Truth and Reconciliation Commission might not be working in resolving human rights violations in Papua

Workshop on the settlement of Human Rights Violations in Wasior 2001 and Wamena 2004:

Workshop on the settlement of Human Rights Violations in Wasior 2001 and Wamena 2004: "Opportunities and Challenges". - Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Workshop on the settlement of Human Rights Violations in Wasior 2001 and Wamena 2004: “Opportunities and Challenges”. – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – A human rights activist in Papua Iwan Niode said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission might be not useful in resolving the human rights violations in Papua due to the absence of regulation.

In the workshop ‘the settlement of Human Rights Violations in Wasior 2001 and Wamena 2004: “Opportunities and Challenges”‘ held by the Papua Democracy Alliance on Thursday (24/1/2019), Niode said the Constitutional Court had cancelled the Regulation No 27 of 2004.

“This is understandable why such a plan to resolve the human rights violations cases via the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has stopped until now. Although the Special Autonomy Law indeed recommended it, there is no specific regulation supporting the TRC to conduct its task,” said Niode.

Moreover, Niode said the TRC should not only support the human rights victims to speak but also to cover the whole stories of both sides, victims and perpetrators. That makes the resolution through the TRC never been successful.

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Meanwhile, a lecturer of International Relations of the Faculty of Social and Politics Science of the University of Cenderawasih, Elvira Rumkabu, thought that besides it needs the judicial process enforcement, the settlement of human rights violations in Papua also need to bring justice to the victims, how they can get their rights for justice.

“If this injury remains not cured, it would spread anywhere towards many issues. The issue of personal identity, for example,” said Rumkabu. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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