15:09 Tue Apr 04, 2017

 

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Report by: Ritika Pratap

The recently appointed Electoral Commission chair Suresh Chandra met with the representatives of five political parties yesterday.

Chandra says they are focusing on familiarizing themselves with the tasks before them as election is a highly specialized operation.

He says they will ensure the Fijian Elections Office and the Electoral Commission acquires the necessary capacities to conduct election operations.

The chair told the representatives that they have received the annual reports and recommendations by the previous Commission.

Chandra says they will only make any statement or comments on the report of the last Commission after reviewing it thoroughly.

He adds that they anticipate doing so by June.

– See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/49605/electoral-chair-meets-political-parties#sthash.Gct3q5Ui.dpuf

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15:09 Tue Apr 04, 2017

 

Taken from/By: Google
Report by: Ritika Pratap

The recently appointed Electoral Commission chair Suresh Chandra met with the representatives of five political parties yesterday.

Chandra says they are focusing on familiarizing themselves with the tasks before them as election is a highly specialized operation.

He says they will ensure the Fijian Elections Office and the Electoral Commission acquires the necessary capacities to conduct election operations.

The chair told the representatives that they have received the annual reports and recommendations by the previous Commission.

Chandra says they will only make any statement or comments on the report of the last Commission after reviewing it thoroughly.

He adds that they anticipate doing so by June.

– See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/49605/electoral-chair-meets-political-parties#sthash.Gct3q5Ui.dpuf

15:09 Tue Apr 04, 2017

 

Taken from/By: Google
Report by: Ritika Pratap

The recently appointed Electoral Commission chair Suresh Chandra met with the representatives of five political parties yesterday.

Chandra says they are focusing on familiarizing themselves with the tasks before them as election is a highly specialized operation.

He says they will ensure the Fijian Elections Office and the Electoral Commission acquires the necessary capacities to conduct election operations.

The chair told the representatives that they have received the annual reports and recommendations by the previous Commission.

Chandra says they will only make any statement or comments on the report of the last Commission after reviewing it thoroughly.

He adds that they anticipate doing so by June.

– See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/49605/electoral-chair-meets-political-parties#sthash.Gct3q5Ui.dpuf

Source:

15:09 Tue Apr 04, 2017

 

Taken from/By: Google
Report by: Ritika Pratap

The recently appointed Electoral Commission chair Suresh Chandra met with the representatives of five political parties yesterday.

Chandra says they are focusing on familiarizing themselves with the tasks before them as election is a highly specialized operation.

He says they will ensure the Fijian Elections Office and the Electoral Commission acquires the necessary capacities to conduct election operations.

The chair told the representatives that they have received the annual reports and recommendations by the previous Commission.

Chandra says they will only make any statement or comments on the report of the last Commission after reviewing it thoroughly.

He adds that they anticipate doing so by June.

– See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/49605/electoral-chair-meets-political-parties#sthash.Gct3q5Ui.dpuf

 

 

 

15:09 Tue Apr 04, 2017

 

Taken from/By: Google
Report by: Ritika Pratap

The recently appointed Electoral Commission chair Suresh Chandra met with the representatives of five political parties yesterday.

Chandra says they are focusing on familiarizing themselves with the tasks before them as election is a highly specialized operation.

He says they will ensure the Fijian Elections Office and the Electoral Commission acquires the necessary capacities to conduct election operations.

The chair told the representatives that they have received the annual reports and recommendations by the previous Commission.

Chandra says they will only make any statement or comments on the report of the last Commission after reviewing it thoroughly.

He adds that they anticipate doing so by June.

– See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/49605/electoral-chair-meets-political-parties#sthash.Gct3q5Ui.dpu

 

Taken from/By: Google
Report by: Ritika Pratap

The recently appointed Electoral Commission chair Suresh Chandra met with the representatives of five political parties yesterday.

Chandra says they are focusing on familiarizing themselves with the tasks before them as election is a highly specialized operation.

He says they will ensure the Fijian Elections Office and the Electoral Commission acquires the necessary capacities to conduct election operations.

The chair told the representatives that they have received the annual reports and recommendations by the previous Commission.

Chandra says they will only make any statement or comments on the report of the last Commission after reviewing it thoroughly.

He adds that they anticipate doing so by June.

– See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/49605/electoral-chair-meets-political-parties#sthash.Gct3q5Ui.dpuf

To all my West Papuan friends and Supporters

Some people say Iam a little bit obsessed with west papua .Very true. I have been to west papua in august 15 and got a first hand experience. The Indonesian military is exterminating the west papuan people covered up by both the Indonesian and Australian governments. Both the major political parties have been given my report. The Lombok security treaty with Indonesia gives them the green light to slaughter thousands of west papuans 250KM FROM AUSTRALIA . AUSTRALIA WILK NOT OBJECT.

