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No moves taken by the President SBY on holding a dialogue

March 25, 2014

Statement by Yan Christian Warinussy 11 February 2014

The Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono seems to be unable
to make any suggestions based on his own personal opinion as well as
in his official position as the head of state to resolve the question
of Papua, either by means of dialogue between Jakarta and Papua.

I am speaking in my capacity as executive director of the LP3BH
Manokwari after coming under pressure from various groups in Indonesia
and overseas.

The social-political conflict which is continuing to this day is
marked by the use of armed violence by the security forces, the TNI
(Indonesian Army) and the police force in many regions of West Papua.

This must stop immediately and should be replaced by the willingness
to hold peaceful dialogue facilitated by a third party which is both
neutral and independent.

As a human rights defender working in the Land of Papua, I would like
to point out that this social and political conflict has been going on
since the late President Sukarno issued his Tri Komando Rakyat (Triple
People’s Command) on 19 December 1961 in Yogyakarta. Since then acts
of violence perpetrated by the security forces are estimated to have
led to the death of around 100,000 people.

It is highly regrettable that the measures provided for in Articles 7,
8 and 9 of Law 26/1999 on Basic Human Rights, Law 26 on Human Rights
Courts as well as Articles 45 and 46 of Law 21/2001 regarding
Special Autonomy for West Papua are [……. some words missing].

It is evident that the Indonesian government does not have the
political will to seek a resolution of the grave human rights being
violated in West Papua.

All those responsible for these violations, particularly those
operating in the field, are never called to account. In fact, some of
these people are now putting their names forward as candidates for
election as the head of state in the presidential election to be held
later this year.

These human rights violations have been occurring since 1961 and 1963,
that is to say for fifty years and are now continuing in the 51st
year, as indicated by civil society organisations such as the Papuan
Peace Network, which could be used as indicators for preparing for a
dialogue between Papua and Indonesia.

As a human rights defender, I should like to make the following
concrete proposals to President SBY for consideration in preparing for
a dialogue between Jakarta and Papua.

The suggestions being put forward on behalf of the Indonesian
government by the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe, and the governor
of West Papua Abraham Octavianus Atururi as well as their respective
provincial legislative assemblies in the form of a draft for Special
Autonomy Law – Plus are unconstitutional and violate the
constitutional rights of the Papuan people as provided for in the 1945
Constitution, as well as Law 24/2003 on the Constitutional Court.

One thing that the SBY Government and the provincial governors need to
remember is that the idea of holding a dialogue as proposed by the
Papuan people is something that is based on their history and the
customary and cultural values of the Papuan people.

This means that it is not enough for these ideas to be responded by
the President by making nice remarks about dialogue while at the same
time failing, to this very day, to announce any decision to start
making serious preparations for such a dialogue to take place.

[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo]

Apologies for the delay in circulation this translation.

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