Monday, August 21, 2017

BEYOND THE PACIFIC: WEST PAPUA ON THE WORLD STAGE


CONFERENCE -BEYOND THE PACIFIC: WEST PAPUA ON THE WORLD STAGE



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Preliminary Announcement
Invitation to a one day Conference

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BEYOND THE PACIFIC: WEST PAPUA ON THE WORLD STAGE

1 September, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
This conference is organized by the West Papua Project, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney and the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University.
Over the last two years the West Papuan movement for self-determination has made huge strides in gaining support from the Pacific island nations. This has led to the issue being raised in many regional forums, such as the Melanesian Spearhead group, the Pacific Islands Forum and at the United Nations. The Indonesian government has worked hard to address these developments both through international diplomacy and accelerated development inside West Papua. Currently the issue is being presented to the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) in Europe. This conference will examine these developments, their consequences and how the struggle is likely to evolve.
Enquiries:
Conference Facilitator, Ronny Kareni  ronnykareni@gmail.com
WPP Coodinator, Dr. Cammi Webb-Gannon c.webb-gannon@westernsydney.edu.au
WPP Convener, Dr. Jim Elmslie jelmslie@ozemail.com.au


(Note. Its possible that a number of West Papuans may need accommodation for conference. If anybody can put people up  and live reasonable close to Sydney Uni let us know).


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Also 

Announcing the Australian launch of     
International Academics for West Papua

at the conference

Beyond the Pacific: West Papua on the World Stage

To be held at:

Lecture Room 448,
Teachers College, Manning Road,
Camperdown Campus,
University of Sydney
September 1, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

International Academics for West Papua is a network that was started in 2016 by a group of academics concerned about the ongoing human rights abuses in West Papua. We welcome academics from all countries and all disciplines. Our main statement of belief is contained within our first major open letter to the Indonesian government and governments of the world, still open to signatures.  To view the letter and for further information see:


1) Thousands rally in Deiyai over fatal shooting


2) INDONESIA: Stop unlawful deprivation of liberty against Indigenous Papuans
3) Police May Make More Arrests following Freeport Violent Protest

4) UPDATE 3-Indonesian police name six suspects after labour unrest at Freeport’s Grasberg mine
5) ndonesia, Freeport discuss tax issue: Minister
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1) Thousands rally in Deiyai over fatal shooting
Nethy Darma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura | Mon, August 21, 2017 | 05:48 pm
Thousands of people rally in Deiyai, Papua, on Monday to demand the perpetrator of a recent fatal shooting be brought to justice. (Courtesy of/Abeth Amoye You)

Thousands of people rallied in Deiyai, Papua on Monday to demand the perpetrator of a recent fatal shooting in the regency be brought to justice.
They also want contractor firm PT Putra Dewa Paniai and the police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel to be forced out from the Mee Pago indigenous area.
Yulianus Pigai, 28, was found dead with several gunshot wounds when Brimob personnel tried to disperse a crowd that had destroyed the construction camp of the firm in Tigi district, Deiyai regency, on Aug. 1.
"Thousands of people marched to the Deiyai Legislative Council over the incident on Aug. 1," Catholic priest Santon Tekege told The Jakarta Post.
During the rally, the demonstrators also performed traditional dances while others carried signs and banners slamming the incident.
They also called on the Papua Police to remove all Brimob personnel from the Mee Pago indigenous area, which covers Nabire, Paniai, Deiyai, Dogiyai and Intan Jaya regencies.

Residents of Deiyai, Papua take part in the rally on Monday. They demanded that the perpetrator of a recent fatal shooting be brought to justice. (Courtesy of/Abeth Amoye You)

Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar has dismissed Tigi Police chief First. Insp. Maing Raini and replaced him with First Insp. Ferry Mervin Mehue. A number of Brimob personnel have also been investigated over the fatal shooting.
Rallies protesting the shooting also took place in Jakarta, Bandung and Gorontalo. (bbs)

