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" Base Group Empowerment Principles: Training on Community Organising "
Jayapura, 30 May 2009 .
The Office for Justice and Peace (SKP) in Jayapura Diocese organised training for its base groups . The training session was held over three days, from May 11-13, attended by SKP staff, volunteers and a number of groups, including the United for Truth ( Bersatu Untuk Kebenaran / BUK ), Papuan Women Traders (MPAP) and representatives for Motorbike Taxis in Abepura.SKP Director, Br Rudolf Kambayong OFM, stated in his opening address, that the training session had been implemented to address development and issues in the community, with a particular focus on rights of underrepresented citizens at the grassroots level. Br Rudolf said that people were willing to change their lives, but often do not have access to the means of doing so, and so needed assistance.The meeting facilitator, Roem Topatimasang, said that the purpose of the meeting was:1) To have base groups organized efficiently by 2010. 2) For the base groups to organize good work programs. 3) The base groups would be able to carry out their programs correctly.The training base group itself has been set up smoothly. Participants in the workshop were asked to identify what has been achieved so far, and what is yet to be implemented. The group came up with a number of initiatives it could follow:Currently, for the Papuan Women Traders (MPAP): 1. There are currently 689 members of MPAP, in seven regions. 2. A committee for MPAP is yet to be established, but meetings are often organised for members. 3. A group program or plan has not yet been arranged. 4. The group does not yet have its own facilities, while it continues to be based at the SKP Jayapura church office.What needs to be carried out for the Papuan Women Traders (MPAP): 1. The database of all members needs to be completed. 2. Formation of an organising committee. Arranging how further talks will be carried out. Every region will require its own coordinator. 3. A group work program or plan needs to be arranged. 4. What facilities does MPAP require?Victims' group, United for Truth (BUK) 1. There were 155 members of the victims' group in Abepura. Five people have died, there are another 150 remaining in Abepura. The information has been collected but is yet to be entered into the computer database at the Office of Justice and Peace. 2. There is already a BUK coordinator for each region. Meetings have already been held, but only between representatives, not all members. 3. Programs now running: Trauma healing training, capacity building, advocacy/campaigns to commemorate days of violence. 4. Facilities: The group has a secretariat office and working equipment. What needs to be carried out for BUK: 1. Enter members' personal and contact details into database. Their experiences of violence should be detailed, including the dates they occurred. How were these cases be addressed and settled? 2. Work out an organisational structure. Representatives need to discuss and decide what the most appropriate structure for such an organisation would be. A notary statement for the BUK is available. We only need to discuss the structure of the organization. 3. A meeting needs to be held to create a long-term strategy for the organization. An annual program already exists, but a review needs to be carried out of what is currently up and running, and what is yet to start up (*)

" Case hearing of Buchtar Tabuni: Witnesses Interviewed "
Jayapura, March 25, 2009 .
The fifth session of the hearing for Buchtar Tabuni was held on March 25, 2009. He was brought to the court in the prosecutor's vehicle, led by two trucks of police to the Abepura District Court from Jayapura at approximately 9 a.m. Like the previous four sessions, police acted as an escort. The security force assembled included the Samapta, Reskrim (Polresta, Polsek Abepura), and the Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) including Team Gegana), with all officers armed with weapons. The hearing began at 10:30 a.m., opened by a panel of judges. Chaired by Manungku Prasetyo, SH, the panel included Lucky Rombot Kalalo, SH and Hotnar Simarmata, SH. Before the hearing opened, Buchtar Tabuni was questioned about the state of his health. He responded that he was in good health. The trial then began, starting with the questioning of witnesses. First witness' account: Mario Warimon, a member of Jayapura's City Police office attended morning roll call at 6 a.m. for security details on a protest rally at the gate of Uncen ( Cendrawasih University ). The witness had a warrant, but did not read it, nor know the details of its contents. Witness recorded the rally process and learnt of the contents of the oration at Uncen demanding the review of the 1969 Pepera (the Act of Free Choice) from the pamphlets that were distributed. The witness saw Buchtar Tabuni at Uncen and Ekspo.During the speeches there were no disturbances in the crowd. All people were able to pass freely and the crowd was controlled. The crowd moved toward the Jayapura House of Representatives, but the objective of demonstrators was not known. Second witness' account: Pieter Kalahatu, chief deputy of the Apupera District Police office. His role at the gate of Uncen was to manage the traffic with his senior, Officer Dance, of Papua's Regional Police office, during the protest rally. The witness had a security warrant, but did not know its contents.At this stage, the defendant lawyer Harry Maturbongs, SH asked the judges to to call the Chief of Police of Jayapura City and Abepura Sub-district but the court overruled his request.Third witness' account: Habel Mansi, Chief of Traffic Management Unit of the Abepura Sub-District Police office attended the morning roll call at 6 am then conducted a sweeping at Lingkaran Atas Abe. The witness then went to Uncen and saw Buchtar Tabuni. The witness was made responsible for traffic control. He acknowledged that there was no congestion as the traffic was diverted towards the back of Ekspo. The witness admitted he had been occupied with managing the traffic, and therefore had no knowledge of what the defendant and the crowd was actually doing.

Meanwhile, outside of the Abepura District Court around 9 a.m., a number of students were forcing their way in through the court's front gate but were restricted by the security force.At 10 a.m., a number of students gathered in front of Regina mall. At 10.45 a.m., the crowd of about 100 men and women, including university students, held a peace rally under the supervision of the security force assembled. This is the content of the speech given by the students: "We are here to talk about democracy and truth, so if there are those who are offended among us, we must persist. We did not realize that when we integrated into the Republic of Indonesia , we activated a time bomb that would threaten to kill our race, our nation, for the next 30 years. Therefore we ask all of you to support the cause for the release of Buchtar Tabuni.""Buchtar, release Buchtar, release Buchtar, release!" the crowd collectively chanted. It then chanted: "stop deceiving each other, stop deceiving each other, stop deceiving each other outside of the court", repeatedly, accompanied by an acoustic guitar."We only want one thing, we want that referendum. ..." Because we ask this, they want to cut our throat. All of us are under threat. So be prepared to fight back . Following his arrest on December 3, 2008, Buchtar Tabuni was imprisoned before his trial. Buchtar Tabuni was accused of treason at the Inter-Parliamentarian for West Papua action on October 16, 2008, as well as of provoking officers and resisting arrest as listed in Article 106, 110, 212 and 216 of the Penal Code. The hearing ended at 1 p.m. The following hearing on witnesses' accounts was held on Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

"Protecting the Human Rights of Papuans: SKPs� Network Annual Meeting Report "
Jayapura, 1-4 March 2009 .
All Offices for Justice and Peace (SKP) in Papua Province , from the dioceses of Merauke, Jayapura, Manowari-Sorong, Agats and Timika, held its sixth annual working meeting in Sentani. The theme of the event was �Protecting the Right to Life of Papuans�. Participants included those from the five SKP offices and their working partners. The meeting was held over four days, with an extra day of organized recreational activities.  On the first day the coordinator of the Papua SKP delivered  a report, while the restructure of SKP in Papua Province was also discussed. Facilitators provided a summary of their work, and the group heard a report from its consultant overseeing the restructure of SKP offices in Papua.  On the second day, participants discussed their experiences, problems and challenges for the SKP offices in carrying out their work, as well as an input from resource persons. On the third day, each individual office gave a report to the group. Participants were then divided into discussion groups. On the fourth day those same working groups reported back to the conference. Activities for the SKP dioceses were planned for 2009.  On the final day, participants enjoyed each other's company and the beautiful scenery of the Amai-Depapre coast.The meeting was officially opened by Father Willem Warat Bungan OFM  as both a representative of bishops in the Jayapura Diocese, and as well as the Franciscan Papua, the that constitue the board of founders for SKP Jayapura.   In his opening speech Father Willem first expressed thanks to all participants and resource persons for their attendance. He told participants that working in justice and peace activism demonstrated a commitment to ordinary people, people who did not feel safe. Furthermore, he added, those working in this field strived to uphold human dignity to the utmost."When we talk about justice and peace, we're not just talking about human beings, but also about the integrity of creation and the whole universe,,� Father William said.   Meanwhile, the meeting facilitator, Br. Rudolf Kambayong OFM, said that this year's conference was no different from previous meetings, in that it would evaluate the activities held during 2008,  including an evaluation of the program to restructure SKP Papua, and designing a program of activities for SKP in 2009.
For the 2009 program, Br. Rudolf said the presence of resource persons that were able to convey a clearer picture of the situation in Papua, as well as their analysis, would be useful in preparing a plan for the year. A goal achieved in the meeting this year was an agreement between all of the offices to continue their work in �Protecting the Right to Life of Papuan People�. This emerged out of the deep concern expressed by the participants, that the people of Papua have not enjoyed significant progress in their province compared to other regions in Indonesia.This is evidenced by a decline in the quality of education, the ongoing poor quality of health services available, the neglect of Papua's economy and rampant corruption.  One program to be developed this year is a database system, gathering accurate data from a range of fields. SKP will be able to utilize such information in its activities to realize the dream of �Papua Land of Peace�. This year's meeting involved the complete participation of all dioceses in Papua. The recently-revived (as of January 2009) SKP Office of Manokwari-Sorong diocese was also present. In total, 31 people attended. May the results of the meeting and the plans that participants drew together be used as a framework for the Office for Justice and Peace to carry out its duties this year, and in the years to come. Congratulations, and best of luck.(*)

