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Sunday, 18 September

04:18

Barrick Gold: Is the UN all talk or do they really care about Human Rights? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Samantha Cole | All Africa | 15 September 2016

Today is exactly one year since public reports of the UN 2015 Geneva “criticism” of Canadian Mining Companies.

On September 15, 2015, online media reports exposed the UN Human Rights Committee discussions in Geneva, Switzerland in which there was much focus on the activities of mining companies from Canada.

In the usual non-committal manner in which the UN does everything, the Human Rights Committee “addressed a series of concerns” about the problems caused by Canadian mining companies who operate mines around the world.

Was that was the best they could do?

Only to address concerns?

Women are being raped, men are being killed, village homes are being destroyed, environments are being poisoned, in certain areas in the world, these Canadian mining companies are causing devastation and misery beyond description and the most these UN officials were able to come up with, was that they “addressed a series of concerns”.

An article published by “The Diplomat” on September 15, 2015, reported:

  •  Barrick Gold, were allegedly involved in a mass rape of 137 local women aged between 14 and 80 in Papua New Guinea.
  • Acacia Mining (Barrick’s daughter mining company in Africa) were liable, “through complicity, for killing and injuring of locals at the North Mara mine by police guarding the mine,” … .
  • Violence at the North Mara project was allegedly perpetrated by mine security and local police… ..
  • Likewise, allegations of extreme violence, killings, and the mass rape targeting local women in Papua New Guinea, where Barrick Gold has managed the Porgera mine… ..
  •  Barrick Gold’s (practices) was also called out by the local alliance Justice Foundation for Porgera for the “catastrophically changed” subsistence and livelihoods of landowners in Papua New Guinea.

It is undisputed that the Canadian Government has ignored the complaints about mining companies operating overseas. The Government is perfectly aware of the public scandals of mining companies involving illegal activities such as corruption, bribery and fraud, not to mention murder, violence, rape, environmental disasters, etc – but they take no notice.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have a special unit to investigate Canadian companies operating overseas who are reported to be involved in corruption or fraud or other illegal activities. The RCMP will bring these Canadian mining giants such as Barrick Gold to account for their corruption and fraud activities overseas.

Similarly, in the UK, the Serious Fraud Unit (SFO) have been very successful in the past year cracking down on British companies who are guilty of corruption, fraud and other such crimes in Africa.

Acacia Mining, Barrick’s daughter company, has had a shocking run over the past 14 months in Tanzania since Bloomberg...

01:21

More arrests of KNPB activists in Yakuhimo "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Media release- 18 September 2016

More arrests of KNPB activists -in Yakuhimo





The Yakuhimo Police arrested 21 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) as they distributed leaflets about a peaceful rally to be held on Monday the 19 September.

8 activists were arrested first, followed by another 13 when over 200 people protested outside the local police station at the arrests.


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Saturday, 17 September

23:35

The real cost of offshore detention: $573,100 is just the start "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

What if our government really wanted to save money?

As well as going after $6.7 billion in its omnibus savings bill, it could go after the billions more it costs to run our immigration detention centres: $9.2 billion in the past three years, $3.9 billion to $5.5 billion in the next four, according to the most complete accounting yet of the costs normally hidden in inaccessible parts of the the budget.

It comes as an Audit Office report identifies the cost per offshore detainee: a gobsmacking $573,100 per year.

For that price – $1570 per day – we could put them up in a Hyatt and pay them the pension 15 times over.

It costs less than half that, $200,000 a year, to house a typical onshore prisoner; a mere fraction of that, $72,000 including super, to pay a typical full-time worker, and just $20,700 a year to pay a full pensioner.

Ninety-nine per cent of the population don't come anywhere near $573,100 a year in income or cost. The census stops asking when income sails past $156,000.

But the comparison with wages isn't strictly valid. It understates the outrageousness of the $573,100 price tag. The $573,100 isn't being paid in return for a detainee's labour, in return for a contribution to society, as are wages. It is being paid to prevent the detainee contributing to society. It is what economists call a deadweight loss. We get nothing in return for it, apart from less of what we could have had.

And perhaps because it is not meant to make economic sense (and perhaps because the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has operated as something of a law unto itself), it hasn't even made financial sense.

The Audit Office says the department breached public service guidelines by not conducting proper tenders for the contracts to provide services to Manus Island and Nauru, at times falsely claiming it faced urgent and unforeseen circumstances.

"The available record does not indicate that urgent or unforeseen circumstances existed," the Audit Office says. "The record suggests that the department first selected the provider and then commenced a process to determine the exact nature, scope and price of the services to be delivered."

