Government: No Political Prisoners in Papua

Coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs Djoko Suyanto on Monday (12/12) said that there are political prisoners detained in Papua as alleged by human rights organizations.

“No political prisoners in Papua,” Djoko said. “I told Amnesty International that there are only criminals. In a seminar or demonstration, no one was detained unless there was also violence and destruction at the event.”

Djoko said he met Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Programme director Sam Zarifi last week. He said it was up to Amnesty International to believe the government’s statement.

Djoko said that the Indonesian government will not endorse a human rights violation.

“If military or police officers violate the law, they will be taken to military trial,” he said. “And if ordinary people breach [the law] and police hunt them, it is for the sake of legal enforcement and not a human rights violation.”

Source: The Jakarta Globe

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