Decree on Paniai Ad Hoc Team Just Issued 10 Months after Shootings

Victorm of shooting case in Paniai on 8 December 2014 - Jubi
Victorm of shooting case in Paniai on 8 December 2014 – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Ten months following the Tolikara shooting incident, the decree on the formation of an ad Hoc team on the case has been finally issued by the National Human Rights Commission.

“It’s such an irony. It’s just yesterday when the commission, through Ansori Sinugan said the Ad Hoc team has been formed since October 2015,” PapuaItuKita Coordinator, Zely Ariane told Jubi by phone from Jakarta on Wednesday (9/12/2015).

She said the decree included several names that were announced to the crowd in front of the Human Rights Commission Office.
“Of several mentioned names, we recognize them. We can have high expectations of this independent process,” she said.

She also said the case will continue to be monitored.
“This is only the one stage. The next step is to ensure the team work promptly and appropriately, call upon the suspects immediately, enable the human rights tribunal as well as to fulfill the justice for the victims,” she said.

Separately, the human rights commissionaire Natalius Pigai promised to resolve the Paniai Tragedy. Pigai who joint into Ad Hoc team is ready to work as much as possible.
“Resolution of Paniai case may not be intervened by anyone. It is the severe human rights violation,” he said.

According to Pigai, to prevent the case treated like the kidnapping case of Theyis Eluay, which is the perpetrators only got light punishment, he encouraged the victims’ families to allow the autopsy towards the dead victims. Pigai thought the State has enough capacity to complete the Paniai case appropriately. This case is the severe human right violation perpetrated by security force, but the Central Government has not serious attention to resolve it.
“The State intends not to settle the Paniai case. It doesn’t want to resolve the severe human right violation of Paniai case, because –except to the National Human Rights Commission, the Military and Police as State’s apparatus were involved,” he said.

Paniai Regional Customary Council Chief, John NR. Gobai who is persistent in voicing the settlement of Paniai case, asserted the case indicates the State’s dishonest. Paniai case likes a ball kicked by the Military and Police to protect the perpetrators. A lot of information has received by the National Human Rights Commission when it came to Paniai.
“Military and Police Headquarters should immediately announce the result instead of being silence. I also see the National Human Rights Commission is protecting the perpetrators. If not, as the customary council chief, I will ask the international community to intervene the case settlement,” he said. (Abeth You/rom)