"Thank you Br Budi; Welcome Br Rudolf"
Jayapura, 12 January 2009.
The office for Justice and Peace has Br Rudolf Kambayong OFM as the new director succeeding Br J. Budi Hernawan OFM. The simple inauguration took place in the meeting room of Jayapura diocese office before the presence of the SKP Board: Bishop of Jayapura, Most Rev. Leo Laba Ladjar OFM, the Custos of the Custody of Francis Herald of Peace of West Papua, Fr Gabriel Ngga OFM, the SKP delegate, Erhardus Desa, and some SKP partners including the Executive Secretary of Papua NGOs� Forum, KontraS Papua chairman, Coordinator of Bersatu untuk kebenaran, a member of the Provincial Council, Chairman of Justice and Peace Bureau of the KINGMI church.
Bishop Leo delivered his speech thanking Br Budi for his good and neat performance by endorsing staff to achieve their peak performance, and making reports to both sponsors and the Board. He wishes that the new director could maintain such performance. He also underlined the inseparable justice and peace since no peace without justice. The bishop also apologised for paying less attention to SKP than what was requested. "There is some complaint that the Bishop seems to pay less attention and is less supportive to SKP. I emphasise that I have limitations due to my responsibilities. So if SKP asked me more than I can do, it would go beyond my capacity. I support what I consider suitable for building Papua inside Papua, not outside Papua. If any thing doesn�t meet this criterium, I would not agree". As for the future of SKP which will be held by the Franciscans in Papua, the Bishop expected a good collaboration. The Custos also explained that in the future, SKP will be taken care of by the Franciscan Friars in West Papua so that it will emphasise and mainstream JPIC spirituality in its ministry. He also expected a good cooperation with the diocese since some of the friars work at this diocese.
In his farewell speech, Br J. Budi Hernawan OFM expressed his personal account saying that for 11 years, he had encountered various new experiences particularly in the area of humanity. "The most interested thing is when I was confronted with the situation of the victims of human rights violations, the marginalised and the destruction of the environment". He explained that he was deeply involved in initiating this office together with Theo van den Broek and since then, the office has largely developed in terms of staff, programmes and network. Br Rudolf Kambayong OFM delivered his speech underlining the need to continue the cooperation and support from the Board, SKP staff and all partners who have been working with SKP.
Br. J. Budi Hernawan OFM worked as a member of the Pastoral Team in Epouto and Enarotali, Paniai, in 1997. Having completed this task in 1998, he was assigned to SKP and in 2005 he was appointed director. The Custos assigned him to undertake PhD studies at The Australian National University, Australia, starting in 2009. Br Rudolf Kambayong OFM joint SKP in 2001 while he was doing an internship with SKP as part of his Theology studies. Having completed his studies in 2002, he was assigned to SKP until now.

 

290 Receive Medical Treatment in former IDP Community
Jayapura, 25 November 2008.
From 17-19 November 2008, a team from Office of Justice and Peace (SKP) Diocese of Jayapura provided medical treatment to 290 people in the Kwiyawage Sub-District. The treatment programme was conducted jointly with local government health staff. The SKP team was forced to cut short the treatment programme due to transport difficulties in this remote highland area.
There are three Church denominations in Kwiyawage; Evangelical (GIDI), Baptist and Gospel Tabernacle Churches. A GIDI Church leader, Mr Manas Tuno, explained that there was no doctor working in the Sub-District. The community faced difficulties in accessing medical assistance and therefore, was very pleased that SKP Jayapura had been able to visit the area and provide assistance. He indicated that in the past some people had died because they could not get medical care in time.
This medical assistance programme in Kwiyawage was organised by the Community Empowerment Unit of SKP Jayapura, which is coordinated by Br Rudolf Kambayong. A similar initiative was conducted in 2004.
Aside from transport problems, language also presented a difficulty in this programme. Patients were not comfortable expressing themselves in Indonesian and needed the assistance of interpreters. The interpreters facilitated communication between the doctor and his patients to enable diagnosis, and also to properly explain the medication required.
Judging from the condition of the patients and conditions around the village, the SKP team concluded that the nutritional status of the community was relatively good. This was largely thanks to good supply of vegetables, tubers and fresh-water prawns. However, the team was concerned about the availability of potable water and sanitation facilities. Often water is not boiled before drinking. Sanitation facilities are sub-standard. The team assessed that if action was not taken to address these concerns it could lead to future health problems.
In Mume Village, Kwiyawage Sub-District, where the treatment programme was undertaken, there is a special health facility (traditional honai shelter) to treat patients and for the delivery of babies. The two health workers serving in this community said that the honai was well-used by the community, however they often had difficulties securing medicines to treat patients. Their requests for supplies from the regional center of Wamena had not yet been met.
Members of the SKP team felt that the medical supplies at the community health centre were reasonably good, but the staff�s knowledge of how to properly use the medicines needed to be improved. The team also found a number of medical supplies has passed their expiry date, but had not been disposed of.
Residents of Mume Village have the opportunity to sell their produce on market days twice a week. From early morning until mid-day, an impromptu market place in front of the village meeting space is buzzing with people. The people farm in the surrounding hills, and a kind of tuber, ubi jalar, is the main crop as this is the staple food in Kwiyawage. They also produce a variety of vegetables and raise livestock for food.
The state of education facilities in Mume Village is poor. Not only are the facilities insufficient to accommodate the number of pupils, the teachers tend to come only at exam time and then quickly return to Wamena. Many school-age children remain illiterate. Teachers have been known to post false results to exams and this means that students can proceed through the school system although largely illiterate. The Village Head, Mr Darinus Telenggen, explained that the teachers deserted the school in 2004. He expressed his dismay at the fact that although there are school facilities, the teachers are not willing to stay in the village and teach, and instead prefer to stay in Wamena live off the salary from a job they do not even perform.
One of the most popular public facilities in the village are the volleyball court and football field. These places are always full of people, and play stops only when it is too dark to see the ball or due to rain and wind. The village has no electricity to provide lighting at night. The community is still dependent on natural light sources, and long for the day when electricity can help light their homes and provide entertainment.
Residents of the village recently received cash assistance, amounting to Rp 700,000 (approx. USD 80) per family. A total of 88 families received assistance, and it is hoped they are able to use this well. The recent division of regencies to create new administrative units has also caused some confusion in the community and they are not certain which regency their village now belongs to.
SKP Jayapura�s support to the Kwiyawage community began in August 2003 after the military conducted operations in the area ostensibly in search of those responsible for the attack on an arms depot in Wamena. Resident�s homes were destroyed in this operation, as well as their fields, livestock, school and Church. Residents were also forced to seek refuge in surrounding areas. Beginning in 2004, members of the community have slowly been returning to their village in Kwiyawage and this latest medical mission was part of SKP Jayapura�s ongoing programme of support to this community of formerly displaced people.

 

Jayapura Youth Learn Composting and Paper Recycling
Jayapura, 3 November 2008.
In October 2008, the Office of Justice and Peace (SKP) Diocese of Jayapura held training for youth in two parishes around Jayapura in waste management. These trainings, involving over 60 young people, were intended to raise awareness about the growing waste problem in Jayapura and as part of commemoration of St. Francis Day on 4 October. The training focused on two methods of waste management; creating compost from organic waste and recycling used paper. Br. Edy Rosariyanto OFM, of SKP�s Eco-pastoral Division, explained that around 60-70% of household waste is organic and organic waste can be turned into compost fertiliser. All that is needed is some knowledge in how to turn waste into useful compost. Br. Edy explained that composting could be done at home. He explained the many benefits of composting, and how it can help to reduce waste in the environment, help to fertilise plants and reduce the waste management burden on the government.
Br. Edy explained the steps involved in creating compost, beginning with separating organic and non-organic waste, processing the waste and the selection of a compost area that has the right temperature, humidity and air circulation to promote the composting process. After receiving a basic orientation about the composting process, participants had the opportunity to try themselves using waste from home. Br. Edy also addressed participant�s questions about different ways to compost, with pointers for success.
Rosa Moiwend, Coordinator of SKP�s Investigation Unit, also gave training in paper recycling. Rosa explained the basic equipment required and the types of paper that could be recycled. Participants learnt how to prepare paper for recycling, from sorting, processing, soaking to blending to create paper pulp. Rosa showed participants how to turn the pulp into sheets of paper using silk-screen frames. Participants had the chance to try out the process of creating even, well-shaped sheets of paper and discovered that it was not as easy as it seemed.
Participants were very enthusiastic to learn papermaking skills as this was something new to them. They did not find the process very easy, but did not lack motivation to keep working on this new skill.
As the training concluded, one participant, Ies Piran, suggested that similar initiatives be conducted in schools and for housewives. Other participants also expressed their hope that this kind of training could be repeated. SKP Director, Br. Budi Hernawan, in closing the training, thanked participants for their involvement and said that SKP was willing to support participants in waste management activities. The training was closed with a prayer.

 

"We Papuan women want proper market place in town!"
Jayapura, 17 October 2008.
Around 500 Papuan women market traders, students and other supporters held a peaceful demonstration at the Jayapura Mayor�s Office on 10 October. The demonstration began with a series of speeches at the central Taman Imbi park, before proceeding to the Mayor�s Office.
Upon reaching the Mayor�s Office, the demonstrators unfurled a number of banners and again made speeches. The banners conveyed key concerns of the market women, mainly demanding the Mayor uphold his promise to provide a central market space and be accountable to the people, questioning the impact of Special Autonomy, and demanding fulfilment of the rights of indigenous Papuans. Some were threatening to boycott local elections of action was not forthcoming and demanding the Mayor and other senior government figures step down to take accountability for their failure to respond to the needs of Papuan market women.
The students participating in the demonstration also addressed the crowd. They expressed their appreciation to the Papuan market women, and said that without their contribution many families would not be able to pay school fees or other necessities. They stressed that the women deserved a proper place to sell their goods so that they did not have to sit by the roadside. The students demanded the government pay attention to the demands of the market women and questioned the implementation of Special Autonomy if it cannot even help to bring about a decent market place.
After a while, a government official came out to meet the demonstrators. He said that demonstrators must appoint representatives (a group of 25 market women) to meet the Mayor. The demonstrators were irate at this suggestion and demanded that the Mayor come down to address the demonstration. Br. Rudolf Kambayong OFM of SKP�s Community Empowerment Unit, was able to calm the crowd and after some lobbying, the Mayor agreed to meet the demonstrators.
Br. Rudolf explained to the Mayor the efforts undertaken to secure a decent market place for the Papuan women traders. He mentioned how this campaign began in 2004 and that the initiative was also supported by the Bishop of Jayapura, Mgr. Dr. Leo Laba Ladjar OFM. Br. Rudolf told the Mayor that city officials had prepared architectural plans, identified an appropriate location and gained approvals " it was now only an issue of funding. He stressed that if the city government did not have the necessary funds, it should submit a proposal with the Provincial authorities. Three representatives of the market women, Yuliana Pigai, Lina Monim and Amelia Kadepa, presented one simple request to the Mayor; "please build us a market place." Ameilia Kadepa also reminded the Mayor of a promise he had made to the market women back in 2004.
After listening to the demonstrators, the Mayor explained that the city government did no have sufficient funds to build a new market place as funds had already been allocated. However, he immediately tasked one of his staff to prepare a proposal for submission to the Provincial Government. The Mayor asked that God bless the struggle of the market women and asked Br. Rudolf to close the demonstration with a prayer.
The campaign of Papuan market women for a decent market place began in 2004. The women have been supported by a team from SKP Jayapura, and held numerous meetings with representatives of local government and parliament. However, they are still waiting for the day when they can have a stall in a modern market place.

