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BIN accused of trying to discredit NGOs in West Papua  James Balowski
 Mar 23, 2006 02:50 PST 

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BIN accused of trying to discredit NGOs in West

Detik.com - March 22, 2006

Iqbal Fadil, Jakarta -- The accusations by Syamsir
Siregar, the head of the National Intelligence
Agency (BIN), that local West Papuan non-government
organisations (NGOs) in Papua sponsored the Abepura
incident are intended to discredit NGOs in Papua as
a whole. The accusations must be clarified
immediately in order that it not be seen as slander
and in itself provoke the impression that the
situation in Papua is unsafe.

“There is a certain political intent behind the
accusations. This kind of mind set is a method from
the past that is still used for certain goals that
endanger peace in Papua”, said the executive
director of the Institute for the Strengthening of
Papuan Civil Society (LPMSP), Budi Setyanto, in a
press release received by Detik.com on Wednesday
March 22.

If BIN has concrete and valid data it must be
immediately handed over to the national police to be
followed up though the legal mechanisms that are in
force. BIN doesn’t need to issue statements that are
unclear and have a strong tendency to upset the
public, in particular NGO activists.

“It must be understood that there are quite a lot of
NGO in Papua. Not all NGOs have a clear vision and
mission. Many parties call themselves NGOs for the
interests of [certain] individuals and groups”,
explained Setyanto.

In principle the LPMSP does not agree with
expressing aspirations though means of violence or
by disruption the public interest because this
conflicts with democracy.

LPMSP is therefore calling on Siregar to immediately
clarify his statement and if he has accurate data to
immediately report it so that the legal steps can be
taken against the perpetrators of the riot. (bal)

[Translated by James Balowski.]


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