21 Sep 2005

Reports from Indonesia say new political body to be set up in Papua province

4:27 pm on 21 September 2005

Reports from Indonesia say the government will establish a so-called people's assembly in the province of Papua by the eighth of October.

The Jakarta Post reports the 42-seat body will be authorised to make decisions on reported human rights abuses and social, cultural and economic problems.

The assembly had been envisaged in a law on special autonomy for Papua, enacted four years ago.

It reportedly has the power to overturn a decision by Indonesia's Constitutional Court which recognises the partition of the western half of New Guinea island into two provinces.