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Amnesty International calls for action on police brutality
« on: April 27, 2012, 14:42:18 PM »
Human rights group Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to report and legally process all incidents of police violence, saying an independent body needs to publically release all findings.

"Amnesty International is calling on Indonesia to review police tactics to ensure that they meet international standards," Amnesty International’s Indonesia representative, Josef Benedict, said Wednesday, as quoted by

Indonesian police abuse their authority with legal impunity, Josef said, adding that they shoot, assault and kill without fear. Police are always involved in scandals where civilians are physically harmed during protests and land disputes.

He said that victims of police brutality should be given compensation.

Josef said that criminal investigations of police violence were rarely conducted, and those that are see police get light sanctions.

In October 2011, a police operation to disband a three-day Papuan Congress in Jayapura left three people dead, dozens injured and hundreds arrested.

An Amnesty International report alleges that police opened fire on protesters in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, killing at least three people and injuring around 80 others, including women and children, last December.