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Indigenous Papuan Women Increasingly Marginalized in Economic Competition

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Jayapura, 2/1 (Jubi) – Indigenous Women Human Rights Network state the indigenous women have increasingly marginalized from market competition. Further, FienJarangga, the coordinator of TIKI’ Indigenous Women Human Rights Network, several factors have been created this current situation ranging from the domination of market competitor, the shrinking of access to economic, the deprivation of natural resources and the economic symbol of indigenous women and the weakening of the entrepreneurship motivation.

“Activists of Anti-violence and Women Rights Community in Biak, Merauke and Wamena reported that Indigenous Papuan Women who sell the products of farm and forest facing the severe economic competition and gradually lost in this competition to win the market consumers. The indigenous women traders in Merauke and Wamena are not facing the competition with Non-Papua traders who are dominating the traditional markets, but also have to compete with other traders from highland area that are well-known with their strong commitment and better skills in selling their products,” said FienJarangga, Thursday (2/1)

According to her, the Indigenous Women Community and Women Human Rights activist in Biak, Keerom, Timika and Wamena further reported the indigenous women traders have began slightly lost access over the betel nut. The betel nut was become the economic symbol of indigenous women traders, and now it has monopolized by Non-Papuan traders who greater in financing and have better skills in trading including the knowledge on market distribution of betel nut and plantation.

“To women traders, the lost of access over the betel nut trading does not only mean the lost of their economic resources, but also the lost of plantation of betel nut and deprivation of their cultural identity,” said Jarangga.

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Further, women activist and leaders of indigenous women association from Keerom, Abepura and Manokwari reported the numerous cases of the selling of stalls or selling tables by indigenous women traders to non-Papuan traders. Though the reason behind the waiver of stalls or tables was still in investigation, the local women activists and women leaders were deplored this phenomenon and saw that it was the sign of the weakening of entrepreneurship motivation and skills among the most of indigenous women entrepreneurs.

“The abandonment of the fundamental rights of women survivors of state violence. The condition of the survivors have not changed, still neglected and stigmatized. Some of them are inedible sickness and increasingly frail because of age. It was reported by the Community of Survivors and Human Rights Defenders from Biak, Genyem, Keerom, Manokwari, Merauke, Sarmi, Timika and Wasior,” said Yarangga.

Meanwhile, according to Ms. Rika Monim, the Head of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Bureau Province Papua, up to now the prevalent of domestic violence is still high in Papua.
“Considering that the number of domestic violence cases in Papua are still quite high, I appeal to the women, community as well as men to protect the rights of woman and child in the community. To the women, who in particularly domicile in Province Papua, if there was a domestic violence case either against to mother or child, please come to the service centre of Woman Empowerment and Child Protection Bureau, which is the Integrated Service Centre for Women and Children (PusatPelayananTerpaduPerempuandanAnak/P2TPA) that located in Kotaraja or just directly coming to the office of the Provincial Bureau of Woman Empowerment and Child Protection,” said Ms.Monim. (Jubi/Arjuna/P. Maizier)

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Six defendants of anti-racism protest in Jayapura sentenced to six months jail

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Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura District Court found guilty six defendants involved in a mass riot following the anti-racism protests in Papua on 29 August 2019. The panel of judges gave them six months sentence, reduced by the defendants’ detention period. Therefore, the defendants would able to release soon after being sentence since the end of August 2019. However, their legal counsel team says to challenge the verdict because they believe that their clients are not guilty.

The six defendants Yan Peter Suramaja, Dolfin, Vinsen Dogopia, Jorgen Aipui, Valerio Yaas, Peter Meraudje, are found guilty in the trial chaired by Judge Alexander Jacob Tetelepta, with the panel members Roberto Naibaho and Korneles Waroi.

The public prosecutor charged them with different articles. Yan Peter Suramaja charged with Emergency Article, while Dolfin accused Article 160 of the criminal code on the incitement against the government. Meanwhile, Vinsen Dogopie charged with Article 170 of the criminal code about conducting violence against people and properties. The other three defendants Jorgen Aipui, Valerio Yaas, and Peter Merauje indicted with Article 365 of the criminal code about theft with violence.

