Low-cost apartment residents evicted for alleged drug use
The Jakarta Post
Residents of the Cipinang Besar Selatan low-cost apartments in East Jakarta were evicted Wednesday based on allegations of drug use.
Two apartment management employees, Rudi and Amsori, and resident Denny were evicted based on allegations they consumed methamphetamine and amphetamine in November 2017.
Furthermore, Rudi’s parents were also evicted, the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) said in a press release on Thursday.
LBH Jakarta assistant public defender Charlie Meidino Albajili said the institute condemned the city administration’s eviction policy. “The action against drug users should be based on criminal law procedures. The eviction of the families goes against family members’ housing rights,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.
“Since yesterday [Wednesday], the evicted residents have been sleeping near a warung [stall] on the basement floor. If they still haven’t found a place to sleep for tonight, LBH will help them,” he said.
Rudi and Amsori were evicted despite having undergone a rehabilitation process.
Rudi said he reported the case to Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno.
“He told me to send a letter, but so far there has not been a response yet,” Rudi told kompas.com on Wednesday. (dpk)
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