I think Benny YP Siahaan article on separatism in Papua is worth to be read and discussed. Many activist such as Rev. Richard Samuelson and Benny Wenda are always trying to provoke conflict in Papua. We should pray that those kind of activists someday realise that they pursue the wrong way.
Benny YP Siahaan, Geneva
Separatism in Papua is now perhaps the only remaining serious and long-standing separatist problem in Indonesia after the issue of Acehnese separatism was finally and successfully resolved. Following the Aceh peace deal in 2005, it is expected that the Papuan rebellion will follow in the footsteps of Aceh.
However until now there has been no indication that separatist sentiment in Papua is dwindling, in spite of the Indonesian government’s offer of a special autonomy package and various other efforts to win “hearts and minds” of Papuans.
There is a growing nonviolent separatist movement in Papua. In the last few years, we have noticed an incremental change in the strategy of the Papuan separatist movement. This strategy is two-pronged. Read the rest of this entry »