Komnas HAM demands thorough investigation into cases of violence in Papua

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has urged the police to investigate thoroughly cases of violence in Papua, as well as the motives behind them.

Komnas HAM member Siane Indriani said to newsmen after meeting with the Chief of the Papua Regional Police Command, Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw, here on Thursday that Komnas HAM was very concerned over the incidents.

They must be dealt with seriously because they have claimed lives, including the recent one involving the killing four workers of the Modern Group in k Sinak, in the district of Puncak on Monday, March 15.

She said Komnas HAM would support the police with its planned law enforcement operations so long as they are carried out with respect for human rights.

Since 2015, Komnas HAM has recorded many violent incidents happening in Papua, she said, adding they must not be allowed to continue happening and the perpetrators must be given harsh punishment, regardless of their reasons for committing the crimes.

"Violent incidents have long happened in Papua and caused many victims. Komnas HAM hopes they will never happen again," she said.

She said Komnas HAM would monitor the law enforcement efforts made by the police to find the perpetrators of the incident on Monday because what happened in Papua would not only be heard in Indonesia, but also in the world.

An armed group had attacked Modern Group workers while building a road from Sinak to Mulia on Monday, killing four workers identified as Anis, Andi, Daud and David.(*)