The Jakarta Post
A National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) team is scheduled to visit Timika, Papua, in the beginning of September to investigate into a shooting incident allegedly perpetrated by military personnel on Friday that killed two Kamoro ethnic group members.
Komnas HAM commissioner Natalius Pigai said the commission deplored the case, one of a great number in which innocent civilians were killed in attacks by security personnel in the province.
'We are scheduled to arrive in Timika in the beginning of September to investigate the case,' he said as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Sunday.
Natalius said the shooting incident, which killed Emanuel Mairimau, 23, and Yulianus Okoare, 18, and injured a number of Kamoro ethnic group people in the Koperapoka Catholic Church complex, showed that security officers in Papua continued to use military approaches.
'We condemn the incident. Military approaches to solve the problems facing Papuans and the use of state institutions to kill people could not be justified,' said Natalius.
The commissioner further questioned President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo's commitments to immediately resolve human rights violations that continued to occur in Papua. He said President Jokowi's recent visits to Papua were mostly aimed at inaugurating projects in the area.
'We never heard that President Jokowi expressed his strong commitments, which were followed by concrete policies, to resolve root problems in Papua. In fact, Papuan people have long waited for such commitments so that security attacks that have killed civilians in Papua will not occur again in the future,' said Natalius.
He went on to say that the Timika shooting incident on Friday was a tough challenge for the two newly appointed Indonesian Military and National Police leaders in Papua, namely Papua Police chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw and the commander of Regional Military Command (Kodam) XVII/Cendrawasih, Maj. Gen. Hinsa Siburian, to resolve the case fairly and honestly.
'Initially, we really hoped that the two new TNI and Polri leaders could apply better approaches to the Papuan people. Moreover, Paulus is a Papuan while Hinsa has long been assigned in Papua. Unfortunately, such a horrible case had occurred in the beginning of their new duties,' said Natalius. (ebf)
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