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Komnas HAM inquiry finds violations in Tolikara incident

Graphic: Komnas HAM Commissioners talk to the media

The Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights has released the findings of its investigation into the recent clashes in Tolikara, Papua.

The Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) said it had found four human rights violations during a clash instigated by a Christian group affiliated with the Evangelical Church of Indonesia (GIDI) in Tolikara, Papua, in July 2015.

"Based on our investigation, we found four human rights violations, one of which was the violation of the people's right to worship based on their beliefs," Komnas HAM Commissioner Maneger Nasution told reporters.

He added that the Tolikara Regent Usman Wanimbo had confirmed to Komnas HAM the existence of a local by-law that limits the practice of certain religions.

"Tolikara Regent Usman Wanimbo confirmed that he had signed the regulation together with two political party factions of the Tolikara Legislative Council in 2013," Maneger said.

However, Komnas HAM said that it had not received the documents on the regulation.

The by-law had also been reported to the Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo by the Regent but he had also failed to show the documents to the Minister.

Komnas HAM Chairperson Nur Kholis said the Commission could not investigate the by-law further since there were no documents to support the Regent's statements.

Komnas HAM also found that the confrontation had resulted in a violation of a person's right to life.

During the confrontation, a teenager was shot dead and 12 Tolikara residents were injured by police gunfire.

Maneger said that the incident had left the Tolikara community in great fear.

"We discovered that more than 400 residents, including children were traumatized by the incident," he said, adding that dozens of houses and a small mosque were burnt down during the incident.

Based on these findings, Komnas HAM has sent a letter with recommendations to the central government and local administrations.

Date: 11 August 2015

Source: Jakarta Post

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