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Is economic interest keeping military in Nduga?

Wamena   /   Thu, August 29, 2019   /  11:34 am
Is economic interest keeping military in Nduga? 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. (AFP/Anyong)

On Aug. 5, the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released a report on the Myanmar military’s involvement in the Rohingya conflict. The report revealed that military business is perpetuating the conflict. The Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) has funded its massive military operations and carried out gross violations of human rights in Rakhine state through local and foreign corporate funding since 2016, the report said. The military’s economic interest in armed conflict zones is also prevalent in other Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia. During the New Order period, the Indonesian Military (TNI) was deeply involved in various legal and illegal businesses in troubled provinces, mainly Aceh, Maluku, former East Timor and Papua. The armed conflict in Nduga, Papua, also poses concern over the military’s economic interests. Two examples are the trans...

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