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Jakarta Post

‘Excessive’ security measures in Papua blamed for rising violence

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 22 2011   /  10:00 am

Human rights defenders and analysts have again raised their concerns over what they see as “excessive security measures “ in the restive province of Papua following two recent incidents in Abepura and Timika that reportedly led to at least nine deaths.

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on Friday questioned the involvement of the military in securing the Third Papuan People’s Congress in Abepura, which was deemed by the government to be “subversive”. The congress ended in chaos and was followed by the discovery of six bodies behind a military post, according to the commission.

The six victims, according to the human rights watchdog, were James Gobay, 28, Yosaphat Yogi, 28, Daniel Dakepa, 25, Maxsasa Yewi, 35, Yakob Samonsabra, 53, and Pilatus Wethipo, 40. The police, however, announced that they only found three bodies.

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