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Thanks for your generosity to help Papuan messages distributed. Here is another statement from Octo Mote, the Secretary of the Papuan peace negoatiators team, who has been recently in New Zealand for lobby tour. I attached here his statement, photo and bio. Thanks again for your great help. Cheers,
Budi Hernawan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
Octovianus Mote is the former Head of Papua Bureau of Kompas, the largest
Mr Octovianus Mote is the former Head of Papua Bureau of Kompas, the largest Indonesian daily. Following the meeting between Tim 100 of Papuan leaders and President B.J. Habibie in 1999, he left Papua for exile in the US due to death threats by the Indonesian security services. Granted asylum and US citizenship, since then he has tirelessly lobbied the US Congress and the US government on the issue of human rights in Papua and Indonesia more broadly. He is currently Tom and Andy Berstein Senior Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School. During the 2011 Papua Peace Conference organised by the Papua Peace Network held in Jayapura, he was democratically elected as one of the five Papua Peace Negotiators together with Dr John Ondawame, Mr Rex Rumakiek, Ms Leonie Tanggahma and Mr Benny Wenda. Currently, he is the chair of the Papua Peace Team who works very closely with the Peacebuilding Compared research project at the Australian National University led by Professor John Braithwaite.
The Papua Peace Negotiator Team condemns the deadly shootings of Papuans who marked the 50th anniversary of the transfer of administration of West New Guinea (now Papua) from UNTEA to Indonesia on 1 May 1963
We, the Papuan Peace Negotiating Team, condemn the brutal act of the Indonesian army against the civilian Papuans who marked the 50th anniversary in the cities of Sorong, Biak and the Papua provincial capital of Jayapura.
Following the ban to mark the anniversary imposed by the Papua Chief of Police and endorsed by the Governor of Papua, the joint operation of the police and the Indonesian army deployed harsh measures to prevent any Papuans to exercise their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly. In Sorong on the eve of the commemoration, the joint operation shot dead two Papuans: Mr Abner Malagawak (22) and Mr Thomas Blesia (22). Three others were seriously injured and now are in critical conditions in the local hospital: Ms Salomina Klaibin (31), Mr Herman Lokmen (18), and Mr Andreas Safisa (24).
In Jayapura, a similar joint operation dispersed the people who gathered around the grave of the Papuan leader They Eluay by force. Nobody was reportedly injured but the shooting did spark fear and intensify anger among our people towards the Indonesian authorities. In Biak, however, the police arrested and detained ten Papuan civilians because they raised the Papuan symbol, the Morning Star flag but the police has not laid charge against them. Fortunately, the commemoration held in Nabire went peacefully.
Reflecting on these violent incidents, we are reminded of similar incidents 50 years ago when our forefathers and mothers were mistreated when they expressed their dissention to the decision of transferring Papua from the Dutch to UNTEA and eventually to Indonesia under the 1962 New York Agreement. During the formulation and the implementation of this agreement, our forefathers and mothers had never been consulted.
While the transfer of administration is a history, some world-renowned historians and legal scholars have proved that the transfer was flawed. Therefore, we believe that under Indonesian democracy and the rule of law, Papuans should be entitled to remember their own history as part of their identity. The recent incidents, however, reveal to us the opposite reality. Papuans remains treated as inhabitants, not as citizens.
Therefore, we appeal to the Indonesian authorities:
- To hold accountable both the perpetrators of the shootings as well as the commandant in charge, including the Papua Chief of Police, the Commander of the Army and the Governor of Papua;
- To demand public apologies from the Papua Chief of Police, the Commander of the Army and the Governor of Papua for their unconstitutional conduct in suppressing the civil and political rights of Papuans;
- To demand compensation and reparation for the victim families because of the the tragedy they suffer from the joint police and army operation;
- To request the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights to undertake a sub-poena investigation and to report its results to the public;
- To take concrete actions to start peace negotiation with Papuans as represented by the Papuan Peace Negotiating Team.
