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When special autonomy funds for Papua end

  • Aisah Putri Budiatri

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Jakarta   /   Wed, June 19, 2019   /  09:33 am
When special autonomy funds for Papua end The Otsus (Special Autonomy for Papua Province) Law grants special authority for Papua — and later, West Papua province — to regulate and manage the needs and interests of Papuans based on local initiatives and to protect the basic rights of Papuans. (JP/Budhi Button)

The Papua conflict, among the longest in Asia, has continued for over five decades, with many lives lost as well as material losses. A decade ago under Muridan Widjojo (now deceased), the Papua Research Team of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) published the Papua Roadmap: Negotiating the Past, Improving the Present, and Securing the Future, which was then updated in 2017. The roadmap identified four roots of the problems in Papua: marginalization and discrimination against indigenous Papuans, development failure, contradiction between history and political identity, and lack of accountability for past state violence against Indonesian citizens in Papua. Though not entirely new, these findings confirmed that the Papua conflict, however small in scale compared to, for instance, the past armed conflict in Aceh, was extremely complicated and certainly not easy to r...

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