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PRESS CONFERENCE: MORAL CALL FOR JUSTICE AND TRUTH BY CATHOLIC PRIESTS FROM ALL OVER PAPUA

on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2020

VIOLENCE BREEDS NEW PROBLEMS;
DIALOGUE AND RECONCILIATION IN A DIGNIFIED WAY WIll RESOLVE CONFLICTS IN THE LAND OF PAPUA


1. INTRODUCTION
Papuans, Blessed Lands and Peoples. On February 5, 1855, Missionaries Carl Willem Ottow and Johan Gottlob Geissler set foot on the island of Mansinam – Manokwari. The sprinkling of New Change and Civilization resonated on the coast, on the slopes of mountains, in valleys, and in the jungles of all corners of the land Papua “Tanah Papua”.

In the next period of time, Protestant and Catholic Missionaries were present to greet Papuans. They preached the gospel of the kingdom of God. Papuans RECEIVE THE GOSPEL AND ARE BAPTIZED INTO CHILDREN OF GOD AS WELL AS CITIZENS OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, both Catholic and Protestant.

Jesus, the gospel, and the Church. The three are integrated into Papuan life. The habit of war among the tribes in Papua gradually changed into brotherhood closely. Similarly, the tradition of enrichment stopped. Papuans live peacefully as brothers.

The Missionaries brought Papuans to the Culture of Life. The Culture of Living Peacefully and Brothers in unity as children of God. That in the name of the Lord Jesus, the Son of God, there is eternal life. A life of peace, prosperity, happiness and longevity. BUT, WHAT ABOUT NOW? PAPUA’S SITUATION HAS CHANGED GREATLY AND IS DIFFERENT.

We certainly remember there is a wise sentence from Prof. JE Sahetapy in the ILC (Indonesia Lawyer Club, National TV Program) on April 22, 2012. Based on the Dutch proverb: “Al is de leugen nog zo snel, de waarheid achterhaalt haar wel”, he said: “EVEN IF THE LIE RUNS LIGHTNING FAST, ONE TIME THE TRUTH WILL DEFEAT IT”.


2. BACKGROUND OF THE APPEAL:

SEVERAL INDONESIAN BISHOPS MET THE COORDINATING MINISTER FOR POLHUKAM (POLITICS, LAW AND SECURITY), MAHFUD M.D., TO DISCUSS VIOLENCE IN PAPUA, ON 03 NOVEMBER 2020

Following the assassination of Journalist Rufinus Tigau, a Catholic Catechist in Intan Jaya-Papua Regency, the Leaders of the Catholic Church met with Indonesia’s top security official to urge the Government to ease the situation through dialogue.

The meeting took place at the residence of Mahfud MD, with the aim of discussing various problems that hit Indonesia’s easternmost province which continues to be turbulent. Attending the meeting were Bishop Agats, Mgr. Aloysius Murwito, OFM and Bishop of Amboina, Mgr. Petrus Canisius Mandagi MSC (who at that time was the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Merauke), together with Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, Chairman of the Conference of Trustees of the Church of Indonesia (KWI). Bishop Mandagi told UCA News at the time that the hour-long meeting was intended to discuss “VARIOUS ISSUES IN THE LAND OF PAPUA, ESPECIALLY THE PROBLEM OF VIOLENCE”

The Bishop of Indonesia IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE SITUATION. He said no specific cases were discussed in the meeting. Instead, the talks focused on the suffering inflicted by the violence, both on local civilians and on security forces.

It further says that “Papuans are good people. No one, including the Military, Police and Church Officers, should look down on them. MILITARY INTERVENTION only exacerbates tensions. Finally, OUR HOPE IS TO IMMEDIATELY STOP THE VIOLENCE IN THE LAND OF PAPUA” (lih. Jubi.co.id, 03 November 2020, Editor Dewi Wulandari).


• WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT MEETING?
ON FRIDAY 06 NOVEMBER 2020, TNI/POLRI CONTINUED THEIR OPERATIONS IN SUGAPA-INTAN JAYA- WEST PAPUA

The Ranks of Defense Command (Kogabwilhan) III ensured that TNI and POLRI forces CONTINUED LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS AGAINST ARMED CRIMINAL GROUPS (TPNPB-OPM) IN SUGAPA – INTAN JAYA – PAPUA. They said: We will not be stopped after the death of one TNI soldier on behalf of Pratu Firdaus Kurniawan who was shot by KKSB on Friday 6 November 2020 (Source Newspaper : Papua.com).

3. WE TRY TO RECORD A NUMBER OF HUMANITARIAN EVENTS THAT OCCURRED AGAINST CIVILIANS (INDIGENOUS PAPUANS AND NON-PAPUANS) IN THE LAND OF PAPUA FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS (2018-2020):

• SHOOTING OF PT. ISTAKA WORKERS ON DECEMBER 2, 2018. THERE WAS ALSO A MILITARY OPERATION IN NDUGA THAT RESULTED IN A MASSIVE COMMUNITY EVACUATION (Source: Voice of Papua Com. Voicing the voiceless, July 23, 2020)

• RACISM SPEECH: CALLING PAPUAN STUDENTS “MONKEYS”. On August 15, 2019 – two days before Indonesia’s independence day – students held a demonstration commemorating the New York Agreement (August 15, 1962) between the Netherlands and Indonesia. The demo action was initiated by AMP and FRI-WP in several cities. However, the cities of Surabaya and Malang in East Java Province were in the spotlight, because there has been racism-tinged hate speech against Papuan students. The incident has sparked a wave of protests and rallies everywhere that have caused little casualties and material losses (Source: Memoria Passions no. 33 Demands for Dignity, Papuans Punished, Theo van den Broek)

• SHOOTING OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS BY SECURITY OFFICERS FROM THE JOINT TNI-POLRI TEAM:

• Victim of Pastor JEREMIAH ZANAMBANI. The most tragic story happened on Saturday 19 September 2020. Evening, at 5:40 p.m. Pastor Jeremiah Zanambani was shot by Indonesian Military personnel in Hitadipa village, Intan Jaya (Source Jubi.co id. CNN Indonesia. Editor Edi Faisaol).
• Victim of young Catholic Church preacher, AGUSTINUS DUWITAU (23 years old). He was shot on October 7, 2020 by non-Organic TNI Member of YONIF RAIDER 400/BRAWIJAYA unit (source SUARA PAPUA, com. 8 October 2020, Author Arnold Belau)

• Victims of young Preachers of the Catholic Church, RUFINUS TIGAU In Jalai Village Sugapa-Intan Jaya District. He was shot by a joint TNI-POLRI force on Monday, October 26, 2020, at exactly 05:00 WIT. The Joint Team entered Jalai village and began conducting sweeps and shootings.

• Victims of State High School Students in Ilaga, Puncak Regency: ATANIUS MURIB (17 years old) and MALUK MURIB (17 years old). They were shot on November 21, 2020. After hearing the holiday announcement, the two of them were going on a vacation to their hometown in Agandugume District, but in the middle of the road, they were confronted and shot (Source: detik news, Saturday, Nov 21, 2020, by rfs).

• DISCLOSURE AND ARREST

• THE DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT/COMMUNITY DEMOCRATIC SPACE BY THE COMBINED TNI/POLRI TEAM. On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in Jayapura city, there was an arrest until the shooting by the joint TNI/POLRI officers against students who participated in the Peaceful Demo of Otsus rejection Volume II. (Source: Jubi.co.id. Tanah Papua news portal No. 1. Editor, Sham Terrajana).

• THE ARREST OF MEMBERS OF THE PAPUAN PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY (MRP) AS A MIRROR AGAINST INDIGENOUS PAPUANS. Whereas the MRP is an official State Institution as stated in Article 5 of Law No. 21/2001 on Special Autonomy for Papua Province and then further regulated through Government Regulation No. 54/2004 on MRP (Source: Law Jutice, News and Investigation Portal, Friday 20 11 2020. Editor, Ade Irmansyah).




