11 Mar 2013

Indonesia police accused of torturing three Papuans

2:37 pm on 11 March 2013

Indonesian police have been accused of torturing three civilians in Lanny Jaya Regency of Papua province.

Suara Papua reports that the three Papuans, who are members of the Baptist Church in Pirime, were arrested after returning from a trip to Sinak.

Sinak is part of the region where a massive military and police operation is underway in response to last month's shooting deaths of eight Indonesian soldiers.

It is not yet clear why the three men were arrested but they have been taken to Wamena Police Station.

The Chairman of the Fellowship of Baptist Churches in Papua, Socratez Sofyan Yoman, says the three men, aged 23, 30 and 46 have been tortured.

The Reverend Sofyan says he understands that police sliced off skin of the arrested men with razor blades.

Papua police have yet to make a statement on the arrests.