Jayapura, Jubi – Remarks by Papua police chief Inspector General (Pol) Yotje Mende that President Joko Widodo had given police two days to report progress on the investigation into the shooting of four students in Paniai on December 8 drew criticism from the Special Committee of Papua Legislative Council on Human Rights.
The Chairman of the House Special Committee of Papua on Human Rights, Laurenzus Kadepa, said Mende’s statement did not make any sense because the shootings were a case of human rights violations, not an ordinary crime.
” The president should have urged the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations (KPP HAM), or now known as Adhoc team, to resolve Paniai case. It is a human rights violation, not an ordinary crime,” Kadepa said via telephone to the Jubi last week.
According to him, cases of human rights violations do not lead towards the criminal. The shooting case is not a criminal action that the president should order the Papua Police to ensure the completion of the case within two days.
“It does not make sense. Moreover, the alleged perpetrator is ordered to investigate the case. It is insane . Police should appreciate the work done by National Commission on Human Rights. They must give full support and wait for the process of the Commission in accordance with Law No. 26 of 2000 on the human rights court, “he said.
Previously, Papua Police Chief, Inspector General (Pol) Yotje Mende said he phoned President Jokowi and ordered the Papua Police immediately to ensure the completion of shootings in Papua at the end of last year.
“I phoned President Joko Widodo that the case be reopened and completed the case. The president wants to get a reply within two days, “Police Chief Yotje said onTuesday (12/05/2015). (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)