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End of the Line for the Special Fund

Monday, October 5, 2020

As the disbursement period for the special autonomy fund comes to an end in 2021, many demonstrations erupt in Papua. Several parties refuse an extension of the special autonomy fund and instead demand a referendum. To quell the ruckus, the home affairs ministry hastens deliberations on revision of the Special Autonomy Law.

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Students carry a coffin as a form of protest against the plan to implement the second special autonomy status in Manokwari, Papua, last July. Jubi/Hans Arnold Kapisa. tempo : 172132137997.

TWO decades after the law was ratified, a brief section is now causing major headaches. Signed by President Megawati Soekarnoputri in her fourth month in power, Law No. 21/2001 on special autonomy for the province of Papua was originally drafted as a political compromise to end ongoing tension between Jayapura and Jakarta. Now waves of protest in Papua are threatening the very principles of the agreement.

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