The National Police Commission (Kompolnas) plans to visit Papua due to reports of a shooting that occurred in Aimas, Sorong district, on April 30, and the unnecessary arrests and ban on protests by the police in May.
“If there was a shootout resulting in civilian victims, severe action must be taken because this gives the police a bad name,” stated National Police Commission secretary, Logan Siahaan, during a meeting with the representatives from the National Papua Solidary (Napas) and the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) in Jakarta.
He added that if activists were apprehended without solid evidence, the police involved must be punished.
Previously, Napas and KontraS submitted a complaint about the Papua Chief of Police, Police Inspector General Tito Karnavian to the National Police Commission due to shootings, torture, and unnecessary arrests, and the protest ban implemented by the police. This complaint was delivered on Thursday, May 23, at the National Police Commission office in South Jakarta.
OPM Commander Isak Kalaibin and his gang
A commander of Free Papua Organization (OPM) Isak Kalaibin of Sorong, on May 8, 2013 surrendered to Indonesian police after his gang had ambushed security officers in Aimas village.
“Kalaibin went to a police office to surrender and was accompanied by several local religious leaders,” said Deputy Chief of the Papua Provincial Police Brigadier General Paulus Waterpauw.
Several armed members of Kalaibin’s gang had attacked a joint security team in Aimas village, where it had been reported that separatist OPM`s star flag had been hoisted.
When entering the village, the security officers and Kalaibin’s armed members were involved in a clash that killed three members of Kalaibin.
“Kalaibin is now being detained in Aimas Resort Police Office of Sorong District, and being interrogated intensively,” Waterpauw said.
The join security team consisting of the Indonesia Military (TNI) and Police officers were attacked by the armed group when they entered Aimas.
Armed men attacked the officers, damaged their vehicles and injured a military officer`s head.
The security officers responded by shooting at them. Two separatists were killed and several others were injured in the incident.
An injured separatist identified as Salomina Kalaibin was later dead in Sele Be Solo Regional Public Hospital in Aimas village. Salomina Kalaibin was a member of Isak Kalaibin`s group.
Source: ANTARA News
Following the summon of British Ambassador Mark Canning re the opening of Free West Papua office in Oxford, here is the latest statement.
British Ambassador to Indonesia, Mark Canning
Statement by British Ambassador on 6 May 2013:
I was summoned to see His Excellency the Foreign Minister this morning.
The Minister conveyed to me in clear terms the strong concern of the Indonesian Government at the opening of a Free West Papua (OPM) office in Oxford.
I explained to the Minister that we recognized the sensitivity of this issue for Indonesia.
The position of British government on this matter is quite clear.
We respect the territorial integrity of Indonesia and do not support calls for Papuan independence.
The British Government did not support the opening of an OPM office in Oxford. Such an office does not require our permission to open, and does not therefore reflect the British Government’s views. We regard Papua as being part of Indonesia. That has always been our view, and has not changed.
We also support the effort of those, like the Presidential Delivery Unit (UKP4), who are trying to address the problems of Papua and hope to see it enjoy the same level of peace, stability and prosperity as the other parts of this nation. I made these points to Governor Lukas Enembe when we met last week.
We believe that the Indonesian government is genuinely committed to addressing the problems in that region and hope that the efforts will bear fruit.
Source: British Embassy Jakarta
Joint security officers of Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police, who were patrolling Aimasa area in Sorong District, West Papua, were attacked by an armed group of Free Papua Organization (OPM) at 2 am on Wednesday (01/05).
One of TNI personnel, identified as Second Sub-Lieutenant Sultony was injured in the ambush.
The joint security officers monitored the area after they got information that Isak Kalaibin would lead several people in the area to hoist the “Bintang Kejora” flag of the banned OPM.
The OPM ambushed vehicles of security personnel by using sharp weapons when the troupe approaching the area.
The assault also caused car window of Deputy Chief of Aimas Resort Police Commissioner Pinem`s vehicle shattered.
The ambush forced several personnel to conduct protection shoots and quickly left the scene.
Public Relation Chief of Papuan Police Senior Commissioner Gede Sumerta said the forced shoot of the join security officers caused one armed person, initialed SK, experienced wounds in left thigh, stomach and left arm.
“However we cannot ensure does the victim`s wounds were caused by military personnel`s shooting or not,” Sumerta said.
Police secured several evidences related to the ambush, include a unit of arrows and arc, two slingshots and a bayonet as well as cleaver.
Source: ANTARA News
The Papua provincial administration has earmarked Rp 15 billion ($US 1.5 million) as down payment to purchase twin otter aircraft with 17- passenger capacity.
“The aircraft will be used to serve remote areas. The aircraft cost Rp 80 billion (U$ 8.2 million) and we will pay for it in three years time,” Papua transportation agency head Bambang Sismanto said on Tuesday (23/04).
He said as of right now, the administration was in the middle of preparing paper work for the tender process and fund allocation commitment between the Papua Provincial Council and the provincial administration.
The aircraft procurement was part of the provincial government’s response to questions raised by some regents about the administration seriousness in transportation.
Bambang said the Papuan provincial administration had allocated a Rp 40 billion subsidy for pioneer flights and 49 billion for the shipping line. Currently, the pioneer flights were operated by Susi Air, Merpati Airlines and Trigana Air.
Source: The Jakarta Post
Governor of Papua Province Lukas Enembe
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has pledged to embrace Free Papua Movement (OPM) separatists, expressing his will to build a bridge between the group and the government by involving them in the provincial development.
Enembe said that he would continue to hold discussions with OPM members to find out their demands.
“I have yet to meet them in person, but I keep in contact with the group. They are our brothers,” Enembe said, adding that they wanted to be listened to and understood.
“If some of the members want to go to school, we will send them to school. If they want to run a business, we can provide training and loans so they can start their business,” he continued.
Enembe said that the Papua Liberation Army Front (TPN)/OPM leader Goliat Tabuni had given him a call and asked him to develop Tabuni’s village.
Good communication between the parties, Enembe said, would build mutual understanding and therefore it would be easier for the separatists to accept the government’s development programs.
Enembe called on all regents in the province to take a peaceful approach by holding dialogue with the separatists. He also urged the central government to disburse more funds for the province’s development since Papua could not rely only on the provincial budget.
Papua has an annual budget of more than Rp 40 trillion (US$4.16 billion), the seventh-largest budget in the country.
The Jaringan Damai Papua (JDP/Papua Peace Network), led by Catholic priest Neles Tebay who won the 2013 Tji Haksoon Justice and Peace award, is currently struggling to make such Jakarta-Papua dialogue happen. The globally-recognized Papua Peace Network has organized several rounds of negotiations between the separatists and the government.
Source: The Jakarta Post
The newly elected governor of Indonesia’s Papua province, Lukas Enembe says he will approach separatist groups and offer to empower them.
He says the government needs to listen to separatists and he expects better communication through his new approach.
Governor Enembe expected all regents facing problems with separatists to follow his lead, but he needs support from the central government.
He says the ongoing problems for citizens are injustice and a lack of prosperity.
Lukas Enembe’s administration will focus on education, welfare and development, and will use the special autonomy funds to finance the programmes.
Papua has received 2.9 billion US dollars of special autonomy funds in the last decade.
Source: The Jakarta Post