Natalius Pigai denounces serious humanitarian crisis in West Papua

Natalius Pigai denounces serious humanitarian crisis in West Papua

Natalius Pigai, a former national human rights commissioner in Indonesia, denounces the humanitarian crisis in his native land, West Papua, and calls on the Indonesian government to engage in a genuine dialogue with the representatives of the Papuan people.

West Papua has officially belonged to Indonesia since 1969. This region was previously inhabited by the Melanesian Papuans, who were mostly Christians. Today the situation has completely changed: the Papuans are becoming a minority in their country and they felt more and more dominated by the Indonesians, who are mostly Muslim.

A bloody conflict has never ceased to ravage this Pacific region since it became part of Indonesia. Between 100,000 and 500,000 people have been killed and the death toll is likely to rise. The last few days have been marked by riots against a backdrop of inter-community tension. These have taken place in many districts.

"The perpetrators of crimes against humanity are unconditionally acquitted by iniquitous courts. I no longer trust the Indonesian state. These riots are signs that the (Papuan) people are finding a new pattern of revenge." Natalius tweeted on January 22 to President Jokowi. Then he added: "Don't be silent: in some districts of Papua, Indonesian merchants and migrants have left. A dialogue must be opened!"


Source : NataliusPigai (@NataliusPigai2) / Twitter

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