Andi Saputra, Jakarta -- The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims ofViolence (Kontras) says that human rights violations in Papua are still high.These violations represent a threat to civil freedoms and discriminate againstthe Papuan people's identity.
The high level of human rights violations have been aggravated by unclearregulations and a failure to provide a sense of justice to the public.
"There is still a great deal of violence and threats against civil liberties",said Kontras Papua coordinator Olga Hamadi during a press conference at theKontras' offices on Jl. Borobudur in Jakarta on Friday January 21.This was revealed after Kontras held its third congress in Jakarta yesterday.According to Olga, what has been taking place in Papua is an increase inhorizontal violence, both structural as well as mysterious. This has beenaggravated by the lack of any legal resolution that satisfies the public's senseof justice.
"Is this in fact being setup to increase the number of security personnel inPapua?", asked Olga. "In the case of the legal process, the verdicts are alwayslight. Five or six month's jail. This harms the public's sense of justice", heasserted.
In addition to uncovering human rights violations in Papua, Kontras also exposedthe human rights violations taking place in other regions such as Sulawesi, NusaTenggara and East Java.
"In Sulawesi, most human rights violations were in the agrarian sector and thecriminalisation of human rights workers. This is because there is no commitmenton the part of the regional government to strengthen human rights enforcement",said Kontras Jakarta coordinator Haris Azhar during the same press conference.