Urgent message from Budi Hernanwan – National Papua Solidarity

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I received this message in the mail from Brother Budi Hernawan OFM, Postdoctoral Fellow, Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

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National Papua Solidarity (NAPAS) condemns the Papuan police decision to ban the plan to organise public demonstration in Papua to commemorate the transfer of administration of then West New Guinea (now Papua) from UNTEA to Indonesia on 1 May 1963. This decision, which was also explicitly endorsed by the Governor of Papua, breached the freedom of expression and association which is enshrined by the 1945 Indonesian Constitution. The ban also represents a reactive, paranoid and discriminative approach of the Indonesian government that limits the exercise of the civil and political rights of Papuans. Furthermore, the decision would undermine the existing processes and initiatives to find a peaceful solution for Papua conflicts. Finally, the ban to commemorate the 50th anniversary event illustrates the Indonesian government position that aims to monopolise the interpretation of Papuan history for the sake of the state, not for Papuans.

According to the 1962 New York Agreement, the Netherlands transferred the adminstration over West New Guinea territory to the United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA), which then passed it on to Indonesia on 1 May 1963. The four main points of the New York Agreement that we would like to highlight during this 50th anniversary are as follows:

  1. The transfer was limited to “full administration responsibility,” not the transfer of sovereignty (Article XIV);
  2. During the transition period, Indonesia held the primary duty to undertake “further intensification of the education of the people, of the combating of illiteracy, and of the advancement of their social, cultural and economic development” (Article XV);
  3. At the end of 1969, under the supervision of the UN Secretary General, the act of free choice would be held for Papuans in order to determine its political status “whether they wish to remain with Indonesia; or whether they wish to sever their ties with Indonesia” (Article XVIII);
  4. Indonesia “will honour those commitments” (Article XXII para 3) to guarantee fully the rights of Papuans, including the rights of free speech and freedom of movement and of assembly (Article XII para 1).

Reflecting this historic moment of our history, we regrettably highlight the fact that Papuans were never invited to participate in any process of the formulation and implementation of the New York Agreement either by the Netherlands, Indonesia or the United Nations. We question the extent by which the Indonesian government has fulfilled its duty to provide high quality of education, health and other public services as stipulated by the New York Agreement. Furthermore, Papuans’s rights of free speech and freedom of movement and of assembly were not fully guaranteed and protected as documented in various historical reports around this transition period.

When both the Governor of Papua and the Chief of Police of Papua deliberately ban any activities of Papuans to commemorate this historic moment, history repeats itself. Papuans’s rights of free speech of free speech and freedom of movement and of assembly were not protected and guaranted then and now. Therefore, we question both the local authorities in Papua and the national authorities of Indonesia whether they treat Papuans as citizens or just inhabitants.

Regardless of the ban, in Jakarta, NAPAS will organise the Papuan cultural night festival “One Papua, One Struggle” to mark this anniversary. We are well aware that suppressing our memory of the past not only denies our rights and freedom but more importantly, our existence. The historical reports have already revealed that the current and ongoing Papua conflicts are rooted in the very historical date, 1 May 1963, when UNTEA transferred Papua into Indonesia. But the launching of “One Papua” has a deeper meaning. After fifty years Papuans remain divided, not united, and have not developed a strong sense of solidarity among the oppressed. Taking into account this reality, the cultural night will be an opportunity for NAPAS to reflect on the ways to unify Papua’s struggle for its liberation and to strengthen solidarity among the oppressed Papuans as well as to mark 1 May as the day to unify Papuan solidarity.

Media Contact: Zely Ariane, Chairperson of NAPAS (Mobile +62-8158126673

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NEWS REPORT – LINK – May 01, 2013

Jayapura & Sorong. The Indonesian government’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the integration of Papua on Wednesday was overshadowed by pro-independence flags being raised across the region and reports of a deadly shooting of separatist activists by police.

Police allegedly killed two activists and arrested six others after reporters witnessed them raising the Free Papua Organization’s Morning Star flag on Jalan Raya Adibay, Biak, on Wednesday morning.

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Robin Lim’s message to the world!

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Live Encounters Magazine December 2012 – Two Volumes!

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Knowledge is power and we are empowering people with the free distribution of knowledge.

