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Lukas Enembe’s volunteers pay visit to Komnas HAM RI



A group of LE volunteers took pictures with Komnas HAM
commissioner Natalius Pigai after submitting a complaint – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – A number of Lukas Enembe volunteers, led by Alberto
Wanimbo, went to the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission
(Komnas HAM). A group of volunteers who call themselves as
Representatives of the Mass Frontiers of Mass Rally in Entire Land of
Papua come to Komnas HAM RI office on Monday (September 25).

The arrival of this group to urge Komnas HAM to convey the government
to immediately stop all forms of criminalization to Papua Governor,
Lukas Enembe.

“On the 19th we did a big demonstration in six cities in Papua. The
essence of the demo is to ask the government to stop all forms of
criminalization on Lukas Enembe who is the best son of Papua at this
time, “said Wanimbo who is the Head of Luke Enembe Volunteer Team
Volume II, after delivering their complaint.

He reiterated that post-meeting between Governor Lukas Enembe and Head
of BIN, National Police Chief and North Sumatra Police Chief, Irjenpol
Paulus Waterpauw and Lukas Enembe’s summons as a witness in the case
of corruption of scholarship fund, indicate a criminalization effort
on the governor.

“The current criminalization could happen in the future to other
Papuan leaders,” Wanimbo added.
He alluded to the evidence that was not strong in the investigation of
scholarship fund case.
“But the investigation seems to be forced. This gives the impression
there is a political motive in the investigation,” he said.

The arrival of this group to Komnas HAM RI was received by Komnas HAM
Commissioner Natalius Pigai. According to Pigai, he has communicated
with National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian. The Police, said
Pigai, only perform the duties as law enforcement.

“The case of the alleged corruption is under investigation on
collecting evidence and initial information,” explained Pigai.

In fact, he continued, before the big demonstration that occurred on
the 19th, the case of Lukas Enembe has been completed in the police.

“The National Police Chief told Komnas HAM that the investigation
could be continued or also not. Police are also monitoring the
dynamics that occur in Papua, “said Pigai. (*)

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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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A sad story of education from Papuan outreached and border areas



Pupils at schools in outreached Papua. – Jubi/Dok

Jayapura, Jubi – Education, in Papua today is still a sad story since many schools in outreached or border areas have to struggle to continue their activities even without adequate support from the government.

An educational activist Agustinus Kadepa said the education in Papua, especially in the border and outreached areas, is a complex issue, from the lack of teachers’ attendance to lack of teaching facilities that hampers the learning activities at school.

“This is complicated. Furthermore, we know that a good and qualified educational education could exist when it gains support from many aspects, namely the economy, educational facilities, public awareness of education and so on. Therefore, I think these factors have made many teachers prefer to live in town rather than in those remote areas,” said Kadepa on Thursday (24/1/2019).

Another factor is when teachers apply for the position of civil servants. It has an indirect impact on the number of teachers staying at schools, especially in remote areas. Because most of those teachers would accept the new position as a civil servant and choose to live in town rather than continue teaching in remote areas.

Meanwhile, this problem also considered by the village chief of Kampung Moso, Muara Tami Sub-district of Jayapura Municipality, Agus Watapoa. He said that all the time the primary schools of the Indonesian and PNG border have not a sufficient number of teachers. Therefore, the children are neglected and cannot study at school.

“Teachers who teach in this school village come late to school, at 10 in the morning. So this school is not well running. It’s still open but just not running very well because we only have two classes with a roof,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Agus Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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