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*UN Human Rights Chief to Examine Rights Abuses in Papua *

Dozens of children in Asmat, Papua, have contracted measles and are
considered malnourished. (Antara Photo/M Agung Rajasa)

*By* *Sheany* <http://jakartaglobe.id/author/sheany/> *on 9:16 pm Feb 07,
*Category* *News* <http://jakartaglobe.id/news>* , **Human Rights*

*Jakarta.* The United Nations high commissioner for human rights said on
Wednesday (07/02) that he will send a mission to Indonesia's easternmost
province of Papua, following reports of abuses against its indigenous

"I am also concerned about reports of excessive use of force by security
forces, harassment, arbitrary arrests and detentions in Papua," Zeid Ra'ad
al-Hussein told reporters in Jakarta during his three-day visit to

He added that the Indonesian government has extended an invitation to the
UN to visit Papua — the country's poorest region.

"I think it's important for us to go and see ourselves what is happening
there … and I hope we can do this as soon as possible," Al-Hussein said.

Accounts of rights violations in Papua have prompted concerns from
activists and the larger international community. The government was
earlier accused of restricting access for foreign correspondents to the

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration has prioritized development
in Papua through massive infrastructure projects aimed at boosting the
province's economic growth.

More recently, dozens of Papuans – mostly children – died from
malnutrition-related diseases in the province's Asmat district. The health
crisis has led to allegations that the government's focus on development in
the region does not serve the welfare of its population.

"They [the UN] can visit Papua. I told them that if they find faults, we
will take action [to address them]," Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister
Luhut Pandjaitan said after his meeting with Al-Hussein on Tuesday.

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