GROUP CITES HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE IN PAPUA

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, August 9) - An Indonesian human rights organization says it has found evidence that the country’s police and military were involved in gross human rights abuses in the eastern province of Papua.

The National Commission on Human Rights says its investigations point to abuses during two outbreaks of violence in the province over the past three years.

Rebels have been waging a low-level independence campaign in the province.

Sa’afrudin Bahar, who chairs a commission team probing two bloody incidents in Papua in 2001 and 2003, says the probes show that rights abuses were committed by military and police personnel.

Bahar told the Jakarta Post newspaper that the reports were to be discussed by the commission this week before being submitted to the attorney general’s office.

August 10, 2004

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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