June 11, 2012 Report – By Jubi and the PMC news desk
In the wake of many shootings that have occurred this month in the
West Papuan region capital of Jayapura and its environs, the human
rights group Kontras has challenged the role of the Indonesian
military and police and questioned the work of the state intelligence
The coordinator of Kontras (Commission for the Disappeared and Victims
of Violence), Olga Helena Hamadi, said the police should investigate
all the shooting incidents and reveal who was who behind them.
She said the TNI (Indonesian military), police and intelligence should
work harder on this issue.
“It is strange that all these shootings are occurring in the heart of
the city, yet not one of the perpetrators has yet been arrested,” she
“The police should investigate these incidents. It is the duty of the
police to safeguard the security of our citizens. It is not enough
for the police to issue statements saying that these incidents are the
work of OTK – Orang Tak Kenal or Unidentified People.”
If the army and the police were finding it difficult to discover who
was who are behind these shootings, civil society groups should work
in collaboration with each other to work out a solution, she said.
The chairman of BUK (United for Justice), Peneas Lokbere, said the
police must have the confidence of the community.
“If they fail to reveal any of the forces that are behind these
incidents, they will lose the the confidence of the community,” he
Albertus, a representative of the Franciscans Secretariat in
Jayapura, also said the police must reveal the people who were behind
“The police are entrusted with the task of providing security and
tranquillity for the community,” he said.
Albertus added that the shootings had created fear and anxiety among
the people in general which makes it difficult for the community to
feel sure about their safety.
Source: Jubi – abridged translation by by the Indonesian human rights group TAPOL
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