LP3BH Welcomes that US Government’s Concern about Human Rights in Papua
Statement by the Executive Director of the LP3BH
19 January, 2016
The statement by the US Ambassador to Indonesia, Dr Robert O.
Blake, that his government attaches great importance to the human
rights situation and the Special Autonomy Law for the Land of Papua in
the relationship between his country and Indonesia should be warmly
welcomed by all forces in the Land of Papua.
What this means is that the US Government has placed the issue of
human rights and Special Autonomy for West Papua as an important
issue within the context of the bilateral relations between the two
It is therefore clear that the meeting that took place a year ago
between President Joko Widodo of Indonesia and President Barack Obama
of the USA is an integral part of
of the discussions between the two countries.
At the meeting last year, the two presidents paid attention to the
situation in the Land of Papua. Moreover, this means is that human
rights is not just about violations of Law 26/2000 on Human Rights
Courts but also about other issues as well, such as social, economic
and cultural rights and rights with regard to the exploitation of our
natural resources and other basic rights of the indigenous Papuan
By taking such a position, we can expect that the US government
will also strengthen its advocacy to uphold the rule of law as well as
dealing with the many human rights that were violated in the past.
This means that it is even more important that investigation and
bringing to justice all the many violations that occurred over the
past fifty years in the Land of Papua should be fought for all the
more tenaciously by the Papuan people.
The fact that Ambassador Dr. Blake is paying attention to the
Special Autonomy for Papua means that it is all the more necessary for
civil society and the provincial administrations of Papua and West
Papua to go on struggling for concrete measures to be taken to
reinforce this policy.
It is even more important for us to undertake a comprehensive
evaluation of the implementation of the Special Autonomy Law in the
Land of Papua and identify the measures that need to be taken to bring
about significant changes in the situation as stipulated in Articles
77 and 78 of Law 21/2001.
Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive Director of the LP3BH – Institute
for Research, Analysis and Development of Legal Aid, Recipient of the
John Humphreys Freedom Award, Canada in 2005.
[Translated by Carmel Budiardjo, Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, 1995]