Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono defended on Saturday (19/11) the actions of its military in Papua province.
Yudhoyono said that there was accountability and military personnel who committed crimes would be investigated.
“The world must know that in Papua there are armed cells of separatist group who are launching attacks at us, including at an area of a firm there,” he said, referring to a mine run by Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Mine Inc where a worker was killed by gunmen on Thursday.
“When our soldiers are doing self-defense then it can’t be categorised as violating human rights.”
Three people were killed on Oct. 19 as police and military tried to disperse a political meeting in Abepura, a sub-district of Papua, a resource-rich yet underdeveloped province with a simmering separatist insurgency and heavy military presence.
The government’s national human rights commission found strong evidence of excessive acts that led to human rights violations.