Sunday, October 22, 2017

Two Brimob Personnel Injured During Crossfire in Papua

SUNDAY, 22 OCTOBER, 2017 | 09:54 WIB
Two Brimob Personnel Injured During Crossfire in Papua

TEMPO.COJakarta - Two members of Mobile Brigade (Brimob) were injured during a crossfire with an armed separatist group in Mt. Sangket area, Kalibua, Utikini village, Tembagapura, Mimika Regency, Papua Province on Saturday evening (21/10).
The crossfire took place as Brimob personnel led by First Inspector Taufik chased after an armed separatist group that shot two operational vehicles of PT Freeport Indonesia on Saturday morning.
Papua Police spokesman Comr. Sr. Ahmad Kamal revealed that the two personnel getting shot are Police Brigadier Mufadol wounded on his left leg, and Second Bhayangkara Alwin shot on the stomach. The yang tertembak di bagian perut. The bullet fragments also went into his left thigh bone, gastric, and bladder.
"Both personnel are still admitted in Tembagapura Hospital, but they are stable," he said.
Ahmad Kamal added that Brimob personnel will continue the search even though they have to traverse along inhospitable terrain.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

1)Police investigate shooting incident near Freeport

2) Freeport vehicles shot at by unidentified assailants

1) Police investigate shooting incident near Freeport

Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - The police is investigating a shooting incident of an operational car of PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura, 67.5 mile point, on Saturday morning.

The joint team of security personnel of police and Indonesian Military was on the lookout for the armed crime group, the Head of Timika Resort Police, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Victor Dean Mackbon stated here on Saturday.

"The shooting damaged the front window and right front door of the car," Mackbon noted.

The security officers found a bullet projectile in the area, he added.

"We will investigate the evidence and the type of weapon used," Mackbon remarked.

The incident occurred when a car driven by Jamil Lampung down the hill was shot at. Additionally, another car, driven by Joe Hatch, was also shot on the left side.

Jamil continued to drive his car to Tembagapura hospital to get medical treatment. According to police, Hatch was not injured. (*)
Editor: Heru

2) Freeport vehicles shot at by unidentified assailants

Jayapura, Papua | Sat, October 21, 2017 | 05:31 pm
Unidentified perpetrators shot at two vehicles in a gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) mining area in Tembagapura, Mimika, Papua, on Saturday.
The driver of one of the vehicles, M. Jamil Lampung, 49, sustained injuries from broken glass.
The first vehicle shot at was a PTFI patrol vehicle driven by Jamil at 8:05 a.m. He was passing through Tembagapura district when unknown assailants fired shots at his vehicle. Bullets hit the left door and the windshield of his vehicle.
Jamil, who was on his way to pick up patrol officers at a sports hall, was rushed to Tembagapura Hospital.
“He underwent minor surgery during which pieces of glass were removed from his arms. He has been discharged from the hospital. The medical team says he is in good condition,” said Papua Police spokesperson Sr.Comr. AM Kamal on Saturday.
The second vehicle shot at was another patrol vehicle driven by a man identified as Joseph Nelson Hatch Jr., 49, a United States citizen.  
“Bullets hit the left door and the left front tire of the vehicle. The tire deflated but the driver continued to drive to the Tembagapura Police. He did not sustain any injuries,” said Kamal. (ebf)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

1) Gas poisoning suspected to cause death of Freeport worker

3) Raja Ampat promotes underwater beauty at marine festival

Jayapura | Thu, October 19, 2017 | 05:23 pm
Another mining accident occurred at the gold and copper mine belonging to mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) in Tembagapura, Mimika, Papua, on Wednesday.
The accident, that took place in the Biggossan area at 00.20 a.m, left Hendry Munardi, 50, dead and two other employees in critical condition.
“The victim allegedly died because of inhaling poisonous gas. The other two workers, Nofi Rizal Fachrudin and Sri Giri Dino Haryanto, are in a stable condition,” Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Victor D Mackbon told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
"But we have to wait for further investigation to find out the exact cause [of the accident],” he said.
The police have questioned several witnesses. Victor said there were only three workers on duty at the time of the incident.
Hendry’s body was flown to his hometown in Batam, Riau Islands, while Nofi and Sri have been receiving treatment at Tembagapura Hospital.
The area where the incident occurred was temporarily closed to allow police investigators to examine the site. “Other areas in the mine are operating as usual,” he said.
PTFI spokesperson Riza Pratama did not respond to the Post's request for comment on the accident.