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2) INDONESIA: Stop unlawful deprivation of liberty against Indigenous Papuans
August 21, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the unlawful deprivation of liberty of Papuans which has occurred frequently of late. The AHRC has learned that the Indonesian Security Forces have been using excessive force and flaunting their authority to illegally arrest indigenous Papuans. They are simply exercising their rights to freedom of expression and opinion and peaceful assembly.
For instance, take the case which took place on August 20, 2017. Police officers of the Fak-Fak Police Station (Polres Fak-Fak) arbitrarily arrested 24 indigenous Papuans. They are members of the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB). The AHRC was informed that they were illegally arrested because they are registered to attend a meeting organized by KNPB in Fak-Fak Regency, West Papua Province.
Previously, the AHRC noted some similar cases faced by members of KNPB Papua. Consider the case of Mr. Yanto Waine, a member of the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB). He was illegally detained in the Nabire Police Station (Polres Nabire) after distributing leaflets to the public. And 29 student activists, mostly Papuan students, were arbitrarily arrested in Yogyakarta Province. Additionally, 32 student activists in Jakarta and 46 student activists in Semarang were also arbitrarily detained.
Considering the massive unlawful deprivation of liberty against Indigenous Papuans, the AHRC strongly recommends the Government to re-evaluate its policy and the behaviour of its Security Forces’. The Government should ensure that there is no policy in practice that clearly violates or goes against the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Indonesia became a State party to this Covenant by enacting Law No.12 of 2005.
Under Article 19 of the ICCPR, it states
1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of choice.
3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this Article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall 
only be such as are provided by law and are necessary:

(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others;
(b) For the protection of national security, public order, and public health or morals.


Moreover, the Indonesian Constitution 1945 (UUD 1945) clearly guarantees such rights. Article 28 of the Constitutions, states: “the freedom to associate and to assemble, to express written and oral opinions, etc., shall be regulated by Law.” Further, Article 28 paragraph E states: “Every person shall have the right to the freedom to associate, to assemble and to express opinions.”
Under the Constitution, Indonesia has Law No. 39 of 1999 on Human Rights. Article 24 paragraph 1 states: “Everyone has the right to peaceful assembly and association.” Article 6 paragraph 1, relating to Indigenous People states: “In the interests of upholding human rights, the differences and needs of Indigenous Peoples must be taken into consideration and protected by the Law, the Public and the Government.”
Let us look into the cases of human rights violations, in particular massive unlawful deprivation of liberty in Papua. It has been proven that the Government has failed to ensure that the Security Forces obey and respect the above-mentioned rights. Even security forces violate the Indonesian Criminal Procedure (KUHAP), which regulates steps and requirements of arrest and detention.
The Government should be aware that extreme restrictions against the right to freedom of opinion, expression and also peaceful assembly, should be conducted based on the Law. It is the National Law which regulates such restrictions and they should not violate or go against the ICCPR itself.
As stated in General Comments of the ICCPR No. 35 paragraph 12 “An arrest or detention may be authorized by domestic law and nonetheless be arbitrary. The notion of “arbitrariness” is not to be equated with “against the law”. It must be interpreted more broadly to include elements of inappropriateness, injustice, lack of predictability and due process of law, as well as elements of reasonableness, necessity and proportionality.”
Therefore, the AHRC calls for the Indonesian Government to stop any patterns and forms of unlawful deprivation of liberty against indigenous Papuans. The right to freedom of expression, opinion and peaceful assembly must be protected and respected. Furthermore, the Indonesian Security Forces should not subjectively interpret the Law and put an end to the stigmatization that all political activities conducted by Papuans are crimes. The AHRC urges the Government to release all those persons arrested with no criminal charges laid against them.
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MONDAY, 21 AUGUST, 2017 | 09:46 WIB
3) Police May Make More Arrests following Freeport Violent Protest

TEMPO.COJakarta - The police chief of Mimika, Papua, Adj. Sr. Comr. Dean Mackbon has said that the police may make more arrests following a violent protest in PT Freeport Indonesia compound last week.
Victor stressed that the police will protect locals and employees of Freeport.
Following acts of vandalism and arson of facilities belonging to PT Freeport Indonesia in Check Point 28, Gorong-Gorong bus terminal and PT Petrosea premise on Saturday, the police have named three suspects. They are former employees of Freeport.
Dozens of individuals are currently held in Mimika Police custody.
“Those who violate the law shall take responsibility for their actions,” he added.
Victor went on to say that the police had earlier tried to bring together former employees, Freeport and its subcontractors for a negotiation.
However, protesters remained on the streets heading to the mines and took over Check Point 28. They later burned cars, security outposts, terminal facilities, motorcycles belonging to Freeportemployees and office facilities, dormitory and vehicles belonging to PT Petrosa.
 
