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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Papua Police name 13 suspects for deadly Wamena unrest

The Papua Police have named 13 people suspects for allegedly having been behind the recent deadly unrest in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, which caused tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes.

Ten suspects, whose ages range from 16 to 40 years, were already in the custody, while the remaining three are still at large and being hunted by the police, Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. AM Kamal said on Monday.

“The three wanted [suspects] are categorized as provocateurs and are allegedly involved in the KNPB [National Committee of West Papua] and the ULMWP [United Liberation Movement for West Papua],” Kamal said as quoted by kompas.com.

The Indonesian government has blamed both the ULMWP, led by UK-based Papuan exile Benny Wenda, and the affiliated KNPB for orchestrating the unrest that broke out on Sept. 23.

Police investigators claimed they found indications the three were involved with the groups after collecting the testimony of the arrested suspects and witnesses, he said.

Wamena saw violent unrest on Sept. 23 as a mob, reportedly of native Papuans, set hundreds of buildings, including shophouses and government offices, and cars on fire and attacked other residents with weapons.

The turmoil, which the government estimated to have caused material losses amounting to Rp 479.5 billion (US$33.8 million), claimed the lives of at least 33 people, most of whom were non-native Papuans, and injured at least 76 others, according to authorities.

As of Sunday, about 1,726 residents were still staying at a number of evacuation sites, while another 15,544 had left Wamena for other cities across the country after the riots, the Social Ministry said.
Kamal said the police would possibly name more suspects. (gis)

Papua Police name 13 suspects for deadly Wamena unrest - National - The Jakarta Post

Monday, October 7, 2019

KKB Papua Diusir Warga Papua Nugini di Perbatasan, Kerap Bikin Masalah Hingga Reaksi Tokoh PNG

SERAMBINEWS.COM - Keberadaan kelompok kriminal bersenjata (KKB) Papua terendus di wilayah Papua Nugini (PNG).

Sejumlah tokoh masyarakat Papua Nugini (PNG) pun terang-terangan menolak keberadaan para separatis Papua Merdeka itu di wilayahnya.

Ray Tanji, tokoh masyarakat di Wutung, Vanimo, Propinsi West Sepik yang berbatasan langsung dengan distrik Skouw, Jayapura, Indonesia, meminta aparat berwenang untuk memulangkan KKB Papua Merdeka ke wilayah Jayapura.

Dalam wawancara dengan program radio ABC Pacific Beat, Ray Tanji menyatakan kehadiran elemen KKB Papua di PNG telah menimbulkan banyak masalah bagi warga perbatasan.

"Saya minta Pemerintah Papua Nugini untuk menyingkirkan orang-orang (KKB Papua) ini dari Vanimo, karena merekalah yang menimbulkan masalah di perbatasan selama ini," ujarnya.

Tanji juga meminta aparat PNG untuk menyelidiki kehadiran dan aktivitas elemen KKB Papua demi menjaga keamanan warga setempat.

Menurut dia, warga masyarakat PNG di perbatasan telah menderita akibat ulah para KKB Papua Merdeka tersebut.

"Pemerintah PNG hanya perlu melakukan satu hal, pulangkan mereka ke wilayahnya sendiri, yaitu ke Jayapura," ucap Ray Tanji.

Pada 1 Oktober lalu, dilaporkan adanya kontak senjata antara aparat militer RI dan elemen yang terkait dengan gerakan Papua Merdeka.

Akibat peristiwa itu, pihak berwenang langsung menutup akses perbatasan Indonesia - PNG di Skouw-Wutung, Distrik Muara Tami, Jayapura.

Penutupan perbatasan dibenarkan oleh Komandan Satuan Tugas (Dansatgas) Pengamanan Perbatasan (Pamtas) RI-PNG dari Yonif 713/ST Mayor Inf Dony Gredinand.

Menurut dia, bunyi tembakan terdengar beberapa kali pada Pukul 06.00 WIT menyebabkan kekhawatiran di kalangan warga perbatasan.

Mayor Dony juga membantah adanya aparat keamanan RI yang terkena tembakan.

"Tidak ada yang kena tembakan atau lainnya, warga di perbatasan aman semua," ujar Mayor Dony.

Secara terpisah Komandan Kepolisian Propinsi West Sepik PNG Moses Ibsagi menjelaskan kepada ABC bahwa pihaknya belum pernah mendengar adanya aktivitas KKB Papua Merdeka di wilayah itu.

"Hal ini baru saya dengar. Tim saya sudah ke sana dan menemukan bahwa kontak senjata itu terjadi di dalam wilayah Indonesia, bukan di wilayah PNG," kata Ibsagi.

