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Weaving tapestry of hope for Papua

  • Teuku Faizasyah
    Teuku Faizasyah

    Adviser to the Indonesian foreign minister for political and security affairs

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /  03:39 pm
Weaving tapestry of hope for Papua Hundreds of people march in Surabaya under the banner of the Papuan Students Alliance (AMP) to commemorate Dec. 1, the day they consider the West Papua Liberation Day. (JP/Sigit Pamungkas)

As I took off from Sentani Airport in Jayapura last July 4, I was overwhelmed by the beautiful landscape seen from the plane window. It was such a magnificent view and I praised God for giving Indonesian people and the government a long chain of islands, stretching from Aceh’s Sabang in the west to Papua’s Merauke in the east. I was also elated for an opportunity to meet with Papuan brothers and sisters during my two-day visit to Jayapura for a discussion on human rights with various stakeholders there. Human rights is not an easy topic of discussion, especially when the issue of past injustice continues to linger in collective memory in Papua. Yet, this is the very issue Indonesia has been trying to deal with constructively since the start of the Reform Era in the late 1990s. No country has unblemished human rights records. Then again, the Indonesian government has ...

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