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Jakarta Post

Papuans refund Veronica Koman's scholarship money to government

  • Budi Sutrisno


Jakarta   /   Thu, September 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Members of the Ebamukai Solidarity Team wear Papuan traditional attire during their visit to the Finance Ministry’s Endowment Fund for Education's (LPDP) office in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Papua residents have raised more than Rp 773.8 million (US$51,900) to pay for the government-sponsored scholarship funding received by Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman, who was recently asked to return the funds amid her advocacy for Papuans. Ambrosius Mulait, a former political prisoner and a member of a group of Papuan people called the Ebamukai Solidarity Team, symbolically returned the money to the Finance Ministry’s Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) on Wednesday afternoon. Along with the money, the group symbolically returned an Indonesian flag, a copy of the West Papuan Special Autonomy Law, and a sum of Rp 1 million in small notes. He visited the LPDP's office in Central Jakarta with another former political prisoner, Dano Tabuni, while wearing traditional Papuan attire. The office, however, closed the doors to them. “The funds ...