Jayapura, Jubi – Legal Aid Institute for Research, Assessment and Development (LP3BH) Manokwari, West Papua warmly welcomes the steps of seven major countries from continental Europe and America that highlight the Government of Republic of Indonesia’s steps towards law enforcement and human rights protection in Papua (West Papua) at the 27th session of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 2017, in Geneva, early May 2017.
The Executive Director, Yan Christian Warinussy said Indonesia has never honestly acknowledged human rights violations in Papua over the past 10 years.
“Even the Indonesian government has never had political will to ensure all perpetrators of human rights violations in Papua processed with law impartially,” Warinussy said in a release received by Jubi last week.
On the side of international human rights law and principles, LP3BH considers the issue of settling human rights violations in Papua will always get the international spotlight after 2017 UPR.
“As long as Indonesia government continues to be passive and tend to lie, the issue of human rights violations in Papua will continue to rise and be grounded in the world,” he said.
LP3BH Manokwari is one of the civil society organizations that focus on law enforcement and human rights protection in Papua urges President Jokowi and his staff to be honest in implementing constitutional and legal policies in the settlement of human rights violations in Papua.
Separately, the Papuan peace movement figure Filep Karma who attended the UPR monitor in Geneva revealed an interesting metaphor related to the development of Jakarta version.
“The people of Papua actually want to drink coffee. But Indonesia implements indigenous Papuans to drink coca-cola, arguing that in coca-cola is contained coffee,” said Karma to indoprogress.com. (*)
Editor: Zely Ariane
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
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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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