Minister says there are no political detainees in Papua

West Papua News Network

Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsudin said Wednesday (13/06) that the Indonesian government had never detained any Papuans, as well as other citizens elsewhere, without clear and honest legal procedures.

„We have never detained anybody for expressing his/her freedom of speech as has been accused by some parties,” he said.

He continued that the people, who had been under detention, including those in Papua, were those who had obviously violated Indonesia’s laws.

“Therefore, it’s misleading to address them as political detainees,“ Syamsudin told reporters on the sidelines of a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission III overseeing law and human rights.

The minister’s was responding to lawmakers’ questions on the escalating violence in Papua.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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