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CLOSER LOOK RED BLACK YOUTH CAMPAIGN IN PACIFIC IN WEST PAPUA

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Joey Tau (Jubi)

Joey Tau (Jubi)

Suva, 21/6 (Jubi) – Young people in the Pacific region has just launched a campaign of red-black in Suva, Fiji on Friday (20/6) as a form of solidarity against bloody movement in West Papua.

On Friday afternoon, city taxis took a group of journalists and stopped across the street between blue and green building. Green building is the office of Conference Pacific Churches (PCC).Meanwhile,blue building is the Pacific Network on Globalization office (PANG). In front of PANG office, there were sales written ‘Bula Garage Sale, Sausage Siggle $ 3, carage Sale. On the terrace, there were a number of clothing and accessories. Garage Sale Bula was written on white paper Red Blue colored.

The action drew attention from the visitors. Some men and women dressed in black explained their action to them.
“Let’s take a look. Who knows there is something important to us,” journalist said.

When we got into the action in place, the men ended the explanation for previous visitors. He welcomed the arrival of us and introduced himself.
“I’m Joey” said Joey Tau “Today youth members of conferences churches in Pacific (PCC), Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) and a number of students from University of the South Pacific (USP) launched the Black or Red we call the “We Bleed Black and Red Campaign,” he said.

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The meaning of the red on black is to symbolize Morning Star and Black symbolizes human life West Papua is covered in blood, we invite all people using This symbol as we support the continued blood spilled as a result of cruelty ruling, “said Joey explained rubber band and red ribbon their black wicker.

According to Joey, the campaign will be a weekly campaign in Fiji and then move to other Pacific countries.
“We will do campaign every Wednesday, from place to other place, “he said.

To those who participated in this campaign, will get pictures and stories about the support of West Papua.

It was also filled with dark red ribbon weaving action, collect clothes, books and novels, shoes and jewelery ex which is then sold at varying prices.

Black and red ribbon bracelets sold at a Dollar Fiji or equivalent of 6 thousand rupiah, and the novel sold for 1-5 dollars Fiji dollars or 6000-30000 rupiah.

According to Joey, the money will be collecting funds for youth Papua somewhere and talk about their struggles. Joey reluctantly say where the meeting would take place.
“I can not tell our secrets,” he said seriously.

PCC General Secretary, Rev. Francois Pihaatae justified it.

Therefore, according to the man’s native Tahiti, it is called for West Papuan independet.
“We write to liberate West Papua ago place against a wall in the office. (Jubi / Mawel/ Tina)

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PLI launch a new campus in West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

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Vanimo, Jubi – Papua Language Institute (PLI) officially launch a new branch in West Sepik Province.  A higher education service in Papua New Guinea has a similar vision with the PLI, which aims to reach educational service in all regions.

“Through our institution, we want to build collaboration to support the people of Papua and Papua New Guinea in learning English and Bahasa Indonesia,” Samuel Tabuni, the founder of Papua Language Institute told reporters in West Sepik on Friday, (13/12/2019).

Tabuni further admitted his institution has collaborated with a higher educational service in Papua New Guinea for two years before the launching. This collaboration is not only focused on language learning development but also other business.

“Papua and Papua New Guinea are families. But because of the language barrier, it hampers our communication and relationship. Therefore, we launch a branch of PLI here,” said Tabuni.

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According to him, the provincial government of Papua has built good diplomatic relations with PNG. But, it needs to further transform this diplomatic relationship into an institution that can facilitate business, economy, and education. He believes that the international branch of PLI would not only launch in Vanimo, but there are also possibilities to launch in some border regions.

Furthermore, Tabuni hopes that the collaboration between the people of PNG and Papua can support the economic development of both areas and improve people’s livelihood.

“We hope there would be further collaboration in other sectors. Therefore, we can achieve better development and address poor communication, told Tabuni.

A student of PLI, Samuel Womsiwor, acknowledge the launching of PLI branch office in PNG. According to him, this international branch would enable students in PNG to exchange learning information with Papuan students to improve their intellectual skills.

“It’s very beneficial to improve the livelihood of people in Melanesian region as well as in Pacific,” said Womsiwor (*).

