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Jakarta Post

Court favors indigenous Papuans

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 2 2010   /  09:57 am

The Papuan Legislative Council will have to appoint 11 new members after the Constitutional Court issued a ruling on Monday favoring two Papuans who demanded that indigenous people be  better represented. The new members will be representatives of the Papuan people, paving the way for the traditional communities in the resource-rich province to have more say in determining the fate of their land.The Constitutional Court granted the appointment of the new council members “for the sake of national unity under the Unitary Republic of Indonesia and to ensure benefits, just treatment, equality and opportunity for the indigenous Papuans”.The court ruled that the mechanism for the appointment of the new council members will be regulated in a special bylaw.“… the Papuan governor and the Papuan Legislative Council need to immediately issue [the bylaw], which will regulate the appoint...