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KontraS: 138 cases of human rights violation conducted by TNI

Tempo - October 4, 2017

Saifullah S., Jakarta Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) recorded 138 cases of violence and human rights violation involving the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) occurred throughout 2016 to 2017.

Based on the data, KontraS Deputy Coordinator Puri Kencana Putri said that 15 people were dead, 124 injured, 63 were wrongfully detained, and 61 people endured other forms of losses.

Puri said that most of the violations happened during the year were 65 cases of abuse and 38 cases of intimidation. It occurred in North Sumatra, South Sulawesi, and East Java.

Puri also revealed that there has been a drop in the number of violence and human rights violation since September 2016 up to August 2017. However, she presumes that the drop is caused by the victims that are afraid to report their cases to the authorities, or that it took place in rural regions that are far from law enforcement offices.

"The current trend is that victims will be handed financial compensation as an attempt to make them silent, even though [these practices] do not satisfy the victims," said the KontraS Deputy Coordinator.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/10/04/055912019/KontraS-138-Cases-of-Human-Rights-Violation-Conducted-by-TNI.

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