Papua Legislative Council Urges Jokowi to Set Up Inquiry over Paniai Case


Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legislative Council has sent a letter to Indonesian Presiden Joko Widodo urging him to for a special team to investigate rights violations surrounding the the shooting dead of four students in Enarotali, Paniai in December.

Council chairman Yunus Wonda said the letter, which was also sent to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), noted that there had been no significant progress in the case.

“We also wrote in the letter that though we acknowledged many teams have come to Paniai for investigation including the police/military as well as a team from National Human Rights Commission. But there have been concrete results,” Wonda said last week.

He said based on the investigation of Papua Legislative Council in field and community’s report, the severe human right violation is allegedly occurred in this case. Thus, to resolve the case and for justice as well as to reestablish the Papuan people’s trust to the State, the Papua Legislative Council asked the president to immediately issue a decree instructing the Indonesian Human Right Violation to form the Investigative Commission on Human Right Violation (KPP HAM) to accelerate the case resolving.

“KPP HAM is the official mechanism under the Law about Human Right Violation in the Republic of Indonesia, namely the Law No.39/1999 on Human Right Violation and the Law No.26/2000 on Human Right Violation Trial. The article 18 said the Human Right Commission has the authority to form the Investigative Commission on Human Right Violation to investigate an incident that suspected as severe human right violation,” he said.


According to him, the Papua Legislative Council suggested the members of KPP HAM should also involve the elements of community, parliament and professionals as well as community leaders instead of only the commissioners.

“We also committed to support the KPP HAM in realizing their work in line with our responsibility as councilors,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National Human Right Commissioner Sandra Moniaga confirmed to Jubi the commission has received the parliament’s letter about KPP HAM. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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