Sunday, April 24, 2016

1) Amnesty pushing for Indonesian law change, after torture ‘admission’


2) Australian Parliament: Active Australia Community Support Release From Indonesian Papua
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1) Amnesty pushing for Indonesian law change, after torture ‘admission
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The human rights NGO Amnesty International says the police in Indonesia have admitted torturing a man to death.
The human rights NGO Amnesty International says the police in Indonesia have admitted torturing a man to death.
It says Indonesia's police chief made the admission to a government committee investigating the death in custody of a suspected terrorist.
The NGO said the admission ended a decade of denial by Indonesia that it didn't engage in torture.
An Amnesty spokesperson, Margaret Taylor, said pressure should be applied to the Indonesian government to outlaw torture.
"Many promises have been made including by President Widodo on election that he would address outstanding Human Rights concerns. What we do know is that the criminal code in Indonesia is being reviewed. It's been under revision for close to three decades and when they do review it they need to ensure that torture is criminalised."
Margaret Taylor said Indonesia should also establish an independent body to investigate complaints made against police.
The Indonesian Human Rights Commission said last month that at least 121 people had died in police custody since 2007.
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2) Australian Parliament: Active Australia Community Support Release From Indonesian Papua
APRIL 24, 2016

Jayapura, Jubi - One member of the Australian Parliament said in state government kangaroo country that does not support the movement that led to the separation of the unitary state of Indonesia, but admitted that many of the civil society in the country's active support of Papua separated from Indonesia.

"We never support the group, but many community groups in Australia are actively supporting the release of Papua from Indonesia," said a representative of the Australian Parliament, in a bilateral meeting with representatives of the Australian Parliament the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP) to -9 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on Saturday (04/23/2016).

Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the House Fadli Zon said the government has a great attention to territorial issues that exist in Indonesia. One of them is the issue of Papua.
"On several occasions, I guess President Joko Widodo has several times visited Papua to see the issue of infrastructure there," said Fadli.


 
Fadli also hoped that Australia would help Indonesia maintain the integrity of its territory.

Improve communication

Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Tantowi Parliament requested that the communication between the Indonesian Parliament and the Australian Parliament can be improved. Therefore, there is often tension between the two countries. "But that only happens at the level of the government, not in parliament. I hope we can be a peacemaker when the escalation of tensions escalate, "he said.

He emphasized that both the Indonesian Parliament and the Australian Parliament should be able to help the respective governments to improve bilateral relations between the two sides. (Yuliana Lantipo)
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