Parents of victims of persecution in Keerom not yet receive investigation results

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Jayapura, Jubi – One of the parents of victims of persecution allegedly committed by soldiers in Keerom Regency, Elvi Yoku, said she had not received the results of the investigation into the persecution of the case that injured his son, Rahmat Paisei and two of his friends. Yoku hoped that the perpetrators of the persecution would be immediately held responsible according to law.

Rahmat Paisei (15), Bastian Bate (13) and Laurents Kaung (11) were tortured at the Cartenz Peace Task Force Post in Yuwanain Village, Arso District, Keerom Regency on October 27, 2022. The three children were allegedly abused by a number of soldiers using chains, wire reels and water hoses. They had to undergo treatment at the hospital afterwards.

Yoku admitted that until Wednesday, November 23, 2022, she had not received information about the progress of the investigation conducted by the Military Police of the XVII Cenderawasih Military Command nor the investigation by the Papua National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM).

Elvi said she would meet the military police and Komnas HAM Papua to ask about the progress of the investigation into the persecution case.

Meanwhile, the Director of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (APIK) Jayapura Legal Aid Institute, Nur Aida Duwila, said that a coalition of a number of victim assistance organizations in Papua was currently focusing on providing psychosocial recovery for the three children. “Rahmat Paisei and his friends need recovery, both health and psychosocial aspects,” Nur told Jubi on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. (*)

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