Papua to donate cash, medicines for quake victims

October 6, 2009

Nethy Darma Somba , The Jakarta Post , Jayapura, Papua | Tue, 06 October 2009 3:56 PM | National

The Papua administration will send Rp 1 billion (US$ 100,000) in cash, and medicines worth Rp 200 million for earthquake victims in Padang and Jambi.

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Indonesian embassy in Papua New Guinea welcomes repatriates

October 5, 2009

BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific
October 5, 2009

Excerpt from report by Papua New Guinea Post-Courier website on 5 October

[By Harlyne Joku]

The Indonesian embassy has opened its doors over the weekend [3-4 October] to West Papuans living in Port Moresby to reconfirm their intention to be repatriated to their homes in Indonesia’s Papua Province. Read the rest of this entry »


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on Papua

September 16, 2009

To access the full report including the extensive footnotes visit the International Crisis Group website (registration required).

NO PART OF INDONESIA generates as much distorted reporting the western half of New Guinea that has been home to an independence movement since the 1960s. Some sources, mostly outside Indonesia, paint a picture of a closed killing field where the Indonesian army, backed by militia forces, perpetrates genocide against a defenceless people struggling for freedom. A variant has the army and multinational companies joining forces to despoil Papua and rob it of its own resources. Read the rest of this entry »


Celebrating direct election of 2 Papuan Governors

September 2, 2009

Remember, three years ago democracy has been installed in Papua and West Papua.

From Editorial, The Jakarta Post July 2006

After four months of waiting, the people of Papua and West Irian Jaya provinces finally saw the leaders they elected back in March take office Monday. Abraham Octavianus Atururi and Rahimin Katjong entered the history books as the first governor and deputy governor of West Irian Jaya. Their inauguration Monday should close the protracted debate over the legality of the province, a debate which colored the gubernatorial election there. Read the rest of this entry »


Rectifying the past injustice

August 25, 2009

After several years blogging about Papua, I realise that most of the readers of my blog are human rights activists, academics, government researchers, separatist activists, Indonesian military and intelligence officials,  UK Police officials, Australian officials, well educated Papuans, mining business players, environmentalists, etc. I am only guessing by interpreting thousands comments that came to me. A very usual watchers of Papua.

I want to share my personal feeling while writing  articles in my blog. My first impression is there are so many hatred and threat to me, not only from Papuan separatist groups but also from Indonesia (possibly military). I have a thesis: perpetual conflict will only exist as long as there is no communication, and I can say that there is no real communication between Indonesian government and Papua separatist movement for more than 40 years. Read the rest of this entry »


Day of the Broken Promise

August 15, 2009

Benny Wenda, West Papuan criminal who killed a policeman several years ago, self claimed leader of West Papuan, and a small number of West Papuans living in Netherland demonstrated opposite the Netherlands Embassy in London, to mark their protest against the New York Agreement, 15 August 1962. Read the rest of this entry »


Republic of West Papua

July 23, 2009

The Republic of West Papua is a separatist-proposed state lead by Benny Wenda that would give empty hope to the people of Western New Guinea (the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua).

The Republic of West Papua was never declared even during the period of the withdrawal of the Dutch in 1963, but the act of free choice decided by West Papuan leaders to integrate to Indonesia Read the rest of this entry »


Who gets to benefit from the high tension in Papua?

July 22, 2009

Who gets to benefit from the bloody higher tension in Papua and West Papua provinces? Should independent investigation be allowed for upholding justice to its very roots? The issue will be debated in a long process of disclosure, and there is no guarantee that the result could determine whether Indonesian military  and the Papua Freedom Movement will confess their crimes.

What to expect ? I am tired of seeing both sides Indonesian Military and Papua Freedom Movement taking benefits of the conflict. Both sides are very clever and cunning in generating public opinions and defending each position to get more benefits in the future. None of them care about human rights. Read the rest of this entry »


A mystery too many in Papua

July 15, 2009

From the bottom of my heart I would say the opinion below is very important to be read.  For many years I share similar feeling when it comes to mysteries in West Papua. That is why the foundation of my perspective is that both sides Indonesian security and Free Papua Movement are close friends. While most of ordinary Papuan people (about 1.5 million) dan ordinary non-Papuan people (about 2 million) are victims.

The Jakarta Post | Tue, 07/14/2009 9:40 AM | Opinion

As Indonesia’s easternmost province thousands of kilometers away from the nation’s capital Jakarta, Papua is a land full of mystery that baffles but attracts many outsiders. The thick and dense tropical rainforest that covers most of the rugged and mountainous province hides not only many secrets but also inexplicable events.

