Komnas HAM member warns of potential conflicts in Papua

Bintang Papua 13 April, 2011 

The deputy chairman of the Papua branch of the National Human Rights Commission is afraid that serious conflicts could occur in Papua around such issues as the election of the governor, conflicting views regarding special autonomy/OTSUS and the new Papuan Asembly, the MRP, conflicts between religious groups or between the churches, and the Puncak Jaya case. Other issues that were potentially controversial were the recent shooting dead of two people in the Freeport area, the serous flooding in Paniai and a number of mysterious deaths that have not been investigated.

Mathius Murib conveyed these thoughts to Bintang Papua in an SMS message.

He urged all sides in Papua to remain vigilant, to do everything possible to preserve peace in Papua and not to be provoked into making emotional responses. What is needed, he said, is well-thought out criticism in an era of democratisation and recognition of basic human rights in Indonesia. People should be careful to abide by the laws and regulations.

He expressed the hope that the newly appointed MRP would struggle for the basic rights of the Papuan people and hoped that the members of the new body would acknowledge the struggles waged by the late Agus Alue Alua and his colleagues in the previous MRP.

Bintang Papua on death and funeral of Agus Alua

Bintang Papua, 10 April 2011

Bintang  Papua published two reports on the same day about the death of Agus Alue Alua, the chairman of the first-term Majelis Rakyat Papua.

Student leader Selpius Bobii is quoted as saying that it is believed that he died  as a result of the shock of his name having been deleted from the list of members of the second-term MRP, currently under consideration.

‘Ever since he became the chairman of the MRP, he has faced efforts by the central government to unseat him from the chairmanship. Nevertheless he was able, by the grace  of God, to be elected to chair the second MRP.’

It is reported that one hour before he died, on 7 April, Agus received news that his name had been struck off as a member of the new MRP. ‘This came as a great shock to him psychologically, because he saw this as part of a plan by the central government to annihilate Papuan leaders who have spoken out strongly  in favour of the rights of the indigenous Papuan people.

The chairman of Pepera, the Papun People’s Front of Struggle, has called on the central government to accept responsibility for the death of Agus. He called for all moves to appoint a second-term MRP to be halted and for the special autonomy law to be repealed.and also for an internationally mediated dialogue  with Indonesia.

There were also calls for the 73 Papuans who were awaiting inauguration of members of the second MRP, especially those coming from the Central Highlands [which is where Agus Alua came from] to withdraw their names. The chairman of Pepera said  that Agus Alua had been murdered by the Indonesian state ‘by means of a  well  planned scenario’. He said that the Indonesian Interior Minister and the Coordinating Minister for Legal, Political and Human Rightss had been exerting  pressure regarding appointments to the new MRP, particularly with regard to the appointment of Agus Alua and Hanna Hikoyobi.

During fierce disputes over the second MRP in which the pro-Indonesia Barisan Merah Putih was also involved, it was said that Agus Alua had been regarded as a ‘separatist’ because he facilitated the July 2010 meeting of the MRP at which eleven recommendations [making strong demands about the status of West Papua] had been adopted.

A few hours before Agus Alua died, the Sentani airport  was subjected to sweepings by fully-armed security forces, which had apparently taken place to make the general situation conducive to a move against Papuan leaders deemed to be trying to undermine the integrity of the Republic of Indonesia.


The second article in Bintang Papua was devoted to a report of the funeral of the Papuan leader which took place after a special Requiem Mass was held, officiated by Pastor Eko Wdiatmoko. The coffin was opened to allow his wife, Cornelia, and their three children to pay their last respects.

Among the many senior officials who attended the funeral were deputy governor Alex  Hesegem, members of the legislative assembly of the province of Papua, leaders of the Papuan Presidium Council, the PDP, and a number of church leaders. The coffin was then carried through the streets, escorted by people from the Central Highlands.

Speaking at the graveside, Pastor Yulianus Mote said that the deceased had been a very committed leader  with the courage to take many risks. ‘It was his courage that led to his early.death. Speaking about his last meeting with the late Agus two weeks ago, his message had been to urge all the Papuan clergy to ask God to bless the Papuan people and bring them peace.

Following the burial, a eulogy was delivered by the secretary of the Customary Council, Leo Imbiri.

Papua Church Leader Warns Of ‘Unfair’ Gubernatorial Election

The Jakarta Post
Monday, April 11, 2011 

Ina Parlina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The death of a prominent Papuan leader has sparked concerns over the
security of the upcoming gubernatorial election in the volatile

GKI Papua synod deputy chairman Rev. Elimelekh D. Doirebo said that
the demise of former Papuan People’s Assembly speaker Agus Alue Alua
destroyed any expectations of a fair and safe election for the
province this September, as well as undermined the possibility of a
pro-Papuan Assembly.

