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December 4, 2017

March for West Papuan Independence
On Friday (01/12), dozens of demonstrators gathered in Central Jakarta to demand West Papuan independence from Indonesia. Marchers brought posters and sang traditional West Papuan songs in defiance what the demonstrators see as a foreign occupation of the territory. (JG Photo / Yudha Baskoro)
By : JG | on 11:42 AM December 04, 2017 Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Jakarta. On Friday (01/12), dozens of demonstrators gathered in Central Jakarta to demand West Papuan independence from Indonesia. Marchers brought posters and sang traditional West Papuan songs in defiance what the demonstrators see as a foreign occupation of the territory.

"We’re not Indonesian, we’re the Morning Star, the Morning Star, you’ve just said red and white," demonstrators chanted, referring to West Papua’s historical flag.

Marchers, members of the Papuan Student Alliance and the People’s Front of Indonesia for West Papua, also demanded that the Indonesian government force US-based mining giant Freeport McMoran to shut down operations in the province.

The demonstration came on the eve of West Papua’s first declaration of independence on Dec. 1, 1961.

"The relationship between Papua and Indonesia is like an illegal marriage," said one activist.

"We are different from Indonesia, it’s been a long time. You are white, we are black, your hair is straight, we are curly, we are brothers or you just want our own natural wealth," an orator shouted in front of a police officer.

"After Dec. 1, 1961, [former president] Soekarno declared the Trikora 19 days later in Yogyakarta to seize West Papua and dissolve the country," said Surya Anta, spokesman for the People’s Front of Indonesia for West Papua.

In fact, Trikora was the name given to the Indonesian military operation to invade and annex the Dutch territory of New Guinea, which lasted nine months.

Demonstrators planned to march to Freeport’s offices in Kuningan, South Jakarta, but were stopped by police in front of the Megaria cinema in the center of the city.


International academics call for withdrawal of TNI from West Papua

November 23, 2017

International academics call for withdrawal of TNI from West Papua

CNN Indonesia – November 20, 2017

Rinaldy Sofwan, Jakarta — Philosopher and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Noam Chomsky and a group of international academics are calling on the Indonesian government to withdraw all troops from West Papua following allegations of human rights violations against civilians by security forces in the province.

"We call on the Indonesian government and our respective countries to take urgent and effective action to ensure that the Indonesian military is immediately withdrawn from West Papua and that Indonesia demilitarise the region as an initial step towards resolving the conflict peacefully", said the academics in an open letter posted on their website and accessed by CNN Indonesia on Monday November 20.

The group, which calls itself the International Academics for West Papua (IAWP), said that since 1969 the Indonesian military routinely fires on peaceful demonstrations, torches villages and tortures civil society activists and local people.

Although they are prohibited from entering the province, independent observers such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Human Rights Campaign (Tapol) have documented serious and endemic human rights violations by Indonesia throughout Papua, said the group which was formed in 2016.

"Indonesian Special Forces and counter-terrorist units such as Kopassus and Densus 88 — which are trained by Western countries — are implicated in beatings, extrajudicial executions and mass killings in the region."

"The huge military presence combined with racism and structural economic discrimination against the local Papuan population will only have the consequence of conflict and abuse".

The IAWP also demanded that "military and police training along with the export of weapons to Indonesia be halted until the human rights violation in West Papua are stopped", including training and funding for Densus 88 by Australia, the United State, Britain, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand at the Jakarta Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC).

In addition to calling for the withdrawal of military forces and end to cooperation, Chomsky and his colleagues are also calling on Indonesia to release all political prisoners and allow non-government organisations (NGOs) and the international media into Papua.

The IAWP are also demanding that the international community take a firm stand on the alleged human rights violations in Papua and call on the Indonesian government to respect the Universal Human Rights Declaration and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights which has already been ratified by Indonesia.

Finally, they are calling on Indonesia and the international community to acknowledge the historical injustice of the 1969 "Act of Free Choice" in which the Papuan people were not given the right to choose their own future and were forced to become part of Indonesia.

The open letter can be found at the IAWP website [] and can be signed by the public.

In addition to Chomsky, a number of other academics have signed the letter including Sydney University lecturer Michael Webb, Western Sydney University researcher Camellia Webb-Gannon, Deakin University Professor Helen Gardner, Grant McCall from the University of Sydney and 14 other academics. (aal)

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the article was "Akademisi Internasional Minta TNI Ditarik dari Papua".]


