More and more armed West Papuan rebels have surrendered and declared their allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia over the past few months of 2020. 863 more wordsMore armed West Papuan rebels declare allegiance to Indonesia — West Papua
Dr. Martin Ira Glassner (1998) stated in his book : “The UN’s record in postcolonial territorial disputes is not good, with West Irian the solitary success. Source: Glassner, M. I. (1998) The United Nations at Work. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, page 270.
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 »
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 »
We often heard stories and news about poverty in Papua and West Papua provinces. We also heard about how bad the social and economic condition in both provinces. But do we realise that poverty problem is a national problem for Indonesia?
Social and economic disparities between regions across Indonesia remains a serious hindrance to development. Papua together with other eight provinces including North Sulawesi, West Java, Jakarta, West Sumatra, East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, and Banten share the problem of poverty.
By realising that we Papuan are not alone in fighting poverty, we can work together with other provinces by the support of central government of Indonesia finding solution to increase the economic condition of our people. In the free market era, we cannot isolate ourself from the world by retreating to the jungle. We should work hard and think positively for the shake of our children and grandchildren.
The article written by Desy Nurhayati in Jakarta Post is worth to be read by all elements of Papuan.
Wide social and economic disparities between regions across Indonesia remains a serious hindrance to development, a new report on regional development for the 2004-2007 period says.
These gaps were indicated by, among other things, different levels of prosperity and the uneven development of infrastructure, the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) joint report said. Read the rest of this entry »
Local residents with bows and arrows stage a war dance on a boat during the opening of a culture and arts festival at Lake Sentani in Jayapura, Papua, on Thursday. The festival, officially opened by Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik, will last until Saturday. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)
Human Rights Watch takes no position on Papuan claims to self-determination
Human Rights Watch (HRW) supports the right of all individuals in the world, including in Indonesia. All Papuan should understand that such supports from HRW is not for self determination. In contrast it is a support for liberating individual expression. In Western countries, liberal ideology is well established and unlikely mislead to a physical conflict. In other countries, (for example Indonesia) physical conflict is a potential power to burst at any time. That is why, prevention by law is vital to maintain peace among people. Unfortunately the law sometimes in opposite to liberal ideology. Read the rest of this entry »
Two days ago, a friend from Australia informs Free West Papua about a demo plan by several Papuan political dan economical opportunist. It is very interesting to watch and to understand how political clowns play their game in the world.
Please observe carefully the game next week and you will find out the scenario of the game to maintain conflict in Papua.
Please stop the game, all Papuan need is a peaceful development.
Here is the information: Read the rest of this entry »
Eni Faleomavaega and Donald Payne are really serious on Papua issue. Their letter to UN General Secretary then followed by a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The new letter which was dated 5 March 2008, stressed on restriction on international access to Papua and West Papua Province. It is now clear that Eni Faleomavaega was really upset by the treatment during his visit on November 2007 to Papua. They even enclosed photos and DVD capture Indonesia military’s overact of force during Congressman Faleomavaega’s visit, then Eni conclude that the overacting military showed a pattern of Indonesian military’s misuse of force. Read the rest of this entry »
The two pilots, a flight engineer and three loadmasters escaped safely from the aircraft which caught fire at 08:36 yesterday at Wamena airport in west Papua moments after completing a flight from the west Papuan city of Jayapura, Manunggal Air Service operations manager Tjonhar Azya says from the airline’s offices in Jakarta. Read the rest of this entry »
Why did two senior members of of the Committee of Foreign Affairs on West Papua
Congress of the United States sent a concern letter regarding condition in West Papua to the United Nations?
Donald M. Payne and Eni F.H. Faleomavaega signed a letter that can be interpreted in at least three ways. Read the rest of this entry »
Confrontation will only worsening conflict in Papua. We should start to think and act wisely in mature manner. Some separatist pomps speak out against development in Papua, for example by spreading negative issues on investment and development project in Papua. Other Papuan support the development with condition that the development is not intentionally to destroy the beautiful land of papua. Read the rest of this entry »
Political analysts, Indonesianists, and observers may have one common tendency on their analysis regarding Indonesia’s position on Kosovo’s Independence. The discouragement from domestic factor of separatism seems take the position as the single factor that prevent Indonesia in accepting Kosovo’s independence. So simple and jump into a misleading conclusion that Indonesia still has unfinished business in keeping Papua as its province. Read the rest of this entry »
What is the meaning of a report from Freeport-Mc Moran Copper & Gold Inc about company’s expectation for copper and gold output in 2008 from its new areas of exploration in Grasberg mine. Increase 6% bla..bla.bla, decrease ?% so what? There is so little stories about Freeport contribution to the development of Papuan. The Board of Directors and the Commissioners of Freeport-Mc Moran might think that after they pay royalty, tax and dividends everything will be okay far all parties. They forget one important thing, it is not always about business and money!!! Read the rest of this entry »
One of the most critical problem in Papua is health, especially the the spread of HIV/AIDS to the population, particularly among prostitutes and their users. Special attention should be taken seriously as the disease has started to spread from prostitutes to housewives, raising fears of an African-style epidemic. Papua’s number of cases per 100,000 people is nearly 20 times the national average, according to a government study published in 2007.Health experts say the disease has been spreading rapidly due to several factors — high rates of promiscuity, rituals in some Papuan tribes where partner swapping takes place, poor education about AIDS and lack of condoms.
What Indonesian government should do is to help west papuan refugees whenever they need help. This is not only an obligation in the view of humanitarian perspective, but also an opportunity to show the world that the democratic Indonesia is attentive to human rights issue. Hopefully that the diplomatic ties between Indonesia and PNG can solve the problem of West Papuan refugees.
Here is the news: Read the rest of this entry »
Radio New Zealand International
Posted at 05:59 on 17 January, 2008 UTC
Four people remain missing following a landslide in the provincial capital of Indonesia’s Papua on Tuesday which left at least eleven people dead.
The Jakarta Post reports that five people were rescued from the landslide at a Jayapura housing compound and are being treated in hospital with reported serious injuries.
Four further people are believed to be missing and rescue workers are continuing their search today.
BBC News, Tuesday, 15 January 2008, 16:18 GMT
A landslide in the Indonesian province of Papua has killed at least 10 people, including a six-month-old baby, local officials say. Heavy rain triggered a landslip that engulfed a hospital housing complex in the regional capital, Jayapura. Read the rest of this entry »