|Indonesia||CHURCHES ASKED TO MEDIATE BETWEEN PAPUANS AND GOVERNMENT|
Rights advocates have called on Churches in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua to serve as mediator between the government and Papuans in dealing with the latter's separatist demands.
John Rumbiak, a Papuan human rights activist, told UCA News that the only institution the Papuans trust now is the Church. "The people do not trust the government and lawmakers anymore," Rumbiak said. He noted that Papuans' complaints about violations of their rights have gone unheard. "The government," he added, "has never discussed with the people."
The Churches now play a crucial role in Papua, said Aloysius Renwarin, director of a rights advocacy office in Jayapura.