Lukas Enembe hospitalized, suspended detention by KPK  

News Desk – Lukas Enembe Arrest 19 January 2023

Jakarta, Jubi – Inactive Papua Governor Lukas Enembe was taken by investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to the Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital on Tuesday night, January 17, 2023, at around 8 p.m. Jakarta time, or 10 p.m. Papua time.

According to representative of Lukas Enembe’s Legal Team Emanuel Herdyanto, as soon as he received the notification letter from KPK about the hospitalization of Lukas Enembe, his party immediately went to the Army Hospital, along with other legal team members.

“Lukas Enembe was admitted to the Kartika II Room of Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital. I got the notification of the Suspension Notice at 9 p.m., therefore I estimate that Lukas Enembe was admitted to the hospital at around 8 p.m.,” said Emanuel Herdyanto in a written statement received by Jubi on Wednesday, January 18.

He added that earlier on Tuesday morning, the legal team planned to visit Lukas Enembe at the KPK Detention Center but were unable to because Lukas Enembe was taken to the KPK Red and White Building for questioning. Later at noon, the legal team received news that KPK investigators took Lukas Enembe to the Army Hospital to be examined because his leg was swollen.

“The results of the examination came out at 7 p.m., saying Lukas Enembe had to be hospitalized,” said Emanuel, adding he did not know Lukas Enembe would be hospitalized for how long.

Emanuel said the legal team had coordinated with the KPK so that Lukas Enembe’s personal physician, Anton Mote, could examine Lukas Enembe’s condition.

“The KPK allows personal doctors to visit but first we must send a letter of request to the KPK,” said Emanuel.

Responding to the results of the medical examination, Emanuel said that Lukas Enembe was indeed in a state of illness and needed to be treated at the hospital. “Indeed, Lukas Enembe is sick and needs to be hospitalized,” said Emanuel. (*)

Viktor Yeimo complains about his detention room at Abepura Prison

News Desk – Viktor Yeimo’s Treason Trial 18 January 2023

Viktor Yeimo left in red shirt and hat with his legal counsel Emanuel Gobay while waiting for a hearing at Jayapura District Court 8211 JubiTheo Kelen

Jayapura, Jubi – International spokesperson of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Viktor Yeimo, who is currently tried for alleged treason, complained about the condition of his detention room at Abepura Prison. He conveyed it during the reading of the Public Prosecutor’s response to his exception at the Jayapura District Court on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

On February 21, 2021, the public prosecutor charged Viktor Yeimo with treason for his involvement in the Papuan anti-racism rally that turned into a mass rampage in Jayapura City on August 29, 2019. The public prosecutor charged four different articles, namely Article 106 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 55 paragraph (1) to 1 of the Criminal Code (jointly committing treason with the intention to separate part and territory of the state), Article 110 paragraph (1) of the Criminal Code (conspiring to commit treason), Article 110 paragraph (2) to 1 of the Criminal Code (attempting to move others to commit or participate in committing, or providing assistance at the time of committing, or providing opportunity, means or information to commit the crime of treason), Article 160 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 55 paragraph (1) to 1 of the Criminal Code (orally or in writing inciting to commit a criminal act, violence against the public authority or disobeying either the provisions of the law or an official order given under the provisions of the law).

In Tuesday’s hearing, Yeimo’s legal team asked the panel of judges to give Yeimo the opportunity to convey the conditions of the cell where he was detained. Yeimo then explained that his detention room at Abepura Prison was cramped he could not straighten his legs when lying down and sleeping.

During sleep, he has to fold his legs in order to sleep. According to him, if it rains, rainwater will enter his detention room. “My detention room in Abepura prison is small, therefore I have to fold my legs to sleep. If it rains, rainwater enters the room,” Yeimo said.

Yeimo also complained about the absence of a bed in his cell. Yeimo, who has tuberculosis, is worried that his health will worsen if he sleeps without a bed.

“I sleep on a mattress on the floor. I’m worried that my lungs can’t stand it,” he said.

