Bintang Papua, 16 March 2011


The director of the Institute to Strengthen Civil Society in Papua, Budi Setyanto said that the police should have avoided taking excessive action which has cast suspicions on the nurses who took part in a demonstration and went on strike and were eventually detained and arrested.

The actions that they took were their spontaneous response, based on a sense of solidarity among members of the nursing profession. When approached by Bintang Papua for his reaction to the arrest of the nurses, Budi Setyanto said that the nurses should not have to face criminal charges. ‘If they did indeed take strike action which led to an interruption in the delivery of public services as DokII General Hospital, they should only face administrative sanctions, not criminal charges.’

Instruction no. 125 issued by the governor that was subsequently withdrawn happened because the policy had not been properly socialised. He said that the issue concerning the nurses need not have been taken to such an extreme.

Setyanto suggested that the initial approach to the case should be ‘to give guidance to the nurses which I am sure they will be able to understand. If they stand firm by what they have done and don’t want to go on providing their services to the public, they should be asked whether they would like to resign. If they don’t want to continue with their duties, that would be an end to the matter,’ he said.

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