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Pacific NGOS Have Political and Bad Motives : Indonesian Delegation



The meeting of CSOs representatif and Troika Forum - Jubi/Victor Mambor

The meeting of CSOs representatif and Troika Forum – Jubi/Victor Mambor

Jayapura, Jubi – Indonesia strongly rejects outside intervention in the country’s internal affairs and accusations of human rights violations in Papua leveled by activists and rights groups from the Pacific were politically motivated, the government  said.

The Indonesian government on Wednesday (14/9/2016) reaffirmed its strategic position in the Pacific after the recent Pacific Islands Forum Summit.
The Indonesian delegation at the summit said the Pacific region is important for Indonesia and reaffirmed that geographically and culturally Indonesia is the part of the Pacific and 11 million of 240 million of its population have the Melanesian cultural background.
In response the PIF Communiqué related to human rights violations in West Papua, the Indonesian delegation said it respects the decision taken by PIC to state the Papuan is a sensitive issue for Indonesia and not put the suggestion to send a fact finding mission to Papua in the result of the communiqué this year.
The Indonesian Delegation considered the accusation on the human rights violation in Papua from several individuals and foreign NGOs was based on the awful intention and political reason. It also affirmed that Indonesia has a credible national mechanism related to the progress and protection on the human rights.
The Indonesian Government was stated to have commitment to work together constructively with the PIF country members, and Indonesia also could become a bridge between Pacific and Asia and Indian Ocean.
On the other hand, the researcher from Abdurrahman Wahid Center (AWC) Dr. Budi Hernawan some time ago regretted the action taken by the Indonesian Government, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who stated refusing to be dictated by the outsider but does not have any clear policy of bargaining.
“I think the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is likely to enjoy to use the old way by buying the voice of PNG and Fiji. The Rejection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the offer of ‘fact finding team’ and dialogue by MSG, on the other hand want to show that Indonesia is refusing to be dictated to. This is the policy line of the Jokowi’s government,” said Budi who has been involved in the research and advocacy on human right issues in Papua for years.
However, he also stressed that the action taken by the ministry of foreign affairs was only to strengthen the mobilization in the Pacific. “Is it aware of consequences or not? They are also against the offer from the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) related to Special Envoy Papua, so it is not clear what they want to,” he said.
At the end, continued Budi, what happened is not a new offer for Papua but just another reactive activities. As known earlier, as long as June 2016, many civilian groups, human rights activists, human rights attorney including the Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council are pessimistic to finally rejected the investigation human rights team formed by the Indonesian Government through the Coordinating Minister of Politic, Legal, Security Affairs in last May.
“It’s the government’s team. I don’t believe it. People recruited in the team made us feel pessimistic. Moreover some cases of human rights violation in Papua are targeted to be settled within this year,” said the Secretary of Commission I Mathea Mamoyo in last June.
The team has also been rejected by the ULMWP working team at the time it was established. “This team is only a part of Jakarta scamming to avoid the questions from the international community about the implementation of the Universal Periodic Review by UN Human Rights Council, as well as to switch the opinion and to avoid the questions from the countries joined in the Pacific Islands Forum,” according to Sam Awom who represented ULMWP in Indonesia.

While the team under the Coordinating Minister of Politic, Legal and Security Affairs is suspected against the law. “I considered the Integrated Team under the Coordinating Minister of Politic, Legal and Security Affairs is against the Law No. 39 Year 1999 on human rights and the Law No. 26 Year 2000 on the human rights court. The establishment is clearly ignoring the task and duty of the National Human Rights Commission that has regulated in the Law No 39 Year 1999 on human rights and the Law No 26 Year 2000 on the human rights court,” said Yan Christian Warinussi, Papuan human rights attorney at the Papua Lawyers Club in last June. (*/rom)

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Individuals might take advantage of current situation in Papua for own interests to meet President Widodo



Papua parliament member from the Democratic fraction, Emus Gwijangge. – Jubi/Arjuna

Jayapura, Jubi – Emus Gwijangge, Papua parliament member from the Democratic fraction, appeals to any individuals or groups to not exploit the current situation in Papua for their personal or group interests.

He said this to pointing some recent group meetings with President Joko Widodo in Jakarta. The first group, he mentioned, met the president and then proposed some requests, while another group claimed Papuan youth representatives met some state officials. And the most recently some officials of the Indonesian community group in Papua met President Widodo and asked the president to divide the region of Papua into seven indigenous territories in both Papua and Papua Barat provinces.

“Everyone has a right to meet the president. But please do not act on behalf of indigenous Papuans while requesting something to the president,” Gwijangge told Jubi on Wednesday (16/10/2019).

According to him, indigenous Papuans never ask for a title, new regional split or anything else. What they want is the central government sit together with them in a forum facilitated by the third parties addressing some issues that occurred in Papua.


“What indigenous peoples want is a historical correction as well as the settlement of many cases of human rights violations in Papua. Therefore, the Melanesian race no needs to continue our contention against the central government. We shouldn’t go to Jakarta for asking so many random requests,” he said.

Moreover, he hopes President Widodo and other state officials should carefully accept the proposed meeting by any groups from Papua who claimed to represent indigenous peoples.

He said if the president and state officials want to meet indigenous Papuans, they must invite the indigenous representatives. Also, the provincial government officials, local parliament and Papua’s People Assembly members and religious leaders are there to consider.

“The sort of this representation would guarantee that the aspirations delivered to the president are coming from the indigenous Papuans. It would contribute to the future of our grandchildren for they would not be engaged in the same problems and continuously become victims,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Taufan Damanik, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, said Komnas HAM has repeatedly advised President Jokowi to come to Papua for a dialogue. The president is suggested meeting people and any relevant stakeholders to solve problems in Papua.

