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Jakarta Post

Papuans urge careful approach in review of Special Autonomy Law

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 2, 2020   /  04:22 pm
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Workers install lighting at the Mandala Jayapura Stadium in Papua on Nov. 7, 2019.(Antara/Gusti Tanati)

Papuan community leaders and activists have urged the central government to exercise wisdom and involve Papuans in reviewing the special autonomy (Otsus) status of Papua and West Papua as Jakarta plans to amend the Otsus Law. The law is the legal foundation for the Papua administration to manage its own political, cultural and economic affairs. It was enacted in 2001, before being revised in 2008 to grant West Papua similar special autonomy. It also stipulates the allocation of special autonomy funds from the central government -- set to stop in November 2021 -- to accelerate development in Indonesia's two easternmost provinces. Home Minister Tito Karnavian has hinted at the possibility of extending the special autonomy status for Papua and West Papua beyond 2021, with the deliberation of the latest Otsus Law revision having been included in this year's National Legislat...