10 Dec 2019

Papua protesters demand action from Jakarta over Paniai deaths

2:42 pm on 10 December 2019

University students and human rights activists staged a rally on Sunday in West Papua demanding Indonesia's President Joko Widodo fulfil his vow to settle a human rights violation case.

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Five people, including four high school students, were allegedly shot and killed by Indonesian soldiers on 8 December 2014, during a protest in Paniai.

The Jakarta Post reports that five years later, demonstrators gathered at the Sorong urban park and put up leaflets that read: "We demand proof, not promises".

They called for the prosecution of those responsible for the shooting.

The protesters chanted: "Papua does not need [more] security [personnel]. Papua only needs justice."

Mr Widodo had promised to resolve the case in a speech delivered a few weeks later in Papua's provincial capital of Jayapura on 27 December, 2014.

But the field co-ordinator of Sunday's protest, Ambrosius Klangit, said Papuans and the victims' families were still waiting for Mr Widodo to fulfil his promise.