Komnas HAM calls for humanitarian pause in Papua conflict

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Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM), Atnike Nova Sigiro. Doc. Komnas HAM Public Relations

Jayapura, Jubi – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has thrown its support behind the proposed humanitarian pause aimed at alleviating the armed conflict in Papua, as advocated by national leaders.

Atnike Nova Sigiro, the Chairperson of Komnas HAM, emphasized the significance of promoting peace in Papua through dialogues, enhancements in public policies and services, law enforcement, and other constructive measures. This move, according to Atnike, deserves acknowledgment as it aligns with the commission’s constant advocacy for an improved human rights situation in Papua and its support for various initiatives geared towards this end.

The collective plea for a Humanitarian Pause on November 11, 2023. Several national figures underscore the necessity of a peaceful resolution to prevent further loss of life and pave the way for prosperity and justice in Papua.

Atnike stressed the imperative nature of cooperation between the government and the people in both Papua and Jakarta to attain these objectives. She expressed hope for broader participation in response to the call for a Humanitarian Pause from all stakeholders, encompassing the government, traditional groups, religious entities, academics, women, human rights defenders, and others.

Komnas HAM, Atnike mentioned, actively promotes a more conducive human rights environment in Papua through activities like monitoring reported human rights violations, advocating for law enforcement, and assessing the societal impact of conflicts, such as the plight of internally displaced persons in Papua. Moreover, the commission provides recommendations on integrating human rights principles into governmental policies, including those concerning the TNI (Indonesian Military) and Police in Papua.

She further highlighted the importance of bolstering coordination between Komnas HAM, community groups in Papua, and governmental officials in order to ensure that the commission’s monitoring outcomes and recommendations are effectively acted upon. (*)

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