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Legislators from Tolikara, Puncak Jaya and Puncak Regency, Orwan Tolli Wone reminded the Tolikara community to remain calm after Tolikara-related election affairs riots at the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) last week.
He said the protests of Tolikara people in Kemendagri last week which led to rioting, was not something to be imitated. The Tolikara community should not be affected by any issue from any parties.
Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Legislators from Tolikara, Puncak Jaya and Puncak Regency, Orwan Tolli Wone reminded the Tolikara community to remain calm after Tolikara-related election affairs riots at the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) last week.
He said the protests of Tolikara people in Kemendagri last week which led to rioting, was not something to be imitated. The Tolikara community should not be affected by any issue from any parties.
According to him, different political views are reasonable, but that does not necessarily mean society should be split because of that. It is time for the community to cooperate in supporting all development programs in the region.
“Even so, I hope the security forces are alert to anticipate the various possibilities that will occur in Tolikara, the three candidates who joined Tolikara’s election should calm their supporters,” he said.
After the riot in the Ministry of Home Affairs, as many as 11 people from Papua were arrested and now reside in Metro Jaya Police Station.
Head of the Komnas HAM Office of Papua Representative, Frits Ramandey, who visited dozens of Papuans last week, confirmed their condition are good.
“From the statement of one of the detained Papuans, Endi Wonda, since being arrested, he and his colleagues are treated as they are, There is no sign of violence,” Frits said when contacting Jubi, last weekend.(


Jakarta | Thu, October 19, 2017 | 04:07 pm
 Raja Ampat Marine Festival is currently ongoing until Oct. 21.
Officiated on Waisai Torang Cinta Beach on Oct. 18, ‎the festival's main event is aquathlon competition slated on the last day, which has been a part of every marine festival since 2010.
“Our mission is to introduce the marine beauty and cultural wonders of the people who live near Raja Ampat,” said Raja Ampat Regent Abdul Faris Umlati.
According to Raja Ampat Tourism Agency head Yusdhi Lamatenggo, Raja Ampat is planning to hold other water sport competitions in the future such as canoeing, paddling and cliff diving.
“We have appointed a consultant from Jakarta to help Raja Ampat to host other sport competitions,” said Yusdhi.
Raja Ampat Marine Festival also features activities such as underwater West Papua regional police (Polda) photo competition, beach volleyball competition, environmental workshop and youth cooking competition. It will also host presentations of traditional boats and fruit-eating activity by the Papuans. (kes)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

1) Papua’s ‘Black Pearls’, the athletic gems of Indonesia

1) Papua’s ‘Black Pearls’, the athletic gems of Indonesia
Wednesday October 18, 2017 03:11 PM GMT+8
SORONG, Oct 18 — Boaz Solossa, Indonesia’s football captain, is known for his quick turn of pace and sharp instincts — as well as his eye for goal.
But he’s not alone: Solossa is just one of many outstanding players born and bred in the far-flung, rebellious province of Papua, which has become known as a breeding ground for athletic talent.
In the eastern province, one of Indonesia’s poorest, genetics and geography have combined to produce a string of successful players and teams.
Solossa’s club Persipura Jayapura, known as the “Black Pearls” because of Papuans’ dark skin, have won the national title five times, making them Indonesia’s most successful team.
It is a proud achievement for Papua, known for its low-level insurgency and antipathy towards Indonesia’s Javanese rulers since it was annexed in the 1960s.

