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Focus on infrastructure development has made human rights enforcement lacking?

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Jakarta, Jubi – Still in the framework of evaluation of Joko Widodo – Jusuf Kalla 3 years’ government, law enforcement and human rights is
the most hot topic and spotlight of many parties.

This time the Vice Chairman of Commission III of the House of Representatives, Benny K. Harman who considered the performance
of government of Joko Widodo – M. Jusuf Kalla in the field of law enforcement, tend to walk in place.

“We are like running in place, the progress in law enforcement field is like ‘poco-poco dance’,” Benny said as quoted by Antara
on Saturday (October 28) in a discussion in Jakarta entitled Critical Evaluation of Three Years of Jokowi Government; where is Legal Justice?

According to him, the lack of performance shows the government is not working well. “If this is the case, we can do this even without the president,” he said.

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According to him, the law in Indonesia today tends to be used by the government as a tool of power by putting justice aside .

“The law is supposed to guard democracy, but I am afraid that the it used as a tool to achieve the interests of power,” he said.

Focus on infrastructure is the cause?

In response, Experts Office Staff of the President, Ifdhal Kasim said it is due to government policy focusing on infrastructure development,
which does cause less attention in other areas.

But Ifdhal also specifies, current legal reforms concentrate on regulatory reform, the settlement of a number of human rights cases
and the reform of legal institutions.

He said from seven past human rights violation cases, two are under legal processing.

“There have been two cases, that is Wasior and Wamena in Papua, which are now in the process of submitting to the court,” he said.

He claims the government is looking for the best solution to resolve a number of other human rights cases and is expected to be completed
before President Jokowi’s term is completed by 2019. “The government is looking for a comprehensive format of human rights resolution,” he
said.

While in some official responses at UN forums, such as Human Rights Council Meeting, Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and General Assembly
of the United Nations few weeks before, the Indonesian government has consistently explained various claims of infrastructure development
outcomes in Papua under Jokowi’s government as responses to issues Human Rights of Papua.

It seems as a way to counter the issues of separatism or self-determination that began to get additional support in the UN forums, not only from the Pacific countries, but also some countries in the Caribbean and Africa.

Related to that, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told BBC (26/10) that government can not prevent countries in the South Pacific region from promoting human rights issues in Papua to the UN General Assembly. Because every UN member country gets the right to discuss any subject in the public forum.

“All countries are free to express their opinion, that is their right,” said Retno after describing the achievements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the administration of President Joko Widodo in Jakarta.

However, she continued, Indonesian diplomats at the UN are encouraged to answer all the demands and insistence by other countries through the exposure of development progress that proclaimed by the government.

“Our right is to explain the development carried out in Papua, comprehensive developments etc, as we have explained,” said Retno.

Attention to human rights has lost

Previously, Amnesty International in their evaluation statement on the performance of Jokowi’s human rights sector concluded that Jokowi’s
political commitment in handling human rights violations cases has disappeared.

“Jokowi’s commitment and will have been lost while the time is ticking,” said Usman Hamid, Director of Amnesty International
Indonesia, quoted by Tempo.co (10/10) during a press conference at his office in Menteng, Central Jakarta.

According to human rights activists and former Kontras Coordinator, one of the causes of the stagnancy of human rights cases settlement is that the judicial system eliminates punishment of military personnel involved in human rights violations.

In fact, he continued, many rules of law that can be used as a basis for the government to resolve the issue of human rights. “But there is
an unfairness of Jokowi in using the constitution,” he said.

So it is not surprising that many cases of human rights violations ended in documents and notes. Some of the cases are related to freedom of expression and religion, to cases of violence.(tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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NGOs questions KPA on billions of funds channelling for people living with HIV

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HIV/AIDS Care volunteers who were recruited by KPA Papua province a few months ago to help KPA in counselling. – Jubi / Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Some NGOs and communities working with people living with HIV in Jayapura asked the Provincial Aids Commission (KPA) of Papua to transparently report the distribution of funds amounted Rp 1.5 billion allocated to increase nutritional intake among people living with HIV in Papua Province.

The chairperson of the Papua Community Health Development Foundation (YPKM) Joice Erlerly said so far these institutions are not aware of the funds distributed by the KPA Papua.

“We knew about this information after reading an article published in a printed newspaper in Jayapura City. However, the article did not state who had received the funds? Where did it distribute? Regional or provincial level?” said Joice on Tuesday (08/13/2019).

