Light of Equality Shines Over Papua

The excitement of the light show at Mandala Stadium illuminated a sense of equality from Papuan skies.

Vice President Maaruf Amin makes a speech during the opening ceremony of the 2021 Papua National Paralympic Week (Peparnas) at the Mandala Stadium, Jayapura, Papua, Friday (5/11/2021) night.

JAYAPURA, KOMPAS—Vice President Ma’ruf Amin officially opened the 2021 National Paralympic Games (Peparnas) on Friday evening, November 5th 2021, at Mandala Stadium in the city of Jayapura, Papua. A stunning light show performed by at least 500 drones marked the opening of the biggest national sporting event for disabled athletes. The lights in the skies above Papua implied a sense of equality for all the nation’s children.

Red, white, and blue lights flashed from above Mandala Stadium as hundreds of unmanned aircraft (drones) took different formations, ranging from garuda (eagle), cendrawasih (bird of paradise), the Red and White national flag, Papua Island, and to the words “Peparnas XVI”. The light show was the main attraction of the opening ceremony and was titled “Light from East Papua”.

The light show illuminated the skies above Jayapura before the ceremony ended with a fireworks display. The excitement during the event was reminiscent of the closing ceremony of the 2021 National Games (PON), which was also hosted in Papua on October 15th 2021 and was closed by the Vice President.

The excitement of the light show at Mandala Stadium illuminated a sense of equality from Papuan skies. Peparnas is not only a complementary event for PON, but also a unique event, as demonstrated by the event’s opening ceremony. In fact, the drones used for the light shows were imported from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and California, the United States. There was no such attraction during PON.

“Peparnas is a very special event. It is an event to break down one’s boundaries to emerge as a winner. This event is proof of solidarity and equality for us all. Let us celebrate with the spirit of brotherhood,” the Vice President said.

The colossal dance displays five dance configurations at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Papua National Paralympic Week (Peparnas) at the Mandala Stadium, Jayapura, Papua, Friday (5/11/2021) night.

A lively celebration was also held in the stadium, with around 900 dancers taking part in a colossal performance featuring traditional dances from five regions. There were also performances by Papuan singers Nowela and Edo Kondologit as well as disabled singer Putri Ariani. Despite the light rain, the spectators enjoyed the series of performances.

Indonesian Paralympic Committee (NPC) chairman Senny Marbun expressed appreciation for the warm welcome of the Papuan people. “In my opinion, Peparnas is also a symbol of equality, just like PON. Everything is the same, from the service to the competition venues. They were also both opened by the Vice President and the President,” he said.

As with the PON opening and closing ceremonies, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe also attended the Peparnas opening ceremony. He pledged equal treatment of athletes with disabilities in Papua, saying that they were tough people who were able to conquer their limitations.

“Peparnas is not a complementary event. Peparnas is an equivalent forum. We, as the hosts, have prepared this national tournament with a sincere heart and high spirit. Let us all turn off negative stigmas and light the candle of equality towards space for empowerment,” said Lukas.

The Peparnas contingent from the Special Region of Yogyakarta made a defile at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Papua National Paralympic Week (Peparnas) at the Mandala Stadium, Jayapura, Papua, Friday (5/11/2021) night.

The Peparnas is being hosted in Jayapura municipality and Jayapura regency. A total of 1,985 athletes from 33 provinces are to compete in 12 sports, including badminton, athletics, and swimming.

Source: KOMPAS

Saireri Youth: Claiming December 1st Only Disturbs Security in Papua

December 1st until now has been claimed as West Papua Independence Day by activists and OPM sympathisers.

They always trigger chaos that could increase security measures in several areas in Papua Province.

From that point of view, the Saireri Youth through Edwardo Rumaterai as the Deputy Chair of the Saireri Youth Group issued a statement position.

When interviewed, Edwardo Rumaterai said that the December 1st momentum which has been claimed to be the independence day of West Papua only disturbs and even causes activities that disrupt the security situation in the easternmost province of Indonesia.

