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Jakarta Post

Brutality still ‘rampant’ in police force

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 2, 2019   /  06:45 am
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Police fired tear gas to Protesters during a riot near the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 22, 2019.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

As the National Police commemorated their 73rd anniversary on Monday, human rights watchdogs leveled a number of criticisms at the force, including for excessive use of violence, biased law enforcement measures against certain groups as well as a lack of neutrality during the 2019 general election. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said violence by police personnel was still rampant at every level of police forces across the country. According to an observation conducted by the watchdog between June 2018 and May 2019, there were at least 643 cases of excessive use of force by police personnel. Such cases resulted in the death of at least 651 people, injury of at least 247 people as well as the arrest of 856 individuals from various backgrounds; including criminals, civilians and university students. Kontras coordinator Yati Andriyani said the r...