Statement by head of LP3BH for the President-elect
Statement by Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of LP3BH
[Institute for Research, Study and Development of Legal Aid] issued on
22 September 2014
At this time as preparations are under way for Joko Widodo to
take over as the President of Indonesia along with his deputy Yusuf
Kalla, we have heard that the president-elect intends to visit West
Papua a number of times and intends to meet people there from all
walks of life.
This is indeed very interesting and welcome and we very much hope
that Indonesia’s forthcoming president will succeed in acting in
accordance with the Indonesian Constitution which means responding to
the problems and sufferings of the people throughout Indonesia and in
particular the people living in the Land of Papua.
In this connection, it is our strong belief that the people of
West Papua should submit their thoughts to the president-elect about
the priorities that need to be dealt with in the coming five years.
First and foremost, it is extremely important that the new
president of Indonesia take steps to hold a dialogue between Papua and
Indonesia. as the way to achieve a peaceful Papua.
In this connection, we urge that the President and his
subordinates take action to resolve the many basic human rights
violations that have occurred during the past decades (1963-1983) as
well as problems that have continued to occur up to and since 1998.
All this would mean acting in accord with articles 44 and 45 of
Law/2001 on Special Autonomy for the Province of West Papua as well as
Law 26/2000 on setting up a Court of Human Rights based on universal
rights and principles’
To set up a Commission on Truth and Reconciliation for the
provinces of Papua and West Papua.
This would mean taking action against crimes perpetrated by
members of the security forces especially in the Central Highlands as
well as in Puncak Jaya, Lanny Jaya and other places.
It is also necessary for a review to be conducted of the system of
security under the Indonesian Army and Police Force which should be
dealt with in accordance with military laws as well as civil laws, in
accordance with the process of reformation which has been under way in
Indonesia since 1998.
In addition, one matter of extreme urgency is to conduct an
evaluation of the implementation of Law 21/2001 on Special Autonomy
for West Papua, based on the stipulations in Article 77.
In all this, the role of the Provincial Governments of Papua and
West Papua as well as administrators of the regions and
municipalities and such agencies as the DPRP, DPR, MRP and MRP-PB is
of great importance.
With all these achievements, it will be possible to conduct an
evaluation of the special laws regarding Special Autonomy for the
Land of Papua.
Doing all this it will make it possible to conduct an evaluation of
all those measures and actions that have been the source of conflict
between Papua and Jakarta for the past fifty years.
If all this can be achieved, it will make a great contribution
towards constructive efforts to ensure that the Land of Papua is a
Land of Peace, in accordance with the social-political,
social-cultural and social-economy reality for the people of Papua as
an integral part of the Republic of Indonesia.