National Human Rights Commission Disagrees to Military Withdrawal and Says OPM is Perpetrator of Violence

The Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komisi Nasional HAM/Komnas HAM) acknowledges that some acts of violence that occur in Papua are perpetrated by the Free Papua Movement (Organisasi Papua Merdeka/OPM).

Komnas HAM chairman Ahmad Taufan Damanik considered that these acts of violence are very brutal.

“Sometimes they are very brutal, like the incidents in Wamena and other cities where demonstrations occurred following the case of racial discrimination in Surabaya. We have noted that there have been many brutal acts of violence by the OPM,” said Ahmad in his presentation at the Indonesian Military and National Police (TNI-Polri) Leaders Meeting on Monday, February 15, 2021.

Ahmad asked the government to allow Komnas HAM to have a dialogue with certain parties or local figures. This measure is to prevent more violent incidents from occurring.

“We are proposing leniency, a little more flexibility for Komnas HAM to initiate dialogues with certain parties,” said Ahmad.

For three days, on 15-17 February 2021, TNI-Polri held the 2021 Leaders Meeting. On the first day, the two agencies discussed a number of issues including economic growth, Covid-19 handling, and strategies in handling human rights issues. Komnas HAM was invited to provide input.

In addition, the Head of Komnas HAM also said that he does not agree to any proposals that are aimed at weakening the strength of the TNI and Polri in protecting the sovereignty of the Indonesian nation, including the withdrawal of military and police personnel assigned to Papua.

“In various speeches and seminars, I always say that our country’s democracy is developing. In its development, there are extraordinary dynamics, where sometimes it would go awry. I usually call these situations a turbulence,” said Ahmad.

The reason why the National Military and National Police must remain in Papua, Ahmad said, is that the they are the guardians of the democratic principles, so long human rights norms are maintained. He stated that the proposed withdrawal of military and police force from Papua was not approved by his institution, because it would weaken the two institutions in the region.

“If withdrawn, the region will get more dangerous. Thus, whenever someone came to us with such proposal, Komnas HAM has never agreed. How can they be withdrawn if there are still many problems there,” he said.

“Because we want discipline and operations to be carried out. Therefore, the reduction of military forces and other similar things, in my opinion, are absurd,” he added.

According to him, Indonesia is a sovereign country, and it is the duty of the TNI-Polri to resolve any disturbances to the sovereignty in accordance with human rights principles. Ahmad emphasized that, as two institutions that protect human rights, the TNI and Polri must be strengthened, as many people were attacked by the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) in Papua.

“Two of the protectors of human rights in Indonesia are the TNI and Polri. Without them, our society will certainly become victims of various acts of violent persecution,” he added.

Source:

Tempo

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Rowing Athlete from Papua Still Undergoes Training Despite the Pandemic

Rowing athlete Stevany Maysche Ibo continues to undergo a national training camp (Pelatnas) even though the Covid-19 pandemic has forced several sports events to be delayed. This Papuan-born athlete said the training took place at the Jatiluhur Reservoir, West Java. “We carry out activities as usual, but the portion of the training is reduced,” said Stevany.

According to her, there has been no change in the national training schedule even though the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Qualification, which is the main focus of the training camp, has undergone a schedule change. According to Stevany, to maintain the athlete’s condition, the coach will reduce the portion of the exercise. “Still training in the Jatiluhur lake. No running training, only the gym and water training,” she said.

Previously, the Executive Board of the Indonesian Rowing Sports Association (PB-PODSI) had stated that the national training program (Pelatnas) would continue. Training is now focused on the Jatiluhur reservoir even though the entire national and international agenda has been postponed due to COVID-19. “Pelatnas has never stopped. It has been done since January,” said PB PODSI Deputy Chairman Budiman Setiawan.

Budiman said that since it took place in the midst of a pandemic, they were still implementing health protocols so that athletes would avoid the risk of transmission. The athletes also receive direct supervision from expert doctors. Currently, there are 16 athletes participating in the National Pelatnas, each consisting of eight rowing athletes and eight canoeing athletes.

