The General Chairman of the Communion of Baptist Churches in Papua, the Rev. Socratez Sofyan Yoman - Jubi

Church Leaders Call for Peace in Papua

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The General Chairman of the Communion of Baptist Churches in Papua, the Rev. Socratez Sofyan Yoman - Jubi
The General Chairman of the Communion of Baptist Churches in Papua, the Rev. Socratez Sofyan Yoman – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The General Chairman of the Communion of Baptist Churches in Papua, the Rev. Socratez Sofyan Yoman for an end to injustice, discrimination and murder against Papuans perpetrated by the Indonesian government through the military and police in Papua.

“Do not kill Papuans on this land for the sake of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. The murder case of four students and a citizen on 8 December 2014 in Enarotali, Paniai Regency has not yet been resolved while the perpetrators are at large,” said Yoman in a speech at the Christmas praise of the Central Service Agency (BPP) of the Communicon of Baptist Churches in Papua held in Jayapura City on Friday (04/12/2015).

The shooting perpetrator in Tolikara has not revealed, but GIDI members are undergoing the trial,” he said.

Further he said the shooting of a pastor in Mamberamo, the shooting of five civilians in Serui, the shooting of a student in Jakarta and other murders must be terminated. Because they are all human beings, the God’s creatures, nobody has right for taking their life. He also said do not kill people in the name of the Republic of Indonesia or Free Papua Movement.

“Talking about Free Papua is not prohibited by the Bible or the Baptist Church. Go ahead talking about Free Papua,” he said. “Once again, do not take human’s life as God’s creature for any kind of reasons. Stop the colonial injustice and discrimination,” he said.

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The Chairman of Kingmi Church Synod in Papua, the Rev. Benny Giay reminded all Christians would celebrate Christmas 2015 in a grieve over the killing everywhere, the everlasting injustice, the death of 32 children in Nduga, the series of shooting in Serui, Paniai, Dogiyai, Tolikara and Jakarta.

“Do not fill Christmas with decorations and lights only, but decorate and lighten our hearts with interpretation that Jesus was born to safe the human’s life,” said Giay. Further he said creating peace on this land is accordance with the national Christmas theme, that is Jesus the King of Peace, Magic Advisor (Isaiah Chapter 9:1-6).

“When Christmas comes, there is always a murder in Papua. Let’s change this paradigm. We must create peace among us, Papua must be the land of peace,” he said. (Abeth You/rom)

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