in the official statement received by Jubi on Monday (21/8/2016).
He revealed the reduction of export revenue in Papua mostly occurred for non-mining and gas categories that reach US$0.11 million (81,37 percent), followed by the wood and furnitures up to US$6.42 million (59,88 percent), and export on Copper and Concentrate (HS26) up to US$77.79 million (44,55 percent).
Related to the export from Papua to six major countries in July 2016, the reduction reached US$96.83 million or decrease to 45,06 percent compared with the same export values in June 2016.  Export to Philippines reached the larger number namely US$37.37 million, followed with India U$25.92 million and South Korea that reached US$16.93 million.
“Cumulatively, the Papua export to six major countries in January-July 2016 compared with the same period in last year has decreased to 30.74 percent, it is similar with the export activities to other countries that decrease to 62.82 percent,” he said.

Concerning the import, cumulatively it reached US$395.69 million in January-July 2016 or decrease to 2.73 percent from the same period in 2015 that reached US$406.82 million. Last April, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe with the Director General of Pelindo IV Doso Agung launched the direct call of primary export to Tiongkok. Through direct call, Papua entrepreneurs could save 10 days of shipping time and save the cost up to USD 300-600 per container. (*/rom)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

1) Bishops in Pacific region declare support for West Papua


2) Catholic bishops support for West Papuan people
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1) Bishops in Pacific region declare support for West Papua
August 24, 2016

Support: Port Moresby Archbishop John Ribat, Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long, Toowoomba Bishop Robert McGuckin, Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan, Noumea Archbishop Michel Calvet and Port Vila Bishop John Bosco.

CATHOLIC bishops from across the Pacific region have declared support for West Papua to have a greater international voice.
Dignity for West Papuans was a focus issue for the executive committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands meeting in Port Moresby. 
Toowoomba Bishop Robert McGuckin and Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long represented Australia.
“They (West Papuans) seek what every family and culture seeks: respect of personal and communal dignity, free expression of one’s aspirations, and good neighbourly relations,” the Catholic bishops said in a statement.
“Political boundaries can never contain or control ethnic relationships and so we urge governments to support the West Papuan people’s desire to participate fully in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.”
The Melanesian Spearhead Group is an inter-governmental organisation composed of the four Melanesian states of Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front of New Caledonia. 
Last year, Indonesia was recognised as an associate member, however West Papua’s independence movement has so far failed to be admitted to the group.
“… Blocked participation in MSG is a wound in the side of all Melanesians,” the bishops said.
“For West Papuans, the MSG is a natural place of collaboration and a potential source of deeper regional understanding.”
The bishops have also spoken out about the treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru.
“Callousness can never be the proper response to human tragedy,” the bishops said.
“We applaud PNG’s Supreme Court’s decision that the Manus Island detention centre is unconstitutional and illegal and we trust the Australian and other authorities will act swiftly in implementing a humane plan of rehabilitation for the detainees.”    

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2) Catholic bishops support for West Papuan people
Catholic bishops support the West Papuan people’s desire to participate in the Melanesian Spearhead Group. 
The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Vincent Long OFM Conv, is currently in Papua New Guinea for the Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania.
Statement released by the federation on 22 August 2016 
The Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, PNG/SI, CEPAC) is meeting in Port Moresby. We come from a multitude of island nation states spread throughout the Pacific.
We are delighted to be here in PNG and have enjoyed greatly the wonderful hospitality of this vibrant nation. It was an honour for us to meet with the Hon Powes Parkop, Governor of Port Moresby, and we all offered him congratulations and encouragement on the development of this city and his commitment to justice, integrity and service in civic leadership.
Though we come from diverse cultures and regions, as pastors and shepherds our hearts are united in the desire to seek what is best for the human family and the common good of any society. Indeed, following the example of Pope Francis, our faith ,prompts us to see the world not as a global market but as a universal home.
Last year we urged governments and businesses to support the Paris COP21 initiative addressing issues of climate change and sustainable development. We are. therefore. heartened to see that the PNG Government has recently passed a bill agreeing to implement the strategies of that initiative.
Responsible use of the environment and resources is a duty and task for everyone. The Clean Generation Campaign which we have come to know about here in PNG is an inspiring example of local initiative among the young. Also we have learned of those working to support coastal communities who wish to raise their voice against Seabed Mining. Far from being “anti-development” such communities wish to pursue sustainable development, including family friendly tourism, fisheries and agriculture. What kind of trade agreements permit foreign companies to engage in practices and processes which in their own country are illegal? The sea is a treasure for all and should never become a “playground of exploitation”.
A particular focus of our current gathering is the people of West Papua. They seek what every family and culture seeks: respect of personal and communal dignity, free expression of one’s aspirations, and good neighbourly relations. Political boundaries can never contain or control ethnic relationships and so we urge governments to support the West Papuan people’s desire to participate fully in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
Therefore, we wish to support the 2003 joint interfaith declaration ‘Papua Land of Peace’. Blocked participation in MSG is a wound in the side of all Melanesians. For West Papuans, the MSG is a natural place of collaboration and a potential source of deeper regional understanding. In that regard we wish also to acknowledge the assistance of Indonesian authorities in making possible a recent visit of PNG and Solomon Islands bishops to Jayapura in order to meet with their brother bishops in West Papua. Such visits are always for the cause of peace.
Finally, we once again echo the international outcry at what is happening to asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru. Callousness can never be the proper response to human tragedy. We applaud PNG’s Supreme Court’s decision that the Manus Island detention centre is unconstitutional and illegal and we trust the Australian and other authorities will act swiftly in implementing a humane plan of rehabilitation for the detainees.
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