Daily Archives: September 11, 2012

No terrorists in Papua, says governor



Bintang Papua,
9 September 2012
Manokwari: The governor of the province of West Papua, Abraham O. Atururi, said that there are no terrorists operating in Papua. He said that there are groups in Papua who are demanding independence for Papua, such as the OPM/TPN but these groups are quite different from the terrorists who are conducting acts of terror and shootings and bombings that are occurring  in Java and other parts of Indonesia.’If people say that there are Papuans who want independence, that is indeed true, but there are no terrorists.’

The governor was speaking at a public meeting in Manokwari.

The governor made this statement in order to contradict statements by political commentators  in the local press in Jayapura, claiming that terrorists are operating in Papua.

The paper also reported that the deputy chief of police in Papua, Brigadier-General Paulus Waterpauw recently denied that members of Densus 88 were operating in Papua.

(This is in contrast to the fact that the commander of Detachment 88, Tito Karnavian, was last week made the new Papua Police Chief, and repeated statements by police claiming Detachment 88 credit for apprehending so-called “terror suspects” across Papua in recent years – and significant video and photographic evidence of their presence at both armed raids, and against non-violent gatherings).[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo]


Lawyer complains of lack of professionalism as Buchtar trial



JUBI, 10 September 2012The tight security by the police round the courthouse  while the trial of Buchtar Tabuni was  in progress was described as being unprofessional by a member of the legal team of the defendant.

Gustaf Kawer said: ‘The tight security round the courthouse  is a violation of the basic principles  of court practice. This is a public trial which means that anyone can come and attend it.  Excessive security  while the trial is in progress is very unprofessional,’ said Kawer.

Buchtar Tabuni is charged with having caused damage to the Abepura Prison on 3 December. The trial hearing was suspended and the trial will resume on 13 September, because witnesses did not turn up for the hearing as a result of which the lawyers  promised that they would produce the witnesses, said Matius Murib.

The hearing on 13 September will be the last occasion  for the witnesses to appear. The deputy director of the prison is adequate and will not be summoned again after having be summoned to appear three times.

Kawer said that the proceedings were not conducted professionally; the witnesses should have appeared at the appointed time but that did not happen. Furthermore, he said, the judge should behave  independently in the way he chairs the court and should not take sides either with the state or the victim..

At today’s hearing of the Buchtar Tabuni trial, there were forty people from Dalmas and the Jayapura police command, who were fully backed up  by personnel from the Abepura police command, who were headed by the head of the Jayapura police command, Kiki Kurnia.

[Translated by TAPOL]


Papuan people warned to beware of propaganda in run-up to UN General Assembly


Bintang Papua,
7 September 2012

Indigenous Papuans have been warned to beware of well-structured propaganda efforts in the run-up to the forthcoming UN General Assembly session by people who have the backing of the Indonesian government.

This warning came from a group of Papuan leaders including the governor of Doberai Region of the Federal Republic of West Papua, (NRFPB) Barnabas Mandacan, the special staff of the presidency Zakaria Horota, and the chairman of  the West Melanesian Council, Melky Bleskadit.

Barnabas urged the Papuan people to fully support the UN assembly meeting and to strive hard to ensure that it includes a reference to  Papua’s history from 1 December 1961 up to the Third Papuan Peoples Congress in October 2011.

‘We have no other option. We want to gain our freedom. Issues that are being blown up by the media and other sources  will not influence the views of the Papuan people. There must be a revision of history,’ said Barnabas.

The presidential staff  called on indigenous  Papuans to avoid any provocations aimed at undermining their unity.

‘The revision of history must begin with negotiations between the NRFPB and Indonesia.While the format is being worked out, the struggle for recognition as a nation will continue.’

He went on to say that Indonesia had come under extraordinary pressure at the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva because of the human rights abuses continuing in Papua. ‘All the violence in the past as well as the violence that is now happening must be made the focus of Indonesia’s attention in order to ensure that Jakarta is committed to the need to resolve the Papuan problem,’ he said.

According to the plan being worked out by the NRFPB, the pre-negotiation stage will occur from August to September 2012  while on 19 October  three flags will be unfurled  in seven districts of Papua. The three flags are the Morning Star flag, the UN flag and the Red-and-White flag.

The transfer of administrative powers  from NKRI to the UN and from the UN to the NRFPB will take place from October 2012 to May 2013.

A rally will take place on 12 September. Bleskadit went on to say that there were significant differences between the Indonesian and the Papuan people in terms of anthropology, politics and law.

There should be no intervention from authoritarian sources. The format for resolving the problems between the two sides.must be rational.

‘These are serious matters that need to be solved. Papuan freedom is a golden bridge  which could save Indonesia from crisis.’

[Translated by TAPOL]