Human Rights Watch says the Indonesian President's condemnation of the killing of Papuan civilians by the military has come too late.
Joko Widodo, who has been in the province for Christmas celebrations, says the incident in Paniai in which 5 protesters were killed, and 17 people -- including children -- were injured was deplorable.
But Andreas Harsono says it took 20 days for the President to condemn the killings, and is questioning whether Mr Widodo will allow full access for a proper investigation.
Mr Harsono says the police have complained that they cannot properly investigate because they aren't being allowed to interview soldiers who were at the scene.
He says the government also needs to ensure victim safety.
"The fear among victims is so high to the extent that they do not want to talk to police or military investigators because they fear reprisal if they speak up. That's why it is important for the government to send the witness protection agency to go to Paniai and to provide their protection if they want to speak up."