Govt to establish joint team to probe recent killings in Papua

first_imgThe government will establish a joint team involving officials and members of the public to probe the recent killings in Papua’s Intan Jaya regency, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said on Thursday.Mahfud added that the team’s members would include government officials, academics as well as religious, community and customary leaders. The team would report its findings to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo through the coordinating minister.“The government will form [this] joint investigation team that can be more objective in exploring [the killings], so as not to cause controversy,” Mahfud said during a press conference on Thursday. In the last few weeks, authorities and the press have reported several killings in the regency. Mahfud confirmed the deaths of one pastor, one civilian and two Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel, saying that an armed criminal group (KKB) was responsible.The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) has alleged that the slain pastor, Yeremia Zanambani, was killed by a TNI soldier. The military has denied that.Mahfud also called on the police to continue investigating the cases. “We have ordered the police to continue to uncover these cases in a professional manner following the applicable law.”Mahfud also commented on the recent United Nations General Assembly, where Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman said that Jakarta had been selective in addressing alleged human rights violations in Papua and West Papua while abuses continue in the country’s easternmost region. Mahfud said Vanuatu’s persistence with the claims was “no longer interesting”, claiming that similar allegations from other countries had been decreasing since 2016.“For Indonesia, Vanuatu is making things up. […] Vanuatu is not the people of Papua and does not represent the people of Papua, because Papua is Indonesia and Indonesia is Papua,” he said, adding that the government would continue law enforcement and human rights protection efforts in Papua.In the UN General Assembly, the second secretary at the Indonesian mission to the UN, Silvany Austin Pasaribu, said countries had to respect other countries’ sovereignty and the principle of noninterference in domestic affairs, citing the UN charter.However, Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said that issues of human rights abuse were universal affairs. He added that the occurrence of many extrajudicial killings in Papua still painted a bleak picture of human rights protection in the region, noting five unlawful deaths in the previous three months alone.“None of the cases of extrajudicial killings have been completely resolved. This is the task for Indonesia,” Usman said in Wednesday’s statement. “If Indonesia stayed true to its human rights commitment, there would be no critical questions from anywhere, from the UN Human Rights Council or from other countries, such as Vanuatu.”Topics :last_img read more

Local government called upon to get involved in staging of community carnival

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews Local government called upon to get involved in staging of community carnival by: – May 30, 2011 Share Chairman of Carnival Committee, Mr. Alwin Bully. Photo credit: flickr.comThere are calls from the Carnival Development Committee for Local Government to get involved in the staging of community carnivals across the Island.The Chairman of the carnival Development Committee Alwyn Bully says it is impossible to financially support the different Community carnivals from Governments funding for carnival in the Capital.Bully says this is a matter which requires urgent attention.The question of support for many of the various aspects of carnival that exist outside of the capital must be addressed in terms of funding. All of these community carnivals come to us for support and rightly so because they think the funds are available to them as well but the reality is that it is impossible,” he said.Meantime Bully says two thirds of the carnival budget is spent on the mounting, maintaining and the dismantling of carnival city each year.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! 26 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Kane pens new Spurs deal

first_imgTottenham striker Harry Kane has signed a new contract and has been loaned to Leicester for the rest of the season. Press Association Kane, who has been touted as a potential first-team star by Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, has extended his deal at White Hart Lane until 2017. The 19-year-old struggled on loan at Norwich earlier this season, but he has been given another chance to impress away from Tottenham – this time with promotion-chasing npower Championship side Leicester. last_img read more

South Regional Broward County Library hosts Anancy Festival

first_imgThe South Regional Broward County Library will host their annual Anancy Festival on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1”00 PM.The program will feature Caribbean and African cultural experiences including a drumming fingers demonstration, games, songs, arts & crafts, face painting, storytelling, refreshments and more.The Anancy Festival, named for Anansi the Spider, the West African trickster of folklore, is a celebration of Caribbean-American culture that’s geared toward children and teens. The festival provides a unique way for youngsters to learn about their cultural heritage and experience a rich collection of stories, music and dance.The South Regional – BC Library is located at 7300 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines,last_img read more