INDONESIA: Police shoot two brothers to death in Medan, questions arise on the proportionality and necessity of the measure
Corpse of Selly Satria Aprianto (Kiki)
Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received the information from the Medan Legal Aid Institute (LBH Medan) concerning the death of two brothers from Medan, North Sumatera. The two brothers, who were suspects in a drug case, were shot to death by the police who claimed that they attempted to escape and attack the officers at the time of the arrest. Yet concern has been raised by civil society in the legitimacy of the claim of the police. Under the current setting, there is no legal mechanism in which the claim of justification of the use of lethal weapons can be independently challenged and reviewed. Read More...
Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information from Human Rights Alert (HRA) regarding the illegal arrest of a human rights defender and a musician from Manipur for they dared to complain against an incident of torture of villagers and members of their troupe. The arrest, allegedly on fabricated charges, is believed to be an act of vengeance by the police. The police had on a previous occasion, tortured members of a music troupe, to which the two persons arrested belong and had tortured them a few days before. The two victims had filed complaints about the incident and had led a joint action committee formed by the villagers that demanded actions against the police officers. Of the two persons arrested now, Mr. Mandir Laishram and Mr. Ningthoujam Hemo, Mandir is active in Manipur, against the state government arming villagers, in the pretext of fighting ant-state activities by militant groups. Read More...
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