Filep: Cases in Nduga Still Have Long Tails

IMPERIUMDAILY.COM – JAKARTA – The Nduga incident still has a long tail and needs to be handled holistically. That was the response of the Member of the DPD RI from Papua, Filep Wamafma, to the reaction of the resignation of the Deputy Regent of Nduga, Papua.

He said, maybe the country was too busy with stories of intolerance and radicalism. That is the fact, Deputy Regent of Nduga, Wentius Nimiangge, resigned from his position.

“Wentius resigned because he was unable to see a variety of violence and killings that befall civilians, including the body of his aide. The more civilian casualties, the more shows that Nduga requires a holistic, immediate, and urgent handling,” said Filep who is also the Chairman of the DPD RI Special Committee to reporters in Jakarta, Friday 27 December 2019.

However, according to him, the government’s response was very slow. Ndunga is like a never ending field of armed conflict. Papua Special Committee, which continues to move directly in meetings with relevant ministers, feels extreme pain, when civilians have to live in fear.

“How is it possible to dream about development progress, when the need for security cannot be obtained?” said Filep.

Filep further stated that the Papuan Special Committee always called for the TNI and OPM to exercise restraint, so as not to cause armed conflicts, which only caused new suffering. “How long do you want, Indonesia? A truce must be immediately established, he explained.

On a broader scale, he saw the still massive movement of the TNI in Nduga, the Papuan Special Committee urged that clarity be given regarding the security status in Nduga, whether it was categorized as a Military Operational Area, a Civil Emergency Area, or a Military Emergency Region.

This categorization will explain transparently about all security policies adopted by the government. This Papuan Special Committee thought is none other than not based on concern about the loss of human rights of civil society, because of the selfishness of the conflicting parties.

In this context, he requested the involvement of the International Red Cross, to participate in offering humanitarian services to the Government. In accordance with the Geneva Conventions, in non-international armed conflicts, the International Red Cross can use the right of humanitarian initiatives, in a neutral and independent way, to provide humanitarian services, to protect the lives and dignity of victims in areas of armed conflict.

As a Member of the DPD RI from Papua, he asked the government to provide access to humanitarian assistance, given the slow response of the government.

Filep hopes that there will be open accountability, both for the OPM and the TNI, to eliminate the trauma and hatred that always arises whenever there is news of civilians being shot.

“It is not enough to weep for every pain and death! We need real action so that peace in Papua is not merely wishful thinking. Remember this legal principle,” hodi mihi cras tibi, “injustice that touches feelings, will remain in the people’s conscience,” concluded Filep.(dan)

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