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Thursday, 1 October 2015 - 23:22 WIB

Violence Against Children in Papua Reaches Emergency Levels, Komnas PA Says

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Manokwari, Jubi – The head of the National Commission for Child Protection, Arist Merdeka Sirait, said that violence against children in the province of Papua and West Papua is an emergency.

“Based on the reports, the number of violence against children in Papua and West Papua in Indonesia is very high so that the National Commission for Child Protection ( Komnas PA) declared violence against children in Papua as an emergency,” said Sirait in Manokwari on Tuesday (30/9/2015).

He said the brutal murder case of a pregnant woman and two toddlers in Bintuni Bay, West Papua, Papua last week showed emergency child abuse.
“The killing of the two kids and her mother who was four months pregnant by unidentified members of the military, more sadistic than the murder of the boy Angelene in Bali,” he said.

He explained that violence against children in Papua dominated by sexual violence and it is because of the liquor.
“I went to Manokwari Prison, discussed with children inmates who committed sexual violence . The cause they committed the crime was due to alcohol consumption” said Arist Merdeka.

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He added that the National Commission for Child Protection will encourage the government of Papua and West Papua to continue the campaign to stop violence against children. (*/Tina)

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