Jakarta – Menteri Negara Inggris untuk negara-negara persemakmuran dan PBB, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, telah memulai kunjungannya ke Indonesia selama dua hari.

Lord Ahmad akan tiba di Jakarta, usai menghadiri konferensi “Our Oceans” yang diselenggarakan pada 29-30 Oktober 2018 di Bali.

Menurut keterangan dari Kedutaan Besar Inggris yang diterima oleh Liputan6.com pada Senin (29/10/2018), Lord Ahmad dijadwalkan akan bertemu dengan Menteri Agama Lukman Hakim Saifuddin dan Wakil Menteri Luar Negeri AM Fachir.

Ia juga akan memandu diskusi tentang hubungan antar agama, mengunjungi sekolah Islam dan bertatap muka dengan para pakar kontra terorisme.

Dalam keterangannya, Lord Ahmad mengemukakan bahwa Indonesia adalah negara demokrasi yang dinamis dan kaya akan keberagaman.

“Sebagai yang terdepan di kawasannya, Indonesia tengah mengalami pertumbuhan ekonomi yang kuat dan akan memiliki peran yang semakin berpengaruh di Abad ke-21,” katanya.

Sebagai Utusan Khusus Perdana Menteri Inggris untuk bidang Kebebasan Beragama, ia yakin akan pentingnya memperkuat kebebasan beragama, serta saling menghargai dan memahami satu sama lain.

“Agar demokrasi dapat berfungsi secara efektif, sangatlah penting bagi kelompok minoritas untuk memiliki hak memperoleh perlindungan. Indonesia adalah rumah bagi umat Muslim dan banyak yang memandang Indonesia sebagai contoh yang dapat diikuti,” tutur Lord Ahmad.

“Saya sangat senang berkunjung ke Indonesia, berharap dapat  berdiskusi dan bertukar pikiran dengan para pemimpin agama, mahasiswa, serta para pakar terkait. Saya berharap kunjungan ini dapat membantu mempererat hubungan Inggris dan Indonesia,” pungkasnya.

Lord Ahmad dijadwalkan berkunjung ke SMA Muhammadiyah III, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan pada 30 Oktober 2018, setelah dari Bali. Kunjungan sekolah ini adalah bagian dari Council’s Connecting School’s Initiative yang diluncurkan pada awal 2019.

Setelah kunjungan Universitas Birmingham (Inggris) ke SMP Muhammadiyah awal tahun ini, SMP dan SMA Muhammadiyah 3 dianggap mengambil bagian dalam program tersebut dan dewan Birmingham yang akan menghubungkan sekolah-sekolah terpilih di Indonesia dengan sekolah-sekolah di Birmingham.

Nantinya, sekolah-sekolah tersebut akan melakukan beragam kegiatan, seperti proyek online dan pertukaran bahan ajar.

 

Sumber (Liputan6)

Hasil gambar untuk West Papuans granted PNG citizenship

Immigration and Border Security Minister Petrus Thomas yesterday awarded Papua New Guinea citizenship to 62 West Papuans residing in Vanimo.

Thomas, in his speech to the former West Papuans, said: “You have waited for all this time for 30 to 40 years.
“I would like to thank you for your patience.

“The time has come and I am pleased on behalf of the PNG Government to formally recognise you as PNG citizens.”

Whilst waiting, one of the recipients, Maria Hassor, passed away and her husband received her certificate.
This brings the total of former West Papuans to 1352 since the Immigration and Citizenship Authority started the process of registration and citizenship for West Papuans in 2017.

Willam Braber and his wife were also recipients of the citizenship award.

Braber spent 51 years in PNG and worked as a high school teacher for 43 years.

West Sepik Governor Tony Wouwou thanked the Government and Immigration and Citizenship Authority for recognising the West Papuans who had lived and contributed immensely to the province.

 

Source (The National)

New Caledonia’s independence referendum has prompted French Polynesia’s pro-independence party to ask France to organise a vote on full self-rule in Tahiti.

President Macron of France hosts French Polynesia's Edouard Fritch
President Macron of France hosts French Polynesia’s Edouard Fritch Photo: Presidency of French Polynesia

This comes after 56 percent of New Caledonians voted against independence amid a record 81 percent turnout.

French Polynesia’s Tavini Huiraatira Party said the result was a bitter repudiation of France’s colonial policies in the Pacific.

The referendum call by the Tavini echoes a similar push in 2013 when Edouard Fritch unsuccessfully called for a vote on independence by the end of that year.

Mr Fritch, who is now the president but was the head of the assembly at the time, said it was important to ask the people what they wanted.

The Tavini says it wants France to follow the decolonisation path outlined by the United Nations and allow the people of Maohi Nui to have an independence vote.

While France recognises New Caledonia’s inscription on the UN decolonisation list, Paris refuses to do so in French Polynesia’s case.

 

Source (RNZ)

Two more West Papua Liberation Army members have been killed in hostilities with Indonesia’s military in the Highlands of Papua province.

West Papua Liberation Army at the issuance of a declaration of war against Indonesian security forces.
West Papua Liberation Army at the issuance of a declaration of war against Indonesian security forces. Photo: Supplied

The latest fighting on Saturday was in Lanny Jaya regency, where troops from Indonesia’s military, or TNI, exchanged gunfire with the Liberation Army in rugged terrain.

A TNI spokesman in West Papua, Colonel Inf Muhammad Aidi, said the deaths stemmed from an earlier alleged killing of a local civilian by the Liberation Army.

He said that as Indonesian security forces tried to evacuate the man’s body, dozens of Liberation Army fighters opened fire on them from nearby hills.

Colonel Aidi said the TNI responded by sending a team to attack the Papuan fighters, two of whom were shot dead, while most of them retreated to the bush.

A Liberation Army spokesman, Akouboo Amatas Douw, has accused the TNI and police of numerous indiscriminate attacks on Papuan communities in the Highlands region this year.

The Australia-based spokesman said the international community should pay attention to the conflict in Papua, especially since Indonesia took up a seat at the UN Security Council.

He has accused the TNI of “cruelty”, “barbaric” actions and killing innocent civilians from villages in remote Highlands regions around Puncak Jaya, Nduga, Timika and Lanny Jaya.

“Even uncounted thousands civilians were displaced until today no one care about their lives,” Mr Douw said.

“The 56 years of Indonesian occupation in West Papua resulted systematic genocide, massive human rights and humanitarian crisis by their military operation at large.”

But Colonel Aidi, who along with other Indonesian authorities refers to the Liberation Army as “separatists”, said that they had lured the TNI into a trap.

“This separatist group which has bases in remote jungle around Papua’s centre mountain area, has long record doing crimes in Papua,” he added.

“In last few months they’ve killed three civilians, injured a young boy with chopping knife, killed a taxibike in Ilaga, shot a civilian flight in and killed two army soldiers in Mulia”, Colonel Aidi explained.

He said the TNI would continue to assist police in their pursuit of the West Papua Liberation Army whose Highlands commander declared war on the Indonesian state in January.

 

Sumber (RNZ)