International World Considered Hostage Action in Papua as a Serious Human Rights Violation

International World Considered Hostage Action in Papua as a Serious Human Rights Violation

By: Bella S. (Researcher MACDIS)

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The action carried out by TPN-OPM in Tembagapura is inhumane and will invite international condemnation. This will affect the positive image of Papua in International world.

Keywords: Papua, West Papua, Tembagapura, Indonesia, Human Rights, Separatist, Armed Group, International, TPN-OPM, Hostage.

1,300 people in Tembagapura district, Mimika regency, Papua have become the hostages of a Papuan separatist group. Armed separatists from the Free Papua Movement (OPM) have been holding the residents hostage since November 5, 2017. Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said that the group had closed all the access points to enter the villages. They made holes in the roads and set obstruction, so the police could not use the roads. He added that the police also found it difficult to distribute assistance via helicopter because there was no landing area in the villages.

After more than a week of hostage taking in Tembagapura , Natalius Pigai, the Human Rights Commisioner and the Putra Asli Papua expressed condemnation of all forms of oppression including those carried out by TPN-OPM in Tembagapura. The action carried out by TPN-OPM in Tembagapura is inhumane and will invite international condemnation. This will affect the positive image of Papua in International world. TPN-OPM will get international punishment in gross human rights violations. Mr. Natalius also hopes to the government and the military and police to immediately take firm action against TPN-OPM in order to save the society which for more than a week is treated inhumanely.

Commissioner for human rights enforcement sub-commission, Amiruddin Al Rahab, said that each party involved in the crisis must refrain from actions that could lead to casualties, and ensure civilians have better access to food and basic needs. National Commission on Human Rights will keep monitoring everything.

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