Yeimo said he had discussed the condition of his cell with the head of Abepura prison. “I hope they will consider a solution so that I don’t have to sleep without a bed,” he said.

In the hearing, Yeimo’s legal counsel, the Papua Law Enforcement and Human Rights Coalition said it had submitted a letter requesting that Viktor Yeimo’s detention status be transferred to city detention. Lawyer Emanuel Gobay said the letter was submitted on January 11, 2023 for the sake of their client’s health.

“I have submitted to the court a letter requesting a transfer of status to city detention. I hope the panel can consider it,” said Gobay.

However, Chief Judge Mathius said the panel of judges had not yet received the Coalition’s request. Mathius said the panel of judges would consider the matter after receiving the letter. He also asked the legal counsel to coordinate with the prosecutor regarding the condition of Viktor Yeimo’s detention room at Abepura prison.

After listening to complaints from Viktor Yeimo and the presentation of his legal counsel, the panel of judges adjourned the hearing until January 24, 2023. The next session will hear the reading of an interlocutory decision from the panel of judges on the defense counsel’s exception and response to the exception submitted by the prosecutor. (*)

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Immigration monitors 79 foreign workers in Merauke

News DeskImmigration to monitor foreigners

18 January 2023

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Plh Immigration Office Class II TPI Merauke, Rohtuhaman Saragih – Jubi/documents

Merauke, Jubi – The Merauke Class II Immigration Office continues to monitor the presence of 79 foreign nationals in Merauke Regency, South Papua Province. These foreigners work in a number of companies, and some are clergy.

Merauke Class II Immigration Office acting head Rohtuhaman Saragih told Jubi on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, the 79 foreigners consist of 39 South Koreans, 21 Chinese, six Pakistanis, five Americans, two Dutch citizens, two Thais, two Yemeni citizens, an Indian, and a Malaysian.

“We have an intelligence division and immigration enforcement that supervises the 79 foreigners. In addition, we also monitor the entry and exit of people at Mopah Airport, whenever there are foreigners, they are immediately checked,” said Saragih.

Saragih said that the 79 foreigners in Merauke Regency have different residence permits. Nine people have a permanent residence permit (ITAP), 62 people have a limited stay permit (ITAS), and eight people have a visiting permit (ITK).

“Their documents are complete and registered with Immigration. Even so, we are not careless. We still keep an eye on them, including monitoring at the airport. There are our members who are ready to check whenever a foreigner enters or leaves,” he said.

“If there are violations committed by foreigners, we will take action according to the Immigration Law,” he continued.

If there are violations by foreigners such as staying in Merauke Regency even though their residence permit has expired, then the person concerned will be secured and processed under the Immigration Law.

AJI says number of violence against journalists in 2022 increased

  News Desk – Violence Against Journalists 17 January 2023

Jayapura, Jubi – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has launched a security report of journalists in Indonesia throughout 2022, which says journalists are in a less safe situation. This is based on the increasing number of attacks on journalists. The perpetrators are both state actors and non-state actors.

AJI’s Advocacy Coordinator Erick Tanjung said that throughout 2022 violence against journalists throughout Indonesia increased considerably compared to 2021.

“Cases of attacks on journalists in 2022 reached 61 cases, the victims of which are 97 journalists and 14 media organizations. The number increased from the previous year which was 43 cases,” said Erick Tanjung during the online dissemination of the report on Monday, January 16, 2023.

The types of attacks faced are mostly digital attacks (15 cases), physical violence and destruction of work equipment (20 cases), verbal violence such as intimidation, threats, and terror (10 cases), gender-based violence (3 cases), arrest and criminal reporting of journalists or media (5 cases) and censorship (8 cases).

“As many as 24 cases involved state actors comprising the police (15 cases), government officials (7 cases) and the Indonesian Military [TNI] (2 cases). Meanwhile, non-state actors in 20 cases involved mass organizations (4 cases), political party (1 case), companies (6 cases) and residents (9 cases). We have yet to identify the perpetrators in the remaining 17 cases,” he said.

