Inidata.id - The protection of refugees and the acceleration of the peace negotiation process in Papua must be the central government's attention, said Amnesty International Indonesia today, after together with the Papuan People's Council (MRP) met the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Human Rights (Menkopolhukam) Mahfud MD .
Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid, Amnesty International Indonesia Deputy Director Wirya Adiwena and Amnesty International Indonesia Media Officer Karina Tehusijarana accompanied MRP Chair Timothy Murib, MRP Deputy Chair Yoel Begint, and MRP Special Autonomy Team Coordinator Benny Sweny to hand over 12 MRP cultural decisions. throughout 2021-2022 to the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs at the Nakula office, Kemenkopolhukam, on Friday (5/8/2022).
The collection of 12 cultural decisions includes decisions on stopping violence and discrimination by law enforcement officers against Papuan Indigenous People (OAP) and decisions on the protection of women and children in conflict areas such as Intan Jaya, Puncak, and Nduga, Papua Province.
“These decisions are important to provide protection and affirmation for the indigenous people of Papua. What is most urgent is the cessation of discriminatory practices and violence by officers in the law enforcement process, as well as the protection of children and women in conflict areas such as Intan Jaya," said Timothy at the meeting, quoted in his official statement.
Yoel also specifically asked the government to pay special attention to refugees in conflict areas such as Intan Jaya Regency, Nduga Regency, and Puncak Regency.
“Our proposal is to form a fact-finding team under the Kemenkopolhukam related to handling refugees. Not to blame certain parties. But to identify the needs of refugees and appoint other relevant agencies to meet the needs of refugees," said Usman.
According to the Principles on Internally Refugees of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the government is responsible for providing protection and humanitarian assistance to all internally displaced persons within its territory. Internally displaced persons who do not or have stopped participating in combat should also not be attacked under any circumstances.
Amnesty and the MRP also asked the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs to ensure that the dialogue or peace negotiations previously initiated by the Papuan Church Council (DGP) and the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) continue to ensure the security and protection of the human rights of civilians in Papua.