Papua Church leaders want fair talks

Papuan pastors ask human rights commission for help
Christian leaders in Papua have called on the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) , to mediate fair and immediate talks between Papuans and central government.
Catholic Church News Image of Papua Church leaders want fair talks�We urge the commission to mediate a comprehensive, unconditional and dignified dialogue immediately between the government and Papua, because the situation in Papua has worsened,� said Reverend Benny Giay of the Synod of Christian Churches in Papua.
�As Church leaders we are called upon to echo the voices of the Papuans. Every day the military is killing Papuan people,� Rev Giay told Komnas HAM at a meeting in Jakarta yesterday.
The delegation has also met Indonesian Bishops� Conference, interreligious leaders, and Communion of Churches in Indonesia for support.
Christian leaders in Papua have called on the to mediate dialogue between Papuans and central government.
�We urge the Commission to hold a comprehensive, unconditional and dignified dialogue immediately between the government and Papua, because the situation in Papua has worsened,� said Reverend Benny Giay of the Synod of Christian Churches in Papua.
Rev Giay also asked the commission for continuous monitoring of the situation in Papua. He blamed government for failures to develop Papuan tribal people and cultures, leaving them for oppression, marginalization and injustice.
Papuans say the Special Autonomy law has failed to benefit the indigenous people.  Activists say military infrastructure and industrial plants are built all over the region, but not to the advantage of Papuans.
Ridha Saleh, Komnas HAM deputy head told the delegation that the commission will plan the dialogue and monitor the situation in Papua.
�This is our priority,� he said.


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Tokoh Kristen di Papua mendesak Komisi Nasional Hak Asasi Manusia (Komnas HAM) untuk segera memediasi dialog antara Papua dengan pemerintah pusat. �Kami mendesak Komnas HAM untuk sesegera mungkin menyelenggarakan dialog yang komprehensif, tanpa syarat dan bermartabat antara pemerintah dan Papua, karena situasi di Papua semakin memburuk,� kata Pendeta Benny Giay, Ketua Sinode Kemah Injil (Kingmi) Papua. �Sebagai pemimin Gereja kami terpanggil untuk menyuarakan suara rakyat Papua. Setiap hari militer membunuh orang Papua,� kata Pdt Giay kepada staff Komnas HAM saat pertemuan di Jakarta kemarin. Delegasi Papua itu juga telah bertemu Konferensi Waligereja Indonesian, tokoh lintas agama, dan Persekutuan Gereja-Gereja Kristen Indonesia untuk mendukung dialog tersebut. Pdt Giay juga meminta Komnas HAM agar terus memantau sistuasi di Papua. Ia juga mengatakan pemerintah telah gagal memajukan warga suku Papua, sehingga mereka jatuh ke dalam penindasan, marjinalisasi dan ketidakadilan. Ia juga mengatakan Warga Papua sudah tidak mendapat keuntungan dari Otonomi Khusus yang sudah diberlakukan. Sebaliknya, fasilitas militer dan berbagai macam perusahaan dibangun di mana-mana di Papua, tapi tidak untuk kepentingan warga Papua. Deputi Komnas HAM, Ridha Saleh, mengatakan akan menyelenggarakan dialog seperti yang diinginkan dan akan memonitor situasi di Papua. �Ini akan menjadi salah satu prioritas kami,� kata Ridha.
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