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Commissions suspect rights violations in police handling of Jambi land dispute

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Wed, September 11 2019   /  12:44 am

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) and the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) have monitored the arrests of 59 members of the Batanghari Independent Union (SMB) in Jambi, citing concerns of violence against women and children.The commissioners from the three institutions visited the Jambi Police headquarters last week to check whether the arrests of the SMB members had followed correct procedures.Adriana Venny from Komnas Perempuan said the organization had monitored the case from Aug. 20 to 24, in which the commissioners interviewed alleged victims and witnesses and had found an indication that torture had been used by the Mobile Brigade unit of the police force during the two waves of arrests.“During the arrests, the members’ wives and children were also brought to the office [of a pr...