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Papua-Indonesia Dialogue should take place immediately

September 29, 2015

Statement by the Executive Director of the LP3BH
27th September 2015

The reference made about human rights violations in the Land of
Papua in the Communique issued by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea which was held from 7-11 September this
year make it clear that this problem has become a regional issue or
even a universal issue.

This became clear from the statement made by the PIF as represented
by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea who, as the chairman of the
PIF for 2015, stated that while they acknowledge Indonesia’s
sovereignty over the Land of Papua, they cannot close their eyes and
remain silent but must bear in mind the information they have been
receiving from the Land of Papua regarding human rights violations
that continue to increase year after year in the Land of Papua.

This is why the PIF has begun to prepare a fact-finding mission to
gather information from the Land of Papua. For this purpose they will
call on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to discuss matter with the
Government of Indonesia..This means that the ‘ball’ is now in the
hands of President Ir H Joko Widodo.

It is possible that the Government of Indonesia will not allow a
fact-finding mission to visit the Land of Papua but this certainly
cannot be accepted in Indonesia because human rights is a universal
issue and in particular an issue for the Pacific region.

As the recipient of the ‘John Humphrey Freedom Award’ in 2005 in
Canada, I call on President Joko Widodo to appoint a minister to take
charge of a dialogue between Indonesia and Papua. This dialogue should
be held as soon as possible at a ministerial level.

This should include the Jaringan Damai Papua (Papua Peace Network)
and the Indonesian Institute for Scientific Knowledge (LIPI) which has
for the past five years been calling for action to end the social and
political conflict in the Land of Papua means of

There is a very pressing need to hold such a dialogue which could
also help to reduce international concern about the the position of
the Government of Indonesia regarding the Land of Papua

The issue of human rights violations has further intensified since
the decision was taken earlier this year by the Melanesian Spearhead
Group (MSG) to accept the United Liberation Movement of West Papua
(ULMWP) as an observer. This decision cannot be taken lightly by
anyone, including the Government of Indonesia. The MSG’s decision will
certainly have an impact on the social-political situation in the Land
of Papua where pressure will intensify because at the regional level
and in the Pacific region, there is the possibility of the issue of
human rights in the Land of Papua being raised at an international

The LP3BH (The Institute of Research, Analysing and Development of
Legal Aid) – Manokwari will continue to press for dialogue between
Indonesia and Papua. We will open a Post which will listen to the
aspirations of Papuan and non-Papuan people and their understanding
about the social and political situation and the human rights
violations that have been occurring in the Land of Papua and take into
consideration all their suggestions about resolving the basic
problems in the Land of Papua, in particular the call for dialogue.


Yan Chhristian Warinussy, Executive Director of the LP3BH (The
Institute of Research, Analysing and Development o f Legal Aid]

[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo, Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, 1995]

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