Paniai Case Resolution Litmus Test for Jokowi

President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo - Victor Mambor
President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo – Victor Mambor

Jayapura, Jubi – A Papuan councilor, Decky Nawipa, urged President Joko Widodo to keep his promise to resolve human right violations in Papua.

The chairman deputy of Special Committee of the Papua Legislative Council on Human Rights said one of the measures of Jokowi to meet his promise is to resolve the shooting case that killed four students and injured dozens of civilians in Paniai, December 8, 2014.

“Jokowi got the most votes in the presidential election last year because in his campaign he addressed the issues about human rights violations, so that the people of Papua voted him. At that time

Prabowo had a chance to win in Papua, only because he was rumored to commit human rights violations in the past. If not because of a human rights issue, Prabowo may be able to win majority voting in Papua. Now, it’s time to fulfill his promise through the completion of cases Paniai, “Decky Nawipa said to Jubi said on last week.

According to him, due to the rights issue, Papuans believe Jokowi, so that Jokowi must maintain the Papuans’ trust.
“Up to now there is no seriouness to resolve Paniai case . Whereas the people of Papua, victims and victims’ families are now awaiting confirmation on completion of it. Jokowi should be able to uncover who is behind the shooting action, ” he said.

He said, Jokowi should not be silent. He must look constraints that are now faced by ad hoc team of National Human Rights Commission to resolve the case.

He further stated it is fine for him to command the Police Headquarters to investigate Paniai case. However it should be taken into consideration which team is credible whether team of police headquarters or ad hoc team of National Human Rights.

“The public, victims and their families want and trust adhoc team to resolve the case. So, let ad hoc team to complete it and do not establish other team without any settlement. Jokowi must fulfill their demand, “he said.

Earlier, acting chairman of Komnas HAM Papua, Frits Ramandey said adhoc team is unable to go to Paniai do investigation because there is a tug with a team formed by police headquarters. “People are worried that, if the case is handled by a team of Police Headquarters, perpetrators will not be brought to the Human Rights court, ” Ramandey said at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)