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Natural Resource Policy Would Guarantee the Rights of Papua



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Natural Resource Policy Would Guarantee the Rights of Papua

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA -  The central government should give full authority to the regional governments of Papua, Papua Barat, Papua Legislators, Papua Barat Legislators, Papua Consultative Assembly, Papua Barat Consultative Assembly, indigenous people, and other stakeholders so that they have sense of belonging to the areas and natural resources in their regions.

Chairman of Papua Barat Consultative Assembly, Maxi N. Ahoren told that in Jakarta (11/1/2021) in the public discussion held by Perkumpulan Panah Papua, Papanan Conservation, and Perkumpulan Mongka Papua about the impacts of central authority to the Masyarakat Hukum Adat (MHA), land, and natural resources in Papua

“The central government should give full authority based on the UU Otonomi Khusus so that the origins of Papua, namely the indigenous people would have sense of belonging,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.

The female indigenous people representative, Yustina Ogoney told that the central government and the regional government should admit, protect, respect the rights of the female and children because of every development program, the female is fragile. “Until now because of the policy published by central government, indigenous areas in the concession cover 3 million hectares only and it is negative to the female and children,” she said.

Senator of Papua Barat, Filep Wamafma emphasized that the indigenous people are officially admitted and their traditional rights as long as they live. Filep continued that the governments of Papua and Papua Barat should make regulation about indigenous people based on Chapter 18B article (2) Constitutional 1945 and Chapter 43, UU Otonomi Khusus.

“The Government of Papua and Papua Barat together with Papua Consultative Assembly, Papua Barat Consultative Assembly, Papua Legislators, Papua Barat Legislators, Otonomi Khusus Fraction should encourage the admission, protection, respect, empowerment of the indigenous people in Papua,” he said.

The representative of civil organization in Panah Papua, Papuana Conservation, and Perkumpulan Mongka Papua, Sulfianto revealed his findings that the indigenous of Papua have limited access to manage their natural resources and rights to manage hit the issues from the central (government). That is why the discussion was initiated to inform the public about the condition in Papua. (T2)


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