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Pacific Forum countries urged to follow up on West Papua

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Rosa Moiwend, West Papuan reearcher and human rights defender.Rosa Moiwend, West Papuan reearcher and human rights defender. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Papua, Jubi – A West Papuan human rights defender has called for more Pacific islands countries to speak up internationally about human rights abuses in her homeland.

Rosa Moiwend, who has been visiting New Zealand this week, said it was important that Pacific Islands Forum countries advanced this issue to reflect widespread, grassroots concern for West Papua in the region.

At the 2015 Pacific Forum summit, leaders agreed to push for a fact-finding mission to Papua.

Indonesia is yet to allow such a mission to visit, but Ms Moiwend said forum members must follow this up.

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“Because otherwise it’s just lip service from the forum,” she said.

“Members of the Pacific Islands Forum are also UN members, so we need more and more Pacific Island countries to speak about the human rights situation in West Papua.”

According to Ms Moiwend, while several small Pacific countries have raised Papua at the UN, bigger countries such as Australia and New Zealand should support them.

Development

Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s infrastructure development drive in Papua is proving traumatic for remote indigenous communities, Ms Moiwend said.

Its centre-piece is the Trans-Papua Road project which is being built through some of Papua’s most remote terrain.

The project is also at the heart of heightened conflict in Papua’s Highlands since the West Papua Liberation Army massacred at least 16 road construction workers last December.

While conceding that opening up access to Papua through the project had its benefits, Ms Moiwend said it also brought outsiders and development that local Papuans were not prepared for.

“It will also open a space for more and more military and police posts along the road, because of the security reason that they will say.

“And it’s actually threatened people’s lives because for West Papuans people are traumatic with the presence of the military.”

Ms Moiwend’s family are customary landowners in Merauke in Papua’s south where rapid oil palm and agri-business development is underway.

“Customary land is actually affected by these big projects – food project and oil palm plantation,” Ms Moiwend explained, adding that indigenous communities had little say in the development

“I think government needs to discuss with the people. You can’t just come and (start) plotting the land and then invite the investor to come and invest their money because people rely on our land.

“The land is the source of our food. So if they want to replace with something else, then how can they provide food for our people?” (*)

 

Source: RNZI

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Port Moresby evicts West Papuan refugees from city settlement

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The Rainbow settlement in Port Moresby… home to West Papuan refugees for 11 years. – Image: Post-Courier

Papua, Jubi – About 250 West Papuans have been served notices of eviction to leave their settlement in Port Moresby, reports The National.

National Capital District Commission officials, escorted by police officers, handed the settlers demolition orders last Thursday and told them to leave their home in the suburb of Rainbow where they had lived for 11 years.

Communal leader Elly Wangai said that some of them were now PNG citizens after former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill allowed them to gain citizenship without paying the K10,000 application fee.

“But unlike other PNG citizens, we don’t have any land to go to. When we were given citizenship, the government did not give us land to settle. And this is the fifth time we have been evicted since 2007.

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“We were first evicted from 8-Mile settlement and we settled outside the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Office at Ela Beach.

“Then we moved to the Boroko Police station. Then to Apex Park at Boroko and now to here.”

Wangai said they were willing to move from the settlement.

‘Drainage area’

“This is a drainage area and we know that and we will move. But we want NCDC to provide land for us.

“If NCDC can evict other PNG settlements from 2-Mile and resettle them at 6-Mile, they should do the same for us.”

Wangai said they had once been given land at Red Hills in the suburb of Gerehu.

“But when we went there, developments were already taking place.

“So we had to return here. Since we were given eviction notices, our children were traumatised and did not attend school.

“Our mothers who are involved in small economical activities like selling doughnuts and ice blocks have stopped.

“They are finding it hard to earn money to look after their family. If we are given land to move, we will be confident to live our daily lives.”

According to ABC, Port Moresby Governor Powes Parkop was unaware of the move to serve the demolition orders or what had prompted it.

A vocal supporter of the West Papua cause, Parkop said he would work to stop – or at least stall – the process to carry out the demolition orders, and fulfill his promise to find the settlers a permanent home.

“I hope I can sort it out soon and get proper allocation of the land so they’ve got security and can build a future.” (*)

 

Source: asiapacificreport.nz

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