The department's approach to selecting one provider to service both centres from 2014 "removed competition from the outset". There is no record of staff completing conflict-of-interest declarations, no record of the checks that would have discovered that a director of one of the subcontractors had faced bribery charges and was later acquitted.

After being selected without a proper tender, the new provider extracted an extra $1.1 billion from Australian taxpayers, which was agreed to without going back to the contractors who had just been sacked. The price per detainee shot up from $201,000 to $573,100.

Astonishingly, the report says the department didn't tell its minister at the time, Scott Morrison, that the deal required the Commonwealth to pay a "significant premium over and above the historical costs". Nor did it tell him the price per head.

The department was not only shielded from public accountability, it also managed to hide things from its minister.

UNICEF and Save the Children get the $9.2 billion figure in their report At What Cost? from the numbers scattered around various parts of the official record. They say there are less specific other costs they haven't included, among them regular independent and senate inquiries, the defence of High Court challenges, and compensation for detention centre employees who have suffered as a result of what they have been expos...

14:11

5 Hal ini yang Membuat Anak Mudah Papua Sulit Bersaing di Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Dihaimoma Menulis
Percaya atau tidak generasi Papua saat ini hidup dalam situasi yang terobang-abing oleh badai politik yang menyerang Papua dari segala sisi. Situasi itu membuat mereka terus terpuruk dalam tekanan yang selanjutnya turut membunuh mental dan jiwa bersaingnya untuk maju dan menentukan masa depan yang layak.

Mereka bukan hanya di hadapkan pada pilihan untuk memperjuangkan hak-hak bangsa Papua ataukah bersaing dengan anak-anak mudah lain di Indonesia untuk mencapai prestasi yang setingi-tingginya tetapi juga terhadap pilihan apakah mereka harus menjaga tanah nenek moyangnya yang terus dirampas pendatang.

Sementara itu, kenakalan remaja terus menyapu generasi emas di negeri emas yang pada ujungnya berakhir pada pilihan ikut terjerumus ataukah tetap pada pendiriannya sebagai seorang anak mudah yang taat pada ketiga norma. Adat, agama dan pemerintah yang tidak memihak. Bukan hanya itu, tetapi banyak pilihan yang datang silih bergati mengikuti arus politik yang terus berubah.

Arus itu bukan hanya membuat anak muda Papua terpuruk, tetapi juga turut melanda tanah Papua serta isinya. Ibarat bola putih yang terus dimainkan di atas meja politik. Pada setiap dobrakannya menyapuh dan membubarkan kebersatuhan anak muda Papua yang sejak puluhan tahun dibangun orang tua mereka.

Berbicara tentang anak mudah Papua berarti kita bicara tentang keberlangsungan manusia Papua di atas tanah Papua dan juga agar "surga kecil yang jatuh kebumi" itu tidak menjadi antonim yang sangat ngeri untuk disimak.

Jujur  selama ini ada satu hal yang kadang membuat dihaimoma gelisa.  Anak mudah Papua hari ini, adalah penentu kehidupan anak mudah Papua yang akan datang. Pilihan anak mudah hari ini akan membentuk watak generasi mendatang.Dan karena anak muda hari ini, anak mudah esok akan berani dan gagah dalam bertindak.

Berangkat dari penjelasan di atas, berikut ini dihaimoma.com merangkum 5 hal yang membuat anak mudah Papua sulit bersaing dengan anak mudah lain di Indonesia.

Pertama -Rata-rata anak muda Papua sejak menginjak dewasa bukan hanya perpikir untuk mengenyam pendidikan setingi-tingginya. Mereka dihadapkan pada berbagai pilihan yang terjadi dalam realitas kehidupan masyarakat Papua.

Hutan mereka mulai gundul akibat ilegal loging. Tanah-tanah kelas A dirampas pendatang. Bapak, ibu, serta adik dan kakak mereka  terkadang harus diantar paksa tima panas. Ketika pengedar minuman keras dilindungi UU dan peminumnya di bunuh ibarat binatang buruan.  Dan ketika mereka bersuara, Mereka terus dituduh OPM dan separatis yang pada ujungnya berurusan dengan hukum.
Jadi beban yang dipikul anak mudah Papua tidak hanya soal makan dan minum seperti kebanyakan anak mudah lainya di Indonesia. Poin ini menandakan bahwa anak muda Papua sangat berbedah jauh dengan kebanyakan anak mudah di Indonesia yang berpikirnya hanya, kuliah, diterima di lapangan pekerjaan, sukses, dan menghidupi keluarga.
Kedua- Kebanyakan anak mudah Papua sulit bersaing karena negara membunuh mereka secara psikologis. Kata-kata seperti Papua itu tertinggal, terbelakang, bodok, dan manusia setengah binatang (seperti kasus Yogya belum lama ini). Hal-hal ini menandakan, anak mudah Papua tidak hanya di bunuh secara fisik tetapi juga secara psikologis sehingga membunuh jiwa  dan mental bersaing mereka.
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10:22

