2 Jun 2008

UN body expresses deep concern about continuing reports of torture from Papua

3:22 pm on 2 June 2008

The United Nations Committee Against Torture has expressed deep concern about ongoing allegations of torture by Indonesian police and security forces in Papua.

The Committee has referred to what it calls numerous credible and consistent allegations as corroborated by the recent report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other sources.

The allegations concern routine and widespread use of torture and ill-treatment of suspects in Indonesian police custody, as well as by members of the security forces in Papua and Aceh.

The UN Committee says it's deeply troubled at evidence that alleged perpetrators of war crimes wanted by Interpol, such as Colonel Siagian Burhanddhin, are currently serving in the Indonesian military forces.

Col. Siagian is currently Commander of the Indonesian Army in Jayapura.