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The security forces did not prevent Pius Kulua’s murder



The funeral of Pius Kulua – IST

Jayapura, Jubi  – Jayapura City Police Resort (Polresta) is still looking for the perpetrators of Theresia Lampyompar (42) murder, whose body was found in front of the Waena steam power plant, on Friday (May 19). However, the police claimed to have information leading to it.

AKBP. Tober Sirait, Jayapura chief resort police confirmed that this case was different from other case relate to Uncen lecturer’s murder a day before. However the police will soon issue a Wanted List of People (DPO) relate to the lecturer murder.

Regarding the sweeping done around sawmill, Perumnas III Waena, Friday (May 19) afternoon in which has no relation with the two cases, the police said they were looking for one convicted murder and theft in Keerom that somehow seen at the sawmill.

Maikel Ilingtamol, a convicted person who was arrested and disabled by a firearm at his feet, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in Abepura for violating Article 365 and article 338 of the Criminal Code.

“But since October 23, 2016 he ran away. And then he is allegedly did another case with his friends. We received information from the community that he was in sawmill, Yabansai Outbound, that is why we immediately search. We want to catch him on the spot, but he refused and pulls out sharp weapons. That is why we paralyzed him and arrested his friends,” said the chief

The murder of Pius Kulua

Theresia’s dead body found in front of Waena steam power plant turned out to trigger anger of some community group to other tribe’s group of Papuan indigenous.

The angry community group then blockades the road in front of Dian Harapan Hospital, right in front of the funeral home, Friday (May 19) night. About two hundred people stood forming a crowd on the street and yelling at certain groups of people that accused as perpetrators of violence in the city of Jayapura and perpetrators of Theresia’s murder.

As the group was shouting out their anger, two indigenous Papuans who ride motorcycles tried to pass the street. Both of them broke through police who were around the crowd. It was then they were surrounded by several people and immediately beaten and stabbed.

“One immediately fell off from the motorcycle. He was constantly beaten, while other is still safe. They were beaten right in front of a shop across the Hospital (Dian Harapan),”said an eyewitness who saw the beatings and stabbings.

This witness claimed to stand around the motor workshop not far from the location. He was amazed that the police on the scene seemed unmoved. In fact, police who have seen the masses carrying sharp weapons did not do anything to disarm them. There were no warning shots or attempts to disperse the masses, even when both victims were persecuted and stabbed by the masses.

The two victims were brothers from Puncak regency. The younger, Yuvenus Kulua was saved, while his older brother, Pius Kulua died on the spot. The siblings are known to live in the neighborhood across the Kamwolker creek (where the police conducted sweeping earlier in the afternoon).

The Chief of Jayapura resort police, Tober Sirait explained the stabbing took place right in front of the funeral home, as a large family mourner was performing worship and consolation. According to him, the two victims passed by a motorcycle in front of the funeral home. “The police tried to stop but it was ignored, that’s when the family grieves spontaneously out and do persecution, and caused Pius Kulua death,” he said.

The perpetrators of Pius’ murder said Tober had been put on hold by the police and would soon be assigned as suspect.

“We have secured 41 people who perpetrated the persecution against Pius. All of them we questioned, their strong allegations are perpetrators of this persecution,” explained Kapolres.

Denius kulua, a member of the Papuan Legislative Assembly and a close relative of the late Pius Kulua said he handed over the handling of the perpetrators to the Jayapura Police.

“I support process by the Police. And the people of Puncak and Papuans in general are not allowed to make any additional movements,” explained Kulua.(*)


The story of illegal logging from the forests of Papua



Illegal timbers – an illustration.

Jayapura, Jubi – Tempo journalist Avit Hidayat shared his experience in doing an investigation about the circulation of illegal timbers from Papua’s forest as a resource person for the discussion about “ Papua’s Forest and Logging Disputes”.

Auriga Nusantara, Eyes on the Forest, Tempo Institute, Free Press Unlimited, and Tempo Media Grup held this forum in Jakarta, Monday, 28 January 2019 and attended by other resource persons, such as Laode M. Syarif (KPK commissionaire), Rasio Ridho Sani (Gakkum-KLHK), Hilman Nugroho (PHPL-KLHK) Muhamad Kosar (JPIK), Timotius Murib (Majelis Rakyat Papua) and Papuan stakeholders from indigenous peoples, Papuan Parliament and Papua Provincial Forestry Office.

In the discussion, Avit said it is essential for the public to know about the situation in Papua. “The tropical forests in Papua are the last (forests) in Indonesia, while the Merbau wood which is the Papuan endemic trees have been becoming the target of the international market,” he said. 

