On 5 October, 2015, Jayapura, Jubi Cenderawasih XVII Regional Military Commander Major General Hinsa Siburian officially apologized to the people of Papua for unethical actions of soldiers, in a speech marking the 70th anniversary of the Indonesian military. “On the 70th anniversary, we Indonesian soldiers are also human who are fallible, do bad things and hurt the people’s hearts. On this occasion I apologize”, Siburian said at the commemoration at Lapangan Silas Papare, Cenderawasih Regional Military Headquarters on Monday, October 5, 2015.

The Commander and other top leaders have been emphasizing the military’s role to protect the republic of Indonesia and its people. The apology also comes after the Prime Minister of Tonga called for urgent action into the alleged unethical actions of the Indonesian military against the people of West Papua. The call was made during the recent 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The Tongan Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva told world leaders that our political priorities must not distract us from the goal so well embodied in the 2030 agenda to leave no one behind. He reemphasized that this goal speaks to us as leaders to work together against injustice and cruel violation of human rights as in the case of West Papua in Melanesia in the Pacific.

The Hon. Prime Minister went on to conclude that it is a choice that those with power and privilege can make. The United Nations has a duty to closely follow up this West Papua case and necessary action be taken to stop this brutal and inhuman activities.