We Are All Brothers and Sisters: Reject Violence in Papua

The racial action of Papua students in Surabaya, which was in the spotlight in September 2019, seemed to be a ‘trigger’ to the socio-political conflict in Papua. The atmosphere dragged on to resulted in verbal and physical violence against our brother and sister from Papua. The incident not only made us uneasy, but also triggered the birth of ideas to support a referendum for Papua. Then how does it proceed so that the situation can be resolved?

The Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri) through Ahimsa Indonesia held a joint discussion about Papua in various perspectives at public discussion titled “We Are All Brother and Sisters: Reject Violence in Papua” on December 25, 2019 at The Reading Room, Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta. This discussion aims to seek reconciliation and maintain brotherhood among fellow Indonesian citizens.

The problem of Papua needs to be addressed jointly, not only in the executive ranks, but also in the collective spirit of the nation, including those from the media, political parties, social organizations and the business world. In this public discussion, Prof. Bambang Shergi Laksono (Chairperson of the Papua Center UI), Rifai Darus, (Chairperson of the Central KNPI), and Budi Arwan (Head of Sub-Directorate of Papua and West Papua Provinces, Directorate General of Regional Autonomy).