Indonesian bishops condemn the killing of a Catholic man in Papua
Two weeks ago, a Catholic man was killed by security forces in Papua, Indonesia. Following the incident, Catholic bishops met with government officials to express concern.
Twenty-eight-year-old Rufinus Tigau was reportedly killed near his home on the 26th of October by soldiers in Intan Jaya district, Papua province.
The army and police insisted that Tigau has been killed because he belonged to the Armed Separatist Criminal Group. But Father Marthen Kuayo, Apostolic Administrator of Timika Diocese, disputed the claim and told UCA News that Tigau was indeed a catechist who served at Jalae Station of St. Michael Bilogai Parish.
At the meeting with the government officials, on the 1st of November, the bishops expressed their concerns about the situation and hope the government fulfils its promises to decrease violence in Papua. They want Papua to become a land of love, not a war zone.