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Terrorist agency wants armed Papua groups, OPM designated terrorist organisations

March 24, 2021

Terrorist agency wants armed Papua groups, OPM designated terrorist


Antara News – March 22, 2021

Genta Tenri Mawangi, Jakarta — The National Counterterrorism Agency
(BNPT) plans to propose that armed criminal groups (KKB) in Papua and
the Free Papua Organisations (OPM) be designated as terrorist

"We have initiated discussions with ministries and related institutions
on the issue of the KKB’s nomenclature", said BNPT head Police General
Commissioner Boy Rafli Amar during a hearing with the House of
Representatives’ (DPR) Commission III in Jakarta on Monday March 22.

Amar continued, "Whether or not they can be categorised as a terrorist
organisation because earlier it was conveyed that it is actually
appropriate for the KKB’s crimes to be categorised as or to be on par
with terrorist acts".

According to Amar, the BNPT is not just planning to invite ministries
and other institutions to discuss the matter, but will also invite other
parties including the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) and
representatives of the DPR to discuss the possibility of designating the
KKB, the National Liberation Army (TPN) and the OPM as terrorist

"We want to look at the possibility, then make a proposal to Mr
President (Joko Widodo), why not categorise the OPM, TPN, KKB, who have
claim the lives of many security personnel and civilians as banned
organisations", said Amar during the hearing at the DPR.

According to Amar, the discussions and efforts to discuss the problem
are in order to reach and objective understanding of armed criminal
groups and separatist organisations in Papua.

Because of this, the BNPT will try to open the possibility for
discussions on the problem with other parties. This is because
designating the KKB, OPM and other groups as terrorist organisations
cannot be done by the BNPT alone.

"We can’t decide on it on our own. We are currently holding discussions.
After there’s some kind of agreement, we will propose changes to the
category of what is being done by the KKB as terrorist acts", said Amar.

Amar also took the opportunity to convey the view that armed criminal
groups and separatist organisations in Papua should be able to be
prosecuted under the articles in the anti-terrorism law.

He argued that the actions of these groups conflicts with humanitarian
values and spread fear in society. "The real actions they take, namely
attacking TNI [Indonesian military] and Polri [Indonesian police]
personnel and civilians there (in Papua)", said Amar.

Over the last few years calls to designate the OPM as a terrorist
organisation have been articulated by several parties, including in 2019
by former State Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief A.M. Hendropriyono.

Despite this, up until now the OPM is still known as a separatist group
and has yet to be designated as a terrorist organisation by the
government. The same is the case for the KKB who are still known as an
armed criminal group.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was
"BNPT berencana usul KKB dan OPM ditetapkan jadi organisasi teroris".]


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