Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN Abdallah Al-Mouallimi speaks at UN
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Dialogue Sessions of Women 20 Empower Saudi Women
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Protest In Nagpada, Mumbai
Women Call off Anti-CAA Protest at Clock Tower in Lucknow Temporarily In view
Of the Corona Virus Scare
Pakistani Islamists Accused Of Defacing Pro-Woman Mural
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Indonesian Women Speaking Out About West Papua — Whatever the Cost
the wake of the Lindt café attack in Sydney, a hashtag made its way around the
gunman had forced hostages to hold up a flag of the Shahada, the Islamic
affirmation of faith, and many Muslims feared a backlash.
Jakarta, Zely Ariane scanned the messages of solidarity, frustrated that
Indonesians were paying more attention to #illridewithyou than the deaths of
teenagers in their own country.
was the genesis of a movement to raise awareness about the struggle facing West
those who first spoke out have had to reckon with the life-changing
consequences of discussing one of the most sensitive political issues in
week before the Lindt café attack in 2014, Indonesian security forces had fired
into a crowd of demonstrators in Paniai, killing four teenagers.
military was recently found to have committed gross human rights violations
over the incident, known as Bloody Paniai. Security forces claimed they were
defending themselves from violence.
crowd had been protesting over the alleged torture of a 14-year-old boy, who
has since died, by members of the military.
Bloody Paniai, Zely had an idea to seize on the momentum of #illridewithyou.
was all over social media. So we made a poster," she said.
Veronica Koman also decided she needed to speak out.
was already disturbed by West Papua issues, but because the victims were
children, it really outraged me," she told me back in 2016.
agreed we need solidarity in Jakarta."
birth of Papua Itu Kita
Veronica and other Indonesian and West Papuan activists formed a movement
called Papua Itu Kita (Papua Is Us).
first logo was Zely's #illridewithyou poster.
Itu Kita started holding events that allowed ordinary Indonesians to
"build a bridge" with Papuans, to overcome long-held prejudices and
to better understand Papuan culture and aspirations.
it's not because Indonesians are racist, it's because they just don't
understand," Zely told me when I first met her in 2015.
her online and offline activities did not go unnoticed.
always get calls in the middle of the night. There's just silence on the other
end," Zely said, about a year after Papua Itu Kita began.
hadn't yet had any serious threats.
not like I'm posting hardcore posts about Papuan independence on
Facebook," she said.
despite Papua Itu Kita's softly-softly approach to discussing human rights,
Zely and Veronica were aware that engaging with this topic could be viewed as
political by the authorities.
Itu Kita met regularly, often at the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, where
Veronica worked at the time. When I spoke to her there, she told me to look out
for the men sitting in the food stalls surrounding the building.
of them are intels," she said, referring to intelligence officers.
Papua issues are just an intel magnet."
government sensitivities about West Papua are woven deep into the fabric of its
Indonesia gained its independence from the Dutch in 1945, it fought for Papua
to be included in its territory.
then-president Sukarno urged his people to liberate Papua, then known as Irian
Jaya, from Dutch colonialism.
learned this history at school.
was a "crazy nationalist" by the time she was 19, despite growing up
in a Chinese-Indonesian family, a minority background in Indonesia that has
also experienced racism and violence.
showed me the tattoo inked across her forearm.
the philosophy that Indonesia is running through my veins," she said.
then she dismissed international criticisms of Indonesia's actions in West
Papua as more Western colonialism against her country, and a "US
when she searched online about West Papua in English, she was shocked to
discover the extensive body of reports documenting human rights abuses in the
Papuan version of history was also online: Papua was also a Dutch colony, and
many scholars argued it only became a part of Indonesia because of a UN-backed
election in 1969, which has been called corrupt.
was being brainwashed. Indonesians are being brainwashed and systematic
censorship," Veronica said.
forming Papua Itu Kita, Zely also had a desire to learn more. A year after the
Paniai killings, she visited Papua for an extended trip.
she returned to Jakarta, she longed to return and live there, to better
understand the region and its subtleties.
more it is understood by people in Jakarta in detail, things can only get
better," she told me at the time.
need longer to understand."
come so far'
August last year, nearly five years since the deaths of the Papuan teenagers, a
rare thing happened: West Papua made global headlines.
started in the week of Indonesia's independence day, when Veronica was acting
as the lawyer for Papuan students threatened by nationalistic groups at their
student dormitory in Java.
students were accused of damaging an Indonesian flagpole.
then, Veronica had moved to Australia to do her masters. She was on the phone
to them when police stormed their boarding house. She tweeted about it.
yel-yel massa sepanjang malam: “usir, usir Papua! Usir Papua sekarang juga!”
rounding up West Papuan students’ dorm were singing this all night “kick out,
kick out Papua! Kick out Papua right now!”
