Paniai Indigenous Council to Raise Funds to Support Ad Hoc Team

Paniai Regional Customary Council Chief John Gobay  - Jubi
Paniai Regional Customary Council Chief John Gobay – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The chairman of the Regional Indigenous Council (DAD) of Paniai, John NR. Gobai insisted that the Independent Investigation Team from the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs (Kemenkopolhukam) is not needed to investigate the December 8 shootings.

“The arrival of the investigation team of Kemenkopolhukam RI to Enarotali, Paniai recently was to collect data that have been concluded by the National Commission on Human Rights,” Gobai told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (16/6).

He explained the investigation found human rights violations based on Law No. 39 of 1999, on Human Rights (HAM) and Law No. 26 Year 2000 on Human Rights Court in the incident.
“So we view that the arrival of a team from the Kemenkopolhukam is just to maintain the authority of the state and to produce comparable data or a challenge to the data obtained by the National Commission on Human Rights,” he said.

Thus, it can be said that the visit has been very contrary to the mandate of the laws and regulations in the sector of law enforcement and protection of human rights in Indonesia and internationally.
“In fact the Commission itself has formed an AdHoc team under the provisions of Article 18 of Law No. 26 of 2000 on Human Rights Court,” he said.

He guessed AdHoc team was unable come to Paniai because there was no travel funds, so he asked to do fund raising.

Earlier, the chairman of the Special Committee of Papua Legislative Council (DPRP) on Human Rights Laurenzus Kadepa said all parties in Indonesia should support the work of the Commission in completing Paniai cases.
“All state agencies and institutions, including the TNI / Polri should appreciate and support the efforts of the National Commission on Human Rights. We continue to encourage the completion of shootings that killed four high school students and wounded dozens of civilians. Papua parliament did not want any rival teams formed by a particular party,” Kadepa added. (Alberth You/ Tina)