Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan People’s Assembly’s (MRP) Deliberative Committee has held a workshop in Jayapura City on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, to evaluate MRP work programs and activities throughout 2021.
The workshop also discussed the activity plan for the MRP structures at the end of 2021. The workshop presented a number of speakers, including Priest John Bunay Pr. MRP chairman Timotius Murib, along with the rest of the MRP leadership and other MRP structure, were also present as speakers.
“The workshop discussed the activities [that have been carried out] by the MRP structures. [The said structures are] three working groups and three other MRP structures that will continue executing programs in the fourth quarter,” said Murib.
According to Murib, the MRP has fixed all of its administrative and financial issues. “All of our agenda in 2021 are well accommodated and accountable,” he said.
He further explained that the MRP would continue to advocate for changes to the substance of Law No. 21/2001 on Papua Special Autonomy (Otsus), which had been amended to Law No. 2/2021, a Second Amendment to the Papua Special Autonomy Law.
“The MRP is advocating for material changes [in] the Second Amendment to the Papua Special Autonomy Law. That is our focus in responding to the aspirations of the Indigenous Papuans, that is, to discuss the implementation of Otsus,” he said.
According to Murib, the government should have talked to the Papuan people and the MRP first before amending the Papua Special Autonomy Law. “But the central government unilaterally made the change anyway. That is why the MRP is advocating for the interests of Indigenous Papuans,” he said.
Meanwhile, head of MRP’s Deliberate Committee Benny Sweny said the workshop aimed to document reports on activities that had been and yet to be implemented. “We compile programs and activities, as well as achievements, identify obstacles and problems encountered, and find the solutions,” said Sweny. (*)
Reporter: Yance Wenda
Editor: Aryo Wisanggeni G