From the available data, there are five provinces with the highest cases of violence against journalists. DKI Jakarta is the highest with 14 cases, followed by West Nusa Tenggara 6 cases, North Sumatra 5 cases, South Sulawesi 4 cases, and South Sumatra 3 cases.

As for the security situation of journalists in Papua and West Papua throughout 2022, AJI Indonesia recorded 4 cases of violence with 7 journalists as victims, where these cases included exposure (1 case), criminal reporting (1 case), verbal sexual violence (1 case), and physical violence (1 case).

“This number increased compared to 2021 with 3 cases and 3 victims. However, it does not rule out the possibility that many other cases have occurred against journalists outside AJI’s monitoring, due to the difficulty of verifying cases in Papua and West Papua,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of AJI Indonesia, Sasmito, revealed that in the last five years the perpetrators of violence against journalists were mostly police officers.

“This means that there must be efforts to fundamentally change the reform activities carried out within the Police. From the cases reported we see that there is unprofessionalism carried out by members of the Police, wherein several cases that have been handled by the Press Council and declared as journalistic work, but are still processed by the police,” he said. (*)

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Probe into officers’ actions after one person dies in West Papua shooting

11:57 am on 17 January 2023

Papua province's Governor Lukas Enembe at Indonesia's Pacific Expo event in Auckland, July 2019

Papua province’s Governor Lukas Enembe at Indonesia’s Pacific Expo event in Auckland, July 2019 Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Police officers in West Papua are to be investigated over shootings during a governor’s arrest

One person died after the struggle that followed the arrest of Papua Governor Lukas Enembe over allegations of bribery.

As many as 19 people were detained by the police for attacking security forces.

Papua Police chief Mathias Fakhiri has ordered the head of the Internal Affair Division and director of Criminal Investigation of the Papua Police to immediately investigate the actions taken by police officers.

He asked his staff to approach families and religious, community and traditional leaders, so that the arrest of Governor Lukas Enembe would not create unrest.

“I ask for the report today. If there is indeed a wrong handling, I ensure there will be law enforcement against members who do not comply with the standard operating procedures,” he said.

“I urge all parties not to spread hoaxes or information that does not match the facts,” he said.

“Let us provide moral support so that the legal process runs as it is.”

Wenda calls for governor’s immediate release

A West Papua Independence leader, Benny Wenda, has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Lukas Enembe.

Wenda said the arrest follows the governor’s criminalisation in September 2022, when he was accused of corruption and banned from travelling abroad for essential medical treatment.

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua leader said Enembe’s treatment cannot be separated from his increasingly vocal stance against Indonesia’s colonial policies in West Papua.

Wenda said Enembe opposed Indonesia’s division of West Papua into new provinces, which the exiled figurehead describes as a divide and rule tactic designed to steal the region’s natural resources and allow further militarisation of villages.

The West Papuan independence campaigner Benny Wenda at the Pacific Islands Forum summit in Tuvalu, 2019.

The West Papuan independence campaigner Benny Wenda at the Pacific Islands Forum summit in Tuvalu, 2019. Photo: RNZ / Jamie Tahana

Silent action, KNPB demands that Viktor Yeimo be released

News Desk – Viktor Yeimo’s Treason Case Trial

January 17, 2023

The silent action mobilized by the West Papua National Committee or KNPB which was held in front of the Jayapura District Court, on Tuesday (17/1/2023), demanded the unconditional release of Viktor Yeimo. – Jubi/Theo Kelen

Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee or KNPB held a silent demonstration in front of the Jayapura District Court, on Tuesday (17/1/2023). They demanded that Viktor Yeimo be released unconditionally.

The demonstrators carried leaflets and posters as a form of protest against Viktor Yeimo’s detention. In the text of the poster, the demonstrators demanded that Viktor Yeimo be released unconditionally. They considered Yeimo to be a victim of legal criminalization and a victim of racist discrimination.

