New military command slammed

New military command slammed
President Joko Widodo standing with the chiefs of the Indonesian Army and Armed Forces

Human rights activists have opposed the presence of a military command in West Papua, later named as the Kasuari/XVIII Military Command, as it is against the Papua Special Autonomy Law, especially on regional security.

"Articles 48 and 49 of Law No. 21/2001 on Papua Special Autonomy regulate on security in Papua by the police. The West Papua Police are now present in West Papua, so the presence of the military command is not too urgent should it be intended for security," said human rights activist Yan Warinussy in Manokwari, West Papua, on Tuesday.

Warinussy said that based on reports from human rights activists, there were many indications the military had committed violence against civilians, so the new military command would not give a sense of justice to Papuans.

Separately, Indonesian Military (TNI) Army chief of staff Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo failed to lay the cornerstone for the construction of the Kasuari/XVIII Military Command in Arfai village, South Manokwari, on Tuesday as West Papua Governor Bram O. Atururi was not available in Manokwari.

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