West Papuans call for closure of Freeport gold mine

November 23, 2017

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Thousands of West Papuans have demonstrated in Jayapura, calling for the closure of the massive Freeport gold mine in Mimika regency
They’re also demanding Indonesian security forces withdraw from the area around the mine where a standoff continues with the West Papua National Liberation Army, or TPN.

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An estimated two thousand Papuans took to the streets of Papua’s provincial capital to demand the closure of a mine they see as a symbol of oppression.
Freeport is Indonesia’s single largest source of revenue but Papuans say they see no benefit from it.
Recently, Jakarta has been negotiating for Freeport’s US parent company to divest from the mine, but West Papuans say they are not consulted over the matter.
Now, tensions in the region around the mine have been escalating amid intensified movements of security forces. Reports from Mimika indicate the Indonesian military launched rockets into the TPN stronghold earlier this week, killing two of their members.
Police and military blame the TPN for shootings on the road to the mine last month which left two policeman dead and others injured. Reports not yet confirmed by police say a Papuan was also shot dead in the past month on the road.

Freeport security personnel looking on at the Freeport McMoRan’s Grasberg mining complex, one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines, located in Indonesia’s remote eastern Papua province. Photo: AFP PHOTO / OLIVIA RONDONUWU

The road between Timika city and the Freeport mine, which is about 125 kilometres long, is guarded by an estimated three thousand Indonesian security forces.
According to Indonesian human rights researcher Andreas Harsono, 50 people – including Freeport workers, civillians, police and military officers – have been killed and over five hundred injured in shootings along the road in the past fifteen years.
With the recent spate of unrest along the road have come signs of an Indonesian military sweep operation of the kind that have caused many Papuan villagers to flee into the bush in the past.
Earlier this week Indonesian police said they were evacuating residents from several villages in the Tembagapura area. But villagers said they were terrified by the presence of these forces, and that the military were obstructing their ability to access food.
It contrasts with claims by Indonesian police earlier this month that the TPN was holding people in Kimberley and Banti villages hostage.

Demonstrators in Timika seek answers from Indonesian security forces over the disappearance of local Papuan Martinus Beanal. Photo: Supplied

A demonstration was held in Timika yesterday by a group of local civillians protesting against what they described as "hoax reports" in Indonesian media regarding the hostage claims.
The demonstrators also sought answers about the reasons for the recent disappearance of a local Papuan, Martinus Beanal, whose family has now been told by police that their son is buried. The family said they had not seen his body since and were given no reasons for his reported death.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Justice and Peace Secretariat in Mimika’s capital Timika, Saul Paulo Wanimbo, said the TPN had relayed a message to local villagers that they were not targetting them.
The TPN said its conflict was strictly with the Indonesian military and police, and that one of their main goals was to close the Freeport mine.


By PM Press
November 23, 2017

PM Hou and Secretary General of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Octovanius Mote

THE Prime Minister Hon. Rick Hounipwela MP has stated that he will continue to support the plight of the West Papuans.

He was responding to a call by the Secretary General of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Octovanius Mote during a courtesy visit made to the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.
In his briefing with the Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Mote congratulates Hon. Hounipwela for his new role as the Prime Minister and for settling recent political difference and for maintaining stability in the country.
Mr. Mote then stated that his people are grateful for the support that the Solomon Islands have rendered towards West Papuans.
He further reiterates, “We really hope that your government will continue to support us because it is already a very historical momentum already built by Solomon Islands Governments on the West Papua issue.”
Mote also expresses that without the support from countries like Solomon Islands it is predicted that by year 2020 according to academic reports, there will be as less than 23 percent West Papuans left in their land due to the increase of migration by Indonesians into West Papua.
The ULMWP Secretary General further mentioned an update about a recent meeting held between Pope and Pacific Islands Leaders in which the the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Hon. Charlot Salwai representing the Melanesia and the Vatican’s Secretary of State on lobbying towards next year’s UN General Assembly in September.
Mr. Mote stated that one of the outcomes of the meeting was that the Vatican has made a suggestion to the Vanuatu Prime Minister was for Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to open diplomatic relations with the Vatican and adding that Solomon Islands might give mandate to its Ambassador in Brussels to extend also to including the Vatican.
He said that by doing so, the Prime Minister of both countries can communicate directly to the Holy See to ask the Holy See to support to pull numbers towards the next year’s UN resolution.
In his response, the Prime Minister Hon. Hounipwela thanked the ULMWP Secretary General for taking the time to visit his office and further stated his support for the plight of the West Papuans;
“In terms of the matters that you raised,” the Prime Minister says, “Solomon Islands has been a astound supporter of the cause of West Papua.”
“I believe we have had a number of opportunities to press on with what can be done but also as a gesture there are lots of hurdles to go over but we will continue to hope for the best.” Says Hon. Hounipwela.
“We will continue to play our role as much as we can.” The Prime Minister says.
The Prime Minister also thanked the Secretary General Mote for his kind words in congratulating him and acknowledging his role in bringing stability in the country.


