Papuan human rights activist calls on Komnas HAM chairman to resign

Bintang Papua


The pro-independence human rights activist. Sebby Sambom, in a statement published in Bintang Papua, called on the chairman of Komnas HAM, the National Human Rights Commission, Oto Nur Abdullah to resign

This came in response to a statement by Nur Abdullah which, according to Sebby Sambom, appeared to legitimise military operations in Papua.

'In response to the comment by the chairman of the Komnas HAM, as published in the mass media on 28 November with regard to military sweepings in the district of Lanny Jaya , we pro-independence activists call on the chairman of Komnas HAM to resign.'

Sambom said that the statement appeared to legitimise the military operations being waged by the Indonesian military, either directly or indirectly, against the indigenous Papuan people in Pitriver and the highlands region of central Papua.

According to Sebby Sambom and his colleagues, the statement made by the Komnas HAM chairman was dangerous and would be detrimental to the indigenous people in Papua.

This is why, he said, we make the following demand. 'The chairman of Komnas HAM should clarify the statement he made that the events in Lanny Jaya cannot be described as human rights violations.'

He said that the statement fails to take account of international humanitarian law.

He went on to say that if the chairman of Komnas HAM fails to resign, Komnas HAM should issue an official statement calling on TNI/Polri, the Indonesian army and police, to end their military activities and withdraw from the highlands in central Papua.

'It is a great pity that the chairman of Komnas HAM fails to understand that there are regulations regarding the waging of war and he fails to appreciate that his statement could be used as a 'weapon' by the security forces. We greatly regret this,' said Sambom

[Translated by TAPOL]