4. WE ALSO NOTE SOME OF THE VERY TROUBLING STATEMENT OF OUR HEARTS, WHO ALWAYS LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH GOD’S PEOPLE IN THE LAND OF PAPUA:

• On Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 18.40, Pantau.com media reported that Coordinating Minister for Legal Politics and Security Mahfud DM recommended that the defense and security forces FILL EMPTY AREAS FOR SECURITY. It was revealed after receiving the results of the report of the Joint Fact Finding Team (TGPF) Intan Jaya Regency, at the Office of the Ministry of Police in Jakarta.

• On October 21, 2020 (which was updated on October 22, 2020), BBC News/Indonesia news stated that the Minister of Police also recommended the addition of troops in Papua after stating that the TGFT report showed that there was “suspected involvement of officers” in the murder of Pastor Jeremiah Zanambani in Hitadipa-Intan Jaya.


• On Thursday 29 October 2020 at 14.24 WIB, Bayu Adi Wicaksono in Viva Co.id media, reported that the TNI had prepared a Battalion of 122 Infantry Combat Troops Tombak Sakti to send to Papua. The preparation battalion came from the Military Regional Command (Kodam) I Bukit Barisan. Based on the information gathered, as many as 450 troops were prepared to carry out the operation of the RI-PNG Border security task force.


5. THE BASIS OF OUR CALL (PASTORS FROM ALL OVER PAPUA) TO SPEAK OUT TODAY, WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, DECEMBER 10th, FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD WE SERVE IN THE LAND OF PAPUA

• We the Priests, served in cities and in villages throughout the Land of Papua, from Sorong to Samarai. We are very close and always with God’s People, so their SORROWS are also LIKE our GRIEF. Their HOPE & ANXIETY at the same time also become our HOPE & ANXIETY (bdk. GS no. 1).
• That proximity factor, makes us always look at the facts and hear for ourselves what happened to God’s People in the field. We heard what they were talking about honestly, and all this time we recorded all the real conditions well.
• After conferring together, we, the Pastors agreed to make a joint appeal today, December 10, 2020 to coincide with World Human Rights Day. We feel called to BE A MOUTHPIECE TO VOICE THE CONSCIENCE OF THE PEOPLE ENTRUSTED BY GOD IN OUR GRAZING MISSIONS THROUGHOUT THE LAND OF PAPUA.

6. WE VOICE THE MOANS OF CONSCIENCE OF PREGNANT AND NURSING MOTHERS, SMALL CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY AND YOUNG, THE SICK, THE BLIND, THE DEAF AND THE PARALYZED, ALL THE HELPLESS. ALL OF THEM NOW LIVE IN ANXIETY AND FEAR THROUGHOUT PAPUA, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL VILLAGES

• Our first appeal is directed at the two warring sides, namely the TNI/POLRI stronghold and the TPN OPM stronghold. We ask that both parties, who are dignified Human Beings, immediately cease armed violence and open the door to dialogue in dignified dialogue that can be mediated by the State or Neutral and independent Groups. Because violence is never going to solve problems in the Land of Papua; it will instead add a million new misery and problems. Violence will give birth to new grudges and violence that kills lives. Be aware that “the salvation of human life is not at the end of the barrel of a weapon” brothers and sisters.

• Our second appeal, addressed to MR. PRESIDENT REBUBLIK INDONESIA as Commander-in-Chief, to immediately hold a meeting with the CHIEF OF POLICE & COMMANDER OF THE TNI to evaluate the impact of the addition of troops to the Land of Papua. And immediately withdraw all non-organic forces combined TNI / POLRI from all land of Papua.

• Our third appeal is directed at the MRP and DPR PAPUA – WEST PAPUA to immediately establish regulations that are more favorable to Indigenous Papuans (OAP). In our view, the formulation of contextual regulations and the value of impartiality, is a very dignified step in respecting and saving the OAP (Papuan Indigenous) that is heading towards the brink of extinction.

