The British government is encouraging Indonesia to allow access to West Papua for the UN human rights chief’s office.
It’s part of the UK’s support for a recent Pacific Islands Forum resolution.
A Union Flag against the backdrop of British Parliament’s Big Ben. A Union Flag against the backdrop of British Parliament’s Big Ben. Photo: AFP
At their last summit before the pandemic, in 2019, Pacific Forum leaders agreed to press Indonesia to allow the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights into Papua region.
The regional body seeks an independent report on extensive alleged human rights abuses in Papua
In the past few years, the ONHCR repeatedly requested access, but Jakarta’s expressions of willingness have yet to materialise in a visit.
Officials from the British Embassy in Jakarta have discussed a proposed visit with Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The British Minister for Asia at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of State Nigel Adams said they urged Indonesia to agree to dates as soon as possible.
But he said the UK’s position continue to be that the propvinces of Papua and West Papua remain part of Indonesia.
Adams also said that the UK considered dialogue on territorial issues in Indonesia as a matter for the Indonesian people.
Statement by PM James Marape: Our country is built on democratic foundations that no one politician must break.
Our Parliament, our Executive and our Judiciary are three separate arms of governance of our country that operates within it’s legal mandate, processes and procedures.
What happened on Friday the 13th of November 2020 in haste and lust for POWER, broke Section 2(1)(a) of the organic law on calling of meetings of parliament, it also broke Standing Order’s section 43 and 47 in my advises views ( without prejudice ).
Laws are there to guide us to do the right thing. Least we forget the illegal hijack of power from GC Sir Somare in July of 2011, I am not going to allow this type of nonsense to happen again.
I am happy the matter is now in the custody of our Judiciary for their assessments of Parliament’s recent conduct. We must respect what ever the Court decides.
And my Government in the last 18 months, have not broken any laws to date and will not break any laws of our land going into the future. I am doing my best in one of the toughest times of our nation’s history, and I will keep on doing that.
This includes delivering Papua and Pasca LNGs, progressing P’Nyang, Pogera reopening and approving Wafi Golpu without sacrificing the principles of my generation of leaders.
Whilst managing dirty politics, and a Covid 19 induced contraction in our economy, we have also delivered on the following promises I made to the nation on 30th May 2019.
We have passed anti corruption laws like ICAC and Whistle Blowers Act that has been outstanding since the King of our country’s anti corruption fights, the late Anthony Siagiru over 25 years ago.
We have allowed our democratic institutions and pillars like Judiciary, Media and people to speak and operate at Will.
We have borrowed to retire expensive debts secured by former governments, with cheaper borrowing , including notably the first ever Australia Government interest free lending of $300 million in 2019.
We retiring outstanding State commitments of yester years including paying off all outstanding contracts on constructions that runs into over K2billion.
We have funded Bouganville in their endeavours to self govern and rebuilding of their region and their economy. Bougainvillians now know they have ears and advocates in Waigani for a fair way forward.
We have put money into programs for micro, small, medium and large businesses in our country. It is now available in BSP, and other partner banks for low 4-5% long term 15 to 20 years. This also includes our support for soft housing loans.
We have put money for agriculture price stabilisation so higher and better prices can be transferred to our growers and farmers. We put freight subsidy funds to compliment our agriculture focus.
We have put over K500 million to National highways and all roads throughout our country and have supported equally all districts and provinces. Works Dept will confirm that we started paying over K300m to all of O’Neill Government’s outstanding legal contracts.
We started the policies and legal reforms for greater benefits of our resources for landowners and our country including a much better outcome for Porgera.
We are working with Provinces to empower them fully with revenue generation powers instead of just symbolic and functional autonomy.
So work will go on and history will judge me on my performances as it will judge all who went before me and those who will come after me.
Those who went before me are lumped into the present Vanimo camp. That camp has 3 former PMs, 8 former DPMs, the movers and shakers of our country for the last 45 years.
It is only fair Vanimo residents ask them what they have done for Vanimo and West Sepik or PNG for that matter thus far? Ask them.
God bless PNG.
