Student action in Yogyakarta calls for troops out of Papua
Tribune News - June 11, 2012
Mahasiswa Papua di Yogya: Tarik Militer dari Papua - Tribunnews.com. Senin, 11 Juni 2012
Yoseph Hary, Yogya -- Responding to the brutal actions by Indonesian
security forces against Papuan civilians, Papuan students in the Central
Java city of Yogyakarta are to hold a peaceful action and long-march
from the Papuan student dormitory on Jl. Kusumanegara No 119 to the zero
kilometer point in the centre of the city this afternoon.
Speaking during preparations at the dormitory, the spokesperson for the
Papua Student Association (PMP) in Yogyakarta, Andi Umagi, said the
theme of the demonstration would be calling on the government to
withdraw Indonesian troops from Papua.
The reason being, the troops in Papua are clearly committing human
rights violations. "The action is planned for 10am. We're currently
making preparations, we'll start in a moment. But it will be a peaceful
action", said Umagi on Monday June 11.
End the violence and terror in West Papua
Humanitarian Solidarity for Papua Statement - June 13, 2012
Friends and comrades, all the people of Indonesia, are you aware of the
escalating violence that has been taking place in West Papua over the
last few days. Terror, violence and intimidation have become the daily
face of life for the Papuan people. Just in May and June, as many as 25
people have been killed and scores injured in "mysterious" shooting
Instead of paying serious attention to this situation, Indonesian
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has responded by stating that what is
occurring in Papua is only "small-scale with a limited number of
casualties". The thousands of lives that have been lost, particularly
since West Papua's integration into Indonesia, are belittled by the
president as "small-scale". The population of indigenous Papuans
continues to shrink. The suffering of the mama-mama (traditional Papuan
women traders) and Papuan women that have been raped and lost their
children, husbands sisters and family members, is dismissed as
The response to the escalating violence on the other hand has been
"large-scale": increased troop numbers, military operations, expanding
the army's territorial commands and more security posts. Armed soldiers
are patrolling settlements, churches, markets and schools, spreading
uneasiness and fear among the people.
President Yudhoyono is quick to claim that separatists are behind the
series of attacks in Papua. An accusation that is easy make and a
convenient scapegoat with the aim of again discrediting the wishes of
the Papuan people. The president is laying the blame on the Papuan
people, the very ones who are in fact the victims.
The Indonesian government and the state apparatus are unwilling and
unable to address the real source of the violence in Papua. The real
source of the problems in Papua are the economic injustice suffered by
indigenous Papuans since the PT Freeport copper and gold mine began
operating, the increasing troop numbers and military operations that
have followed this, and the historical problem of West Papua's
integration into Indonesia that the government refuses to evaluate and
examine honestly. So separatism and the violence is not the cause, but
rather the result, which the government attempts to overcome with
militaristic violence instead of democratic and participatory dialogue.
The solution to achieve a peaceful and humanitarian resolution in West
Papua is in the hands of the Indonesian and Papuan people, helping each
other in solidarity and with the goodness of their hearts. Solidarity
with all of those who have become the victims is the key for realising a
peaceful Papua, a Papua that is prosperous and dignified. Indonesia
will never be fully democratic and prosperous unless West Papua too is
democratic and prosperous.
Thank you for your support
Humanitarian Solidarity for Papua (Solidaritas Kemanusiaan untuk Papua)
Humanitarian Solidarity for Papua
National Papua Solidarity (NAPAS), the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP),
the Papuan Traditional Social Community Against Corruption (KAMPAK), the
Papuan NGO Forum for Cooperation (Foker LSM Papua), the Commission for
Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), the Indonesian Forum
for the Environment (Walhi), the Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI), the
Student Struggle Center for National Liberation (Pembebasan), the
Democratic Volunteers and the People's Liberation Party (PPR).
Jakarta protest calls for concrete action to resolve conflict in Papua
Kompas.com - June 14, 2012
Bumi Cendrawasih Rindu Kedamaian. Kompas.com. Kamis, 14 Juni 2012
Vitalis Yogi Trisna, A. Wisnubrata, Jakarta -- West Papua is a region of
Indonesia that is extraordinarily rich in natural resources and
culture. Parts of Papua have even been designated as "a heaven that has
been lost" because of its beauty.
This richness and beauty however is not in proportion to the recent
security situation in West Papua. In the month of June alone 11 people
have been killed and five wounded as a result of mysterious shootings.
This concern over the situation in West Papua was expressed in an action
in Jakarta by the group Humanitarian Solidarity for Papua (Skup), who
held a long-march to the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday
June 13. Through this protest action they demanded that Indonesian
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono take concrete steps to end the
violence in Papua.
The protesters also demanded an evaluation of the performance of the
national police and the TNI (Indonesian military) in relation to the
widespread shooting incidents, calling on the police and the TNI to
coordinate to resolve the conflict.
