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Human Rights violations in Papua to be discussed by the Pacific Islands Forum

August 9, 2015

Statement by the LP3BH-Manokwari (Institute of Research, Analyzing

and Development of Legal Aid)

The LP3BH is delighted to know that the question of human rights
violations in the Land of Papua perpetrated by the Indonesian security
forces (TNI/Police) is to discussed at the forthcoming meeting of the
Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) to be held in Port Moresby in September,
2015. As many people know, these violations have been going on for the
past fifty years.

As we commemorate the Human Rights Month in the Land of Papua
which began on 14 July, the LP3BH as a Non-Governmental Organisation
that focuses on legal rights and the protection of human rights,
intends express its support by submitting a number of reports to the
Secretariat of the PIF about the situation in the Land of Papua. it
also intends to submit a number of recommendations suggesting the best
way to resolve the serious human rights that have been occurring in
the Land of Papua.

These human rights violations have been going on for the past fifty
years, that is to to say since 1963, reached the highest point in
1969 when the so-called Act of Free Choice took place, when the
territory of West Papua under the administration of the Indonesian
security forces.

The LP3BH-Manokwari has been working for many years in
collaboration with several international human rights NGOs such as
TAPOL in London and several organisations in Australia.

With regard to the issue of decolonisation for the Land of Papua
which will be the most important issue to be raised at that Pacific
Islands Forum, I herewith state as the Executive Director of the LP3BH
that this an a crucially important issue, bearing in mind the
universal principles of democracy and human rights.

These human rights violations which have been going for the past
fifty years have been perpetrated by members of Indonesian Army and
Police Force as well as by those who have come to the territory as
investors in forestry and mining and have violated the rights of the
civilian population in the Land of Papua.

This is a global issue which desperately needs concrete and
positive action by the nations that are represented in the PIF as well
as the friendly states which are members of the Melanesian Spearhead
Group (MSG).

President Joko Widodo who is the head of state of Indonesia should
respond by acknowledging the aspirations of the indigenous Papuan
people to hold a dialogue between Papua and Indonesia to discuss the
social and political conflicts in the Land of Papua as the best way to
restore peace which is what the people of these nations so deeply
want.

The most significant violations that should be considered are: the
Bloody Biak Incident on 6th July 1998, the Manokwari Bloody Incident
in September 1998, Wasior in June 2001, Wamena, Enarotali-Paniai in
December 2014. and Yahukimo, Wamena as well as the Tolikara Incident
that occurred on 17th July this year. There were also a number of
incidents that occurred in July and August 1969 and throughout 1977
and 1978 in the Central Highlands.

The Government of Indonesia has shown that it has no intention of
dealing with any of these violations for which the Republic of
Indonesia.should be held responsible.This means that while the
perpetrators enjoy impunity the victims sufferings are ignored.

This also means that all the interest which has been shown by the
member-states of the PIf and the MSG is more than ever necessary
today.

This also means that the resolution of all the violations that
have been mentioned above should be handled by the Governor of Papua
and the Governor of West Papua, both of whom have now been
acknowledged as Associate Members of the PIF and the MSG, along with
the United Liberation Movement of West Papua which has now been
granted the status of Observer Members

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