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Jakarta Post

Lawmakers concerned about ‘internationalization’ of Papua unrest

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /  09:00 pm
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Amicable solution: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo meets public figures from Papua and West Papua at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday. The meeting was held to seek solutions to problems in the easternmost provinces, which were hit by violent demonstrations recently.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

As Indonesia gears up for voting day at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), lawmakers have raised concern over the “internationalization” of the unrest that erupted in Papua in recent weeks. During a meeting on Wednesday with House of Representatives Commission I, which oversees defense and foreign affairs, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi reported on Indonesia’s campaign to become a member of the UN rights council for the 2020-2022 period, which will be put to a vote at a session of the UN General Assembly in New York, United States on Oct. 16. Lawmakers were keen to see Indonesia win a seat at the UNHRC next month, so as to put a damper on attempts to sway public opinion on the issue of Papua. Evita Nursanti, a lawmaker from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), said she expected the Foreign Ministry to easily win a seat at th...