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Jakarta Post

TNI must `stop torturing civilians'

  • The Jakarta Post


  /   Sat, June 27 2009   /  10:49 am

Human rights activists have urged the government to better control and monitor its military (TNI) to prevent torture against civilians. "The government and the TNI must respond quickly to Human Rights Watch's *HRW* recent report by punishing violators and commencing an all-out reformation of the armed forces," Poengky Indarty, from the Indonesian Imparsial Human Rights Watch, told The Jakarta Post on Friday. HRW, a New York-based rights watchdog, recently said members of the country's elite paramilitary forces, Kopassus, had detained and tortured civilians in Papua, one of the most conflict-prone regions in Indonesia. HRW urged the Indonesian government to investigate alleged abuses, and to discipline or prosecute offenders and their commanding officers. It also called on countries such as the United States, Australia and the UK to cut training ties with Kopassus unti...