Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan freedom advocate Filep Karma said what indigenous Papuans need from the Government of Indonesia are not about clothes, food or houses, but more related to emotional well-being.
It is more about security, safety and peace, Karma told Jubi, to comment about the implementation of Special Autonomy in Papua. He mentioned it while a break during the seminar on the investigation of the conflict in Nduga held by the Papua People’s Assembly (MRP) in a hotel in Jayapura City, Monday (9/12/2019).
According to this former political prisoner, when People’s Vote (Pepera) held in 1969, the Indonesian Government promised prosperity to indigenous Papuans if they wanted to join with Indonesia. However, until now, the Indonesian Government is considered being failed to embody its promise. Both Special Autonomy Law and Fund which annually delivered to Papua since 2001 are also not able to prosper the indigenous.
“I think Papuans have not measured the well-being of food, clothes or any materials. Instead, they want to happy and live peacefully, that the state can guarantee that they would not be kidnapped or arrested or executed. That’s the well-being that we want,” said Karma.
Moreover, he also supports the plan of MRP and MRPB (People’s Assembly of West Papua Province) to evaluate the Special Autonomy through a public hearing with indigenous Papuans in 2020.
” Autonomy is a political confectionary. It sorts of a statement from the central government for Papuans to not ask for independence. Instead, we gave you this Special Autonomy. That’s it,” he said.
But, he further said, if the evaluation found that the Special Autonomy failed to prosper the indigenous Papuans, the last alternative for Papuans is independence,” he said.
“Because this (the Special Autonomy) was the highest offer from Indonesia to Papuans, therefore the Indonesian Government can no longer deny their failure by offering other development plans. Special Autonomy is the last and final offer from the Government of Indonesia,” he said.
In the meantime, Timotius Murib, the Chairman of Papua People’s Assembly, in responding to the questions of participants said those who have rights to evaluate the Special Autonomy are indigenous Papuans because they are beneficiaries of the Special Autonomy Fund. Therefore, Indigenous Papuans must determine whether the Special Autonomy should continue or not.
“In 2020, MRP and MRPB will collaborate to organise public meeting (on the Special Autonomy). People will determine what they want. No matter what, bitter or sweet, MRP will recommend people’s desire to the state and the world,” said Murib.
According to him, in this sense, MRP has had an MoU with the United Nations. The United Nations will come to observe the implementation of the evaluation. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier
HIV/AIDS transmission in Jayapura Regency claimed to decline
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.
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.” (*)
Reporter: Yance Wenda
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Lawyers question commitment over Papuan political prisoners’ right
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.
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. (*)
Reporter: Titus Ruban
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Autonomy budget cut off, Jayawijaya Government reduce supplementary feeding budget
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.
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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