Papua’s Separatist Terrorist Group (KST) is a band of people who like to fight and create trouble and their actions hamper the development carried out by the government. Certainly, groups such as the KST cannot be ignored because their existence can deter progress in Papua.

The existence of the KST has made conditions in Papua partially peaceful. The KST not only attacks verbally but also physically.

The attacks are also getting appalling as they have the heart to destroy people’s homes and burn schools. Not only that, the KST also terrorizes houses of worship.

The KST is a group that is not pleased to see Papua’s progress, and the actions of those who attack houses of worship are proof that they have no compassion for the people in Papua.

Undeterred from launching terror attacks in Papua, the KST indiscriminately attacks their targets, such as migrants, the TNI/Polri or the Papuans themselves. The atrocities carried out by the KST are acts of violence carried out beyond reason and common sense.

These attacks actually prove that the KST had ignored Human Rights (HAM) under the pretext of being persecuted and want to be independent and live a noble life, but in fact, the KST refuses progress in Papua and prolongs the suffering of the people.

Both the local and central government are serious in carrying out development for the welfare of the people in the region of Papua. However, this seriousnes is actually disrupted by the KST, which is proud of its roguish and wicked actions. One of the evidences that the KST hinders Papua’s progress is the incident in March 2022.

The KST attacked and shot TNI soldiers of Kodim Yonif R 408/SBH in Dambet Village, Beoga District, Puncak Regency, Papua, who were repairing a water channel, causing one of the soldiers to be injured.

TNI Pratu Heriyanto was shot in the neck. KST’s brutal actions and disregard for human rights has certainly become a spotlight not only in Papua but also nationally. The world also condemns acts of violence that are inhumane.

Last April 8, 2021, the KST led by Nau Waker burned three schools, namely an elementary, middle, and high school in the Julukoma village area, Boega district, Puncak Regency, Papua.

This terrorist act was carried out in the afternoon after shooting and killing an elementary school teacher who was on duty at the school during the morning.

In addition, on September 15, 2022, the KST also ill-treated 6 health workers in Kiwirok, Bintang Mountains, Papua. The incident left 4 people injured, 1 person dead and 1 person missing.

Previously, the National Police Chief, General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, had asked members of the National Police and TNI Soldiers to be alert of threats from the KST whose activities often agitate Papua’s civilians.

The existence of the KST in Papua, with all its wicked actions, has so far caused endless fear among local residents. It is not wrong if Papuans are irate and express their envy towards their fellow countrymen in other regions who are allowed to enjoy the dynamics of normal life without being afraid of a sudden attack from the KST.

Member of DPR’s Commission III, Arsul Sani, assessed that KST members in Papua are not only committing treason, but also acts of terrorism.

He also asked that the TNI and Polri need not think about the impact of narratives or political framing from outside parties regarding human rights violations.

According to him, DPR’s Commission III will counter these narratives. Arsul also said that KST’s actions had crossed the line. According to Arsul, the atrocities against civilians that are often carried out by the KST have included serious human rights violations.

The KST itself has tarnished the name of Papua which is known as a beautiful region. The beauty of Papua should not be damaged by the existence of the KST which is keen on spreading terror.

Papua’s Police Chief, Inspector General Mathius D Fakhiri, said that during the first 6 months of 2022, there were 44 KST disturbances, meaning that there was no month without terror disturbances in Papua. This number increased as there were only 34 cases last year.

The disturbances occurred in the districts of Intan Jaya, Nduga, Yakuhimo, Bintang Mountains, Puncak and Painai. The KST has made serious cases, such as mass murder, theft and even burning of public facilities.

Certainly, if there are KST members who are caught they must receive severe punishment as a deterrent effect. On the other hand, the Papuan people should not be influenced by propaganda or hoaxes from KST members, which are carried out to gain the sympathy of Papuans.

Firm action from the authorities is a form of protection for Papua, not a violation of human rights or an attempt to militarize Papua.

The KST is proven to have carried out brutal actions that have caused losses, when in fact the government is trying to build Papua so that this easternmost region in Indonesia can be more advanced and developed.

* The author is a Papuan student living in Bali (Source :

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