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Increased Human Rights Violations in Papua in 2016

January 11, 2017

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Increased Human Rights Violations in Papua in 2016

Demo performed by SORAK Bandung to support the right of the right of self-determination for the people of Papua in Singapore a few months ago. (Doc Suara Papua)
Arnold Belau

Januari 11, 2017

JAYAPURA,– Institute of advocacy of human rights in Papua, Research, Study and Development of Legal Aid (LP3BH) Manokwari noted, human rights violations continue to increase significantly in Papua in the context pengekakangan and deprivation of the right to freedom of opinion (right to freedom of speech), the right to freedom of expression (right to freedom of expresion) as well as the right to freedom of association and assembly (right to freedom of assembly).
LP3BH explained the facts pointed to was the use of a security approach that emphasizes the element of violence in dealing with any peaceful protest of the people of Papua are always expressed opinions and political views of different political histories of the integration of Papua, as well as demands for the opportunity to obtain the right to self-determination (right to self determination).
LP3BH noted that in the early period of his administration, President Joko Widodo indeed initiate positive steps with intent and also promise to solve the problem of human rights violations were severe (gross violation of human rights) in the Land of Papua. The aim is obviously to restore the confidence of the people of Papua to the Indonesian government. This is actually in line with the letter f preamble of the Special Autonomy Law No. 21 ear 2001 for Papua Province, as amended by Act No. 35/2008.
Indeed there is a policy to allow access by foreign journalists to enter the Land of Papua, but unfortunately because of the policy shaped the statement did not even followed up with specific regulations.
"So until now the effects are no foreign journalists could freely and impartially sign and publish the real situation in Papua on the international scene in a transparent and accountable. Likewise, the granting amnesty to political prisoners (prisoners) as well as political prisoners (detainees) had no impact on no reoccurrence of this Cenderawasih earth, "he explained in a press release received not long ago.
"Our records until the end of 2016, had almost 8,000 Papuans were constantly arrested, abused and detained and prosecuted, for expressing different political views peacefully. They were fi sejimlah big city in Papua like in Jayapura, Wamena, Merauke, Timika, Nabire, Serui, Biak, Manokwari, Sorong and Fakfak as well as some major cities outside Papua, such as Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Denpasar, Makassar and Manado, "said LP3BH.
It is said, these facts point to the critical situation of human rights in the context of respect for and protection of the right to freedom of opinion, freedom of expression and the right to freedom of association and assembly are very deprived by the Government of Indonesia in Papua throughout the last 10 years.
"It was done by using a mute violence and democracy through the implementation of Makar Articles 106 and 110 of the Criminal Code and Article 160 of the Criminal Code concerning incitement and disturbing public order," he said.
Explained, LP3BH also noted that never appear to have a fair legal action, firmly and impartially by the TNI and police officers who are found involved in acts of violence dimension of human rights violations against civilians in Papua until the end of this year.
"So the more foster continued impunity hard difuga state apparatus violent dimension of human rights violations without ever prosecuted in Papua," tulisanya.
Meanwhile, the slightest unseen their Indonesian government’s seriousness in giving political support full and unequivocal efforts disclosure and settlement of cases of human rights violations weight in Papua such as Wasior (2001), Wamena (2003), Paniai (2014).
Political support from the Government, especially the President Jokowi very relevant and urgent for the sake of legal settlement of the three cases the appropriate mechanisms stipulated in the constitution of the Republic of Indonesia Number 26 Year 2000 on Human Rights Court.
Affirmed, that the president should issue strict legal decision to stop the pattern of the security approach has proven to be a classic, outdated, not pro-democracy and human rights potentially violated throughout more than 50 years in the Land of Papua.
"Likewise labeling separatist movement for the peaceful people of Papua are always driven Papuan youth today should be replaced with a pattern peaceful approach is more soft and promote dialogue as a medium that rewards on the values of equality by always respecting each disagreements democratically and uphold the values and principles of human rights itself, "he said.
For it is written, LP3BH urged the Indonesian government under President Jokowi unyuk immediate demilitarization in Papua and eliminate models approach to security (security approach) in addressing the local political situation with a peaceful approach and dialogue.

Mentioned, settlement of cases of human rights violations such as the weight of Wasior, Wamena, Paniai and also Sanggeng-Manokwari should be the main agenda for the government of Indonesia in the year 2017 work according to the rules and regulations that apply. "LP3BH and civil society / indigenous Papua is preparing legal steps to bring these four cases to international lines, where the Indonesian government can not show the commitment and political support are really in resolving these cases," he said.

Announcers: Arnold Belau


2) TNI-ADF military cooperation yet to resume: Army spokesperson

Rabu, 11 Januari 2017 20:25 WIB | 429 Views

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The cooperation between the Indonesia military (TNI) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has yet to resume, army spokesperson Brigadier General Sabrar Fadhilah stated, Wednesday.

"We are still awaiting the final decision of our leader," Fadhilah said.

In his statement, he pointed out that the Indonesian language teaching program for the Australian army had been suspended due to an insult to Indonesias state ideology of Pancasila.

The insult – allegedly committed by some members of the Australian army – was witnessed by the Indonesian Special Forces group Kopassus, which had been trained together with the Australian Special Air Service at the units Campbell Barracks in Perth, last November.

Nevertheless, Fadhilah underlined that the Indonesian army had been dispatched to Australia on behalf of the state, as part of a government-to-government partnership.

"Hence, the final decision (whether to continue military cooperation) will be taken by the armys commander and top officials," Fadhilah affirmed.

Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne has apologised to the Indonesian government and conveyed her regret over the behavior of the ADF members.

