Govt Urged to Solve Human Rights Violations in Papua

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  • Indonesian soldiers assist people who were evacuated from their villages, following a security operation against separatists, to disembark from a bus upon arrival at a temporary shelter in Timika, Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Hundreds more people have left villages that were at the center of the clashes with separatists, Indonesian police said Monday. AP Photo/Mujiono

    Indonesian soldiers assist people who were evacuated from their villages, following a security operation against separatists, to disembark from a bus upon arrival at a temporary shelter in Timika, Papua province, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. Hundreds more people have left villages that were at the center of the clashes with separatists, Indonesian police said Monday. AP Photo/Mujiono

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Papua National Liberation Army of the Free Papua Movement (TPN-OPM) General Coordinator Lambert Pekikir pressured the Indonesian government to immediately solve human rights violations in Papua. 

    “That is the duty of the government,” said Lambert to Tempo on Wednesday, November 21. 

    Lambert believes that the government has yet offered the opportunity of an open discussion between the government and the people of Papua. He asserts that the government should be able to discuss matters together and formulate a solution.

    He maintains that there are a number of human right violation cases in Papua that has yet been resolved. One of the high-profile cases was the alleged assassination of Theys Hiyo Eluay, who’s known to be the leader of 250 tribes in Papua prior to his death.  

    They founded the Free Papua decree and flown the Bintang Kejora flag, which represents the OPM. His death in 2001 is suspected by many to be murdered by Indonesia’s Special Command Troops after Theys and his driver Aristoteles Masoka were ambushed in the evening after attending an event at the Kopassus Jayapura headquarters. 

    “That case is yet to be solved,” said Lambert.

    DEVY ERNIS