Thursday, July 14, 2011

INDONESIA: The military ignores agreed settlement with an assault victim

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, July 12, 2011
 
Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-121-2011
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INDONESIA: The military ignores agreed settlement with an assault victim
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Dear friends,

Two members of 756th Wimaneseli infantry battalion of the Indonesian National Military (TNI) in West Papua assaulted and threatened Yani Meage on 31 May, 2011 in the Kurima district, Yahukimo. After a quarrel between the victim and the TNI members, the soldiers threatened and attacked the victim by beating and kicking him which resulted in several injuries. The victim reported this incident with the support of a local NGO. While the deputy post commander (wadanpos) of the 756th Wimaneseli infantry battalion accepted responsibility for the violence in a statement letter, no further action has been taken against the perpetrators to-date. Impunity for military violence is widespread in West Papua.

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