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#AFRICATECHAUGUST 21, 2017 / 8:18 PM / 3 HOURS AGO
Reuters Staff

4) UPDATE 3-Indonesian police name six suspects after labour unrest at Freeport’s Grasberg mine

* "Limited" access to mine resumed -spokesman 
* Police investigate violent demonstration, recent shooting 
* Grasberg permit, divestment discussions ongoing (Adds Freeport comment on workers, government discussions) 
By Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Kanupriya Kapoor and Fergus Jensen 
JAKARTA/SINGAPORE, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Police in the eastern Indonesian province of Papua have named six people as suspects among 17 arrested on Saturday after a violent demonstration by former mine workers at Freeport McMoRan Inc's Grasberg copper mine, a police spokesman said. 
Trouble erupted when the demonstrators blocked an access road to Grasberg, the world's second-biggest copper mine, in a protest over employment terms. At least seven people were injured and dozens of vehicles and buildings torched, and traffic through the area was restricted amid safety concerns. 
The six people were named as suspects for carrying weapons, among "various" offences, Papua Police Spokesman Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said on Monday. 
"They were carrying machetes, knives and bows and arrows," Kamal said. "This was not an ordinary demonstration." 
Under Indonesian law, naming someone as a suspect means authorities believe they have enough evidence to consider filing charges, and such cases normally go to court. 
"Limited" access to Grasberg resumed on Monday, Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said. 
Freeport has been grappling with labour problems at Grasberg as well as a lengthy dispute with Indonesia over rights to the giant mine, which has cost both sides hundreds of millions of dollars. 

ABSENCE? 
Following export restrictions related to a permit dispute, Freeport Indonesia, which employs more than 32,000 staff and contractors, furloughed about 3,000 workers earlier this year. This prompted a strike and high levels of absenteeism. 
Freeport has denied that there is a "formal strike", and deemed that approximately 3,000 full-time and 1,000 contract employees who were absent had "voluntarily resigned". 
"The consequences of their actions are unfortunate," Pratama said referring to workers' "prolonged and unapproved absences from work despite multiple efforts and requests by the company to return to work." 
Arizona-based Freeport, the world's biggest publicly-traded copper miner, has repeatedly said it has acted on the labour issues in accordance with Indonesian law and its labour contract, with former employees able to apply for open positions with contractor companies. 
The company is in communication with worker representatives and labor unions to hear concerns and share views, Pratama said. 

CONFLICT 
According to Indonesian Human Rights Commission official Natalius Pigai, the former mine workers want their old jobs back and pay and all benefits to be reinstated "as before, not at different levels." 
"Freeport is committing serious violations of these workers' rights," Pigai told Reuters, adding that his office had recommended for the government of President Joko Widodo to intervene in the dispute and push for a joint solution. 
"This affects thousands of people and has the potential to cause social conflict," he said. 
While the commission cannot impose sanctions, Pigai said his office could report the matter to the U.N. human rights council. "We won't leave this alone." 
IndustriALL Global Union, a federation of labour unions, has also criticised Freeport's handling of the matter, saying it treated "fired" workers "inhumanely and with contempt". 
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, whose office oversees the mining sector, said the government "cannot interfere" in the dispute but could make recommendations. 
"It's between (workers) and the company," Pandjaitan told reporters. 
Police are also investigating a shooting on the same access road on Thursday that injured a police officer and a search for an armed group of more than five people began in the area today, Kamal said. 
Incidents like this were frequent on the access road, Kamal said. 