Therefore, he conveyed and appealed to all Papuan people, especially the youth, to keep the situation safe in Papua before and after December 1st.

“We, the youth, especially from the Saireri customary territory, invite and appeal to all Papuan people, before and after December 1st, to work together maintaining a conducive security situation. Because Papua is our home with whoever it may,” said Edwardo.

He also added that the December 1st issue should be properly addressed by all elements of society.

“No matter where and when it will be, Papua has legally become an inseparable part of the Republic of Indonesia,” stressed Edo.

Source: Koreri.com

PON Papua Host Makes History

Gold medalist Cornelius Amo (center) from Papua, Silver medalist Jefry Johanis Wuaten (left) from Central Sulawesi and Bronze medalist Slamet Junaidi (right) from DKI Jakarta, take the podium during the 60 kilogram category bodybuilding medal ceremony PON Papua at the Auditorium of Cenderawasih University, Jayapura, Papua, Monday (4/10/2021). (ANTARA PHOTOS)

MIMIKA, PAPUA – The 20th National Game (PON XX) 2021 held in Papua continued to spring more surprises. This time the surprise came from host contingent, Papua, that not only has succeeded in organizing the event, but also in achieving new achievements recorded by its athletes.

As soon as the National games is officially opened by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at Lukas Enembe Stadium, Kampung Harapan, East Sentani District, Jayapura Regency, on Saturday (2/10/2021), the host contingent immediately spurred with extraordinary achievements. As per Tuesday (5/10/2021), 7 pm Eastern Indonesian time, the sports heroes of Bumi Cendrawasih (the land of the bird-of-paradise) have won 32 gold, 15 silver, and 34 bronze medals. This achievement put Papua in second place in the medal standings.

Papua was only second to DKI Jakarta, 11-times PON champion. The capital province sit at the top of medal standing with 38 gold, 25 silver, and 31 bronze medals, and remained the strongest competitor.  

Meanwhile, West Java, the PON 2016 champion, was in third place with 29 gold, 26 silver, and 35 bronze medals. Following West Java was East Java in fourth. The two-times PON champion has collected 22 gold, 25 silver, and 20 bronze medals. Central Java was on the fifth position with 10 gold, 20 silver, and 21 bronze medals.

The achievements recorded by its best athletes is a new history for Bumi Cendrawasih. Previously, Papua has never won more than 30 gold medals throughout its participation in PON.  In fact, it is very difficult for the province to make it to the top three although it is one of the “producers” of potential national and world-class athletes.

Throughout the history of PON, Papua’s best achievements in winning gold medals were in 1985, 1989, and 2004 where they received 23 gold medals. Since then, Papua has never succeeded in achieving more than 23 gold medals during PON. However, now, as the host of this year’s PON, Papua took the opportunity to score the highest possible scores. 

“It is difficult to pass the top teams like DKI Jakarta. But I hope that Papua can maintain their position until the end (of PON). With our athletes’ talents, Papua can definitely do it,” said Youth and Sports Minister Zainuddin Amali during a press conference at the Ministry of Communication and Informatics’ (Kominfo) PON Papua Mimika Cluster Media Center at the Grand Mozza Hotel, Timika City, Monday (04/10/2021). 

The Papua branch of the National Sports Council (KONI Papua) targeted to bring home 84 gold medals at this year’s PON, a target which is significantly higher than  their last achievement in  PON 2016 of 17 gold. “We are keen on winning 84 golds at PON 2021,” KONI Papua executive secretary Kenius Kogoya while accompanying the Youth and Sports Minister. 

This target is not unrealistic, as the PON 2016 host, West Java, also set a fantastic target and managed to exceed the target. At that time, the province fantastically won 217 gold, 157 silver, and 157 bronze medals. This achievement far exceeds its achievement  four years earlier in PON Riau 2012.  

In 2012, Bumi Pasundan (West Java) only managed to bring home 99 gold, 79 silver, and 101 bronze medals. While Riau as the then host was able to win 43 gold, 39 silver, and 51 bronze which brought them to the sixth place. East Kalimantan also has similar experience when the province hosted PON 2008. 

