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Jakarta, Jubi – Foreign companies cannot pressure Indonesia with the threat of International arbitration, said an a political bserver at Paramadina University, Hendri Satrio.

“Why do you need to be scared? It is unlikely to destabilize the country just because of one company. We are a great nation and not stupid, ” said Hendri, after a discussion titled “Indonesia Without Freeport’ in Jakarta on Monday (07/12/2015).

President Joko Widodo would not let Indonesia be attacked by a foreign country, just because of Freeport. Jokowi may decide not to renew the contract if it considers detrimental to the nation.

As the leader of the country, president and the government have the right to make regulations on foreign companies.

“It is legitimate if the government does not extend the contract,” he said.

He also said It will not harm Indonesia if Indonesia got sanction in international arbitration as Indonesia has a gold mine in Papua.

In the transcript of the tape, president director of PT Freeport Indonesia, Maroef Sjamsuddin, threatened to sue Indonesia to international arbitration body if the government does not give clarity of contract extension of PT Freeport Indonesia. (*/Tina)

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ULMWP activists in Papua express gratitude to Oxford City Council

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Leaders of ULMWP provide their supports to Benny Wenda. – Jubi/Dok. ULMWP

Jayapura, Jubi – Simon B Daby, a member of the Central Board Committee of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), said that West Papuans appreciate the Oxford City Council for granting the Freedom of Oxford” award to the Chairman of ULMWP Benny Wenda. Further, he said this award proves that the international community paid attention towards the efforts of the ULMWP and Wenda in fighting for Papuan self-determination.

The Freedom of Oxford is the highest honour given by the City of Oxford to people who have a significant impact on society. Benny Wenda is an internationally recognized diplomat and leader for the West Papua free movement. Since being granted political asylum in England in 2002, Wenda has fought tirelessly for the self-determination of West Papuans from his campaign office in Oxford.

Moreover, Simon B Dabby stated that this award is highly essential for all the people of West Papua. “We, the people of West Papua, congratulate Benny Wenda who received this award for his efforts to voice the calls of West Papuans for their right of self-determination to the international community,” said Daby on Wednesday (17/4/2019).

Daby continued to say that Mr Wenda has consistently declared injustice and human rights violations in West Papua since 1961 and campaigned for the right of self-determination for West Papuan. “Through this momentum, the people in West Papua convey to all state members of the United Nation to support their right of self-determination,” said Daby.

He also said the demand of West Papuan for self-determination aligned with the Indonesian Constitution 1945 in which stated in the first paragraph of the Preamble, “whereas independence is the inalienable right of all nations.” It is also following the UN General Assembly Resolution No. 1541 (XV) of 1960. The resolution stated that if a region has a geographical location and cultural ethics that are separate and different from its ruling and administrative state, this region is entitled to claim its right of self-determination.

Meanwhile, a member of the Legislative Committee of ULMWP for Anim Ha region, Pangkrasia Yeem, expressed his gratitude to the Oxford City Council for this award. He said the Freedom of Oxford award for Benny Wenda is a special gift for the Papuan people.

Furthermore, he asks all West Papuans to be united in advocating the ULMWP’s efforts for West Papuan self-determination. “With our support to ULMWP, we (will) establish our state as an independent and sovereign nation,” said Yeem on Sunday (14/7/2019). (*)

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Indonesian Military Dismisses Papuan Rebel Leader’s Claim of Unified Army

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Papuans take part in a parade in Surabaya, Indonesia commemorating the independence day of Papua from Dutch colonial rule, Dec. 1, 2018. -AFP

Papua, Jubi – A unity pact struck reportedly by separatist rebel factions in Papua province is an attempt to win public support, the Indonesian military said Friday, while it was still searching for a helicopter that vanished in the region a week earlier with 12 servicemen on board.

The head of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) announced this week that three rebel groups resisting Jakarta’s forces in the far eastern province had agreed on May 1 to come together and unify militarily under the banner of the West Papua Army.

ULMWP’s claims, however, were “a ploy to gain public sympathy,” said Muhammad Aidi, a spokesman in Papua for the Indonesian armed forces (TNI).

They’ve been saying that for a long time,” he told BenarNews. “For us, whether they are united or divided is not an issue.”

