Senin, 18 Juni 2012

Church leader wants world intervention on Papua tensions

Aktivis Papua Musa Mako Tabuni
The police killing last week of an independence activist in the Indonesian province of Papua has raised questions about whether the Indonesian government intends to address the violence there.
Source Here: Radioaustralianews.net.au.

Mako Tabuni was shot and killed last Thursday in what rights groups have described as a targeted killing.

The local police chief denies the claim, saying Mr Tabuni was shot while resisting arrest. Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral for the activist under the watchful eye of security forces.

Ferry Marisan from the Papua-based Human Rights NGO ELSAM has told Radio Australia's Asia Pacific program, the situation around the province's capital Jayapura remains tense with a strong military and police presence in the area.

The chairman of the Baptist Churches of Papua, Sofyan Yoman, is visiting the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, lobbying foreign embassies to help generate international intervention in Papua.

"The Indonesian government and the West Papua representative should come to the negotiation table to talk peacefully," he said.

A Papua specialist, Dr Richard Chauvel, a senior lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Victoria University, Melbourne, says the prospects for international intervention in Papua are not good.

"The president's recent statements saying that the killings weren't on all that large a scale, we shouldn't worry about them too much, is certainly not the sort of statement that a political leader would make who would welcome international intervention," he said.

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