West Papua President Hon. Benny Wenda: Deep Condolences for Passing Away of Former Ghanian President H.E Jerry Rawlings
Former Ghanian President H.E Jerry Rawlings was an ardent supporter of West Papua.
West Papua is still under Indonesian colonial domination in 21st Century.
First it was colonized by the Dutch and now by Indonesia which was also a Dutch Colony.
Over 500,000 Papuans have been massacred by Indonesian Colonial regime while over 6Million have disappeared through forceful depopulation and deployment of Biological weapons.
The Chairperson of United Liberation Movement for West Papua H.E Benny Wenda has sent his deepest condolences on behalf of the people of West Papua.
“On behalf of the people of #WestPapua, I send my deepest condolences to the people of #Ghana🇬🇭 following the passing of former President @officeofJJR. President Rawlings was a strong #FreeWestPapua supporter & told me “Keep fighting!”
Rest in Power One day we will be free. ”
Benny Wenda on Twitter
West Papua mourns Ghanian President H.E JJ Rawlings – Global Pan Africanism Network
From the Central Defense Headquarters of West Papua Revolutionary Army (WPRA) we remind all human beings around the world that the Unitary Republic of Indonesia using patterns of poisoning and black magic to kill off many Melanesian leaders in West Papua in the hadns of Malay-Indo Muslims.
We therefore, urge everyone in the world to see this fact.
First, in the month of November every year, we call it Gray November for Melanesians here, as since the kidnapping and assasination of Dorthes Hiyo Eluay, Revolutionary Tribal Elder on 10-11 November 2001, there has been a series of November killings ever since. The month of November every year should be noted and all Melanesians from Raja Ampat in West Papua to Wallis-Futuna in the eastern part of Melanesia to live carefully. Indonesia is all over the world, it carries out assassinations of many leaders supporting West Papua independence.
Today, 17 November 2020 we note the death of former President of Ghana, who has been supportive to Free West Papua Campaign.
Some days ago, 14 November, 2020, the Regent of Nduga Regency, West Papua highlands was poisoned to death in Jakarta, and his fellow tribesmen are demanding for thourough investigation into his misterious and sudden death.
We remind of all Melanesian and Pacific Islands’ leaders to be careful in this month and in the month of Augtus every year, that Indonesian black magic goes around the world, wildly, hungry of souls, with no mercy. We have to be careful with where we sleep, what we eat, what we drink. Avoid being so loose with any Indonesian servants, workers or employees around you, because they are paid by their country to be there, pretending serving you, but actually they are well-trained killers.
These killers from Indonesia and some from Papua New Guinea Wewak and Vanimo villages are operating across Melanesia to carry out dead penalties to those Melanesians supporting West Papua independence.
Secondly, we remind you that when you feel ill, you must invite our Melanesian priests and pastors and our Melanesian shamans, not go to the hospitcal. If you are sure with the hospital, you need to ensure that there is no Indonesian nurse or doctor or medical worker around, or in the country. If there is, then you need to stop going to hospitals or clinics with any reason at all.
These killers are trained with various poisons to kill of Melanesians.
First, the attack you with black-magic, and secondly, when you come to hospitals, they put your breat to an end, and you will be confirmed dead.
The only way that we know to overcome this phenomena is to pray to God, in Jesus Christ. Pray in the power of the blood of Jesus only we are saved and we can be cured from any black magin, zanggoma, santet, dukun, pelet, satan, or any white magic.
We have been practicing this in West Papua.
First of all “pray to God, in Jesus Name!” Every time, whatever you do, whatever you eat or drink, always use “In the Name of Jesus Christ, in the power of the blood of Jesus”. Bless the food or drink before consuming. Bless the chair or bed before use. Bless, and bless in the name of Jesus.
There is no single power in the world, even the black magic from the number one shaman in Indonesia can defeat the name and blood of Jesus. Totally no one.
Secondly, always read bible verses. If possible memorize and read those Bible verses.
Thirdly, make certain days for regular fasting days. For me, I fast half meal on Friday, fast meal only on Saturday, and fast everything on Sunday morning, sometimes only morning to afternoon, and have meal or drink in the late afternoon.
