West Papua: Police, Military involved in Papua Abuses
After six months of investigation in the province, the commission's fact-finding team found that both Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers and police officers were involved in serious rights violations in Wasior regency in 2001 and Wamena regency in 2003.
"The conclusion ... is that gross violations of human rights occurred as defined by Law No. 26/2000 on human rights," Sa'afroedin Bahar, who chairs a Komnas HAM team on Papua, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
He said the report would be discussed during a plenary session of the commission on Aug. 11 and 12. A week later, the findings would be submitted to the Attorney General's Office for follow-up.
Sayihg that disclosure of details would have to wait until after the plenary, he only said that the findings showed that "rights abuses were committed by military and police personnel."
Komnas HAM launched the investigations into the Wasior and Wamena incidents last November to verify its preliminary findings that blamed extra-judicial killings and torture on military and police officers in both cases.
The probes started after the commission received permission from President Megawati Soekarnoputri.
In raids on Wamena villagers between April and June 2003 by Army troops, at least seven people were killed, 48 tortured, and some 7,000 others were forced to flee.
The sweeps were launched after suspected Free Papua Movement (OPM) members stole 29 rifles from the military armory in Wamena on April 4, 2003.
In Wasior, at least three people were killed, 16 others tortured and dozens of houses were set ablaze when police raided a village in Wasior in 2001 following the killings of six police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers by alleged rebels.
The six paramilitary force officers were found dead on June 13, 2001, and the
subsequent police raids and operations lasted for more than two months.
The investigation team led by Komnas member Anshari Thayeb questioned dozens of both civilian victims and security officers over the last six months.
"The investigations ran smoothly because we received good cooperation from the relevant agencies," Anshari told the Post.
Under the prevailing law on human rights tribunals, the Komnas HAM findings can be admitted as evidence in cases being heard by an ad hoc human rights court.
Source: The Jakarta Post