Tensions around Grasberg could hamper Indonesia's efforts to calm Papua, where a low-level insurgency has simmered for decades. The mine is a major source of revenue for the local economy, but its social and environmental impact is a source of friction between police and the local population. 
Between 2009 and 2015, shootings within the mine project area killed 20 people and wounded 59. To protect workers and infrastructure, Freeport contributed $21 million toward government-provided security in 2015. 
Freeport's negotiations with government over its Grasberg mining permit are ongoing, Pratama said, including on the compulsory divestment of a majority stake. 
"(The) four issues in the negotiations are one package deal. Divestment is one of the four issues," Pratama said. (Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Wilda Asmarini and Kanupriya Kapoor in JAKARTA; Writing by Fergus Jensen in SINGAPORE; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Jane Merriman)

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5) ndonesia, Freeport discuss tax issue: Minister
Jakarta | Mon, August 21, 2017 | 05:23 pm
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan has stressed that the government and Freeport Indonesia have resolved their main differences.
Meanwhile, the remaining issues pertain to tax schemes and levies that should be paid by the company to the regional administration, the minister added.
“Negotiations are to be completed this month,” said Jonan after meeting at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Monday as reported by tribunnews.com.
Under Law No. 4/2019 on diversified mineral resources, mining companies are required to convert their contract of work (CoW) to a special mining license (IUPK), which among others requires them to divest 51 percent of their shares to Indonesian entities and construct a smelter to upgrade the added-value of the mining materials.
Read also: Contract to be extended to 2041 as Freeport agrees to divest 51% shares
“Regarding tax scheme, you can ask the finance minister,” said Jonan, adding that control was in the hands of Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of United States mining company Freeport McMoRan, had agreed to divest 51 percent of its shares and to construct the smelter, while the government agreed to extend its contract to 2041. (bbn)
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1) MAC ARTHUR MONUMENT SITE THREATENED BY LANDSLIDE


2) VP Jusuf Kalla Opens Indonesian Diaspora Global Summit
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1) MAC ARTHUR MONUMENT SITE THREATENED BY LANDSLIDE

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan archaeologist, Hari Suroto believes that Mac Arthur Monument site located in Cycloop Nature Reserve area, Sentani Jayapura District, is threatened by landslide due to mining category C activity not far from the location.
“This mining activity takes place in a mountain or hill in Hawaii, precisely in front of Hotel Sentani Indah, Sentani District, Jayapura District,” said Hari Suroto, in Jayapura, Friday (August 18).
Mac Arthur’s monument, he said, was built by US soldiers as a sign that the Mount Ifar, had been the headquarters of the World War II allies under General Douglas Mac Arthur during the Pacific War.
“From this place General Mac Arthur carries out a frog jump strategy, planning attacks on Japan through Sarmi, Biak, Morotai, and the Philippines,” he said.
According to him, Mac Arthur monument is an archaeological site protected by Law No. 11 of 2010 on Cultural Heritage.
“Currently the Mac Arthur Monument site is managed by the Provincial Office of Culture of Papua and still in one Regional Regiment Kodam (Rindam) XVII / Cendrawasih, as a place to train new soldiers,” he said.
Related to C mining activity, all stakeholders must sit together in an effort to rescue Mac Arthur Monument site from landslide. “C excavation activities are taking place every day, if this is not stopped, of course Mount Ifar will be eroded.” The category c mining is sand and stone mining type.
“It is transported from Hawaii to hoard the extension of Sentani Airport runway and a number of other developments,” he said. (*)
 
Source: Antara
Editor: Zely Ariane
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MONDAY, 21 AUGUST, 2017 | 13:44 WIB
2) VP Jusuf Kalla Opens Indonesian Diaspora Global Summit
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Vice President Jusuf Kalla opened the Indonesian Diaspora Global Summit in Jakarta today.
VP Jusuf Kalla attended the event with the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Education and Culture Minister Muhajir Efendi, National Development Planning Head Bambang Brodjonegoro and Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri.
The Indonesian Global Diaspora Summit is held by the Indonesian Diaspora Network (IDN) and the Indonesian Diaspora Business Council (IDBC) for the first time after three IDN Congresses.
IDN Global Summit coordinator Edward Wanandi said that the event is aimed at exchanging ideas among Indonesian diaspora and the national stakeholders.
“We also want to hear from the government on what the Indonesian people need so that we can participate more in the development of Indonesia because sometimes what we thought important were not really needed by the people,” he said.
The Indonesian Diaspora Global Summit raises three major topics: education and health in Papua and West Papua, contribution of diaspora to energy saving with advanced technology and protection of Indonesian global diaspora.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