 

Concerns over Living Conditions of Ex-Refugees in Batom
Jayapura, 10 October 2008.
A team organised by the Office of Justice and Peace (SKP) Diocese of Jayapura, which included medical personnel, visited Batom Sub-District from 4-9 October 2008. The team was also accompanied by the Oklip Parish Priest, Fr. Hilarius Pekey, in this follow-up to a previous assistance mission in May 2007.
Batom Sub-District is located in the south of Star Mountains Regency on Indonesia�s border with PNG and along the Sepik River. It is only accessible by air. The Batom community comprises of the indigenous inhabitants, the Asbe tribe, and repatriated refugees who spent time in PNG. The refugees left Papua due to the political and security situation, and disappointment over Papua�s integration into Indonesia. They were also victims of crimes at the hands of the Indonesian military, including the rape of women and children. Their houses were burnt and livestock killed. They felt bitter about they way they were treated, and therefore sought refuge in neighbouring PNG. They also attacked the military post in Batom on 9 July 1990. Many of those who sought refugee in PNG have slowly come back to Papua and settled in villages in the Batom area. However, their living conditions are poor. They often live 3-4 families to one house, and without proper sanitation or potable water. They are hunter-gathers who live on food collected from the surrounding forests and rivers.
Health conditions in the community are poor. There is no doctor in the vicinity, only 4 paramedical staff and health workers. The 7 teachers who are meant to serve the local school have abandoned their post and come to the school only for end-of-year exams. The teachers allow students to enter higher year levels without receiving any instruction, and as a result students in 5th grade elementary school are still illiterate. What is even more tragic, one of the teachers absconded with Rp 85 million that was intended to promote early childhood education.
The number of people seeking medical assistance as part of the SKP medical mission was an indicator of the poor health conditions in the community. The medical assistance team treated 300 people in the course of 3 days. They mainly suffered from skin complaints, clinical malaria, respiratory tract infections and other conditions.
There is a development boom in Batom currently. The central government has financed projects for the construction of barracks for traditional border-crossers, an immigration office, and a health center. Irrespective of the fact that these new facilities are yet to be occupied and put to use, there are also new construction projects underway for school buildings, offices, housing and a fish farm. A local official explained that the central government had poured large amounts of money into infrastructure development in Batom. There are plans to complete all national development projects by 31 December 2008 - and this is absorbing the time and attention of the entire community, and also an additional 182 tradespeople who have come from Jayapura. The construction work is demanding and intense, and has extracted a significant toll on the lives of the local community with some falling ill. Spending so much time on construction, residents have not been able to gather food. Many are malnourished as a result. There are also plans to knock down a parish building to make way for a new development project.
While there is an extensive - and expensive - push to develop infrastructure in Batom Sub-District, attention to fundamental aspects of community welfare through improved education, health, sanitation and community development have been neglected. What use is a grand health center if there are no public officials willing to dedicate themselves to serving the community? Who will live in the houses built for public servants? Who will teach in the new school buildings? Who will attend to the sick people at the community clinic?

 

Want to Celebrate the Day of Peace?�Move to the reggae beat
Jayapura, 24 September 2008.
The Office of Justice and Peace (SKP) Diocese of Jayapura celebrated the International Day of Peace on 21 September 2008 with a music concert. Held in cooperation with Komunitas Rasta Kribo Papua and FOKER LSM Papua, hundreds of young people attended the Jayapura concert to be hypnotised by the rhythm, and also express themselves through dance, music and poetry. The theme of the events was "Papua Free of Torture; toward a New Papua Full of Peace".
The event began at 18.00 and as the music began to reverberate, the crowd also began to swell. SKP Director, Br Budi Hernawan, said: "Expression of identity is a key aspect of building peace. The identity of Papuans can be actualised and expressed through music. Papuans must respect their identity and give expression to this; this is important to build dignity. The International Day of Peace was initiated by the United Nations in 1981 to counter all acts of violence. With this spirit, SKP and FOKER decided to designate the celebration of the International Day of Peace in Papua a special theme; a Papua free of torture."
The Executive Secretary of FOKER LSM Papua, Septer Manufandu, added; "We have to resist the culture of forgetting that has made us forget our identity and our past. We have to find the courage to express ourselves through our own music." The event continued with a peace message from the Director of Komunitas Rasta Kribo Papua and musical performance that got the audience up and dancing.
SKP Jayapura each year commemorates the International Day of Peace with a series of events. This year SKP held an interactive dialogue on TV Mandiri Papua on the issue of human rights violations and a seminar on the impact of the creation of new administrative regions in Wamena. All activities relate to the nine aspects for building a culture of peace in Papua.

 

Papuan Women Traders Demand Market Place
Jayapura, 20 September 2008.
Around 100 indigenous market women, together with Office of Justice and Peace (SKP) Diocese of Jayapura and 50 students, help a demonstration in front of the regional parliament at 10.00am on 18 September 2008. The demonstrators were demanding the construction of a market place for Papuan women traders as promised by the city and provincial officials since 2004.
The demonstrators marched through Jayapura town to the parliament building. Upon arriving at the parliament building, one woman trader, Yuliana Pekei, spoke out, demanding that promises to build a market place were fulfilled by the government. The demonstrators also demanded that the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly, Mr John Ibo, come out and speak to them. After waiting approximately 30 minutes, three women members of parliament came out to meet the demonstrators. However, the demonstrators refused to meet them, insisting that John Ibo make time to hear their concerns. At the same time, a group of university students came to support the women and joined the demonstration. They carried banners with messages supporting the women�s struggle; which included a threat to boycott the local elections if a market place was not built, criticism of the local authorities for lack of accountability and responsiveness to people�s concerns, concerns about corruption and nepotism, as well as criticism about the implementation of Special Autonomy. The students joined in the demonstration and also gave speeches.
A series of other members of the regional assembly were sent to meet the demonstrators, but the market women were insisting that John Ibo himself listen to their concerns. The demonstrators were told that John Ibo was not available, and they were asked to send representatives to sit down inside the building for a meeting. The women and their supporters rejected this and continued to give speeches.
At around 2.00pm, a senior ranking member of the Assembly emerged to meet the demonstrators. He said that the Assembly had taken note of the women�s aspirations and they would discuss the possibility of including construction of a new market place in the provincial budget for 2009 when budget planning began in October, and that the city government would take care of the location. The women were not fully satisfied with the response, and said that they would take this up again with the Assembly in October. The demonstration then came to a close at 2.30pm.
The market women were evicted from their former market place in 2004, and then subsequently moved one from one location to another. Police actions to evict demonstrators have sometimes involved force, and SKP Jayapura has been supporting the women in the efforts to secure a proper market place where they can sell their goods.

 

Tribal Council Seeks Clarification Regarding Shooting of Opinus Tabuni
Jayapura, 19 September 2008.
The Papuan Tribal Council (Dewan Adat Papua, DAP) held a peaceful demonstration at the Regional Assembly building on 17 September. Several thousand people participated in the rally, which was led by senior figures of DAP, who were also accompanied by their legal counsel.
The demonstration began at 09.30 with a 'long march' from the DAP office in Waena to the Provincial Assembly building in Jayapura. Participants included the general public, students and activists. On route, the demonstrators also tried to enter the regional police headquarters but were not granted entry. At approximately 13.30, the demonstrators held a rally outside the assembly building. The call 'Papua' was met with a cry of 'Freedom' (merdeka) by the crowd. A number of activists addressed the demonstrators. They stressed that; "The killing of Opinus Tabuni is like killing the entire Papuan people. Papuans are accused of acts of subversion against the state, and for this we are killed."
DAP produced a statement that contained the key assertions relating to the Opinus Tabuni case and the struggle for justice. Entitled "Why must a Papuan be killed when celebrating the International Day of Indigenous People?", the statement made the following points: 1) The shooting of Opinus Tabuni is a crime against humanity and an insult to the dignity of the human being in the face of God, 2) Display of the Indonesian flag, a banner with the words SOS and United Nations, and the Morning Star flag is no justification to kill Papuan people as this was an expression of protest against injustice and poverty, 3) The death of Opinus Tabuni was not part of a tribal incident but a crime against humanity with a political agenda and therefore must be resolved through legal and political means based on the responsibility by the Indonesian government, and 4) This kind of incident - the shooting of Opinus Tabuni - must not be repeated.
The situation became tense when the demands to meet directly with the Chair of the regional assembly, Mr John Ibo, were not fulfilled. The demonstrators rejected offers to meet with other senior figures and in the end, John Ibo, took leave from budget deliberations to meet with the protestors. They also requested John Ibo call the Chief of Police. However, as he was not in Jayapura, John Ibo tried to placate the crowd with assurances that the Chief of Police had been contacted and would set up a meeting with DAP on his return in order to receive the statement.
The demonstrators were satisfied with this. John Ibo also briefly addressed the crowd. He said that on behalf of the Regional Assembly and the Papuan people he received the aspirations and demands of the demonstrators. He stressed that he was also part of the Papuan people and would do all he could to facilitate meetings with the relevant authorities to promote resolution of the case.
Once the statement has been officially submitted to the assembly members, a student activist, Buctar Tabuni, burnt a copy of a government regulation regarding the use of regional symbols, such a the Morning Star flag. He argued that the regulation was intended to kill the Papuan people and this was justification to burn it, and render it invalid in the Land of Papua. With this, the demonstrators disbursed at around 15.30.
Note: Opinus Tabuni (49 years old) was a farmer from the village of Pyramid. He was shot dead on 9 August 2008 when celebrating the International Day of Indigenous People in Wamena.

