Free West Papua : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia: UN Human Rights Commission Statement on Papua is Not Logical

Jakarta, the Government of Indonesia considers the statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, regarding the invitation to visit Papua is not logical and excessive.

"Somewhat awkward, the government as an invitee is not honored," said the Director of Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Achsanul Habib, Tuesday (6/19).

Habib referred to the opening statement of Hussein at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday (18/6), in which he questioned the Indonesian government's invitation to visit Papua, which until now has not been able to be realized.

"In Indonesia, I am worried that despite a positive relationship with the authorities, the government invitation for my office to visit Papua, which was given when I visited last February, has not been fulfilled," Hussein said as quoted in the official website of OHCHR.

The invitation was given directly by the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, when Hussein visited the Presidential Palace in February. Hussein immediately planned to send a mission to Papua.

However, at that time Hussein could not determine the details of the planned visit because it still must be discussed further with other UN agencies and the government of Indonesia.

Habib explained that since then, the government has coordinated directly with the representative office of KTHAM for Asia based in Bangkok, Thailand.

"Unfortunately, before that was done, KTHAM through a regional representative office in Bangkok unilaterally determined the time, location of the visit, and the target of the visit, followed by a request to be granted a 2 staff visa from Bangkok," Habib said.

Continuing his statement, Habib said, "We have reminded that in order to visit Indonesia as a sovereign country, it is necessary to carry out the usual rules and arrangements of visits, of course, by the invitee, the government and not the invitees."

Indonesian Ambassador to the UN, Hasan Kleib, also regretted Hussein staff have reported to the central KTHAM when access has not been completed. Hasan made sure to align this information in one of the sessions at the UN headquarters in Geneva this morning.

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