1) Police identify perpetrators of shooting incident in PT Freeport


2) Freeport Indonesia copper mine access to resume after clashes

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1) Police identify perpetrators of shooting incident in PT Freeport

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Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - Head of Papua Regional Police, Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar, said that his side has identified the perpetrators of shooting against a vehicle belongs to PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura District on last Thursday.  

"We have identified the armed group. The police have checked the scene and investigated the case," Amar said here on Sunday.

According to Amar, the perpetrators owned firearms and presumed to be involved in several acts of terror.

The police have got data of the perpetrators and discovered that they are hiding in hilly areas around Mile 60 and Mile 68 and at Kali Kabur region.

The police will conduct further investigation relating to the detention of perpetrators, Amar said.

He added the vehicles of PT Freeport Indonesia can operate normally in the area of the scene.

The shooting incident which occurred at Mile 60 area on last Thursday has caused damage in a car belongs to PTFI and also injured a personnel of Mobile Brigade unit. (*)

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2) Freeport Indonesia copper mine access to resume after clashes
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Papuanese earlier rallied against Freeport in Timika on March 20, 2017, halting production for about a week.PHOTO: AFP

TIMIKA, Indonesia (REUTERS) - Limited access to the giant Grasberg copper mine in eastern Indonesia is expected to resume on Monday (Aug 21), its operator said, after hundreds of former workers blockaded the site and clashed with police.
Trouble erupted at the mine, which is operated by the Indonesian unit of Freeport McMoRan Inc, during a demonstration over employment terms on Saturday afternoon.
Three former workers were injured after police fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse the blockade, according to a union official representing the ex-workers.
Freeport said at least four contractors were also injured.
Buildings, vehicles and motorbikes belonging to the company and its employees were also torched in the incident in the province of Papua, Freeport said, and access to the world's second-largest copper mine was restricted due to safety concerns.
Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama praised local authorities on Sunday for "restoring security control" but also continued to advise workers to avoid travelling to the area. “The Main Supply Route also has been cleared, and bus and cargo convoys will resume on a limited basis Monday," Pratama said in an emailed 
Following export restrictions related to a permit dispute, Freeport Indonesia, which employs more than 32,000 staff and contractors, laid off about 3,000 workers earlier this year. This prompted a strike and high levels of absenteeism.
Freeport has denied that there is a "formal strike", and deemed that approximately 3,000 full-time and 1,000 contract employees who were absent had "voluntarily resigned", but could reapply for positions as contractors.
Arizona-based Freeport, the world's biggest publicly-traded copper miner, has repeatedly said it has acted on labour issues in accordance with Indonesian law and its labour contract.
Tensions around Grasberg could hamper Indonesia's efforts to calm Papua, where a low-level insurgency has simmered for decades. The mine is a major source of revenue for the local economy, but its social and environmental effects also remain sources of friction. "If indeed we won't be employed again, they must be clear about our rights (and) what we will receive," one former worker told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Tri Puspital, a union official representing the estimated 5,000 former workers involved in the near four-month dispute told Reuters his team had not yet made plans to demonstrate again. "We're still waiting."
IndustriALL Global Union, a federation of labour unions, has criticised Freeport's handling of the matter, saying it treated"fired" workers "inhumanely and with contempt", and urged the company to reinstate staff and contractors.
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

1) Fired workers protest against U.S.-owned mining giant Freeport McMoran Inc.


