Papuan priest awarded for mediation role

Rev. Neles Tebay of Papua has been named the winner of the Tji Hak-Soon Peace and Justice Award for 2013 for mediating peace talks between Papuan separatists and the Indonesia government.

Neles is slated to come to Seoul, South Korea, to accept the award on March 13.

“I have never expected this award. I was just informed on February 27 about this,” Neles said on Saturday.

Neles has been praised for his work with the globally-recognized Papua Peace Network, which has organized several rounds of negotiations between the separatists and the government.

Neles, a former contributor to The Jakarta Post, is also a lecturer at the Fajar Timur Theology Institute in Jayapura.

The Tji Hak-Soon Peace and Justice award is given in the name of the late Bishop Daniel Tji Hak-Soon, who gave his life and works to struggle to free those who experience injustice. (dic)



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