SBY Orders Safety Probe of  Merpati Planes After Crash in West Papua

May 15, 2011

Camelia Pasandaran, Arientha Primanita & Markus Junianto Sihaloho | May 13, 2011 Jakarta Globe

In the wake of a deadly aircraft wreck in Papua, the government on Thursday ordered an examination of Merpati Nusantara Airlines’s remaining turboprop planes.

“We have issued letters ordering an inspection and safety audit on the 12 MA-60 airplanes,” Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said at a news conference at the Presidential Office.

The announcement came after a cabinet meeting where President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the inspections after the fatal crash of an MA-60 into waters off Kaimana, West Papua, on Saturday, which is believed to have killed all 25 on board. Read the rest of this entry »


Mandiri: Rp 12t for investment in Papua

October 9, 2009

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Fri, 10/09/2009 1:55 PM | Business

State-owned bank PT Bank Mandiri announced on Thursday its commitment to allocate up to Rp 12 trillion (US$1.27 billion) in loans to finance investment in Papua and West Papua provinces.

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Papuans Need Democracy, Not Separatism

July 28, 2008

Yesterday I read this article in Papua Story, I can only make a short comment to Mr. Andri Hadi…what a brilliant choice of title! as for the content, I couldn’t agree with you more…

So please for all Papuans, Papua experts and Papua Observers, read this article carefully and try to understand Papua in a more objective perspective.

Papuans Need Democracy, Not Separatism

by Andri Hadi

The Jakarta Post
July 30, 2004

Efforts by certain quarters, within and outside Indonesia, to question the decolonization process in Papua gain a momentum by the declassification of restricted documents in the U.S. recently.

The documents portray the 1969 “Act of Free Choice” (AFC) as a sham, among others because it excluded most Papuans (Jakarta Post, July 16, 2004). Arguably, this development may provide ammunition to the hands of people pursuing the separatist aspiration in Papua, thus endangering Indonesia’s territorial integrity and its democracy. Read the rest of this entry »


The British Human Rights Report 2007

March 29, 2008

A very important note was stated in British Human Rights Report 2007.  I think it would be great if a peaceful dialogue among Papuan, Papua local government, Indonesia central government, Indonesian civil society, Papuan local NGO, and national NGO can be held openly and sincerely. The implementation of special autonomy should be discussed carefully in an honest atmosphere as a vital step to resolve the complex problem of Papua. Hostile action and negative propaganda by some radicals should be stopped. Violation of human rights by some military unit should also be stopped. At the same time, during the process of dialogue among parties in Papua, restrictions on access to Papua by NGOs and journalists should be loosen, so the world will see the reality of positive development in Papua. Hopefully, some irresponsible Papuan who take economical and political opportunity in foreign countries will realise that their action is only worsening the situation in Papua.

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The death of Suharto: What next for Papua?

February 2, 2008

Free to mourn or cheer , I quote those from the Economist which just like other Western medias, put the coverage story of former President Suharto in a bad taste. I like the expression of Free to mourn or cheer, and I interpret that as a freedom of expression. Indonesia now is showing such situation, that people can freelly expressing their feeling without fear. As we can see from Indonesian mass media including TV, internet and printed news, that most of Indonesian respect the death and full of forgiveness. That is Indonesian culture and the Western people can not dictate us what should we do. The most unique situation is that the mourning expression was not only in Java, but also in many other places including in the land of Papua (see kabar papua). Read the rest of this entry »


Amnesty Exeter Invites Papua’s Separatist Leaders in London

January 28, 2008

January 22nd, 2008 was the first time in the year of 2008 Amnesty Exeter (Exeter Amnesty International Group) invites West Papua  separatist leaders, Mr Benny Wenda & Mr Richard Samuelson. Mr. Benny Wenda who is Papuan gives talk about Human Right Issue in West Papua. He says Human Right violation in West Papua is committed by Indonesia Military toward West Papuan Peoples. Those propaganda was an old stories that Mr. Wenda keep echoing in UK. He also says that there is no freedom at all, and only killing, torture, imprisonment and intimidation. so we need international attention and keep an eye on the West Papuan Peoples. In contrast, the real situation in West Papua Indonesia is far from Mr. Wenda propaganda, that is a new democratic atmosphere is gradually developed. Read the rest of this entry »


Religious leaders in Indonesia’s Papua province demand halt to development programmes

December 27, 2007

Almost everyday we can see so many factual developments of democracy in Papua. One of the facts is that religious leaders in Papua can speak their mind regarding development programmes. Something that would never occurred during the period of New Order before 1998. Read the rest of this entry »