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Another Side of Papua Could be Seen from Cultural View

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he Directorate General of Culture of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid (right) - Jubi

The Directorate General of Culture of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid (right) – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The handling of Papua problems must not only focus on defense and political interests, but also on the cultural aspect.

The Directorate General of Culture of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid, said cultural approaches could prove to work to ease tensions.

“How to find a new way in solving the problems in Papua. Culture is a tribute towards diversity. In the Papua context, it must be seriously considered. It is not only referring to diversity of opinion but also the diversity of the way of life. If it is well noted, it would contribute to develop a peaceful Papua,” said Hilmar last week in Jakarta.

According to him, a simple example connected to the way of life. The indigenous Papuans depend on taro for living. But in the last twenty years, many Papuans eat rice and forget about the taro, and even gave not enough space for it to be developed.

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“When take a look, it is part of an ecosystem. The culture is not only about to live symbolically or formally, but it is connected to life chances. It needs to pay attention to people’s understanding about the rights in connection with their land,” he said.

He believed it’s time to pay attention to history. Especially for Papua and other places in Indonesia, had a diverse and centralistic history in the political and social life. Talking about the past is important, that we cannot talk about the present and the future without it. However, he said, it would better if seeing Papua in the future framework.

“It’s not talking about what was happened within two or ten years. Papua is currently one of the few places that relatively protect its nature, although it doesn’t mean any destruction. It is not only good for Papua, but also for Indonesia and the world as well,” he said.

According to him, talking about forecast Papua within the future framework, it could be built in the argument in every dialogue. Papua could be projected to rescue this planet. That people live to protect nature with care in the way of life that has started to change.

“Starting from modernization, the pressure of many parties including the pressure to live as people in other places is very strong. As a result of this friction, we can see its manifestation during the time. So, I think it’s good to set Papua in many things,” he said.

At the same place, Director of the Alliance for Democracy in Papua (ALDP), Latifah Anum Siregar, said to understand Papua it should be viewed in many perspectives for the right approach and solution.

“The President Jokowi has enough good communication with Papuans. About dialogue, it’s not expected to come to Papua for one or two hours or invite people from Jakarta. What people want is to invite people to sit together and talk in the same forum,” said Siregar.

She said, if they wanted a dialogue, each party should have similar point of view. Many parties should be involved. Additionally, it should be cleared who’s going to be appointed by the president to take care of Papua. Papuans should talk to whom and the Central Government must talk to whom. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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Tabi Province, for whom it established?

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Jayapura, Jubi – An intellectual youth figure of Tabi Frangklin Wahey said the establishment of new Tabi province does not benefit the people of Tabi.

“This becomes a current big issue for native people in Tabi, and it needs further clarification from a group of regents and mayors who propose new administrative regions. In this sense, I only focus on Tabi region as the capital of Papua Province lay on it. So, I think it is weird if some native Tabi wants a new split regency. I suggest to those who propose this idea to clarify their specific needs and interest behind this,” he said.

As a native Tabi, he questioned why this regional split issue is becoming a critical issue now while did not get any attention during the first administration period.

“I think it is the interest of people who want becoming a governor in Tabi. If you want to be a governor, I suggest that better you provide a good example (to the public) and be prepared to compete (in the election). For the regent and mayor in Tabi region, I ask you to not making this issue complicated because it may disturb the harmony among indigenous Tabi,” he said.

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Further, he said politically, the economy and education of indigenous Papuans in Tabi has long been left behind compared to others. If Tabi becomes a new province, it does not make them better. Instead, they will more marginalise.

“We must allow Mr Lukas to run his duty as a current governor and support him for what he has done in Tabi through outstanding development. He has made the region of Tabi a beautiful place. So, I ask the mayor and regent to build good coordination with the governor, provincial parliament and people’s assembly. Because they have authority and capacity to speak on behalf of the public interest in Papua,” he said.

Meanwhile, a native from Tobati Mrs Nonce Hanasbey hopes the government to be more focus on human resources development and local economic empowerment. According to her, it can improve indigenous livelihood and welfare.