Papuans come from Pacific-origin Melanesian stock and the province, bordering Papua New Guinea, has a warlike, tribal past including cannibalism.
Modern Papuans are known for their athleticism and particularly their football, which they play from a young age and often at high altitude in the mountainous region.
Elvis Howay, a coach in Solossa’s hometown of Sorong, says it’s the early exposure to football which sets Papuans apart.
“Whether it’s a small field or a field with a three-metre goalpost, the children of Papua are used to playing football everywhere,” he tells AFP.
“That’s why they are mostly better than the children in (the Indonesian capital) Jakarta.”
‘It’s genetic’
Solossa, 31, the youngest of five children, has progressed to become one of Indonesia’s most celebrated players, scoring nearly 200 goals for club and country.
This year, he became the first Indonesian to be ranked among Asia’s top 50 players by FourFourTwo magazine.
“I think it’s genetic. Our father was also a football player though not professional. We are all professional footballers, but my younger brother Boaz is the best,” says his brother, Joice Solossa.
Football commentator Akmali Marhali, who works with the Save Our Soccer think tank, says Papuan players have a well-earned reputation for fitness and agility.
“Their physique supports them to become athletes. Their geographical conditions as well,” he says.
Although Indonesia has had little success in international football beyond South-east Asia, the prowess of Papua’s players has echoes in other hotspots of football talent.

Their experience has similarities with South America, where impoverished but athletically gifted children spend hours every day with a ball at their feet, resulting in the world-beating teams of Brazil and Argentina.
“Most of the players have been playing football since an early age, and God has given the children of Papua a certain privilege,” says Bento Madabun, media officer of Persipura Jayapura.
“They are born with great talent which is strengthened by the situation in their region and their hard life.”
In 1938, Indonesia became the first Asian country to qualify for the World Cup, but from this promising position it now languishes at 165th out of 209 teams in the Fifa rankings.

Premier League stars
Despite this decline in international fortunes, football, which was introduced by Dutch colonialists, plays an important cultural role in the widely spread archipelago of 250 million people.
Even when the national football league was disbanded in 2015, following a row between administrators, thousands flocked to informal village games featuring players from well-known clubs.
This year, when the new Liga 1 replaced the disbanded former top-flight league, the clubs had sufficient resources to lure former English Premier League players Michael Essien, Carlton Cole and Peter Odemwingie.
They took their place alongside a number of Papuan players, including Titus Bonai, Vendry Mofu and Yanto Basna who have become stars at club and international level.
Other successful Papuan athletes include weightlifter Raema Lisa Rumbewas, a three-time Olympic medallist, swimmer Margaretha Herawati and rower Erni Sokoy.
But experts say the full potential of Papuan football is far from being realised, mainly because of a lack of investment in developing and supporting players.

Many players have problems with discipline and nutrition, while others lack the confidence to move to a club outside the province, fearing they will be homesick.
“The problem is our effort to develop athletes is weak and Java-focused,” said Marhali.
“Papua hardly gets attention, even though there are many talented athletes there.”
In Sorong, one of the largest cities in West Papua, footballers are calling for better stadiums and more support for local teams and tournaments.
Joice Solossa said a young generation of talented players in the city was being ignored.
“When we talk about nurturing talent... it’s not backed up by the government,” he said.
“The young generation can be developed. But there is no one who cares about this.” — AFP


Jayapura, Jubi – Catholic Church through Timika diocese, Papua, invites people to love local food. The call was delivered during the commemoration of the world food day October 16 2017.
“The movement to love local food is the movement of loving food that has lived the ancestors,” said Bishop Timika, Mgr. John Philip Saklil, Pr, to Jubi, Monday (October 16).
Bishop Saklil questioned the indigenous Papuans, especially Catholics in his area who liked the food of others and spent money buying food that was not a local product.

