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Soldier behind death of Papuan pastor: Independent team

  • Nina A. Loasana

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
Coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) Haris Azhar speaks in a press conference in this file photo taken last year.(Kompas.com/Abba Gabbrilin)

An independent team calling itself the Intan Jaya Humanity Team has alleged that Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel were behind the fatal shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani last month in Intan Jaya regency, Papua, as well as a string of violence prior to the killing. Prominent human rights activist and Lokataru Legal and Human Rights Foundation executive director Haris Azhar led the team, which also comprises local religious figures, academics and activists. Haris said villagers had seen a spike in violence in Hitadipa district since military personnel were stationed in the village last year following antiracism protests in the province in August 2019. "Based on our investigation, TNI personnel carried out a series of violence against Hitadipa villagers prior to the shooting," Haris said in a press conference on Thursday. The team found that at least two military...