Amnesty International Demands Jokowi's Promise on Human Rights

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    Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo delivers his state of the nation address ahead of the country's Independence Day at the parliament building in Jakarta, Aug. 16, 2018. Jokowi urged his country to embrace its founding spirit of tolerance in an annual national address just days after choosing a divisive cleric as his running mate in elections next year. AP

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Human rights organization Amnesty International Indonesia demanded President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to fulfill his promises to resolve the alleged violation of human rights in Papua. According to Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid, Jokowi had earlier pledged to settle the shooting incidents involving civilians in Paniai, Papua.

    "We underline one promise, one commitment delivered by President Joko Widodo following the Paniai incident that the President wants the case to be settled to prevent further incident in the future," said Usman in a plenary meeting with the House of Representative (DPR)'s Legal Commission in the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

    Usman explained that there was an alleged excessive mobilization of power and weapons from the security apparatus in Papua. Throughout January 2010 until February 2018, Amnesty International Indonesia recorded 69 cases of alleged extrajudicial killings in Papua.

    The most dominant perpetrator was the National Police (Polri) officers (34 cases), followed by Indonesia Armed Force (TNI) (23 cases), joint officers of TNI and Polri (11 cases) and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) in one case.

    Usman explained a total of 25 cases were not investigated, 26 cases were studied without disclosure, and 8 cases ended customarily. "Usually, it is about certain compensations for the victim’s family," Usman said.

    According to Usman, the series of those gross facts was a proof that the government lacked independent, effective, and impartial mechanisms to cope with the civilian’s complaints concerning human rights violation performed by the security personnel.

    The former coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) urged the government to create measures to resolve the human rights violation in Papua and demanded the government admit the incident and draft procedures for security officers in a bid to prevent violence in the region.

    "President Jokowi expects Papua to be a peaceful land," Usman said.

    Meanwhile, the House’s Legal Commission deputy speaker Trimedya Panjaitan pledged to question the findings issued by Amnesty International Indonesia to the National Police Chief Tito Karnavian in the upcoming session. "We will ask the police chief in the next meeting on September 24," Trimedya said.