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The people of West Papua have been struggling for freedom for over 50 years under a brutal Indonesian military occupation. The people of the different tribes are being slaughtered, raped and tortured, and their surroundings have been ruined — hence its future is at risk and insecure.

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Link: Pacific Islands Report
Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

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West Papua Allegedly Still Not Open To Foreign Media
Newspaper claims journalists still need special permits to enter

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Pacific Scoop, Oct. 14, 2013) – Australian newspaper The Age has rebuffed Papua governor Lukas Enembe’s statement that the journalist blockade in West Papua has been lifted.

Enembe said recently he wanted to welcome reporters and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to the region.

"Why not? There’s nothing that needs to be covered up. That would only raise questions… Please, come to [West] Papua. It’s open for everyone," the governor said in an interview with the Jakarta Globe.

However, the notion that West Papua had changed its rules on reporter and NGO access appears to be unfounded, according to The Age.

Following Enembe’s statements, senator Richard Di Natale from the Australian Greens, one of the Parliamentary Friends of West Papua group, said he would go to West Papua and that he would "invite a delegation of journalists and human rights representatives" to join him on the trip.

The hope for openness was squashed by the central government in Jakarta, according to The Age, as Indonesia still required journalists to apply for special permits to go to West Papua.

Special permission

Journalists must apply to the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs for special permission to travel, giving all information about who they will interview, when and where.

Their application is then considered on a so-called "clearing house" meeting, involving 18 Indonesian government departments, including police and the military.

Many applications for travel features to the Raja Ampat diving site are approved, but most applications for serious reporting are rejected.

Fairfax Media has confirmed with the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs that the "clearing house" process remains the only legal route to West Papua.

Journalists who travel without permission face being put on a blacklist banning them from future visits to Indonesia, and correspondents resident in Indonesia confront the possibility that their immigration status may be revoked.

Governor Lukas Enembe, who was elected in April, does not have the power to overturn the policy of the central government.

His province is represented at the clearing house meeting by the Home Affairs ministry.

Change of tone

Although governor Enembe’s comments did not seem to be the opening up of West Papua that many reporters and NGOs had wanted, it was still greeted as a welcome change of tone.

Enembe’s comments were also added to by Ruben Magai, the head responsible for mass media at the provincial parliament.

"If security is the reason, I don’t think Papua is in some kind of war state or something like that nowadays," Magai said.

Western journalists have been assured on numerous occasions in the past that permission to travel would be forthcoming and those promises have, in the past, turned out to be largely false.

Journalists who travelled to West Papua without written permission faced questioning by Indonesian authorities and possible expulsion.

The Jayapura office of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has called the practice an unofficial, but purposeful, information blackout.

Indonesian troops have been involved in a low-level conflict with Papuan separatist organisations since the area was annexed by Indonesia in 1969 after a vote widely seen as a sham by international monitors.

Rights groups have documented extensive abuses by the military on West Papuan civilians, and some estimates put the death toll from 1963 to today at 200,000.

Activist pressure

Enembe’s remarks came after three Papuans occupied the Australian consulate in Bali recently, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

They urged the central government to allow foreign journalists to visit West Papua freely without asking for special permission.

Four foreign journalists applied for permits last year, only one of which was approved.

Victor Mambor, head of the Alliance of Independent Journalists in Papua, acknowledged that several journalists from Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands had faced difficulties in applying for work permits in the region.

"They had to wait up to three months. When doing their journalistic activities, after obtaining work permits, they had to be accompanied by special Indonesian officers," he told ucanews.com.

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INDONESIA OPENS PAPUA TO FOREIGN JOURNALISTS

October 10, 2013: Papua Governor Lukas Enembe announced yesterday that his province will open up to foreign journalists after years in which overseas reporters were barred from entering the restive Indonesian region. “Foreign journalists, please come to Papua. There’s nothing to hide as it will only raise questions,” he told reporters in the provincial capital of Jayapura.

As well as witnessing the steady development made in the region, he said that journalists “can also inform others that Papua is a safe place.” His remarks came after three Papuans occupied the Australian consulate in Bali on Sunday, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting. They urged the central government to allow foreign journalists to visit West Papua freely without asking for special permission.

Four foreign journalists applied for permits last year, only one of which was approved. Victor Mambor, head of the Alliance of Independent Journalists in Papua, acknowledged that several journalists from Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands had faced difficulty in applying for work permits in the region. “They had to wait up to three months. When doing their journalistic activities, after obtaining work permits, they had to be accompanied by special Indonesian officers,” he told ucanews.com.

Papua has been embroiled in a decades-long struggle for independence from Indonesia, which has entailed armed conflict between separatists and the Indonesian military. Rights groups have documented extensive abuses by the military on Papuan civilians, and some estimates put the death toll from 1963 to today at 200,000. Paul Barber, coordinator of the UK-based TAPOL, an NGO campaigning for human rights, peace and democracy in Indonesia, welcomed the governor’s remarks, but warned that the central government will need to respect it.