While we greatly appreciate the serious concerns of the recent incidents expressed by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Madame Pillay, we continue to appeal to the international community:
- To put pressure on the Yudhoyono government to hold accountable the soldiers, the Papua Chief of Police, the Commander of the Army and the Governor of Papua for their public brutality and their policy;
- To monitor the human security of Papuans
- To endorse peace negotiations as publicly already expressed by President Yudhoyono as the way to find a peaceful solution for the longest unresolved conflict in the Pacific as he already did with Aceh;
Media contact: Mr Octovianus Mote, Secretary of the Papua Peace Negotiator Team, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (021)-2310304 (temporary in New Zealand), US phone: +1-203 520 3055
Secretariat contact of the Papua Peace Negotiator Team (until June 2013): Budi Hernawan ofm (email@example.com), Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Tel. +61-2-6125 7065; +61-422 156 4
 Article XIV of the 1962 New York Agreement uses the term “full administration responsibility,” not the transfer of “sovereignty.”
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The boy was given a .22 rifle for his brithday. Apparently it lay loaded in a corner (the parents claim they didn’t know it was loaded). While playing the little boy picked up the rifle and shot his baby sister dead.
The lobotomized coroner made this flippant statement.
“It’s a Crickett,” the coroner explained. “It’s a little rifle for a kid… The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun.”
“Just one of those crazy accidents,” he added.
I suppose the Gun Lobby will justify giving a 5 year old child a gun…teach children how to kill at a young age is a good idea. Who knows tomorrow they may grow up to become President of the USA – bombing and invading other countries.
The gun lobby in America will have you believe that it’s every American’s right to own a gun to protect oneself. So where were these folk when two young lads were running around Boston shooting people?
R.I.P Rehtaeh Parsons
Rehtaeh, like many other sexually assaulted young ladies across the globe, has become another statistic in the ever increasing crimes against women. Apparently the Canadian police insist they have no grounds to reopen the case in spite of the fact that Rehtaeh was ‘gang raped’ and a photograph of her half naked was posted on the net by one of the rapists.
The hacker group Anonymous has announced that they will reveal the identity of the four boys (rapists) accused in the affair if the Canadian police don’t reopen their investigation….maybe Anonymous should reveal their identities and let them face the same horrible fate like Rehtaeh…maybe it is time that justice is done!
Ottawa: Another Canadian teen’s suicide after months of harassment and circulation of an image of her alleged rape by four boys has reignited concerns over cyber bullying, and led hacker group Anonymous Thursday to call for a new investigation.
Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, died in hospital on Sunday in the port city of Halifax in easternmost Canada after a suicide attempt that her mother blames on the alleged November 2011 sexual assault and a subsequent barrage of taunts by schoolmates calling her a “slut.”
Parsons was said to have been passed out drunk at a party when she was raped. One of the suspects later posted a photo of the incident online.
Police investigated but no charges were made. Parsons meanwhile moved cities and schools, but the harassment persisted.
The girl’s father Glen Canning echoed the public’s frustrations. “My daughter wasn’t bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointment in the people she thought she could trust, her school and the police,” he said.
But police insist they have no grounds to reopen their investigation
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08. A young Bengali photographer, Sourav Jourdar exhibits his photographs of Bengal.
09. Human Rights Watch report on Canada’s Highway of Tears… a must read!
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Thanks to your support, this summer I was on the ground with the Amazon Watch team standing with communities on the front lines of the fight to stop the Belo Monte Dam. I dug my toes into the red clay banks of the early stages of construction and watched as 300 indigenous and local people ripped through the earthen barricade in desperate attempt to free the mighty Xingu River, if only for a moment. We need your help today to ensure that this fight continues.
The last few weeks have been marked by glorious moments of victory and new challenges. Our efforts were validated when a Brazilian judge ordered the immediate halt to construction and suspended all activities at the dam site. Hope!
This was a true win, led by indigenous and local communities and won by the collective efforts of citizens from around the world standing with them…and by you.
As we suspected might happen, President Dilma pressured a member of the Brazilian Supreme Court resulting in Chief Justice Carlos Ayres Britto overturning the decision without giving essential consideration to indigenous rights implications. Back on the roller coaster.
