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  • Forum seeks public debate on Papua

    Muninggar Sri Saraswati, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta


    A group of prominent figures established a forum on Tuesday to increase public participation in the efforts to resolve the problems of Papua, which has been affected by human rights abuses and secessionist sentiment for decades.


    The establishment of the Papua Forum has been inspired by a lack of transparency in the way in which the government dealt with the Aceh conflict recently, the forum's deputy chairman Marzuki Darusman said.


    "People feel they have been excluded by the government from the efforts to settle the Aceh problem. Now that the President has announced the government's intention of addressing the Papua issue, we hope that this forum will be capable of ensuring greater public participation," Marzuki, of the Golkar Party, said.


    In his address to the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) a few weeks ago, President Susilo said that the government would now turn its attention to Papua after the peace deal with the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to end three decades of bloodshed in the country's westernmost province.


    Albert Hasibuan, who chairs the new forum, said that it had been established to show the public that the Papua issue was not the exclusive domain of Papuans and the government, but also concerned other Indonesians.


    Other founders of the forum include H.S. Dillon, Sabam Siagian, Fikri Jufri, Tommy Legowo, Zoemrotin K. Susilo, Asmara Nababan, Fajrul Falaakh, Faisal Basri, Tuty Herati Nurhadi, Bara Hasibuan, Rizal Sukma, Father J. Budi Hernawan OFM, Wiryono Sastrohandoyo, Shanti Poesposoetjipto, Sjafii Maarif and Harry Tjan Silalahi.


    Wiryono said Indonesians quickly unite when it comes to problems with other countries but do the opposite in response to domestic problems.


    "There has also long been a mind-set that separatism must be crushed (by the use of force). It's reform time now, meaning that problems must be resolved through peaceful means," said the former diplomat, who was the government's chief negotiator during talks with GAM in 2002.


    Albert said the forum planned to initiate debate on the problems of Papua and to approach them from various perspectives. The results would then be presented to the government.


    Jakarta, Sabam added, must not attempt to oversimplify the problems in Papua, which he said were complicated and had persisted since the late 1940s.


    The government has admitted that separatist sentiment in Papua is the result of the unfair treatment meted out by Jakarta to indigenous Papuans in the economic, political, social and security fields.


    Human rights violations have been widespread in Papua, but the perpetrators have rarely been brought to book. Meanwhile, most Papuans continue to live in abject poverty despite Papua's mineral wealth.


    Like Aceh, Papua has been granted special autonomy, but unlike Aceh its implementation has consistently been thwarted by Jakarta. To date, the government has yet to set up the Papuan People's Assembly (MRP), even though its establishment is mandated by law.


    Through changes in the legislation, the government has ensured that if and when it is set up, the MRP, which is supposed to have a say in the political, social and economic affairs of the province, will serve as little more than a cultural talking shop.


    Separately in Jayapura, tribal leader Seblum Werbabkay called on the Papua administration, the Papua General Elections Commission (KPUD) and the Papua provincial council to hold a gubernatorial election after the establishment of the MRP.


    He said it was the MRP that had the power to determine those eligible to contest the election under the Papuan Special Autonomy Law (No. 21/2001).


    "Otherwise, it may spark conflict," Seblum said.


    The Papua issue recently came to the fore again following the questioning in the U.S. of Indonesia's sovereignty over Papua in the 2006-2007 foreign relations authorization bill, which has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and is now at the committee stage in the Senate.

    Sumber dari http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailnational.asp?fileid=20050907.C02&irec=1 


  • Masalah Kehutanan Papua

    Dalam waktu dekat paling lama tgl 09 Sept. 2005 akan dimuat berita tentang Kehutanan Papua yang dirilis oleh salah satu situs di Amerika. Yaitu


    West Papua Logging & Human Rights Abuses


    Forest Networking a Project of Forests.org, Inc.

    http://forests.org/ -- Forest Conservation Portal

    http://www.EnvironmentalSustainability.info/ -- Eco-Portal

    http://www.ClimateArk.org/ -- Climate Change Portal

    Tunggu aja informasinya ok, itupun bagi mereka dan aku yang lain yang tidak mau ketinggalan denga berita seputar Papua.


