Daily Archives: June 3, 2013

Diplomatic steps by WPNCL under international mechanisms

by OKTOVIANUS POGAU at SuaraPapua.com

May 27, 2013

PAPUA, Manokwari – The latest development concerning the diplomatic struggle in West Papua is the submission of a proposal by Papua to be accepted as a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The group will hold a conference in Noumea, New Caledonia in June 2013. This step is in accordance with the international mechanisms of the UN.  

The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) is pushing for this inclusion and it should be viewed as a progressive step, owned by the Papuan majority struggling for the enforcement of civil and political rights.

“This move by the WPNCL shouldn’t be disrupted by other efforts within the Papuan struggle, or from organisations like Presidium Dewan Papua (PDP), West Papua National Authority (WPNA), Komite Nasional Pemuda Papua (KNPP), or Negara Republik Federal Papua Barat (NRFPB), or any other political groups,” said Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive Director of LP3BH Manokwari, in a press release to suarapapua.com, Monday (27/5/2013).

“I believe the Komite Nasional Papua Barat (KNPB) clearly owns the agenda, and the outcomes, so I’m not going to comment further on this,” he stated.

In Warinussy’s opinion, this current move is significant in the Pacific region and urgently needs to be addressed and supported by the whole Papuan community.

“I say this, because such a move is in accordance with the advice given by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Auckland, New Zealand, in September 2010.  SG Ban Ki-moon said that issues facing the Papuan community, like enforcement of civil and political rights, should be brought before the Decolonisation Committee under the UN General Assembly,” he said.

Thus, it’s taken for granted that the struggle in Papua to obtain freedom by political means will be through international mechanisms recognised by the UN. Further, continues Warinussy, the move Papua is making through WPNCL with their proposal to become a member of MSG, is sound diplomatically and in line with the broader struggle to bring the issue of self-determination before the Decolonisation Committee at the UN General Assembly.

“This move can’t just be seen as an initiative of WPNCL but something that’s owned by the whole Papuan community, so that the move can be supported and considered more effectively—and not be disrupted by politicking or factionalism, which could be used to undermine this progressive move,” he finished.  As previously reported in www.tabloidjubi.com, WPNCL is currently lobbying various Pacific nations so that Papua can become a member of MSG and attend the conference this June.

Chronology of Yason Ngelia’s detention in Polresta Jayapura

May 23rd, 2013

By ARNOLD BELAU at SuaraPapua.com

(Apologies for translation delay – more volunteer translators needed)

Yason Ngelia, Chief og BEM FISIP Uncen (Foto: tabloidjubi.com)

JayapuraYesterday, Wednesday the 22/05/2013, Yason Ngelia the chairperson of Executive Student Body in the Faculty of Social and Politics at the Cenderawasih University was detained and interrogated by police officers in Jayapura City Police Resort (Polresta Jayapura).

Ngelia admitted to suarapapua.com that he was initially called in to collect the letter of acceptance in regards to the peaceful action that was organised carried out by the Cenderawasih University on the 23/05/2013 at the Lingkaran Abepura. However, he was interrogated by the offices regarding the rally that was carried out on the 13/05/2012.

Ngelia and few of his colleagues went to the city police resort around 8:30 am local time to collect the acceptance letter which has been applied previously. When they arrived at the resort in the Intelkam office (Intelligence and Security Office), they were asked to leave and return when contacted should the letter has been processed.

Approximately 11:30 am on the same day, Ngelia received a call from an unknown number and said to be from Intelkam Polresta Jayapura in which he was asked to collect the acceptance letter.

“In the ResKrim (Criminal Resort Office), I was told that the chief of police resort doesn’t allow the oration free speech to be held Lingkaran Abepura because it will interfere with the general public. He on the other hand suggested that it would be wise if the oration could be carried out in the campus area,” said Ngelia.

“I convinced them (the officers) at that time that there will be no interference with the general public because our focus will be at the Lingkaran Abepura. After hearing what I said, the apparatus asked me to wait for a few minutes while he discussed with Alfred Papare the chief police resort”, Ngelia reported.

“When that particular police went upstairs, the other police told us to remain seated. After 5 (five) minutes of sitting, we were told to go upstairs to the criminal resort office which located on the second floor. Not long after sitting in that office, I went to the restroom which is located on level 1. To my amazement, I was escorted by a tight guard”, Ngelia explained.

Ngelia was urged to go up to the criminal resort office again. “At that time, I told Septi Meidodga to leave because the office switched the conversation from the acceptance letter to the previous incident that occurred on the 13 of May 2013,”he explained.

Approximately at 13:00 local time, Ngelia admitted that he was being interrogated by the apparatus, snatched his and his friends’ bags examine them.

Ngelia was asked by the police officer in regarding to his involvement on the 13 of May 2013 action “Did you know why you are in this office?” Asked one of the police officers.

“I don’t know”, Ngelia replied. “Then I told the police officer that I came because I was phoned by Intelkam to come and collect the acceptance letter for tomorrow action but I was directed to here,  that was what I answered”, Yason answered to the police officer.

Then the police officer that interrogated Ngelia said “ I don’t know either as to  why you are here but I was instructed by my supervisor to gather information regarding 13 of May 2013. This is due to the report that was given by the police officer name Evendi that he saw you at the location where that action was carried out.

Ngelia also explained that he had been threatened and terror by an investigator that he ought to comply with an investigation that they did till the completion. “Don’t make me ask my officer to play rough to you, it’s better for you to be silent and do as you are told till this investigation is over”, said Ngelia repeating what the investigator said.

“After asking various questions, the investigator could not find and proof so he handed me the acceptance letter”, he said.

After the 6 hours of investigation, Ngelia then left the Polresta Jayapura taking a letter of acceptance for the action that is carried out today (24/05/2013) at the Cenderawasih University yard.