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Report accuses Indonesian police of brutality against Papuans

Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights (Komna) accused the country's security forces of carrying out human right violations, during a separatist rally in Papua, in a report released on Friday.

The report details incidences of police brutality against Papuans, which caused the deaths of four people.

“We found four examples of human rights violations: the right to life, the right to live free from torture and brutal actions, property rights and the right to not live in fear,” Komnas chairman Ifdhal Kasim told the Jakarta Globe on Friday.

“The National Police should independently investigate their members who have clearly violated human rights and sanction those officers,” he said.

“We also demand the evaluation of troop placements in Papua and West Papua, as there are too many law enforcers there.”

The commission recommended that Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono accelerate talks with native Papuans and hear their grievances.

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