Tolikara Divert Attention from Rights Issues in Papua

The press conference by Civil Society held at Bakoel Café, Jakarta on Wednesday (12/8/2015)
The press conference by Civil Society held at Bakoel Café, Jakarta on Wednesday (12/8/2015)

Jayapura, Jubi – The government should not divert attention from human right issues in Papua by fanning a inter-religious tensions over the Tolikara incident.

On Wednesday (12/08/2015) in Jakarta, the Civil Society Coalition for Tolikara urged those who had concerned and interest against the incident in Tolikara to more understand about the history and complicity of religious relations in Papua and Tolikara in particular.
“State is present not to maintain any conflict, or furthermore to create one, but to bridge the recovery process that already initiated by both Muslim and Christian leaders in Tolikara. This distinction should be maintained and passed on to young generation in accordance with the basic slogan of the nation about Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, Unity in Diversity. Therefore it could not become a justification on a restriction or discriminative action of one party to another in our diverse community,” a coalition member Wahyu Wagiman told representing Elsham Jakarta in the press conference held at Bakoel Café, Jakarta on Wednesday (12/8/2015).

Further he said the State also contributed in switching the focus of attention over Papua issue from the perspective of the relation between State and Papuan to become a dispute involved people and interreligious communities in Papua.

Meanwhile, another coalition member, LBH Jakarta told the national agencies such as Human Right Commission did not push the further implementation of seven agreement initiated and signed by Muslim and Christian leaders at the level of Tolikara Regency and Papua Province.
“For instance, the statement of Human Right Commission which underlined about the law enforcement was actually limited at the level of punitive justice and forget the fact that the restorative justice included into the customary law in Papua that is the law instrument set on the Article X of Special Autonomy Law No.21/2001 for Papua Province,” Public Attorney Tommy Albert representing LBH Jakarta told in the press conference.

The Civil Society Coalition for Tolikara which is consisting of Wahid Centre-Universitas Indonesia (AWC-UJ), Aliansi Nasional Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (ANBTI), ELSAM, Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), Indonesian Centre for Reconciliation (ICR), Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta, Yayasan Pusaka dan Yayasan Saut Keadilan in ending the conference urged the President Joko Widodo to immediately invite Tolikara Muslim and Christian leaders to encourage the materialization of agreement elaborated into seven point and in 29 July. (Victor Mambor/rom)