Government Seen Not Serious in Addressing Papua Human Rights Issue

LP3BH Director Yan Christian Warinussy - Supplied
LP3BH Director Yan Christian Warinussy – Supplied

Sorong, Jubi – The Central Government has not been serious in resolving the allegations of human rights violations in Papua up to the mid September and towards the end of 2016, said the director of Study, Research and Legal Aid Institute (LP3BH) Manokwari, Yan Christian Warinussy

A country based on the rule of law, Indonesia has legal instruments such as the Law No 39 Year 1999 on the human rights and the Law No. 26 Year 2000 on the Human Rights Court, Warinussy said.

“President Joko Widodo in one part of his speech in the national Christmas event on 26 December 2014 in Mandala Stadium has stated that he personally would solve the human rights violations in Papua, but up to now, those cases are apparently stagnant,” he told Jubi by phone in Sorong, Sunday (18/9/2016).

According to him, in turn this lack of seriousness showed by Widodo’s administrative would affect to a number of the world’s leaders who would give their speech in front of the 77th UN General Assembly Plenary Meeting in New York, the United States and raise a topic of allegation of the severe human rights in West Papua.

“This must increasingly put the position of the Indonesian Government in the international spotlight as one of the countries which allegedly accused as perpetrator of the crime against humanity in the world, in particular in Papua for more than the last 50 years,” he said.

He even mentioned the works of the official institutions such as the National Human Rights Commission that has not yet showed any progress in the investigation of the cases of the alleged human rights violation in Papua. For example, there are the cases of Wasior (2001), Wamena (2003) and Enarotali-Paniai (8 December 2014).

Therefore it could be said that the human rights settlement in Papua in the era of Joko Widodo to the end of 2016 is actually ‘dead’.

The human right activist from Fakfak, Papua Barat, Fredi Warpopor also has similar opinion that the settlement of human rights violation is stagnant. “The settlement of sexual harassment against children that occurred in the Fakfak Police Headquarter is also not clear until now. “It seems the case was drowned; it needs a more serous study,” he said. (*/rom)