30 Mar 2016

Indonesia looks to resolve Papua human rights cases

3:38 pm on 30 March 2016

The Indonesian Co-ordinating Minister for Political Affairs, Law and Security, Luhut Binsar Padjaitan, says the government has resolved to settle human rights cases, including 16 cases in Papua.

He said President Joko Widodo passed an order to settle the cases as soon as possible.

Mr Padjaitan said the government will reopen all cases and will ask the Human Rights Commission and Papua community leaders to contribute to finding a solution openly.

Indonesia's Co-ordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security, Luhut Pandjaitan.

Indonesia's Co-ordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security, Luhut Pandjaitan. Photo: AFP

He said the settlement of human rights cases must be transparent and done through peaceful approaches.

Recently, there have been a number of Papuans calling for more involvement of the indigenous people in the management of Freeport's major gold and copper mine in Papua province, as well as a greater share of the benefits.

Antara news reported regional administrations will also be asked to prevent a similar mistake from happening, so Papuans can get a fair share of benefit from their land.

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