22 Oct 2010

More reported humans rights abuses in Indonesia's Papua

9:10 am on 22 October 2010

There are further reports of human rights abuses in the Indonesian province of Papua by security forces just days after a video was released purporting to show two Papuans being tortured by Indonesian soldiers

An official from the Papuan Customary Council has told the Jakarta Globe that he had received graphic images of the destruction of a village in Puncak Jaya district, by officers from the police's Mobile Brigade.

Markus Haluk said the images were recorded by two villagers who had trekked barefoot for 24 hours to tell the council in Mulia, 50 kilometers away, about the incident.

They said 16 Mobile Brigade officers had burned the village to the ground, destroying at least 29 homes and leaving at least 150 people homeless.