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of what happened went viral on social media, with accounts of the students
being subjected to racist taunts.
felt like the heat had been turned up on something that had been simmering for
came next were the largest protests about Papua that had been seen in decades,
spent her days online, documenting the demonstrations on Twitter as the
Indonesian government shut down the internet in West Papua — a move it said
would restore order.
Deiyai, West Papua
is the most powerful video of the West Papua uprising so far.
in full traditional indigenous regalia chanting and calling during a protest of
unprecedented size in Deiyai regency.
of "Free Papua" can be heard.
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managed to gain access to footage of demonstrations that continued after the
network was blocked.
sort of destroyed Jakarta's narrative, because Jakarta said that the situation
in West Papua has gone back to normal but I kept posting these videos which
made their claim not true," Veronica said.
exile in Australia
Veronica found herself a regular fixture in the Indonesian news headlines.
was named a suspect by Indonesian police, accused of spreading
"hoaxes" and acting as a "provocatuer".
now describes herself as being in exile in Australia.
police have threatened to cancel her passport, close her bank accounts and put
her on an Interpol red list to have her brought back to Indonesia.
West Papuans have also been charged with treason following the protests,
according to Amnesty International.
Indonesian man, Surya Anta, is currently the first Indonesian being tried for
treason in connection to West Papua, after protesting in support of
face life imprisonment, according to Amnesty.
says what appears to have changed following the recent demonstrations is that
Indonesians are more aware of West Papuan grievances, regardless of where their
Indonesians like to say: 'Ah it's only a handful of Papuans who want
independence from Indonesia, surely'," she said.
now, because of the footage of thousands of Papuans demanding West Papua
independence, I haven't heard such ignorant comments being said again."
also points to a small group of Indonesians showing public support for West
Papuan goals, despite the personal risks involved.
saw Indonesians leading the marches," she said.
I met her in Sydney recently, I asked her if she could have imagined this
support from Indonesians when we spoke not too long after she began her
activism in late 2014.
my God, I now feel a little bit teary. That's right, I didn't imagine that at
all," she said.
come so far."
the tragedy that prompted Veronica's involvement has not been resolved.
Indonesian government has sent mixed signals about last month's finding by the
National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) after its five-year
investigation into the Paniai incident.
the government initially committed to following up on the report, the
Attorney-General's Office, which is responsible for instigating prosecution,
recently said the commission's findings were incomplete, and that it would
return the dossier.
fulfilled her dream of returning to Papua and later married a man from Paniai.
now works as a journalist, reporting on the region.
still recalls the speech that President Joko Widodo gave to Indigenous Papuans
a few weeks after the Paniai killings.
told them he wanted the case to be "resolved as quickly as possible, so
that it does not reoccur in future".
says people have grown weary of seeking justice for what happened.
just focus on their wounds. They know that the legal process won't deliver a
win," she said.
feel numb. And the situation [in Papua] since Paniai has only become worse.
have been too many new tragedies, new arrests, and far more deaths than the
four people who died in Paniai."
Sessions of Women 20 Empower Saudi Women
— AlNahda Society signed a strategic partnership with KPMG, leading provider of
audit, tax, and advisory services in Saudi Arabia, to support and sponsor the
dialogue sessions of Women 20 (W20) that is presided by the Society.
the course of the coming nine months, there will be a range of meetings in
preparation for the W20 Summit, including the articulation of a closing
statement that will be submitted to the G20 leaders during their meeting in
Riyadh in November 2020.
G20 allocated eight communication groups that seek to present the different
points of view regarding the economic, social and financial challenges on the
table of the G20. The W20 is one of these groups and had its inception meeting
in February at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.