  • Papua Gubernur

    6 confirmed dead in helicopter crash in Indonesia

    www.chinaview.cn 2005-09-03 14:01:07


    JAKARTA, Sept. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- An Indonesian rescue team has confirmed that six people were killed after a police helicopter crashed into a jungle in West Sumatra province, local press reported Saturday.

    The helicopter was flying in a bad weather and caught fire before it crashed into the forest on Thursday, The Jakarta Post newspaper reported.

    Co-pilot Sen. Insp. Asep was the only survivor in the accident. He was found by the rescue team when crawling out of the jungle for help with severe knee injury.

    Meanwhile, the Antara news agency reported that the evacuation process has been hampered by bad weather.

    The rescue team resumed the evacuation Saturday morning.

    Carrying six middle-ranking police officers and a journalist, the ill-fated MI-2 helicopter crashed when it was on the way to the West Sumatra capital of Padang after inspecting forest fires in South Solok regency.

    Witnesses said they heard explosion before the helicopter went down, Antara said.

    The accident is the second involving police plane this year, after a Cassa 212 airplane nosed-dived into an estuary meters in front of Sarmi Airport in Papua province, killing 15 people. Enditem

    Dalam versi bahasa indonesia silahkan download aja di bawa ini ok gubernur_papua_luncurkan_kapal_seharga_rp17_miliar.doc


  • Papua - En.wikipedia

    Papua (Indonesian province)

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    Map showing Papua province in Indonesia

    Papua is a province of Indonesia comprising part of the western half of the island of New Guinea and nearby islands (see also Western New Guinea).

    The name Papua may also refer to either the entire island of New Guinea or to the southern half of the neighboring country of Papua New Guinea. The name West Papua is preferred among nationalists who hope to separate from Indonesia and form their own country (the region was promised a referendum on independence from the Netherlands). The province was known as West Irian or Irian Barat from 1969 to 1973ā€”Irian is the Indonesian term for the island of New Guinea. It was then renamed Irian Jaya (roughly translated, "Victorious Irian") by Suharto, a name that remained in official use until 2002. During the colonial era the region was known as Dutch New Guinea or Netherlands New Guinea.

    The province originally covered the entire western half of New Guinea, but in 2003, the western portion of the province, on the Bird's Head Peninsula, was made a separate province named West Irian Jaya.


    Netherlands New Guinea

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    Netherlands New Guinea was the official name of western New Guinea while it was a colonial possession of the Netherlands. It was commonly known as Dutch New Guinea. It is now a province of Indonesia known as Papua.

    From 1898 to 1949 Dutch New Guinea was governed as part of the Dutch East Indies.

    In 1949, when the rest of the Dutch East Indies became fully independent as Indonesia, the Dutch retained sovereignty over western New Guinea, and took steps to prepare it for independence as a separate country. Some five thousand teachers were flown there. The Dutch put an emphasis upon political, business, and civic skills. The first local naval cadets graduated in 1955 and the first army brigade become operational in 1956.

    Elections were held across Dutch New Guinea in 1959 and an elected council officially took office on April 5, 1961, to prepare for full independence by the end of that decade. The Dutch endorsed the council's selection of a new national anthem and the Morning Star as the new national flag on December 1, 1961.

    Indonesia invaded the region on December 18, 1961. After an armed conflict the territory was placed under United Nations administration in October 1962 before being transferred to Indonesia in May 1963. The territory was formally annexed by Indonesia in 1969 after a controversial plebiscite was conducted by the Indonesian military.

    See also: Papua (Indonesian province); Western New Guinea


    Sumber : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papua_(Indonesian_province)

  • Msalah HIV/AIDS di Papua

    Ada berita yang dirilis di situs The Jakarta Pos tentang Perkembangan HIV/AIDS di Papua hingga sekarang jika anda ingin mau baca dan tidak sempat baca dikoran tersebut silahkan download dibawa ini masalah_hiv-aids.txt
    Sumber : http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailfeatures.asp?fileid=20050830.Q01&irec=0