Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Yahukimo Students All Around Indonesia Yanis Soll said his party asked President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to guarantee the peace and safety of the people in Yahukimo, who since December 4, 2021 have experienced trauma due to military operations that limited their mobility to hunt, garden and do other activities.
“The people of Yahukimo today are being held at gunpoint. Then there are arbitrary arrests,” he said in a written statement received by Jubi on Monday, March 20, 2023.
In addition, security forces also confiscated garden work equipment and hunting equipment belonging to the people of Yahukimo. Children in Yahukimo Regency also cannot go to school because of the armed conflict between the Indonesian Military (TNI) and police and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB).
Soll said his party appealed to President Joko Widodo and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to guarantee the rights of life of Papuans in Yahukimo.
He also asked an independent institution to monitor the condition of Yahukimo residents who are currently not experiencing peace and do not get legal protection from the state.
He also asked the state to stop the arrests of civilians in Dekai and Suru-Suru. “Withdraw the military because the military does not recognize the perpetrators and often mistargeting civilians. And please provide protection for children so they can go to school safely and get their rights to education,” he said. (*)