Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Action needed over assault case
Soldiers violated the victim‚Äôs human rights, says activistFather John Jonga when he received the award last year
- By Karolus Kundal, Jayapura
- June 17, 2011
The alleged victim, Yani Meage from Kurima in Yahukimo district, accused a group of soldiers from Infantry Battalion 756 Wim Anesili of slapping and kicking him after a dispute over the payment of a taxi fare on May 31.
At the time of the alleged attack, one of the soldiers was working as a motor taxi driver and had given Yani Meage a ride.
Father Djonga told reporters in Jayapura that the commander of the battalion must take action against the soldiers involved in the attack.
‚ÄúThe commander ‚Ä¶ must be held responsible for the mistreatment of the young man, because what his soldiers did violated [the victim‚Äôs] human rights.‚ÄĚ
He further urged the commander to prohibit soldiers under his authority from conducting business commonly done by civilians, which he said violates military law.
‚ÄúThere are military personnel everywhere here in Papua. They pass themselves off as motorcycle taxi drivers, meatball sellers and other workers. As a result, civilians become victims,‚ÄĚ he said.
Father Djonga‚Äôs statements follow a call last week by Theo Heksegem, chairman of the Law Enforcement and Human Rights Advocacy Network for the Central Highlands of Papua to dismiss the soldiers allegedly involved in the assault.
Theo Heksegem told reporters last week that his organization had requested the dismissal and that Indonesia‚Äôs Human Rights Act of 2004 provided sufficient legal grounds for the action.