Lena M. | Papuan Observer
The head of Komnas HAM Representative for Papua, Frits Ramandey said that the violence against health workers carried out by the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) in Kiwirok District, Bintang Mountains, Papua violated human rights.
Frits said the pattern of violent acts carried out by the KKB was the same as the attack in Nduga in April 2021. At that time they attacked the teacher in Nduga.
He also criticized the violence carried out by the KKB or TPNPB OPM against humanitarian workers that occurred in Maybart, West Papua.
According to Frits, currently the KKB is fragmented into 3 major groups, namely armed civilian groups, groups maintained by corporations, groups fighting for political succession.
“Previously the TPNPB OPM did not attack teachers, paramedics, and even protected schools and hospitals. But now the movement has a new pattern that targets civilians.”
Currently, the latest case being handled by Komnas HAM is the violence in Kiwirok against the community and health workers.
Meanwhile, the Watimpres expert staff, Sri Yunanto explained, if you look at the definition of terrorist according to Law number 5 of 2018, this KKB has entered the terrorist criteria.
In theory, he said, a group is categorized as a terrorist group if it meets several indicators. Among them are using violence as the main strategy, rejecting negotiations, spreading terror and false propaganda, and attacking civilians.
Based on these indicators, the TPNPB OPM (KKB) can be categorized as a terrorist group because it can be seen that their movements attack civilians, reject the dialogue process, damage public vital objects, and cause fear.
Meanwhile, terrorism observer from Egypt, Dr Mustafa Zahran also appreciated Indonesia’s steps, but in addition to security solutions. There must be an intellectual solution by maximizing the values of local wisdom typical of the Papua region.