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KontraS reports on continuing deaths and injuries in Papua

Tabloid JUBI - October 29, 2012

KontraS, the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence has drawn the conclusion that from January to October this year, 107 people have been injured as a result of acts of violence.

The commission also stated that as many as 81 acts of violence occurred in Papua. Thirty-one of these people died as a result of their injuries. A spokesperson for KontraS, Sri, said that KontraS believes that since January this year, scores of acts of violence have engulfed Papua.

In a press release issued on 26 October, she said that at least thirty-one people had died and 107 people had been injured.

This press release was issued in Jakarta together with several other NGOs, including NAPAS, BUK and YAPHAM. The NGOs were keen to draw attention to the current situation in Papua which is becoming increasingly tense.

KontraS believes that there are serious restrictions to democracy in Papua. "It is a serious challenge for civil society to criticise the policy being pursued by the government," said KontraS

A Papuan activist in Jakarta, Martin Goo said that the continuing suppression of democracy in Papua has triggered a number of conflicts in Papua. There has also been an intensification of acts of terrorism which, he said, were being perpetrated by certain groups who are against the people's struggle for justice,

[Translated by TAPOL]