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Old problems hinder Papua taskforce

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Mon, November 14 2016   /  07:47 am

The taskforce on human rights in Papua has made slow progress in resolving alleged abuses in Papua and West Papua provinces, largely as a result of the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), which has persistently disagreed with the approach of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).

The taskforce was initially set up by then coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister Luhut Pandjaitan on Oct. 25, 2015, with a one-year mandate.

It was hoped the taskforce could help ease the problems that had bedevilled many human rights cases in the country’s easternmost region.

However, by the time its initial term ended last month, the taskforce had failed to secure any form of law enforcement against the perpetrators of human rights cases they examined, prompting the minister’s office to extend its mandate by another year.

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