Papuan provincial parliament is drafting local regulation on the settlement of human rights violations

Fourteen legislators of the Papuan provincial parliament (DPRP) are in the process of drafting a local government regulation (peraturan daerah or PERDA). The law shall provide a legal framework to deal with human rights violations in the province of Papua. The legislators have met with NGOs, victims of human rights violations and other stakeholders, asking them to share their inputs to the draft. The draft regulation is planned to be incorporated into the local legislation program 2019.

The parliament members stated that they face the challenge that Indonesia does not have experience with effective mechanisms to address human rights violations while ensuring the restitution of victims of human rights violations or their bereaved relatives. Hence, the legislators planned to learn from existing South Africa’s historic experience in establishing a human rights court.