Freeport: DAP Chairman calls for Police and Army Withdrawal
JUBI, 13 October 2011In connection with the shooting dead of Petrus Ayamiseba who worked at the catering department for workers at Freeport, the Dewan Adat Papua has declared that it is essential to withdraw army and police troops from area around the Freeport mine.
Speaking on behalf of
DAP, Dewan Adat Papua, Forkorus Yaboisembut said that the
chief of the Indonesian police, the chief of police in Papua
and the commnder of the XVII Cenderawasih Command should
withdraw all their troopa who are currently deployed in the
vicinity of the mine. He said that it was important for the
police and the security forces to stop exerting pressure on
the company. They should also be ordered to stop exerting
pressure on the workers.
'The security forces should stop interfering in any way with the company,' he said. 'The two sides involved in a dispute must find a solution together. If they are subjected to pressure, the dispute will never be solved,' he said.
He also said that the Indonesian govrnment should urge the company to provide a clarification about its revenues. 'If the government can convince the company to review the wages that they pay to the workers, the dispute can be speedily resolved,' he said.
Meanwhile, the lawyer, Yan Christian Warinussy said that the shooting of Petrus Ayamiseba was a gross violation of human rights, and he hoped that the Papua branch of the National Human Rights Commission would speedily hold a meeting with the chief of police in Papua, Police Inspector-General Bigman Lukkaman Tobing to press for this shooting incident to be resolved in the human rights court. He said that if this does not happen, the police will claim that this was nothing more than a criminal act.
He want on to say that the shooting to death was a breach of Law 39/1998 regarding safeguarding actions undertaken by the people.
Warinussy also said that the company should halt all their provocative actions. 'The company and the workers should sit down together to discuss the rights of the workers.'
Warinussy said that he was currently in Timika and was carrying out his own investigations and he said that he would be having a meeting with the chief of police in Mimika and with the company. The results would be conveyed to the chairman of the Papuan branch of the National Human Rights Commission. Matius Murib.
Petrus Ayamiseba who was 36 years old died when he was struck by a burning rod of tin belonging to the police while he was taking part in a demonstration at the Gorong-Gorong Terminal.
During the incident, another person was also killed, namely Jamil, a member of Brimob.
• INDONESIA: Police in Timika kill one union protester and injure others at Freeport (westpapuamedia.info)
• Kontras condemns police shooting of Freeport workers (westpapuamedia.info)
• West Papua Report October 2011 (westpapuamedia.info)