Dia menjelaskan bahwa warga PNG untuk sementara diminta tidak mengunjungi perbatasan karena pertimbangan keamanan.

"Kami minta para warga untuk jangan menyeberang perbatasan untuk sementara sampai situasi membaik," katanya.

Sementara itu, pada Jumat (4/10/2019) pekan lalu, warga Wutung sepakat mengajukan petisi kepada Pemerintah PNG untuk merelokasi para pengungsi asal Papua yang kini bermukim di Wutung dan wilayah lain di pesisir barat Vanimo.

Petisi ini, katanya, dimaksudkan untuk mengatasi risiko keamanan bagi para pengungsi dan warga setempat di perbatasan.

Pemuka masyarakat setempat menyatakan selama masih ada pengungsi di wilayah itu, maka warga setempat tetap rawan untuk mendapat serangan dari aparat.

Sekolah-sekolah diliburkan dan angkutan umum diminta untuk tidak mengambil penumpang PNG yang akan berangkat ke Pasar Batas yang terletak di wilayah RI.

Warga melaporkan kontak senjata antara militer RI dan KKB Papua tersebut terjadi di sekitar Pasar Batas.

Kelompok yang menamakan dirinya West Papuan Revolutionary Army (WPRA) mengaku bertanggung jawab atas kontak senjata tersebut.

Selama ini aktivitas menyeberang perbatasan baik melalui darat maupun laut terjadi di sekitar pesisir utara PNG di dekat Jayapura.

Dalam situasi normal, sedikitnya 100 warga PNG masuk ke Jayapura dan mengalami peningkatan pesat pada hari pasar di distrik Skouw, dekat perbatasan.(*)


Artikel ini telah tayang di serambinews.com dengan judul KKB Papua Diusir Warga Papua Nugini di Perbatasan, Kerap Bikin Masalah Hingga Reaksi Tokoh PNG, https://aceh.tribunnews.com/2019/10/07/kkb-papua-diusir-warga-papua-nugini-di-perbatasan-kerap-bikin-masalah-hingga-reaksi-tokoh-png?page=3.

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Over 11,500 flee West Papua town after clashes

Indonesia says more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from a town in West Papua.

It comes as violence continues to rock Papua and West Papua provinces, where dozens have died during clashes.

An official with the country's social ministry said the air force has flown around 7,500 people out of Wamena after unrest there in the past month.

Reuters reports Harry Hikmat saying another group of nearly 4,200 residents left on commercial flights.

A police spokesperson said the situation in Wamena is now stable, with shops and markets again open.

Meanwhile, several Indonesian government ministers are expected to visit to Wamena today.

Antara reports they are to outline steps for the "comprehensive restoration of security and stability".

The Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Wiranto, is leading a delegation of several ministers to the Highlands city.

These include Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, Health Minister Nila Moeloek, State Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono will also visit Wamena.

Accompanying them will be the heads of Indonesia's military and police forces, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and General Tito Karnavian.

Despite the evacuations, Mr Tjahjanto said the consensus among most native Papuans was that non-native Papuan residents should continue to stay in Wamena, as well as other Highlands towns in the region, including Ilaga and Oksibil.

According to Antara, following the unrest in Wamena, thousands of residents, mostly non-Papuans, have sought temporary shelter in local military and police compounds.

The news agency reports that due to the unrest in Wamena on 23 September, 33 people were killed, while at least 77 others sustained injuries in the riot which destroyed much of the town.

Source: RNZ

Over 11,500 flee West Papua town after clashes

Indonesia says more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from a town in West Papua.

It comes as violence continues to rock Papua and West Papua provinces, where dozens have died during clashes.

An official with the country's social ministry said the air force has flown around 7,500 people out of Wamena after unrest there in the past month.

Reuters reports Harry Hikmat saying another group of nearly 4,200 residents left on commercial flights.

A police spokesperson said the situation in Wamena is now stable, with shops and markets again open.

Meanwhile, several Indonesian government ministers are expected to visit to Wamena today.

Antara reports they are to outline steps for the "comprehensive restoration of security and stability".

The Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Wiranto, is leading a delegation of several ministers to the Highlands city.

These include Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, Health Minister Nila Moeloek, State Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono will also visit Wamena.

Accompanying them will be the heads of Indonesia's military and police forces, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and General Tito Karnavian.

Despite the evacuations, Mr Tjahjanto said the consensus among most native Papuans was that non-native Papuan residents should continue to stay in Wamena, as well as other Highlands towns in the region, including Ilaga and Oksibil.

According to Antara, following the unrest in Wamena, thousands of residents, mostly non-Papuans, have sought temporary shelter in local military and police compounds.