 

173 deaths recorded in Dogiyai District
Jayapura, 30 July 2008.
A total of 173 people are recorded to have died from diarrhoea /vomiting and cholera since April 2008 in the Kamuu Valley, Dogiyai District and Obano Sub-District, Paniai District, revealed Rev. Benny Giay of the Justice and Peace Bureau of the KINGMI Synod, Br. J. Budi Hernawan OFM from Office of Justice and Peace (SKP), Diocese of Jayapura, Fr. Saul Wanimbo from Office of Justice and Peace, Diocese of Timika and Rev. Dora Balubun from the Commission of Justice and Peace of the Synod of Christian Evangelical Church in Papua at a press conference held on 28 July 2008.
The four church-based advocacy organisations revealed that as of 21 July 2008, the two diseases had claimed 173 people, both adults and children according to data collected by the KINGMI Synod. The virus had spread to 17 villages in two Sub-Districts in Kamuu Valley, and two villages in one Sub-District in Paniai District. The Kamuu Valley comes under the newly-created Dogiyai District. However, there has been no action on the part of the health authorities of Nabire District or the Provincial level to address the outbreak.
Rev. Benny Giay read a press statement that urged the Governor, the provincial legislature and the Papuan People�s Assembly to; [1] take immediate steps to deploy medical personnel to the affected areas to treat infected people, [2] put preventative measures in place as soon as possible to stop the outbreak from spreading, [3] comprehensively investigate the cause of the outbreak and publicly release the results of this investigation to put a stop to the many rumours and concerns in the community, [4] provide rehabilitation to address the physical, psychological and social impacts of the disease, and [5] not allow themselves to become preoccupied with the creation of new regencies and the associated short-term political opportunities, but provide quality health services and support for food security as stipulated by the Law on Special Autonomy for Papua (Law No. 1/2001, paragraphs 59 and 60 respectively).
The appeal by the four church organisations also reflected growing concerns about the situation following a number of incidents in which indigenous Papuans were involved in attacks on migrant houses. They appealed for the communities affected by the outbreak to; [1] take the initiative themselves in preventing infection by boiling drinking water and cleaning up their communities, [2] critically assess information they receive and not become caught up in anarchic behaviour, and [3] pass on all information to local religious leaders, government officials or police authorities.
The Timika Diocese has already sent a medical team to affected areas but it is not able to properly deal with the problem and deaths continue to occur. Medicine Sans Frontieres and Oxfam are reported to have been working in affected regions in May 2008 and passed on information about the situation to health authorities at the levels of Nabire District, Papua Province and the national government. However, according to the Vicar-General of Jayapura Diocese, Fr. Neles Tebay, "The fact that people continue to die and the government remains slow to respond has given rise to suspicion that the government is purposefully turning a blind eye to the problem". The Department of Health, in its report on 15 May 2008 recognised that there had been epidemics of diarrhoea in Moanemani, Nabire District, and Arso Sub-District, Keerom District, as well as meningitis epidemic in Bilogai, Moanemani Sub-District, and an epidemic of food poisoning in Mamblong Sub-District, Jayapura District. Meanwhile, Medicine Sans Frontieres in June 2008 reported on simultaneous epidemics in Papua and explained that the health status of people in Papua is the lowest in Indonesia(*).

 

Indigenous Papuan Market Women Partake in Follow-up Training in Book-keeping
Jayapura, 26 July 2008.
Following on from an earlier training in June, Office of Justice and Peace (SKP) Jayapura held basic bookkeeping training for indigenous Papuan women market traders at the St. Francis Church Hall on 20 July 2008. Although off to a late start, the training was attended by 39 women and proceeded smoothly. The training was part of ongoing efforts to support indigenous Papuan women market traders in Jayapura. This training was intended to build the women's practical skills in daily financial management by keeping a cash journal so as to improve their capacity to manage daily cash flows. It was also aimed at helping them to keep track of their expenditure both to manage family needs and to assist them using the profits from one day's sales to purchase goods for the following day's trade.
The training was provided by Mr Untung Dien, the Accountant of SKP Jayapura, who has experiencing working with a bank and also managing credit for small enterprises such as the Papuan women market traders.
Using an example of journal for daily income and expenditure, Mr Untung explained how to record cash transactions such as expenditure for household needs, income from sales, expenditure for transport, expenditure to purchase goods for sale, as well as other incidental expenses or income. The participants were taught how to draw up columns in their journal and record transactions. The women were also shown how to calculate their transactions each day or month so as to understand the total income and expenditure, and reconcile this with cash-in-hand. Participants learnt how to close their journal at the end of the month.
Using the books and pens given to participants, the women carefully followed and noted the examples given. Those who had trouble understanding were given additional assistance. Questions were answered in way that was easy to comprehend. There were a number of participants who quickly grasped the material. But some others -particularly those who are illiterate- found it difficult to follow. The Community Empowerment Unit of SKP helped provide literacy training for the illiterate women so that they can gain the same financial management skills as others. These plans were conveyed to the women during the training so that those women who have difficulty reading and writing are encourage not to give up.
On conclusion of the training, the women traders were given "homework" to practice the exercise given to them in class. This will also provide an indication of how well they understood the material presented. (*).

 

Palm Oil Plantations Detrimental to Communities in Arso
Jayapura, 7 July 2008.
As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, the Office of Justice and Peace (SKP) Diocese of Jayapura held a one-day panel discussion on the theme of "Palm Oil Plantations and Community Welfare in Arso" on 5 July 2008 in Jayapura. Based on a recent research initiative, SKP found that the living standards of communities, in particular indigenous Papuan communities, had declined in a number of aspects -including environmental, economic, social, and cultural welfare, as well as indigenous rights and security- since the development of the PTPN II Tanjung Morawa palm oil plantation in 1982/3.
These findings were based on the research of a SKP Team comprising Br. Edy Rosariyanto, OFM, Yohanes Rusmanta and Fr. John Jonga, Pr who undertook a study of the impacts of the palm oil plantation from May-June 2008. Information was gathered from interviews with residents of a number of indigenous Papua villages, such as Arso Town, Kwimi, Workwana, Wembi as well as areas inhabited mainly by non-Papuans, such as PIR I, II, V, Arso VII, Arso XII. The research also drew on secondary information from reports by PTPN II Kebun Arso, government offices and the media.
Speakers on the discussion panel included members of local government, parliament, the Papuan People�s Assembly, customary leaders, a representative of PTPN II Kebun Arso, as well as a local religious leader and academic. The discussion was attended by around 120 people, including members of customary organisations, farmers, women, staff from PTPN II, local and provincial government officials, religious, environmental NGOs, universities, the commissions of the Diocese of Jayapura, as well as the media.
The proceedings were opened by Fr. Ferdinand Sahadun OFM, a member of the Board of SKP Jayapura, who encouraged us to regard Arso (both the people and all things in the area) as God�s blessing. He asked participants to listen to the outcomes of the research with patience and openness, and then take fresh look at the problems in Arso as a path to God�s blessing.
Participants in the forum, the majority of who were farmers, argued that the palm oil plantation had brought suffering for the people of Arso because of the many problems it created. The farmers said that they tried to overcome these problems, but could find no way out. They explained how they tried to take action, including lobbying at local and national levels both with the corporation and the government, but they had no success. They strongly called for concrete action by the government and the company to address these problems so that the suffering of the people, in particular, indigenous Papuan communities, was not allowed to continue.
The seven speakers who made up the panel were given the opportunity to respond to the findings of the research. Most speakers congratulated the research team on their efforts to collect the data and compile this into a report. The Regent of Keroom also suggested that the report should include recommendations of actions that should be taken by local government, the company and the community to address the problems associated with the plantation. The open forum was very lively as many participants wanted hear directly from the Regent and the company management. The majority of comments focused on criticism and demands for action to address problems associated by 25-years of palm oil development in Arso.
The proceedings were closed by SKP Jayapura Director, Br. Budi Hernawan, OFM, who reiterated that it was now clear that palm oil plantations have not delivered on their promise to improve the lives of communities, and in fact that state of communities has deteriorated. SKP had made the effort to document the impacts of the plantation and hoped that in the future the community would also take a critical attitude to issues affecting them. He indicated that SKP Jayapura was ready to assist communities if they required it, but suggested that the pastoral team of the Keerom Parish was closer and better able to directly support communities (*).

 

Papuan Market Women Begin Training in Basic Bookkeeping
Jayapura, 24 June 2008.
Indigenous Papuan market women traders have begun basic bookkeeping training as part of an empowerment programme of the Office of Justice and Peace (SKP) Diocese of Jayapura, together with the Diocese Community Empowerment Unit. The Papuan women traders who sell their goods in public areas and markets at a number of locations in Jayapura were trained to keep basic financial records, and also informed of a city government regulation (No. 8/2003) on the management of market places.
This training was part of a support programme begun by the Community Empowerment Unit to develop the capacity of market women traders in Jayapura, who are estimated to number around 380. The aim of the training is to ensure that the women are able to effectively manage the proceeds from their trading.
Similar to previous meetings, the training took place on a Sunday (15 June) at the St. Francis Church Hall from 13.00-15.30. Around 50 Papuan women attended. This training was part of the regular programme of fortnightly meetings with the women traders. The meeting began with an update on developments in lobby activities to secure a permanent market place in Jayapura City by the Papuan Market Women Solidarity Forum (SOLPAP). Br. Rudolf Kambayong, OFM, the Coordinator of the Community Empowerment Unit of SKP Jayapura, explained that on 24 April 2008, the Forum held a meeting with advisory staff to the Governor, representatives of the Provincial Government Public Works Department and Jayapura City town planning officials. At this meeting it was decided that a permanent market place would be built for Papuan market traders on land owned by the provincial government. To fund this development, the Provincial Government will submit a request at the budget meeting to be held in August. As an interim measure, the city authorities were asked to provide space for the women traders for the coming two years at a central location in the city.
Following this explanation of developments in lobbying activities, the bookkeeping training began. Mr Untung Dien, Accountant of SKP Jayapura, led the training and explained how to create and use a basic book of accounts. First of all, Mr Untung explained the basic principles of business and the functions of book-keeping. Mr Untung showed the participants how to create a simple journal with columns for the date, activities, receipts, expenditure and funds remaining. He also provided examples of how to fill in the columns. Mr Untung stressed that in maintaining the journal, it was important to differentiate between private and business expenditure. The women market traders enthusiastically followed the explanation and noted the information given. Some of the participants reported that they had mismanaged their money to date as they did not know how to create and use a cash journal. They also reported that they did not know how much profit they made as they did not keep proper records of expenditure and income. This was a particular concern of women who sold goods such as fish as they had to make a significant outlay to purchase their stock.
Although many participants were able to follow the explanation and take notes, some just sat and listened. Some of the market women are illiterate. Several women were also not able to see the explanation on the whiteboard because there were so many participants. In evaluating the training, it was also noted that the women had limited time as they had to "set up shop" in the afternoon. It was decided that SKP would repeat the training and next time provide the opportunity for participants to straight away try for themselves the book-keeping skills explained (*).

