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LP3BH Executive Director meets the Ambassador of the USA

January 19, 2016

On Sunday 17th January 2016, I had the opportunity of meeting His
Excellency, Ambassador Robert Blake of the USA when he was on a visit
to Manokwari.

At the meeting which lasted about 45 minutes, Ambassador Blake
asked me about the views of my organisation, the LP3BH. Ambassador
Blake asked me about the general situation in West Papua and recent
developments as well as the human rights situation here in West Papua
and he also wanted to know about the policy of President Joko Widodo
towards Papua and West Papua.

I told the Ambassador that the situatiion here continues to be
highly unsatisfactory in view of the many cases of human rights
violations, none of which had been dealt with in a court of law.

I referred in particular to the various laws and regulations that
were now in force, such as Law on Human Rights 39/1999 and Law 26/2000
on Human Rights Courts. In addition, I drew his attention to Law
21/2001 on Special Autonomy for the Province of West Papua, as amended
by Law 35/2008.

I referred in particular to a number of cases of grave human rights
violations such as the Wasior Case (2001), the Wamena Case (2002), the
Paniai Case (8th December (2014), the Tolikara Case (2015) when eleven
civilians were shot and wounded, whereas none of these cases has been
dealt with in a law court.

Ambassador Blake was very concerned about all these incidents and
the failure up to the present day by the Government of Indonesia to
deal with any these cases.

Ambassador Blake said that his government would guarantee that all
those who had ben responsble for these violations would be excluded
from any its governmental programmes related to education and human
rights.

Speaking as a lawyer and a Human Rights Defender, I submitted a
written report to Ambassador Robert Blake, hoping that this would be
handed over to the US Government.

I also told Ambassador Blake that these matters were now being
seriously considered by various governments which were members of the
Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and members of the Pacific Islands
Forum. I drew his attention to the fact that the United Liberation
Movement for West Papua had been gratned obsever status by the MSG
in June 2015.

The result of all this was that these various regional state groups
had pressed for a fact-finding human rights mission to be sent to
West Papua and Papua.

I also expressed the opinion that all these serious cases should be
considered by the Government of the USA as the only way to strengthen
democracy and peace throughout the Land of Papua.

With regard to the security situation in the Land of Papua, I
stressed that the security forces now based in the Land of Papua
should be instructed not to used firearms to handle the situation in
the Land of Papua.but to deal with these incidents with peaceful
means, instead of using the force of arms.

. I also urged the US Government to exert pressure on the Government
of Indonesia, under President Joko Widodo to respond to the peaceful
moves that had been taken by Papuan NGOs to resolve the social
conflicts in the Land of Papua.

Peace

Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Drector of the LP3BH, Institute for
Research, Investigation and the Delopment of
Legal Aid, Recipient of the John Humphrey Freedom Award, 2005, Canada.

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

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