In 2008, the Papuans of Indonesia expressed their opposition to the bill "anti-pornography" prohibited by the Islamic parties that threat, they say, Papuan customs, including wearing the penis sheath as the only loincloths.
This text is inconsistent with the values of diversity and tolerance promoted by the Indonesian constitution, has denounced Wainana Watory, President of the Commission on Human Rights in the province, asking the intervention of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (63 years ).
This highly controversial bill, passed by Parliament in Jakarta seeks to punish acts or works that encourage sexual desires and thus threaten the "moral community".
Henceforth, persons convicted of exposing their naked faces up to ten years in prison.
"The Balinese and other ethnic groups have a different vision of what can be considered sexual or pornographic. For us, the nudity is not associated with lust. We can watch an aesthetic standpoint, "said Wayan Sayoga, a scholar attending the event.
For many Papuans, this law goes against the traditions of animist tribes in remote areas of the province, where women live topless and men wear a penis sheath, the "Kotek": "Symbol of power divine in man. You can take away that forges their identity", said Karel Phil PRRA of NGO Papua New Foundation, during a press conference in Jakarta.
Indonesia is inhabited by 237 million people (spread over 18,000 islands) with nearly 90% of the population is Muslim.