6 Feb 2016

Indonesian govt considers amnesty for former OPM members

1:11 pm on 6 February 2016

The Indonesian government says it will consider a request for amnesty from 10 former members of the West Papuan separatist group, the OPM.

The Jakarta Post reports the members met with the National Intelligency Agency chief, Sutiyoso, to ask for amnesty, and the Papua administration has reportedly already made plans for the request.

The Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister, Luhut Panjaitan, says the request will be considered if it's deemed a persuasive step towards resolving the decades-long separatist conflict in West Papua.

In January, president Joko Widodo said a soft approach and dialogue was needed to move away from a militaristic approach in West Papua, and he granted clemency to five Papuan prisoners.

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