 

DAP and PDP questioned
Jayapura, 15 July 2007.
In the midst of strong criticisms following the presentation of Morning Star flag during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Conference of Papuan Customary Council on 9 July, Papuan Police summoned the organising committee with a letter no. Pol. Pgl/668/VII/2007/Dit Reskrim. 11 people were summoned as witnesses on the case of crimes against state security.

Herewith the chronology of interogation:
Friday, 6 July
Around 9 pm on the closing ceremony of the Conference at Cenderawasih Sport Hall, APO, Jayapura, Leonard Imbiri as the General Secretary received a letter of summon from Papua Police Headquarter summoning 11 members of the DAP. The letter explains that the organising committee of the conference and PDP members were asked to present themselves to Senior Adj. Comm. B. Sitinjak at the Detective and Criminal Section of the Papua Police Headquarter on Friday, 6 July 2007 at 12.00. They were summoned with a status as witnesses of the case against the state security as defined by Article 106 jo 87 Penal Code. However, due to the closing ceremony was held during 5-8.45 pm so it was agreed that the interogation would be conducted on the following day, 7 July 2007.
The eleven names were as follows :
[1]. Mr Thom Beanal: Chairman of DAP of the period of 2002-2007 [2]. Mr Willy Mandowen: Moderator of PDP [3]. Mr Benyamin Yarisetouw [4]. Mr Thaha Moh. Alhamid: General secretary of PDP [5]. Mr Forkorus Yaboisembut: Chairman of DAP of the period of 2007-2012 [6]. Mr Leonard Imbiri: General Secretary of DAP of the period of 2002-2007 and 2007-2012 [7]. Mr Yakob Kasimat: Secretary of the organising committee [8]. Mr Welem Rumasep: Deputy Secretary of the organising committee [9]. Ms Astrid Rumbonde: Deputy Secretary of the organising committee [10]. Ms Alfrida Faidiban: Treasurer of the organising committee [11]. Ms Asmira Alhamid: Deputy Treasurer of the organising committee

Saturday, 7 July
8 of 11 people who were summoned presented themselves to the Police, including Thaha Moh. Alhamid, Forkorus Yaboisembut, Leonard Imbiri, Yakob Kasimat, Welem Rumasep, Astrid Rumbonde, Alfrida Faidiban dan Asmira Alhamid. They were assisted by their lawyers, Ms Anum Siregar and Mr Iwan Niode. They were interrogated separately from 10.30 am to 9 pm. They acknowldged that the interrogation was conducted without any intimidation or physical threats except to Ms Astrid. She was threatened by the interrogator who said, "You haven�t been beaten so why you don�t speak up".

Monday, 8 July
Three members of DAP, yaitu Sayid Fadhal Alhamid, Welem Bonai dan Pieter Mansawan, presented themselves to the Papua Police and were interrogated separately with the assistance of their lawyers from ADLP, Kontras and Legal Aid Foundation (LBH). he interrogation lasted from 10 am to 6 pm.

Tuesday, 9 July
The Police interrogated the eleven members of DAP for the second time from 10.30 am to 3 pm with the assistance of 11 lawyers from ALDP, Kontras and Legal Aid Foundation, such as Mr Pieter Ell, Ms Anum Siregar, Mr Iwan Niode. However, during the interrogation Mr Welem Rumasep fell sick so he could not continue the interrogation (*)

 

Hina Jilani to Papua: a new era of protecting human rights
Jayapura, 8 June 2007.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders, Ms Hina Jilani, arrived in Jayapura today on her official visit to Indonesia during 5-13 June 2007 pending for three-year waiting for the permission from the Government of Indonesia. On her arrival at Sentani airport, she was welcomed by the student groups who presented their posters and banners saying the urgent need to address human rights violations in Papua. The student association of the highlanders organised the same thing at the lobby of Swiss-bell Hotel where she stayed while another group organised a similar thing at Imbi Park downtown.
Due to the tight meeting schedule with the government officials, the time alocated for the religious leaders was only about 45 minutes from 5.45-6.30 pm. During this meeting, Ms Jilani listened to the testimonies of the Churh leaders in Papua who were arbitrarily arrested, interrogated, intimidated and stigmatised by TNI, Police and the local government officials.
The meeting with the civil society organisations was held at the office of the Evangelical Christian Church in Argapura at 7.30-8.30 pm. Some 100 people representing the community of human rights defenders in Papua attended this meeting where 6 people delivered their testimonies representing various groups, including the NGOs, women�s groups, students� groups, trade union, community leaders, and the Papuan Customary Council.
Ms Jilani who is an expert in human rights and international law is a Pakistani. She holds the mandate as the Special Representative since August 2000 as stipulated by the Resolution of the UN Commission on Human Rights No. 2000/61 dated 21 April 2000. The mandate covers three major areas: [1] investigate, receive, examine and respond any complaints on the situation and the rights of every person who acts individually or in a group to promoted and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms; [2] develop cooperation and dialogue with governments and others stakeholders to promote and effectively implement the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders of 1998; [3] provide strategic recommendations to better protect human rights defenders. Since 2004, she has requested an invitation to visit Indonesia and it was done this year (*)

"To Whom You Walk?"
Timika, 3 February 2007.
"To Whom You Walk?" this is the leading question given by Msgr. John Saklil Pr, Bishop of Timika in one day retreat to start the evaluation and the 5th annual meeting SKP offices of Papua in Timika. This gathering was supposed to be held in Agats, Asmat, but the flight connection difficulty forced to move the venue to the Timika with SKP Agats as the organiser assisted by SKP Timika. In its reflection Bishop John invited the five offices to reflect on to whom SKPs carry out their jobs, especially in facing the cultural contradiction of the nation both at the national and local level in Papua today. This reflection increasingly inspired everybody that was present, with a reflection from the book of Yehezkiel 37 : 1 - 14 and Jesus� story in Luke 19 : 28 - 40.
The inspiration of the first day reflection influenced the proceedings of the programme evaluation as well as the training on strategic planning of SKP offices. This meeting occurred during 3 - 11 February 2007 in the Transit Guest House of the Diocese of Timika attende by the leaders and staff of SKP offices from 5 dioceses in Papua. For this purpose, these offices invited Mr Roem Toepatimasang, a senior fasilitator from INSIST Yogyakarta, which of course is well-experienced in developing community-based organisations in Sumatra, Kalimantan, Jawa, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi and Maluku. In the mid of hot Timika, the meeting continued. Although the activity started at 8 am in the morning until 10pm, the participants remain to be enthusiastic particularly because of the jokes that coloured the training and evaluation meeting. �Walking in balance�, a terminology taken from Asmat area that fitted in the reflection theme given Uskup John, always encouraged the participants.
The training also introduced new knowledge about fundamental differences between a strategic planning and an ordinary planning that is already in place to date. The strategic planning is a planning that is conjungtural. It means it takes into account all changes and additional factors, including external factors (the situation and social, political change as well as social contradiction) and internal factors (internal strength and situation). The ordinary planning, on the other hand, is a linear planning with the assumption that change will not happen. So a work plan that is already formulated cannot change and must be implemented.
Each SKP led to formulate its practical vision as the translation from the main vision which has been formulated in every SKP and collectively by all SKP offices in Papua. SKP offices also is invited review their social mandates given to SKP to be implemented in their workplans. The fasilitator followed the dynamics carefully and sometimes provided his critical inputs. Collectively, SKP offices of Papua critically analysed the external challenges that are more and more confronting for the SKPs� ministry, such as [1] the culture of corruption, [2] the increase of the military troops deployment, [3] the social fragmentation, [ 4] conflict as the result of regional divisions, [5] the influx of capital investment, [6] the development of mega-projects. However there are always opportunities to remain motivated in serving the people in Papua with [1] the survival of the tribal councils, [2] the permanent invitation at the UN Council on Human Rights, [3] the empowerment of the position and the role of the religious leaders, and [4] the Special Autonomy Law for Papua.
Some important notes about the internal situation of SKP offices of Papua include [1] SKP offices must also develop the quality and efficiency of their staff and [2] recruitment of program staff and also finance personnel to support the performance of these offices to the years to come, [3] the dependency on the external funding. However, there is also opportunities to make a breakthrough with [1] the existence of permanent sponsors, [2] adequate facilities and infrastructure, and [3] wide both national and international network.
Based on this external and internal analysis, SKPs in Papua decided their priorities both in the area of programmes and organisation for five-year time.
Programme priorities:

  • empowerment of the community bases: teritorial & categorial to be able to self-supportingly in carrying out community organising, case handling, public awareness and a simple investigation;
  • exposing icon cases depicting the gross human rights violation in the area of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights;
  • specific case studies: Special Autonomy Law and the military that determine the map of politics in Papua now and in the years to come;
  • Road to Geneva: advocacy and lobby activity at the UN to inform the situation of Papua in an objective and accurate way so at the end these would give a real change on the ground;
  • special litigation team of inter-SKPs to handle the gross human rights violation in Papua given the limitation of pro bono lawyers that are available for the victims;
  • building a pattern of partnership with other organisations that supports the work of SKP offices.

Organisational priorities:
  • recruitment of new staff in the area of: advocacy, finance, IT (information technology);
  • providing special facilities in a special region, like a speedboat for SKP Agats, a server for SKPs that will be built in Merauke;
  • reorientation of the staff formation system: specific, in-depth, programatic, and sustainable;
  • restucturing the financial management system: applying an external audit and fundraising of local potentials;
  • internal consolidation with the pastoral teams and commissions in every diocese so that the performance and ministry of SKPs of Papua can be more synergetic with the dynamics of the respective diocese.