The mineral-rich province surprisingly occupied the third position with 116 gold, 111 silver, and 115 bronze medals in 2008, while previously only won  19 gold, 28 silver, and 19 bronze medals in PON 2004 in South Sumatra .

So far, Papua’s medal achievement at PON 2021 has been outstanding and the contingent’s chances of bringing more medals home are wide open, especially since this quadrennial sporting event is still ongoing until 15  October. 

Moreover, in the medal standings, only a total of 179 gold, 175 gold, and 248 bronze have been distributed. Whereas the PON Papua Grand Committee prepared 681 gold, 681 silver, and 681 bronze, respectively.

The PON Papua 2021 is attended by 7,039 athletes and 3,576 officials from 34 provinces. These athletes will be competing in 37 different types of sports, 56 disciplines, 681 matches held in 44 venues located in four clusters prepared for the event. 

All the matches held in this event are conducted with strict health protocols, both for athletes, officials, and spectators. “The implementation of PON Papua has been very good and professional. The people are very friendly,” said West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil. West Java is the champion of the 2016 PON. Torang bisa (We can)!

Source: INDONESIA.CO.ID / InfoPublik.id

PON Infrastructure Changes the Face of Papua

Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said he hoped that all infrastructure developed for the Games could become an opportunity for reviving Papua in all aspects, in both sports and economics.

The splendor of the Lukas Enembe Stadium complex in Harapan Village, Nolokla Village, East Sentani District, Jayapura Regency, Papua, Tuesday (28/9/2021).

The image of a backward Papua province has slowly faded with the construction of magnificent infrastructure facilities for the National Games Papua 2021 currently being held in the province.

JAYAPURA, KOMPAS – The National Games (PON) Papua 2021 has changed the face of Papua, especially in host regions such as Jayapura city, Jayapura regency, Mimika regency, and Merauke regency. The image that the province nicknamed “Bumi Cenderawasih” (the earth of the birds-of-paradise) is being left behind has begun to disappear following the construction of magnificent sports infrastructures for the quadrennial sporting event.

Three large buildings with contrasting shapes stand among the residential areas and shop houses on the road from the Sentani Airport, Jayapura regency, to the Kampung Harapan area, about 10 kilometers away.

The three buildings are the Istora Lukas Enembe indoor sports arena, Lukas Enembe Aquatic Center, and Lukas Enembe Stadium. The three buildings, located in the Lukas Enembe Sports complex, are new and modern sports arenas built specially for the Games.

Lukas Enembe Aquatic Center is the second largest international-standard pool complex in the country after the Senayan Aquatic Center in Central Jakarta. The building is also the third modern indoor aquatic arena after the Jakabaring Aquatic Center in Palembang, South Sumatra, and the Senayan Aquatic Center. Licensed by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) last year, all records made there are internationally recognized.

Lukas Enembe Stadium is considered the largest football stadium in eastern Indonesia. The stadium has fully enclosed stands with a 40,000 seating capacity. Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said in Jayapura on Friday (1/10/2021) that he hoped the local governments in the four regions hosting the Games could maintain the newly built sporting facilities, such as by holding local championships.

In hosting the quadrennial sporting event, visitors could see that Papua had great development potential, the governor added.

Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said he hoped that all infrastructure developed for the Games could become an opportunity for reviving Papua in all aspects, in both sports and economics. In hosting the quadrennial sporting event, visitors could see that Papua had great development potential, the governor added.

Colorful lights illuminate the Youtefa Red Bridge, which connects the Trans Papua Road in Jayapura, Papua, Thursday (30/9/2021).

Meanwhile, the strategic infrastructure director at the PUPR’s Directorate General of Human Settlements, Iwan Suprijanto, said on Friday (24/9) that the ministry had been tasked with building eight PON sports facilities, namely the Aquatic Center, main stadium, cricket field, indoor and outdoor hockey fields, roller skating circuit, as well as the archery and rowing venues.

According to Iwan, the local government proposed a Rp 1.7 trillion construction budget for the sports infrastructure. With some adjustments, the development cost was reduced to Rp 900 billion.