Previously at the SEA Games in the Philippines, they have managed to bring home 10 gold medals, three silver, and three bronze. This achievement exceeded the previously announced target of five gold medals. Meanwhile for the 2020 Olympics, the Indonesian rowing team hopes to bring tickets in four numbers. The four numbers, namely two in rowing numbers and two in canoeing numbers.

Spreading Moral Message Through TikTok

Since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, rower Stevani Maysche Ibo would use TikTok after training with the national team. # Rememberpesanibu #cucitangan #pakaimasker #jagajarak

The Mandarin action movie lover doesn’t just play TikTok alone. She sometimes invites her colleagues on the rowing national team to join in. Through TikTok she also conveyed moral messages to his fans, including about the weight of being an athlete.

In her message, she insinuates people who think athletes are always rolling in money and often traveling abroad. According to her, the achievements of an athlete are not obtained from relaxing and being idle. “People think that being an athlete are always nice. But honestly, it’s not always as good as they think.” said the winner of two gold medals at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.

Stevani said that every athlete must make sacrifices if they want to excel in the world of sports. She herself must be willing to lose a lot of time with family and friends. “We must be ready to sacrifice everything,” she said.

Source: Tempo Sport & Majalah Tempo

Nowela’s Story Behind Her New Song ‘Life’

Although rarely seen on screen, it turns out Nowela Mikheila is one of Indonesian musicians who actively compose songs during the pandemic. After releasing the single ‘Tatinggal Di Papua’ (Living in Papua) in May, the 8th season of Indonesian Idol champion recently released a new song titled ‘Kehidupan’ (Life). 

Collaborating with several talented young musicians such as Jerricho Escondore, Alam Urbach, and Sun D, ​​Nowela’s latest song genre is an alternative pop. Nuanced with a very deep sense of empathy, the song tells the story of anxiousness about a situation in which someone is shackled by negative thoughts in facing life challenges. The song argues that this anxiety must be alleviated by encouraging and supporting each other.

Listeners will feel unique vibes created from the combination of an acoustic guitar, a distorted sound that echoes firmly in certain parts of the song, and the song lyric composition inspired by the current pandemic situation.

Not only giving a new vibe, Nowela is also certain that her latest song will be an anthem that can represent the feelings of the wider community. In the song-making process, the 32-year-old singer admitted to working on it in several stages, starting with a workshop, making a demo, up to the recording process.

“The process of making the song didn’t take very long, only about two months. I wrote it together with Mas Alam Urbach. Jerricho helped with the musicality, and there was a rap part too, where I was helped by Sun D,” said Nowela.

Aside from making a positive impact through her songs, Nowela and the team involved in the song-making process also took real action in the streets, where they would give out food to the people in need as part of their campaign.

“In the past, when I was asked what dream I had, I always answered that I wanted to be someone who could inspire others,” said Nowela.

This Batak and Papuan singer hopes that the song ‘Kehidupan’ can inspire more people and take part in real actions to embrace, encourage, and support others.

The song of life can be enjoyed on various digital platforms and YouTube. So, if you are curious about Nowela’s latest song, watch the music video here.

Source: Brilio

Image: Nowela Mikheila YouTube Channel

Jonathan Warinussy, Young Student Entrepreneur from Papua

Young Jonathan Warinussy, who was born in Serui and raised in Jayapura, has never dreamt of becoming a civil servant like his parents suggest. Instead, he wishes to be a successful entrepreneur so he can help others.

“By becoming an entrepreneur, I can help other Papuans in Bandung who need money to work here, to help meet their daily needs at least, while also learning about entrepreneurship,” said Jonatan.

Jonathan is majoring in Accounting at the Bandung Communication University and is working on finishing his final thesis. He opened a culinary business in the city where he sells nasi kuning (Indonesian fragrant rice dish cooked with coconut milk and turmeric). In the future, He wants to encourage more Papuans and Eastern Indonesians to become entrepreneurs.

