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Military violence against children in Papua increases

December 13, 2022

Military violence against children in Papua increases

News Desk – Military Violence Against Children

13 December 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Papua Office of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM Papua) Frits Ramandey said violence against children allegedly committed by Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers in Papua increased throughout 2022. He said it was a bad precedent and had the potential to disrupt efforts to fulfill and protect children’s rights.

Komnas HAM Papua recorded three cases of alleged military violence against children in Papua that occurred in 2022. There were at least 11 victims, with as many as nine children injured and two children died.

“It was direct violence. Not because of the consequences or impact of ordinary events but direct violence against children,” Ramandey told reporters in Jayapura City on Saturday, December 12, 2022.

Ramandey said one of the cases was the case of violence against seven children in Puncak Regency, which was allegedly committed by members of the 521 Infantry Battalion of the Brawijaya Military Regional Command who were assigned to secure PT Modern Post in Sinak Village. The violence that occurred on February 23-24 killed one child and injured six other children.

Another case is the Mimika murder and mutilation on August 22, 2022, allegedly involving six soldiers of the Raider 20/IJK/3 Infantry Brigade. In this case, four civilians were murdered, one of which was a child.

In addition, Special Forces Command soldiers allegedly committed violence against three children in Yuwanain Village, Arso District, Keerom Regency. As a result, the three children were seriously injured, and one of them was declared critical.

Ramandey appealed to the TNI to stop violence against children in Papua. Komnas HAM Papua invited them to use a cultural approach of dialogue to resolve conflicts in Papua. “We must have a joint commitment to resolve cases of violence through a dialogue,” he said. (*)

2) Bloody Paniai trial result sets bad precedent for rights enforcement in Papua
News Desk – Bloody Paniai Trial
13 December 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Papua Office of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM Papua) Frits Ramandey said the Makassar Human Rights Court’s decision to acquit the defendant of the Bloody Paniai case, Maj. Inf. Ret. Isak Sattu was a bad precedent for law enforcement in gross human rights violations in Indonesia, especially in Papua.

On December 8, 2022, the Makassar Human Rights Court handed down a verdict stating that Isak Sattu was not proven guilty of committing gross human rights violations. The panel of judges acquitted him of all charges because the element of command responsibility was not proven. Of the five judges in the case, two judges expressed dissenting opinions on the acquittal.

Ramandey said if human rights cases were not resolved properly, they would be subject to politics. He was also worried that the result of the Bloody Paniai trial would make the Papuan people increasingly distrust the state in resolving cases of human rights violations in Papua, and start taking the matter into their own hands.

According to Ramandey, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) must immediately use its authority to reinvestigate the case. Komnas HAM had a list of names of persons in command in the Bloody Paniai incident, and those names could be summoned by the AGO investigators.

“Summon the commander of Task Force, the police chief, and the commander of the Military District Command at that time. We have those names within the documents of our ad hoc team,” he said. (*)

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