Indonesia Legal Aid Institute Criticizes Denial Of Human Rights Violations In Papua

Advocates say Jakarta can not deny violations have occurred

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 6, 2016) – The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute has issued a statement condemning the Indonesian government's denial of reports of human rights violations in Papua.

The denials were issued during the United Nations General Assembly last month.

According to the Jakarta Post, the legal rights defender, which has previously advocated on behalf of several Papuan groups, says the violations have occurred.

It says between April and September this year, the government arrested 2,282 Papuans staging non-violent rallies.

The Institute says Indonesia, through its representative, Nara Masista, said problems in Papua were related to separatists seeking to disrupt public order.

She went on to say Indonesia's commitment to human rights was solid.

But the Institute says that is not the case.

It says its network has recorded human rights violations from arrests, murders and the dispersal of rallies.

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