- In the name of Jesus, the power of Indonesia will be defeated!
- In the name of Jesus, the black magic from Indonesia will be defeated.
- In the blood of Jesus, the fall down Indonesia, dismantle Indonesia, destroy the black magic and the Islamic Kingdom of Indonesia today.
- In the blood of Jesus, I declare the fall of the biggest satanic country in the world: Indonesia.
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Kampung Hitadipa in Intan Jaya Regency, Papua, on September 19, conjured up memories of similar incidents in Gustaf Rudolf Kawer’s mind.
HE was still a primary student in 1984 when the death of Papuan anthropologist and artist Arnold Clemens Ap rocked his homeland. Arnold was shot to death by Sandi Yudha Command Forces – now Special Elite Forces (Kopassus) – and his body thrown to the sea.
Seventeen years later on November 10, 2011, Dortheys ‘Theys’ Hiyo Eluay, Papuan customary leader, was also shot dead by Kopassus members. “I thought to myself, these incidents don’t seem to stop,” said Gustaf, 44, from Jayapura during a special interview via video with Tempo last Wednesday, November 4.
The human rights lawyer said the probes into alleged violence by the security forces against the Papuan people went nowhere in spite of clear indications of human rights violations in many cases. The cases were seldom solved or only solved in the court-martial, let alone reached human rights courts. Citing Elsam Papua’s report, Gustaf said the number of human rights violations in Papua since its annexation by Indonesia amounted to 749 cases. However, only the Abepura incident that broke out on December 7, 2000, reached the human rights court. “That’s just one case and the perpetrators were acquitted by the cassation court in the end,” said Gustaf, the chairman of Papuan Human Rights Lawyers’ Association.
To Tempo, Gustaf recounted his experiences of handling alleged human rights violations in his homeland. He pointed out that the exploitation of natural resources had forced the Papuans out of their homes and to become victims of abuse by the security forces. He believes that the government’s lack of seriousness has worsened the situation.
Why do you feel that the joint fact-finding team (TGPF) is not determined to unravel the shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani?
All the shootings in Papua including the one involving Pastor Zanambani are repeat incidents since Papua’s integration to Indonesia. In 2011, the same fate befell Theys Eluay. The military at first denied their wrongdoings but the results of the investigation by our NGO (non-governmental organization) friends pointed to their direction. But they still denied it. Then a more thorough investigation showed Kapassus’ involvement. But the result said it did not find human rights violations so the case was only tried by a military tribunal in Surabaya (East Java). Now it’s the same story with Pastor Zanambani’s killing.
What hasn’t been revealed by the Intan Jaya TGPF’s investigation?
The investigation by our friends at the church found indications of the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) involvement. Then, the result of an independent investigation by the Papuan Human Rights Coalition also pointed to the TNI. And they kept on denying after the TGPF ambiguously declared that the perpetrators were either TNI personnel or unknown armed assailants. At last, the National Human Rights Commission’s (Komnas HAM) probe confirmed TNI’s involvement and that the perpetrator was the deputy commander of the Hitadipa military subdistrict command (Danramil) based in Intan Jaya. I have to say this is sad because these incidents keep on happening and there is no comprehensive resolution for violence against Papuan people.
Violence against the Papuan people goes on. What are the root causes?
If the government wants to be honest, the crux of the matter is the natural resources. The exploitation of natural resources is mostly carried out through a military approach which led to human rights violations. This has happened repeatedly since the 1969 integration until now. We know the government’s plan to exploit natural resources especially gold in the Wabu Block. And then the government sought a military approach again, and again the civilians were the victims in the process.
(In a copy of the letter dated July 24, that Tempo received, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, responding to the request sent by the CEO of Mining Industry Indonesia on February 20, issued a recommendation for a special mining permit to mine in the 40,000 hectares Wabu Block in Intan Jaya which previously was known as the Block B belonging to Freeport Indonesia.)
Was Pastor Zanambani one of those activists advocating the exploitation of gold in Intan Jaya?
