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Jakarta Post

HRW's torture reports may have been fabricated: Govt

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 25 2010   /  11:38 am

The Justice and Human Rights Ministry plans to take action on reports alleging the torture of Ambonese and Papuan prisoners arrested by the National Police's Detachment 88 antiterrorist squad, for having waved banned flags at rallies. "If the torture really occurred, report it to me," Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said Thursday, adding that torturing people, particularly prisoners, was a serious violation of human rights that could not be justified under Indonesian law. However, according to Haris Azhar from Kontras, Human Rights Watch (HRW) had reported the case to the Directorate of Correctional Institutions under the ministry, but the report had been rejected. On Wednesday, HRW released a report in Jakarta stating that Detachment 88 had tortured people arrested during peaceful rallies in Maluku and Papua. The report was based on interviews with more ...