US sees RI as important ally in evolving new foreign policy

May 1, 2009

Lilian Budianto , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Thu, 04/30/2009 3:20 PM | World

US President Barack Obama’s 100-day-old administration has “re-energized US foreign policy with a fresh diplomatic approach” in a movement that “re-established the leadership” of the super power amid global tensions, a spokesman for the Indonesian president said.

Spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said on Wednesday Indonesia holds the new US administration in high regard, but added it might be too soon to define political achievements made under the pledge of “soft diplomacy” toward Arab nations. Read the rest of this entry »


Indonesia dismisses commander over troop revolt

April 30, 2009

Updated at: 1600 PST, Thursday, April 30, 2009

JAKARTA: The commander of an Indonesian army battalion which revolted against its officers in the restive province of Papua has been dismissed from his post, an army spokesman said Thursday.

The move came a day after about 200 troops rioted over their officers’ reported refusal to pay the full costs of returning a dead soldier’s body to his family in another province. Read the rest of this entry »


Army chief flies to Papua to quell rampage

April 30, 2009

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Thu, 04/30/2009 7:39 AM | National

Army chief of staff Gen. Agustadi Sasongko flew to Sentani in Papua to meet protesting soldiers who had put Papua on red alert.

On Thursday, Papua Military spokesman Lt. Col. Susilo said Agustadi had left Jakarta on Wednesday night, soon after the soldiers’ violent protest over what they said had been the theft of their money.

“Last night, Bapak (Agustadi) left Jakarta and this morning arrives here, and will head to Sentani to meet the soldiers immediately,” Sasongko told Antara news agency. Read the rest of this entry »


Fears for Journalists Hiding from Rioting Soldiers in Indonesia

April 30, 2009

News from Nick Chesterfield:

Today at 5:58am

Media Release: Indonesia 29 April, 2009

Fears for Journalists Hiding from Rioting Soldiers in Indonesia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is extremely worried
for the safety of a team of journalists in Indonesia, who tonight are
reported to be in hiding in Jayapura, Papua Province, as hundreds of
soldiers of the Indonesian army riot in the town.
Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI), an IFJ affiliate, reports that the
journalists were reporting on a military event in Jayapura today when
they observed soldiers attacking an army camp. One of the team took
photos of the attack. Read the rest of this entry »


Policeman Kills Ojek Driver in Bar Brawl

April 27, 2009

Non-Political News.

The news is not intended for propaganda to disrespect Indonesian Police Corps, but must be highlighted for improvement of Community Policing in West Papua. Please be careful with the clueless opinion from Free Papua linkages who loves to sacrifice West Papuan peoples for personal political benefit.

Why does it happen? I hope justice will lead the way.

Please read it carefully.

A drunk police officer in restive Papua Province allegedly shot a man dead after a brief fight, a local police chief said on Sunday.

Godhelp Mansnembra, the police chief for the district, said that a motorcycle taxi driver, identified as MSS, was shot by a district police officer, identified as EK, after a brawl in a Kadun Jaya village bar. Read the rest of this entry »


Indonesia Orders ICRC Out of Papua Over Jail Visits

April 23, 2009

In one side, this time I should say it is bad for the improvement of human rights situation in West Papua, but on the other side there is a big question why ICRC so interested in criminal prisoner and not interested in terrorist prisoner? Or maybe from a conspiracy perspective there are hidden foreign efforts to destroy Indonesian democracy by supporting too much on secessionist rights.

Report By Sunanda Creagh

JAKARTA, April 23 (Reuters) – Indonesia has ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to leave the politically sensitive Papua region after its officials visited separatists in jail, the foreign ministry said.

Papua, the underdeveloped but resource-rich western half of New Guinea island where independence activists have waged a separatist campaign for decades, is geographically isolated and foreign journalists need special permission to visit. Read the rest of this entry »


Papuan separatists held police officer for hours

March 29, 2009

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sun, 03/29/2009 1:51 PM | National

A Papuan separatist group (TPN/OPM) had on Saturday held a Supiori police officer hostage for seven hours, confiscating his revolver, kompas.com reported on Sunday.

Papua police chief Bagus Ekodanto confirmed on Sunday that the incident occurred on Saturday and that the officer had been released and is currently at Supiori police station. Read the rest of this entry »