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3) PTFI closing demo, colored rejection of aspiration submission

  • Kamis, 23 November 2017 — 21:57

Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi

Demo Front Persatuan Rakyat (FPR) at the House of Representatives of Papua, urged the closure of PT Freeport Indonesia – Jubi / Arjuna

Jayapura, Jubi – At least thousands of Papuan students and youth joined in the People’s Union (FPR) Front held a peaceful demonstration demanding PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) closed on Thursday (23/11/2017), at the front yard of the Papua parliament.

The demonstration was colored by a committed mass action unwilling to submit a statement of their attitudes to the local parliament, unsure of the council body.

"Our aspiration will not be handed over because it will only be stored and burned at the end of the year," said FPR General Coordinator Samuel Womsiwor in his speech before Papuan House Speaker Yunus Wonda together with several Papuan legislators.

Several points are the demands of the masses, asking for the closure of PTFI which is considered the root cause of problems in Mimika, and Papua generally, in order to prevent long-standing humanitarian conflict in Timika.

Demonstrators also requested the opening of access for journalists and the international media for the objectivity of the Tembagapura issue, and asked the TNI-Polri to respect the journalist’s ethical code for the balance of information related to the situation of Tembagapura

"We came here bare-chested, as a form of injustice to us in our own land, no hostage taking place in Tembagapura, 334 people evacuated, not being held hostage by indigenous Papuans, but because the country failed to prosper them," he said.

According to him, now the original people of Papua mourn, hurt. Indonesia and Freeport are fighting over stocks, and indigenous Papuans are just spectators.

"We have been the victims.This is not the first and the last act, we will do preconditions to reverse the growing opinion if there is a hostage and etc. We are victims, non-Papuan victims, the TNI-Polri officers are also victims of the prolonged conflict in the Freeport area, "he said.

Chairman of Student Executive Board (BEM) Uncen Jayapura, Paskalis Boma in his oration said, the issues reported by various national media confusing and make it ask, what is actually in Mimika.

"This is because it does not fit the facts: Victims are not only civilians, but also security forces, because the system forces them to be on guard at the Freeport mine area," Boma said.

He said that tens of years of indigenous Papuans were being bullied, depressed, and not benefiting from Freeport’s existence.

"Immediately close Freeport, we can not remain silent, when we are intimidated and oppressed, if we do not take care of it, free us," he said.

Said Paskalis Boma, it requested international media, because indigenous Papuans no longer believe the national media

"We will only submit a statement of our attitude, because we believe it will not be realized." We know the DPRP is also under pressure, "he said.

Representative of KNPI Kota Jayapura, Benyamin Gurik in his oration said the same thing.

"We all know the history, we want the House of Representatives to form a special committee next week, we will ask whether the committee has been formed, who is the chairman, what the agenda is, and when closing Freeport We will not talk about divestment 51 or 52 percent," said Gurik .

Speaker of the Papua House, Yunus Wonda who was accompanied by a number of members of the House of Papua in front of the masses promised his side will follow up the aspirations by forming a special committee.

Although initially the demonstrators refused to submit their aspirations to the Papuan People’s Representative Council, but ultimately the statement was handed over as evidence and guidance of the Papuan People’s Legislative Assembly to follow up with the formation of a special committee. (*)

LP3BH calls on President Jokowi to immediately deal with conflict in West Papua

November 19, 2017

The Executive-Director of the LP3BH, Yan Christian Warinussy,
has called on President Jokowi to immediately take action with regard
to the conflict now underway in the region of Tembagapura, West Papua.
As yet, there has been no response from the President to reports about
an armed conflict that is currently underway between the Indonesian
security forces (Army and Police) and the TPNP (Papuan National
Liberation) Armed Forces in the vicinity of the massive mining
company, P.T’ Freeport Company.

