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Government needs to play nice when dealing with Papuan conflicts

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 14 2012   /  07:02 am

Unless the government shows goodwill in dealing with Papua and issues policies that touch the hearts of Papuans, conflict in the resource-rich province will never be resolved.

The latest bloody incident in Papua was the killing of three people — one soldier and two civilians — last Saturday.

This took place with authorities still unable to identify those behind the killing of three men earlier this month.

Munafrizal Manan, of Academic Forum for Peace in Papua, said positive signals from Jakarta are needed to encourage Papuans who, for decades, have been subject to human rights abuses.

“Jakarta has to make moves that touch the hearts of Papuans. Cutting the number of security forces deployed here, for example,” Munafrizal said Thursday.

It is public knowledge that Indonesian Military personnel and the National Police have perpetrated human rights...