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Editorial: Papua Justice

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, January 24 2011   /  09:39 am

There are two conventions in this country that obstinately evade a resolution. The first involves questions of narrow-mindedness when honestly dealing with the right of autonomy and justice for certain regions. The second deals with justice in offenses committed by those in uniform.    Despite vigorously clamoring for justice and democracy, we continually tiptoe around the judiciary‚Äôs record of handing out justice with kid gloves for felonies committed by members of the military.When the two conventions combine, we have a situation like that of Papua. Our easternmost province is one of the most beautiful, bountiful and yet so tragic.The problems that beset Papua are plentiful, long and unresolved. But, arguably, not so complicated that consolation cannot be found. Partly the people of Papua, more specifically Papuan community leaders themselves, must find greater unity a...