• Our FOURTH appeal, addressed to the FATHER OF PAPUA GOVERNOR, Lukas Enembe. We support the statement of the Administrator of the Diocese of Timika, Pastor Marthen E. Kuayo Pr, dated October 11, 2020 requesting that the Governor revoke the Recommendation of WIUPK Blok Wabu in Intan Jaya, if it is true that the Governor of Papua recommended it. Because Blok Wabu is the cause of conflict, evacuation of local communities and fatalities.

• Our FIFTH appeal, addressed to the CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFERENCE OF TRUSTEES OF THE CHURCH OF INDONESIA (KWI), Mr. Ignatius Cardinal Suharyo and all KWI members. We, pastors of Papua would like to ask: Why do the Leaders of the Indonesian Catholic Church not discuss holistically, seriously and thoroughly about the longest conflict in the Land of Papua in the annual meeting of KWI? What’s wrong with this Land of Papua? Once again we hope, long, and ask, that Mr. Cardinal and Bishops throughout Indonesia do not stay silent or seem unwilling to know the condition of the wounded humanity of God’s people in the Land of Papua, especially the Melanesian Race that is heading towards the brink of extinction. We were astonished and at the same time excluded, because we heard that KWI was so quick to express its attitude and expression of sorrow to the violent events that occurred in Lewonu – Lembantongoa – Palolo – Sigi Regency – Central Sulawesi, while the grief and anxiety and death of Papuans felt out of the attention, protection, and defense of KWI.

• Our SIXTH appeal, addressed to the EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE OF PAPUA (consisting of four Bishops and one Administrator Diocesan) also to the LEADERS OF THE ORDER / TARIKAT who work throughout the Land of Papua. We Papuan Priest long for a firm and impartial attitude towards Papuans and all others in this land who have been killed and who are being hurt. We yearn for a shepherd who is at the forefront of acting to save God’s People, as Archbishop Herman M. Munninghoff, OFM and the late Bishop John Philip Saklil, Pr. They have raised the reality of the suffering of God’s people in this Land of Papua. But now, it feels as if their spirit of struggle is lost buried with their rigid bodies in a burrow. Where are the voices of our current Leaders to address this humanitarian tragedy on Cenderawasih Earth?

• Our SEVENTH appeal, addressed to the GOVERNMENT OF INDONESIA and INVESTORS. Be aware that the land of Papua is not a vacant and no man’s land. The landowner of Papua is a Papuan who is also his heir. This land, has been clearly divided into its owners, namely the Seven Indigenous Territories, respectively Lapago, Meepago, Ha Anim, Bomberay, Domberay, Sairery and Mamta.

• Our EIGHTH appeal, addressed to THE GROUP PRONE TO TRIGGER HORIZONTAL CONFLICT: Nusantara, KNPB, Barisan Merah Putih, Bintang Kejora, Pro NKRI and Pro Papua Merdeka throughout Papua. We are all human beings who believe in God almighty and just and civilized people. Let us solve all problems in the land of Papua in dignified ways. Remind that there are differences of ideology and opinion, but let us sit together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and respect to find the right solution for peace and tranquility in this land of Papua.

• Our NINTH appeal, addressed to LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS THROUGHOUT PAPUA: GOVERNORS, MAYORS, AND REGENTS. We strongly support and pray for you in leading the government in this land of Papua. You are God’s deposition to lead all human beings, people in the land of Papua to coexist peacefully, fairly, and prosperously. Look with the eyes of faith all the realities on this land! Lead this country independently and independently based on a sincere conscience without flawed intervention and intimidation from anyone, which will only undermine stability, tranquility, peace, and justice over the territory of the government you lead. We also ask for special attention to coaching for local government officials and field officers so that there is dedication of leadership and dedication so that there is a spirit of service that is responsible, sincere, and sincere for the community for the safety and welfare of many people.

• Our TENTH call, addressed to MIGRATION POLICY MAKERS. To the Central and Local Governments, we hope while reminding what we have said above, that the land of Papua is not a vacant and no man’s land. Therefore, there must be a clear policy on migration. Whether there are restrictions or even stopped the flow of migration that has occurred in a structured or unstructured to the land of Papua. These efforts should be made in anticipation of an increasingly strained and strained relationship between migrants and the OAP. At the same time minimize social frictions that resulted in the depressing and removal of OAP on its own ancestral land.