The National Spokesperson for the West Papua National Committee or KNPB Center, Ones Suhuniap, stated that Viktor Yeimo was a victim of racist discrimination. Suhuniap stated that for more than 60 years Papuans were seen as backward and second-class human beings in Indonesia.

Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Committee or KNPB held a silent demonstration in front of the Jayapura District Court, on Tuesday (17/1/2023). They demanded that Viktor Yeimo be released unconditionally.

The demonstrators carried leaflets and posters as a form of protest against Viktor Yeimo’s detention. In the text of the poster, the demonstrators demanded that Viktor Yeimo be released unconditionally. They considered Yeimo to be a victim of legal criminalization and a victim of racist discrimination.

The National Spokesperson for the West Papua National Committee or KNPB Center, Ones Suhuniap, stated that Viktor Yeimo was a victim of racist discrimination. Suhuniap stated that for more than 60 years Papuans were seen as backward and second-class human beings in Indonesia.

The silent action mobilized by the West Papua National Committee or KNPB which was held in front of the Jayapura District Court, on Tuesday (17/1/2023), demanded the unconditional release of Viktor Yeimo. – Jubi/Theo Kelen

Currently Yeimo is undergoing trial for alleged treason at the Jayapura District Court. The alleged treason case that was charged against Viktor Yeimo was registered with case number 376/Pid.Sus/2021/PN Jap on August 12, 2021. The trial was chaired by a panel of judges chaired by Mathius SH MH with member judges Andi Asmuruf SH and Linn Carol Hamadi SH (new panel of judges).

On 21 February 2021, the Public Prosecutor charged Viktor Yeimo with treason because he was involved in a demonstration against Papuan anti-racism which led to mass rioting in Jayapura City on 29 August 2019.

The Public Prosecutor used four different articles, namely Article 106 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 55 paragraph (1) to 1 of the Criminal Code (jointly committing treason with the intention that all or part of the country’s territory falls into the hands of the enemy or separates parts of the country’s territory), Article 110 paragraph (1) of the Criminal Code (concerning the conspiracy to commit treason), Article 110 paragraph (2) to 1 of the Criminal Code (attempting to mobilize other people to commit, order to commit or participate in committing so as to provide assistance when committing or provide opportunities, means or information for committing the crime of treason), Article 160 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 55 paragraph (1) to 1 of the Criminal Code (concerning verbally or in writing inciting to commit criminal acts, commit violence against public authorities or not comply with both statutory provisions and position orders given based on provisions Constitution).

Suhuniap stated that Papuans always accept racist discrimination. He stated that in the 19 August 2019 case Viktor Yeimo as a Papuan participated in the demonstration because he did not accept the hate speech.

Suhuniap stated that Yeimo was a victim of legal criminalization. Because the alleged treason charge against Yeimo is irrelevant because the anti-racism demonstration was carried out spontaneously by the Papuan people. Yeimo was involved in the demonstration because he felt that his dignity as a Papuan was being humiliated.

“So in the anti-racism protests in Papua because the Papuan people feel their dignity as a human being is humiliated,” he said.

Aksi diam yang dimobilisasi Komite Nasional Papua Barat atau KNPB yang digelar di depan PN Jayapura, pada Selasa (17/1/2023), menuntut pembebasan Viktor Yeimo tanpa syarat. – Jubi/Theo Kelen

Suhuniap stated that the arrest and detention as well as the legal process against Yeimo were a form of criminalization and silencing Papuan activists. Because the perpetrators of racism in Surabaya in 2019 which were allegedly committed by security forces have not been brought to justice.

“Viktor as a pro-independence Papuan activist is deliberately criminalized,” he said.