“We are poor because we depend on the results of their village, and when we sell our village we have no more local food, “said Saklil added.
He said he was concerned that Papuan people are increasingly dependent on food from outside. In addition to love local food, he also reminded that the people of Papua do not sell the land to be used into oil palm plantations.
“All Papuan, please love your own food. Meaning you love your village,” he said.
The exclamation of the movement to love local food was set by a bazaar of 1001 different local foods while commemorating the world food day. The food products vary from sago, taro, petatas (sweet potatoes) and cassava are exhibited in Gelael Timika field.
Head of SMP YPPK Epouto, Paniai, Timika diocese, Esau Tekege, said the movement to love local food as a form of restoring the glory of field workers (farmers).
“Because consumption of food products will restore the glory of field workers,” said Esau.
Esau also urged people to control what they eat when many children are still malnourished. He referred to Pope Francis’ statement a few years ago that mentioning who threw food was robbed of the poor.
“It is better if we are able to set aside food for our sisters, our malnourished children can be helped,” he said. (*)

1) MPs joining Vanua'aku Pati seen as good for Papua

2) Hundreds of security forces monitor Papua inauguration
3) Exposition of Asmat culture to Italian public

1) MPs joining Vanua'aku Pati seen as good for Papua
3:24 pm today 
Two members of parliament from Vanuatu's opposition have joined a government party in a move described as being good for West Papua.

The Daily Post reporeds that two Sanma Province MPs, Hosea Nevu and Marc Ati, have both left the People's Progress Party.
The leader of the Vanua'aku Pati, Joe Natuman, welcomed the pair into the country's oldest political party at a kava ceremony in Port Vila.
It meant the party now has eight MPs, making it the biggest party in the coalition government led by Charlot Salwai.
Mr Natuman, who is the Deputy Prime Minister, said the move by the two MPs would help mitigate efforts to undermine Vanuatu's interests on West Papua.
He was referring to moves by the People's Progress Party leader Sato Kilman in forging closer ties with Indonesia, in spite of his country's long-running support for West Papuan independence.
According to Mr Natuman, Mr Kilman's previous actions when in government, including supporting Indonesia's entry to the Melanesian Spearhead Group, were not good for Papua.
Mr Kilman recently told RNZ Pacific that in his view the best way to address human rights issues in West Papua was to maintain dialogue with Jakarta.
However he criticised Mr Salwai's government for being inconsistent on foreign policy issues.
2) Hundreds of security forces monitor Papua inauguration
6:24 pm today 

Police in Indonesia's Papua province have defended the heavy security presence at the inauguration of two new regents.

The Jakarta Post reports as many as 500 police and army officers stood guard during the inauguration ceremony in Papua's capital, Jayapura.
The new heads of Papua's Tolikara and Yapen Islands regencies are Usman Wanimbo and Toni Tesar respectively.
Papua's governor Lukas Enembe presided over their inauguration at his office, monitored by the joint security personnel who made attendees go through security screenings.
Jayapura's police chief Tober Sirait said security forces had been deployed to prevent any clashes during the inauguration.
3) Exposition of Asmat culture to Italian public
Milan | Wed, October 18, 2017 | 09:32 am

A glass box containing a wooden sculpture of a human head welcomes visitors of Museo delle Culture (MUDEC/Museum of Culture) in Milan, Italy, while a wall dominated by red presents an illustration of Papua Island.
Through an opening corridor, in a room painted white, various artifacts connected with Papuan people’s daily activities were on display, such as hunting, cooking, farming, war, ritual and decorative equipment, including spears, daggers, shields, body accessories, bags and wall panels.
“The exhibits can give visitors an insight into the aspects related to the daily routines of this ethnic group and the complex tradition observed by the community,” Giorgia Barzetti, the museum curator, said.

