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Jakarta never pays attention to Papuan people, says DPRP member

[Apologies for delay in posting this cri de coeur from Papua.] 

JUBI, 31 March 2011


Ever since Papua was incorporated  into the Indonesian Republic, the central government has never shown any goodwill. Whenever the Papuan people  scream about something or other, they remain silent [diam seribu bahasa] but go ahead and do something that is quite at variance with what the Papuan people want.

Yance Kayame, a member of the DPRP, the Papuan provincial legislative council, said that a host of problems confronting the Papuan people need to be properly resolved  and government policies from the era of Special Autonomy – OTSUS – should be implemented to the full. ‘But now that OTSUS is regarded as having been a failure, Jakarta must listen carefully to
the many complaints and wishes of the Papuan people.’

Although he still persists in struggling for the aspirations of the Papuan people, Yance acknowledges that Jakarta has never listened to the voice of the Papuan people.’Since former times, I have been a DPRP member who has constantly challenged Jakarta. But even though we are regarded as nobodies, we must continue to fight for the aspirations of the people.’

Yance said he hoped that the Jakarta-Papua dialogue, now being promoted by the Papuan Peace Network  will elicit a response from the government so that we can discuss together  all the problems that have been faced by Papuans until now. ‘Dialogue is necessary and Jakarta need not be allergic to it.We need to discuss everything calmly so as to find a way out.’

If there is no dialogue, he fears that all the claims about whether or not OTSUS has been a failure will rumble on. There will be no end to the dispute which can result in endless wrangling. ‘This is not what we want because it can certainly have an impact on development activities, on governance and many other things, with ordinary people feeling the consequences.’

He said that the government approach until now has been quite wrong, with the result that basic problems have not be solved. Jakarta must listen to the voice of the Papuan  people  so as to safeguard the integrity of the state and the continued existence of the special autonomy law 21/2001.

‘Papua has now gone global. Several countries around the world are  watching, and taking stock of the dynamics. This means that Jakarta must act wisely with regard to Papua, if they want to avoid being watched all the time,’ said Yance.

[COMMENT: We can but wait and see whether anyone within the government is listening. TAPOL]

Coalition to discuss failed special autonomy with Indonesian parliament

JUBI, 2 April 2011 

A coalition of Papuan organisations is due to hold a meeting with members of the DPR, the Indonesian parliament, on 4 April to discuss the special autonomy law.

Spokesman for the KRPBK, the United Coalition  of Papuan People for Justice, Selpius Bobii, said that this meeting would be held as a follow-up of their demonstrations in February  when they set 4 April as the deadline for their actions, if their demands had not been met.

On 22 February, the coalition organised a demonstration which rejected Special Autonomy, rejected the government’s programme called UP4B, programme to accelerate the development of Papua and West  Papua and rejection of the appointment of new members of the MRP, the Majelis Rakyat Papua.

Bobii said: ‘The deputy governor of Papua, Alex Hesegem, said on that occasion that our demo declaring that Special Autonomy had failed was right in what it said. We are now acting on the basis of what the deputy governor said at the time.’

As JUBI has reported, the KRPBK has held a number of demonstrations rejecting Special Autonomy and the UP4B programme as well as the newly appointed MRP, but members of the MRP have been appointed and are now waiting to be sworn in to office.

Papuans enjoy none of the benefits from Freeport operations

JUBI, 2 April, 2011 

According to John Kabey, the chairman of KADIN, Indonesia’s Trade and Industry Chamber, Freeport uses all its corporate social responsibility funds for its own security needs.

‘They use it all to finance infrastructure for the security of their operations, including payments to the Indonesian armed forces,’ he said.

He was speaking to a group of Indonesian ministers to report on the results of a KADIN seminar.

He used the same occasion to declare that  Freeport operations in Papua for the past more than thirty yeara have nothing to improve the living conditions of the  Papuan people. He said that Freeport operations have only led to  friction and conflict between the  Papuan people because  the various clans with rights to the land used by Freeport are still in onflict with each other.

Kabey said that the central government should not use Freeport as an economic resource, in particular because the financial benefits from the company all flow to the central government while those living in the vicinity of the company enjoy none of the benefits.

[COMMENT: The copper and gold reserves currently being mined by Freeport are deemed to be the largest reserves in the world, while Freeport’s operations have transformed a huge mountain into a deep crater and tailings have poisoned the nearby rivers, depriving Papuans who once lived in the area of the basic source of their livelihoods. TAPOL]

Papuan land sold for Rp 384 a sq meter

Bintang Papua, 29 March 2011


The chairman of the Papuan provincial assembly, the DPRP, has exploded in anger at the news that PT Tandan Sawit paid a paltry sum of money for land belonging to eight clans in the district of Arso Timor.

The DPRP chairman said they would be setting up a special team to look into the compensation sum paid for Papuan land.

The chairman, Isaxk Yunam, who is currently on sick leave, told Bintang Papua that they would have to look into the way agreement was reached about compensation payment, because the payment should take account of the cost of renting the land for 35 years.

In the case of the land taken over in Arso Timor, 18,337 hectares of traditional land were obtained for a payment of Rp 7,040,000,000 per hectare for land which is the source of the livelihoods of the Papuan people. This amounts to a mere Rp 384,000 per hectare or Rp 384 per square meter (the equivalent of about $38 per ha).

Moreover, according to Bintang Papua, the payment would be made over a period of four years which violates government regulations according to which payment should be made in at the most two years.