Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Customary Council (DAP) recommended a number of important points in one of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago Congress' (KMAN VI) workshops in Enggros Village, Jayapura City.
"This recommendation aims to defend indigenous peoples in Papua, especially in Jayapura City," said DAP Secretary-General Leonardo Imbiri on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.
The first recommendation by the DAP is for political parties in Papua to provide a place for Indigenous Papuan to run for regent and mayor.
The next recommendation, he said, is to establish regional regulations prohibiting land sales. He said there must also be a reconciliation ceremony for indigenous peoples.
"Our last recommendation is the need for transparency and truthfulness of any information for us indigenous peoples before obtaining our consent for several matters," he said.
According to him, this recommendation is very important to support indigenous peoples in exercising their rights on their own land, therefore essential for the progress and sustainability of indigenous peoples.
"Through this congress, we are building indigenous peoples in Papua, especially in the Tabi region. Because the population of indigenous Papuans continues to decline," he said.
Imbiri hopes that the strengthening of indigenous peoples through Yo Riya or the workshop will prompt the people to have full authority in taking care of their respective villages. This way, any development including education, health, and the economy that takes place can improve welfare. (*)