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Papuan People’s Assembly deems Otsus Law evaluation unlawful


Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) chair Timotius Murib has reminded Home Minister Tito Karnavian that the evaluation process of the Papua Special Autonomy (Otsus) Law has failed to comply with the Otsus Law, which requires an evaluation be done through hearings with the MRP.

“The Papua province has indeed evaluated the Otsus Law but without the lawful mechanism. Jayapura mayor and regent prohibited us from holding a public hearing in their administrative areas,” Murib said in a meeting with the Minister on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

“This is an act of silencing the MRP,” Murib added. “While in fact, we have no intention to fight against the state”.

As a result, Murib continued, the MRP had not had a chance to submit their ideas to the Special Committee of the House of Representatives for the second amendment to the Special Autonomy Law.

MRP member Beny Sweny questioned the legality of Article 77 of Otsus Law, which said that the amendment of the Otsus Law must be made by the Papuan people through the MRP and the Papua Legislalive Council before submitted to the government.


“Is Article 77 still valid? The House of Representatives went straight to deliberate the amendment without involving the MRP, and they only focus on two articles, namely Article 34 [on special funds] and Article 76 [on regional expansion], which has no urgency,” Sweny said.

Reporter: Benny Mawel
Editor: Dewi Wulandari


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