Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Armed groups in Papua contacted the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) regarding health workers (nakes) Gerald Sokoy who disappeared in a gun battle between the TNI and the Free Papua Organization (OPM) in Kiwirok District, Bintang Mountains Regency, Papua.
Komnas HAM chairman Ahmad Taufan Damanik said the armed group had promised to repatriate Gerald. He said Gerald’s repatriation process was still in the negotiation stage.
“Brother Gerald Sokoy who was contacted by an armed group there to Komnas HAM is in their hands and will be handed over,” Taufan said in a video on the Komnas HAM RI Public Relations Youtube channel, Saturday (25/9).
Taufan did not specify the plan for Gerald’s return. He also did not explain in detail the negotiations that had taken place with the group.
He only said that Komnas HAM was ensuring security in the process of returning Gerald. Komnas HAM wants Gerald to return safe and sound.
“There is certainty about the safety and security of Gerald’s brother and the safety of the Komnas team who will mediate the Gerald Sokoy case,” he said.
Previously, a health worker named Gerald Sokoy went missing during a gun battle between the TNI-Polri and the OPM in Kiwirok District, Bintang Mountains Regency, Papua, Monday (13/9). A health worker named Gabriella Meilan died in the incident.
Referring to the report provided by the TNI-Polri, the OPM or what the government calls the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) damaged a number of health facilities. They are said to have attacked a number of health workers in Kiwirok.
(dhf / DAL)