I CANNOT IN CONSCIENCE SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING WHILE BLACK WEST PAPUANS ARE BEING RAPED TORTURED AND MURDERED.

I am happy to be a clown for Christ. Amen.

Anthony Craig leader Free west papua party Australia established because the indonesian military is exterminating the west papuan people covered up by both the indonesian and Australian governments

Cry goes out remember balibo and East Timor

Anthony Craig: I cannot in Conscience Sit Back and Do Nothing… was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

Amunggut Tabi: West Papua Independence is NOT Limited to Peace, Stability and Security in the South Pacific

In response to Indonesia’s strategy approaching the governments in Melanesian countries by providing what it calls “security assistance to poor Melanesian nation-states”, Amunggut Tabi from the West Papua Revolutionary Army says

West Papua independence is not limited to peace, stability and security in the South Pacific region.

Please tell the world, this independence has more to do with wider issues, more lasting aspect, and it has universal benefits to the world. It has to do with the life on this planet Earth and to the life after life, rather than just limited modern nation-state anthropocentric sentiment of peace, security, and economic development in the South Pacific.

When Papua Merdeka News (PMNews) asked to clarify what Gen. Tabi means by his statement above, he says

All human beings in the world know that New Guinea is the second largest Island on Earth after the Greenland. And all human beings also know that New Guinea is the home to the third largest rain-forests on Earth after the Amazon and Congo rain-forests. All human beings on planet Earth also know that New Guinea is home to the Second Tropical Glacier on Earth. It is home to the worlds species of flora, fauna and human bio-cultural diversity.

Of course, all these have nothing to do with economic growth and gross domestic products and mass production of the modern nation-states in this planet Earth. But one should note, that these facts have things to do with “life” and “death”.

New Guinea is not just full of natural resources to be exploited, as modern people know, but New Guinea has things to offer beyond economy, beyond money, beyond security beyond wealth, beyond prosperity.

Those who ignore or undermine the cause of West Papua independence are the ones who do not understand the real meaning this struggle. Those who support this struggle right now, we believe, receive blessings in their hearts and minds, in their life, because this life and this planet Earth knows that New Guinea is important for our survival.

Gen. Tabi also mentions that New Guinea is the home of all Melanesians.

All Melanesians come from New Guinea, we spread across the island countries from West Papua to Fiji, and all Melanesians have full right to come back to this Island when anything at all happens to the small islands across the South Pacific. We should not put hope on Australia, but New Guinea is our original home and out future home. Imagine when all small islands are threatened to be under water, and New Guinea is fully occupied by Malay-Indos, when will Australia host Melanesians? No, impossible because Australia today is occupied by Europeans, not our brother-Aborigines.

We all Melanesians are fighting in defending our race, and in protecting our home-land from being occupied by foreigners. We are protecting our future, the future of a grandchildren to come.

Amunggut Tabi: West Papua Independence is NOT Limited to Peace, Stability and Security in the South Pacific was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

  • Bambang MuryantoThe Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta | Tue, March 21, 2017 | 08:19 pm

Papuan student faces trial in Yogyakarta over political activitiesFight for justice: Activists and Papuan students join with the Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua’s Yogyakarta branch and the Alliance of Papuan Students to stage a rally in front of the Yogyakarta District Court on March 21. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

The Yogyakarta District Court on Tuesday began the trial of Obby Kogoya, 22, a Papuan student suspected of committing violence against police personnel before a rally on Jl. Kusumanegara in July last year.

Obby is the first ever Papuan student in Yogyakarta to face trial because of political activities.

Prosecutor Iswahyudi said in his indictment that Obby had fought against on-duty state officials, using violence or violent threats. The defendant had violated Article 213 (1), Article 212 and Article 351 (1) of the Criminal Code (KUHP), which carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison, he added.

“When the defendant was to be taken into custody, he brutally hit police officer Ronny Prasadana using his left hand, affecting his face, temples and eyes,” Iswahyudi said during a hearing at the court on Tuesday. Another officer, Priambodo Rochman, also allegedly suffered injuries in the attack.

The incident occurred as Obby prepared to join Papuan students in a rally on July 15 to support the United Liberation Movement for West Papua becoming a permanent representative of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, which was meeting in Vanuatu. The students had planned to march from the Kamasan I boarding house to Titik Nol in the center of Yogyakarta.

Obby raised his objections over the indictment. Presiding judge Wiwik Dwi Wisnuningdyah said the trial would continue next week, when the court is scheduled to hear from the defendant. (ebf)

Papuan student faces trial in Yogyakarta over political activities was originally published on thejakartapost.com

2:42 pm on 23 March 2017

New Zealand’s parliament has been presented with a public petition urging government action on the human rights situation in West Papua.

