The ancient philosopher Laozi wrote that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Indonesia still faces obstacles in protecting the human rights of its citizens. This is a nationwide legacy problem that the government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is determined to address one step at a time.
Recently, the President personally instructed relevant government agencies to take actions to settle past human rights abuse cases, including those related to Papua, and to put in place safeguards to prevent future incidences.
Leading an interministerial meeting last April, chief security minister Luhut Pandjaitan listened to views and reports from human rights activists and Papuan public officials. Paulus Waterpauw, an ethnic Papuan and police chief of Papua, is leading the efforts to resolve four cases of alleged rights abuses.
The National Police chi...