Ambassador Manufandu emphasized that there is no discrimination of lawin Papua
According to him, all are equal and there are no exceptions or discrimination. Moreover, he continued, many youths of the region occupy strategic positions both in Papua and outside Papua. Papua is a province in Indonesia that has extraordinary appeal to the public and the international community. Unfortunately, the beauty of Papua is not matched with positive image information in the world, such as the emergence of a query related to whether there are serious human rights violations in Papua.
In response to this, the former Indonesian Ambassador to Colombia, Michael Manufandu dismissed the issue. He emphasized that there were no human rights violations and discrimination in Papua. “Therefore, there is no human rights violation in Papua. If there is a lot of military in Papua, it is a military rotation. This rotation always happens 3-4 times a year,” he said in the Papua Podcast Webinar held by the European Association for Advanced Indonesia (PETJ).
Ambassador Manufandu said that the military’s influx in Papua was due to the military’s obligation of guarding the border and in large numbers. According to him, supervision from the security forces, whether carrying out operational or territorial duties, is a routine activity. “If someone says that there are cases of human abuse, it is often a criminal matter.
The so-called separatists are small, at least 70 people or under 100 people. They disturb schools, villagers and others.” He explained. Ambassador Manufandu emphasized that there is no discrimination law in Papua. According to him, all are equal and there are no exceptions or discrimination. Moreover, he continued, many youths of the region occupy strategic positions both in Papua and outside Papua.he gave an example that there aret hree-star general officers in the TNI, Polri, and then officials in the prosecutor’s office, Governors, and re-gents down to the bottom or Village heads are native Papuans.
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