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Jakarta Post

Military omnipresence brings gloom to Papua

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 11 2011   /  08:00 am

The dominant security and military approaches to addressing problems in Papua have slowed development and have given way to human rights violations, a study reports.

A comprehensive study released last week by human rights group Imparsial concluded that the provinces of Papua and West Papua had seen very little improvement in terms of security after the region became integrated as a part of Indonesia under the Act of Free Choice (Pepera) in 1969.

“One important question remains over why the country’s political move toward a more democratic system has not correlated with security conditions in Papua,” Imparsial executive director Poengky Indarti said.

Special autonomy status was granted to the region in 2001, but has reportedly failed to change the overall militaristic approach in Papua, she said.

Imparsial program director Al-Araf cited many human rights...