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Freeport threatened us: Strikers

Rangga D. Fadillah and Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta/Jayapura | Sat, 09/17/2011 7:00 AM

Freeport employees on strike over wage increase demands claimed they had been intimidated by PT Freeport’s management, which on Friday reported that the copper and gold mining company was losing an estimated US$19 million per day as a result of the strike. Continue reading

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Papuan children show-off their math skills

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Wed, 09/16/2009 2:19 PM

Demira and Merlin, both third-grade students and foster children of renowned physicist Prof. Yohanes Surya, stunned an audience at a seminar in Jayapura, Papua, by solving complex math problems in their heads without any assistance.

The one-day World Vision Indonesia (WVI) seminar was held Monday in celebration of the 30th anniversary of WVI in Papua.

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Former chair of Papua People’s Assembly, Alua, dies

You look so peaceful lying there With your hands folded upon your chest. You look like you are sleeping But you are at eternal rest. So Long For Now. (by Yvonne Legge)

A veteran West Papuan leader, the former chairman of the Papua People’s Assembly in Indonesia, Agus Alue Alua has died in a Jayapura hospital.

Local media is reporting that Alua is understood to have collapsed suddenly yesterday and was rushed to Dian Harapan Hospital in Papua’s provincial capital where he was dead on arrival.

The cause of death is not yet known. The late Agus Alua served as chairman of the MRP during its first term which recently ended. He is credited with having introduced policies such as the decree that Papua’s regional head and deputy must be indigenous Papuans. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Boediono to hold a meeting on Papua

The Jakarta Post | Mon, 03/28/2011 12:20 PM | National

Vice President Boediono is scheduled to convene a meeting on the development of Papua and West Papua, at his office in Jakarta on Monday.

A number of officials, including Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa and Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo, are scheduled to attend, along with representatives from Papua and West Papua provinces, tempointeraktif.com reported Monday. Continue reading

Academic doubts Papua will see Middle East-style uprising

Posted at 01:42 on 25 February, 2011 UTC RNZI

An academic specialising in Papua affairs says it is unlikely that effective popular uprisings like those seen across the Middle East will take place in Indonesia’s Papua region.

The comment by Richard Chauvel from Melbourne’s Victoria University came at this week’s Comprehending West Papua conference in Sydney.

Some delegates at the Sydney University conference claimed that ongoing mass mobilisations demanding change in Arab countries give hope to Papuans frustrated with Indonesian rule.

However, Dr Chauvel says the context is very different in Papua.

“The Indonesian government can contain what happens in Papua in a way that doesn’t affect mainstream Indonesian politics and society. For this Indonesian government and President, there are no votes in Papua. That consensus that Papua is part of Indonesia is still intact.”

Richard Chauvel

The Battle to Save Indonesia’s Disappearing Forests

Zubaidah Nazeer – Straits Times Indonesia | February 23, 2011

Imagine 400 football fields of trees disappearing during the duration of a soccer match. That was the rate of deforestation in Indonesia just a few years ago, between 2000 and 2006.

West Papua Forest

After bans by European countries on imports of illegally logged timber products, the rate of destruction has halved – to about 1 million hectares a year. But this is still considered high, and urgent action is needed, say researchers, analysts and environmental activists. If nothing is done, Indonesia’s unprotected natural forests will be depleted in about 35 years, said Bustar Maitar of Greenpeace Indonesia. Continue reading

Unicef allocates US$4 million for education in Papua

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 02/11/2011 1:28 PM | National

Unicef says it has allocated US$4 million for the development of education programs in Papua and West Papua provinces for the 2010-2012 period.

The support is being provided in efforts to improve the quality of education offered in the two provinces, Sri Karna, a member of Unicef’s education staff in Biak, said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.

Sri said the funding was intended to finance various programs, including school-based management and strategic education planning.

Unicef was also closely monitoring the education programs of other provinces, particularly Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam and East Nusa Tenggara, she said.

On the Papua torture video

The world would love to congratulate Mr. Andreas Harsono for his contribution to disclose the papua torture video worldwide, but the world will not automatically recognised  the black campaign of Papua separatist groups which have tried to used the video case as its political maneuver to steal the world attention to them.

All Indonesian and especially Papuan ethnic group appreciate the serious efforts by the Government of Indonesia in conducting an investigation into the case of the video recording thoroughly. A special team was formed to handle these issues as a form of attention and seriousness of the government of Indonesia on this matter.

Military members who perform beyond the government’s macro policies will be investigated in accordance to the rules that apply in the military.

Since 2005, the Government of Indonesia has implemented the economic  and welfare approach to the problem in Papua and the security approach has been decreased dramatically.

Aspect of empowerment of indigenous people is used in order to bring stability to support economic prosperity in the community. However, stability and security are a prerequisite in building and creating wealth. In reality, armed activities of the Free Papua Movement that disrupt security in Papua do exist even though the scale is not too big. TNI and Police have the main duty to enforce security so that economic activity continues to run well.

The false peaceful campaign of the Free Papua Movement is becoming more and more dangerous because they do harm harmony and peace in Papua by instigating hatred, racist comment and fueling local conflict by sending wrong messages to the world.

Please be careful with all Free Papua Movement campaign !

8 years ago…

8 years ago, 31 October 2002, a notorious criminal who is also a self proclaimed separatist leader in Papua, escaped along with another inmate. His name is Benny Wenda. Now he lives freely in Oxford, UK, escapes from justice and becomes the untouchable with a cunning smile deceiving British people with a peaceful campaign. While on the other side of the world, two families are waiting for justice which may never come true because the murderer or the man who responsible for the death of their fathers can not be touched by the law. That man is Benny Wenda.

One Side of the Papua Story from Australian Institute of International Affairs

(Papua Story – Melbourne) The philosopher John Stuart Mill said that to understand an issue it is necessary to learn the arguments on both sides equally well. This comports with the idea we all are taught that there are two sides to every story. However, an academic institution in Australia namely Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) prefer to hold a one-sided story from a Papuan troubled activist and the infamous Deakin university academic for his prejudice.The event will be held at Dyason House in East Melbourne, and unsurprisingly not attended by many people because of its lack of credibility.

The AIIA vice-president tried to defend the shameful conference by saying that the the Institute’s policy was to present all views without favour. Indonesia is now democracy, so there is no need to ask for the cancellation of the one-sided conference, and maybe there is no need to discuss about the development of Papua with a bunch of dishonest people in Australia. People in the world and academic circles will see the cheap propaganda and dishonesty of the conference.