1) Winds of change for West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

2) Pacific forum reveals regional geo-strategic tensions

3) Black brothers Add Flavour to Independence Celebrations
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http://www.looppng.com/content/winds-change-west-papua

1) Winds of change for West Papua

NCD governor Powes Parkop has described the Black Brothers’ concert last night as “winds of change”.

BY: Gloria Bauai
16:44, September 17, 2016

Governor Parkop, who has been vocal about West Papua’s fight for freedom, was behind the band's performance as the final activity of PNG’s 41st independence celebrations in Port Moresby. 

Black Brothers’ is a well-known W...

04:01

‘World Class’ Barrick Gold halts Argentine mine on fresh cyanide spill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Veladero, one of the largest gold mines in Argentina, produced 602,000 ounces last year

Cecilia Jamasmie | Mining.com | 16 September 2016

Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp confirmed Thursday a new spill at its Veladero mine in the San Juan province of Argentina and said it has temporarily suspended operations pending further inspections of the mine’s heap leach area.

The fresh spill happened on Sep. 8, when a pipe carrying process solution in the heap leach area was struck by a large block of ice that had rolled down the heap leach valley slope, Barrick said in the statement. A small quantity of solution left the leach pad as a result.

While the gold giant, the world’s largest by output, did not mention cyanide in its press release, local newspaper El Clarín reports (in Spanish) that Barrick authorities in Argentina have confirmed that was the case.

“The incident did not pose any threat to the health of employees, communities or the environment,” Barrick said in the statement.

Earlier this year, the Toronto-based miner was ordered to pay a 145.7m pesos or $9.8m fine over a cyanide spill at the same mine, which happened almost exactly a year ago.

When Barrick announced the fine in March, it said it had undertaken a plan to strengthen controls and safeguards at the mine, including increased water monitoring.

Regarding the new incident, the company noted it would work with provincial authorities to confirm the integrity and safety of the heap leach facility as quickly as possible, beginning today.

Veladero, one of the largest gold mines in Argentina, produced 602,000 ounces last year. Proven and probable mineral reserves as of December 31, 2015, were 7.5 million ounces of gold. Gold production in 2016 is expected to be 630,000-690,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of $830-$900 per ounce according to the company’s website.

Barrick said it didn’t expect the incident to have a material effect on its 2016 operating guidance for the mine.


00:28

The Nature Conservancy supporting the expansion of mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest ‘conservation’ organistions, is supporting the expansion of large-scale mining in the Solomon Islands, and perpetuating the myth of ‘sustainable mining’

“With good planning and management and meaningful inputs from communities and women, the Solomon Islands has a fantastic opportunity to pave the way for a more sustainable minerals sector”

Of course TNC can’t point to anywhere in the world where this utopian dream exists, international mining companies respecting indigenous communities and caring for the environment, but lets just keep selling the dream…

Audience Mining Forum 2013. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Robyn James)

Audience Mining Forum 2013. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Robyn James)

Mining a Better Future for the Solomon Islands

The Nature Conservancy | National Geographic | 15 September 2015

The Solomon Islands are facing dramatic and imminent changes from large-scale mining across the country. Without proper planning and access to information, developments like mining will jeopardize the natural resources upon which most Solomon Islanders depend. With 85 percent of Solomon Islanders living in rural areas, they rely on their natural resources for food, shelter and income. The negative impacts of mining could change their lives forever.

Large deposits of gold, copper, nickel and bauxite have been identified across the country. Despite strong interest and intense prospecting, there has only ever been one fully operational mine in the country, which means communities and government agencies have little experience working with the mining sector. In addition, the Solomon Islands government has highlighted their limited capacity to manage the complex demands of regulating, managing and overseeing the mining development process. While mining offers opportunities for economic development, without adequate management, it also poses direct and urgent threats to livelihoods, culture and social well-being.