Writers, poets, photographers, civil & human rights activists, animal rights activists, social workers, professors, people from theatre and music, culinary gymnasts and more contribute free of cost to share their knowledge with the world for we all live in a small village in the universe called Earth.

VOLUME ONE
Guest Editorial by Anat Hoffman, Civil & Human Rights Activist
Letter to the Editor by Brother Budi Hernawan OFM on the prevailing situation in Papua and an appeal to the Government of Indonesia for Peace Talks
Terry McDonagh wellknown Irish Poet,writer and Playwright talks about his life and works
Eric Hobsbawm – Another Jewish Contrarian by Natalie Wood
Are Bengalis characteristically Left-inclined? A study Romit Bagchi
2012 – Another Year of Living Foolishly? – Mark Ulyseas
Photo Gallery – Cuba – Joo Peter
Remember and Resist – Randhir Khare
Generating Yourself! – Candess M Campbell
Peace Needs More Than Talk – Steven Beck
 
VOLUME TWO
Guest Editorial by Jemma Purdey, Woman-Mother-Writer
One Dollar For Music Raoul Wijffels in an exclusive interview
Photo Gallery – Bali – Jill Gocher 
Beering and fearing in Khajuraho – Harish Nambiar 
Book Review: Jeffrey Winters’ Oligarchy – Marcus Mietzner
Dr. Navina Jafa, author of Performing Heritage: Art of Exhibit Walks in a Live Encounter
Fadedgenes – Excerpt One From a work in progress book by Mark Ulyseas
Pastel ab Hmas – Richard Ganulin
I Hate Deadlines – Arjun Bagga
Art in Food – Enrico Wahl’s Food Art with photography by Mark Ulyseas
 

A thank you to all my friends on WordPress. Keep writing, let the world know we are only a village in this great big expanse of the Universe.

Peace.

 

Live Encounters Magazine November 2012

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 Separatist Conflict in Indonesia: The long distance politics of the Acehnese Diaspora by Antje Missbach

Door Through Time – Terry McDonagh

Khadi: Gandhi’s Mega Symbol of Subversion by Peter Gonsalves, Salesian Pontifical University, Rome

When “The Secret Doesn’t Work!” – Candess M Campbell

West Java’s mini-fictions – Sundanese Literature – Iip Yahya

His Memory For A Blessing  – Natalie Wood

Choker by Arjun Bagga

Alleppey Express – Matthew Van Ortton

Sebatu – John Chester Lewis

Raw Food by Chris Miller with photography by Mark Ulyseas

Live Encounters Magazine September 2012

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Live Encounters Magazine September 2012 is out on the cyber stand, It’s Free. Please Share.

Exclusive features – The Way of Apostle Thomas – a journey into antiquity by Mark Ulyseas: A poem by well known Irish Poet, Writer Playwright Terry McDonagh : Candess M Campbell Phd exclusive on Health: Romit Bagchi senior correspondent of The Statesman speaks about his book Gorkhaland: Joo Peter’s photo gallery on Geikos (Geishas) in Kyoto: Randhir Khare’s latest book Walking Through Fire: Henky Widjaja bites the bullet on Islamic Defenders’ Front of Indonesia: Natalie Wood is back with a column on her homeland, Israel: Civil & Human Rights Activist Anat Hoffman writes a letter to the readers: Arjun Bagga pens a short story to tickle our sense of proportion.

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Is Australia funding Indonesian Death Squads – Densus 88 in West Papua?

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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
victim dead.

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

The Islamic Republic of Indonesia?

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This is what thugs are doing in Indonesia…using the Koran to beat and subdue people and put them in jail. All right thinking Muslims in Indonesia stand up and help this man. This is not Islam. This is thuggery.

PADANG

A civil servant who declared himself an atheist on Facebook was arrested and is now facing jail for blasphemy after being attacked by a mob.

Alexander An, 30, who wrote “God doesn’t exist” on his Facebook page, was beaten by a mob of dozens last Wednesday in his hometown in Pulau Punjung, West Sumatra province.

“He is suspected of having blasphemed against Islam,” local police chief Chairul Aziz said.

“The man told police investigators that if God really exists and has absolute power, why didn’t he prevent bad things from happening in this world.”

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