Until today, teachers in Elementary School of Meto Village, Subur District, Boven Digul Regency, not presence in the village. In fact, National Examination dor Elementary School level would coming soon. Children and parents now are still waiting for the teachers to come. We heard that they would be but not happened. If this situation continued, we affraid that our children here cannot pass the exam. From experience in the past years, some local children have passed the exam and continued their education to junior high. However, almost of them dropped-out since they felt inferior to other students from better schools.
- Lukas Kemon, villager of Meto, Subur District, Boven Digul Regency.
27-28 May 2014 – Office for Justice and Peace, Archdiocese of Merauke (SKP KAME), in cooperation with Pusaka Foundation of Jakarta and PIL-Net (Public Interest Lawyers Network) have organised a thematic workshop on ‘Critical Analysis on Large-scale Investment Policies and Regulations’. The workshop was held in the hall of a local monastery in Kelapa Lima, Merauke Town. The workshop was facilitated by Norman Jiwan from TuK (Transformasi untuk Keadilan, Transformation for Justice) and Wahyu from PIL-Net Indonesia. There are 22 local customary chiefs as participants came from several traditional territories such as Bupul, Baidup, Muting, Kindiki, Kweel, Torai, Erambu, Wayau, and Okaba. Five of SKP KAME activists also atteneded the workshop.
The goal of the workshop is to update data and information about large -scale investment in the area, to identify related legal problems between local communities and the companies, and to formulate follow-up actions in public advocacy at all levels (local, provincial, national, and international).
During the workshop, all of local chiefs asked SKP KAME to explain more detail about Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or contract documents that been made between local communities and companies. They have also asked SKP KAME to directly assist and facilitate them in the negotiation processes with companies and local government**OW, HW
14-18 May 2014 – Office for Justice and Peace, Archdiocese of Merauke (SKP KAME) held regular monitoring on economic, social, and culrutal (ECOSOC) rights situation on parish area of Erom, Tana Miring District of Merauke Regency.There are about 1,000 people living in the area consists of various ethnic groups of Papuans (Marind, Muyu, Mandobo, Auyu, Mappi) , and non-Papuans such as Flores (Maumere, Lio, Bajawa, Manggarai), Sumba, Jawa, Batak, Toraja, Kei, and Tanimbar. Almost of them working as traditional farmers and just a few are small vendors and civil servants.
In the meeting with local priest, Father Raymond Pr., we got information that there no religious teachers in some schools in the area such as in elementary schools in the villages of Semayam and Senayu, and in two junior high schools there. One of them, Public Junior High School No.4, even lack of teachers in general. There are only two public (civil servant) teachers in that school.
Other issue is legal status of land in Soa-Senayu Village which is still bounded as customary land of local communities. This is frequently raising a problem of tenurial conflicts. The local Chief and Head of Village is not working optimally to serve his people. Many development funds from government (asuch as PNPM Mandiri, RESPEK, dan GERBANGKU) is not openly be informed to villagers and there is no transparent accountability by village officials. For example, the Village Treasure was suspected to abuse rice subsidy for poor families.
We have also heard that a big company –PT. Anugerah Rejeki Nusantara (ARN) of Wilmar Group– have a a new investment plan on the customary lands of local communities.**KH, JNg
In the village of Ngguti Bob (Sermayam II), there id a public elementary school. The building of the school is nice. They have enough teachers too. However, no one of them is religious (Catholic) teacher due to the fact that almost of students are Catholics. We hope that local government take action to solve the problem for the soul of our children.
- Alexander Kayun, Head of Parish Council of Ngguti Bob, District of Ngguti, Merauke.
We are villagers of Soa-Senayu, particularly the women who are street-side and small vendors in Mopah Market of Merauke Town, actually have a strong intention to save some of our money in the bank. The problem is the fact that all of our money always gone for our daily needs, especially for buying foods and school expenses of our children.
- Agustina Totkan, villager of Soa-Senayu, Merauke.