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High Expectations on the Papua Special Autonomy Law, by Rega K.

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Rega K. | Papuan Observer

The enactment of the Law on the Second Amendment to Law Number 21 of 2001 concerning Special Autonomy for the Papua Province (Otsus Papua) for the Papua Province is considered a beautiful gift of the momentum of Indonesia’s independence.

The head of the National Police Intelligence and Security Agency, Komjen Pol Paulus Waterpauw, said the changes in the second volume of the Special Autonomy Law had taken into account justice and the protection of the political rights of Papuans.

The chairman of the Optimist Indonesia Movement, Ngasiman Djoyonegoro, said the enactment of the second volume of the Papua Special Autonomy Law was part of the central government’s commitment to developing Papua.

With the ratification of Otsus Volume two, which has taken into account the socio-cultural aspects of Papua, Ngasiman Otimis, that the development of Papua in the future will be better.

“The Papua development roadmap is an integral part of the Grand Design of Indonesian Development in realizing the vision of Indonesia Gold 2045”

The chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama Regional Board of the PWNU Papua who is also a member of the Papuan People’s Council, Tony Wanggai, is of the opinion that with the ratification of the second volume of the Papua Autonomy Law, Papuan indigenous people (OAP) from each customary area will be increasingly represented in the local political process in the region (DPR Kab/City).

He said that with the Otsus funds, it was more targeted and in accordance with the needs of OAP. He also assessed that the Master Plan for the Acceleration of Development in Papua as a road map for the face of Papua in the next 20 years will make Papuan development more coordinated and directed.

He also assessed that regional structuring (provincial expansion) in Papua would encourage equitable development, so that it is not Jayapuracentric, but becomes Papua-centric evenly. In the process of expanding the administrative area, it is hoped that the government will consider aspects of local wisdom and customary territory in Papua.

Meanwhile, Papuan community leader Rev. Fredy H Toam, said that so far there have been stereotypes for the region and the people of Papua. The stereotype views Papua as the backward and backward part of Indonesia.

He reminded Papuans not to forget the presence of outsiders from Oapua who have become part of Papua. The determination of Otsus Papua volume two is a gift from God, because with the existence of autonomous rights to the region, Papuans have the right to determine the direction of regional development, so that the development of Papua can be in accordance with the aspirations and desires of the Papuan people.

The House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia on June 15, 2021, has ratified the Draft Law on the Second Amendment to Law Number 21 of 2001 concerning Special Autonomy for the Papua Province (Otsus Papua) into Law at the Plenary Meeting in Jakarta.

There are at least 20 points of change in the revision of the Papua Special Autonomy Law, which consists of changes to 18 articles and the addition of two new articles. With the ratification of the OTSUS Law Volume Two, it is hoped that it will accommodate the need for specific arrangements for OAP in the fields of politics, education, health, employment, and the economy, as well as provide support for indigenous peoples.

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