The Nature Conservancy is working with community groups to hold workshops and provide information through a program called “What Is Mining?”. This has been designed to help Solomon Islanders understand the impact mining could have on their lives and their natural resources. We partnered with community-based women’s groups in particular to both ensure that women were a part of the conversation and to empower women to make their voices heard.

In collaboration with the Isabel Mothers’ Union, we have trained 40 community facilitators who are raising awareness about the importance of well-informed and inclusive decisions around big issues such as mining. To date, this work has reached over 12,000 people in remote communities, and their input is informing the national mining policy reform process.

The mining awareness work led to the first-ever national mining forum. The Conservancy facilitated the event that inspired the...

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Friday, 16 September

22:55

1) West Papua’s Black Brothers in Pom for Independence Concert "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


2) Papua Legislative Council Questions the Plan to Set up Military Base in Biak
3) Road Covered by Mud, Mindiptana Residents Isolated
4) Rice Stocks in Papua are Safe for Three Months Ahead, Says Official
5) Bank Indonesia Official Welcomes Frans Kaiser Image on Rp10.000 Banknote
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1) West Papua’s Black Brothers in Pom for Independence Concert
12 September 2016



Black Brothers took a photo session with Governor of NCD, Powes Parkop – PNG Lopp

Port Moresby, Jubi – Legendary band from West Papua the Black Brothers are in Port Moresby to help celebrate Papua New Guinea’s 41st Anniversary.

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19:25

I CARE - - Austrian Far-right leader admits his refugee island plan 'went too far' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: 11/9/2016- The far-right candidate in Austria's presidential election has backtracked on a plan to confine asylum seekers to islands. Norbert Hofer told a German magazine he had changed his mind about the proposal made by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz to send refugees to designated islands off mainland Europe while their asylum applications were processed. Mr Kurz is believed to have copied the plan from Mr Hofer's Freedom Party after seeing how popular the far-right politician had become, but Mr Hofer now says the idea went “too far” and was “excessive, to put it diplomatically”. Mr Kurz responded by framing the issue as a matter of either stopping refugees from leaving islands like Lesbos in Greece, where they often arrive from outside the EU, or letting them travel on into mainland Europe.

A spokesman for the politician told local media: “If you are honest about the issue, then you have to openly address the current situation in Italy. "The migrants come to the hotspots on the islands and from there are carried to the mainland rather than being stopped and transported back." Mr Kurz’s spokesman challenged Mr Hofer to admit his policy reversal actually amounted to "waving on" refugees, into the mainland. Imprisoning refugees on islands is a popular policy among far-right politicians, with Mr Hofer's German and Dutch equivalents sticking by similar proposals. The plans are inspired by Australia, which confines migrants to offshore facilities such as those on Nauru and Papua New Guinea, both independent foreign territories. Human rights groups have criticised the practice as inhumane and a breach of international law. Several detainees in Nauru have attempted suicide by setting themselves on fire.

18:56

4 Poin Ini Pasti Membuat Indonesia Malu dan Tidak Akan Menang atas Perjuangan Papua? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua

Papua. Begitu orang-orang menyebutnya. Papua merupakan pulau yang tersohor dengan Sumber Daya Alamnya (SDA). Dalam realitas kehidupan masyarakat Papua kekayaan itu tidak sebanding dengan kondisi kehidupan masyarakatnya. Sejak masa kuasa Indonesia di Papua, masyarakat  Papua mati dan menderita atas kekayaan alam mereka yang begitu berlimpah.

Kekayaan bumi Papua terus dikuras sementara ketertinggalan masyarakat Papua diberbagai bidang kian menggerogoti jiwa bersaing orang Papua.

Sementara itu, Jakarta terus berdalil berjuta triliunan rupiah digelontorkan untuk membangun Papua. Pertanyaannya apakah dana yang diberikan itu sebanding dengan sumbangan daerah Papua untuk negara?

Pada dasarnya semua itu merupakan cerminan dari tindakan awal Indonesia yang menganeksasi Papua. Yah, Indonesia menganeksasi Papua hanya karena sumber daya alamnya yang menggoda, bukan karena manusia Papuanya. Hal ini bisa kita ketahui dari perkatan Alimurtopo yang masih menjadi duri dalam hati rakyat Papua. Kelicikan dan kecurangan ini benar-benar tercermin dalam proses aneksasi Papua yang  terjadi puluhan tahun silam. Dalam prosesnya sejarah bersaksi bahwa terjadi intimidasi, pembunuhan dan yang lebih ekstrim waktu itu, beribu  nyawa masyarakat Papua harus diantar paksa oleh negara ini.