University in Jeddah hosted the second meeting of the group, with the
participation of Princess Lolowah AlFaisal, vice-chair of Effat University
Board of Founders & Board of Trustees, and general supervisor of the University
and Dr. Thoraya Obaid, chair of W20.
on the strategic partnership with AlNahda Society, Kholoud Mousa, partner at
KPMG in Saudi Arabia and head of inclusion & diversity at KPMG, said: “This
strategic partnership comes in the context of KPMG’s continuous endeavor to
enable national cadres, Saudi women in particular, to contribute to enhancing
the developmental role and benefit from the national expertise and
capabilities. These dialogue sessions of W20 aim to address different fields
that may contribute to integrating and enabling Saudi women in different
asserted that the dialogue sessions of W20 have a special role since they
empower Saudi women. “Our participation in and support of these sessions
reflect our consolidated commitment to supporting the events that enhance the
efforts in contributing practically to the promotion of the status of women
with regard to the economy and investment are at the heart of the agenda of G20
Al-Turki, executive director of AlNahda Society, confirmed the importance of
the outputs of the dialogue sessions of W20, as these sessions will present
recommendations and policies related to the economic empowerment of women, and
to submit such recommendations and policies to the G20 leaders during the
Summit in November in Riyadh.
commended the role of KPMG in Saudi Arabia in supporting and sponsoring the
series of national dialogues for Saudi women that will highlight their
priorities, empowerment and active role in different fields under different
themes, the most important of which are the work sector, economy, technology,
dialogue sessions held in Jeddah have highlighted the priorities of Saudi women
and financial, labor market and technological inclusion, as well as women’s
participation in entrepreneurship.
aims to continue the achievements of Japan and complete the series of meetings
that will present recommendations and policies that have a positive and
fruitful impact in all fields related to empowering women economically.
group to achieve several objectives that include reducing the labor force
participation gap between men and women by 25% by 2025 and promote women’s
economic empowerment was incepted in 2015. — SG
Cop, Another Arrested For `Assaulting' Protester Woman at Anti-CAA Protest In
Mar 21 (PTI) A retired Assistant Commissioner of Police and another person were
arrested on Friday night for allegedly abusing and manhandling a woman
protester at the `Mumbai Baagh' anti-CAA protest in Nagpada area here.
women have been staging a sit-in against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at
Nagpada, on the lines of the protest at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi.
ACP Samsher Khan Pathan, his associate Fayaz Ahmed and others visited the
Mumbai Bagh protest site and allegedly absued and shoved a woman protester,
said a police official.
her complaint, a case under IPC section 354 (outraging woman's modesty) and
other relevant offences was registered against Pathan and Ahmed and they were
arrested, the official said.
Call off Anti-CAA Protest at Clock Tower in Lucknow Temporarily In view Of the
Corona Virus Scare
a resolve to return once situation improves, the Muslim women staging protest
against the controversial citizenship act and NPR at Clock Tower Hussainabad in
Lucknow called off their protest in view of the corona virus scare.
are calling off protest today, but will return once the situation improves. For
a bigger cause to protect lives, we are sacrificing our cause,” Iram, one of
the protesters told this reporter on telephone.
clerics and members of different organisations had appealed to the protesters
to call off their protest in view of the spread of coronavirus. The appeal came
on Sunday when the entire country observed a day long Janata Curfew.
are suspending our protest. This will continue once the situation noramalises,”
protesters have left behind their dupattas and quilts as a mark of protest.
on Monday morning the women protesters gave a letter to the Lucknow commissioner
of Police (CP). The letter says that due to the larger cause to protect lives
of people from Coronavirus threat, they are suspending the protest for the time
will return once the restrictions imposed by the government in view of coronavirus
are lifted,” the letter says.
Yogi government has announced lockdown in 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh
including Lucknow and Allahabad where people are staging protest against CAA,
NPR and NCR.
the letter, they also asked the police to safeguard their things at the place.
week police had made an abortive attempt to get the area vacated in view of the
Coronavirus threat. Many women were injured in the scuffle.
protest has been going on since January 17.
Islamists accused of defacing pro-woman mural
— Dozens of seminary students linked to a radical pro-Taliban cleric defaced a
mural depicting two women painted by rights activists to commemorate
International Women's Day in the capital Islamabad, police and activists said.
women's rights-themed mural painted on the wall of a house near the sprawling
Jamia Hafsa seminary was spray painted black Wednesday. The defacing of the
mural came after a court earlier ruled that rights activists could organize a
women's rights march.
said they have opened an investigation into the incident and so far no one has
women plan to hold rallies across the country to celebrate International
Women's Day to bring attention to their efforts to seek better jobs,
protections in the work place and end domestic violence.
rights rallies are held every year and they sparked controversy last year when
activists introduced a new slogan: "My body, my choice."
women have largely been deprived of their rights since the country gained
independence in 1947. About 1,000 women are killed every year by relatives in
so-called honor killings.
Women's Day is Sunday and rights activists in Pakistan plan to hold rallies to
commemorate the day. Meanwhile, some conservative Pakistani women have vowed to
to hold a "Modesty March" to counter rallies of liberal activists.
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