26 Jan 2006

Indonesia rights commission to investigate death of boy after shooting at protest

9:34 am on 26 January 2006

The Indonesian human rights commission is to investigate the death of a boy in the province of Papua after security forces fired on a protest.

The commission will also look into the circumstances surrounding the departure of a group of 43 Papuans who took a canoe to Australia 13 days ago.

Police have admitted their officers and the military fired into a group of about 100 protesters at a police station in the Paniai district last week.

Three people were injured, including the 13-year-old boy Moses Douw, who later died in the Enarotali clinic.

Rights groups said some of the Papuans who fled for Australia had relatives in the Paniai district.

The Papuans are being interviewed by Australian officials at a detention centre on Christmas Island, 200 kilometres south of Java.

In other developments, only nine of Papua's 20 regencies are said to be ready to hold an election for the regional governor on February the 16th.

Election officials told the Jakarta Post that regencies along the southern coast weren't prepared to hold the polls because transport was difficult in the rainy season.