Furthermore, Avid said he conducted the investigation in many different places and interviewed many resource persons; and in Papua, the Tempo team went further to the logging sites. There, they witnessed how the workers who come from other regions carried out the illegal logging activity. They also met transporters, woodmasters, drivers, and logging company staffs.

“And the most important thing is we met the supplier. The supplier is a mediator of the logging companies who play a role to bargain with ‘ondo’—the tribal chief–for compensation. For example, if in a village there are common indigenous lands, the supplier comes to measuring the areas, and give payment to indigenous peoples.”

In their investigation, the Tempo team also met the owners of a logging company who later admitted about the illegal logging activity.  However, they called it the unregistered community logging.

Meanwhile, in Aroba Sub-district of Teluk Bintuni, Papua Barat, the team went to the forest areas of the company who received the Business License for the Utilization of Natural Forest and Timber Product (IUPHHK-HA) that formerly known as a Forest Concession Permit (HPH). There, the team found the manipulation of a wood barcode. For instance, the barcode for ketapang wood is used for Merbau wood.

Moreover, the team also investigated the primary industry in Papua, Surabaya, Lumajang, Gresik by tracing the distribution of logs. Here, they found another finding, namely the fake transport data and officials’ involvement, whereas the illegal retribution practice has also become their another concern.

In their journey from Sarmi to Jayapura Municipality, the team discovered 25 retribution posts that consist of the indigenous institution, police (military) and Forestry Office. “This is the fact that we found, but I couldn’t capture it because it was too risky. We even witness a military truck used to transport the logs.”

Furthermore, the Tempo team met the export logging companies and found those companies able to export up to 6,000-meter cubic annually, while based on the Forest Product Information Management System (SIPUH), they only allowed to export around 100-meter cubic.

“In Surabaya, we went to a barge and talked with an officer. He said not all logs are given barcode. A few logging companies intentionally inserted non-barcode logs or illegal logs in there. They are mostly the HPH holders, and they even put the timbers between the logs.”

However, all these findings did not include in the audit industry report registered in the Timber Legality and Verification System Legality and Verification System (SVLK) which consist of the Assessment Agency for Sustainable Forest Production Management (LP-PHPL) and Timber Verification Agency (LV-LK). Both agencies are responsible for assessing the sustainable forest product management and verify the legality aspect of timber based on the system and standards set by the government.

“We also got the information about the involvement of LV-LK and LP-PHPL, which means they play around with such companies and culprits from the forestry office. I think the KPK has identified these cases.”

In the meantime, a resource person from the National Accreditation Committee (KAN) acknowledged that there were bribery practices in the LV-LK. The audit report had often finished before the field assessment.

Meanwhile, the participants appreciated the findings of Tempo’s investigation. They expected the government to find a solution immediately, whether it’s a regulation or supervision and law enforcement.

On the other hand, a representative of LV-LK objected this report regarding the bribery practices in his institution. But Avit said until now none of the resource persons withdrew their statements and opposed the result of the team’s investigation.

Meanwhile, Agung Wijaya, Avit’s editor for this covered story, said he was worried about Avit’s safety during the investigation. But finally, this report was completed and published.

He further said Tempo had traced the case of illegal logging since 2017. Thus, publishing the investigation report becomes a moral burden for Tempo. Therefore Tempo will continue to monitor this issue and welcome other stakeholders who attended this forum for further discussion.

Through this coverage, Tempo attempted to look the case thoroughly even though it might not give a solution because the solution is actually in the hand of all of you (who come to this forum).” (*)


Reporter: Timoteus Marten

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Indonesian military to complete Trans-Papua Highway



Indonesian soldiers participate in a major military jungle warfare exercise in Poso, in central Sulawesi island, on March 31, 2015. -Photo: AFP

Papua, Jubi – Officials working on a troubled road project in Papua say Indonesia’s military will complete the job this year.

In December, at least 16 Indonesians working on the Trans-Papua Highway in Nduga province were massacred by fighters from the West Papua Liberation Army.

The project was put on hold with the military saying it would take over work on the 4000 kilometre highway.

Combat engineers will reportedly carry out the construction, with hundreds of extra security personnel deployed to the area.

Detik News reports a military battalion has been assigned to the building of the project’s remaining 16 bridges.

Indonesian army engineers had already been working on the Trans-Papua Highway project for a number of years.

Military involvement in the project was cited by the Liberation Army as a central reason for killing the road workers, who were suspected of being soldiers. (*)



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Indonesian soldier dead after attack at Papua airport



Members of the Indonesian Army in Papua. -Photo: AFP

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. (*)



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