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Jakarta Post

Give peace a chance in Papua

A Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) member has his face painted with the colors of the Bintang Kejora (Morning Star) flag during a protest on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta, on Nov. 16. The protesters demanded that the government thoroughly investigate the killing of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya, Papua, and withdraw military and police personnel from the country’s easternmost province. JP/Dhoni Setiawan(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Jakarta   ●   Mon, March 15 2021

When a conflict happens, an outsider’s view of the dispute and how to solve it tends to be free from any bias. This should be the case with the protracted scuffle in Papua between the central government, which persistently maintains its security approach as evident in its NKRI Harga Mati (Undisputed Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia) tagline, and local people who yearn for prosperity and justice in their own land.

The discourse about the future of Papua has come to the fore now that the government and the House of Representatives have moved to revise the 2001 law on special autonomy for Papua. The revision is pressing in particular because the special autonomy fund scheme to accelerate development in Papua and West Papua provinces will expire in November of this year.

Ahead of the crucial debate, tension and violence have continued to grip P...

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