Andika Perkasa, Papua, and Alleged Human Rights Violations

One of his priorities was the handling of conflict areas when he was commander of the TNI.


Monday, November 8th, 2021 08:27 WIB

Author : Astri Yuanasari , Resky Novianto

KBR, Jakarta- Army Chief of Staff (KASAD) Andika Perkasa explained his vision and mission during the fit and proper test of the candidate for TNI commander in the Defense Commission (I) of the DPR, Saturday, November 06, 2021. The fit and proper test was carried out behind closed doors. One of his priorities was the handling of conflict areas when he was commander of the TNI. 

However, Andika does not want to give the public high hopes for the TNI. Because, the TNI has indeed advantages, as well as limitations.

"For intelligence, especially in areas where there are currently security disturbances or conflicts, whether horizontal or vertical, it is also one thing that we think or in my opinion needs to get priority or focus on the future era," Andika said at the Jakarta Parliament complex, Saturday (6/11/2021).

Today, Monday (08/11), the DPR will ratify Andika Perkasa as TNI commander through a plenary session. The ratification was carried out after the DPR approved President Joko Widodo's proposal to propose Andika Perkasa as the sole candidate for TNI commander, replacing Hadi Tjahjanto, who is about to enter retirement age. 

The President's letter (Surpres) regarding the appointment of Andika Perkasa as the sole candidate for TNI commander was handed over directly to Minister of State Secretary Pratikno to DPR Chair Puan Maharani, Wednesday, November 3, 2021. After that, it was followed by a meeting of the DPR Deliberative Body, then a fit and proper test. 

Realize The Promise

The NGO working in the field of human rights, Imparsial, hopes that General Andika Perkasa will fulfill his promise to resolve the Papuan conflict in a humanistic manner. Andika made the promise during a fit and proper test as a candidate for TNI commander on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Imparsial researcher Hussein Ahmad said that the candidate for TNI Commander Andika Perkasa must have the courage to take action to withdraw troops and not send non-organic troops to Papua.

"This promise is okay, something that must be appreciated. However, it must be proven, not just a promise. What must be done is no longer sending non-organic troops to Papua. This is a form of commitment to de-escalation in Papua, because Papua is not a military operation area," said Hussein when contacted by KBR, Sunday (11/7/2021).

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