“Agus was very vocal in fighting for the rights of the Papuan people,
including supporting the policy that Papua local administration heads
must be Papuan,” he told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Agus reportedly died Thursday at Dian Harapan Hospital in Jayapura.
Agus, who was re-elected to the Assembly for a second term, died soon
after being admitted to hospital. The cause of death is unknown.

Agus was known for his policies, including a decree stipulating that
Papua local administration heads and their deputies must be from the
region.“We believe Agus died as a result of the persistent
intimidation he faced,” Elimelekh said.

He claimed Agus faced threats especially from Barisan Merah Putih,
which wanted to oust the original members of the Assembly whom they
perceived as too radical in their defense of Papuan rights and their
opposition to special autonomy.

In June last year, rallies initiated by the original Assembly members
drew thousands in Jayapura, who issued 11 recommendations for a better
solution to the strife in Papua.

The protestors urged the central government to annul special autonomy,
which they claimed was a tool for the central government to win the
hearts of Papuans while toning down demands for independence.

They also called for a dialog mediated by neutral international
parties to address Papuan grievances.

“Several Papuans in Jakarta once came to Papua to meet Agus and
basically forced him to stop criticizing the election of new Assembly
members and special autonomy. They also forced him to step down,”
Elimelekh claimed.

Later, he added, Agus was removed from the roster of new Assembly
members following accusations he supported separatism.

Hana Hikoyabi, who was also re-elected to the Assembly, was likewise
disqualified. As of today, the new elected Assembly members, who will
serve until 2016, have not been inaugurated.

The GKI, along with Papua’s KINGMI synod and Papua’s Baptist churches
synod, boast a following of more than 1.3 million members, most of
them native Papuans.

MRP (Papuan People’s Assembly) Version 2 is the Enemy of Papua

From Rika Korain in Jayapura

Today, we, the Papua nation, are in mourning again on the passing of Mr. Agus Alue Alua, former chairman of MRP. He was called home by the Creator at 2 o’clock this afternoon Numbay time , Papua

He went after struggling with various polemics concerning the 2nd Edition of the MRP being forced (on Papua) by Jakarta. This is an explosive issue everywhere, and it is rumored that the main pressure was coming from the Red and White Line militia and the security forces who were forcing the removal of the names of the former members who were deemed to be vocal in defending the rights of the indigenous Papuans, and opposing Special Autonomy which resulted in the Special Assembly of the MRP last June.

It is possible he was under pressure because he was removed from being a member of this new MRP by the Minister for Security and the Home Affairs Minister, and considered a separatist because he facilitated the Special Assembly in June with its 11 recommendations.

Besides the late Mr Alua, Ms. Hana Hikoyabi’s name was also removed. This decision was made a long time ago but was only received at 1 this afternoon, while 73 other members by Kesbang since this morning were ‘quarantined’ at the Hotel Matoa Jayapura to wait for the inauguration which is being pushed through on Tuesday, 12 April later.

Throughout the morning, from Jayapura to the Sentani airport, military and police raids are being carried out and strict security controls are in place at Sentani airport, with full weaponry.

Our situation in Papua is increasingly erratic, only God is the source of our strength!

“Goodbye Mr National Struggler, a distinguished leader not afraid to face the political discrimination of the colonizers – your dream we will continue. Halawokh …”


Agus Alua, MRP chairman dies

JUBI, 7 April 2011 

It has just been announced that Agus Alua, the chairman of the MRP, died today at the Dian Harapan Hospital in Jayapura.

The cause of death is not yet known but it appears that he was suddenly taken ill and may already have passed away before reaching the hospital. He is survived by his wife Corry Pekey and three children.

Socrates Sofyan Yoman , the chairman of the Alliance of Baptist Churches in Papua, said that the Papuan people have lost a great leader. ‘He was a great man who did a huge amount for the Papuan people. We will feel his loss deeply.’

‘Although he had passed on, his spirit of struggle will remain with us. Dont feel frustrated, his spirit will remain here in the Land of  Papua,’ he said.

The Majelis Rakyat Papua of which he was the chairman during its first term which has just come to an end, was created in accordance with the  provisions of the Special Autonomy Law No 21/2001, and was composed solely of Papuans, including representatives of women’s organisations, of youth organisations and of various ethnic groups.

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