He added a warning.

No sovereign country will tolerate separatism. Raising an army is a violation of the law. Not only will they have to face the TNI, but also the entire people of Indonesia,” Aidi said.

Maj. Gen. Sisriadi, TNI’s national spokesman, described the Papuan rebels as “criminals.”

The TNI will continue to assist the police in enforcing the laws in Papua, by looking for and arresting wanted armed criminals who have carried out criminal acts such as the destruction of property, the killing of civilians and other atrocities,” Sisriadi told BenarNews.

Several important people from the armed criminal groups in Papua have realized their mistakes and surrendered their weapons to the military and promised to work together with the people to develop Papua as an integral part of the Unitary State of Indonesia,” Sisriadi said, referring to rebels.

Search teams, meanwhile, have been out looking every day – weather permitting – but so far have uncovered no traces of the army helicopter that went missing during a flight in remote and densely forested Papua on June 28, Aidi said. Its jungle-clad terrain and limited road networks make air transport vital to the troubled region.

The Russian-made Mil Mi-17 lost contact with ground control a few minutes after lifting off from Oksibil, an administrative center in the mountainous Pegunungan Bintang regency, the military said.

Still nothing, we have not found any signs of it,” Aidi said, adding that there had been no radio contact with the crew and passengers since the helicopter disappeared.

There’s still a possibility that the helicopter made an emergency landing. We are still hopeful,” he said.

All 12 people on board were TNI personnel. There was one officer among them, a second lieutenant, according to Aidi.

The crew did not send out any distress signal and officials suspect that bad weather, which can develop rapidly, was a factor. The control tower reported the helicopter missing at an altitude of 7,800 feet (2,400 meters), five minutes after leaving Oksibil, according to the Associated Press.

It had stopped there to refuel while transporting troops and supplies to a border post near Indonesia’s frontier with Papua New Guinea, AP reported.

Unity is our strength’

Papua New Guinea is where the three rebel factions – the West Papua Revolutionary Army, the West Papuan National Army and the West Papua National Liberation Army – met in early May and agreed to join forces as a united army against Jakarta rule, according to Benny Wenda, the Britain-based leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

This is important because it is the first time all the military factions have come together in the history of our struggle,” Wenda told BenarNews. “Unity is our strength. For the first time ever, we are politically unified under the ULMWP, and militarily unified under the West Papua Army.”

This development shows the world that we are ready for independence, ready to form a government free from Indonesian colonialism,” he added.

However, a faction of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) led by Jeffrey Bomanak and its armed wing, the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), disputed Wenda’s claims about the unity pact.

The OPM-National Liberation Army is not part of ULMWP. OPM had existed even before there was ULMWP. We are soldiers, while UMWP is a civilian movement,” Bomanak told BenarNews on Friday.

Sebby Sambom, a spokesman for the West Papua National Liberation Army, said his faction was not involved in the congress in Papua New Guinea that led to the declaration of a unified West Papua Army. TPNPB commanders, such as Goliat Tabuni, Egianus Kogoya and Puron Wenda, did not attend that meeting, he said.

I heard that the extraordinary congress was held in Vanimo (PNG) in May. But we know nothing about it, so we reject all the outcome,” Sebby told BenarNews.

The Papuan armed separatist movement is often seen as being made up of fractious groups, whose fighters lack modern military equipment. Most of their weapons are traditional instruments such as spears, bows and arrows. The few firearms they possess usually are captured from government security forces.

Hipo Wangge, a researcher at the Marthinus Academy think-tank in Jakarta, cast doubts on Benny’s claim about the establishment of a unified rebel army.

The nature of the liberation [movement] has been fragmented since the 1960s,” Wangge said.

Increased military activity

Indonesian security forces have intensified operations in Papua after rebels killed 19 road construction workers and a soldier in Nduga regency in December last year.

Indigenous teenagers and boys who appear to be barely adolescent were involved in armed separatist groups in Papua, AP reported last month.

Wenda disputed the report and said the separatist movement was “committed to the full implementation of international law, unlike the illegal Indonesian occupation.”

Since December 2018, over 30 civilian children have been killed in brutal Indonesian bombing raids and ground operations,” Wenda alleged.

