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Jakarta Post

Human rights deteriorated in Indonesia in 2020: Amnesty

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 7, 2021   /  09:58 pm
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A protester sits on a road as police-fired tear gas obscures the scene behind him during a demonstration against the Job Creation Law in Harmoni, Central Jakarta, on Oct. 8, 2020. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The human rights situation in Indonesia deteriorated in 2020 as the government failed to stop rampant unlawful killings in the Papua region and critical voices continued to be stifled by a draconian anti-defamation law, Amnesty International Indonesia found in its latest annual report. Amnesty recorded 19 cases of unlawful killings by security forces in West Papua and Papua last year, claiming the lives of 30 people, said Usman Hamid, the director of the organization’s Indonesian office. One notable case was the killing of the head of the Indonesian Evangelical Christian Church, Yeremia Zanambani, in Hitadipa, Intan Jaya, Papua, on Sept. 19, 2020. The police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) claimed an armed group was behind his death. However, activists in Papua who were in close communication with the priest’s family rejected this and alleged that the military had ...