2) Mass employees of Freeport fueled Terminal Culverts
3) Freeport employees are still blockaded on Jalan Timika-Tembagapura
4) OTK seized the weapons of Lanny Jaya Polres
5) French Polynesia votes to become full member of Forum

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1) Fired workers protest against U.S.-owned mining giant Freeport McMoran Inc.
August 19, 2017 | 6:07 PM
 
by Reuters




Police talk with protesting workers of the Indonesian unit of the U.S. mining giant Freeport McMoran Inc during a labour dispute in Timika, Papua, Indonesia on August 19, 2017. Photo - Reuters

Eastern province of Papua: Hundreds of workers laid off by Freeport Indonesia blocked routes and set trucks on fire near the company’s mines in the eastern province of Papua on Saturday, company officials said.

The Indonesian unit of U.S. mining giant Freeport McMoran Inc. has been embroiled in a labour dispute since May, when around 5,000 workers went on strike to protest against mass layoffs.

Freeport says the layoffs were triggered by unexpected revisions earlier this year in government rules on taxes and royalties.

The protests by the ex-workers, who were demanding their jobs back, prompted police personnel to secure the area.

A spokesman for the company said the protests have not had an impact on operations, although employee access to worksites was being affected.

"Some of our employee convoys have been cancelled and we will not be scheduling further convoys until the situation is conducive again. We have urged our workers to avoid this area until further notice," said Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama.

The company is a major source of employment and livelihoods in the impoverished eastern-most province of Indonesia.
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Original bahasa link at
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2) Mass employees of Freeport fueled Terminal Culverts

Papua No. 1 News Portal I Jubi,


                                                Illustration, action demonstration of PT Freeport Indonesia employees in Timika - IST


Timika, Jubi / Antara - Thousands of employees on strike damaged and burned PT Freeport Indonesia's facility in Terminal Gorong-gorong, Timika, Saturday (19/08/2017) night.

The destruction and burning of the Timika Culvert Terminal facility was triggered by the forced mass dissolution of employees by a strike on PT Freeport's main road linking Amamapare-Timika-Tembagapura Port, near Check Point 28.

The pressed masses then ran for safety on the old Freeport Street and part of the embankment road to the Employee Bus Terminal in the Timika Gorong.

"The employees burned the Terminal Office of Culvert There were no buses on fire," said one of the Mimika Police officers met at the Timika Gorong-terminal Terminal Terminal.

White smoke is seen rising high around the location.

After destroying and burning the Freeport facility at Culvert Terminal, the mass of striking employees walked and then spread to a number of points in Timika City.

They targeted a number of labor supply companies' offices to PT Freeport and Freeport subcontractors who for the last few months recruited new workers.

Some of the suppliers are PT Petrosea, PT Maipagela, and PT Buma Intinaker.

But the destruction and burning action at the PT Petrosea Office was foiled by the apparatus.

Until Saturday night, patrol cars of TNI and Police officers continued to patrol around Timika City. (

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3) Freeport employees are still blockaded on Jalan Timika-Tembagapura
Sabtu, 19 Agustus 2017 — 21:42

Papua No. 1 News Portal I Jubi,

Timika, Jubi / Antara - Thousands of employees of PT Freeport Indonesia and its subcontractors who have been on strike in Timika and their wives until Saturday night (19/08/2017) are still blockading the main road linking Timika to Tembagapura, not far from Check Point 28.

Appealed by Mimika Police Chief, AKBP Victor Dean Mackbon, along with Mimika DPRD Chairman, Elminus Mom, to strike the employees immediately back to their homes and immediately empty the access road Freeport is not ignored by the masses.

Although Mimika Police Chief threatened to forcibly dissolve, but the masses insisted not to leave the site.

"We do not want to move out of here, please have the DPRD and the security apparatus present the management of PT Freeport in this place We have been five months suffering from not receiving salary for being fired unilaterally by the company We ask Freeport to resolve this issue right now," .

Mimika DPRD chairperson, Elminus Mom, told the masses to deliver the local council immediately to write to PT Freeport's management to resolve the strike problem of thousands of employees who have been in place since April and May.

"We have to have a basis for calling Freeport and tonight we will write to Freeport, and if they do not come, there will be security forces who can force them," said Elminus.

