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INDONESIA: Peaceful protesters arrested & tortured by police in Papua


Yali Wenda (left) and Alfares Kapisa (right), arrested and tortured by Jayapura police

Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the arbitrary arrest and the torture of two Papuans participating in a peaceful protest. The protesters are reported to have been electrocuted and beaten while being transported to the Jayapura police station in a police truck. They have been forced to sign a falsified police investigation report and have been denied medical treatment and access to lawyers. Read More...

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INDONESIA: Judges grant probation to prison guards involved in torture


Urgent Appeal Update : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the torture case of Riko Yeyandra, an inmate who was tortured by two prison guards at Solok Correctional Facility, West Sumatra. The prison guards were found guilty of maltreatment by Solok District Court and sentenced to one year of imprisonment. The judges, however, granted probation that the convicted do not need to serve their punishment. Read More...

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Video: Ironic Survival

Alex Mahuze is a Malind tribesman and a sago farmer in Merauke. His clan has for generations lived in harmony with nature. The arrival of the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) program has forced him to earn money through other means, which ironically harms the environment. He lost his lands and his culture is threatened, but Alex fights on.

Torture in Indonesia

The practice of torture in Indonesia is already institutionalised. The practice of torture is deeply rooted because the police see it as a 'source of income', in a form of bribery when committing torture. Accordingly, this becomes an incentive to conduct torture for police officers with relatively low salaries. Form the legal point of view, the perpetrator should have been punished. However, punishment of the perpetrators is difficult as the victims are reluctant to file complaints and refuse to voice their sufferings. This whole situation makes the struggle to eliminate torture is even harder.

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