Indonesia president helps plan to cut back troops in restive Papua

Indonesian President Joko Widodo stated on Monday he helps plans to cut back the presence of troops within the japanese area of Papua, the place the nation’s navy has been accused of human rights abuses in tackling a long-running independence motion.

Jokowi, because the president is thought, stated “the reduction of military troops in Papua is good, but we need to continue to be stern,” after appointing a brand new chief of armed forces.

In any other case, he stated, armed insurgent teams will proceed to function there and “the problem will never end”.

It was unclear when and by how a lot the navy presence in Papua could be scaled again.

Indonesia’s easternmost area of Papua has seen a long-simmering separatist motion, which has intensified lately. The navy maintains a heavy presence within the impoverished area, and has been accused by activist teams of human rights abuses, which it denies.

Former navy chief Andika Perkasa had in 2021 advocated for a “humanistic approach” in Papua that emphasizes speaking with insurgent teams, based on state information company Antara.

When requested whether or not troops in Papua could be decreased, newly-installed navy chief, Yudo Margono, informed reporters on Monday that he would go to Papua and consider the scenario earlier than making a choice however didn’t present particulars.

Jakarta-based analysis group, the Institute for Coverage Evaluation of Battle, stated in a report this yr that the frequency of insurgency-related violence in Papua had elevated from a median of 11 incidents a yr between 2010 to 2017 to 52 incidents a yr from 2018-2021.