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Special Autonomy provides for rights justice, says Papuan legislator

Radio New Zealand International - September 14, 2017

A member of the Papua Provincial Legislative Assembly says the Special Autonomy Law provides for a human rights court in Papua and should be pursued.

Laurenzus Kadepa, who is also part of the Legislative Council on Political, Legal and Human Rights, is among those pushing for the establishment of such a court.

Tabloid Jubi quoted him saying both the court and a Truth and Reconciliation Commission had been mandated by the Autonomy Law which Indonesia granted Papua region in 2001.Mr Kadepa said that to date little had been done to get the court off the ground, but he suggested that was the best available option to address Papua's human rights matters.

According to him, many suspected cases of human rights violations by security apparatus that have gone through the general court or in their respective security forces units did not give a sense of justice to victims and their family.

He said the effort to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission or human rights court in Papua needs cross party support in Papua's parliament.

This was echoed by another member of the commission I in the Legislative Council, Tan Wie Long, who stressed the need for unity among all stakeholders regarding this issue.

"Victims of human rights violations must be open to anything that can contribute positively," Tan said.

Source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/339410/special-autonomy-provides-for-rights-justice-says-papuan-legislator