YCW: Police officers in Sorong are human rights criminals in Papua

Statement by Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive Director of LP3BH-Manokwari issued on 11 May 2013Intensive investigations have been conducted by volunteers and investigators of   LP3BH-Manokwari into the shooting incident  on 30 April in Aimas, Sorong which is believed to have been committed by members of the police force in Sorong and members of the TNI (Indonesian Army). Two civilians, Abner Malagwak, 22 years old, and Thomas Blesya, 22 years old, were killed during the incident.

During these investigations, the LP3BH found strong evidence suggesting that the police and the TNI had acted in violation of the law when they opened fire without warning on Papuan civilians. The shooting should be classified as a gross violation of human rights as stipulated in Article  7, Law 26/2000 on human rights courts, that is to say, as a crime against humanity.

We found concrete evidence to show that the police chief of Sorong and the Deputy Police chief of Sorong should be called to account  as the two officers who led  the operation which had been described by as an operation for dialogue but during which they used firearms.

The two police officers should be classified as Human Rights Criminals whose actions resulted in the death of two civilians while another civilian, Mrs Salomina Klaiban, later died of her wounds after being taken to hospital.

These two senior  police officers in Sorong  should be regarded as Human Rights Criminals who must be called to account in a court of law. It is therefore highly appropriate for the two police officers to be dismissed so to ensure that they can be called to account under the law as stipulated in Indonesia’s Human Rights Law and the Human Rights Courts

In connection with the commencement of investigations into the treason case in the name of Isak Klaiban and his colleagues at police headquarters in  Sorong, the Manokwari LP3BH, as a legal advocacy organisation, urges the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) of the Republic of Indonesia to conduct  pro justitia  investigations of the two police officers mentioned above  as well as the troops who were involved in the action, including the military commander (DANDIM) who led the TNI operation during this highly regrettable incident.


Translated by Tapol.org

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