Jayapura, Jubi – Some Papuans expressed doubts that an investigation team from the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs will be able to resolve cases of human rights violations in Papua.
Yunus Wonda, Chairman of Papua Legislative Council, told reporter on Thursday (16/6/2016) in Jayapura that he was pessimistic the Indonesian Government could resolve such cases in Papua.
“The team would not able resolving such cases though by involving some human rights observers, since the Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs is not an independent institution,” he said.
He said although the government’s team had some data, he believed it would not gain trust from other countries.
“The Government can give anything in funding for Papua, but still it wouldn’t solve the problem because it didn’t reveal the root [of the problem]. We hope a resolution for Papua could be found through dialogue,” he said.
He said he totally agreed if the human rights issue could be resolved collectively by involving the National Human Rights Commission. If so, Indonesia would be recognized in the international community as being capable in solving the cases of human rights violations. As an example, he pointed if he murdered someone, and then personally pointed himself to resolve the problem, it’s just not right.
“Therefore, the team that consisting of Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, General Attorney and National Human Rights Commission and some human right observers would be useless, because the world would not recognize their work,” said Wonda.
Earlier, Papua legislator Laurenzus Kadepa said he was pessimistic if the Government would resolve the cases of human rights violations in the past and present, though President Joko Widodo has asked the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs and other institution for tacking it. Papuans shouldn’t have expectations to the State.
“I am not sure if the Government had good intention to resolve the human rights violations in Papua properly. Despite finding resolution, it refused to admit that human rights violations were truly occurred. I am not sure the Government would recognize the human rights violations whether it was occurred in the past or present,” Kadepa told reporter on April.
Meanwhile, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe expressed his disappointment after holding a closed meeting with the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs to discuss about the alleged human rights violations in Papua at the minister’s office in Jakarta. Attended in the meeting were including Papua Police Chief, the Chairman of Papua Legislative Council, Cenderawasih Military Commander, the Chairman of Papua People’s Assembly, National Human Rights Commission Papua Representative, Coalition for Human Rights Violations in Papua.
This meeting was to follow up the Focus Group Discussion on Documentation of Alleged Human Rights Violations from 15, 18 and 10 April that was held in Jayapura City and attended by the civil society groups concerned to human rights violations issues. Papua Police and National Human Rights Commission Papua Representative Office facilitated the FGD.
“The Central Government couldn’t resolve the human rights issues in Papua. It must be handed over to Papuans to solve it through the customary law. It’s still need to be discussed,” said Governor Enembe on April.
He disappointed with this meeting and considered the Government is not capable in solving the human right issues in Papua. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
Indonesian soldier dead after attack at Papua airport
Papua, Jubi – Indonesia’s military has evacuated the body of a soldier killed at an airport in Papua’s Highlands on Monday.
Xinhua reported that gunmen shot at an arriving aircraft carrying soldiers at Mapenduma airport of Nduga district, leaving one soldier dead.
Military spokesman Colonel Muhammad Aidi said when the plane was about to land, it was shot at, and soldiers who were guarding the airport shot back, triggering gunfire exchange.
He said the gunmen retreated and escaped to the forest and the plane landed.
Tempo reported that two soldiers were shot, and hospitalised, with one dying later.
The soldier’s body has been evacuated to Papua’s provincial capital Jayapura,
He is the latest apparent victim in the Highlands conflict between guerilla forces of the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces that intensified last year. (*)
Truth and Reconciliation Commission might not be working in resolving human rights violations in Papua
Jayapura, Jubi – A human rights activist in Papua Iwan Niode said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission might be not useful in resolving the human rights violations in Papua due to the absence of regulation.
In the workshop ‘the settlement of Human Rights Violations in Wasior 2001 and Wamena 2004: “Opportunities and Challenges”‘ held by the Papua Democracy Alliance on Thursday (24/1/2019), Niode said the Constitutional Court had cancelled the Regulation No 27 of 2004.
“This is understandable why such a plan to resolve the human rights violations cases via the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has stopped until now. Although the Special Autonomy Law indeed recommended it, there is no specific regulation supporting the TRC to conduct its task,” said Niode.
Moreover, Niode said the TRC should not only support the human rights victims to speak but also to cover the whole stories of both sides, victims and perpetrators. That makes the resolution through the TRC never been successful.
Meanwhile, a lecturer of International Relations of the Faculty of Social and Politics Science of the University of Cenderawasih, Elvira Rumkabu, thought that besides it needs the judicial process enforcement, the settlement of human rights violations in Papua also need to bring justice to the victims, how they can get their rights for justice.
“If this injury remains not cured, it would spread anywhere towards many issues. The issue of personal identity, for example,” said Rumkabu. (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Call for Pacific regional groups to investigate Papua chemical attacks
Jayapura, Jubi – The United Liberation Movement for West Papua is calling for Pacific regional groups to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Indonesia’s Papua region.
The movement’s chair, Benny Wenda, said the Pacific Islands Forum and the Melanesian Spearhead Group should urgently send fact-finding missions to Nduga regency.
This comes after unverified reports of the suspected use of white phosphorus weapons by Indonesia’s military against civilians in Nduga.
Indonesia last month called the claims “totally baseless”.
But Mr Wenda said its security operations in Nduga had created a “humanitarian crisis”.
In a statement, he said Indonesia should also grant the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights access to West Papua to complete its own fact-finding mission.
Mr Wenda said humanitarian aid organisations should also be allowed in to Nduga to “relieve the suffering of West Papuans”.
A massive joint police and military operation has been underway in the remote Highlands regency, as well as neighbouring regencies, since December, in a hunt for members of the West Papua Liberation Army.
The armed group is responsible for the killings of at least 16 Indonesian construction workers and one soldier in November.
The joint operation has sparked sporadic shootouts between the Liberation Army and Indonesia’s military, with at least one soldier and one rebel fighter shot dead this year. (*)
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