“I have held several entrepreneurship seminars at my shop with my Papuan friends. Some of them are so interested in becoming entrepreneurs that they started opening a juice stand next to my shop,” said Jonathan.

Jonathan invites the youth from Bumi Cenderawasih to participate in developing Papua by becoming entrepreneurs. According to him, this is one of the best steps to further strengthen the pride of the indigenous Papuans.

Billy Mambrasar, Special Staff to the Indonesian President, who is also a successful Papuan entrepreneur himself, met and gave his appreciation to young Papuans who are striving to become entrepreneurs, such as Jonathan Warinussy.

“It is time for the Papuan children to prove that we too can be successful, especially in the field of entrepreneurship,” said Billy who is also a social activist.

“The richest people in Indonesia and even the world are entrepreneurs. We can make Papua better and more prosperous by getting into the entrepreneurial sector,” said Billy Mambrasar.

Source: Berita Satu

Video: YouTube

Papua Red and White Front (BMP): Do Not Be Easily Provoked

Jayapura – The Secretary of the Papua Red and White Front (Barisan Merah Putih Papua/BMP), Yonas Nussy appealed to the public not to be easily provoked by irresponsible groups aiming to undermine the security stability in Papua.

“The public should not be instigated by the irresponsible groups undertaking activities that exploit the issue of racism,” he added on Wednesday.

Yonas Nussy, who is also the Chairperson of the Saireri Community Forum, further responded to the development of the issue in Indonesia, stating that if anyone want to convey their aspirations, they should do so “in accordance with the regulations.” The same holds true for any parties who are not satisfied with the prevailing laws; they are free to take legal action because everything is already stipulated under the applicable laws of the Republic of Indonesia.

He added that the event in August 2019, where demonstration against racism ended in anarchy, must not happen again, as there were fatalities and significant material consequences.

“Papua will become the host of a national event, which is PON XX 2020. In addition, Papua will also hold simultaneous local elections, so the region must maintain peace and comfort,” he said.

Yonas also conveyed his appreciation to the Regional Police Chief Inspector General, Paulus Waterpauw and the Commander of the XVII/Cenderawasih, Major General Herman Asaribab for their efforts in maintaining security and order in the land of Papua. He stressed that Papuans should join hands together to maintain security, to remain safe, and keep the situations conducive in the land of Papua. All of this are done so that development may run smoothly.

He also touched on the Covid-19 pandemic situation, asking that all people in Papua follow the existing health protocols, so as not to be exposed to the virus that have claimed thousands of lives in the country.

“We know that currently the government is struggling to fight the the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, let us comply with the health protocols regulated by the government,” Yonas said.

Source: Reportase Papua

Female Papuan Pilots Join Garuda Indonesia and Citilink

Two female students from West Papua managed to put their name in history. Vanda Korisano and Martha Itaar became the first officers in two of Indonesia’s top airlines.

Both are recipients of scholarships from the Special Autonomy fund of the Papua and West Papua Province who studied at Nelson Aviation College, New Zealand, since 2014. There are around 150 students from Papua and West Papua who received the scholarship and study abroad.

“Vanda was accepted as a pilot at Garuda Indonesia, while Martha was accepted at Citilink,” said Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand Tantowi Yahya in a written statement on Wednesday (31/7).

Meanwhile, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe in his statement on the sidelines of attending the 1st Pacific Exposition in Auckland on July 14, stressed that the main task of Papuan students and students abroad is to study. He appealed to them not to be affected by negativity.

“You are not obliged to go back to Papua after you finish college. If you want to work here or in Australia or anywhere else, please. Later in Papua we will be proud to hear that there are Papuans working in a big company,” Enembe said.

The success of this Papuan student made Marveys Ayomi, a teacher and mentor at the International Pacific University (IPU) of New Zealand proud. He also thanked Ambassador Tantowi and the ranks at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington for their efforts in helping and paying attention to Papuan students as long as they studied in New Zealand.

