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Monday, 3 August 2015 - 18:51 WIB

Indonesia Must Change Its Approach to Papua

Councilor Laurens Kadepa - Jubi

Councilor Laurens Kadepa - Jubi

Councilor Laurens Kadepa - Jubi

Councilor Laurens Kadepa – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi –  The Coordinator for Legal, Politics, Human Rights and Foreign Affairs of the Papua Legislative Council, Laurenzus Kadepa said he was opposed to the Papua Police’s plan to summons three priests to be questioned as witnesses following the incident at Tolikara.

Kadepa said the government should change its policies with regards to issues in Papua.
‘This is the time whereas the state must change its policies on development and approach to Papua. A policy that gives more priority to the principles of humanity is the one that’s been desired by Papuans,” Kadepa told Jubi through short message on Sunday afternoon (2/8/2015).

According to him, the people of Papua do not trust the Country anymore for many Papuans were killed for being accused as Intruder Movement, Armed Criminal Group, or Free Papua Movement and so on.
“Until now Papuans are still being treated unjustly. They are still stigmatized with various allegations; get wrong accused, being arrested without legal procedure, accused for the increase of crime. The declaration of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia or Death  in Papua would be failed if the humanity crisis in Papua is continuing to increase,” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the Commission I of Papua Legislative Council, Orwan Tolli Wone said he’s afraid if the summon over these religious leaders would raise a polemic among Tolikara community.
“I don’t agree if the Papua Police will call and question the president and other GIDI leaders. Do not make the local people to have another perception and give unexpected reaction. Do not let it become a polemic. Why are they being questioned but the shooting perpetrators are not. What is it mean?” Orwan Tollik Wone said at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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