Regarding Papua, RI Criticizes the Absence of the UN on Human Rights Issues in the Developed Countries – The Indonesian government criticized the United Nations (UN) for failing to highlight cases of human rights transgressions in developed countries.

The statement came after Indonesia became one of 45 countries that committed human rights violations according to the UN Secretary General’s report, concerning with the cases of violence and intimidation of human rights activists in Papua.

A spokesman for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teuku Faizasyah said that almost all of the 32 countries reported in the document were developing countries.

“Unfortunately the report failed to highlight incidents of human rights transgressions in the developed countries, such as cases of Islamophobia, racism, and discrimination as well as hate speech,” said Faizasyah.

Indonesia, continued Faiza, condemns all forms of intimidation and violence targeting human rights activists.

“Indonesia asserts that it does not provide space for repressive practices against human rights activists as the alleged and everything is based on consideration of the imposition of legal provisions,” he said.

Previously, the Human Rights Council and the UN Secretary General highlighted the allegations of intimidation and violence received by activists, who assist and cooperate with the UN in terms of enforcing of human rights.

In the report, there are five Papuan activists that the UN has identified as being targets of intimidation and violence since they have been helping organizations in monitoring the human rights enforcement in eastern Indonesia.

One of them is the alleged intimidation of an activist and expert on human rights for the Papuan Customary Council, Wenisslaus Fatubun.

According to the report, he was intimidated on social media Facebook on October 6, 2019. Fatubun and his family were accused of being affiliated with a separatist group in Papua.

Other human rights activists named by the UN include human rights activist from the Me Yones Douw tribe, journalist Victor Mambor, a human rights activist Veronica Koman, and a West Papuan human rights activist Victor Yeimo who is in prison.

Indonesia through the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia in New York has delivered an explanation of the UN accusations on August 12, said Faizasyah.

In addition to this explanation, Indonesia has also conveyed its position on this issue at the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in 2020.

According to Faizasyah, the UN Human Rights Council report is a compilation of complaints in the realm of human rights that the UN Secretary General receives each year.

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