The news agency reports that due to the unrest in Wamena on 23 September, 33 people were killed, while at least 77 others sustained injuries in the riot which destroyed much of the town.

Source: RNZ

Call for Jihadis to go to West Papua following unrest

Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalistjohnny.blades@rnz.co.nz


Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in West Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in West Papua Photo: Supplied
Jihadis are being encouraged to go and fight in West Papua by Indonesian Muslim hardliners.

Front Jihad Islam, or FJI, issued a call to arms in the Indonesia-ruled Papuan provinces after non-Papuan settlers were among the victims of recent violence there.

Unrest has surged in Papua region since August, including a day of rioting and violence in the Highlands city of Wamena two weeks ago when about 30 people were killed.

The unrest came off the back of widespread public demonstrations by West Papuans protesting against racism and calling for a referendum on independence from Indonesia.

According to Indonesia's government, more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from Wamena since then due to safety fears. That many of these people are settlers from other parts of Indonesia has caused concern and prompted action back in Java.

FJI has been busy spreading its message online, replete with videoed torching of the Papuan Morning Star Flag and banners calling for Jihadis to be recruited for fighting in Papua against Papuans.
That's a concern to Saiful Islam Payage, the head of Papua's chapter of the Ulema Council, Indonesia's top Muslim clerical body.

"I am very worried. So, I strongly forbid the Laskar who are in the name of religion for war or jihad in Papua," he said.

He said that for now, there were only demonstrations in Java, and that no mobilisation of jihadis had yet occurred in the Papuan provinces. But he warned that if hardliners sought to bring their brand of divisiveness to Papua, he would have them expelled.


Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesian human rights researcher Andreas Harsono said that following recent violence in Wamena, a number of Islamic groups mobilised in Javanese cities.


Those organisations had been making two types of public calls - one, from a Muslim NGO network, was urging people to donate to humanitarian assistance for victims of the unrest in Wamena and other parts of Papua.

The other, from the likes of the FJI and the Islamic Defenders Front, was a call to recruit jihadis to go to Papua and protect fellow Muslims.

According to Mr Harsono, his concern stems from the way that most Indonesians have limited knowledge of the situation in Papua and the context of widespread human rights abuses there.
"Most victims are indigenous Papuans. Many Indonesians do not know the problems there," he said.
"But because of emotions, because of sentiment, Muslim sentiment, they might think that fellow Muslims are being victimised in Papua. Thus, they will provide the ingredients to support these kind of misleading calls."

While noting his concern, the researcher also said that he didn't deem the threat as major currently because as yet no cleric of significant influence had called for jihadis in Papua.

Furthermore, Mr Harsono said that Indonesian military and police personnel were on hand to provide security in Wamena and other towns in a region where the population was predominantly Christian.
While Papua has generally enjoyed harmonious inter-religious relations, Mr Harsono said groups aggressively promoting sharia law already had a foothold in the region.

"We have one in Sorong; we are also seeing Laskar Jihad, a militant Muslim group, setting up a base in Keerom; also in Wamena - not militant, but quite aggressive.

"So these kinds of organisations are starting to appear in many parts of both Papua and West Papua provinces over the last decade."

The presence of hardline Islamic campaigners in Keerom regency, which sits right on the border with Papua New Guinea, is not the only security concern along the 141st meridian east.
Land and sea access points between the two countries were closed last weekafter two people died in a shootout near the border on the Indonesian side where there's been a troop build-up.
The governor of PNG's West Sepik province, Tony Wouwou, said fellow Melanesians on the other side looked to flee across the border to safety in PNG.

But he said having Indonesian military in pursuit of them brought risk for his people.
"I'm a bit scared. I'm worried if my people go across and you never know what could happen. They might get bullet wounds or something because the Indonesians might think we're Wamenas [people from Wamena] and all this, and receive a wound, and maybe our people will retaliate or something. I don't want that to happen."


He said the border entry point to Indonesia should remain closed until security threats abate.

Source: RNZ

Call for Jihadis to go to West Papua following unrest

Johnny Blades, RNZ Pacific Journalistjohnny.blades@rnz.co.nz

Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in West Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in West Papua Photo: Supplied
Jihadis are being encouraged to go and fight in West Papua by Indonesian Muslim hardliners.
Front Jihad Islam, or FJI, issued a call to arms in the Indonesia-ruled Papuan provinces after non-Papuan settlers were among the victims of recent violence there.

Unrest has surged in Papua region since August, including a day of rioting and violence in the Highlands city of Wamena two weeks ago when about 30 people were killed.

The unrest came off the back of widespread public demonstrations by West Papuans protesting against racism and calling for a referendum on independence from Indonesia.