Maire Leadbeater presents her petition asking urging the government to address the ongoing human rights situation in West Papua.

Maire Leadbeater presents her petition urging the government to address the ongoing human rights situation in West Papua. Photo: RNZ / Daniela Maoate – Cox

Activist Maire Leadbeater and Murray Short, who was representing the Religious Society of Friends (or Quakers), presented their petition, with 729 signatures on it, to the Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committee.

This petition focuses on continued abuses of the right to freedom of expression and assembly in Indonesian-ruled Papua, citing thousands of arrests of people taking part in peaceful demonstrations last year.

Earlier this month in Geneva, seven Pacific nations called on the UN Human Rights Council to request that the High Commissioner for Human Rights produce a consolidated report on “the actual situation in West Papua”.

Ms Leadbeater said their petition simply asked government to recognise the abuses and to take a strong stand on them.

“And we’ve suggested specific things, like calling for the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression to go to West Papua, and we’ve suggested that they take this up at the Pacific Islands Forum, and get them to support this, and also at the United Nations.”

Maire Leadbeater (right) and Murray Short (left) present a petition to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee urging the government to address human rights issues in West Papua.

Maire Leadbeater (right) and Murray Short (left) present a petition to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee urging the government to address human rights issues in West Papua. Photo: RNZ / Daniela Maoate – Cox

“We obviously put this petition forward in the context of serious concerns about grave and ongoing rights abuses,” Ms Leadbetter explained.

“But we have to go step by step. An important first step would be to make it possible for there to be much freer access to West Papua, and for the Indonesians to have to take note of the fact that the rest of the world won’t accept that they just go on arresting people who do nothing more than peacefully protest.”

The committee thanked Ms Leadbetter for her presentation, with several MPs expressing appreciation at gaining a slightly better understanding of the situation in Papua, which remained a blindspot for many New Zealanders.

Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee Todd Muller hears from petitioners asking the government to address human rights issues in West Papua.

Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee Todd Muller hears from petitioners asking the government to address human rights issues in West Papua. Photo: RNZ / Daniela Maoate – Cox

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo-led government has made tentative moves towards opening up West Papua to outside access by foreign journalists.

But extensive restrictions remain for media in Papua, as well as international humanitiarian groups and NGOs, which are almost totally barred.

Jakarta is sensitive to what it sees as interference in its own domestic affairs.

Indonesia’s Defence Minister recently urged Australia to tell Pacific Island governments not to talk about West Papua.

A Papuan pro-independence demonstrator is arrested by police in Jakarta on December 1, 2015 after police fired tear gas at a hundreds-strong crowd hurling rocks during a protest against Indonesian rule over the eastern region of Papua.

A Papuan pro-independence demonstrator is arrested by police in Jakarta, December 2015. Photo: ROMEO GACAD / AFP

However Ms Leadbetter said Indonesian sovereignty over West Papua should not override legitimate concerns about protecting an indigenous people systematically under threat.

She cited the research of Jim Elmslie, an Australian scholar who has studied the marginalisation of West Papuan people, amid demographic patterns in Indonesia’s eastern region.

Dr Elmslie’s research into the situation in Papua uncovered a marginalisation so serious that it meets the stringent criteria under the Genocide Convention.

“That’s a strong thing to say but his academic research backs that up carefully,” Ms Leadbetter explained.

“So he says this is genocide and as far as he is concerned nothing trumps genocide, not even territorial integrity. And I think we have to make that loud and clear. It’s all very well saying sovereignty and territorial integrity, but not in the face of genocide – that’s absurd.”

Indonesian security forces hold demonstrators

Indonesian security forces detain hundreds of West Papuans at the Brigade Mobile headquarters in Kotaraja, 2 May 2016. Photo: Tabloid Jubi

Petition seeks NZ govt stand on abuses in West Papua was originally published on radionz.co.nz

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March 18, 2017

Washington, DC

Website: WPAN

World-wide protest demanding that Indonesia end military colonization of West Papua and free all West Papuan political prisoners.
Saturday, March 18, 1 p.m– 2:30 p.m.
Indonesian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
On Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m., the Free West Papua Political Prisoners Campaign Team in Washington DC will rise in solidarity with activist groups around the world in protesting Indonesia’s brutal colonization of West Papua, and demanding the immediate, unconditional release of all Papuan political prisoners.

The Free West Papua Political Prisoners Campaign Team is a group of academics and human rights activists who are willing to stand up for what is right and work toward a free West Papua that is independent from Military and corporate colonization.

We work to raise awareness about the issue because we believe that knowledge can change the countries fate!

