Komnas HAM Will Invite OPM Leaders to Dialogue with Government

Jakarta, IDN Times – Chairman of the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Ahmad Taufan Damanik said he would invite figures from the Free Papua Organization (OPM) to have a peaceful dialogue. This effort is Komnas HAM’s response to the situation in Papua.

Komnas HAM will initiate and initiate a peaceful dialogue between the government and the Papuan side. The Papuan parties involved are the OPM, church leaders, community leaders, and traditional leaders.

“OPM will be a priority group for dialogue with the government,” said Taufan, quoted from AMONGWednesday (9/3/2022).

1. The government cannot refuse dialogue with Papuan independence figures

Komnas HAM Will Invite OPM Leaders to Dialogue with Government West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Organization (TPNPB-OPM). (doc. TPNPB-OPM)

Taufan emphasized that the government cannot refuse to start communicating with Papuan independence figures who are still heard by many parties, one of them is Benny Wenda.

“Those who are pro-independence must be invited to a dialogue, they can’t if they don’t. This upheaval is because there are pro-independence people,” he said.

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2. OPM is called ready for dialogue

Komnas HAM Will Invite OPM Leaders to Dialogue with Government ULMWP Chair Benny Wenda (Oxford City Council Documentation)

Komnas HAM has communicated and informed the OPM that it would meet Benny Wenda. However, Komnas HAM together with the government are currently still considering the ups and downs of the situation in Papua.

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“Our team there often meet and contact each other. They are willing to be facilitated by Komnas HAM. They said they were ready,” said Taufan.

3. Komnas HAM also held a dialogue with traditional leaders in Papua

Komnas HAM Will Invite OPM Leaders to Dialogue with Government West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) Free Papua Organization (OPM). (doc. TPNPB-OPM)

Not limited to the OPM, Komnas HAM will also hold a dialogue with traditional leaders in Papua. In relation to traditional leaders, the issue that has drawn attention is the protection of their ulayat rights.

Taufan hopes that this year his party can start the initial stage of dialogue between the government, OPM, community leaders, church leaders, and traditional leaders.

“Hopefully this year, the initial stages will start from the government, OPM, community leaders, church leaders, and traditional leaders. I’m starting to be able to sit down,” said Taufan.

4. Komnas HAM will act as a third party

Komnas HAM Will Invite OPM Leaders to Dialogue with Government Komnas HAM chairman Ahmad Taufan Damanik. (doc. Komnas HAM Public Relations)

Taufan said Komnas HAM would act as a third party. Sweden has done the same thing in resolving the conflict in Aceh.

“Even though this is a state institution, they still have great respect,” said Taufan.

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