Papua`s special autonomy to be evaluated comprehensively

August 2, 2010

The comprehensive evaluation would cover all fields, including the implementation of regional administration, finance and accountability of performance.

The implementation of Papua`s Special Autonomy will be comprehensively evaluated in 2011, the director of regional order and special autonomy at the Home Affairs Ministry, Sumarsono, said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Regulations ‘needed’ to back Papua autonomy

March 12, 2010

Nethy Dharma Somba — The government is being urged to immediately issue 19 government regulations to assist the implementation of special bylaws in Papua.

Sophie Maipauw, Regional Representatives’ Council (DPD) from Papua and West Papua, said the Home Ministry should prioritize the regulations to serve as guidelines in implementing the bylaws.

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Indigenous People to Accommodate Special Autonomy

March 7, 2010

Tribal leaders in Papua will accommodate special autonomy or popular as Otsus.

“The Bill 21/2001 on Otsus for Papua and West Papua provinces is a real form of recognition and respect to Papuan cultural and values. We will promote indigenous people’s rights and dignity,” Tribal Leader Ramses Ohee told the press in Jayapura recently. Read the rest of this entry »


Jouwe: Papua Merdeka Only a Dream

March 3, 2010

Free Papua Movement (OPM) founder Nicholas Jouwe, on Thursday, said that Papua Merdeka is only a dream.

Papua will never be independent, because it has been independent in the frame of the Republic of Indonesia.

Nicholas Jouwe was fighting for Papuan independency in the U.N. in 1960s.

Nicholas Jouwe returned to Indonesia for good in 2009.

He will stay in Papua and spend the rest of his life there.

“I shall return to Papua, because I am an Indonesian,” said Nicholas Jouwe.

He gets a lot of information on Papua development.

He admitted that Papua is much more progress than 40 years ago. People were living in stone-age then. Now, it is modern life in Papua.


Papuans Need Democracy, Not Separatism

July 28, 2008

Yesterday I read this article in Papua Story, I can only make a short comment to Mr. Andri Hadi…what a brilliant choice of title! as for the content, I couldn’t agree with you more…

So please for all Papuans, Papua experts and Papua Observers, read this article carefully and try to understand Papua in a more objective perspective.

Papuans Need Democracy, Not Separatism

by Andri Hadi

The Jakarta Post
July 30, 2004

Efforts by certain quarters, within and outside Indonesia, to question the decolonization process in Papua gain a momentum by the declassification of restricted documents in the U.S. recently.

The documents portray the 1969 “Act of Free Choice” (AFC) as a sham, among others because it excluded most Papuans (Jakarta Post, July 16, 2004). Arguably, this development may provide ammunition to the hands of people pursuing the separatist aspiration in Papua, thus endangering Indonesia’s territorial integrity and its democracy. Read the rest of this entry »


Special Autonomy: International Image versus Reality

April 7, 2008

April 5 2008, Muridan Widjojo wrote a very interesting analysis on recent political development in Papua. He said that there are hardliner elements in Papua and in Jakarta who have a nationalist banal perspective in responding the political development in Papua. Those elements are in agreement to see conflict in Papua and international pressure as a failure of propaganda on the success story of development in Papua. They never thought that problem in Papua is the result of government policy and its implementation. I should fairly say that Muridan get the point and we can criticize Papuan local government, Indonesian central government, and also legislative to be more serious in handling the problem in Papua. Furthermore, Muridan also believed that those nationalist banal hardliners are still using the old perspective of New Order with its military approach in the name of national integration. Read the rest of this entry »


Indonesia govt blamed for stagnant special autonomy in Papua

April 2, 2008

News Update from RNZI

Posted at 22:29 on 31 March, 2008 UTC

A delegation of politicians from Indonesia’s Papua province has been to Jakarta to further pressure the central government to help improve Special Autonomy in their region.

The Jakarta post reports that Papua legislature members, led by chief councilor Jimmy Demianus, held separate meetings with the House of Representatives and Regional Representative Council leadership.

Many Papuans believe Special Autonomy, established in 2001, has failed to address problems such as human rights violations, natural resource management, health, poverty and security.

Mr Demianus has warned that Papua’s problems will become more complex if Jakarta did not improve the implementation of Special Autonomy.

He blamed Jakarta for the stagnation of special autonomy in Papua and neighbouring West Papua province, saying they can’t properly implement autonomy without technical and operational guidance from central government.

Recently, Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu admitted that despite huge special autonomy funds being allocated over the last seven years, most Papuans remain poor and uneducated.

He said that most of the funds have been used to finance bureaucracy.