While waiting for the negotiation process with PT Freeport management, Elminus invites employees to strike back home. But the request was firmly rejected by the mass of striking employees.

Elminus asks employees to strike not to extend Freeport's destructive and arson activities and maintain security in order not to have their actions ridden by other parties.

While Mimika Police Chief Victor Mackbon threatened to forcibly disperse anarchist acts committed by striking employees.

"I have given up till 17.30 to the brothers to leave this place.Better brothers back home, but there are representatives of the brothers who will meet with the management of Freeport facilitated by Mimika DPRD," advised Mimika Police Chief.

But the appeal was instantly rejected by striking employees.

"No. We stay here, we do not want to be deceived again, for months we have been treated unfairly, why the government and the authorities do not see our suffering as the people but only care about Freeport's interests," the employees shouted.

Until Saturday night at around 19:00 WIT, the masses still occupy the main axis road of Amamapare Port-Timika-Tembagapura not far from Check Point 28 Timika it.

Earlier, on Saturday afternoon at around 14.20 WIT, a mass of strike employees stormed the security post at Check Point 28, next to Mozes Kilangin Airport Timika.

Massa burned a Toyota LWB car behind Check Point 28 security post and damaged the postal facility.

The masses continued to move to the Freeport shaft road linking the Amamapare-Timika-Tembagapura Port and damaging two container trailer truck and water tank trucks and a heavy equipment.

As a result of the burning, thick black smoke soared in that location.

Not only that, the masses cut down trees by the roadside to close the access road.

A number of employed employee motorcycles parked not far from Check Point 28 security post were also damaged and burned by the masses.

Until Saturday night, strike employees continue to arrive to Check Point 28 and the axis road port of Amamapare-Timika-Tembagapura.

At that location, strike employees set up tents.

In order to prevent anarchist action from continuing the strike, hundreds of Brimob and TNI members on alert around the site were equipped with baracuda and panzer vehicles. (*)


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4) OTK seized the weapons of Lanny Jaya Polres
Papua No. 1 News Portal I Jubi,

Jayapura, Jubi / Antara - Unknown person (OTK) seized firearms belonging to Police Lanny, Bripda Ronald Thomas, while in Ibele Village, Jayawijaya Regency, Saturday (19/08/2017).

From the data collected in the field, before taking the firearms of the revolver type, the perpetrator first stabbed the victim while in a long bridge connecting the Trans Wamena-Kimbim road segment.

The incident that happened to Bripda Ronald happened at around 14.30 WIT and currently the victim is still being treated at RSUD Wamena.

Head of Papua Police Public Relations, Senior Commissioner Ahmad Kamal, when confirmed the incident confirmed the incident but has not received a full report.

"I am still waiting for the full report from the Polres," said Head of Public Relations of Papua Police Kombes Kamal. (*)


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5) French Polynesia votes to become full member of Forum
9:48 am on 19 August 2017

French Polynesia's assembly has voted in favour of the territory becoming a full member of the Pacific Islands Forum.
The vote was 47 in favour, with ten members abstaining.
An extraordinary sitting of the assembly was called to advance the formal steps for the territory to join the Forum which needs to be co-ordinated with France as it represents French Polynesia internationally.
The pro-independence opposition, which declined to vote, expressed surprise that Paris authorises French Polynesia to join the Forum while never ceding to it powers in terms of foreign affairs and security.
An opposition politician Richared Tuheiava says his side cannot approve French interests to encroach on French Polynesia's interests.
Mr Tuheiava also expressed his dismay at France continuing to ignore the UN-mandated decolonisation process.
After years of lobbying, the French Pacific territories were admitted as full members last year without the Forum explaining the change and nature of the accession criteria.
Full membership was first suggested by the French president Jacques Chirac in 2003 - seven years after France stopped testing its nuclear weapons in the Pacific.
The next Forum summit will be held in Samoa next month.
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Friday, August 18, 2017

1) Papua to build prison for women, children


2) Police probe shooting at Freeport

3) Members of Free Papua Organization return to fold


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1) Papua to build prison for women, children
Jakarta | Fri, August 18, 2017 | 04:36 pm



