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Amnesty International urges independent and transparent investigation into child death in Sinak Puncak Jaya West Papua

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TOTIO,THE TPN-PBNEWS.COM-Amnesty Internasional Indonesia responds to the death of a child in Sinak, Puncak Jaya Regency, Papua who is accused of stealing weapons belonging to the TNI

Director of Amnesty International Indonesia, Usman Hamid through a press release received by TPN-PB NEWS, Monday (28/2-2022) said

“We are deeply saddened by this incident. Whatever the reasons accused him, the victim should not have died. We also remind that civilians, especially children, should not become victims and get injured, let alone die in areas of armed conflict.” he said.

He said that the alleged torture carried out by the TNI/POLI security forces against the victim before dying must be investigated immediately.

“Allegations of torture by the TNI/PORLI security forces against the victim before the victim died must be immediately investigated thoroughly, independently, transparently, and impartially. For the sake of justice, the state must determine who is responsible for this tragedy.” Usman said

On the same occasion, Amnesty International Indonesia Deputy Director Wirya Adiwena explained, “if it is true that there are indications of abuse and arbitrary arrest of the victim and six other children, then whoever the perpetrator is, he must be tried in a court that is fair and open to the public.”

“This is not the first time a child has been the victim of an extrajudicial killing. The government and security forces must ensure that incidents like this do not happen again. Allegations of any actions carried out by children and other civilians should not be the basis for persecution, especially those that lead to extrajudicial killings,” said Wirya.

Amnesty International Indonesia receives report

Amnesty International Indonesia received a report that a fourth grade elementary school student with the initials MT in the Sinak District, Puncak Regency, Papua died on Sunday 20 February 2022 after experiencing persecution by security forces in Sinak. MT was arrested along with six other children for allegedly stealing weapons belonging to TNI members in Sinak. The seven children who were arrested were all of elementary school age (SD).

Based on local media reports on February 26, two youths allegedly took a weapon belonging to a member of the TNI in the vicinity of Tapulinik Sinak Airport, Puncak Papua Regency on the evening of February 20. After the TNI officers found out that their weapons were taken, they chased the person who took the weapon in Kelemame Village.

They did the exact chase around the three churches there. TNI/PORI officers then took the seven children to the post at Sinak Airport for interrogation. The seven were allegedly subjected to persecution there before they were taken to the Sinak Police Station.

“Media reports also state that up to now six other victims are undergoing treatment at the hospital.” Usman explained

In international human rights law, Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Indonesia has ratified through Law No. 12 of 2005, has emphasized that every individual has the right to life and that no one should be deprived of this right. his life.

Meanwhile, within the framework of national law, the right to life is protected in Articles 28A and 28I of the 1945 Constitution and Article 9 of Law Number 39 of 1999 concerning Human Rights, which essentially states that everyone has the right to live and has the right to live and defend life.

In addition, the United Nations Human Rights Committee, in its capacity as the authoritative interpreter of the ICCPR, also stated that the state is obliged to investigate allegations of human rights violations as soon as possible, in depth and effectively through independent and impartial bodies, must ensure that there are trials of those responsible, and provide reparations for victims.

“The government’s inability to investigate allegations of human rights violations, identify, prosecute, punish the violators, as well as the government’s inability to provide compensation to victims or their families are forms of human rights violations in their own right,” said Usman Hamid. (*)

(Vullmembers Alampa)

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