In responding to the court’s verdict, lawyer Frederika Korain confirms that her clients would release soon if they accept the verdict because they have been in the detention since the end of August 2029. “Following the court’s verdict, their days in the detention will end soon. But we will consider this and discuss with their family to challenge not guilty,” Korain says on Thursday.

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In the meantime, lawyer Relika Tambunan who is also a member of defendants’ legal counsel declares the court finding does not meet the expectation of the Advocate Team for Indigenous Papuans, as the trial was not able to approve the public prosecutor’s indictment.

“There is no strong evidence to accuse them. Indeed, the trial cannot prove that our clients are guilty or commit crime as charged to them. We have time to reconsider before challenge for not guilty,” said Tambunan. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G

 

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Two civilians reportedly killed in Sugapa

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Jayapura, Jubi – Two civilians reportedly killed in a joint military operation at Yoparu Village of Sugapa Sub-district, Intan Jayapura Regency on Tuesday (18/2/2020). The report also informs two Papuan women have been injured during the gun conflict and currently are under medical treatment. However, no release so far made by the security forces related to the report.

Jubi resource confirms two victims in this military ambush are Kayus Sani and Meky who shot in their houses on Tuesday dawn. The joint police and military forces arrived at Yoparu Village on Tuesday at around 3 a.m. Papua time, he says.

“Kayus was shot dead in his house. They (the joint security forces) entered the house and shot him on the chest and fingers. They also did the same thing to Meky, entering his house and shooting him dead in his house,” he says.

A report further informs that residents took the bodies of Kayus and Meky to a local church on Tuesday, but no information about their funeral yet.

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Meanwhile, two indigenous women were also reportedly injured in the same operation. Elepina Sani, Meky’s mother, was shot in her hand, and currently got treatment in Yoparu Village, while a bullet hit Malopina in her leg. She is referred to Timika on Tuesday for further treatment.

Until the article published, no confirmation from both military or police about the incident so far received by Jubi. Jubi has attempted to contact Papua Police Chief Paulus Waterpauw on Whatsapp at 20.26 Papua time for clarification, but no reply so far. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Military spokesperson says victims of military operation in Sugapa are members of insurgent group

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Jayapura, Jubi – Colonel Eko Daryanto, the military public relations chief of Cenderawasih Military Command, says a victim killed on Tuesday (18/2/2020) in the armed conflict in Yaparo Village of Sugapa Sub-district, Intan Jaya Regency was an insurgent group member. He also claims that a boy killed in the same shooting location shot by the armed group.

Colonel Daryanto’s clarification is opposite to a witness’ statement cited by Jubi on Tuesday. Jubi resource told that both victims Kayus Sani and Meky Tipagau are civilians. He also informed two women had wounded during the attack.

As cited by Antara News Agency, Eko Daryanto states that the joint enforcement troop had involved in a gun conflict with an insurgent group in Sugapa on Tuesday at 7.20 Papua time when they saw two insurgent members carrying two guns. “They involved in a gun conflict while chasing those insurgents, but this armed group made to escape to the cliffs and bushes ahead to Ugimba,” says the colonel in Jayapura on Wednesday (19/2/2020).

Moreover, according to him, the troop later found Meky Tipogau’s body when checking the location after the conflict. He declares the victim Tipogau was shot by the military while carrying a weapon, but his friend was able to run away with his gun. Also, during the operation, the joint military troop seized a laptop, a cellular phone and two assembled guns, a facsimile machine, a bow and arrows.

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Eko further states that during the armed conflict on Tuesday, the insurgent group shot the joint military forces randomly. “Their fire hit 14 years old girls named Kina Sani who shot in her left sole,” says Eko.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Jubi published an article saying two civilians reportedly killed in Sugapa. According to Jubi source, the victims Kayus Sani and Meky Tipogau shot by the security forces in their houses. He stated that the shooting incident happened in the Tuesday early morning in Yoparu Village, Sugapa Subdistrict.

Jubi also reported that two women had injured during the armed conflict in the same location. Elepina Sani, Meky Tipogau’s mother, was shot in her hand, and now treated by locals in Yoparu Village. Meanwhile, Malopina Sani who shot in her leg referred to Timika for further medical treatment on Tuesday. (*)

 

Reporter: Aryo Wisanggeni G

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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