US: Indonesia Should Honor Military Reform Promise

US: Indonesia Should Honor Military Reform Promise

Jakarta Globe, 14 January 2011


Washington. The United States is urging Indonesia to honor its commitment to investigate and prosecute human rights abuses by its troops.

According to media reports, three Indonesian soldiers accused of torturing two men from the restive eastern region of Papua are facing relatively minor charges of disobeying orders. The trial began Thursday.

A video released by a rights group purportedly shows the troops holding a burning stick to the genitals of one of the men.

U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said it would hold Indonesia to its commitments to investigate rights abuses and take legal action.

He promised close U.S. monitoring of the trials.

Last July, the United States lifted a decade-old ban on military assistance to a notoriously violent Indonesian commando unit.