West Papuan novelist, and former journalist, Aprila Wayar. Photo: Supplied
Via reg.westpapua list
2) Statement by the Executive-Director of the LP3BH
As the year 2025 approaches, I wish to draw attention to the fact that the provisions of Article 34 points (3) nos b and 4 regarding funds for the Special Autonomy Law for West Papua will come to an end, after having been in force for 25 years.
This means that in accordance with point 5 which states that in the year 2026, the provisions of funds will be reduced by 50%.
As a human rights activist and Executive-Director of the Institute for Research, Investigation and Development of Human Rights, Manokwari, I call on the Governor of the Province of West Papua and Papua as well as the People's Representative Council to immediately undertake an investigation into the implementation of Articles 77 and 78 of Law No 21, 2001.
This investigation should be undertaken by convening the Council of Development for the two above-mentioned provinces.as soon as possible. The investigation should involve not only the regional organisations (OPD) but also representatives of the Traditional Papuan People (OAP), in accordance with the provisions of Article 1 of the Special Autonomy Law . Moreover, it should include representatives of religious organisations, of academicians, students as well as the Papuan youth..
The agenda of such an investigation would be a critically-important occasion for the degree to which the Traditional Papuan people have experienced the true meaning of the implementation of the provisions of the Special Autonomy Law over the past twenty years, since it was enacted..It would also provide an opportunity for the Traditional Papuan People to being recognised by the State and lawfully acknowledged as sharing a role of be involved at every stage of the investigation to safeguard the process from manipulations from whatever side, including from the State.
Such an investigation would be an important milestone to reconstruct the 'political contract' between the Traditional Papuan People as citizens of Indonesia. This would also include a fundamental evaluation of the Special Autonomy Law and its implementation throughout the Land of Papua.
Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of LP3BH Manokwari, Recipient of the John Humphrey Freedom Award 2005, Montreal, Canada and member of the Human Rights Commission, Recipient of the John Humphreys Award 2205,in Montreal Canada,
Translated by Carmel Budiardjo, Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, Stockholm, 1995 ---