Walhi's investigating team to assist violent rally's victims

Walhi's investigating team to assist violent rally's victims

Executive director of the Walhi chapter Hairul Sobri (right)along with student activists (ANTARA/Yudi Abdullah/19)

Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA) - South Sumatra Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) formed an investigating team for victims to file a lawsuit against police repression at a student rally before the South Sumatra Provincial Legislative Assembly building, Sept 24.

The investigating team is probing and accruing evidence in connection with the police repression against the demonstrating students, Hairul Sobri, executive director of the Walhi chapter, noted in Palembang on Thursday.

The investigation outcome will serve as the basis to report the case to the National Police Commission (Kompolnas) and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), he revealed.

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To help victims of repression, the Wahli chapter in South Sumatra has also formed a command post and readied legal aid to serve complaints linked to repression.

Thousands of students staged a rally in front of the South Sumatra Provincial Legislative Assembly Building on Sept 24 to express their rejection to the attempt of the government and lawmakers to weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in any form.

During the rally, the students also censured the penal code and agrarian, mineral and coal and manpower bills as well as rejected violence in Papua Province. They were also critical of the government, as they believed it was slow in handling land and forest fires in the country.

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