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Jakarta Post

Minister rebuked for jumping gun on Cebongan

  • Ina Parlina and Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 13 2013   /  10:01 am

Human rights activists have criticized Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro for saying the killings of four prison inmates by a group of soldiers in Sleman, Yogyakarta, were not a gross human rights violation.

Yati Andriyani of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said that Purnomo had no authority to conclude whether or not the raid at Cebongan prison in Sleman by members of the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) violated human rights.

The law stipulates that the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) is the sole institution authorized to make that judgment. “The minister seemed to be in a rush to make such a statement. I’m afraid he’s intentionally hindered further investigation into the case,” Yati said.

The minister argued that the establishment of an ad hoc human rights tribunal for the 11 soldiers involved in t...