“While the governor is keen for outsiders to witness Papua’s development progress, he must be equally ready to welcome those interested in progress towards democracy,” he told ucanews.com by email. “We believe that greater international access will help to open up democratic space in Papua so that the conflict can be peacefully resolved,” he continued. Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa has previously expressed his support for greater access, but was concerned about security for journalists.

In a meeting with legislators in March he said among the aspects considered by the central government as a reason to block access was the battle for special autonomy of Papua, which has heightened security risks.

(Source: UCAN) 

Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/10/10/indonesia_opens_papua_to_foreign_journalists/in2-736182
of the Vatican Radio website

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Jayapura-PAPUA 16 Oktober 2013 : Komite Komite nasional Papua Barat (KNPB) sebagai media nasional rakyat,  merencanakan aksi demo dami pada tanggal 16 Oktober 2013 mendatang akan tetap berjalan sesuai degan rencana sebelumnya, walapun surat pemberitahan demo damai yang dilayangkan oleh KNPB kepada polda papua pada tanggal 12 Oktober 2013 lalu di tolak oleh polda papua. Surat penolakan aksi demo damai yang direncanakan di lapangan makam Theys H. Eluai, polda papua mengeluarkan surat penolakan pada hari ini tanggal 14 Oktober 2013, surat penoakan pemberitahuan KNPB tersebut diterima oleh pengurus pusat di intelkam polda papua pada pukul 18.30 tadi sore di intelkam polda papua. Alasal polda papua menolak surat pemberitahuan tersebut karena KNPB melakukan aksi demo selalu berbau politik, papua merdeka, dan juga KNPB tidak terdaftar di kesbang maka polda papua tolak surat pemberitahuan. 
Namun hal ini tidak akan menguragi dan membatai semagat juang kita namun ini merupakan memebrikan kekuatan kepada KNPB untuk tetap kuat memperjuangkan hak penetuan nasib sendiri. Hal tersebut disampaikan oleh ketua I KNPB  pusat Agus Kosay di sekertariat KNPB , lebih lanjut agus menegaskan pada tanggal 16 september KNPB akan tetap turun demo sesuai degan rencana sebelumya.surat penolakan tersebt bukan hanya di jayapura tapi di beberapa daerah seperti manokwari wamena dan sorong dan daerah lainya juga surat pemberitahuan demo damai dari knpb di tolak dari polisi, namun bagi KNPB hal itu bukan hal baru melainkan hal biasa, oleh sebab itu hari Rabu 16 oktober tetap demo.

