Indonesian forces behind unlawful killings in Papua says Amnesty International

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Jakarta | Updated: July 2, 2018 7:17:31 AM

Amnesty said that more than half the victims were either political activists specifically targeted or people taking part in peaceful protests.

The human rights group said none of the killings was investigated independently of the security forces responsible. (Reuters)

Amnesty International says there have been 95 unlawful killings by security forces in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua region since 2008, including targeted slayings of activists, and a near-total absence of justice for the mainly indigenous victims.

In a report based on two years of research, Amnesty said today that more than half the victims were either political activists specifically targeted or people taking part in peaceful protests often unrelated to the Papuan independence movement.

It said none of the killings was investigated independently of the security forces responsible. In about a third of the cases, there was not even an internal investigation.

An independence movement and an armed insurgency have simmered in the formerly Dutch-controlled region since it was annexed by Indonesia in 1963.

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