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Government’s 2021 Performance Report neglects to mention ongoing conflict in Papua

October 26, 2021

Government’s 2021 Performance Report neglects to mention ongoing
conflict in Papua

CNN Indonesia – October 23, 2021

Jakarta — The government has released its 2021 Performance Report. The
report however, does not contain an evaluation of the handling of
conflicts which have occurred in Papua.

Yet, of late, there have been frequent armed conflicts between armed
criminal groups (KKB) and the Indonesian military resulting in not a few
lives being lost on both sides.

An Amnesty International report for example says that the human rights
situation in Indonesia worsened in 2020. Amnesty also highlighted the
problem of impunity which continues to haunt Papua and West Papua

According to Amnesty’s records, there were at least 19 cases of alleged
extrajudicial killings by security forces in Papua and West Papua
resulting in the death of 30 people.

In September 2021 meanwhile, armed groups attacked and set fire to
public facilities in Okhika, Star Highlands regency. A number of
facilities such as the Okhika community healthcare centre (puskesmas),
the house of the puskesmas head, healthcare workers’ houses, a primary
school building, a junior high school building, a teacher’s house and
the local village hall in Okhika district were burnt down.

Then in Kiwirok, an armed groups allegedly set fire to a district
office, the Kiwirok Papua Bank offices, the Kiwirok puskesmas, a
doctor’s house, a healthcare workers’ barracks, an Inpres primary
school, a teacher’s home and a market.

During the incident several healthcare workers disappeared and were
allegedly taken hostage by the separatist group. One of them, Gabriella
Meilan was found dead.

In addition to this, as a consequence of the conflict in Papua, many
people have been displaced. Such as the firefight between the TNI
(Indonesian military) and police with an armed group in February in
Intan Jaya which forced local residents to seek shelter at the St Misael
Bilogal Catholic Church.

On the other hand, the government report titled "Powerful Indonesia,
Growing Indonesia", which was released to coincide with two years of the
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s
administration, includes a report on the government’s commitment to
development in Papua, ranging from human resources to bureaucratic

The report also boasts about the 20th National Games (PON XX) in the
Land of the Cenderawasih as Papua is known. The government states that
the holding of the National Games in Papua are a signs of a revival in
Papua. (sfr)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was
"Laporan Kinerja, Pemerintah Tak Cantumkan Konflik Papua".]


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