The Indonesian Embassy in every activity such as seminars, sports and culture always involves Indonesian students and students, including those from Papua. Students and students are involved in the Pacific Exposition 2019 which was held in Auckland on 11-14 July.

Garuda Indonesia President Director Ari Askhara expressed his pride in being able to recruit the best Papuan women. This proves that anyone can become a pilot.

According to Ari, to be part of the cockpit of the Garuda Indonesia Group crew, they must pass high qualification standards and a long process. Ari hopes that the steps made by Vanda and Marta can be a towing locomotive for other Papuan sons / daughters at Garuda Indonesia.

Vanda and Marta, who arrived in New Zealand in 2014, once awarded as the best pilots throughout the year for international students (Best all round flying performance for international students). They got certification for Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License and Multi Engine Instrument Rating.

After graduating from New Zealand in early January 2018, they decided to continue their education at the Ganesha Flight School, Jakarta. Here, they get Indonesian DGCA Pilot License certification. In June 2019, their hard work and struggle finally paid off, their dream of becoming a pilot for Indonesia’s biggest airline, Garuda Indonesia Group, was fulfilled.

Source: Kumparan.com

The Ministry Continues the Construction of the Road near Indonesia – PNG Border

Jakarta – The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) continues the completion of the 1,098 km border road near Indonesia-Papua New Guinea (PNG) border spanning from Merauke to Jayapura. It is part of the President Jokowi instructions to develop and open access to isolated areas and improve life of the communities.

“The development of the border area is needed by the border community to create new economic growths in the border region,” said PUPR Minister, Basuki Hadimuljono.

One of the border road sections that is currently under construction is the Oksibil-Towe Hitam – Ubrup – Jayapura Road (5.52 km). The construction starts from KM 15.5 to KM 21.2 in Pegunungan Bintang District. The main challenge in border road development in Papua is its natural conditions which are still covered by tropical forests, mountains and extreme weather. Also the availability of construction materials which still is limited in Papua.

“This work is carried out in few stages considering the terrain that makes it hard to access, we have to cross steep mountains and forests which make it difficult for construction workers to mobilize the tools,” said Minister Basuki.

The current stage is carried out by the contractor PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) using state budget amounting Rp 108.5 billion. The construction will take 376 days since the beginning of 2018.

Although it is still a dirt road, this new road provides tangible benefits to the border community in Papua. The travel time between the regional economic center which was originally in the number of weeks by foot, is shorten to days because now the vehicles can cross. If the road conditions gets better, then the travel time will be shortened to hours.

Meanwhile, the 111 km road constructed from Sota – Erambu – Bupul is fully paved. Furthermore, the 38 km Bupul-Muting section and the 195 km Muting-Boven Digoel section also have been paved so vehicles can easily pass. Of the total 1,098 km border road from Merauke – Jayapura, by the end of 2018, 919 km have been connected. (*)

Source:
Public Communication Bureau
Ministry of PUPR

7 Papuans Graduated from Corban University, Oregon

On May 4th 2019, A total of 10 Indonesian students are among those who celebrate their graduation at Corban University in the city of Salem, State of Oregon. 7 students are from Papua and West Papua, and 3 students from West Java and Banten.

The ceremony also attended by the Governor of Papua Province, Lukas Enembe, along with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in San Francisco and the Education attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, DC. Governor Lukas Enembe encourages Papuan youth to study abroad with scholarships offered by the Papua Provincial Government.

Among them, 3 Indonesian students from Banten, West Java and Papua managed to get cum laude predicate in their graduation. In addition, one of the Indonesian students from Papua also received a ministry award from the Corban University campus.

The achievements of the young Indonesians is an honor that make Indonesia proud. Governor Lukas covey in his remarks “to all graduates, please continue to excel and contribute for the development of Indonesia. For students who still pursue their studies, keep focus on your study and take this opportunity to the fullest in your learning processes that can be useful for the people and the nation of Indonesia wherever they are. “

Governor Lukas Enembe also stressed that they are Indonesian citizens who are obliged to protectbring the name of Indonesia. He also advised Indonesian students from Papua to become agents of change for the development of Papua province and thrive for even better in the future. The graduates also received prizes from the Governor of Papua for graduating on the same year.

