Dilemma of Equal before the Law Principle and Social Impact of the Law No. 21 Year 2001 on Special Autonomy of Papua for Papua Province

Najamuddin Gani


Equality before the law as stipulated in the Indonesian Constitution 1945 is a beacon to be followed in the organization of the State. The establishment of laws and regulations including the Law No. 21 of 2001 on Special Autonomy for Papua Province should also embrace the principle of the equality before the law. From a historical perspective, the Law established when the country experienced a multidimensional crisis in the reform era. It marked the change of political and governmental paradigm in Papua, which is a Special Autonomous Region. The philosophy and the estuary of the Law are focused on protection, alignments, and the empowerment of indigenous Papuans. Besides it has brought benefits, implementation of the Papua Special Autonomy Law has had an impact on the political and social disintegration. Papuan population has been fragmented over the issue of Papuan and non-Papuan.

Keywords: equal before the law, Social Impact: Special Autonomy for Papua.

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