(Baca juga:Memahami Kesalahan Di Masa Lalu dan Akar Persoalan Di Tanah Papua )

Sejak awal Papua dianeksasi oleh Indonesia, kecurangan dan kelicikan itu sudah mulai terlihat.Mana buktinya?Berikut ini di Dihaimoma.com merangkum 4 poin program dan langkah-langkah tandingan yang negara ini pernah buat untuk meredam tuntutan kemerdekaan Papua dengan cara yang tidak manusiawi.


Pertama untuk tetap menanamkan benih koloninya di Papua. Indonesia terlebih dulu keluar dari keanggotaan PBB pada tahun 1965. Alasan utamanya karena PBB menerima Malaysia sebagai anggota tetap PBB yang mana waktu itu Ir. Soekarno menyebut Malaysia sebagai negara boneka buatan Inggris. Hal serupa juga digukan Sang proklamator negara ini untuk menyebut Papua sebagai negara boneka buatan Belanda. Poin ini sebagaimana tercantum pada tiga isi trikora bagian poin satu.

Secara politik keluarnya Indonesia ini bukan semata-mata hanya karena Malaysia tetapi juga untuk meminimalisir campur tangan PBB saat PEPERA berlangsung di Papua. Ya, tindakan ini bisa dibilang berhasil karena dalam penyelenggaraan PEPERA di Papua waktu itu, PBB tidak bisa berbuat banyak . Dari sudut pandang saat ini, bisa dibilang Indonesia berhasil menekan PBB karena pada saat PEPERA berlangsung pada tahun 1969, PBB yang di gertak Indonesia tidak bisa berbuat banyak dalam mengawasi  penyelenggaraan PEPERA di Papua.

PEPERA yang harusnya menurut hukum Internasional harus dilaksanakan dengan satu orang satu suara (one man one vote). Indonesia membuat mekanisme tandingannya sendiri dengan membentuk Dewan Musyawara Pepera (DMP) yang hanya diikuti oleh 1025 orang Papua dari perkiraan populasi 800.000 jiwa hak memilih saat itu.

Kedua kalau anda pernah mendengar dan berkata negara berikan otonomi khusus untuk Papua, maka perkataan itu sangat omong kosong. Lebih tepatnya, anda salah.  Ots...

02:03

West Papua says Happy Independence Day Papua New Guinea 2016! "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Dear brothers and sisters,

On behalf of the people of West Papua I would like to once again wish all our Papua New Guinean family a very Happy Independence Day.

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We are One People with One Soul and One Tumbuna. Together we West Papuans and Papua New Guineans are fellow Melanesians and are proud to celebrate PNG’s Independence Day. I want to tell our brothers and sisters in PNG; your West Papuan family is so proud of you and of your 41 years of Independence and freedom. Every day we pray, every day we cry and everyday we dream about living in a free Melanesian country too.

While PNG is a free country, we your Melanesian brothers and sisters in West Papua continue to live under the brutal colonial rule and the terror of the Indonesian military. I always tell our family in PNG that for us West Papuans, every day in the village, every day in the city; every day in the garden, the forest, the mountain, the river, the solwara is a day of fear and threat. While animals can cross this border and go where they like freely, we West Papuans are not free to go anywhere at all without fear; even on our own ancestral land.

We West Papuans are inspired by PNG’s Independence and we pray that this year our PNG brothers and sisters will continue to remember their fellow Melanesians in West Papua who are still suffering under colonialism and still str...

Thursday, 15 September

22:00

How a boxer brought a new country together "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Screenshot - Tumat Sogolik v Barry McGuigan, 1978 Commonwealth Games gold medal match (Youtube/Eamon Mcauley)Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a diverse country of over 800 different languages spread over remote and diverse terrain. Bringing a country like this together was always going to be challenging. This post describes how the many differences were put aside when a young boxer from Tsio Island represented PNG, just after its independence, at the Montreal Commonwealth Games in 1978.

The building of a nation

In June 1972, the Constitutional Planning Committee was established by a motion of the chief minister. The primary task of the committee was to recommend a constitution for the ‘full internal self-government of a united Papua New Guinea’ (Constitutional Planning Committee Report 1974, p. 2). The committee had a large task in front of it. It would ultimately determine what kind of political system this new country was going to have.

As a way of guiding its deliberations, the committee articulated a number of underlying principles. The first was nation-building. For true nation-building, the constitution would need to be homegrown and the result of ‘active and meaningful participation’ for all people of PNG (ibid.: 13). It needed to bring al...

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