Finally, to exactly know to whom SKP troops walk, these SKPs need to walk in balance. Serious but easy going. On Sunday, 11 February, the group of SKPs were having fun the Mayon river which was packed with visitors. Because of this, Saul Wanimbo from SKP Timika must pave the way around the Mayon forest to find a place where all could enjoy the fresh river water that is hopefully contamindated with Freeport tailings (*)

 

SKP�s Annual Evaluation Meeting 2006
Jayapura, 17 December 2006.
Towards the end of 2006, the Office for Justice and Peace of the Diocese of Jayapura held an annual evaluation meeting of 2006. This activity took place for 6 days, during 17 - 21 December at St Clare�s Retret House in Sentani. This evaluation focused on the implementation of the work program of the year 2006 consisting of the Division of Advocacy, Division of Publication and Documentation, the Division of Peacebuilding, the Division of Ecology, and the Division of Administration and Finance. During the evaluation, SKP reviewied the implementation of its programme to see its successes, failures and the factors that played an important role in it. This meeting also discussed the planning for 2007 by referring to result of the evaluation over the implementation of 2006 annual programme. This meeting was attended by the Director, Programme Manager, all staff, interns, volunteers, and contact persons of SKP Jayapura. The Board of Founders were also present through its delegates, Mr Hardus Desa and Fr Gabriel Ngga OFM. This evaluation meeting went well and serious. The participants held an in-depth discussion on every programme, including advocacy programmes that required a lot attention and resources. Some programmes on documentation and publication also needed serious attention as SKP�s publication contributed a lot to dissemiate balance information to the public in the area of human rights in Papua. The adminstration and finance needed a particular attention as SKP would soon be examined by an external audit. Other issues included personnel and the capacity building for staff. During the planning session, these key elements became important inputs along with social and political dynamics in Papua. Overall, the work of SKP in the year 2006 was succesfull. The Custos, Fr Ferdinand Sahadun OFM as one of the Board of Founders appreciated the work of SKP in 2006. The similar comments were raised by SKP�s partners who were invited to come at the end of the meeting when SKP presented its work programme. They held the view that what SKP did contributed to the promotion of the human rights in Papua today (*)

 

"Healthy is my right"
Jayapura, 11 December 2006.
On 11 - 13 December 2006, the Office for Justice and Peace of the Diocese of Jayapura held a workshop to discuss the result of research of the healthcare system in the District of Jayawijaya Jayawijaya. The workshop with the topic of �Healthy is my right� was held in Bethesda Vocational Training Centre in Wamena. During the workshop, the result of joint work between SKP, INSIST/ YPRI Jogjakarta and INNINAWA Makassar was presented to the public. Regional Secretary of the District of Jayawijaya, Chris Wopari, representing the Regent opened the workshop whereas dr. Ririn Habsari, one of researchers from YPRI presented the result of this research at the front of the local government officials, the religious leaders, the elite figures, the Heads of Health Clinic from 8 sub-districts. The local researchers also participated in the workshop. This research found that the healthcare system in this district was collapsed. 141,417 people (44,9%) residents of Jayawijaya do not have access to health service. Data shows there are 32 health clinic (Puskesmas), with the ratio 1: 9842 people, 40 sub-health clinic with the ratio 1: 7874 men, and alsol dozens of the health clinic at village level. Nevertheless this infrastructure is unable to meet the need of health service of the public because they are located far from the residents and the people are spread out. This research also found only 38% out of 144,882 poor residents having the health insurance cards. Political situation and the goverment of Jayawijaya do not work well because of the replacement of the head of the health department that causes the health service system in this area does not work well either. Supervision and monitoring system of the health department is dysfunctional so that the documentation, facilities and infrastructure are also inadequate whereas the budget allocated to the health sector in 2005 only got small portion that is 2,75% from the total regional budget which was Rp. 6,667,000,000). This activity met enthusiasm from all participants, especially the Regional Secretary and element of other local government officials. They thought that they got much new information which they did not know of. This thing pushed the local government officials to take into account the budget planning and the health sector in the Distric of Jayawijaya. This attitude was in line with one of the recommendations based on the research. The participants also learnt that health is one of fundamental rights. In the workshop, the participants that were from different sub-districts, agreed to form the working groups in two regions: Kwiyawage and Kurulu. These working groups will focus on their activity in providing self-supporting health service in each region by raising the awareness and participation of the locals. These working groups hopefully will become an example for other regions in the District of Jayawijaya (*)

 

"Paying Attention to Mammas, Saving our Generation"
Jayapura, 25 November 2006.
The Office of Justice and Peace of the Diocese of Jayapura held a public seminar to present the result of research on the condition of Papua women of vegetable sellers in Jayapura. This seminar marked the commemoration of the day of anti-violence against women in 25 November 2006. With the topic of "Paying Attention to Mammas, Saving our Generation", this seminar was held in the Auditorium of Art Centre of Papua and attended by NGOs people, the church leaders, elite figures and some 200 vegetable seller Papuan womend from all over Jayapura.
Three panelists discussed the report including the Mayor of Jayapura, Drs. MR. Kambu MSc , as the main discussant, Ms Selfiana Sanggenafa, SH (Director of LP3AP), Albert Rumbekwan, SH (Chairman of KOMNAS HAM representative Papua) and Sharlly Parangan (Bank of Papua). Cunding Levi, a national and local media journalist, was the moderator of the seminar whereas Ms Dominggas Nari and Mr Karel Boma representing the researchers presented the report during the seminar.
This seminar was opened by Bishop of Jayapura, Msgr. Leo Laba Ladjar OFM. The Bishop welcomed this research and urged the government to build a small market (a traditional market) for these women, as a part of government�s city planning as well as to manage the market system that accomodates traditional markets and supermarkets.
This activity started with a screening of a 14-minute film containing the interviews of 3 vegetable sellers telling their stories of being evicted from one place to another while seeking for a proper place for a marked in Jayapura downtown. To date they sell their product at the unoccupied space downtown with a risk that they can be evicted at any time.
Cunding Levi then guided the seminar�s proceedings. In presentation of research entitled "Between the Discriminatorny Realities and the Policy of the Mayor of Jayapura" it was mentioned that these women that sold vegetable, betel nuts and smoked fish in Jayapura, were not provided with an secured and proper place. They could only sell their product at the front of shops, on the street and in parking area. Their status is street vendors and thus, they are not safe to do their business as they can easily be evicted at any time.
The discussion went well even though the situation was getting tense once these women were not so satisfied with the responses from the Mayor. During the discussion many questions were addressed to mayor, especially concerning his policy in urban planning and a special traditional market for the Papuan women downtown of Jayapura. Moreover the Mayor affirmed that no space downtown to build a traditional market for Papuan women. Instead, the municipality government policy is give opportunity to the investors to invest their capital to develop the economy of Jayapura.
The other discussants gave similar comments that is to ask the Mayor to take into serious account the condition of these women whereas the representative from Bank of Papua raised the possibility to provide soft loan for the women as far as there was a partner that could play a role as the supervisor for this project to provide technical assistance to the women. This discussion is important to explain to public the real problems in Jayapura which is normally ignored. In fact, however, these problems are serious for the city. Br Budi Hernawan OFM, Director of SKP Jayapura, emphasised that this was the opportunity to analyse this problem together with all stakeholders and invite them to find a feasible way involving the women, the Mayor, NGOs and the Bank(*).

 

Prisoners of the Abepura case ill-treated
Jayapura, 19 October 2006.
SKP Jayapura and Franciscans International reported the case of Abepura of 16 March 2006 to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Prof. Manfred Nowak, due to the high risk of torture to 73 detainees that are being interrogated in the Jayapura Police Station without access to lawyers. So far the Police only announced 12 people as suspects, including Elkana Lokobal (male, 21), Patrisius Aronggear (male, 30), Ellyas Tamaka (male, 21), Othen Dapyal (male, 22), Luis Gedi (male, 26), Fenius Waker (male, 21), Feri Pakage (male, 21), Selpius Bobii (male, 26), Alex C. Wayangku (male, 22), Fernando P (male, 22), Moses Lokobal (male, 34), and Markus Kayame (male, 47).
These two organisations filed complaint due to the ongoing practice of torture committed by the police. For example, in the case of Abepura of 7 December 2000, the police arrested, detained and tortured some 90 people. Two of them were found dead in the police custody from the torture they sufferred. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (E/CN.4/2003/66/Add1. para 654) and on Extrajudicial killings (E/CN.4/2003/3/Add 1 para 313) reported this case to the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2003.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture ( E/CN.4/2006/6 ) notes that for 13 year long, Indonesia has denied access to the rapporteur. Despite the ratification of both major covenants, the practice remains unchanged (*) ( related news )

 

PGGP and the families of the victim of Abepura filed a complaint to Komnas HAM
Jakarta, 5 October 2006.
SKP Jayapura and Franciscans International reported the case of Abepura of 16 March 2006 to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Prof. Manfred Nowak, due to the high risk of torture to 73 detainees that are being interrogated in the Jayapura Police Station without access to lawyers. So far the Police only announced 12 people as suspects, including Elkana Lokobal (male, 21), Patrisius Aronggear (male, 30), Ellyas Tamaka (male, 21), Othen Dapyal (male, 22), Luis Gedi (male, 26), Fenius Waker (male, 21), Feri Pakage (male, 21), Selpius Bobii (male, 26), Alex C. Wayangku (male, 22), Fernando P (male, 22), Moses Lokobal (male, 34), and Markus Kayame (male, 47).
These two organisations filed complaint due to the ongoing practice of torture committed by the police. For example, in the case of Abepura of 7 December 2000, the police arrested, detained and tortured some 90 people. Two of them were found dead in the police custody from the torture they sufferred. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (E/CN.4/2003/66/Add1. para 654) and on Extrajudicial killings (E/CN.4/2003/3/Add 1 para 313) reported this case to the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2003.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture ( E/CN.4/2006/6 ) notes that for 13 year long, Indonesia has denied access to the rapporteur. Despite the ratification of both major covenants, the practice remains unchanged (*) ( related news )

 