The PUPR Ministry also took part in arranging the areas around the Lukas Enembe Aquatic Arena and Istora, as well as in the cricket and hockey arenas in Doyo Baru village, Waibu district, Jayapura regency, at a cost of Rp 211.7 billion.

The Aquatic Center had the largest construction costs reaching Rp 401 billion, while the construction of the other sports infrastructure, such as the Istora, cost Rp 278.5 billion, the cricket and hockey arena Rp 288.3 billion, followed by the rowing arena, archery, and roller skating venues at Rp 128.2 billion.

The captain of the Jakarta women’s water polo team, Ariel Dyah Cininda Siwabessy (27), did not expect Papua would be able to build such a magnificent aquatic center. According to her, the Papua Aquatic Center is no different from the Senayan Aquatic Center, except that it has a lower seating capacity and warmer water.

In addition to building the sports arenas, the government has also prepared supporting infrastructure such as roads and bridges. One of the most iconic is the Youtefa Bay Red Bridge in Jayapura city, located not far from the PON rowing venue.

Randy Sambono (27), a resident of Abepura, Jayapura regency, acknowledged that many changes had taken place in Papua ahead of the quadrennial sports event. “I am also proud because my hometown could be developed like other areas in Indonesia,” said the Javanese-Maluku man, who was born in Jayapura.

In Mimika, the central and regional governments had widened the main roads in Timika from 5 meters to 10 meters over the last three years. According to Nauval Latuapo (46), an Ambonese native who has lived in Timika for 20 years, the main roads in Papua were now more orderly and cleaner.

Papuan football star, Boaz Solossa, carries the fire torch of National Sports Week (PON) Papua 2021 to the Mayor Office of Jayapura, Papua, Friday (1/10/2021).

The residents were very grateful for this, because it minimized road congestion. “Now, the vehicle [flow] is faster. The city is also growing. We hope this can fuel further economic growth here,” said Nauval.

The private sector has also supported the Games. PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) president director Clayton Allen Wenas said on Friday that the copper mining giant had contributed to the success of PON by providing sports infrastructure, athlete training facilities, bonuses for Papuan medal-winners, and Covid-19 mitigation.

PTFI built the Mimika Sports Complex (MSC), which will host the basketball and athletics events. The marathon and race walking events were also held at the PTFI area in Kuala Kencana.

According to Wenas, PTFI constructed the MSC construction in 2014-2016 at a cost of Rp 468 billion. The MSC will be inaugurated on 5 Oct. PTFI also provided Rp 15 billion in sponsorship for the Games.

Source: KOMPAS

Indonesian model from West Papua, Olvah Alhamid, walks for The New York Fashion Week

This is something that Olvah Alhamid can be proud of and the Indonesian people in general. Olvah, a 2015 Puteri Indonesia beauty pageant finalist, was selected to walk for the New York Fashion Week.

Olvah’s struggle to model in one of the most prominent events in the world of fashion was not easy. Since a few months ago, the 29-year-old beauty from Fakfak Regency, West Papua, Indonesia, gave up all her schedules to focus on the audition process in New York City.

“In the past, I could only dream of walking in one of the world’s prestigious fashion shows as a model. So, I relied heavily on my self-confidence and started the audition process with the blessing of my parents, especially my mother,” said Olvah in an interview.

She further explained that thousands of models from around the world had signed up to take part in the fashion week.

Since June, Olvah has taken part in many audition calls. Her efforts had finally paid off. Olvah, once was the Indonesian representative at the 2016 Miss Eco Universe, was eventually selected to walk the runway of New York Fashion Week after a lengthy process.

“I took part in numerous audition calls since June in New York City. I felt that if God permits, there would be an opportunity for me. Thank God I passed every stage of the audition process and had the chance to wear designer clothes on the runway,” she said.

“I believe that dream must be pursued. Prayers and efforts will certainly pay off,” continued Olvah.

