IMPARSIAL: Komnas HAM should be criticised

IMPARSIAL: Komnas HAM should be criticised
JUBI, 18 October 2010

Imparsial issued a statement in Jakarta in which it said that Komnas HAM, the National Human Rights Commission, needs to be criticised in connection with a number of cases of gross violations of human rights that have occurred in Papua.

Imparsial director, Poenky Indarti said that there are many human rights violation cases in Papua that still not been resolved. Many of the cases have got stuck with the police and the attorney-general's office. Poengky said: 'The police are not capable of resolving these cases.'

She said that the police are always spying on civilian activists, especially those involved in defending human rights and always making accusations of separatism against human rights activists.

She also said that incidents of violence continue to occur. These include the case of Opinus Tabuni who was killed in August 2008 and the case of the JUBI journalist Ardiansyah Matrias, who was killed on 30 July 2010.

'Human rights activists need to continue to sruggle about these cases,' she said.