Until this news was published, the trial with the agenda of hearing the prosecutor’s response to the exception of Yeimo’s legal adviser had not yet taken place. It is planned that the trial will begin at 1 pm Papua time. (*)

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2) BEM alliance across Papua calls for Viktor Yeimo to be released unconditionally 

News Desk – Viktor Yeimo’s Treason Trial 17 January 2023

Viktor Yeimo (right, in blue shirt and hat) with his legal counsel, Emanuel Gobay in one of the rooms of Abepura Correctional Institution in Jayapura City, Thursday (12/1/2023), to wait for a doctor to check Yeimo’s health before being placed in a detention cell. – Jubi/Theo Kelen

Jayapura, Jubi – An alliance of all-Papua Student Executive Board (BEM) in Jayapura City on Monday, January 16, 2023, called for the unconditional release of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) spokesperson Viktor Yeimo. According to the students, Yeimo is a victim of criminalization and a racial discrimination.

The alliance consists of BEM of Cenderawasih University, BEM of University of Science and Technology Jayapura, BEM of Muhammadiyah University of Papua, BEM of Ottow and Geissler, BEM of Satya Witaya Manda University (USWIM) Nabire, BEM of College of Management and Informatics (STIMIK) Nabire, BEM Nusantara Papua Representative and Economics Student Association Papua Representative.

Cristian Kobak of the Cenderawasih University BEM said the legal treatment for Papuan people was unfair, as shown in Viktor Yeimo’s case, wherein his legal process had not been completed until now.

Yeimo is currently undergoing trial for alleged treason at the Jayapura District Court. The trial was led by a panel of judges chaired by Mathius, with member judges Andi Asmuruf and Linn Carol Hamadi.

On February 21, 2021, the public prosecutor charged Viktor Yeimo with treason for his involvement in the Papuan anti-racism rally that turned into a mass rampage in Jayapura City on August 29, 2019. The public prosecutor charged four different articles, namely Article 106 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 55 paragraph (1) to 1 of the Criminal Code (jointly committing treason with the intention to separate part and territory of the state), Article 110 paragraph (1) of the Criminal Code (conspiring to commit treason), Article 110 paragraph (2) to 1 of the Criminal Code (attempting to move others to commit or participate in committing, or provide assistance at the time of committing, or provide opportunity, means or information to commit the crime of treason), Article 160 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with Article 55 paragraph (1) to 1 of the Criminal Code (orally or in writing inciting to commit a criminal act, violence against the public authority or disobey either the provisions of the law or an official order given under the provisions of the law).

Kobak said the arrest of Viktor Yeimo was not in accordance with the law, because Yeimo voiced the injustice and racial discrimination experienced by the Papuan people. Viktor Yeimo, therefore, according to Kobak, was arrested because the State would not let Papua to separate. He said the State was too imposing in its desire to govern Papuans through policies implemented in the Land of Papua.

“Jakarta [the central government] considers Papuans incompetent. So they think what is good for Jakarta is also good for Papuam therefore Jakarta’s policies continue to be applied in Papua even though it is not necessarily good for Papuans,” he said.

BEM representative of Jayapura University of Science and Technology Holland Silak said that Yeimo’s arrest showed the State still applied racial politics against Papuans. According to Silak, Yeimo is an innocent victim of racial discrimination and should be released unconditionally.

“Viktor Yeimo is a victim of racism itself. He is not the perpetrator,” Silak said. (*)

Amnesty says punishing perpetrators only way to prevent repeat of rights abuses

Kompas.com – January 12, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta — Amnesty International Indonesia insists that the only way to prevent human rights violations from happening again is by trying the perpetrators in court.

This was conveyed by Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid in response to a statement by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo who acknowledged that 12 gross human rights violations had taken place in Indonesia.

“We wish to remind the Indonesian government that ending impunity through prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators is the only way to prevent the repeat of human rights violations”, said Hamid in a statement on Thursday December 12.

“And (also) provide truth and genuine justice to the victims and their families”, he reiterated.

Hamid said that the perpetrators must face legal proceedings and not be allowed to evade prosecution. “Let alone be given positions in government institutions”, he said.