“So far, infrastructure development has significantly progressed, and many primary changes have done. It only needs to support indigenous people in using their potential and existing natural resources for assuring these infrastructures benefit for them instead of other groups. (*)

 

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Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Carrying Morning Star flags in the worship, four students arrested in Church

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Four students were taken to Abepura Police station while attending Mass at Gembala Baik Catholic Church, Abepura on Sunday (1/12/2019)

Jayapura, Jubi – Four students were taken to Abepura Police station while attending Mass at Gembala Baik Catholic Church, Abepura on Sunday (1/12/2019). Wearing the traditional clothes of Papuan highlands, two of them decorated their faces with the pattern of Morning Star.

The four students are Marvin Yobe, Desepianus Dumupa, Paul Halapok and Devion Tekege. “They brought three Morning Star flags,” said Mario, an Abepura resident who was at the worship.

A police officer who not wear uniform at that time stood to arrest the students when they were about to receive the Host, but hold by the congregation asking him to respect the Holly Communion. Then, the police officer took the students out of the Church after seizing their flags.

Among the four, Desepianus Dumupa (26 years old) said their aim bringing the Morning Flags to the Church was to ask God for freedom. “Our purpose coming to the worship with the flags is to ask for help from God. We ask God to give freedom for Papuans,” said Dumupa.

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At the meantime, the Director of Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Papua, Emanuel Gobay, said the police took the students to Abepura police station for questioning. During the investigation, Jayapura Police Chief Gustaf Urbunas came and met with the Coalition Team of Papua Legal and Human Rights Advocates who accompanied the four students.

Urbinas stated the four students would be taken to Perumnas III Waena to inspect their accommodation after the examination for searching other evidence. After that, they would go to Jayapura Police Headquarter for further investigation.

“When asked about the legal status of the four students, the police chief said the police still ask their clarification before taking a decision,” said Gobay, the Coordinator of the Coalition team.

However, Gobay continued, after their inspection to Perumnas III, the police did not found any evidence. Then, the police took the four students to Jayapura Headquarters, took their pictures and fingerprints before continuing the interrogation.

The examination continued until 00.59; Monday, 2 December 2019 before the four students were finally released.

Meanwhile, as quoted by Antara News Agency, Papua Police Chief General Paulus Waterpauw confirmed the interrogation against the four students. “I ordered Jayapura Municipal Police Chief to explore the case, to find out what do their plans,” said Waterpauw.

He stated in general the security situation in Papua is conducive during the commemoration West Papuan Independence Day which held every 1 December. Moreover, he said there were no public activities considered disturbing the security and public order.

“Generally safe, conducive and controlled. We are grateful to all stakeholders. Therefore, the commemoration of 1 December, which is an annual event, can run in a conducive, safe and controlled,” said Paulus Waterpauw on Sunday (1/12/2019). (*)

 

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Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Ahead of 1 December, military training held in Papua

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Jayapura, Jubi – The Indonesian National Military (TNI) Headquarters stated to operate a military training in Papua in anticipating the commemoration day of 1 December. The training consists of the combat troops from four Kostrad (Strategic Army Combat) battalions

“The training will conduct in three cities of Papua, namely Jayapura, Wamena and Timika. The four battalions are Yonif Raider 323 Buaya Putih (trained) in Jayapura, Yonif Para Raider 305 Tengkorak (trained) in Wamena, and Yonif Para Raider 330 Tri Dharma and Yonif Para Raider Julu Siri (trained) in Timika,” said the Public Relations Chief of Cenderawasih District Military Command, Colonel Eko Daryanto, on Thursday (28/11/2019).

He further explained one of the training materials is military parachuting. TNI Commander in Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police Chief General Idham Aziz are scheduled to observe the training in Timika on Friday.

“Concerning security, the situation ahead to 1 December is still conducive. Hopefully, it continues this way, so that public activities can assume normal as usual,” he said in responding a question concerning the military preparedness ahead of and during the commemoration day of 1 December. (*).

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