We heard that the Pastor often advocated for the victims of abuse including torture by the security forces. He stood up for the people. In the latest incident, the soldiers ordered the people to gather at the church and threatened them. Pastor Zanambani helped the residents and the TNI considered him as inconveniencing the state.
Was Pastor Zanambani deliberately targeted?
Yes, he was targeted for being vocal about the people’s rights. That’s what Papuan Human Rights Coalition’s investigation found. Komnas HAM’s findings also indicated a design by the army to eliminate people who they deem as a nuisance.
Was the Pastor terrorized or intimidated before he was murdered?
According to the investigation, there was an incident prior to the murder where an unknown group stole (military) weapons. The soldiers accused the people around the area of being involved in the theft. Then the villagers were rounded up in the churchyard and terrorized by the personnel including the deputy commander of the Hitadipa subdistrict command. He said they would kill anyone who got in the way including Pastor Zanambani. The victim’s family said they saw the deputy commander and several of his men head towards the pigsty where the pastor was killed. They said it was the deputy commander named Alpius who pulled the trigger.
Read the Full Interview in Tempo English Magazine
This morning’s reconvening of Parliament has been described by the country’s former Chief Justice as in order.
Sir Arnold Amet said Parliament Speaker Job Pomat’s announcement yesterday to recall Parliament was simply advising MPs that Parliament is still in the Budget session to continue today, as scheduled.
Sir Arnold told NBC News that this is not an occasion requiring the Governor-General to recall Parliament.
Speaker Pomat said Opposition Leader, Belden Namah is not a Minister, therefore, he could not move such a motion to adjourn Parliament last Friday.
The Speaker pointed out clearly that Under the Organic Law and the Standing Orders, only a Minister could move such a motion to adjourn Parliament and also propose a date and time for the next meeting.
The adjournment was deemed unconstitutional and Parliament reconvened this morning with normal business, including the Budget presentation.
NBC News– Lyanne Togiba
THE Opossition will file Supreme Court application challenging today’s Parliament sitting, which saw the 2021 budget passed.
Former Prime Minister and Ialibu-Pangia MP Peter O’Neill announced this today.
O’Neill said Prime Minister Marape and Speaker Job Pomat illegally conducted Parliament sitting this morning to pass the 2021 budget.
“This was illegal and we are going to file an application to redress it,” O’Neill said.
He also highlighted that the Marape Government still had no numbers to pass the budget.
Parliament this morning passed the 2021 budget and adjourned the Parliament to 20th April, 2021.
Speaker of the National Parliament Job Pomat has recalled Parliament to sit tomorrow at 10am.
Speaker Pomat said this in a press conference this afternoon after his office found that the motion by Opposition Leader Beldan Namah last Friday to adjourn Parliament to1st December was in breach of the organic law on the Calling of Meetings of the Parliament.
”I am now informing the nation that Parliament will reconvene tomorrow at 10am and all members of Parliament, wherever you are must return.
”If there is no quorum I may adjourn Parliament to the next day as usual,” said Speaker.
Job Pomat said a motion by Opposition Leader Beldan Namah to adjourn Parliament to 1st December was incorrect.
The Speaker further explained that under Section 2(1)(a)(i) of the Organic Law on the Calling of Meetings of the Parliament; only a minister can call for an adjournment and not any other member of Parliament.
The Speaker also reminded the members of Standing Orders 43 which states, ”A Motion for the adjournment of the Parliament may be moved only by a Minister, and no amendment can be moved to the motion.”
He further pointed out that Standing Orders 47 states, ” A motion for the purpose of fixing the next meeting of Parliament may be moved by a minister at any time without notice.
Last Friday, a motion without notice was moved by Opposition Leader Beldon Nmah pursuant to Standing Orders after seeking leave of parliament, which was granted.
The motion without notice that was moved was an adjournment motion, to adjourn the Parliament to 1st December.
Mr. Pomat said after reviewing the ruling last Friday, his office had found that the motion by the Opposition Leader is in breach of the Organic law and standing orders.
Speaker Pomat said this means Parliament is still in session.