According to Hamid, the government must immediately investigate, prosecute and try the perpetrators if President Widodo is committed to preventing a repeat of gross human rights violations.

In addition to this, Hamid also criticised Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD who said that in previous cases perpetrators of abuses have been tried but set free due to a lack of evidence.

This is because, according to Hamid, perpetrators being set free by the courts prove that gross human rights violations in Indonesia are not being seriously addressed.

“Because, the institutions that have the authority and are under the direct authority of the president, namely the Attorney General, have in fact not seriously looked for evidence through a criminal investigation”, said Hamid.

Earlier, Widodo stated that gross human rights violations have indeed occurred in Indonesia.

This was conveyed after receiving a report from the Team for the Non-Judicial Resolution of Past Gross Human Rights Violations (PPHAM) at the State Palace on Wednesday January 11.

“I have carefully read the report on gross human rights violations from the PPHAM that was formed based on Presidential Decree Number 17/2022”, said Widodo.

“With a clear mind and earnest heart, I as Indonesia’s head of state admit that gross human rights violations did happen in the past”, said Widodo.

The president then claimed that he deeply regretted these violations.

“I have deep sympathy and empathy for the victims and victims’ families.

Therefore, first of all, the government and I are trying to restore the victims’ rights in a fair and wise manner without negating a judicial settlement”, he said.

Widodo then cited 12 cases of past gross human rights violations:

1. The 1965-1966 mass killings

2. The Mysterious Shootings (petrus) in 1982-1985 3. The Talangsari incident in Lampung, 1989 4. The Geudong House and Sattis Post incidents in Aceh, 1989 5. The forced disappearances of activists in 1997-1998 6. The May 1998 riots in Jakarta 7. The Trisakti and Semanggi I-II incidents in 1998-1999 8. The murder of shamans in 1998-1999 9. The Simpang KKA incident in Aceh, 1999 10. The Wasior incident in Papua, 2001-2002 11. The Wamena incident in Papua, 2003 12. The Jambo Keupok incident in Aceh, 2003

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Amnesty International: Hukum Pelaku Pelanggaran HAM Berat Satu-satunya Cara Mencegah Peristiwa Terulang”.]

Source:

https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2023/01/12/16171731/amnesty-international-hukum-pelaku-pelanggaran-ham-berat-satu-satunya-cara

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Jokowi’s statement on past abuses lies and gimmicks ahead of elections:

Activist Kompas.com – January 13, 2023 Dian Erika Nugraheny, Jakarta — Human rights activists have cast doubts on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s pledge to settle 12 cases of gross human rights violations acknowledged by the government through legal or judicial channels. Indonesian Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI) Chairperson Julius Ibrani believes that the statement conveyed by Widodo at the Presidential Palace complex in Jakarta on Wednesday January 11 is just a political pledge in the lead up to the 2024 legislative and presidential elections. “If we reflect on Jokowi’s statement, there were two key words. He acknowledged, regretted. What emerged were these two words, but many others were missing”, said Ibrani when contacted by Kompas.com on Thursday January 12. Ibrani said that Widodo’s speech failed to address the issues of what gross human rights violations occurred, the perpetrators and the number of victims. In addition to this, said Ibrani, Widodo also did not say what would be done by the state for the victims and their families who survived these incidents. “All of this was missing from Jokowi’s statement. So from these two key words Jokowi again showed his original face, as he has done since 2014, namely it was just more lies and gimmicks ahead of the elections, a political year” said Ibrani. Ibrani also said that civil society groups and human rights activists have discovered that the government did not in fact involve the victims in drafting or formulating Presidential Decree (Keppres) Number 17/2022 on a Team for the Non-Judicial Resolution of Past Gross Human Rights Violations (PPHAM). “There is absolutely no perspective of the victims. The perspective is the perspective of the authorities. In the end we predict that later there will be fictitious trials the aim of which is wash away the sins”, said Ibrani. “Later all that left to be said will be, ‘they’ve been tried but actually the evidence wasn’t enough. Actually the construction [of the prosecution] wasn’t strong’. Yet it was in fact them who put the evidence together. They also weakened the construction”, continued Ibrani. Yet, according to Ibrani, the government actually could and does have the authority to reopen investigations into the cases. And according to Ibrani, civil society groups even have the evidence and indicators related to many of these gross human rights violations. “We already understand these are just tricks. Far from justice for the victims. Far from revealing the truth, let alone adjudicating or trying the perpetrators. Let alone reforming the perpetrator’s institutions”, explained Ibrani. As reported earlier, President Widodo acknowledged that gross human rights violations had occurred in Indonesia in the past. “With a clear mind and earnest heart, I as Indonesia’s head of state admit that gross human rights violations did happen in the past”, said Widodo after reading out the PPHAM’s report at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday. The president also claimed that he deeply regretted these violations. The head of state then cited 12 past gross human rights violations. 1. The 1965-1966 mass killings2. The Mysterious Shootings (petrus) in 1982-1985

