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Papua’s Special Autonomy Volume II Continued to Improve the Welfare of Papuans and Maintain Papua within the Republic of Indonesia, By Romario Wanianggo

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Romario Wanianggo | Papuan students

The Special Autonomy Law was issued as a special policy to reduce the gap between Papua region and other provinces, as an effort to improve the living standard of the Papuan, as well as to provide opportunities for indigenous Papuans, who are based on basic values ​​which include protection and respect for ethics and morals, the basic rights of indigenous people, human rights, the rule of law, democracy, pluralism, as well as equality, rights, and obligations as citizens.

 

On the way to the end of the implementation of the first volume of Papua’s Otsus, various groups in the Papua region consider that the Otsus has not had a significant impact on the welfare of the Papuan people. The government’s affirmative action policy has not been proven to improve the condition of the Papuan’s socio-economic welfare.

However, the “failure” tag of the implementation of  Papua’s Otsus Volume I is not entirely the fault of the Central Government, because the Provincial and Regency Governments in the Papua region have contributed to the failure of the implementation of Otsus Papua as well.

Therefore, as a regional development policy that is in the initial process, the implementation of Papua’s Otsus Volume I received many arguments about its weaknesses, shortcomings, failure of the implementation that has been conveyed by regional leaders, academics, heads of indigenous groups, religions including Papuan indigenous people themselves. So, with these arguments, the implementation of the Papua’s Special Autonomy needs to be continued with the implementation of Special Autonomy for Papua Volume II.

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