However, there have been a few statements from the TPNP which
is thought to be involved in the armed struggle would suggest that
they regard these actions as part of the movement by the people of
West Papua for the struggle for self-determination of the OAP
(Traditional Papuan People).

We should at the same time not forget that in the last two years,
at the United Nations, there have been statements by the leaders of
countries in the Pacific and Caribbean countries have made strong
statements condemning the serious human rights abuses that have
occurred in West Papua.

At the UN General Assembly in September this year, four countries
called on the United Nations to discuss the right of the people of
West Papua to
self-determination and the grave human rights violations that have
occurred in West Papua for the past fifty years which threaten to
result in the genocide of the Papuan people.

In the opinion of the LP3PN, the armed struggle that is underway
cannot solve the Papuan people’s struggle for self-determination.

The LP3BH calls on President Jokowi not to continue increasing
the security forces in West Papua and instead to focus on dialogue as
the way to resolve the crisis in West Papua.

Three people, Pastor DR Neles Tebey, Wiranto and Teten Masduki,
have already been named on 15 August this year to participate in
preparing for dialogue between Papua and Jakarta. which in the first
place should deal with the current conflict underway in Tembagapura.

The efforts to resolve the problem in Tembagapura should
involve not only representatives of the stakeholders in Tembagapura
but also representatives in the diaspora.

A number of investigations have been carried out such as the
one by Professor Drooglever was entitled ‘The Act of Free Choice’.

Dr. Greg Poulgrain also undertook an investigation which was
entitled The Incubus of Intervention which dealt with the conflicting
Indonesian Strategies of John F. Kennedy and Allen Dullles.

The result of these investigations was that the huge copper
and gold project in Tembagapura was the factor that triggered the
political conflict between the USA-the Netherlands and Indonesia which
was mediated by the United Nations during the years from 1960 – 1969
was clarified by the actions taken by the TPNP which is part of the
OPM (Organisasi Papua Merdeka). [The meaning of this is not very clear
to me.]

The result of all this is that it is necessary for President
Jokowi to promote peaceful dialogue between all ‘stakeholders’
involved in the conflict.

The LP3BH would finally like to once again urge President
Jokowi to make use of the three people ‘in charge’, namely Pastor
Neles Tebey, Wiranto and Teten Masduki to take measures to promote
all-inclusive dialogue before Christmas 2017.


Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director the LP3BH-Manokwari and
recipient of the John Humphrey Freedom Award 2005.

Translated by Carmel Budiardjo, recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, 19995.

Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine

November 15, 2017

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Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP) – An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.

Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine

AFP / 41 minutes ago
Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP) – An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.

The killing comes as police and armed separatists are locked in a standoff near Freeport-McMoRan’s mine, one of the world’s biggest, with both sides blaming each other for what police have claimed was a hostage crisis.

Local authorities said unidentified gunman opened fire on a police patrol near the vast Grasberg mine in the early morning hours on Wednesday, following reports that a Freeport employee had been shot in the thigh on Tuesday.

"The gunmen started shooting at the patrolling officers from behind before dawn. It was pitch black so we did not see who the shooters were," Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz told AFP.

One officer died at the scene while another was shot in the back, suffering severe injuries, Diaz added.

Papua has faced a low-level insurgency since it was annexed by Indonesia in the late sixties.

Freeport’s mine is frequently a flashpoint in the struggle for independence and a bigger share of the region’s rich resources.

Police said they suspected Wednesday’s shooters were from the same separatist group who they claimed have been keeping some 1,300 residents in some nearby villages against their will.

Authorities claim residents have been prevented from entering or leaving their small communities since the standoff erupted this week.

"Their motive has been pretty clear since the beginning — they believe they own the rich land where a big company is operating, but they are still poor and aren’t getting justice so they want to disrupt Freeport’s business," Diaz said.

"We are still trying to negotiate. But it seems unlikely at this point. They (the separatists) are not even willing to send anyone to talk to us," he added.

A spokesman for the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), which is linked to the Free Papua independence movement, said his group was behind the early morning shooting and other recent gun battles.

But he insisted that armed activists were protecting villagers from authorities rather than taking them hostage.

"The shooting near Freeport this morning was our doing," Hendrik Wamang, who said he is one of the TPN-OPM’s commanders, told AFP.

"(But) the hostage-taking issue is made up…We’re afraid they (residents) will be hit by bullets. We don’t want anything bad happen to them."