Minister Counselor / Economic Consul of the Indonesian Consulate General in San Francisco, Hanggiro Setiabudi congratutaled all the graduates, and requested all Indonesian students in the United States to pursue their study seriously so that can give contribution for the advancement of Indonesia. Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia in the United States are ready to help and assist all Indonesian students.

The education and cultural attaché from the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC, Popy Rufaidah, offer the students the opportunities of internships (optional practical training) at local companies for 1 year after their graduation. It is hoped that Indonesian students may take advantage of these opportunities.

The Governor of Papua also attended a series of graduation events with the celebration of Bakar Batu at the campus area of Corban University, which was also attended by 200 invitee of Indonesian lived in the city of Salem and local communities who had been supporting Indonesian students from Papua during their study in Corban Campus.

Source: Sindonews

Former Leading Campaigner for West Papua Independence who Advocated Compromise

Fransalbert Joku, a former leading West Papua independence campaigner who then became an Indonesian government supporter has died in Jayapura at the age of 66 on 28 of March after illness linked with heart disease and kidney failure.

He was a prominent landowner from Sentani and formerly the spokesman for the Papua Presidium Council which galvanised momentum in the West Papuan independence struggle at the turn of the century.

After the death of Theys Eluay, Franzalbert Joku eventually threw his support behind the Special Autonomy Status which Indonesia granted Papua in 2001 in response to the demands for independence. He returned to Indonesia in 2008.

He became a frequent representative of Indonesia’s government on West Papua matters at regional fora such as the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Pacific Forum.

Fransalbert Joku with other West Papua figures Nick Messet (left) and Michael Menufandu (right)

“Now I say this without meaning to undermine my brothers and sisters who are still out there in the jungle or in other countries advocating outright independence,” he told RNZ Pacific in 2015.

“I just look at the issues and try to place them within the context and try to look at what options are within the realm of possibilities.”

Mr Joku’s shifting of allegiances has made him a distrusted figure among many in the West Papuan independence movement.

But when asked last year in his last interview with RNZ Pacific about whether Papua should have independence, Mr Joku said a “deeper look at the issues” was required.

“Independence, for some of us, doesn’t mean an instant action of declaring a sovereign nation,” he said.

“I think it’s more a value. In order to find that value of freedom, of being independent, it is a continuing process.

“I differ between being an independent, sovereign nation of Papua, than being free and well-off economically, socially within a government structure that is in existence today,” he explained.

“Like in any other political processes, you can never win outright. You always end up with political compromise.”

“Special Autonomy, however imperfect and incomplete it may be, is an acceptable political compromise, and we need to grab hold of it earnestly, and make it serve our interests.” (Source: RNZ)

1191 TPS (Polling Stations) in Papua Province Carried Out Delayed Election Today

After being delayed due to logistic problems, 1,191 polling stations in Papua Province began a follow-up election Thursday (04/18/2019) morning. KPU (General Election Commission) Chairperson of Papua Province, Theodorus Kossay when confirmed by phone said that there are 1,191 polling stations spread in 20 districts in 7 regencies.

“Yes, that’s the plan, we will vote today except in Keerom, where we still have to wait for the reprinting of the DPRD (local representatives) ballot papers,” Theodorus said on Thursday.

Jayapura City, he explained, was the area with the most polling stations holding the election, with as many as 702 polling stations.

As observed in polling station no 039 in Vim Village, Abepura District, Election logistics arrived at around 6:40 a.m. and KPPS (polling station officers) and witnesses from the Bawaslu and the parties began to carry out ballot calculations. One of the KPPS 039 officers also seemed to be actively going around the compound to announce to local residents that the Election could begin immediately.

