Minister’s Visit Has No Meaning, Says Yaung

Marinus Yaung - Jubi
Marinus Yaung – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The purpose of Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Panjaitan’s visit to Papua is to encourage an audit on the use of Papua Special Autonomy funds and address human rights violations in Papua.

But an observer on international law from the University of Cenderawasih Marinus Yaung described the minister’s precence among the government’s officials in Papua as powerless.

“In front of us (last time in Jakarta) he said he would come to Papua at the end of March 2016 for two reasons. First, to conduct an audit on the use of Special Autonomy Law as well as to give lessons to the corruptors and thieves over the Papuan people’s money,” Marinus Yaung told Jubi in Jayapura on Saturday (2/4/2016).

It is, said the minister, to ensure that those thieves and corruptors are no longer existed in Papua.  While his second purpose, said Yaung, is to resolve the severe human rights violations that were occurred in the land of Papua.

“And these issues are already raised. But what I asked to him is to resolve the Paniai Bloody Case, which earlier promised by the police to be settled in three months but it has not been settled yet after a year,” he said.

According to him, before the sever human rights violations in Papua are settled, the minister should apologize to the victims and the families, especially to Papuan women whose children shot dead on 08 December 2014. However, he was disappointed since the minister never said a word to apologize as Jokowi’s representative.

“I also regretted that he didn’t apology. I see this as a nonsense, a promise that never been fulfilled,” he said.

He also questioned why was it difficult for Indonesia to apologize to Papuan people for the state’s crime against Papuans.

About the minister’s visit to Pacific, he said it is no more that a vacation.

The Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs earlier promised to resolve the human rights violations in Papua in this year. In particular, the Paniai case, the minister believed it could be settled within this year as well.

“Yes, I guarantee,” he said when being asked whether he could guarantee the settlement of Paniai Bloody Case could reveal the perpetrator. According to Luhut, there are sixteen human rights violations in Papua that have been identified by the government. Among these cases, there are including Wasior case, Wamena case and Paniai case. (Abeth You/rom)