In celebration: Inmates sing and dance after receiving Independence Day sentence remissions at the Class II B Sorong Penitentiary in Sorong city, West Papua, on Aug.17. (Antara/Olha Mulalinda)
The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Papua office has developed plans to build a penitentiary for women and children in Keerom regency.
“We have received the greenlight from the Keerom administration. We were provided with 5 hectares of land, the certificate of which will be finalized today [Friday],” head of the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Papua office, Abner Banosro, said in Jayapura as quoted by Antara news agency.  
“We will submit the land certificate from the Keerom administration to the ministry, so that we can receive the funds to [build the penitentiary],” he went on.
Abner said his office would approach ministry officials in Jakarta to request for funds from the State Budget this year.
“Both construction and operation of the women and children’s penitentiary will start in 2018,” he added.
For the time being, his office is entrusting juvenile inmates with the Class II A Abepura Penitentiary in Jayapura city.
“For female prisoners, we have temporarily placed them in the Doyo Baru Narcotics Prison in Sentani, Jayapura,” he said. (yon/ebf)
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http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/18/police-probe-shooting-at-freeport.html

2) Police probe shooting at Freeport
Jakarta | Fri, August 18, 2017 | 05:31 pm
The Mimika Police in Papua are investigating a shooting incident, which affected a long-wheel base (LWB) vehicle at gold and copper miner Freeport Indonesia’s mining area in Tembagapura district, on Thursday.
A member of the National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) was injured in the incident.
Mimika Police Adj. Sr. Comr. Dean Mackbon said the vehicle driven by Nikson Moningka was shot by an unidentified person as it passed Mile 60 in Tembagapura district, at around 1 p.m. local time on Thursday.
“We have examined the incident site and are investigating further,” said Victor as quoted by Antara.
He confirmed there were no fatalities from the attack. The police were also inventorying material losses caused by the incident.
Victor said the shooting at Mile 60, on a road connecting Timika to Tembagapura, had caused damage to the vehicle’s engine. Both rear tires were deflated while a Brimob personnel suffered injuries from shards of glass from the broken windows of the vehicle.  
Nikson was escorting a trailer truck passing from the lowlands to the Freeport mining area in the highlands when the incident occurred.
When he arrived at Mile 66, in an area called Hidden Valley, Nikson received a report that a surveillance vehicle belonging to marine fleet and port facility operator Kuala Pelabuhan Indonesia had suffered damage at around Mile 58.
Nikson decided to return to Mile 58 to pick up the two Brimob personnel operating the vehicle. When passing Mile 60, Nikson’s vehicle was suddenly shot from the left side of the road. (yon/ebf)
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(Note. Another report about OPM members given up and returning to the Indonesian fold. Many of the reports in the past have been just propaganda stories).
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3) Members of Free Papua Organization return to fold

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Serui, W Papua (ANTARA News) - Seventy-seven members of separatist group Free Papua Organizations (OPM) have returned to the countrys fold on Thursday, submitting 32 firearms.

They read their statement of allegiance, signed by their chief Kris Sineri, in the presence of local military, police, and administration officials.

In the statement, they pledged allegiance to the Unitary State of Indonesia, their support to the state ideology "Pancasila," and their refutation to anti-development groups, who have so far acted under the pretext of Papua independence struggle, making them common enemies, as well as stopping their armed actions and providing support to the development of Yapen Island district.

They also promised to appeal to their fellows who are still in the jungle, to come out and return to the countrys fold, and sought security assurance for them.

After reading the declaration, Sineri, who was the commander of South Yapen group, handed over a revolver and separatist Morning Star flag he had kept in his bag.

The chief of Biak Military resort 173, Brigadier General I Nyoman Chantiyasa, after receiving their weapons, appealed to them to ask their relatives to go down to participate in the development of the region.

"We will develop the eastern area and support it as we are all brothers. We are all Indonesians," he stated.

He called on former OPM members to stop the conflict and unite to develop Yapen so that people will be able to live in peace and not be afraid.(*)
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