This incident prompted TNI commander General Gatot Nurmantyo to suspend military cooperation with the ADF around mid-December 2016.

Following the suspension, the joint military exercise and the exchange of military officers between the two countries have been put on hold. (*)


3) Indonesia seeks more influence overseas: Minister

Tama Salim The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Wed, January 11, 2017 | 07:01 am

Indonesia will forge ahead in the new year with a comprehensive foreign diplomacy agenda as it looks to elevate its presence on the international stage.

Eschewing the ceremonial format of past annual statements, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi announced 14 foreign policy priorities for Indonesia to pursue in 2017, focusing mainly on consolidating the country’s geostrategic importance.

Engagement in its immediate regional vicinity will remain a big priority as Jakarta looks to strengthen its contributions to ASEAN ahead of the bloc’s 50th anniversary celebrations this year.

To this end, Indonesia will continue building up ASEAN centrality and unity, implement the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and back the constructive role of forums like the East Asian Summit as an ASEAN-led mechanism for maintaining regional peace and stability, Retno said.

“Indonesia will ensure peace and stability in the region — and, once more, negotiations on the COC [Code of Conduct in the South China Sea] will be very important,” Retno said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

In addressing the simmering debate over the South China Sea, where China and a number of ASEAN member states have competing claims, Retno said Indonesia looked to set a good example for its neighbors by expediting the settlement of a number of unresolved border disputes with Timor Leste and Malaysia this year. “Good fences make good neighbors,” she said.

Indonesia will also focus on its engagements as chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) — “a regional architecture that is badly needed”, the minister said — ahead of the IORA’s first summit ever, a landmark meeting in Jakarta that will commemorate the organization’s 20th anniversary in March.

Additionally, Indonesia will continue its Look East policy, paying particular attention to engagements in the South Pacific, whether through the Melanesian Spearhead Group, the Pacific Island Forum, or the Pacific Island Development Forum.

In its endeavors to contribute to world peace, Indonesia will continue to seek support for its bid to be a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2019 and 2020 period and work toward the deployment of 4,000 Indonesian peacekeepers by 2019.

Retno also touched on Indonesia’s continuing support for the Palestinian agenda, which includes supporting the implementation of UN Resolution 2334 on illegal Israeli settlements and rallying support for or exerting international pressure toward achieving a two-state solution.

In the economic sector, a point of interest for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the government will “intensify development, trade and investments in potential countries”, particularly in non-traditional markets like Africa and Latin America, with the minister hinting that Indonesian trade delegations would be sent on a “tour” of the two regions this year.

International relations expert Beginda Pakpahan, who was present at Tuesday’s event, heaped praise on the minister’s ability to discern the growing uncertainty in geopolitics, and adapt the country’s foreign policy priorities to address the most pressing issues.

The University of Indonesia scholar said however that the ministry would have to prove itself in the coming weeks, especially in responding to the incoming US government.

“With the situation developing so fast, I hope that the ministry is able to keep up. They have to be flexible, adapt quickly and respond accordingly,” Beginda told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.


4) TNI chief denies spat with Jokowi
Marguerite Afra Sapiie The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Wed, January 11, 2017 | 06:39 pm

Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo has denied reports claiming that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reprimanded the top military official for unilaterally suspending military cooperation with Australia.

Speaking after a Christmas celebration event at the headquarters of the TNI complex on Wednesday, Gatot said the rumor of a spat between him and Jokowi over relations between the TNI and its counterpart the Australian Defense Force (ADF) was a hoax.

"As I’ve said before, everything I’ve done [is acknowledged] by the President as he is my commander. Such warnings are not true," Gatot told reporters.

(Read also: TNI temporarily halts cooperation with ADF over insult)

Citing two government sources, Reuters recently reported that Jokowi “reproached” Gatot during a plenary Cabinet meeting at Bogor Palace last week, amid concerns the military chief was “out of control after he unilaterally suspended defense cooperation” with Australia.

Last month, the TNI moved to halt a language exchange program with the ADF following the discovery of teaching material deemed offensive by an Indonesian officer at an Australian military academy in November.

The material allegedly mocked Indonesia’s state ideology, Pancasila. Some teaching materials used in the academy allegedly discredited the TNI and tweaked Pancasila, which means five principles, to become “Pancagila”, or “five crazy principles”. (jun)

Indonesian Navy signs procurement contract worth Rp 2.22t
Nani Afrida The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Wed, January 11, 2017 | 05:57 pm

The Indonesian Navy has signed procurement deals on goods and services worth Rp 2.22 trillion (US$170 million) with contractors, expecting to create efficiency, transparency and acceleration in the 2017 work plan.

The deals include contracts for weapons procurement (Rp 1.6 trillion), facilities and infrastructure (Rp 409 billion), personnel equipment (Rp 118 billion), education facilities (Rp 48 billion) and research and development (Rp 12 billion).

The contract signing ceremony took place simultaneously in eight areas, including the Navy headquarters in Cilangkap, in the Western Fleet Command (Koormabar), the Eastern Fleet Command (Koarmatim), and several naval bases in Padang, West Sumatra, Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands, Merauke in Papua, Pontianak, West Kalimantan, and Tarakan of North Kalimantan.

“We expect the contract signings to speed up the Navy’s budget absorption in 2017,”Navy chief of staff Admiral Ade Supandi said in Jakarta on Wednesday (11/1).

(Read also: One-star Navy admiral named bribery suspect)

According to Ade, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has pledged the acceleration of work plans in ministries and institutions to improve performance and boost results. (jun)


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