”Some may argue and say that majority of the MPs have voted to suspend standing orders and adjourn Parliament but when you look at Organic Law on the Calling of Parliament, it states clearly that only a minister should call or seek an adjournment of Parliament.
”We can suspend Standing Orders in Parliament but we can not suspend Organic Law,” Speaker said.
When asked why this was not pointed out earlier in Parliament during the session last Friday, the Speaker went on to say that the Parliatmetry staff including the Clerk of Parliament and Deputy Speaker were caught off guard.
After stating all those above, the Speaker said in the best interest of Parliament procedure and to uphold the Rule of Law, his conscience dictates that he overruled that decision by the Chair at that time.
The Speaker also clarified that the motion by Opposition leader Beldan Namah to replace all members of the Permanent Parliamentary Committee is in order.
NBC News is also seeking views from constitutional and political experts to ascertain this ruling from the Speaker.
NBC News– Denyse Kalau
The important work of transition from the outgoing administration to the new Coalition Government is underway in Vaimo, Sandaun Province, with more than half of the elected Members of the Tenth National Parliament working on the consolidation of policy agendas and the articulation of work plans.
Leader of the Opposition, Hon, Belden Norman Namah said a smooth transition of authority to the new government is in the best interests of the country, and called on the outgoing Prime Minister to come to terms with the realities of his defeat.
“Our Members of Parliament have gathered in Vanimo Town to undertake all of the work that is required for the transition from the previous administration to the swearing in of our Coalition Government,” Mr Namah said.
“You will not hear much about the outgoing Prime Minister in our internal discussion or public statements, because our country must move on and get the country back to work.
“Each of the twelve Senior National Leaders who spoke at our news conference on Friday clearly articulated the reasons why they and their parties made such an important step to remove an incompetent government.
“Our Coalition Members are together because we want to serve our country, and to right the wrongs of the past 18 months so that we can get our economy back on track, and our people back in jobs.
“So the only message I have for the outgoing Prime Minister, is to call on him to act in the best interests of the country and resign his commission so that Parliament can be recalled immediately.
“It was abundantly clear for the Nation and the world to see on Friday, that James Marape has lost the support of the Parliament and can no longer govern.
“He has two options before him today. He can sit and sulk for a few weeks while the Vote of No Confidence runs its course, or he can do the right thing by our country, and tender his resignation to the Governor-General.
“Tendering his resignation is the most courageous approach, because just sitting and waiting for the axe to fall is easy, but signing your own termination take guts.
“My word of warning to him is that he does not use physical threats or intimidation against Members of Parliament who are seeking to travel to Vanimo to join the new Government.
“Deprivation of the freedom and liberty of elected Members of Parliament is a further illegal act that will not be tolerated.”
Mr Namah said now that Coalition Members are in Vainmo, with more on their way, the incoming Government Coalition will continue the work of Transition and articulating work-plans in key areas.
“Our coalition is made up of many of the most senior Members of our Parliament including former Prime Ministers and Deputy Prime Ministers, current and former Governors and many energetic and younger Members.
“We have brought all of this experience together so that we can fight for the restoration of our country our proud country.
“This is not about being Prime Minister, or who will be a Minister, our coalition is all about getting our country back on track.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us over the coming year and a half before the next election.
“The reality is that it took 18 months to cause so much damage and destruction, and we will do everything within our power to fix this damage and to revive our economy over the same period of time.
“While some things cannot be repaired immediately, such as the repayment of the billions of Kina in new and wasted debt, there is a tremendous amount that we will achieve in that time.
“First and foremost, we are in unanimous agreement that the resource projects that have been stalled or stopped, will get underway as the highest priority.
“Even before the swearing in of the new Government, we are reaching out to senior resource sector leaders to get negotiations moving so that we can start creating new jobs from the start of the new government.
“The time for dithering and empty promises is over, now is the time to roll up our sleeves, get to the negotiating table and hammer out solid agreements to get the work started.”
“GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY.”
HON. BELDEN NORMAN NAMAH, MP
Leader of the Opposition