Moreover, she added her institution have never had the coordination or communicated with KPA about any distribution of funds for people living with HIV/AIDS. “YPKM along with those who care about this issue still provide nutritional intake for people living with HIV,” she said.

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Concerning the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Papua, she clarifies there are 48 thousand in which 6,000 alone are living in Jayapura City.

Meanwhile, Roberth Sihombing, an HIV activist in Papua, said that the five thousand people living in HIV/AIDS mentioned by the KPA Papua must be held accountable. “It would be nice if the KPA Papua works together with health services such as hospitals, community health centres and NGOs that assist people living with HIV/AIDS to get a valid data,” he said.

As clearly stated by him, people living with HIV/AIDS, in particular, those who registered in the community health centres need nutritional intake, especially pregnant women.

“A good program will only be more effective if it’s been well because the program of HIV/AIDS prevention and elimination requires the involvement of all parties. If the KPA Papua already had a study on nutritional intake needs among people living in HIV/AIDS, they can go ahead. Unfortunately, I think they don’t,” he said. (*)

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GempaR-Papua asks Indonesia to stop exploiting Papua Resources

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GempaR-Papua in a protest conducted in front of the University of Cenderawasih’s gate, Perumnas 3 Waena some times ago. – Jubi / Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – GempaR-Papua (Papuan Student, Youth and People Movement) of Jayapura Municipality urges the Government of Indonesia to discontinue all projects that often related to economic development, but in reality threatening the life of the indigenous community.

The Chairman of GempaR-Papua Samuel Womsiwor said it involves many interests ranging from long-term investments to the exploitation of natural resources in which triggering many human rights violations for both Kamoro and Amungme peoples.

“We decline the national food security program –the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate—in Merauke. Also, we reject the militarization of all efforts to spread the investment throughout Papua that supported by President Joko Widodo. Therefore, we urge the Government of Indonesia to open the access to Hak Guna Usaha (HGU) for the community,” Wamsiwor stated in a release received by Jubi on Tuesday (13/8/2019).

Further, GempaR-Papua also asks the Indonesian Government to immediately withdraw its troops from Nduga due to human rights violations occurred against indigenous peoples. Importantly, they also urge the government to open access to local, national, international journalists and humanitarian workers to work in Nduga and throughout Papua. (*)

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PNG governor wants West Papua referendum

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Powes Parkop, the governor of Papua New Guinea’s National Capital District. Photo: RNZ /Johnny Blades

Papua, Jubi – The governor of Papua New Guinea’s capital district wants Indonesia to allow West Papua to undertake an independence referendum.

In a statement, Powes Parkop also backed a call from Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers to raise the issue of human rights abuses in Papua at next week’s Forum leaders summit.

Mr Parkop said the crisis in Papua had escalated due to Pacific nations letting fear of Indonesia dictate their approach to it.

He said the Melanesian Spearhead Group should also accept an application for full membership by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

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“Indonesia must realize that when it choose to restore the rights and dignity of the West Papuan people it will unleash great joy.”

Mr Parkop said he had delivered the same message on West Papua to PNG Prime Minister James Marape and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovare.

According to him, he planned to also deliver it to the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the US, adding that he had requested a meeting with Indonesia’s government.

Jakarta says Papua’s incorporation into the Indonesian is final and non-negotiable.

Papuan Liberation Movement welcomes foreign ministers’ call

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua has welcomed a resolution by Pacific foreign ministers to push for a UN Human Rights office visit to Papua.

In January, the UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said Indonesia’s government agreed in principle for a team from her office to visit Papua.

However, Pacific Forum members are concerned that the invitation is not being honoured. Forum foreign ministers have called for the timing of the visit by to be finalised by both parties.

They also seek for a resulting report on the Papua situation to be presented before the next Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in 2020.

The Liberation Movement’s chairman, Benny Wenda, urged Pacific Forum leaders to endorse this call when they meet for their annual summit in Tuvalu next week.

Mr Wenda said such a stand reflected the values at the heart of the Blue Pacific campaign to develop a region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion and prosperity where all Pacific people can lead free healthy and productive lives.

Accordnig to him, Pacific civil society networks continue to provide support to Forum Leaders and Government regarding the human rights issues of West Papua. (*)

 

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