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Papua will be Ready for General Election

February 25, 2009

Mamberamo Central Regency in the Papua Province has made the election drill to prepare for the elections for legislative bodies at the national and regional levels just 44 days left the election day.  The legislative bodies include the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Regional Representative Council (DPD) at the national level, and regional legislative councils at the provincial, mayoralty and municipality levels. The drill  is cumducted at Sinapuk Public Square, on Tuesday 24 Februari 2009.  Be present in this simulation are  the Regent of Central Mamberamo David Pagawak, S.Sos, the chairman of KPUD Jayawijaya, Yosephine F Hubi,  Central Mamberamo officials,  political parties leaders and  other community elements.  The rehearsal went smoothly with villagers and local officials participating in the event.

Such kind of drill has been practiced last year, in particular by residents in Keerom regency, Papua, which took place in Workwana villlage.  Keerom was one of three places holding a simulation, together with Aceh and East Java. Keerom regent Celcius Watae stated that Keerom  was selected because of its pluralism and it is an area which could represent urban and rural communities.  Keerom is home to 29,600 eligible voters and 105 polling stations in six districts.

In general,  Papuan people expressed their full support for the simulation and public awareness campaign.

Today is Papua Holiday

February 5, 2009


Today is Thursday, 5 February 2009. Papua is publishing an official holiday for commemorating the 154th Bible Service (Pengkabaran Injil ).  Some agendas that happened are at least the inauguration of  a Nabire Regent and discussion of a book entitle  Fajar Merebak di Tanah Papua written by  Pdt Reiner  Schuimaan.  The number 154 is counted from the beginning of Bible entering at Mansinam Island.  Mansinam island of 410,97 ha which located at Doreri Bay  is an interesting tourism destination.  Last year, we crossed it by using a traditional long boat with a price of  3.000 Rupiahs for  10 -15 minutes.  Not only we visited Gua Kelelawar but also some historical places that on February 5, 1855 tho Germany, Carel William Otto and Johan Gotlob, put their steps. Happy Holiday.

Perjuangan Merah Putih Monument

September 23, 2008

Tubir Seram island

Tubir Seram island

Perjuangan Merah Putih Monument is  erected at Tubir Seram island. Tubir Seram island is well known as an amazing and beautiful natural scenery. Located in front of Fak-Fak town, this island is popular with a garden full of many colorful flowers and many types of plants.  Another place that can be visited is  a mini museum  which built to save artifact of historical values. To get there, it takes only five minutes from Fak-Fak town by boat.

Peaceful Message from a Papuan Brilliant Artist.

September 23, 2008

Peace Dancing by Yenno

Peace Dancing by Yenno

Franky Yenno is a Papuan artist living in Manokwari. His concern on peaceful society has been delivered through his art such ac carving.  His artwork is to remind Papuan people who coming from hundred of tribes to promote peace in order to develop Papua  land and to live side by side with other Indonesians equally. One of his art carving said  that Hukum Adat or customary law is a means to be used to reach  peace agreement.


After agreement, they  celebrate it in a number of rituals such as Barapen (meaning Bakar Batu – burning stone) ceremony and Peace Dancing.  After getting war, they could dance together hand in hand as brothers and sisters.



Fakfak and Jayapura, West Papua

February 13, 2008

PT. In the book of Nagara-Kertagama writen by Rakawi Prapanca of Majapahit, during the rule of King Hayam Wuruk, in 1365 A.D,  it was mentioned that West Papua was belong to Majapahit Kingdom territory. As mentioned in one of its paragraphs that “Muwah tikhan i wandan, ambwan (Ambon) athawa maloko wwanin (Fakfak)” were claimed as the sovereign territory of the kingdom of Majapahit.  

Fakfak  was likely to be the city center due to its strategic location, such as close to Mollucas.  Since the fall of Majapahit 1478, Nusantara has not well organized and in about 1898 the Dutch began serious exploration.  During Ducth Colonialization, Jayapura City had been chosen to be a Defense Post of Dutch Army in Pacific area. The Dutch government was assigned P.  Windhower at Debi Island, a little island in Yotefa Bay in 1908.  In 1912 the post was moved to a mouth of Numbai river, which is a small river that is mouthed in Yos Yudarso Bay. In a formal ceremony, this mouth of Numbai river then named Hollandia on March 7, 1910. The date was then decided to be the birth date of Jayapura. The status of Hollandia City which was a district had become the government Provincial City. Some of the events happened after that moment were the name of Hollandia was changed into Kotabaru (New City), then Sukarnopura and finally Jayapura. However, West Papua is still Indonesia’s “wild east”. Much of it was still unexplored by outsiders in the 1930s. Allied (American and Australian) forces passed through here in 1944 on the way to the reconquest of the Philippines.