7. FINALLY

We, pastors from Papua agree and firmly offer a DIALOGUE APPROACH. This approach is a new and dignified policy to build a stable, just and peaceful and prosperous Land of Papua. At THE SAME TIME FIRMLY REJECT AND CONDEMN ACTS OF VIOLENCE ON THIS LAND.

The dialogue we offer is a COMPREHENSIVE DIALOGUE that can resolve the longest conflict in the land of Papua. This dialogue is not intended to seek out who is wrong and who is right, but rather to find the real truths that lead all parties to justice and peace in life.

In Faith and Hope, we are very confident, that Dialogue will never kill, Dialogue will never hurt, and Dialogue will never make us stupid. It is precisely when we use the wrong ways such as acts of violence that do not have humanity, then we will leave the rotten wounds of the birth and the inner. For whatever reason, every violence in the form of murder and slaughter, as well as the dispersion of man created by God, is wrong and a very violent and cruel sin.

We Are Catholic Priests from Papua:

1. P. Alberto John Bunai, Pr
2. P. Paul T. Tangdilintin, OFM
3. P. Nico Syukur Dister, OFM
4. P. Alfonsius Biru Kira, Pr
5. P. Yohanes E.G. Kayame, Pr
6. P. Bernardus Bofitwos Baru, OSA
7. P. Paul Tan, Pr
8. P. Maryanus Koba Toyo, SVD
9. P. Yanuarius M. You, Pr
10. P. Adrianus Tuturop, Pr
11. P. Vicky Bauntal, Pr
12. P. Benyamin S. Magay, Pr
13. P. YosiasiWakris, Pr
14. P. John Kandam, Pr
15. P. Izaak Bame, Pr
16. P. Yulianus Korain, Pr
17. P. Martin Homba-Homba, Pr
18. P. Daniel Gobai, Pr
19. P. Lukas Sasior, OSA
20. P. Athanasius Bame, OSA
21. P. Imanuel Air, OSA
22. P. Imanuel Tenau, Pr
23. P. Jan Pieter Fatem, OSA
24. P. Lewi Ibori, OSA
25. P. Edy Doga, OFM
26. P. Honoratus Pigai, Pr
27. P. Aloysius Daby, Pr
28. P. Yohanes B. Uttun, Pr
29. P. Philipus Sedik, OSA
30. P. Yohanes S. Sedik, OSA
31. P. AloTeniwut Sedik, OSA
32. P. Maksimilianus Dora, OFM
33. P. Petrus Fenyapwain, OFM
34. P. Alexius Ate, Pr
35. P. Floribertus Yoseph S, Pr
36. P. Agustinus Yerwuan, OFM
37. P. Cayetanus Tarong, MSC
38. P. Hilarius Salmon, Pr
39. P. Markus Malar, OSA
40. P. Medardus Puji Harsono, Pr
41. P. Mecky Mulait, Pr
42. P. Fransiskus B.V.L. Maing, Pr
43. P. Herry Lobya, OSA
44. P. Yanuarius Yelipele, Pr
45. P. Fransiskus Hilapok, Pr
46. P. H. Ngalumtila Pekey, Pr
47. P. Moses Amiset, Pr
48. P. Rudolf Renyaan, Pr
49. P. Abel Yamdua Sanam, Pr
50. P. Remigius Seran, OFM
51. P. Hubertus Aweekohabi Magay, Pr
52. P. Theo Kosi, OFM
53. P. Selpius Goo, Pr
54. P. Yohanes Klau, Pr
55. P. Stefanus Yogi, Pr
56. P. Benyamin Keiya, Pr
