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Govt shrugs off Komnas HAM’s reports of alleged Papua abuses

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 9 2011   /  08:23 am

The government is playing down reports made by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) that the police and the military may have committed human rights violations when they dispersed a Papuan congress last month, allegedly leading to the deaths of at least three Papuans.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was aware of the commission’s finding but had yet to issue a formal statement on it, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

“In principle, we have dealt with the Papua issue properly,” he said, adding that the police were justified in forcibly dispersing the Third Papuan People’s Congress in Abepura when it found that it was an act of treason.

Speaking at the State Palace on Tuesday, Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto slammed Komnas HAM and the Commission for Missing...