PGGP demanded an inquiry commission established
Jayapura, 28 September 2006.
The Ecumenical Council of Churhes of Papua (PGGP) demanded the establishment of an inquiry commission on human rights abuses for the case of Abepura 16 March 2006. This demand was delivered to the National Commission on Human Rights branch office of Papua (Komda HAM) when PGGP presented the investigative report of the case of Abepura 16 March 2006. PGGP delegation that was chaired by Msgr. Leo L. Ladjar OFM, the chairperson as well as the Bishop of Jayapura, met with the Chairperson of Komda HAM, Albert Rumbekwan SH.
The 159-page report concludes that the violent incident occurred in Abepura on 16 March 2006 is the culmination of the furor of Papuans against PT Freeport Indonesia that was not properly addressed by the legal and political channels. The state institutions were silent when the people�s demand to close this giant copper and gold mine was raised, particularly in the first half of 2006.
Moreover, PGGP also draws a conclusion that gross violations of human rights occurred following the incident when the Police of Papua attacked the civilians, arbitrarily arrested and detained, killed, tortured and destroyed student dormitories around Abepura. This act caused an influx of refugees out of Jayapura and of Papua.
This incident follows the pattern what happened in Abepura on 7 December 2000, six years ago. In this incident the police also attacked the civilians, particularly the students, following an attack to the Police station in Abepura by an unidentified group. An inquiry commission was set up by Komnas HAM in 2001 to investigate the Abepura case of 2000. This case was brought to the Permanent Human Rights court in Makassar in May 2005 with two suspects, Senior Commissioner Johny Wainal Usman and Senior Adjunct Comm. Daud Sihombing. However, the court acquitted all of them from the charge of crimes against humanity. (*)

 

SKP and FI brought the Abepura case to the UN Special Rapporteur
Geneva, 19 March 2006.
SKP Jayapura and Franciscans International reported the case of Abepura of 16 March 2006 to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Prof. Manfred Nowak, due to the high risk of torture to 73 detainees that are being interrogated in the Jayapura Police Station without access to lawyers. So far the Police only announced 12 people as suspects, including Elkana Lokobal (male, 21), Patrisius Aronggear (male, 30), Ellyas Tamaka (male, 21), Othen Dapyal (male, 22), Luis Gedi (male, 26), Fenius Waker (male, 21), Feri Pakage (male, 21), Selpius Bobii (male, 26), Alex C. Wayangku (male, 22), Fernando P (male, 22), Moses Lokobal (male, 34), and Markus Kayame (male, 47).
These two organisations filed complaint due to the ongoing practice of torture committed by the police. For example, in the case of Abepura of 7 December 2000, the police arrested, detained and tortured some 90 people. Two of them were found dead in the police custody from the torture they sufferred. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (E/CN.4/2003/66/Add1. para 654) and on Extrajudicial killings (E/CN.4/2003/3/Add 1 para 313) reported this case to the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2003.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture ( E/CN.4/2006/6 ) notes that for 13 year long, Indonesia has denied access to the rapporteur. Despite the ratification of both major covenants, the practice remains unchanged (*) ( related news )

 

Central Government should hold a dialogue with the Papuans
Jayapura, 17 March 2006.
The prominent religious leaders of Papua chaired by Most Rev. Leo L. Ladjar OFM, the Catholic Bishop of Jayapura, asked the Government to restrain the uncontrolable behaviour of the Special Mobile Brigade of the Police (BRIMOB) that blocked the road and conducted house-to-house search to the students dormitories. Such an operation intimidated the students and the residents in this area and even resulted in a number casualties. The bishop also asked the Central Government to hold a comprehensive dialogue with the Papuan people emphasising that this clash was not merely about the problem with Freeport McMoran but was an iceberg of the protracted problem that the Central Government had not addressed.
These religious leaders delivered this statement during their meeting with a high-level delegation from Jakarta who came to Papua following the violent incident in Abepura 16 March 2006. The delegation consisted of Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs, Widodo AS, the Commander of TNI, Air Marshall Djoko Suyanto, the National Chief of Police, Gen. Pol. Sutanto, and Head of National Inteligence Agency, Syamsir Siregar. Prior to the meeting, the delegation visited the families of the victims and those that are hospitalised in the Police Hospital in Kotaraja. During the meeting, these officials asked the religious leaders to cooperate with the security services to restore law and order.
The tragedy of Abepura is the culmination of the series of protest demanding [1] the closure of the operation of Freeport McMoran, the world�s largest gold and copper mining, [2] the withdrawal of the military and police personnel from the Freeport concession area, and [3] the release of 7 people detained in Timika due to a wholly separate protest against Freeport. This demonstration that started in 22 February 2006 was organised by student movements of Front PEPERA and Parlemen Jalanan. It was spread out of Papua and was also held in Jakarta, Semarang and Makassar.
During his press conference (16/3) in Jakarta, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono emphasised that the government will not close the mining as it will cause a complicated legal dispute as well as will jeopardise the national economy. The President also affirmed that the security services had to restore law and order. He also condemned the anarchy that left 4 police killed and dozens of civilians and police wounded (*) ( related news )

 

Religious congregations marched for peace
Jayapura, 20 September 2005.
Some 500 people from various religious background, races, social status joint in march for peace organised by five religious leaders in Papua. The march started off at 4 pm at the backyard of the Pengharapan Church in Jayapura when Rev. Hermann Saud pressed the alarm followed by baloons and the release of five doves symbolising peace commitment by the four other religious leaders, including Father Yan You, I Nyoman Sura, Jalaludin, Bhiksu Tanavaro Nyanapradipa. Escorted by the police, the people were marching through Sam Ratulangi St., Ahmad Yani St., to Mesjid Raya Jayapura. When they came there, the muslim community welcomed them with the Khasidah and then Imam and Chairman of Indonesia Ulama Council, Hajj Zubeir Hussein, delivered a short reflection. Shortly afterwards Imam said a prayer and the mass moved on. ( more information )

 

The burning wildfire in Papua
Jayapura, 4 August 2005.
On 29 July 2005, the Papuan Customary Council held a press conference in Jayapura affirming the plan to organise rallies in all districts and provincial houses of representatives. It is part of series of activities to mark its stance to return Law No. 21/2004 on the Special Autonomy for Papua back to the Central Government. These activities also include a seminar on the implementation of this law 6 and 8 August and the commemoration of the International Day of indigenous peoples on 9 August. Interestingly, this plan almost coincides with the issuing of H.R. 2601 by the US House of Representatives that includes substantial concerns over Papua and Aceh in Section 1115 . This political decision endorsed by Eni Faleomavaega (American Samoan Congressman) and Donald Wayne creates various interpretations and assumptions partly because most of Papuans do not have direct access to such information. ( more information )

 

The burning wildfire in Papua
Jayapura, 4 August 2005.
On 29 July 2005, the Papuan Customary Council held a press conference in Jayapura affirming the plan to organise rallies in all districts and provincial houses of representatives. It is part of series of activities to mark its stance to return Law No. 21/2004 on the Special Autonomy for Papua back to the Central Government. These activities also include a seminar on the implementation of this law 6 and 8 August and the commemoration of the International Day of indigenous peoples on 9 August. Interestingly, this plan almost coincides with the issuing of H.R. 2601 by the US House of Representatives that includes substantial concerns over Papua and Aceh in Section 1115 . This political decision endorsed by Eni Faleomavaega (American Samoan Congressman) and Donald Wayne creates various interpretations and assumptions partly because most of Papuans do not have direct access to such information. ( more information )

 

The burning wildfire in Papua
Jayapura, 4 August 2005.
On 29 July 2005, the Papuan Customary Council held a press conference in Jayapura affirming the plan to organise rallies in all districts and provincial houses of representatives. It is part of series of activities to mark its stance to return Law No. 21/2004 on the Special Autonomy for Papua back to the Central Government. These activities also include a seminar on the implementation of this law 6 and 8 August and the commemoration of the International Day of indigenous peoples on 9 August. Interestingly, this plan almost coincides with the issuing of H.R. 2601 by the US House of Representatives that includes substantial concerns over Papua and Aceh in Section 1115 . This political decision endorsed by Eni Faleomavaega (American Samoan Congressman) and Donald Wayne creates various interpretations and assumptions partly because most of Papuans do not have direct access to such information. ( more information )

 

"Fire Papua Chief of Police!"
Jayapura, 14 May 2005.
Indonesian Chief of Police, Gen Pol. Da�i Bahtiar, received a special welcome from the community of the victims of 10 May incident when they organised a rally at the front of the KontraS office in Padang Bulan, Waena, expressing their grievances. "We appeal and urge you as the supreme commander of the police to immediately fire the Papuan Chief of Police and to hold him accountable before the court for the violent act committed by his subordinates. It is proved that he is no longer capable to control his personnel in protecting and serving the people in Papua" stated the statement of the Coalition of the protection of the 10 May�s victims. This public statement was read before the public, journalists and even the newly appointed Jayapura chief of Police, AKBP Paulus Waterpauw. ( more information )

 

"Papua Land of Peace" at the United Nations
Geneva, 31 March 2005.
Two major church leaders of Papua, Bishop Leo L. Ladjar OFM and Rev. Hermann Saud, hit Geneva with their presentations on "Papua Land of Peace". During the session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (CHR), both leaders outline their work in dealing with conflict, human rights violations, and in pursuing any efforts to build peace as an important step to build communion based on the vast diversity in Papua. "Politics divides people but on the contrary, Gospel unites people. One thing we dream for is to live as a human being with dignity. In order to implement it, we want to build the atmosphere of peace and justice so as to enable the growth of common good for our people", emphasised Bishop Leo, bishop of Jayapura. ( more information )

 

Gloomy Papua during the UN Commission on Human Rights
Geneva, 29 March 2005.
As a representative of the Office of Justice and Peace of Jayapura, (SKP) Friar Budi Hernawan OFM portrayed the gloomy human rights situation in Papua to the prestigious 61st session of the UN Commission on Human Rights 14 March - 22 April 2005. During the session where the Indonesian Ambassador, Makarim Wibisono, is the chair, Friar Budi strongly urged the commission to seriously address the protracted human rights violations in Papua. In his statement to the commission, he raised six key points with the commission. ( more information )

 