The military and police have denied that civilians were targeted in counter-insurgency operations. Human rights groups have accused Indonesian forces in Papua of committing serious abuses with near impunity.

In December, residents of Nduga were forced to flee to escape clashes between the insurgents and government security forces who were sent to capture those responsible in the killings of the workers who were building the Trans-Papua Highway.

The construction of bridges as part of the highway that stretches more than 4,300 km (2,687 miles) from Sorong, the largest city in West Papua province, to Merauke regency has since resumed following the deployment of more than 600 soldiers to secure the project. It is scheduled to be completed later this year.

Papua is one of the archipelago’s poorest regions despite its rich natural resources. It declared independence from Dutch colonial rule on Dec. 1, 1961, but that was rejected by the Netherlands and later by Indonesia.

In 1963, Indonesian forces invaded the region and annexed it, and six years later held a controversial referendum in which, according to rights groups, security forces selected slightly more than 1,000 people to agree to the region’s formal absorption into the archipelagic nation. (Benarnews.org)

 

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Rights group urges Indonesian police to release activists charged with treason

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A protester holds a flag of the banned South Maluku Republic separatist movement during a demonstration against then-Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in London, Oct. 31, 2012. AFP

Papua, Jubi – Police in Indonesia’s Maluku province said they have charged five suspected separatists with treason after security forces raided a house where pro-independence activists had gathered over the weekend.

Authorities confiscated secessionist flags of the banned Maluku Sovereignty Front – South Maluku Republic (FKM-RMS) from the house in Hulaliu village on Haruku island, about 2,400 km (1,490 miles) northeast of Jakarta.

Police have charged the suspects – identified as Izack Siahaya, 80, Teli Siahaya, 50, Johan Noya, 35, Markus Noya, 30, and Basten Noya, 30 – with treason, according to Julkisno Kaisupy, a police spokesman in Ambon, the main island in the Malukus.

They could face life in prison if found guilty.

“They are still being detained. The police are handling the case,” Julkisno told BenarNews.

Amnesty International Indonesia (AI) urged the national police to order officers in Maluku to release the activists.

“Installing a flag as a political expression is not a crime. Political activists who carry out their acts peacefully, including those who support independence, have the right to express their political views,” AI researcher Papang Hidayat said in a statement.

“The police must immediately and unconditionally release them and guarantee freedom of expression for the people of Maluku,” Papang said.

AI said the suspects in detention were not accompanied by a lawyer.

“The police in Maluku must guarantee that they are not tortured or mistreated. The police must also guarantee that they get access to lawyers – chosen by them,” Papang said.

Julkisno declined to comment on AI’s call for the suspects to be released, but said they were accompanied by a lawyer appointed by police.

A local activist said the flag was displayed inside the house.

“From the aspect of human rights and legal rights, there is no justification for police to arrest or punish the five people, even more so that the reason for the arrest was simply the display of an RMS flag inside the house,” Johanis L. Hahury, chairman of the Maluku Human Rights Advocacy Institute (LIAMMA), told BenarNews.

‘Prisoners of conscience’

A group of Maluku nationalists proclaimed the RMS on April 25, 1950, after a treaty between the Dutch and the Indonesian governments for a federation of Indonesian states was broken.

The RMS rebellion was defeated by Indonesian forces later that year, but a low-level armed insurgency continued until 1963. The RMS leadership went into exile in the Netherlands in 1966.

In 2007, police arrested 28 pro-independence activists who performed a cakalele war dance and unfurled a separatist flag in front of then-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a ceremony to mark National Family Day in Ambon.

The activists were sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in prison.

Human Rights Watch has alleged that some of the prisoners were subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

Last year, Indonesian authorities moved six of the prisoners from Nusakambangan, a penal island for hardened criminals off the coast of Java island, to a prison in Ambon, Maluku’s provincial capital.

They have refused a government offer of pardon, insisting that they are not guilty of any crime.

Amnesty said the government of current President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had released 60 “prisoners of conscience” in rebellious Papua province and Maluku since he took office in 2014.

“In recent years, Amnesty International has noted that the number of political activists in Papua and Maluku prosecuted on charges of treason has been decreasing,” AI said. (*)

 

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