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 »
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 »
August 30, 2008
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.
UNDP – Bappenas report shows regional development uneven
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 »
June 20, 2008
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)
March 23, 2008
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 »
March 23, 2008
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 »