Papuan People’s Assembly under fire ahead of Kalla trip

A very important warning from Papuan civil society was sent to the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP). The warning should be taken seriously in order to improve the democratic atmosphere in Papua. Information regarding Papua’s problems of poverty, health, encvironment, welfare, development and human rights abuses are very significant as inputs to the local government and also Indonesian federal government.

Related Source: RNZI

Hundreds of Papuans have been demonstrating for the dissolution of the Papuan People’s Assembly or MRP.

They say failed to protect the rights of the native people of the Indonesian region.

The Jakarta Post reports that demonstrations outside the MRP office in Jayapura come a week out from a planned visit to the city by Indonesia’s Vice President.

Jusuf Kalla’s to the provincial capital is to evaluate the region’s development.

Demonstrators say the MRP is a toothless institution which has done nothing to alleviate Papua’s problems of poverty and human rights abuses.

Meanwhile, MRP chairman Agus Alua responded to the protest by saying the demonstrators wanted the same things for the people as the Assembly.

Agus said the MRP and demonstrators would meet again to formulate a list of common concern and recommendations to be handed to the Vice President during his visit next week.

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