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March 2, 2021

Indonesian Government Urged to Ensure Paniai deaths are probed

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The bloodbath in Enarotali of Papua province’s Paniai regency left four teenagers dead and 17 others injured. after Indonesian police and military forces allegedly opened fire on a peaceful protest.

On the first anniversary of the violent deaths of the four West Papuans, Indonesia’s government has been urged to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The peaceful protest was about the assault of a child the previous day, by soldiers, which led to their deaths. Indonesia’s President, Joko Wododo, publicly committed to solving the case.

A more detailed investigation was recommended by the National Human Rights Commission for investigations on evidence of gross rights violations.

However, the investigation has stalled, and internal probes by police and military are yet to be made public.

Amnesty International and Indonesia’s Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence have urged the government to ensure that the perpetrators of the deaths are brought to justice.

They say the government must take steps to ensure that the rights Commission is provided with necessary funds to complete its investigations and ensure all findings are made public.


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