A security source previously told AFP that control over gold-panning operations in the area was behind the tense standoff.

The region is generally off limits to foreign journalists, making it difficult to verify the conflicting accounts.

Shootings in the area are not uncommon, including that left a policeman dead last month.

Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis

November 14, 2017

Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis
6:34 pm GMT+12, 13/11/2017, Holy See (Vatican City State)

Pacific Leaders have raised their concerns about climate migration during their audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Saturday.

Vanuatu Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai said climate migration is now a reality for Pacific countries greatly impacted by climate change.

“Island States have begun discussions on the options for re-location and re-settlement. We remain cognisant of the fact that re-location and re-settlement will introduce multi-dimensional issues that will need to be addressed. We echo the call of Laudato Si for the acceleration of international conventions that recognise climate refugees so as to ensure basic elements such as legal protection in new states, said PM Salwai.

The Vanuatu leader was referring to Pope Francis second encyclical entitled ‘Laudato Si’ translated ‘On Care for our Common Home’ published in June 2015 which urged the church to acknowledge the urgency of global environment challenges and called for inclusive dialogue to find solutions.

PM Salwai said the ‘Laudato Si’ ‘firmly and unequivocally characterises climate change as a human rights issue – calling for radical and urgent transformation of global politics and individual lifestyles to combat it.’

“Globally, the rise in the number of migrants seeking to escape increasing inequality and poverty brought on by environmental degradation is indeed tragic. In the Pacific region in particular, the issue of climate migration is now a reality.

“Stronger and more decisive global and international politics is essential to tackle the increasingly diverse issues relating to human rights. On a related matter, may I take this opportunity to reflect on an issue close to my heart – that of the alleged violations of human rights in West Papua.

He said the world cannot continue to turn a deaf ear to the long-standing allegations of human rights abuses in West Papua.

In 2016, Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, in recognition of the importance of this issue, agreed that this issue remain on their agenda.

“Holy Father, at its core, Laudato Si urges the recognition of the vulnerable at all levels of society. The issue of West Papua continues to elude a formal international review mechanism because of the political sensitivities surrounding this issue and I must reaffirm the need for stronger and more decisive global politics to address the most critical issues that impact our societies and our people, said PM Salwai.

The Vanuatu leader invited Pope Francis to visit the Pacific and witness first-hand the unique challenges faced by the peoples of the Pacific.

Six Pacific leaders accompanied by other senior government officials and heads of regional organisations were part of the audience with Pope Francis on Saturday.


Papua shooting shuts down Freeport route

November 13, 2017

Papua shooting shuts down Freeport route
The main supply route to the world’s second-largest copper mine has been closed following a shooting in West Papua.

Papua shooting shuts down Freeport route

Source: AAP


The main supply route to the world’s second-largest copper mine has been closed following a shooting in West Papua.

The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan has temporarily shut the main supply route to its Papua mine after a shooting incident, a spokesman said, amid escalating tensions between security forces and an armed rebel group in the area.

No one had been reported hurt after shots were fired at a vehicle, but the main supply route to the world’s second-biggest copper mine had been temporarily closed while the security situation was assessed, Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said in text message.

Authorities in Indonesia’s eastern province of Papua are delivering food and aid to villages near the mine where security forces say the rebel group has blocked residents’ movement, as security personnel surround the area, a police official said.

Police say a group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) is preventing about 1000 people from leaving five villages near the Grasberg mine operated by the US company.

"We continue to try a persuasive approach and dialogue," said Viktor Mackbon, police chief of the Mimika area, where the villages are located. Talks with the group would be conducted through public and religious figures in the region, he added.

Officials on Saturday said about 200 police and military personnel had been deployed in preparation to secure the area by force, if necessary.

Police sad they will distribute on Monday a notice in the area for the "armed criminal group" to give themselves up and surrender weapons.

Reuters could not immediately reach members of the rebel group, the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), to seek comment.

On Friday, the group denied occupying villages near the mine, but said it was "at war" with the police, military, and Freeport.

A resident from one of the villages, Banti, said security forces had blocked access to the village.

Residents he had spoken were not being held hostage by separatists but "are only worried about what might happen if the police and military come into their area", he said.

A state of emergency has been declared in the area and security stepped up after a string of shootings since August 17 that killed one police officer and wounded six.

Papua has had a long-running, and sometimes violent, separatist movement since it was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticized UN-backed referendum in 1969.