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Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 00:01 WIB

Local Leaders Urged Not to Remain Silent About Violence

Ilustration - Jubi

Ilustration - Jubi

Ilustration - Jubi

Ilustration – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Violence, shooting incidents and allegations of human right violations that are besetting Papua are among several issues highlighted by Commission I of Papua Representative Council for Government, Politic, Legal and Human Right Affairs.

Regents play an important role to protect the people, said a member of Commission I of Papua Representative Council, Laurenzus Kadepa.

Kadepa said the local governments or regional heads should not remain silent and irresponsive as their residents become the victims of violence, such as in the shooting incidents, and not just blame the Military/Police.
“Do not just blame the Military/Police. The regional heads hold a very important role. The regents must have thousands of ways to protect their people. The regents in Papua should be recognized that people are valuable asset to be protected,” Kadepa said through short message to Jubi on Monday (21/9/2015).

According to him, speaking about human rights in Papua is everyone’s duty. Do not wait until the students, NGOs, or church authorities to talk. The regents in Papua must think about it immediately. “The regional heads do not be silent or only get busy with the development programs. What are those programs for? While the residents are shot? Let’s together urging Jakarta to conduct thorough evaluation on the security issue in Papua,” he said.

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The deteriorating of human right situation in Papua continues to be an international highlight. Some times ago, the Australia West Papua Association (AWPA) appealed to the leaders of Pacific Islands Forum to deal with so called the worst human right situation in Papua Province. “We urge the leaders of Pacific Islands Forum to talk about the human right situation in West Papua and ask the approval from Indonesian Government to accept the find fact mission for West Papua,” Chairman of Australia West Papua Association, Joe Collins said on Tuesday (28/7/2015). (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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