After the Indonesians defeated the Dutch in 1949 and 1950, the Dutch insisted on keeping Irian Jaya (West Papua). They finally gave up the colony in 1963, under a combination of military and diplomatic pressure. In 1969, a UN-sponsored referendum led to Irian Jaya becoming a province of Indonesia. The vast development forced the Region Government to split Jayapura to two districts: North Jayapura and South Jayapura. In 1988, Jayapura was become Administrative City and then in 1993 became Jayapura madya City. Lately, with the Act of Region Government number 22 year 1999, it was then becoming Jayapura City. (Lt) 

Para Pendukung Free West Papua

January 29, 2008

Beberapa anggota parlemen dan gereja di Australia yang terlibat dalam mendukung Papua merdeka diantaranya Greg Sword (anggota parlemen tingkat negara bagian Melbourne dari Partai Buruh), Senator Kerry Nettle (anggota parlemen dari Partai Hijau),  Senator Andrew Barlet (Partai Demokrat Australia), Bob Brown (Ketua Partai Hijau Australia dan senator), demikian yang dinyatakan pada 6 April 2006 oleh Komisi I DPR Effendi Simbolon.

Pada 25 Oktober 2000, Direktur Lembaga Study dan Advokasi Hak Asasi Manusia (ELSHAM) Papua, John Rumbiak menandatangani Momerandum of Understanding (MoU) dengan Greg Sword yang intinya mereka mendukung setiap gerakan separatis Papua.  Sejak tahun 2000, Bob Brown aktif memotori terbentuknya Parliamentary Group on West Papua. Pada 2003, Bob mengkampanyekan masuknya beberapa submisi kepada parlemen Australia dengan mengangkat pelurusan sejarah Irian Jaya dan penentuan nasib sendiri bagi rakyat Irian Jaya.  Adapun Senator Kerry Nettle terlibat memperjuangkan suaka politik bagi 42 warga Papua. Bahkan, pada 2 April 2006 Nettle mendapatkan penghargaan “Mahkota Papua” dari kelompok pro-separatis di Sydney.   Sedangkan, Senator Andrew Barlet mendukung kampanye penentuan nasib (self determination) bagi rakyat Irian Jaya. Barlet juga pernah mengirimkan surat kepada Sekjen PBB untuk meninjau kembali keabsahan Pepera 1969.

Parliamentary Group on West Papua yang dimotori oleh Bob Brown juga didukung oleh organisasi internasional seperti Asia Pacific Human Rights Network (APHRN), West Papua Action Australia (WPA-A), Action in Solidarity With East Timor (ASIET), Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA), East Timor Action Network (ETAN) dan The Centre for People and Conflict Studies The Unversity of Sydney. Lembaga yang terakhir itu memiliki proyek yang disebut West Papua Project (WPP) dan dipimpin oleh Prof Stuart Rees, seorang peneliti dan penulis tentang Indonesia.  Prof Denis Leith juga turut memberikan dukungan terhadap pro kemerdekaan Papua dengan cara membantu penggalangan dana bagi WPP.

Sedangkan dari media massa Australia antara lain Christ Richard, seorang redaktur New Internationalist Magazine, Australia, aktif membantu penyelenggaraan seminar tentang Papua di Australia. Salah satu seminar yang pernah diselenggarakan di Gedung Dewan Serikat Buruh, di Victoria pada 25-26 Februari 2003 adalah bertajuk West Papua Features. Selain nama-nama dan organisasi di atas terdapat nama-nama Duncan Ken (anggota parlemen Australia dari Tasmania), Susan Conely (Persekutuan Gereja Australia), John Barr (bekas Ketua United Church).

Pada 2 April 2006 baru lalu, bendera “Bintang Kejora” dikibarkan oleh West Papua Association (AWPA) di Sydney. Pengibaran bendera itu dihadiri oleh lebih dari 100 orang peserta. Sementara itu, Partai Liberal Australia  partainya John Howard masih konsisten mendukung kedaulatan NKRI.