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Review of the Human Rights Committee on the implementation of the first reports of civilian political convention Indonesia (Jubi / Indria)

Jayapura, 11/07 (Jubi) – On January 10 and March 11, 2013 the UN Human Rights Committee review the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the most important human rights that have been ratified by Indonesia and Indonesia has an obligation to ensure implementation for the rights of citizens in Indonesia.

ICCPR Committee highlighted the ongoing violence in Papua and deplored the use of excessive force by the Indonesian security forces. Because there is no effective and accountable mechanisms available to prevent military action against the civil and political rights. The Committee saw no possibility of re still a violation if Indonesia does not take steps to develop an effective complaints procedure. The Committee refers to the high number of extrajudicial killings that occurred in Papua over the last 2 years and deplored the use of violence in Papua disperse peaceful protests.

Poengky Indarti, of Impartial says “Discussion of Papua on the UN Human Rights Committee suggests that the ongoing human rights violations in Papua continues to be a major concern for the international community.”

While the Indonesian military courts in many cases are not open to the public and the lack of transparency, impartiality and independence. Claims Indonesian government delegation to the Committee that the military courts are generally accessible by the public, are considered out of place.

“The victim was disappointed about the failure of the Military Court in Papua and in desperate need of effective complaint mechanisms for violations committed by the military”, Indria Fernida, KontraS activist added.

The Human Rights Committee emphasized that the trial and detention of members of the military who are responsible should be open, impartial, transparent and accountable. Civil society organizations are attending the reviews are expecting a strong committee to provide recommendations to the government to review the Military Court Act.

Indonesian Government delegation admitted to the Committee that the local media in Papua is free to publish news. Meanwhile, cases of intimidation, threats and violence against local journalists in Papua continues. In recent years, the international community had witnessed the unlawful killing on Journalists Tabloid Jubi, Ardiansyah Matrais and violent attacks against journalists Viva News Flood Ambarita.

In its judgment, the UN agency also deplored the situation of freedom of expression in Papua. Retired Lt. Gen. Bambang Darmono, head of the Unit for the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua (UP4B), as members of the Indonesian delegation statement responding to the Committee, that “freedom of expression is not absolute”. If it is intended by the Committee regrets the issue of political prisoners in prisons Papua, the Indonesian government delegation stated that Filep Karma, Kimanus Wenda and other prisoners imprisoned because of their expression of a legitimate aim to separate Papua from Indonesia. According to the delegation of Indonesia, the Indonesian government will continue to stop the peaceful expression of political views which aims to separate Papua from Indonesia by way of criminal prosecution. Delegates saw this restriction of freedom of expression is necessary to maintain the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity of Indonesia.

Mambor Victor, Chairman of AJI Papua statement saying previously denied local media in Papua is free to publish news. Not only the issue of violence against journalists is an issue at this time, but there are indications of censorship of the mass media in Papua.

“Examination of Papua Pelita Magazine yesterday, that’s one indication. Also time Papua Police Mobile Brigade officers entered Papua Pos Editorial Office. Is not that an indication of the censorship of the mass media “asked Mambor.

The Committee is expected to publish the concluding observations and recommendations to the Indonesian government at the end of July


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