Adapted from TabloidBintang.com

Yanto Basna Says Papuan Players Are in High Demand by Thai Clubs

Rudolof Yanto Basna, an Indonesian player in the Thai Football League, revealed that Papuan footballers are in great demand in the Thai League. This is why Basna chose to stay there.

Basna said, based on his experience playing in Thailand, the club he is in does not want him to change clubs before getting another Papuan player.

“This year is my fourth year of career in Thailand. When I wanted to move clubs, my Thai agent said that I can do so, but I have to bring Papuan players to take my place,” Basna said.

The former defender of Mitra Kukar and Persib Bandung revealed that the clubs in the Thai League have long been interested in players from Papua.

However, Basna admitted that it is difficult to find young Papuan players who wanted to play in Thailand.

“The clubs in Thailand prioritize Papuan children. Since my first year, I have been trying to find them, but ultimately the decision goes back to the players. It goes back to each individual,” he said.

Basna acknowledges that most young players in Papua are commonly interested in playing for Persipura, but he said not all players are able get in and play for the club. That’s why he suggested that young players would also follow in his footsteps by playing in the Thai League.

After four years of career in the Thai League, Basna said that until now there are still many people in Thailand who do not know Papua.

Because of this, Basna chose to stay in Thailand. He wants to become a bridge for Papuan footballers who wishes to go international and have a career abroad. He stated that he wants to introduce Papua more to the world.

“The reason I’m still in Thailand is because, hopefully I can be a bridge for Papuan players who want to play abroad. I have a dream that at least 5 or 6 people can play in Thailand too. There are many players here who don’t know where Papua is. I’m really sad. Therefore, through football I hope to be able to make Papua known by more people in the world,” concluded Basna.

Source: Indosport

Sky toll to expedite equitable development across Indonesia: VP

Jakarta – The sky toll infrastructure will speed up the process of achieving equitable national development, as all Indonesian regions will be able to access high-speed internet, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin stated.

At the virtual opening of the Raja Ampat E-Festival 2021, themed “Voyage to Digital Community,” from Jakarta on Monday, Amin noted that sky toll is a project to accelerate growth and equalization of national development.

High-speed nationwide broadband network connects Indonesia from the city of Merauke in the East to Sabang Island in the West.

The government has readied the Digital Indonesia Road Map 2021-2024 that also encompasses the sky toll to connect all regions in the country with its varied geographical conditions, Amin stated.

The vice president affirmed that infrastructure was also expected to speed up development in Papua and West Papua.

“Success of the sky toll program will boost innovation and accelerate and expand digital economic and financial integration in West Papua and Papua into the national digital ecosystem,” Amin stated.

Hence, the vice president has urged the local administration, the central bank BI, and private sector to collaborate in improving the digital environment in remote areas.

Development of digital literacy will boost public welfare through the tourism sector as well as micro, small, and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs), among others.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry should also expand the coverage of the national digitalization program, such as the Digital Leadership Academy, Digital Talent Scholarship, and the National Movement of Digital Cybercreative Literacy to Papua and West Papua, Amin stated.

Source: Antara

5 Papua Development Acceleration Plans by Special Staff Billy Mambrasar

Special Staff Billy Mambrasar and Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas, Suharso Monoarfa

Special Staff (Staf Khusus/Stafsus) of the President of the Republic of Indonesia Billy Mambrasar introduced five Main Programs for the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua. The five programs were explained during the webinar “Untukmu Indonesiaku – Building a Sustainable Indonesia from the East”. The programs, which will be run by Papuan youths, are an implementation of Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020.

“Pak Jokowi’s commitment to advancing Papua, developing the Papuan people, has not changed. He therefore issued Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020 on the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua, in which Indigenous Papuans will be the main target of the welfare improvement program, ” said Billy. He stated that this program is called Bringing Change (Bawa Perubahan) or Baper. He hopes that this program can help solve problems in Papua and West Papua, especially with regard to the welfare and development of indigenous Papuans.

