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Hundreds of village chiefs win a lawsuit against Puncak Jaya Regent

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An illustration of the capital of Puncak Jaya Regency captured a few years ago. – Jubi Courtesy

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura Administrative Court granted a lawsuit filed by 125 village chiefs against Puncak Jaya Regent following a unilateral dismissal through the Regent Decree No.
188.45/95/KPTS/2018 issued on 22 June 2018.

Besides marking the case winning for the one hundred and twenty-five village chiefs, according to the provincial parliament member Yunus Wonda, the court decision also warns regional heads to not make village chiefs redundant without distinct reason and well procedure.

“This warns other regional heads in Papua to not dismiss village chiefs as they pleased without a strong legal basis,” Wonda told Jubi on Tuesday (19/11/2019).

This case started when one hundred and twenty-five village chiefs in Puncak Jaya Regency dismissed by the regent. They then filed a lawsuit to Jayapura Administrative Court (PTUN) against the regent. As a result, the Panel of Judges of PTUN Jayapura granted their appeal and ordered Puncak Jaya Regent to revoke the decree.

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However, the regent denied the convict and filed an appealed to the High Administrative Court (PTTUN) Makassar, which resulted in the same conviction. Being not satisfied with the result, the regent then submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court issued a decision number 367/K/Tun/2019 dated 26 September 2019 to deny his bid.

Moreover, Wonda appreciates these village chiefs for carrying a legal action following their unilateral dismissal. Wonda said that it indicates that these village chiefs are prudent in addressing the problem they faced though they were aware that their service would end in 2021.

“It must be a good example because violent would never solve any problems. I hope Puncak Jaya Regent can apply the verdict issued by the Supreme Court to reactivate the one hundred and twenty-five village chiefs who had dismissed,” he said.

In the meantime, the village chiefs’ attorney Herman Bongga Salu said the verdict by the Supreme Court is ultimate and obligatory.

“With the verdict of the Supreme Court, it means the village chiefs appointed by the Regent Decree was a legal defect. Therefore, the status of dismissed village chiefs must restore,” he said last week. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

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HIV/AIDS transmission in Jayapura Regency claimed to decline

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Sentani, Jubi – Jayapura Health Office claims HIV/AIDS cases in Jayapura Regency has declined with only 3,202 cases occurred until last year.

“HIV/AIDS prevention is a complex issue. It would not only the responsibility of the health office, but all parties should contribute in educating the community,” said Pungut Sunarto, the Division Head of Disease Prevention and Management of the Jayapura Regional Health Office, on Tuesday (21/1/2020).

People living with HIV/AIDS in Jayapura Regency are mostly the productive age group ranging from 20-49 years old. There are also infants and children among patients.

“We are always updating the report on people living with HIV/AIDS [in our region]. If not, they would not be able to access the ARV,” said Pungut.

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He further said that the family plays a crucial role in preventing HIV/AIDS transmission. Similarly, he continued, life endurance among people living with HIV/AIDS depends on the support from their closest family.

“Those living with HIV/AIDS who regularly take their medicines (ARV) can reduce their medicine (ARV) can reduce the risk of virus transmission. So, please do not blame and stigmatise them,” said Pungut.

Meanwhile, a Sentani resident Edison Sineri agrees that parents have a significant role in preventing their children from behaviours that likely lead to the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexual diseases.

“Currently, young people are easily get involved in promiscuity that difficult to control by parents. It possibly leads them to negative behaviours.” (*)

 

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Lawyers question commitment over Papuan political prisoners’ right

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Three of seven Papuan political prisoners. – Jubi/Piter Lokon

Nabire, Jubi – The Papua Coalition for Law Enforcement and Human Rights urges the attorney general to fulfil the right of health for seven political prisoners detained in Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur and consider it as a neglection of the prisoners’ rights.

“We release this statement after one of our clients experienced vomiting blood. He had an internal disease issue,” said the Coordinator Emanuel Gobay on Friday (24/1/2020).

The coalition team asks the Papuan Attorney General’s commitment to providing the right of health to the prisoners as previously promised. It never occurred. Indeed, the Attorney General has neglected their family’s right to visit.

“If the seven detainees were in Papua, of course, their family can come to visit and find an alternative for health treatment.

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Therefore, Gobay urges the Attorney General of Papua to recall the seven political prisoners to Jayapura. He said the security issue is no longer relevant as a reason to allocate their trial outside of Papua.

“It is unfair (for the seven detainees) referred that all the trial hearings of anti-racism case held in Papua. All those trials are going well and safe,” asserted Gobay.

Meanwhile, a coalition member Oktovianus Tabuni added that in principle the seven political prisoners are respecting their legal process. However, they want to have their trial in Papua.

“The principle of a trial is to have a timely and low-cost process. Do not let it (the trial) float up like what has been happening now,” said Tabuni. (*)

 

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Autonomy budget cut off, Jayawijaya Government reduce supplementary feeding budget

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Wamena, Jubi – The Government of Jayawijaya Regency has reduced the number of schools to receive funding on the Supplementary Feeding Program (PMTAS). The reduction relates to the Special Autonomy Funds cut off for the PON (the National Games) 2020

Nurlili, an official at the Jayawijaya Village Community Empowerment Office (DPMK), said last year the program was running in five schools in Napua, Maima, Musaftaf, Wita Waya and Wadangku subdistricts.

“There allocate for only two schools this year because of the budget cut off for the PON. We depend on the Special Autonomy Funds for this program,” Nurlili said in Wamena on Tuesday (21/1/2020).

In 2020, the local government plans to implement the program in four sub-districts, namely Asolokobal, Wesaput, Muliama and Tagime. “But, Muliama and Tagime sub-districts are a bit far, so we decided to implement the program in the zone two, namely in SD YPPK Hepuba in Asolokobal Sub-district and SD Inpres Wesaput in Wesaput Subdistrict,” he said.

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The budget allocation for PMTAS Year 2020 reduced from IDR 857 million to IDR 468 million.

However, Nurlili hopes that in February they can conduct training for teachers and women at sub-districts and village levels on healthy food for children.

“At the end of the training, we will purchase some items that are not available in sub-districts and villages to deliver in March. They will be cooking food for the pupils, and we will monitor its implementation. There will be a payment for the cooks, but they should submit the report first,” he said.

In addition to food ingredients, the local government also provides cash for schools to purchase some food from the local markets to help the cash flow of villages and sub-districts.

“This program is very critical because President Jokowi has instructed us to decrease stunting among children. Therefore, we allocate the PMTAS for the primary school children because it is their growth period,” he said. (*)

 

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