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Legislator: 10 percent of Freeport shares to Papua is a ‘political bribe’

Signing of PT Freeport shareholder agreement - Jubi doc

Signing of PT Freeport shareholder agreement - Jubi doc

Signing of PT Freeport shareholder agreement – Jubi doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Legislator of Papua, Laurenzus Kadepa, considered that the granting of 10 percent of PT Freeport Indonesia’s shares to Papua Province Government and Mimika Regency Government from 51 percent of the Government of Indonesia’s shares divestment is similar to the case of Special Autonomy (Otsus).

He said that in 2001 the Government of Indonesia had granted the Special Autonomy Law and the Special Autonomy Fund to Papuans who were insisted to be politically independent.

“Now the Government of Indonesia gives 10 percent of Freeport shares to Papua Province and Mimika regency,” he said to Jubi, Saturday (January 13).

According to him, the issues of Papua human rights violations which are now increasingly go global had resulted fruitful international response, that some countries are now continuing to voice the issue of Papuan human rights at various world forums.

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“The response of various countries related to human rights situation in Papua, may make Indonesian Government forced to think: how to tame the human rights issue. And one of them, I think, with the giving out shares of Freeport,” he said.

However, he continue, not all Papuans responded negatively to the shares. There are among those who support and look at it as a positive step.

“Papuan people is divided in responding this issue, because Freeport is the beginning of calamity and suffering experienced by indigenous Papuans,” he said.

Previously the central government, the Papua Provincial Government, the Mimika Regency, and PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminum (Inalum) agreed on a 10 percent divestment agreement of PT Freeport Indonesia in Jakarta on Friday (January 12).(tabloidjubi.com)

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