3. The Talangsari incident in Lampung, 1989

4. The Geudong House and Sattis Post incidents in Aceh, 1989

5. The forced disappearances of activists in 1997-1998

6. The May 1998 riots in Jakarta

7. The Trisakti and Semanggi I-II incidents in 1998-1999

8. The murder of shamans in 1998-1999

9. The Simpang KKA incident in Aceh, 1999

10. The Wasior incident in Papua, 2001-2002

11. The Wamena incident in Papua, 2003

12. The Jambo Keupok incident in Aceh, 2003 

“I have deep sympathy and empathy for the victims and victims’ families. Therefore, first of all, the government and I are trying to restore the victims’ rights in a fair and wise manner without negating a judicial settlement”, he said. “And second, myself and the government will truly endeavor to ensure that gross human rights violations do not occur again in Indonesia in the future”, he reiterated. In addition to this, Widodo also asked Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD to supervise concrete efforts by the government to properly implement these two pledges. “Hopefully this effort will be a meaningful step for healing the mutual injuries of the children of the nation in order to strengthen our national harmony in the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia”, said Widodo. Mahfud also said that Law Number 26/2000 on Human Rights Courts regulates that gross human rights violations that occurred before 2000 shall be settled though ad hoc human rights courts on the agreement of the House of Representatives (DPR). Meanwhile gross human rights violations that occurred after 2000 will be tried through ordinary human rights courts. The evidence of this, said Mahfud, is that the government has already brought four cases of gross human rights violations that occurred after2000 to court, but the perpetrators were freed. “All of the suspects were released because there wasn’t enough evidence to say it was a gross human rights violations. That it was a crime, yes, but not a gross human rights violations, because they’re different”, he said. “If there’s a crime all of them can be prosecuted by law but there’s actually not enough evidence to declare them gross human rights violations”, Mahfud reiterated. Separately, Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said that settling gross human rights violations judicially depends upon the existing evidence. “Yes, that’s for later, it depends on the data, the existing evidence”, said Laoly at the Presidential Palace complex on Thursday. He added that in the context of gross human rights violations there are matter that cannot be pursued for the sake of justice (pro-yustisia). [Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Janji Jokowi soal 12 Pelanggaran HAM Berat Dinilai Masih Banyak Kelemahan”.] Source: https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2023/01/13/17091381/janji-jokowi-soal-12-pelanggaran-ham-berat-dinilai-masih-banyak-kelemahan ————————————————————— INDOLEFT News service If you are not already subscribing to this news service, you can do so by sending a blank e-mail to <subscribe-indoleft@riseup.list.net> and you will be automatically added to the list. To view the archive of Indoleft postings since 2003 visit: <https://www.indoleft.org>.