Human Rights Watch reports that Indonesia has incarcerated nearly 200 activists from Maluku and West Papua for peacefully voicing their patriotism and political views. One of those refugees, Herman Wainggai, here at GMU as a visiting scholar, leader of nonviolent struggle in West Papua, was imprisoned for more than two years after daring to raise the West Papuan flag, and his uncle died in prison for the same reason.

Please share this event and invite your friends to help spread the word. We hope to see many of you outside of the Indonesian Embassy in D.C

Thank you!
Free West Papua Political Prisoners Campaign Team- DC.
Stand up for West Papua.
Stand with West Papuans against genocide and torture.

By Pacific Media Watch editor Kendall Hutt, March 15, 2017

Bookstore owners, writers, authors, family, friends and a group hopeful of West Papuan independence squeezed into the Women’s Bookshop in Ponsonby last night to celebrate the work of young New Zealand author Bonnie Etherington and her novel The Earth Cries Out.

Not only is the novel being celebrated and praised for Etherington’s mastery of the written word, but because of its ability to make the public more aware of life in West Papua, a region controversially ruled by Indonesia since the 1960s.

Pacific Media Watch editor Kendall Hutt (left) with author Bonnie Etherington. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Media Watch editor Kendall Hutt (left) with author Bonnie Etherington. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Media Watch editor Kendall Hutt (left) with author Bonnie Etherington. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Plagued by media freedom and human rights violations, many media freedom and human rights organisations and several Pacific nations have condemned the widespread arrests and imprisonment of West Papuans for non-violent expression of their political views.

These are issues Etherington herself acknowledged speaking with Asia Pacific Report earlier this week, saying she wanted to show readers West Papua’s rich and diverse history, not only its complex political situation.

“I really wanted to show multiple sides of West Papua because it is so often forgotten or stereotyped by the rest of the world.”

This is something those who have already read The Earth Cries Out praise.

Harriet Allan, fiction publisher for Penguin Books New Zealand, commended Etherington in a speech on her ability to provide insight into West Papua through the eyes of a child, that of female protagonist Ruth.

“As Ruth bears witness to what she sees, we too start to hear the voices that have been silenced by politics, sickness, violence and poverty.”

Like Ruth, we come away with a greater understanding of this country and its diverse people and also of ourselves and the bonds of love and friendship.”

 

‘Shed some light’

Although she has not had the chance to read her sister’s entire novel, Etherington’s younger sister, Aimee, says what she has read is very similar to how she and her sister experienced West Papua.

“With the descriptions, I felt like I was back there. She’s done a really good job of capturing how it feels, I guess.”

Aimee Etherington says she hopes her sister’s novel spreads awareness of West Papua.

“Most people that I’ve spoken to don’t really know that it exists, so it will be good to shed some light as to what’s going on there and, I guess, giving a bit of insight on how as New Zealanders and Australians we can actually do something about it.”

 

‘Almost experiencing it’

Like Harriet Allan, Women’s Bookshop owner Carol Beu loved Ruth’s voice.

“I think becoming aware of the situation in Papua through the eyes of this child, Ruth, is really quite special”, Beu told the audience.

“The way it’s revealed, it’s fascinating.”

Beu admits this was also “quite shocking”, due to Etherington’s ability to place the reader in the moment.

“You’re almost experiencing it.”

Penguin fiction publisher Harriet Allan (left) with author Bonnie Etherington. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Penguin fiction publisher Harriet Allan (left) with author Bonnie Etherington. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Bea also acknowledged those in the audience who were supporting the book on more of a political level, such as West Papua Action Auckland spokesperson Maire Leadbeater.

Bea told those gathered she found the politics of The Earth Cries Out “quite astonishing and wonderful”.

“It’s a book that makes you angry in many ways on a political level.”

Leadbeater herself, however, says she is looking forward to reading the novel.

 

Mister Pip comparisons

“I think looking at countries through a literary perspective can be very helpful at times. I can’t help thinking of the book Mister Pip, about Bougainville and how amazingly helpful that was I think in terms of people understanding the conflict.

“It’s done in a fictionalised way but it’s true to the situation, so I’m picking from what I’ve heard about the book it may achieve that as well.”

Leadbeater is not the only one to draw comparisons with Lloyd Jones’ Mister Pip, however.

Tony Moores, owner of bookstore Poppies in Remuera, reached a similar conclusion.

“This is not Mister Pip, but the issues it deals with are quite similar, from a different perspective.”

 

Powerful, shocking

The Creative Hub founder, John Cranna, who also noted ties with Mister Pip, praised Etherington on her talent after listening to several excerpts read by Allan and Etherington herself.

“For such a young writer to be writing about such dramatic and shocking events, and to be pulling it off, is quite an achievement.

To write about violent death is … very hard in a reserved, powerful way, but she certainly did that very well.

Author praised for opening readers’ eyes to West Papua’s repression was originally published on PAPUAPost.com