Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legal Aid Institute or LBH Papua has asked the National Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) troops occupying three school buildings in Yahukimo District to immediately leave the school building.
Director of LBH Papua Emanuel Gobay said that Brimob troops had occupied three school buildings in Yahukimo Regency since October 3, 2021. The three schools occupied by troops were the NINIA State High School, Anggruk State High School, and Yahukimo 2 State Vocational School.
“Due to the troops making school buildings their posts, students cannot go to school and the teaching and learning process has stopped completely,” Gobay said in a written statement received by Jubi on Friday, January 21, 2022.
Previously, students from the three schools held a peaceful protest on Thursday, complaining about them being unable to attend school because of the operation. Gobay assessed that the students’ protest was a struggle for the right to education.
“The high school students directly questioned the commitment of the security forces, especially the Mobile Brigade as representatives of the State, in fulfilling the right to education, which is a constitutional right and human right of every citizen,” he said.
LBH Papua also questioned the commitment of the central government, in particular, the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia as the chairman of the Integrated Coordination Team for the Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua Province and West Papua Province, in carrying out the task to “carry out breakthrough, integrated, and innovative steps together with the regional government in increasing equitable access to education services at all levels and accelerating the implementation of 12-year compulsory education.”
LBH Papua emphasized that the action of Brimob troops occupying the NINIA High, the Anggruk High, and the Yahukimo 2 State Vocational School had violated the right to education of Papuan people.
“Therefore, LBH Papua asks the Vice President as chairman of the Integrated Coordination Team for the Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua Province and West Papua Province to immediately order Brimob members to vacate the NINIA State High School, Anggruk State High School, and Yahukimo 2 State Vocational School,” Gobay said.
The institute also called on the National Police chief to immediately order its Mobile Brigade troops to leave the schools in Yahukimo.
“The National Commission of Human Rights and its Papua Representative Office should also ensure immediately the fulfillment of the right to education for students of the NINIA State High School, Anggruk State High School, and Yahukimo 2 State Vocational School,” Gobay added. (*)
Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G