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Jakarta Post

Advocacy groups report police’s handling of protesters to human rights commission

  • Sausan Atika and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 3, 2019   /  09:05 am
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Face to face: Students try to break through a police line to get into the legislative complex in Central Jakarta on Sept. 24.(JP/Narabeto Korohama)

Public advocacy groups united under the Democracy Advocacy Team filed reports they had gathered in relation to the police's alleged repressive measures against demonstrators that took part in a series of protests in Jakarta recently to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on Wednesday, demanding the commission launch an investigation into the matter. Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) lawyer Nelson Simamora — a member of the team — deplored the police for not granting lawyers access to provide legal assistance to detained demonstrators, many of whom are minors, as well as for not informing their relatives of their detainment. “Legal assistance for those detained is a civil right. Obstructing this could be considered a legal and civil rights violation,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Nelson said the team experienced diff...