Jayapura, 6/7 (Jubi) – Using the right of reply, Indonesian Ambassador to the United Nations Indonesia’s rejected the statement of Prime Minister of Vanuatu.
Please watch the reply by Indonesia’s Amabassador here http://webtv.un.org/watch/rights-of-reply-6th-meeting-25th-regular-session-human-rights-council/3292582057001/
And bellow is the transcript of the reply by Indonesia Ambassador.
Right of Reply
My delegation takes the floor to exercise its right of reply to the statement made by Vanuatu.
The Government of the Republic of Indonesia strongly rejects the statement concerning the so-called ‘issue of West Papua’, made by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, H.E. Moana CarcessessKalosil, at the High-Level Segment on this morning.
His statement represents an unfortunate and sadly lack of understanding of basic facts on historical role of the UN and the principled position of international community at large as well as the current state of Indonesia, including the actual development in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, Indonesia.
We are just too conscious that internal political dynamics in Vanuatu have often played a role in the raising of the so-called ‘issue of West Papua’ in various fora, including the United Nations, as evidently stated in a statement made by the Office of Prime Minister Sato Kilman of Vanuatu in May 2012 and published by the Vanuatu Daily Post on 22 May 2012, which stated inter alia:
“in Vanuatu, the West Papua issue has been politicized and used by different political parties and movements not for the interests of the people in West Papua but more so for elections and political campaign propaganda …”
Furthermore, the statement of Mr. Kalosil is simply in contradiction with the visit of a high-level delegation of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members representing Melanesian Community, to Indonesia from 11 to 16 January 2014 in which Ministerial Level Delegation of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and representative of the Front de Liberation NationaleKanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) of New Caledonia as well as MSG High Representative conducted in situ visit to Papua province and obtained firsthand information. The Communique resulted from the visit stipulates that the government of Indonesia and members of the MSG are determined to strengthen cooperation and further enhance constructive relationship.
Worse, his statement is also in contradiction to the will of the Vanuatu government itself towards its relation with Indonesia as reflected in the 2011 Bilateral Development Cooperation Agreement that provides a legal framework for the two countries to respect each other’s sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity and principles of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.
For its part,Indonesia will not be distracted by such inclination. We will continue fostering our agenda for democracy, including the promotion and respect for the human rights of all its peoples.
At the same time, we will also persevere in the promotion of friendly relations with the Government and people of Vanuatu based on principles governing friendly relations between countries. A good will that we have demonstrated by presenting constructive recommendations to Vanuatu in their UPR consideration on last January.
Finally, Mr. President, we also would like to request to you that this statement to be put as an official document and record of the Human Rights Council.
I thank you.
Papuan students rally against ‘illegal’ New York agreement in Salatiga
Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan student from the Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Semarang and Salatiga Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) Committees held a joint protest action in the Central Java city of Salatiga in Thursday August 15.
The groups were protesting against the New York agreement which was signed by Indonesia and the Netherlands on August 15, 1962, because the agreement marked the start of human rights violations in Papua.
The peaceful action by the Papuan students began at the flyover connecting Satya Wacana Christian University (UKSW) at 9 am.
The protesters put up banners in front of the UKSW campus rejecting the New York agreement signed 56 years ago then moved off towards the Salatiga city traffic circle. When they arrived at around 10.30 am, they gave speeches and shouted slogans supporting Papuan independence.
A number of activists took turns giving political speeches slamming the agreement between Indonesia, the Netherlands and the US saying that the people of Papua, who became legally subject to the agreement, were never in fact a party to the deal.
“The New York agreement on the transfer [of power] of the Papuan region [from Holland to Indonesia] was made only in the economic and political interests of Indonesia and the imperialist country the United States”, explained action coordinator Jackson Gwijangge in a press release on Thursday August 15.
Gwijangge said that the military operations launched in the Papuan district of Nduga on the orders of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo have resulted in violence against civilians and forced many people to flee. According to Gwijangge, between December 2018 and August 2019 as many as 185 civilians have died.
“[As a consequence of the armed conflict in Nduga] people are still seeking refuge in various neighbouring areas such as Lanny Jaya, Timika, Puncak and Wamena. [All of this goes back to] the New York agreement, [an agreement] which was illegal because it did not involve indigenous Papuans as the owners of the country”, said Gwijangge.
In another speech, Mey Tebay declared that the Papuan nation became independent on December 1, 1961. Tebay stated that Indonesia must acknowledge its error in occupying Papua.
Another speaker, Otis Tabuni, said that the Indonesian government and military have not respected the laws which protect the human rights of citizens in Indonesia and have violated the civil and political rights of the Papuan people.
Tabuni stated that if Indonesia continues to use military force against civilians in Papua, sooner or later the country will disintegrate.
The demonstrators demanded that the government immediately withdraw TNI (Indonesian military) and Polri (police) personnel from Nduga, give the Papuan people the right to self-determination and guarantee the Papuan people’s right to free expression.
They also called on Indonesia to close down and halt the activities of huge mining projects in the land of Papua, including Freeport MacMoRan in Mimika and BP in LNG Tangguh.
Widodo was also asked to immediately revoke Presidential Regulation Number 40/2013 on Road Construction in the Framework of Accelerating Development in the Provinces of Papua and West Papua, because it has legitimised the involvement of the military in constructing roads in Papua.
They also called on Indonesia to immediately open access to Papua for foreign journalists and humanitarian aid.
(Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Mahasiswa Papua di Semarang dan Salatiga juga demo menolak New York Agreement“.)
NGOs questions KPA on billions of funds channelling for people living with HIV
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.
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. (*)
Reporter: Agus Pabika
Editor: Maizier Pipit
GempaR-Papua asks Indonesia to stop exploiting Papua Resources
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. (*)
Reporter: Agus Pabika
Editor: Maizier Pipit
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