57. P. Felix Janggur ,OSA
58. P. Fransiskus Utii, Pr
59. P. Nikolaus Wakei, Pr
60. P. Aloysius Susilo, Pr
61. P. Petrus Lekat Plue, Pr
62. P. Alexius Fabianus, Pr
63. P. Emanuel Bili, Pr
64. P. Adi Bon, Pr
65. P. Fredy Sabu, Pr
66. P. Matius Syukur, Pr
67. P. Jermias Rumlus, Pr
68. P. Paulus Trorba, OSA
69. P. Ibrani Gwijangge, Pr
70. P. Didimus Kosy. OFM
71. P. Floridus Nadja, OSA
72. P. Adri V. Durenge, OSA
73. P. Antonius Tromp, OSA
74. P. Benediktus Jehamin, OSA
75. P. Hilarius Soro, OSA
76. P. Konradus Ngandur, OSA
77. P. Yohanes Kota, OSA
78. P. Damasus Pantur, OSA
79. P. Liborius Nong, OSA
80. P. Agustinus S. Elmas, Pr
81. P. Rufinus EPW Madai, Pr
82. P. Jems Kosay, Pr
83. P. Yohanes Sudrijanta, SJ
84. P. Krispinus Bidi, SVD
85. P. Hendrikus Hada, Pr
86. P. Paulus Wolor, Pr
87. P. Amandus Rahadat, Pr
88. P. Damianus Adii, Pr
89. P. Yan P. A. Dou, Pr
90. P. Agustinus Alua , Pr
91. P. Agustinus Tebay, Pr
92. P. Lambertus Pati, OSA
93. P. Yohanes Batlayeri, Pr
94. P. Martinus Mada Werang, OSA
95. P. Dominikus Dulione Hodo, Pr
96. P. Alexandro Rangga, OFM
97. P. Goklian P.H, OFM
98. P. Kornelis Basa Kopon, Pr
99. P. Barnabas Daryana, Pr
100. P. Bartholomeus D. Oyan, Pr
101. P. Petrus Hamsi, Pr
102. P. Karolus Kune Boruk, Pr
103. P. Yermias Lado, OFM
104. P. Modestus Teniwut, OFM
105. P. Gokmento Sitinjak OFM Cap
106. P. Juperdinan Manik, OFM Cap
107. P. Yohanes Mangguwop, Pr
108. P. Ag. EkoWidiatmono, Pr
109. P. Heronimus Lebi, OFM
110. P. Ambrosius Sala, OFM
111. P. Philipus Elosak, OFM
112. P. Bartolomeus Urobmabin, OFM
113. P. Lorens Purek, OFM
114. P. Yohanes Purnama, OFM
115. P. Fransiskus Katino, Pr
116. P. Wilibaldus Jampa, OSA
117. P. Paulus Jab Ulipi, OSA
118. P. Roni Guntur, SVD
119. P. Yohanes R. Jempormase, OSA
120. P. Ronald Sitanggan, Pr
121. P. YuvenTekege, Pr
122. P. Theo Makai, Pr.
123. P. OktovianusTaena, Pr
124. P. Yance Yogi, Pr
125. P. Sebast Maipaiwiyai, Pr
126. P. Rinto Dumatubun, Pr
127. P. Yohanes Djawa, SVD
128. P. Hubertus Henslok, SCJ
129. P. Paulus Kusworo, SCJ
130. P. Ari Wuardana, SCJ
131. P. Jhon Kore, OFM
132. P. Damianus Uropmabin, Pr
133. P. Yulius D, Pr
134. P. Kleopas S. Sondegau, Pr
135. P. Agustinus Rumsorin, Pr
136. P. Yoseph Ikikitaro, Pr
137. P. Herman Yosep Betu, Pr
138. P. Yustinus Rahangiar, Pr
139. P. Samuel O, Pr
140. P. Agustinus Yohanes Setiyono, SJ
141. P. Robertus L. Tangdilintin, Pr.
142. P. Linus Dumatubun, Pr.
143. P. Hendrikus Nahak, OFM
144. P. Norbertus B. Renyaan, OFM.
145. P. John Djonga, Pr.
146. P. Santon Tekege, Pr.
147. P. Marten Kuayo, Pr.