"Peace is what is being longed for by all the people of the land of the
Cendrawasih [Bird of Paradise]", shouted one of the demonstrators during
'Stop stigmatising all West Papuan as separatists': Activists
Seruu.com - June 15, 2012
Solidaritas untuk Kemanusiaan di Papua Desak Pemerintah Hapus Stigma
Terhadap Masyarakat Papua - Seruu.com. Jumat, 15 Juni 2012
Jakarta -- Humanitarian Solidarity for Papua (Skup) is urging all
government institutions to end the stigmatisation of the Papuan people
as separatists in responding to developments in West Papua.
"Security personnel must change their paradigm. Don't immediately view
minor unrest as separatism. The presence of the national police and the
TNI [Indonesian military] should be aimed at crating a sense of security
not fear", said Ray Rangkuti during a press conference held by Skup at
the offices of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) in Central
Jakarta on the afternoon of Friday June 15.
Up until now, according to Rangkuti, the TNI and police are still
committing acts of violence that are making the situation in Papua
increasingly unfavorable. Yet, he said, the presence of security
personnel in Indonesia's eastern-most island should be to provide a
solution to the conflict in Papua. "The [counter-terrorism unit]
Detachment 88 has been sent to Papua. What for?", asked Rangkuti.
Rangkuti said the government should see that the various incidents in
West Papua cannot be separated from each other. "This represents part of
an integral [approach]. Starting from the security sector to welfare.
The NKRI [Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia] can only be upheld
if the government upholds justice for the Papuan and Indonesian people
as a whole", he said. [simon]
Humanitarian Solidarity for Papua (Skup) is made up of Indonesian Human
Rights Watch (Imparsial), the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI),
the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras),
the Institute for Public Research and Advocacy (ELSAM), the Jakarta
Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta), the Papua NGO Cooperative Forum
(FOKER LSM Papua), National Papua Solidarity (NAPAS) the Papuan Student
Alliance (AMP), the Papuan Traditional Social Community Against
Corruption (Kampak), the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI),
the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI), the Center for Democracy and
Human Rights Studies (DEMOS), the Indonesian Human Rights Committee for
Social Justice (IHCS), Asian Justice and Rights (AJAR), the Coalition
for Justice and Revelation of Truth (KKPK), the Indonesian Association
of the Families of Missing Persons (IKOHI), the Jakarta consulate of the
West Papua National Committee (KNPB), (Komite
Nasional Papua Barat), the Student Struggle Center for National
Liberation (Pembebasan), the People's Liberation Party (PPR), the
Indonesian Civic Network (Lima) and the Jayapura Legal Aid Foundation
Workers call for end to violence by security forces in West Papua
Berita Jatim - June 21, 2012
Tolak Kekerasan di Papua, Buruh Datangi Makodim 0815/Mojokerto -Beritajatim.com. Kamis, 21 Juni 2012
Misti P., Mojokerto -- Scores of activists from the United Indonesian
Labour Movement (PPBI) went to the 0815 Mojokerto District Military
Command Headquarters in the East Java city of Mojokerto on June 21 to
demand an immediate resolution to all the forms of violence and human
rights violations that are taking place in West Papua.
Carrying symbols of the trade union, the activists held the action at
the Mojokerto city square where they conveyed their demands including an
end to all forms of violence by security forces against activists and
the Papuan people and the withdrawal of non-organic troops from Papua.
Arrest and try the military and police perpetrators of violence, murder
and shootings in Papua, free the Papuan people and activists that are
currently in jail (Filep Karma, Buchtar Tabuni) and form an independent
fact finding team to conduct a fast and effective investigation that can
uncover the truth and bring perpetrators to justice.
They also called for a broad dialogue that is open, democrat and free
from pressure or repression for and by the Papuan people under the
supervision of national and international observers. After giving
speeches union representatives handed over a list of demands to the
district military command headquarters.
Action coordinator Thoha Maksum said that their aim in coming to the
headquarters was to convey a letter of protest over violence by rouge
TNI (Indonesian military) and police officers in Papua. "We hope that
the 0815 District Military Command will assist in conveying this letter
to the TNI headquarters", he said earlier this morning.
After handing over the letter of protest the demonstrators continued the
action at the Mojokerto branch of Bank National Indonesia (BNI) on Jl.
Mojopahit where they demanded that severance pay be given to some 30
sacked workers from the company Karya Kompos Bagas (KKB) in the Jatirejo
sub-district after the Industrial Relations Court (PHI) found in their
KKB's assets are under the control of the Mojokerto branch of the BNI as
collateral for the company's debts. Although the sacked workers won in
the PHI hearing they are yet to receive outstanding severance pay.
[Translated by James Balowski.]