Chairman of the KPPS 039 Johanes Tapalawene said, the number of ballots that arrived are 209 for the total voters of 205 people. Meanwhile, at polling station no 057, Entrop Village, South Jayapura District, until 8:13 a.m., the local KPPS were still to count the number of ballots that had just arrived earlier.

In this polling station, quite a lot of people have come and want to vote immediately. A similar thing was also seen in TPS 18 of Entrop Sub-District, South Jayapura District, which until 8:17 a.m. local time the KPPS officers were still carrying out ballot calculations. 7 districts / cities that will hold a Next Election are Jayapura City, Jayapura Regency, Keerom, Intan Jaya, Tolikara, Yahukimo and Jayawijaya.

In 2019 Election, there were 810,193 polling stations throughout Indonesia, and around 0.28% of the voters couldn’t vote on Wednesday, according to KPU.

The following is the number of polling stations (TPS) in 18 districts / cities that collected votes today:

    Jayapura City: 702 polling stations
   Jayapura Regency: 1 polling station
    Keerom Regency: 5 polling stations
    Waropen Regency: 9 polling stations
    Kabupaten Intan Jaya: 288 polling stations
    Tolikara Regency: 24: polling stations
   Pegunungan Bintang Regency: 1 polling station
    Yahukimo Regency: 155 polling stations
    Jayawijaya: 3 polling stations
    South Nias: 113 polling stations
    West Kutai: 20 polling stations
    Banggai: 391 polling stations
    Jambi: 24 polling stations
    Bintan Regency: 2 polling stations
    Banyuasin Regency: 445 polling stations
    Mahakam Ulu Regency: 4 polling stations
    Kutai Kartanegara: 8 polling stations
    Berau: 11 polling stations
    South Nias: 113 polling stations
    West Kutai: 20 polling stations

Picture Source: Bisnis.com

Armed Criminal Group Kills Three TNI in Nduga

Jayapura – Three members of Indonesia military (TNI) who were members of the Nanggala task force were reported killed by armed criminal groups (KKB) in Mugi District, Nduga District, Papua Province on Thursday.

Commander of XVII / Cenderawasih Major General TNI Joshua Sembiring confirmed this from Jayapura, the capital of the province Papua.

“It is true. But I haven’t received a full report about the incident”, said Major General Sembiring.

“How far is the progress, I have not received yet. Please contact Kapendam (Kodam Chief of Information) because currently I’m not in Papua”, he continued.

When asked about the reports of nine KKB being killed and five firearms brought by the KKB were successfully secured, Seimbing confirmed this as well, but for further details please contact Kapendam.

Meanwhile, the data gathered was revealed that the three soldiers who were killed in a gun battle with the KKB namely Serda Mirwariyadin, Serda Yusdin and Serda Siswanto.

Serda Mirwariyadin NRP 21150184631093 Position Babakduk unit 1/2/2/14, Serda Yusdin NRP 21150175490396 Position Barintis Unit 3/2/3/14, dan Serda Siswanto Bayu Aji NRP 21160168880494 Position Bakes Den 1/14.

At Least 3 Indonesian Soldiers Killed by National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNPB)

7 March 2019, Commander for Defence Area III of Ndugama, has seized 4 weapons, consist of 3 modern weapons and 1 minimi chain weapon.

During the fire contact accompanied by weapons deprivation, at least 3 Indonesian soldiers were killed on the spot in the Windi Village of Derakma District.

This situation happened at 12.30 p.m. It started with 8 Indonesian soldiers from the District Post who went to Widi Village and had a chance to meet with Amos Kogeya as well as his wife. Both of them were interrogated.

After the interrogation, Indonesian soldiers burnt 5 honai belongs to the locals. Because of this situation, TPNPB surrounded those Indonesian soldiers and fire contact was started. They were then involved in the chase which exhausted Indonesian soldiers. TPNPB succeeded to shoot them down and seized 4 weapons.

At 3.00 p.m, 2 choppers entered the area and evacuate the corpses. That is all the report from Ndugama by Egianus Kogeya via Operation Commander, Pemne Kogeya, to TPNPBnews.