Jayapura, Papua. A soldier trying to check whether the firearm of a senior officer was empty before boarding a flight on Monday at Mopah Airport in Merauke, Papua, accidentally killed a boy waiting nearby and critically injured the child’s father.
Chief Pvt. Dedy wanted to make sure the FN pistol of Lt. Col. Joko Pitoyo from the Cenderawasih military command was not loaded, pointing it at a wooden partition and pulling the trigger to make sure.
However, the gun went off and the bullet killed 6-year-old Novan in a waiting area for passengers on the other side of the partition.
The boy’s father, 32-year-old Sugiono, was also hit and remained in critical condition on Monday.
Officers with the Merauke Military Police were investigating the incident.
3) Komnas HAM should ensure that the Paniai Case is accounted for in a Human rights Court.
Statement by the Executive-Director of the LP3BH 2 March 2015 Following the initial investigations that were conducted by Komnas HAM, the National Human Rights Commission which has the right according to Law 39/1999 on Basic Human Rights and Law 26/2000 on Human Rights Courts, the Commission stated quite categorically that this incident during which shots were fired at civilians in Paniai, Enarotali, constitutes a violation of basic human rights. As a senior lawyer working in the Land of Papua, I call on Komnas HAM to continue with their investigations in accordance with the laws in force until they find the evidence needed to be able to prove that what happened in Paniai was a case of grave human rights violations. as stipulated in Law 26/2000 on Human Rights Courts. As soon as their investigations find the evidence to indicate that what happened there was genocidal, it should act firmly as neutral agency by ensuring that those responsible for the crime, whether from the TNI - Indonesian Army - or the Indonesian Police Force - should be brought before a Human Rights Court either in Jayapura or Manokwari, West Papua. In my opinion, this means that the Governor of the province of Papua, Lukas Enembe, and the Governor of West Papua, Abraham Octavianus Atururi together with the various official institutions of both provinces should without further delay urge President Joko Widodo and the various governmental agencies as well as the Chairman of the Constitutional Court to set up Human Rights Court. This is a matter of great importance, bearing in mind the stipulations in Law 21/2001 on Special Autonomy for West Papua as amended by Law 35/2008. Peace! Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of the LB3BH Translated by Carmel Budiardjo