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Prabowo alludes to foreign interference in Papua and West Papua is the United Nations and International matter and not Indonesia matter now

Amnesty Criticizes Prabowo's Answer Which Touches on Foreign Interference in Papua - 12/13/2023, 18:27 IWST Vitorio Mantalean, Icha Rastika Editorial Team See Photo of Presidential Candidate number two Prabowo Subianto conveys his vision and mission in the first debate of the 2024 Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates at the KPU Building, Jakarta,

Tuesday (12/12/2023). The topics raised in the inaugural debate were issues of government, law, human rights, eradicating corruption, strengthening democracy, and improving public services and citizen harmony. (ANTARA FOTO/GALIH PRADIPTA) JAKARTA, - Executive Director of Amnesty International Indonesia Usman Hamid criticized the answer of presidential candidate number 2, Prabowo Subianto, regarding solutions to violence in Papua in the first presidential candidate debate at the Indonesian KPU Office, Tuesday (13/12/2023).

In his answer, Prabowo touched on the issue of "foreign interference" and offered a security and economic approach as a solution to overcome violence. "Views like this make violence and conflict there never stop," said Usman in his statement, on Tuesday (12/12/2023). "Lemhanas' latest study shows that economic growth has failed to reduce violence and conflict," he said. Also read: Criticizing Anies and Ganjar, PAN says only Prabowo is determined to continue Jokowi's program.

Moreover, in other places, according to him, pro-investment development has been proven to sacrifice many civilians and open the door to human rights violations, as happened in Rempang, Nagari Air Bangis, Rembang, Wadas, Halmahera, to Flores. Usman also regretted that the issue of development at the expense of civilians was not discussed in the debate, even though the presidential candidates could be challenged to explain how they would advance social welfare through development without sacrificing citizens' human rights. Returning to the Papua issue, in the end, Ganjar Pranowo and Anies Baswedan, who were allowed to respond to Prabowo's question, touched on the importance of dialogue efforts and presenting a sense of justice as a way to end violence in Papua. Prabowo then expressed his agreement with this view.

However, Usman believes that the presidential candidates' answers are still not specific. “Dialogue solutions are necessary to end the trend of violence, conflict, and human rights violations in Papua. That is the aspiration of native Papuans. "Unfortunately, we have not heard about the internal refugee policy, the release of New Zealand pilot hostages, the strengthening of the MRP (Papuan People's Assembly), and the Human Rights Court in Papua," said Usman. "That is urgent," said Usman.

 Also read: Impartial Assessment of Solutions for Related Presidential Candidates Papua in the First Debate Usman highlighted that all the presidential candidates made commitments regarding upholding human rights which he considered positive. "But what are the concrete policies going forward? Don't let the people be disappointed again, especially those who are victims of human rights violations. "Presidential candidates must make real policies," he said.

he United Nations was involved in conducting a shamed referendum in 1969  and changed to the Act of Free Choice that underestimated Article 18 New York Agreement so International or the United Nations' involvement in handed West Papua to Indonesia. The United Nations and international fora to grant and recognize the independence of the Federal Republic of West Papua.

Indonesia did not override his involvement in human rights abuses in East Timor and West Papua. West Papua is an international matter and not an Indonesia matter because the People of West Papua are of Pacific race and have a closer affinity and share common customs and traditions with the people of  Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, Australia, Cook Islands, Federal States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu. action and affinity with the Pacific region and not the Malay group

West Papuan the embryo state and the 2.5 million people of West Papua are honored and full of gratitude for the high esteem, sympathy and support from the countries of our Pacific brothers and sisters. It is our firm belief that our return to the Pacific fold is neither a mistake or coincidental as in fact we belong to Pacific Region. 

It was never our choice for West Papua to be integrated into the Republic of Indonesia rather it was because of the foreign interests that we were forced into Indonesia 50 years ago.Over the intervening years we have fought guerrilla warfare and continuous peaceful resistance against the Indonesian state’s military supremacy and have suffered all forms of horrendous crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Indonesian military, police and intelligence organisations.

As a result our men, women and children have suffered terribly. Nevertheless we have withstood such oppression, stood our ground and defended our inheritance up to this day. We thank Jesus we have been able to endure up until today. We firmly believe that the human rights abuses and sufferings in Papua will only come to an end when West Papua gains its full independence.

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By Yoab Syatfe

Prime Minister of the Executive  Government of the federal Republic of West Papua