Bukan hanya penolakan surat pemberitahuan namun polisi juga telah membubarkan paksa persiapan aksi demo damai di lapagan makam Theys Hiyo Eloai pada hari ini senin 14 oktober 2013.  Sesuai degan  rencana sebelumnya  KNPB merencanakan akan mengadakan aksi demo damai dalam rangkah memperigati hari ulang tahun IPWP yang ke- 5 yang jatuh pada tanggal 16 Oktober 2013. Sekaligus menyampaikan terima kasih kepada pemerintah Vanuatu atas kebijakanya membahwa masalah Papua ke sidang tahunan PBB beberapa minggu lalu sehingga, pada tanggal 12 Oktober 2013 melayangkan surat Pemberitahuan Ke Polda papua .
Bahkan juga sebelum satu minggu sebelumya mengeluarkan himbauan umum untuk moblisasi umum maka  Berdasarkan himbauan umum yang dikeluarkan Oleh Badan Pengurus Pusat Komite Nasional Papua Barat (KNPB) untuk melaksanakan demo damai di lapagan Makam Almarhum Theys H. Eluay dalam rangka memperingati hari HUT IPWP pada tanggal 16 oktober 20013.
 Sehingga sesuai degan rencana KNPB pusat yang dipimpin oleh ketua I Agus Kosay Bersama anggota KNPB sedang melakukan persiapan di lapagan Makam Theys H. Eluay, pada hari ini   tanggal 14 oktober 2013  sejak dari pagi sedang membersikan lapagan namun kekuatan  TNI/POLRI dengan  peralatan lengkap masuk ke lapangan dan memaksakan KNPB bubar dari lapagan tersebut. Sehingga beberapa kali melakukan negosiasi dengan aparat kepolisian namun pihak aparat kepolisian menghiraukan negosiasi oleh KNPB dan memaksakan bubar dari lapagan, namun knpb bertahan dilapangan degan alasan bahwa KNPB lebih dulu melayangkan  surat ijin tempat pada tanggal 12 Oktober 2013 kepada pemilik tempat yaitu  Yanto EluayAnak ke-II almarhur Theys Hiyo Eluay.
Berdasarkan surat ijin tempat yang dilayangkan oleh KNPB tersebut pemilik tempat atau lapagan mengeluarkan surat tanda terima  ijin tempat  yang ditandatagani oleh Tuan Yanto Eluay, isi surat tesebut mengijinkan KNPB melakukan demo o damai dilapagan Makam Theys H. Eluay, berdasarkan surat ijin yang diterima tersebut KNPB melakukan persiapan atau pembesihan lapagan namun pada Pukul 13.00 aparat kemanan dalam hal ini TNI polri datang di lapagan degan kekuatan lengkap membubarkan anggota KNPB yang sedang membersikan lapagan. akukan  tidak bubar dan terus babat rumput untuk persiapan tanggal 16 mendatang, sehingga saat ini POLRI/TNI dan KNPB sedang mempertahankan posisi masing-masing di lapagan sambil melakukan negosiasi.
Aparat gabungan TNI /POLRI datang degan mengkunakan 2  Buah mobil dalmas yang Penuh degan Aparat Kepolisian 1 Mobil patroli, 1 Buah mobil Avanza, 1 Mobil Qiang Extrada, 1 Mobil Inova, 1 Sepeda Motor, 1 Buah Mobil Dalmas Milik TNI  dipenuhi dengan anggota TNI dengan peralatan lengkap. Aparat kepolisian bukan hanya melakukan pembubaran paksa namun polisi juga merampas Camera milik KNPB. Alasan polisi membubarkan anggota knpb yang sedang bapat rumput  atau membersikan lapangan adalah aparat kepolisian dan TNI akan melakukan Pengobatan masal dan pembagian sembako jadi KNPB tidak boleh melakukan kegiatan di tempat tersebut.
Polisi setelah membubarkan anggota KNPB yang melakukan pembersihan lalu mereka masuk pasang tenda di lapagan makam Theys H. Eluay. pada awalnya KNPB sebelum satu minggu sudah  melajangkan surat pemberitahuan ke polisi bahwa di tempat tersebut knpb akan melakukan kegiatan. Bukan hanya di polisi namun pemilik lapagan dalam hal ini Anak ke dua Almarhum Theys H. Eluay sudah mengeluarkan surat surat ijin tempat untuk KNPB pada tanggal 13 lalu, dan surat ijin tempat atau lapagan knpb sudah mengantogi, namun Hari ini TNI/POLRI segaja masuk pasang tenda unutuk menghalagi kegiatan KNPB di lapagan tersebut. sementara KNPB bersama TNI/POLRi sedang tegang di lapagan makam Theys H.Eluay.
Akhirnya pada pukul 15 anggota knpb meniggalkan lapagan makam tersebut, walau polresta jayapura membubarkan persiapan aksi knpb di lapagan makam theys namun hal ini tidak akan menguragi semagat perlawanan kita, namun hal tu dilakukan oleh kepolisian hanya karena ketakutan terhadap situasi politik hari ini.
Hal ini menandakan bahwa polda papua terus menerus melakukan pembungkaman ruang demokrasi di papua, pembubaran paksa anggota di lapagan hari ini, salah satu cara oleh aparat kepolisian untuk menghalagi KNPB melakukan demo damai di Papua . Untuk menyikapi sikap aparat kepolisian tersebut Ketua I KNPB pusat Agus Kosay Mengatakan bahwa walapun polisi membubarkan kami yang sedang melakukan persiapan di lapagan hari ini tidak mempengaruhi semagat juang kita, kita akan tetap lakukan perlawanan terhadap penjajahan NKRI diatas tanah Papua. Dan hal ini tidak akan membuat kita harus undur namun apa yang dilakukan hari ini oleh aparat kepolisia memberikan kita semagat perlawanan maka itu  kami mengajak kepada seluruh rakyat Papua bahwa tanggal 16 Oktober 2013 KNPB akan tetap turun demo sesuai degan rencana swebelumya. KNPB akan mangadakan titik aksi di expo waena oleh sebab itu kepada rakyat Papua datang bergabung di expo waena, dan kami siap bertanggung jawab tegasnya.

BERIKUT FOTO-FOTO DAN SURAT PENOLAKAN OLEH POLDA PAPUA

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BUCTAR TABUNI SPEECH IN SUPPORT OF THE FREE WEST PAPUA CAMPAIGN SINCE 15TH AUGUST 2013

Statement of the West Papua National Parlement On 15 August 2013 in Jayapura Papua

Incredibly inspirational speech in support of the Free West Papua Campaign office launching in the Netherlands by Buchtar Tabuni, Chairman of the West Papua National Parliament (PNWP) coordinator of the mass PNWP and West Papua National Committee [KNPB] rallies held throughout West Papua in support of the office opening by tens of thousands of Papuans.

Statement of the West Papua National Parlement On 15 August 2013 in Jayapura Papua

He talks about the office from 2:54 in this video and says how the people of West Papua support the opening of the Free West Papua Campaign office in the Netherlands today on 15th August 2013"

Buchtar then goes on to express his support to Free West Papua Campaign (Nederland) Coordinator Oridek Ap for opening the new office. 

A very big thank you to all supporters and brothers and sisters of this campaign, it is because of your continued incredible commitment and support for the people of West Papua that we are able to gather such momentum and influence as we have today.

Your support of this international campaign and all West Papuan people means so much to all the people of West Papua, who still to this day endure genocide, apartheid and illegal occupation of their country and who still to this day, especially with your support, will continue to struggle against the oppression of Indonesian colonialism.
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