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Local leaders and organisations are shaking hand after the meeting held in the LMA Jayawijaya office. -Jubi/Islami

Wamena, Jubi – Indigenous institution (LMA) of Jayawijaya Regency, sub-district LMAs, local leaders, tribal chiefs and the migrant organisation held a reconciliation meeting addressing the last incident of 23 September in Wamena.

The meeting was held in LMA Jayawijaya office on Friday (18/10/19) and attended by Papua Police Chief, XVII/Cenderawasih Military Command and local government officials. All parties agreed that they should forgive each other and support law enforcement against the perpetrators.

During the meeting, the migrant organisation, Paguyuban Nusantara Jayawijaya, told migrant victims of the incident accepted apologies of indigenous people. It also said all fears and suspicions among both sides must persuasively end. Also, they encourage those who fled outside of Wamena to return, and the authorities should take the perpetrators to court. Moreover, they stated their support to the local government in rehabilitating the situation in Wamena gradually.

Meanwhile, the Papua Police Chief Paulus Waterpauw said the meeting successfully held due to strong coordination between the LMA, police and local government of Jayawijaya.

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“It’s a good initiative because the Mukoko tribal chief had opportunity expressing apologies on behalf of his people to the victims and their family,” said Waterpauw.

Further, he said the Paguyuban Nusantara has also accepted these apologies which he thought would be an excellent starter to solve the recent conflict in Jayawijaya.

“The police could only help to solve this problem morally because the regent can help more to accommodate it,” he said.

Meanwhile, a community leader from Mukoko tribal Agus Hubi said the conflict in Wamena would be gradually solved. Regarding this, Mukoko tribe would fully responsible to resolve it. He further said the result of this meeting would be discussed more in an internal meeting of LMAs.

“We’ll take the result of this meeting to LMA. Today we shake hands and agree to find solutions for the recent problem,” said Agus Hubi.

“Resolution would be a moral burden for each tribal chiefs, but the issue of safety and security would be a responsibility of each person in the community,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Jayawijaya Regent John Richard Banua said the local government highly appreciate the LMA Jayawijaya for conducting the meeting. Further, he thinks the forum was able to accommodate any ideas and suggestions from the floor to materialise the reconciliation in Jayawijaya Regency.

“Both parties have expressed apologies and forgiveness; therefore, let us hand in hand running and supporting the government. Church leaders, tribal chiefs, and people let’s do together,” said Banua.

“There is no discrimination between one tribe to another. All contribute to the development of this regent and the harmony of the brotherhood relationship,” he added. (*)

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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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