The Federal Public Prosecutor’s office is expected to appeal this decision and demand a review by the full Supreme Court. They must uphold the historic decision that suspended this highly controversial project just two weeks ago. Help us make this possible.
Now is THE moment to dig our toes deep into that red clay and stand steadfast, collectively, in resistance to the Belo Monte Dam. Already over a million of you from around the globe have rallied behind this effort. With your support the people of the Xingu can win.
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Statement by the West Papua Project, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies,
University of Sydney, 16th July, 2012
Questions are being asked about the role that the partly Australian funded
and trained elite Indonesian police squad, Densus (Detachment) 88, has
played during the recent violence in West Papua. Set up in the wake of the
Bali terrorist bombings, Densus 88’s mandate was to tackle the rise of
domestic terrorism in Indonesia. Australian support might have been
motivated by revenge as well: 88 Australians were killed in the Bali attack.
While acclaimed for capturing or killing known and suspected terrorists,
Densus 88 also gained a reputation for extreme violence: many suspects being
killed rather than arrested. Now reports are suggesting that Densus 88 is
operating in West Papua, possibly clandestinely, and has been responsible
for the assassination-like killing of Papuan political activist, Mako
Tabuni, on June 14.
While Indonesian National Police spokesman, Saud Usman Nasution, has denied
Densus 88 is operating in West Papua he has left the door open for their
involvement, saying in the Jakarta Globe on June 27, “Densus will be
deployed if terrorism occurred there.” However other reports, for instance
from Kontras Papua, a local human rights organization, state that Densus 88
is already operating in West Papua “carrying out undercover activities”
(Cenderwasih Pos, June 23). Kontras Papua believes that Densus 88 was
involved in the Tabuni killing – where the victim is reported to have been
standing in the street eating betel nut when three unmarked cars pulled up
nearby. With no provocation a person emerged from one car and shot the
Police report that the victim had tried to snatch a weapon from the
plainclothes police involved and was killed in the resulting fracas. Police
also claim that Mako Tabuni was wanted for a series of shootings that had
occurred in Jayapura over the previous few weeks: a claim that seems
unlikely given his role as Deputy Director of KNPB (the West Papua National
Committee), which is a non-violent political organization. Tabuni had also
been publicly calling for an independent investigation into the recent
shootings of which he was accused. Nonetheless, any charges should have been
heard in court and given due legal process, now impossible with Tabuni’s
death. Other reports of Densus 88 activities in West Papua have come from
respected Papuan leaders. Reliable sources observed Densus 88 police arrest
KNPB member, Zakeus Hupla, in the lobby of the Dhanny Hotel, Entrop,
Jayapura, on the morning of June 23. Other reports indicate further arrests
of KNPB members by Densus 88 and their subsequent torture. According to
family members, no arrest warrants were issued by Indonesian police for
these arrests, and the Jayapura police deny that the KNPB members are in
their custody. Indeed it is unclear if these men have been arrested,
abducted or ‘disappeared.’
These events are of genuine interest and concern to Australia because
Australian taxpayers’ money is spent training and maintaining Densus 88.
This organization has a legitimate role to play in countering the rise of
terrorism, but it should act strictly within its organisational mandate. If
Australian taxpayers are indeed partially funding a clandestine force
involved in killings, abduction and torture of Papuan activists an
unacceptable situation has developed. These events and allegations must be
comprehensively investigated and all funding for Densus 88 frozen until
either the allegations have been disproved or the individual police officers
guilty of crimes arrested and tried in an open court. We call on the
Australian government to immediately halt the funding of Densus 88, to
investigate the claims of its misconduct, and to apologise to the Papuan
people if they are proven to be true.
Dr. Jim Elmslie West Papua Project co-convener 0407 913 870
Dr. Peter King West Papua Project co-convener 0422 647 025
Dr. Cammi Webb-Gannon West Papua Project co-ordinator 0408 727 367
Joe Collins Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) 0407 785 797
Budi Hernawan OFM Australian National University 02 6125 7065
Eko Waluyo Indonesian Solidarity 0416 809 107
Jason Macleod University of Queensland 0402 746 002