Jayapura, Jubi – President Joko Widodo should push for a resolution into the killings of four students in Paniai and other human rights abuse cases during his visit to Papua this weekend, a Papuan legislator said.
“He must convey to Papuan people about the certainty of solving the Paniai shooting case, Yahukimo case and other severe human rights violations that occurred in Papua,” said the head of the Special Human Right Committee at the Papuan Legislative Council, Laurenzus Kadepa, on Wednesday (6/5/2015).
He said the government did not appear to be serious about upholding human rights. He urged the government to be assertive and take action against any military personnel or police officers involved in human right violations.
“It is to avoid such impact on the government and the State as well. Whether we meet the president or not during his mission in Papua, our stance will still remain the same: solve the Paniai and Yahukimo cases as well as other severe human right violations in Papua at the first place,” he said.
Earlier, the Ecumenical Churches Forum in Papua stated its rejection against the president’s visit before solving several violence cases by security forces towards civilians in Papua over the years. The Chairman of Ecumenical Churches Forum in Papua, Benny Giay last week said the churches forum refused the president’s plan to visit Papua because they considered it would not give a benefit to Papuans.
“The president didn’t show his good intention to solve the issues of violence in Papua, instead it continues to be happened at every time when the president planned to visit this region,” said Giay. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)