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No end in sight for Papua armed conflict

Nduga, Papua   /   Wed, June 12, 2019   /  01:35 pm
No end in sight for Papua armed conflict Ready for action: Indonesian Military personnel prepare to board a helicopter in Wamena in Papua to retrieve the bodies of the construction workers killed in Nduga. The soldiers hunted for rebels suspected of killing 19 construction workers and one soldier in the restive province of Papua, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution. (AFP/Anyong)

The special committee on human rights of the Papuan People Council met with internally displaced persons from Nduga, local volunteers, church and society leaders in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, on May 12. That was the latest initiative by a local authority in Papua to find thorough solutions for the armed conflict in Nduga and its affected people, including in Wamena. It seemed hopeful to have such authorities constantly seeking to update and collect data on the conditions of the displaced people and to keep seeking a solution to end the ongoing armed conflict between the pro-independence fighters and state security institutions. Meanwhile, the cultural body, supposedly representing the values and interests of the indigenous council, has been widely criticized since it does not exert political influence over executive or legislative bodies in Papua. Accordingly, the council merely a...

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