7 Dec 2011

Amnesty again confronts Indonesia over human rights abuses in Papua

2:38 pm on 7 December 2011

Amnesty International has reiterated its call for the Indonesian government to respect human rights in Papua.

In a meeting on Tuesday in Jakarta with the Coordinating Minister for Law, Politics and Security, Djoko Suyanto, Amnesty says the government must ensure restrictions on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are no more than that permitted under international law.

It also called on the government to implement the full provisions of the 2001 Special Autonomy Law, particularly the establishment of a human rights court and a truth and reconciliation commission.

The Coordinating Minister says the government is committed to making security forces personnel accountable for human rights violations.

But Amnesty criticised the use of lenient administrative penalties or closed-door trials in response to these violations.