smat means people on earth, and the locals call themselves Asmat-Ow to distinguish themselves from spirits.
“In the first collection, we wish to show the aspects of life of the Asmat tribe covering hunting, fishing and sago processing into starch as their main staple food. In the second we display the tools and articles used daily, from the implements for starch-making to accessories for decorating the body such as skirts, head gear, handbags, waistbands, bracelets, necklaces and nose ornaments,” he added.
The second collection also includes original war and ritual equipment, including daggers, arrows and spears along with typical shields.
“The weapons used by Asmat people aren’t just for the practical purposes of hunting and overcoming conflicts with other tribes, but also for rituals and sacred ceremonies, especially when carrying out head hunting,” Barzetti said.
“Legends and old literature indicate that in a tribal war, head hunting was practiced as a very important part of their cultural and spiritual life. The killing was seen to be direly needed because it determines the group’s continuity and welfare having to do with the initiation and transition rite of a young man into adulthood. This also concerns cannibalism, in which the consumption of an enemy’s flesh is believed to transmit the victim’s vital force to the triumphant fighter to gain prestige, power and social status,” Giorgia explained.
However, the “harsh side” of the ethnic group turns into a spectacle of beauty as visitors enter the next room. Red dominates again, with two totems depicting men in a mutual support position, each more than 4 meters high, one in the middle and the other at the end of the room, one vertically erected and the other horizontally laid.
There are also several sculptures in the form of boats complete with rowers. On the right of the room are musical instruments, drums made from wood and animal hide with carvings symbolizing spirits.

“Rather than just engaged in hunting, the Asmats also have their expression of divine veneration as obviously reflected in their works. Their art constitutes a profound combination and total balance between human activities and spiritual rites, as evident in the over 4-meter totems depicting the attempts of Asmat members to remain balanced and mutually sustaining in social life and in the ritual worshipping divine spirits,” Barzetti said.
Asmat myth maintains that men were first born out of wood carved by the tribe founder, Fumeripitsj, who decided to carve several human figures from wood. He later crafted drums from tree trunks and lizard skin. Drum music seemingly infused soul into the figures, causing them to start dancing. This process is believed to have been the way the Asmat people came into being.
With the Fumeripitsj myth, the Asmat tradition has two basic aspects, statues and music. In this room, poles, sculptures, boats, horns, drums, and masks for the funeral ritual reflect the features and characteristics of Asmat culture.
A married couple, Mariangela Fardella and Giorgio Azzaroli, along with three collectors, Maurizio Leigheb, Roberto Fiore and Hans Jansen, take great pride that through their assiduity and love of the Asmat works, they were capable of organizing an exposition entitled Eravamo Cacciatori di Teste (We Were Head Hunters), at MUDEC, which opened on Sept. 26, 2017 and will run until July 8, 2018.
“I highly admire the Asmat people’s principle of social and spiritual relationship. I have deep affection for their originality in living their life and for all their works. This exposition serves as our testimony to reveal our love of this ethnic group and we hope they won’t cease to be immersed in their creative preoccupation,” Mariangela said.
Cesare Galli, 60, an Italian photographer living in Novara city, at the opening function described the great importance of this exhibition and expressed his pride and pleasure to witness the display of Indonesian carvings in Milan.
“I love Indonesia. I love its people and culture. I frequently visit this country. Seeing the collections here heals my longing for Indonesia,” he said with a smile.
An Indonesian government representative, Agung FR, Director of the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) in Milan, expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the arduous efforts of the collectors to present the cultural features of Indonesia in Italy.
Andi Sri Wahyuni Mandasini, an Indonesian who has lived in Italy for a decade, said it was the first time she had attended an exhibition of Asmat culture with such clarity and detail.
“I’m moved and at the same time ashamed, as some foreign citizens are so concerned and working hard to expose the culture of our community, and we even get acquainted through them. It’s a good lesson for us Indonesians,” she said.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Attacks, disappearances and killings by unknown persons are now part of daily life for West Papuans

