Indonesia Papua Incident to Be Investigated

The National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) arrived in Jayapura, Papua today (25/10). The commission team, helmed by Komnas HAM Deputy Chairperson Ridha Saleh, directly headed to the spot previously used as a venue for Papuan People’s Congress, namely Zakheus football field, Padang Bulan Abepura, Jayapura city.

The Congress, which went on from October 17 to 19, 2011, was dismissed by the security officers as the attendees proclaimed Papua’s independence. On the last day of dismissal, followed by area search conducted by joint team of Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police (Polri), casualties were reported.

Two people were found dead in the back of Military Area Command 172 PWY Padang Bulan Abepura. Four others were discovered later in the surroundings of the congress venue.

The Human Rights Commission expects the investigation can be a perfect momentum to regain Papuan people’s confidence toward the government. In addition to observing the scene, the commission will also visit six detainees who were allegedly involved in organizing the congress.

“The Human Rights Commission will go to Papua Regional Police headquarters to see the six detainees of plotting case. This is aimed to assure that they are in good health,” said Ridha.



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