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SKP HAM Papua to Regularly Conduct Discussion on Paniai Case

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Victims of  Paniai shootings case - Jubi

Victims of Paniai shootings case – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The Solidarity for Human Right Violation (SKP HAM) Papua and student groups held a discussion and film screening on the Paniai shootings, which killed four high school students and a civilian on 8 December 2014 at Aula GMKI Padang Bulan, Jayapura City, Friday (30/10/2015).

The Chairman of Independent Student Forum (FIM) Papua, Teko Kogoya, said this case is severe human right violation and the students keep continuing the peace rally and monitoring the case until it’s been settled.
“But up to now, the human right commissioners in the Ad Hoc are unable to work properly. They said the State has no budget for this case,” Kogoya among hundreds of students attended in the forum told to reporter.

Paneas Lokbere, the Chairman of SKP HAM Papua, said these activities would regularly be conducted to aware the Papuan young generation about the State’s violence by the security forces.
“We did it (discussion and film screening) to acknowledge the Papuan young generation that his country is continuing to kill Papuans and protect the perpetrators,” said Lokbere on last week.

Further he said the State is still misleading in tackling this issue, because he thought the government only focuses on the provision of the Special Autonomy. “The State remains silent about the shooting case occurred in Paniai on 8 December 2008 as the case of severe human right violation in Papua,” he said.

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The chairman of the Association of Indonesian Catholic Student (PMKRI), St. Efrem of Jayapura Municipality, Simon Petrus Bame similarly said the young generation must work hand-to-hand to resolve a number of sever human right violation cases that increasingly happened in this region.
“We see there are two types of human right violation, namely physical and non-physical violation. Film screening is a doctrine to young generation and a revolution is created through collective movement. Besides talking about the cases of human right violation, we must talk about and safe the rights of land tenureship, forest and Papuans to safe our offspring for today and the future,” said Bame.

Meanwhile the chairman of the Christian Student Movement of Indonesia (GMKI) in Jayapura City, Sebi Seblon Ibiah, admitted he would not stop voicing those cases, in particular the Paniai case. He further would fight through his thought, action and doing a change on this land.
“We invite the churches, NGOs, youths, students and people to speak out the humanity values on the land of Papua. What have done by SKP HAM Papua to organize a discussion forum and film screening in each student dormitory and seminary was a mass-based consolidation to fight for justice and truth on our land, Papua,” he said. (Abeth You/rom)

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NGOs questions KPA on billions of funds channelling for people living with HIV

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HIV/AIDS Care volunteers who were recruited by KPA Papua province a few months ago to help KPA in counselling. – Jubi / Agus Pabika

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.

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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. (*)

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GempaR-Papua asks Indonesia to stop exploiting Papua Resources

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GempaR-Papua in a protest conducted in front of the University of Cenderawasih’s gate, Perumnas 3 Waena some times ago. – Jubi / Agus Pabika

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. (*)

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PNG governor wants West Papua referendum

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Powes Parkop, the governor of Papua New Guinea’s National Capital District. Photo: RNZ /Johnny Blades

Papua, Jubi – The governor of Papua New Guinea’s capital district wants Indonesia to allow West Papua to undertake an independence referendum.

In a statement, Powes Parkop also backed a call from Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers to raise the issue of human rights abuses in Papua at next week’s Forum leaders summit.

Mr Parkop said the crisis in Papua had escalated due to Pacific nations letting fear of Indonesia dictate their approach to it.

He said the Melanesian Spearhead Group should also accept an application for full membership by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

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“Indonesia must realize that when it choose to restore the rights and dignity of the West Papuan people it will unleash great joy.”

Mr Parkop said he had delivered the same message on West Papua to PNG Prime Minister James Marape and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovare.

According to him, he planned to also deliver it to the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the US, adding that he had requested a meeting with Indonesia’s government.

Jakarta says Papua’s incorporation into the Indonesian is final and non-negotiable.

Papuan Liberation Movement welcomes foreign ministers’ call

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua has welcomed a resolution by Pacific foreign ministers to push for a UN Human Rights office visit to Papua.

In January, the UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said Indonesia’s government agreed in principle for a team from her office to visit Papua.

However, Pacific Forum members are concerned that the invitation is not being honoured. Forum foreign ministers have called for the timing of the visit by to be finalised by both parties.

They also seek for a resulting report on the Papua situation to be presented before the next Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in 2020.

The Liberation Movement’s chairman, Benny Wenda, urged Pacific Forum leaders to endorse this call when they meet for their annual summit in Tuvalu next week.

Mr Wenda said such a stand reflected the values at the heart of the Blue Pacific campaign to develop a region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion and prosperity where all Pacific people can lead free healthy and productive lives.

Accordnig to him, Pacific civil society networks continue to provide support to Forum Leaders and Government regarding the human rights issues of West Papua. (*)

 

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