25 Nov 2011

Amnesty calls for the prosecution of violent Papua police

1:29 pm on 25 November 2011

Amnesty International is calling for the prosecution of eight Indonesian police officers involved in the violent beatings of a peaceful gathering of people in Papua, that left three dead.

An Indonesian National Human Rights Commission investigation says on the final day of the Third Papua People's Congress in Abepura on October the 19th, police fired shots into the air.

As people fled, police allegedly beat them with pistols and batons

Amnesty's Chief Executive in New Zealand, Patrick Holmes, has described the police disciplinary hearing this week as a slap on the wrist.

"So this appears to be entirely unprovoked and extrememly heavy-handed and violates a number of human rights. What Amnesty is highlighting here is that the eight police officers who were investigated as a result of this were subject to an internal disciplinary hearing and were only given written warnings which clearly flies in the face of the rule of law."

Amnesty is calling for the establishment of an independent police complaint mechanism to deal with the violations.