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Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Political Affairs, Law and Security Luhut Binsar Padjaitan says the government has resolved to settle human rights cases “in not too long time”.
“We are studying ways to settle all human rights cases in Indonesia. In Papua there are 16 cases. President Joko Widodo has passed order to settle the cases as soon as possible,” Luhut said in Jakarta.
The government will reopen all cases and ask all, including the Human Rights Commission and Papua community leaders, to contribute to finding a solution to the problem openly, he said.
“If possible this year. Settlement of human rights cases must be transparent mainly through peaceful approaches,” he said.
He said the government was trying to work out a plan to provide scholarship for Papua students to study various technologies abroad.The regional administrations would be asked for their role in the development Papua to prevent making a similar mistake when granting Freeport the contract with Papua not given enough share of the benefit from their land.
Freeport has a large gold and copper mining concession in Papua.
Luhut said the government welcomes plan of the regional administration of Papua to build an industrial estate in Memberamo.