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Jakarta Post

RI protests honoring of Papuan separatist

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 19 2019   /  12:37 am
Rizal Sukma (JP/Seto Wardhana)(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Rizal Sukma (JP/Seto Wardhana)Indonesia has strongly criticized a decision by Britain’s Oxford City Council to honor Papuan separatist Benny Wenda with its Freedom of the City award, accusing the council of legitimizing the violence in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces.The Indonesian Embassy in London said the award was given to the wrong individual, arguing in a press statement that Wenda was an actor and supporter of the use of violence for achieving political goals.The mission, led by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s former foreign policy advisor Rizal Sukma, also questioned the council’s assumption that paints Wenda as a “peaceful campaigner for democracy” despite abundant evidence linking him with various bouts of armed violence in Papua. It said the award could hamper efforts to increase cooperation between Indonesia and the United Kingdom, especially with the city ...