Free West Papua Campaign

Attacks, disappearances and killings by unknown persons are now part of daily life for West Papuans
OCTOBER 17, 2017
The statement below has been written by West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda, following a spate of brutal human rights violations committed towards West Papuan people this month.
This month, several West Papuan people, particularly activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) have been intimidated, attacked and killed by the Indonesian police and so called “unknown persons”.
  •  On 14th October, in Port Numbay (Jayapura), 19 year old West Papuan activist Alex Sambom from the KNPB went missing and the next day was found dead. He had been stripped naked and brutally murdered. It is believed that he was beaten to death with wood.
  • On 16th October, also in Port Numbay, West Papuan student activist Rosalina Fonataba was attacked in a hit and run attack by suspected members of the Indonesian police. She suffered wounds on her hands and feet and it is believed she was targeted after uploading photos with the West Papuan flag on social media.
  • On 16th October, in Dogiyai, West Papuan man Petrus Iyai was brutally beaten until bloodied by the Indonesian police mobile brigade (BRIMOB), for demanding his rightful pay after dropping off 2 passengers at Moanemani airport.
  • On 8th October, in Sorong, Indonesian police confiscated 4 West Papuan traditional bilum bags with the West Papuan flag on them. When asked why, they replied, “Because it’s terrible and violates the law”.
  • On 4th October and 16th October, West Papuan students studying in Indonesia were terrorised by the Indonesian police as their student dormitories in Manado and Tomohon were been searched and raided by the Indonesian police.
  • There have also been many other cases of intimidation, harassment, torture and killings against West Papuan people in recent weeks

  • Indonesian police in Sorong pose with the West Papuan bilum bags confiscated for having the West Papuan flag on them.

  • full report at

Monday, October 16, 2017

1) Inaugurations carried out under tight security in Papua

1) Inaugurations carried out under tight security in Papua
Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura, Papua | Mon, October 16, 2017 | 04:45 pm

As many as 500 joint security personnel stood guard during the inauguration of Tolikara Regent Usman Genongg Wanimbo and his deputy Dinus Wanimbo by Papua Governor Lukas Enembe at the governor’s office on Monday.
The governor also inaugurated Yapen Islands Regent Toni Tesar and his deputy Frans Sanadi.
The joint personnel from the police and Army were deployed to secure the inauguration, Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Cmr. Tober Sirait said.
The security personnel were assigned to locations where people were expected to gather, such as Imbi Park in Jayapura and the governor’s office.
Those attending the inauguration were required to show their invitation and go through security screenings.  
“We didn't want any clashes during the inauguration,” Tober said on Monday.
Governor Lukas, who represented the home minister, said the elected leaders must represent all residents.  
“Embrace all people” he said in his speech.
Lukas also urged Tolikara and Yapen residents to unite. (rin)


Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Anti-Corruption Non-Governmental Organization (PPA) and the Jayawijaya Community Forum of Central Highlands of Papua (FMJPTP) urged the Papua Police and Papua High Prosecutor Office to uncover a case of corruption of Rice for the poor program (Raskin) diversion in Jayawijaya Regency in the 2012 budget year.
A 400-ton case of raskin corruption has been revealed through first hand operation (OTT) by former Jayawijaya police chief, AKBP John Edison Isir at Hibama market.
“The head of Wouma, Napua and Yalengga districts as suspects has even been questioned by the Papua High Prosecutor’s Office (Kejati) of Papua, Wednesday, April 23, 2013,” said Chairman of FMJPTP in Jayapura, Yulianus Mabel, to Jubi in Jayapura Tuesday (October 10).

Mabel believes the law enforcement’s performance is slow. He even suspects there is no intention of filing the case. “I ask the Police Chief of Jayawijaya and the Papua police chief to follow-up the case based on his promise some time ago,” Mabel explained.
Another activist Yan Matuan also said that if Regional Police and Papua Kejati must prove their promise by revealing the perpetrators of Raskin Affair and the misdistribution of village funds which until now has is no clarity.
“This case used to been handled seriously by former Police Chief of Jayawijaya, but at a sudden he then transferred to Manokwari,” Yan said.
He asked the new police chief to conduct the investigation since the evidence are plenty. (