However, he said, the president has contrary invited other groups, who claimed themselves as Papuan leaders, to Jakarta.

“Inviting a group of people from Papua to Jakarta is not what we meant, but the president himself needs to come to Papua,” said Ahmad Taufan. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Discrimination handling refugees hurts Papuans



Papuan students studying in Java Island in a protest demanding justice for committed violence by the Indonesian military against civilians in Ndugama, Papua – Jubi/AMP Documentation

Jayapura, Jubi – The way government handling the humanitarian conflict in Papua has become a spotlight. Many people think the government are being discriminative in handling Nduga refugees compared to refugees from Wamena.

A native Ndugama Resina Lokbere said that she is discouraged seeing how the government differently treated refugees from both areas. “I see a huge difference approach here. Although the government always declare our national motto ‘unity in diversity’, but I have not seen this applied in Papua. A conflict in Nduga has occurred since 1 December 2018. Since then, Nduga residents must leave their villages and flee to other regions and the jungle to avoid a military operation,” she said.

Moreover, she said if the government are a concern in settling the humanitarian conflict in Papua, they should treat people fairly. The government should treat people equally, regardless of indigenous Papuans or non-Papuans.

“Thousands of youth and children drop out of school, and now they are living under poor health condition. There is economic loses as well. Who knows whether they will be survived or dead after a few months of suffering without enough food and water? I don’t know. Only God is the witness of their suffering,” said Resina whose relatives refuge from Nduga.


In her view, the way the government handling the issue of refugees can create a barrier in society. She thinks the government has indirectly built a wall between one community to others.

“The government should not perceive conflicts in Nduga and Wamena merely from a political view but also a humanitarian aspect. They are all your people. They need you. They need your action, not your promises on the public stage,” she said.

Meanwhile, a local parliament member Laurenzus Kadepa also think the government has shown different response in handling refugees due to conflicts occurred in Nduga and Wamena.

According to him, he observed that the victims of conflict in Wamena were promptly evacuated or accommodated with adequate facilities. They had enough food and other basic needs during the evacuation. It was opposite to what had happened to Nduga residents. They had to walk for days from their villages to Wamena and other regions.

“While there was a lack of access to food aid distribution for Nduga residents, it didn’t happen for Wamena refugees. They had planes to transport them, shelter and enough food,” he said.

Seeing what has been happening lately in Papua, the relevant stakeholders in Papua and the central government should immediately think a solution to end this current complicated situation. (*)

Reporter: Agus Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Five bodies discovered in Mbua, allegedly shot by military culprits



Excavation of five bodies discovered in Gua Batu, Mbua. – JapHAM Documentation

Jayapura, Jubi – Residents and activists from Pegunungan Tengah Human Rights Defender Networks (JapHAM) discovered five bodies on Thursday (10/20/2019) in Iniye Village, Mbua Sub-district, Nduga Regency. The bodies are suspected of the shooting victims of military culprits and covered by grass and leaves before being buried in one hole.

Nduga youth leader Samuel Tabuni, who is also a relative of the victims, said the victims left Wamena on 20 September for picking food supplies by car. They went together with a group of young men. Some group members then separated for taking food to their villages. Meanwhile, the victims took their supplies to Gua Batu, Gunung Kanbobo because they lived far away and decided to stay in Iniye Village.

“The next day on 21 September, the five victims went to take the food they stored at Gua Batu. Another group followed them later, but while they were walking, they heard gunfire. They were scared and decided not to continue to their walk to Gua Batu. They walked back to Ineye and called me,” Samuel Tabuni told on Thursday (10/10/2019).

However, after the call, he wasn’t sure about what had happened in Ineye. So he asked the police for further investigation. But the police said there was no report of the shooting incident in Mbua.


“The victims are my relatives, so I must continue to find the truth. After twenty days, it finally reveals that allegedly military culprits have shotted these five people,” said Samuel Tabuni.

He said a resident who called him witnessed military personnel at around Gua Batu.

The five bodies later identified as Mrs Yuliana Dorggi (35), Mrs Jelince Bugi (25), Mrs Macen Kusumbrue (26), Tolop Bugi (13) and Hardius Bugi (15).

“Local people and JapHAM Pegunung Tengah led by Theo Hesegem discovered their bodies,” said Samuel Tabuni.

Meanwhile, Kodam (regional military command) XVII/Cenderawasih admitted to Jubi that they have not yet received any information regarding the shooting incident in Iniye Village.

“We have not received an official report from the local unit,” said Colonel Eko Daryanto, Kodam spokesperson, to Jubi via WhatsApp.

Since a military conflict occurred in Nduga in the early of December last year, 189 residents are reportedly dead because of starvation in a refugee camp or shot by the military and police. Following the incident, thousands of Nduga residents have fled, and 39 churches have vacated.

Currently, according to Samuel Tabuni, Nduga residents demand the government to withdraw the joint military and police troops from Nduga. Furthermore, Nduga urgently needs humanitarian aid to supply food, medicine and support from the international humanitarian organisation to conduct an independent investigation on human rights violations in Nduga.

Meanwhile, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe hope Nduga refugees are not treated differently with refugees from another conflict in Wamena.

“Nduga residents are also the Indonesian citizens who should be treated equally as other residents,” said Governor Enembe.

Further, he said the case of Nduga refugee is an extraordinary case related to a humanitarian issue.

Therefore, he said he already communicated with the regents of Jayawijaya and Lanny Jaya because most of Nduga refugees are currently staying in these two regencies. He asked the regents from both regencies to treat Nduga refugees well because they are also Papuan citizens who need the attention of the government. (*)


Reporter: Victor Mambor

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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