Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legislative Council held a focus group discussion on the issue of violence against women and children with related stakeholders including the community leaders at Jayapura Municipality, Women Empowerment and Child Protection Agency, Papua Police representative and other related offices at a hotel in Jayapura City, Saturday (4/6/2016).
“We think this is an important moment and the result of meeting as well as inputs collected during this FGD would become references of the relevant commission as well as related offices in Papua Provincial Government. In the future, we could include it in the regulation once it need to be revised,” said Tinal during the break.
According to him, inputs and feedbacks collected through the FGD could also become an evaluation, in particular regarding to mother and child protection or something needs to be improved or revised concerning to mother and child protection.
“This is to reduce the number of violence cases against mothers or women and children. Women are fundamental foundation in the society, meanwhile children are next generation that must obtain protection and well protected whether through Regional Regulation or another,” he said.
Through the FGD, he said the parliament found that the violence against women and children in Papua is still very high; it’s not only occurred in the urban areas but in the remote areas as well.
“Therefore it needs protection, to protect a family from violence and to create a happy family,” he said.
At the same place, the Heat of Papua Provincial Women Empowerment and Child Protection Agency Anike Rawar said until no the number of violence against women and children in Papua is relatively high. But the agency has not get the accurate data yet.
“I am not certain about the exact number, but the cases are increased. In order to minimize the number, we could not go without the community’s supports,” he said.
According to her, the agency will keep the coordination with both municipal and regional governments and socialize the program related to the issue of violence against women and children. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
Indonesian soldier dead after attack at Papua airport
Papua, Jubi – Indonesia’s military has evacuated the body of a soldier killed at an airport in Papua’s Highlands on Monday.
Xinhua reported that gunmen shot at an arriving aircraft carrying soldiers at Mapenduma airport of Nduga district, leaving one soldier dead.
Military spokesman Colonel Muhammad Aidi said when the plane was about to land, it was shot at, and soldiers who were guarding the airport shot back, triggering gunfire exchange.
He said the gunmen retreated and escaped to the forest and the plane landed.
Tempo reported that two soldiers were shot, and hospitalised, with one dying later.
The soldier’s body has been evacuated to Papua’s provincial capital Jayapura,
He is the latest apparent victim in the Highlands conflict between guerilla forces of the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces that intensified last year. (*)
Truth and Reconciliation Commission might not be working in resolving human rights violations in Papua
Jayapura, Jubi – A human rights activist in Papua Iwan Niode said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission might be not useful in resolving the human rights violations in Papua due to the absence of regulation.
In the workshop ‘the settlement of Human Rights Violations in Wasior 2001 and Wamena 2004: “Opportunities and Challenges”‘ held by the Papua Democracy Alliance on Thursday (24/1/2019), Niode said the Constitutional Court had cancelled the Regulation No 27 of 2004.
“This is understandable why such a plan to resolve the human rights violations cases via the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has stopped until now. Although the Special Autonomy Law indeed recommended it, there is no specific regulation supporting the TRC to conduct its task,” said Niode.
Moreover, Niode said the TRC should not only support the human rights victims to speak but also to cover the whole stories of both sides, victims and perpetrators. That makes the resolution through the TRC never been successful.
Meanwhile, a lecturer of International Relations of the Faculty of Social and Politics Science of the University of Cenderawasih, Elvira Rumkabu, thought that besides it needs the judicial process enforcement, the settlement of human rights violations in Papua also need to bring justice to the victims, how they can get their rights for justice.
“If this injury remains not cured, it would spread anywhere towards many issues. The issue of personal identity, for example,” said Rumkabu. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
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Call for Pacific regional groups to investigate Papua chemical attacks
Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua is calling for Pacific regional groups to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Indonesia’s Papua region.
The movement’s chair, Benny Wenda, said the Pacific Islands Forum and the Melanesian Spearhead Group should urgently send fact-finding missions to Nduga regency.
This comes after unverified reports of the suspected use of white phosphorus weapons by Indonesia’s military against civilians in Nduga.
Indonesia last month called the claims “totally baseless”.
But Mr Wenda said its security operations in Nduga had created a “humanitarian crisis”.
In a statement, he said Indonesia should also grant the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights access to West Papua to complete its own fact-finding mission.
Mr Wenda said humanitarian aid organisations should also be allowed in to Nduga to “relieve the suffering of West Papuans”.
A massive joint police and military operation has been underway in the remote Highlands regency, as well as neighbouring regencies, since December, in a hunt for members of the West Papua Liberation Army.
The armed group is responsible for the killings of at least 16 Indonesian construction workers and one soldier in November.
The joint operation has sparked sporadic shootouts between the Liberation Army and Indonesia’s military, with at least one soldier and one rebel fighter shot dead this year. (*)
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