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Joint Press Statement: Allegation by BIN will only conceal the
root of the pro
 Mar 24, 2006 08:03 PST 

23 March 2006

Joint Press Statement

Allegation by BIN will only conceal the root of the problem

We strongly condemn the statement by Syamsir Siregar, the head of BIN
(Badan Inteligen Negara- State Intelligence Bureau) and the Defence
Minister Juwono Sudarsono, alleging that local NGOs with the support of
international NGOs were behind the riots in Abepura.

This statement which blackens the reputation of the NGOs is a repetition of
the past inability of the government to resolve problems that have existed
for decades in Papua and shows that no attempt is being made to exercise
good governance in solving problems in Papua.

It is the work of intelligence to gather data in secret and submit the
results to the President or the appropriate state institution, and not to
make public statements consisting of accusations that can only worsen the
situation. By issuing such a statement, the head of BIN has launched a
political attack which is totally inappropriate for an intelligence agency
functioning in a democratic system.

We also regard this statement as an attempt to shift responsibility, in a
situation where BIN and other intelligences bodies of the police and the
military have revealed their inability to anticipate the conflict and
violence which occurred.

The root of the problem is that the existence of Freeport since 1967 has
had negative consequences, both political and economic, for the Papuan
people who have suffered the consequences of a damaged environment and a
range of human rights violations. This is a conflict that has been
continuing for years without any attempt to find a comprehensive solution.

We also state our deep concern at the dispatch of additional police and for
those who died and fell victim during the Abepura riots.We call on the
police force to handle the situation professionally and act in accordance
with due process in connection with the incident, and avoid acts of
revenge. If the Police Force fails to comply with the rule of law, this
will only provide the potential for more human rights abuses such as
arbitrary detention, torture or violence towards those who are at fault,
such as has occurred already.

We therefore call for every effort to be made to act in accordance with the
law, during the questioning and interrogations, which should be based on
the principle of the right to a fair trial.

Jakarta, 23 March 2006

LPSHAM Sulteng, Adhoc KontraS Sulawesi, SKP-HAM Sulteng, Forum Belajar
Bersama Prakarsa Rakyat, Tapal, Elsam, Jatam

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