“We hope that this program will create thousands of new jobs for children of indigenous Papuans and create multiple positive economic impacts on Papua and West Papua,” said Billy. These positive impacts include a reduction in the unemployment and poverty rate, as well as increase in the welfare of the people of Papua and West Papua. The five plans for accelerating development that were initiated by Billy are as follows:

1. Papua Youth Creative Hub

The Papua Youth Creative Hub is aimed at creating young Papuan entrepreneurs and creating management of training ecosystem and business capital by Papua Muda Inspirasi (PMI). He said this program will be directly monitored by the President and is expected to bring in 100 young entrepreneurs from Papua and West Papua in the MSME sector, startups, and creative industry.

2. Millennial farmers

The second program is creating one hundred thousand of Millennial Farmers. This is already being implemented in ten provinces, including Papua and West Papua. The program from the Ministry of Agriculture is expected to produce 20 thousand farmers in the two easternmost provinces of Indonesia, and 80 thousand farmers in eight other provinces. This program is a combination of technical and economic training, as well as partnerships with market.

3. Papuan Talent Management Website

Billy plans to launch a Papuan Talent Management (Manajemen Talenta Papua/MTP) website that will contain information on the best indigenous Papuan children. They will be given training on an ongoing basis and be linked to job opportunities in various sectors. This program will be managed directly under the supervision of the Director General for Regional Autonomy, the Ministry of Home Affairs.

4. Non-formal learning centers

Non-formal learning centers will be established to provide more access to education. With these learning centers, Billy hoped that the community will acquire new skills which are adapted to the local context in the Papua and West Papua regions. This program is directly supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

5. Bootcamp Policy for Papua

The Policy Bootcamp for Papua is an application and website where the government can receive inputs and policy advice for all components of Papuan society, especially the youth. This website is expected to be managed by the Papua Desk, Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency, in direct coordination with the Presidential Staff Office of the Republic of Indonesia. Input from the community can then be directly implemented in cross-ministerial/institutional work programs.

Source: Kompas | Image: Setkab.go.id

Message from the Head of Education Service in Papua to KKB (Armed Group): The Teacher You Killed, Wanted to Save Your Children…

The world of education in Papua Province is grieving after an elementary school teacher of Inpres Beoga, Oktovianus Rayo, and a mathematics teacher at Beoga 1 Public Middle School (SMPN) 1, Yonatan Randen, were shot dead by an armed criminal group (KKB). The two teachers were shot by KKB in Beoga District, Puncak Regency, Papua Province. The shooting drew criticism from a number of parties. Head of the Education, Library, and Archives Service of Papua Province, Christian Sohilait strongly condemned the KKB’s actions. He also left a message to the shooters. “The teachers you killed, wanted to save your children (from ignorance),” said Sohilait in Jayapura, Monday (11/4/2021).

Oktovianus and Jonathan were shot at different times. Oktovianus on Thursday (8/4/2021) and Jonathan on Friday (9/4/2021). Sohilait also spoke up about the KKB’s accusation that Oktovianus was a spy for the security forces. He called the accusations heinous.

He also added that the geographic location and minimal infrastructure facilities in Beoga meant that not many teachers were willing to be placed in that location. Beoga is at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level. “They are both honorary teachers. There is no way my teachers in such a situation would risk their life by carrying a weapon. I believe that accusation is false. For KKB, do not try to divert the public’s opinion, you have killed people,” said Sohilait. He also said that there were still seven teachers at Beoga. “Yesterday (10/4/2021) three teachers and two families had already been evacuated. There are still seven teachers in Beoga, but based on their own consideration, they are measuring whether they want to be evacuated or remain in Beoga,” said Sohilait.

KKB shot Oktovianus Rayo who was watching over a kiosk at his house in Julugoma Village on Thursday, at around 09.30 WIT. He died after suffering two gunshot wounds to the right rib. Meanwhile, Yonathan was the victim of a shooting on Friday afternoon. He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Yonathan was rushed by the community to Beoga Health Center, but he did not survive. The two bodies were evacuated to Mimika on Saturday (10/4/2021). The evacuation was finally possible after the Puncak Regency Government paid a ransom to the KKB to let the plane enter Beoga Airport.

Source: Kompas

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:

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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