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2020 bad year for human rights in Indonesia: Amnesty

  • Nina A. Loasana

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 8 2021   /  01:00 am
A protesters sits in a road as tear gas fired by police obscures the scene behind him during a demonstration on Oct. 8, 2020 in Harmoni, Central Jakarta. Labor unions, students and members of the general public have been up in arms since Monday, when the House of Representatives gave its final approval for passing the job creation omnibus bill into law.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

An annual report by Amnesty International has found that human rights in Indonesia deteriorated last year, with the government failing to stop unlawful killings in Papua and West Papua and the criminalization of critical voices persisting under a draconian cyber law. 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 shot Yeremia during...