According to Indonesia's government, more than 11,500 people have been evacuated from Wamena since then due to safety fears. That many of these people are settlers from other parts of Indonesia has caused concern and prompted action back in Java.

FJI has been busy spreading its message online, replete with videoed torching of the Papuan Morning Star Flag and banners calling for Jihadis to be recruited for fighting in Papua against Papuans.
That's a concern to Saiful Islam Payage, the head of Papua's chapter of the Ulema Council, Indonesia's top Muslim clerical body.

"I am very worried. So, I strongly forbid the Laskar who are in the name of religion for war or jihad in Papua," he said.

He said that for now, there were only demonstrations in Java, and that no mobilisation of jihadis had yet occurred in the Papuan provinces. But he warned that if hardliners sought to bring their brand of divisiveness to Papua, he would have them expelled.

Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesia's Front Jihad Islam looks to recruit jihadis to take up arms in Papua Photo: Supplied
Indonesian human rights researcher Andreas Harsono said that following recent violence in Wamena, a number of Islamic groups mobilised in Javanese cities.

Those organisations had been making two types of public calls - one, from a Muslim NGO network, was urging people to donate to humanitarian assistance for victims of the unrest in Wamena and other parts of Papua.

The other, from the likes of the FJI and the Islamic Defenders Front, was a call to recruit jihadis to go to Papua and protect fellow Muslims.

According to Mr Harsono, his concern stems from the way that most Indonesians have limited knowledge of the situation in Papua and the context of widespread human rights abuses there.
"Most victims are indigenous Papuans. Many Indonesians do not know the problems there," he said.
"But because of emotions, because of sentiment, Muslim sentiment, they might think that fellow Muslims are being victimised in Papua. Thus, they will provide the ingredients to support these kind of misleading calls."

While noting his concern, the researcher also said that he didn't deem the threat as major currently because as yet no cleric of significant influence had called for jihadis in Papua.

Furthermore, Mr Harsono said that Indonesian military and police personnel were on hand to provide security in Wamena and other towns in a region where the population was predominantly Christian.
While Papua has generally enjoyed harmonious inter-religious relations, Mr Harsono said groups aggressively promoting sharia law already had a foothold in the region.

"We have one in Sorong; we are also seeing Laskar Jihad, a militant Muslim group, setting up a base in Keerom; also in Wamena - not militant, but quite aggressive.

"So these kinds of organisations are starting to appear in many parts of both Papua and West Papua provinces over the last decade."

The presence of hardline Islamic campaigners in Keerom regency, which sits right on the border with Papua New Guinea, is not the only security concern along the 141st meridian east.
Land and sea access points between the two countries were closed last weekafter two people died in a shootout near the border on the Indonesian side where there's been a troop build-up.
The governor of PNG's West Sepik province, Tony Wouwou, said fellow Melanesians on the other side looked to flee across the border to safety in PNG.

But he said having Indonesian military in pursuit of them brought risk for his people.
"I'm a bit scared. I'm worried if my people go across and you never know what could happen. They might get bullet wounds or something because the Indonesians might think we're Wamenas [people from Wamena] and all this, and receive a wound, and maybe our people will retaliate or something. I don't want that to happen."


He said the border entry point to Indonesia should remain closed until security threats abate.

Source: RNZ

Friday, October 4, 2019

Tentara Revolusi West Papua





Chief Gen. WPRA Mathias Wenda, the Supreme Commander of West Papua Revolutionary Army delivers speeches. It is stated that Indonesia is a colonial power, that come to the land of Melanesian people to steal, to take and to kill. They came with full of lies, they stay with full of lies and therefore, they must go out from Melanesian land.



It is also mentioned that we are fighting against the Indonesian colonial state, not against the human beings. We love and we fight for human beings to be free from colonialism. Those Indonesians and Melanesians are all human beings. We are created in the image of God, but Indonesians do not respect human beings other than Malays-Asians. They regard us Melanesians non-humans, half-humans and call us "monkeys", "dogs" and "pigs". Therefore this fight is the fight in defence of human identity and dignity.



All over the world, in Asia, Europe, America, Nelson Mandela, we are civilised humans. We do not regard and call other human as half-animal. But this racist mentality and treatment exists within Indonesian official system and expressed by people with Indonesian military and police uniforms. All human beings against this very perception and treatment.



West Papuan ordinary people should not take law into their own hands, the revolutionary army are ready to wage war against colonialism, therefore, all should answer the Supreme Commander and fight this war against colonialism with rules and disciplines as the world is watching what we are doing in West Papua.



Chief Gen. Wenda is accompanied by his Secretariat-General Officers as welk as Gen. WPRA Amunggut Tabi and Lt. Gen. WPRA Yalpi Yikwa.