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Jakarta Post

Reprimands of Papua offenders condemned

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 26 2011   /  08:30 am

An international human rights watchdog has slammed the National Police for giving light punishment to police officers involved in the bloody Papuan Congress, calling it a “failure of human rights accountability”.

During the meeting with the House of Representatives on Friday, National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said the police had meted out sanctions to police officers found guilty of breaching the police’s code of ethics. Timur conceded that some police officers had taken the wrong approach during the third Papuan People’s Congress in Abepura, Papua, which left three Papuans dead.

According to Timur, the police had officially reprimanded 13 district police officers, four Mobil Brigade (Brimob) officers and one district police chief, while five Jayapura Police officers had been given seven-day detentions.

International human rights watchdog Amnesty Inter...