1) Papuan Activists Ask LPSK for Protection Amid Rampant Violence
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) has been asked to protect Papuan activists in relation to continuing violence.
A number of Papuan activists yesterday came to the LPSK office to discuss protection of the province’s activists. Pilipus, one of the activists, said he has asked the agency to be more proactive in providing protection to human rights defenders in Papua.
“The state seems to have problems, including on budget availability in addressing issues in Papua. It shows lack of seriousness of the state in developing Papua,” Pilipus said in the LPSK’s press release as quoted by Bisnis.com, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
They have also asked if the LPSK could protect people whose indigenous land have been taken over by companies. Moreover, he went on, the LPSK has no representative office in Papua.
Having received the request, the LPSK Chairman Abdul Haris Semendawai said that his agency will provide protection to activists. In addition, he went on, it’s a criminal case.
“The LPSK is having difficulties when activists are criminalized,” he said.
Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge Researcher at the Martinus Academy, Jakarta
Posted: Fri, April 15 2016 | 09:29 am