One of these unfortunately is a series of tragic fatal incidents. The death of three people in a shootout near the giant gold and copper mining operation in Timika at the weekend is another event which, going by history, will thicken the mysterious cloud above Papua. Read the rest of this entry »


Indonesia’s presidential election begins in Papua

July 14, 2009

Tue Jul 7, 2009 7:45pm EDT REUTERS

By John Package

PUNCAK JAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Polling stations opened in Papua, the easternmost part of Indonesia, on Wednesday, the start of voting in a presidential election that will determine the pace of reform over the next five years.

Opinion polls have consistently shown that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will be re-elected, winning a second term and a chance to push ahead more aggressively with reforms in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy that would help attract badly needed investment and create jobs.

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Integration between Nations (Integrasi Kebangsaan)

May 2, 2009

It is the first time in my life that I must support the statement from Thaha Al Hamid.

Indonesia consists of so many different ethnic groups which was in the past had their own governance in the form of traditional kingdom. The tribute system and the conquer of smallest kingdom into bigger one is basically a non-colonialism type. Even in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, etc,  Kabupaten (District) was an old small self-govern entity and that is way democracy can be smoothly implemented through decentralization and general elections.

However, something went wrong so far during the era of militarism in Indonesia. The central government ignored the needs of freedom of every different ethnic group. Repression, public order and political stability have had marginalized not only Papuan but also almost every single ethnic group in Indonesia. It was very difficult to show their unique ethnic identity because of the SARA repression (Suku, Agama, Ras, Antar Golongan). We could say that there were limited freedom of expression on ethnicity, religion, race, and group of people.  The creation of  Indonesian identity is not finished yet. Even in the capital city of Jakarta, the identity of Betawi (Batavian) “the indigenous owner” of Jakarta land vanished. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


Police blame group for election attacks

April 25, 2009

The Jakarta Post
April 25, 2009

by Dicky Christanto

Recent bomb attacks linked to the legislative elections in
troubled Papua province may have been orchestrated by a single
group, police said Friday.

They said a forensic laboratory report showed that explosive
materials used in both bombings were the same. 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 »


Provocative Media Release West Papua 16 April 2009

April 16, 2009

The Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) releases a provocative statement about increasing tensions in West Papua.

AWPA is calling on the Australian Foreign minister to raise the continuing deteriorating situation in West Papua with the Indonesian President and urge him in particular to control the security forces in West Papua as a way of avoiding further escalation of the situation and avoiding possible bloodshed.

Joe Collins (the agent of provocateur) of AWPA said that recent incidents in West Papua including the ambush on Wednesday the 15 April in which a policeman was killed and six others wounded by an unidentified group in Tingginambut in the Puncak Jaya district of West Papua “may have been instigated by third parties out to distrupt the Presidential election as the Indonesian President’s talk of reform is not welcome by all members of the security forces”.

Info Joe Collins
Mob. 04077 857 97

Joe Collins “the agent” is familiar with the situation in Indonesia. That is why he could easily understand about the potential conflict inside Indonesia. If Joe is a sincere person, he will not provoke the situation by adding more easily burn ammo about the possible bloodsheed. Who are the third parties? Is it Australian intelligence? Is it Wiranto’s loyal followers? Is it Prabowo’s para military groups?

Who is Joe Collins ?

Please inform the world if you know even a little piece of information about the game that Joe Collins plays.


Violence in West Papua

April 11, 2009

Plainclothes police examine the body of a man who died in an attack on a police post in Jayapura, Indonesia’s Papua province April 9, 2009. Indonesia’s Papua province was hit by violence on Thursday, including an attack on a police post by about 100 people, hours before voting was due to start in parliamentary elections, police said. Police opened fire, killing one person, when the crowd attacked the police post in Jayapura with bows and arrows and petrol bombs, Papua Police Chief Bagus Ekodanto said by telephone. (Copyright: Reuters)

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Demonstration in West Papua (Copyright: Antara)

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Many thanks to Benny Wenda and all his British supporters for bringing suffering upon the West Papuan people. O Heavenly Father, we come to you with our heart full of fear. We are so afraid of where we will end up, we need your guidance and love at this moment. Please send us a miracle to bring peace to the place where we call home. Help us Father, please dont leave our sight. Be with us all the time…AMEN