Make Papua as a Land of Peace
Jayapura, 3 January 2005.
During a press conference, five offices for Justice and Peace (SKP) in Papua appealed to all people to make Papua as a Land of Peace by addressing the worrying human rights situation in Papua due to the heat of political situation, the unsolved cases of human rights abuses and also the ongoing problems of economic, social and cultural rights. Out of their deep concern, these SKPs expressed 7 recommendations urging the government to inform the public regarding its policy towards Papua, to address the cases of human rights abuses and to fulfill the agenda of the Special Autonomy. ( more information )

 

JPIC workshop for the young friars
Jayapura, 3 January 2005.
SKP commenced the new year of 2005 with conducting a workshop for the friars in initial formation with the theme "Integrating the spirituality of justice, peace and integrity of creation (JPIC) into the formation of the friars in the context of the Church in West Papua". This theme was reflected on by the participants for a week (3-7 January 2005) in Sentani assisted by SKP team consisting of Friar Budi Hernawan, Ms Frederika Korain, Friar Rudolf Kambayong and Ms Rosa Moiwend. This activity was part of initial formation program for the friars that aimed at exploring the dimension of JPIC in the social-political context of West Papua. ( more information )

 

SKP Jayapura has a new director
Jayapura, 28 December 2004.
As part of the leadership regeneration in SKP Jayapura, Br Theo van den Broek ofm transferred his directorship to Br Budi Hernawan ofm. Bishop of Jayapura, Msgr. Leo Laba Ladjar ofm, and Custos of the Franciscans in Papua, Friar Nico Syukur Dister ofm, inaugurated this change. Some NGOs leaders and religious leaders of Jayapura also witnessed this transitional stage. ( more information )

 

Solidarity Forum for the Assue Case rallied to DPRD Papua
Jayapura, 12 November 2004.
Papuan students and the peoples around Jayapura protested against the worrying situation in the Sub-district Assue, District of Mappi at the front of the Provincial House of Representatives insisting the House to mediate a meeting between the protesters and the provincial high-level officers, including Governor, Chief of Police and the Territorial Commander of the Military. The Forum urged the House to address the serious environmental and social destruction due to sandlewood business since this had caused serious problems to the people because it was accompanied by illegal liquor, trafficing of women, gambling, and HIV/AIDS in Sub-district of Assue, the newly established District of Mappi. Supported by LMA Awyu Darat, SKP Jayapura and SKP Merauke, more than two hundred people were involved in this joint protest who made a long march from the Diocese office to the Parliament House. At the front of the House, some legislators, including Piet Awangkok Albert Yogi, John Manangsang, anxiously stood up welcoming the protesters. ( only available in Indonesian )

 

Papuan Churches: set-up an Inquiry Commission!
Jayapura, 5 November 2004
. Board of Churches in Papua (Persekutuan Gereja-gereja di Papua/ PGGP) is concerned with the current situation in Mulia, Distrik of Puncak Jaya. Heads of various Christian denominations in Papua sent their Secretary, Hardus Desa, to hold an audience with the Chair of the Provincial House of Representatives of Papua, John Ibo, on 3 November 2004 to presente a Churches' statement with regard to the proposal to set up an investigation team for Mulia. ( download the statement )

 

Abmisibil, how's life...
Jayapura, 30 October 2004
. Abmisibil, the capital of the Sub-District of Okbibab, a newly established Distrik of Pegunungan Bintang, has been worried with new changes occurred in this area since this area became a new district. During its assessment 18-23 October 2004, SKP Jayapura found various indications that the people's living condition as defined in the 1986 UN Declaration on the Rights to Development is under threat. ( only available in Indonesian )

 

Just published: "the Actual Papua October 2004"
Jayapura, 30 October 2004
. It is part of our programme to provide an analysis on the social political development in Papua on three monthly basis under the series of Socio-Political notes. This paper is the ninth of the series and in particular, focuses on the actual situation during July and September 2004. This edition has a different presentation since we managed to provide a map of human rights situation highlighting major focuses that need a particular attention. Therefore, our observation and analysis do not only focus on political analysis as such but also on law enforcement, women�s issues, children�s issues, the dynamics of indigenous people, problems in the area of economic, social and cultural rights that have become major challenges and Papuan people�s concerns. ( only available in Indonesian )

 

"Peace, let�s do it together!"
Jayapura, 14 October 2004
. The commemoration of International Peace Day of September 21st in Jayapura was marked by various activities since 15 September 2004 including peace campaign on the radio and television until September 22nd, banners, flowers for peace and ecumenical peace prayer. These activities were jointly organised by the Justice and Peace Office of the Catholic Diocese of Jayapura and the Alliance for Democracy of Papua involving 13 various student groups and youth organisations in Jayapura. This was the third commemoration held in Papua in the last three years. ( more information )

 

"You are the light!"
Jayapura, 4 September 2004
. As a response to the inauguration of members the house of representatives in Papua, the religious leaders in Papua released a public statement to the newly established members of the period 2004-2009. In this statement, these leaders expressed the people�s hope to them stating that they have to bring about, "A better improvement; a major systemic reformation that promises a common good and justice for every single citizen. Therefore, in the Papuan people�s view, you are the light for this country". This is what they mean with "the light" as the main theme of the 5 July statement signed by Msgr. Leo Laba Ladjar OFM (Bishop of Jayapura), Rev. Herman Saud (Chair of the Council of Churches in Papua), H. Zubeir D. Hussein (Chair of the MUI in Papua), I. Nyoman Suda (Chair of Parisada Hindu Dharma of the Province of Papua), Pandita Arya Bodhi (Secretary of the Majelis Buddhayana Indonesia of the Province of Papua). ( more information )

 

The Indonesian Churches� concern and hope to the Candidates for the Presidency
Jayapura, 24 August 2004
. In the Sentani Indah Hotel, Papua, the Church leaders of Indonesia held a dialogue with the Candidates for the Presidency (2004-2009), Yusuf Kalla (Vice-President candidate) and Ibu Megawati (President candidate and actual President of Indonesia). During the meeting, the church leaders who represented various Christian denominations in Indonesia presented a statement of "Concern and Hope of the Indonesian Church Leaders to the candidates for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency". In the statement signed by 15 church leaders, they appeal to the candidates to seriously pay attention to three areas of concern, including (1) law, human rights, and religion, (2) politics and governance, and (3) socio-economic development. ( more information )

 

Abepura Case of 2000 and Wamena Case of 2004 discussed during the 56th Sub-Commission
Geneva, 12 August 2004
. The Abepura Case of 7 December 2000 and the work of the Inquiry Commission on Human Rights Violation of Wamena are under scrutiny of the Office for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jayapura (SKP) and Franciscans International (FI), a Geneva-based NGO. During the 56th session of the Sub-Commission on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights recently held in Geneva 26 July-14 August 2004, these institutions delivered a joint statement highlighting these cases along with the rights cases coming from Pakistan and Togo. With regard to the decision of the judges to dismiss the victim�s claim for compensation, these rights organisations argue that the right to reparation will be likely neglected since the judges did not specifically mention about this issue in his charge. ( more information )

 

Religious Leaders in Papua questioned the Inquiry Commission on Human Rights of Wamena and Wasior
Jayapura, 17 July 2004
. The five religious leaders sent a complaint letter to the Chairperson of the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), Abdul Hakim Garuda Nusantara, questioning the work of the Inquiry Commission on Human Rights (KPP HAM) of Wamena and Wasior. "We, the religious leaders in Papua, appeal to Komnas HAM to give an official and public explanation to the Papuans people as well as all Indonesian citizens regarding the result of the investigation conducted by KPP HAM," urged the letter signed by Rev. Herman Saud (Chair of the Churches in Papua), Most Rev. Leo Laba Ladjar (Bishop of Jayapura), Zubeir D. Hussein (Moeslem Leader in Papua), I Nyoman Suda (Chair of the Hindus in Papua) and Pandita Arya Bodhi (Secretary of Budhayana in Papua). ( more information )

 

Bishop of Manokwari-Sorong protested the Police of Saonek
Sorong, 14 July 2004.
Most Rev. Hilarion Datus Lega, bishop of Manokwari-Sorong, sent a letter to the Papuan Chief of Police complaining the arbitrary arrest and detention of four human rights defenders on 7 July 2004, including Freddy Sedik (a staffer of the Office of Justice and Peace Sorong, inset), Ludia Mentansan, Torianus Kalami and Simson Sanoy (the staffers of the TRITON). In his letter, the Bishop clearly expressed his objection of "the reason of the arrest since it was only based on the findings of reading materials which were lawful and then the police used them as the evidence to lay charge of treason according to Article 106 of the Penal Code against the suspects. This act breached Article 100 of Law no. 39/1999 concerning Human Rights and Article 1 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights Defender," stated the letter dated 14 July 2004. ( more information )

 

"They still intimidated even in jail!"
Jayapura, 5 June 2004.
"Obviously, 20-year sentence and even life sentence is not enough for seven prisoners of the Wamena case who serve their sentences in the Sinapuk Jail, Wamena, since they are still intimidated by the intelligence of the military command and the police mobile brigade inside the jail compound", explained Ms Anum Siregar, a member of the legal team for the Wamena Case of 4 April 2003. ( more information )

 

"They are sympathisers of the Free Papua Movement"
Makasar, 24 May 2004.
During the proceedings of the permanent human rights court for the Abepura case in Makasar today, the judges chaired by Justice Jalaluddin heard the defence of the defendants and their legal team. Denny Kailimang acted on behalf of his clients argued that Ori Ndoronggi, Johny Karunggu and Elkius Suhuniap are sympathisers of the Free Papua Movement. Furthermore, he questioned the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case since what the defendants had done was under the framework of law enforcement and thus it was under the competence of the Civil Court. ( more information )

"SKP and FI complained to the UN"
Geneva, 25 April 2004.
Having advocated the Abepura case along with the Coalition of Civil Society for the Abepura case in the last three years, the Office for Justice and Peace (Sekretariat Keadilan dan Perdamaian/ SKP) and Franciscans International, a Geneva-based NGO, sent a letter to Leandro Despuy, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers. In their letter, these two institutions appealed to him to (1) urge the Indonesian authorities to ensure that the Abepura case is fair, impartial and in line with international standards; (2) closely monitor this trial in order to comply with the international standards of human rights trials; (3) transmit this communication to the relevant special procedures. ( more information )

 




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