To the Honorable:
President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
LAND FOR PEACE OF PAPUA,
FOR THE DIGNIFIED OF PAPUAN PEOPLE
With due respect,
We, citizens of the Republic of Indonesia are very concerned about the development of the human rights situation in Papua. Papua puts the Indonesian state in a very negative light, and violates what constitution guarantees to the people. Papua is a portrait of injustice and a fertile ground for violence, when the state would prefer to use the security forces on a massive scale, rather than raise the position of Papuans to the equivalent of that of other Indonesian citizens. Harsh measures occur on a daily basis.
In the past month, violence has increased, beginning with the workers of PT Freeport whose demonstrations demanding an increase in welfare were answered with the excessive deployment of security forces. Two workers were killed in demonstrations with a police intelligence office. This is exacerbated also by the application of excessive security seen in the case of the Third Papuan People's Congress. In the attack hundreds of people were arrested, three were killed and six others accused of subversive activities. Also at Timika shootings caused three deaths and one person was critically injured. Finally, the police chief at Puncak Jaya was shot dead by an unknown person.
What happened in Papua comes from the government’s failure to make the people confident of its justice and their economic, social and cultural rights.
This precedent also stresses that the state never embodies the spirit of Pancasila, particularly the second principle - "a just and civilized humanity” - and the fifth – “social justice for all Indonesian people” - in every policy. The promise that was never kept denies the fundamental ethos of solidarity of the nation and people.
Neglected are fundamental rights such as the right to life, the right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman treatment, the right to be treated as human beings before the law, including the right to express one’s thoughts and conscience.
We, citizens of the Republic of Indonesia insist the President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono resolve the problems in Papua to establish a true dialogue of peace that respects the dignity and cultural rights of the Papuan people.
We ask the President to instruct the TNI Commander Admiral Agus Suhartono to immediately withdraw all non-organic TNI personnel (those who are not border security guards) from Papua. This excessive force violates military law and is not in line with government policies that emphasize an economic, and social-cultural approach to the people of Papua.
We ask the President order the national police chief Timor Pradopo to immediately protect and create a sense of security among the people of Papua. The President should order the Police to evaluate the MoU between the Papua Police and Freeport whereby security personnel have placed the army / police to guard vital assets. Using the security forces like this leads to violence not the rule of law.
We demand an accountable investigation, promotion of the rule of law with the principles of human rights to every case of human rights violations in Papua.
We demand an honorable justice and the restoring of the rights of victims in Papua.
We will always support the peace dialogue for Papua. We will also continue to provide moral support to our Papua fellow citizens, still struggling to achieve equality in this country.
These are our political aspirations as Indonesian citizens as guaranteed by the Constitution where Pancasila is the basis of the state.
JATAM, INFID, SETARA INSTITUT, KIARA, WALHI, PRAXIS, YLBHI,
IDSPS, IMPARSIAL, ELSAM, SNUP, ANBTI, SAWIT WATCH, DEMOS, LBH JAKARTA, KOMISI HAK KWI, PGI, HRWG, ICTJ, IKOHI, KPA, KAMPAK PAPUA, FOKER LSM PAPUA, ALDP, LEMBAGA BHINEKA, IKOHI JATIM, VHR MEDIA, GAYA NUSANTARA, CMARS, CIS TIMOR, NTT POLICY FORUM, ED WALHI NTT, BENGKEL APPeK KUPANG, CEMARA KUPANG Foundation, PERHIMPUNAN RAKYAT PEKERJA,
Solidarity Struggle for Freeport Workers,
Kontras Federation (JAKARTA, SULAWESI, NUSA TENGGARA, ACEH, North SUMATERA, SURABAYA, PAPUA)