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KPAI finds grave violations against children in Koja clash

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 11 2010   /  10:51 am

The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has concluded that serious violations against children’s human rights occurred in the bloody clash between Jakarta public order officers (Satpol PP) and residents of Koja, North Jakarta, last month. Chairman of the Commission Hadi Supeno told a press conference Monday that his commission believed some parties had exploited children by keeping them at the scene."The children were at the forefront of the violence, leaving the adults at the back,” Hadi said.He added that his office had identified a group of people who had obstructed the arrival of medical help from the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) to help the children,Hadi, however, did not mention names, but said his office had discovered that some violations involved public order officers as the latter failed to protect the children. "Also, the officers did not attempt to evacuate t...