Catholic Church records many human rights violations in Wamena, Jayawijaya in 2013

From Papua Daily at Tabloid Jubi

January 1, 2014

The meeting between  church figures, police and community leaders (Jubi)
The meeting between church figures, police and community leaders (Jubi)

Wamena, 1/1 (Jubi) – During year 2013 there are many special alerts from community, traditional leaders and religious figures in Jayawijaya about conditions  of social, economics and politics in this district.

Father John Jonga, representative of the Catholic Church recognises the Catholic Church have recorded many violations of human rights during year 2013. Most violations are violations in the form of loss of rights to life, committed by the Armed Forces and the Police.

Father John said economic life has become increasingly difficult, because of economic programs that create dependence on government. Traditional economic life was destroyed as many gardens were abandoned.
“The price of basic necessities are very high and erratic (which is) a heavy burden on local peoples and disrupts the activities of the community.  For example before Christmas, gasoline rose to Rp100,000 (A$9) per litre, “said Father John to reporters at  Pilamo Cafe, Wamena, Tuesday (31/12).

In addition, Father John assessed the quality of health care in hospitals Wamena is still very bad. Local people complained about pharmaceutical quality, expensive price of pharmaceuticals, and even and clean water shortages. Some Public Health Centres even abandoned by health workers, and residents cannot be served.

The  increase in  HIV/AIDS cases was a record of the Catholic Church in Jayawijaya. The quality of education is very low.  Free educational programs do not run. Many schools outside the town of Wamena do not operate, resulting in many children dropping out of school and becoming street children in Wamena.

Julian Hisage, the Chief of Hubula’s, one tribe in Baliem Valley,  hopes that in 2014 the security forces can better appreciate the rights of civil society. Police also must act decisively against the perpetrators of crimes such as murder and suppliers of liquor.

“We also hope government  re-evaluates the programs, particularly the economic programs, so that more people can have economic independence, control the prices of goods and services in the town of Wamena, improve the quality of health care in hospitals and health centres in Wamena including the local health insurance programs, and improve the quality of education, “said Julian Hisage to reporters.

On the other hand, Jayawijaya Police Chief, AKBP. Johnny Eddizon ISIR, S.ik, who facilitated this meeting acknowledged that the input from community, traditional leaders and religious figures in the meeting should become a subject of evaluation for the police in order to better (their actions) in the coming years.

“Police cannot move without holding hands together to prevent conflicts that happen. So in the year 2014 it is expected any existing conflict potential can be prevented,” said Jayawijaya Police Chief. (Jubi/Islami/Victor Mambor)

Edited for clarity by WPM

DPRP member criticises the absence of teachers and medics in Papua

JUBI
26 March 2012A member of the Papuan legislative assembly, the DPRP, said it was very regrettable that teachers and health personnel rarely go to the more isolated parts of West Papua. Kenius Kogoya,  secretary of Commission E of the DPRP, said that although this was nothing new, it was very unfortunate indeed that this was still happening.

‘This is happening all the time in Papua, particularly in the interior. We have seen it for ourselves and feel very unhappy about this situation. Aren’t the institutions monitoring the situation in the kampungs and other places which these people should be visiting? Do they never check up on whether these people come to these places?’ he said.

He said that there was widespread neglect by officials who were failing to check on whether teachers and health workers ever turned up in the interior for work. This was happening despite the fact that  these people were being paid and that this was in accord with government policy.

‘There are serious failings in the system. They get a decent salary but no one monitors to see whether they ever go to these places. .No-one should surprised to discover that is a number of districts and kampungs, these people never turn up. They are paid a good salary but they are living elsewhere.  It is the duty of the authorities to remind them (of their duties),’ he said.
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_*/The difficult geographical conditions in Papua should not be used as a reason by public service workers. These workers in the fields of education and healthcare in the regions have been given certain rights, so they should also carry out their responsibilities, he said.

He said that a considerable amount of money was being spent on education and health. ‘People are always talking about the lack of personnel and complaining that the economic circumstances were not good, but who is it that they are not good for? The authorities are simply failing to take this matter seriously. And this is a  problem that exists in almost all the districts of Papua,’ said Kenius.