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KPK Chairman Describes Lukas Enembe as “Reckless Leader”

BY :MUHAMMAD AULIA

JANUARY 14, 2023

Jakarta. Anti-graft czar Firli Bahuri on Saturday slammed disgraced Papua Governor Lukas Enembe as the bad apple in the government who must be brought to justice for his corrupt behavior and financial extravagance at the expense of people in the province.Lukas was arrested earlier this week or four months after he was named corruption suspect for allegedly taking bribes from businessmen. Law authorities are also investigating his lavish lifestyle and his gambling habit.”The suspect sets an example of a reckless leader who, for whatever reasons, has shown indiscipline while holding a public office so he must face criminal prosecution,” Firli said in a statement.Papua receives a large amount of financial aid called “special autonomy funds” from the central government every year but the money had little effect on people’s prosperity in the impoverished province, Firli said.

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Elites in the Papua government took the funds from the central government to enrich themselves and “stirred public opinion to justify the theft” and manipulated their own people as if the funds were spent on public interests, Firli said.In reality, there have been no significant development projects by the provincial government over the years despite the continued financial aid from the central government.“The KPK arrives to recover and secure money and state assets which must be used to boost the prosperity of the people in Papua,” he added.Chief Security Minister Mohammad Mahfud MD said in October that the central government had channeled a total of Rp 1,000 trillion ($66 billion) in “autonomy funding” to Papua since 2001, about half of the amount was disbursed during Lukas’ term.“More than Rp 500 trillion ($33 billion) has been disbursed during Lukas Enembe’s tenure but nothing happened: the people remain poor and the officials continue their lavish lifestyle,” Mahfud said.the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center revealed that Lukas has made payments totaling 55 million Singapore dollars (US$39 million) to overseas casinos since 2017 after they analyzed the governor’s financial records at the request of the KPK.At one point, Lukas spent 5 million Singapore dollars in a single casino payment, according to the PPATK. The KPK also found that Lukas once paid 55,000 Singapore dollars for a watch.On Thursday, a lawyer for Lukas demanded his immediate release, citing his poor medical conditions.Petrus Bala Pattyona said Lukas has a stroke and heart, kidney, and lung problems and needs to undergo medical treatment regularly.

Biak Numfor residents encouraged to grow one million chili plants 

8th January 2023

Second Assistant of the Biak Numfor Secretary for Economy and Development Lot Jensenem. ANTARA/Muhsidin

Biak, Papua (ANTARA) – The Biak Numfor district administration in Papua Province continues efforts to control inflation rate by boosting the cultivation of one million chili plants in 257 villages, a local government official said.

“This year, we continue to push chili farming in various villages,” Second Assistant of the Biak Numfor Secretary for Economy and Development Lot Jensenem said.

Growing the one million chili plants is aimed at helping the government control the inflation rate, and improve households’ income, he said.

To this end, locals are encouraged to join the movement for growing one million chili plants, Lot Jensenem said, adding that the government has collaborated with related agencies to supply the chili seeds.

“The Biak Numfor district government has provided (those wanting to join the movement with) chili seeds and fertilizer,” he added.

During a hearing session with members of the House of Representatives (DPR) on September 1, 2022, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati had highlighted the importance of developing domestically harvested commodities.

One of the commodities that Indrawati highlighted to help reduce the inflation rate in volatile food prices in August 2022 was chili.

“The rate used to increase to 11 percent, and now, it decreased to eight percent. An analysis showed that food commodities helped lower the percentage,” she noted at the hearing session.

Volatile prices in August 2022 experienced an inflation of 8.93 percent on an annual basis while on a monthly basis experienced a deflation of 2.9 percent, she remarked.

This realization decreased as compared to July 2022, specifically volatile prices on an annual basis that recorded an inflation of 11.47 percent and contributed to the overall inflation of 4.94 percent (yoy) of 0.25 percent, Indrawati added.

She noted that this decline showed an increase in inflation caused by volatile food that was highly dependent on global conditions.

On the other hand, the volatile food factor can be controlled relatively quickly, especially in terms of chili commodities, Indrawati remarked.

She explained that most of the commodities can be produced domestically at affordable prices, with sufficient quantities to stabilize prices.

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Reporter: Muhsidin, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Anton Santoso