Structural discrimination against Papuans in many districts of Papua

[A very revealing report about how indigenous Papuans are being denied access to something as basic as education, thus maintaining their position as the underdog – TAPOL]JUBI, 23 March 2012

 

The author of the book, Paradoks Papua, The Papuan Paradox. said that there is systematic discrimination against the indigenous Papuan people in Keerom in all fields of endeavour.

Cipry  Jehan, the author, was speaking at a seminar on Just Development which was convened by the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Keerom.

‘There is structural social injustice in the district of Keerom and it is structured around peoples’ clans and religions.’

He said that this discrimination is apparent in all facets of life and is because the government concentrates all its development activities in the districts of Arso and Skamto.

‘Both these districts are populated by transmigrants (newcomers from outside Papua) whereas indigenous Papuans live mostly in Waris and Towe and they are not catered for in all this development.’

He said that discrimination in the field of education is evident from the nursery school level  right up to secondary school level. For example, in this district [Keerom], nursery schools [taman kanak-kanak] are spread right across  the districts whereas in the districts of Waris and Towe Hitam which is where the majority of the population are indigenous Papuans, there are no educational facilities at all. ‘Education facilities for the  Papuans  are very disappointing indeed.’

The author who is himself from the island of Flores.said he feels very sorry for the indigenous people in Keerom who are not getting their right to education. ‘This is after all one of the most important of all peoples rights. The government  pays no attention to this important matter.

‘The government is much more consistent about sending troops to this area than sending teachers.and doctors,’ he said.

Translated by TAPOL

LP3BP: The Papuan people have the right to self Determination

Press Release issued by LP3BH on 12 October 2011The Institute for Research, Recognition and Development of Legal Aid, in Manokwari was set up on 12 October 1996 in order to provide judicial services to  Papuan people who are lacking in social, economic and political capacity. It was set  up by NGO activists, human rights  activists, traditional leaders, spiritual leaders , the Catholic Church and the GPKAI in Manokwari.

The basic viewpoint of the founders at that time was that many legal and human rights abuses were not being resolved in accordance with the principles of justice and fairness and there was the need for a body to be set up that was in favour of upholding law and human rights in Manokwari and West Papua [which was known at the time as Birds Head.]

On the occasion of its XVth anniversary on 12 October 2011, the  LP3BH wishes to make public its attitude on a number of social and political problems, as follows:

1. The LP3BH is profoundly aware of and in agreement with the opinion that the Papuan  people who for almost forty years, under both the old and the new order  governments, have never had the opportunity to assemble and consult each other about their fate  and their future as a community of people who have the right to self-determination.

2. The LP3BH believes that the political history of Papua as a result of integration needs to be rectified  in accordance with the message adopted at the second Papuan Congress to enter into peaceful dialogue with the Indonesian government, with international mediation.

3. The LP3BH understands and continues to believe that the many criminal actions such as murders, emergency executions  and shootings in and around Jayapura, in the districts of Ilaga-Papua and Puncak Jaya as well as the shootings that continue to occur around the Freeport-Indonesia mine are a clear indication // of the involvement of certain elements of  the security forces of the Indonesian army (TNI), and must therefore be handled by criminal investigations undertaken by the Indonesian police force which is the only force with the legal and judicial powers to do so.

4. The soial and political situation in Papua has greatly improved as a result of the Papuan people deciding to pursue the path of peace in their efforts to solve the conflict in the Land of Papua.

5.  Acts of violence continue to occur in the Land of Papua and take the form of  physical violence as well as armed conflict.

Based on the situation described above, the LP3BH/Manokwari makes the following  demands:

1. The Indonesian Government should put an end to all overt military operations as well as intelligence operations which continue to be conducted against the background and paradigm of security disturbances without being based on political State policies adopted by the Indonesian Parliament/DPR-RI

2. The Indonesian Government should respond wisely and diligently to each and every  offer by the Papuan people to enter into peaceful dialogue free from violence in order to seek a solution to the conflict in the Land of Papua.

3. The Indonesian Government should adopt a more democratic approach, without any movement of espionage, to build a Land of Papua which is more humane. and just and is at all times ready to listen to the innermost feelings of the Papuan people