7 Jun 2012

Concern about rise in shootings and police response in Papua

2:42 pm on 7 June 2012

Human rights groups in Indonesia are voicing concern about a series of recent shootings in Papua, especially the provincial capital Jayapura.

This comes as police say unidentified people were behind at least four separate shooting attacks in the past week.

The Jakarta Post reports that unidentified shootings have been on the rise since 2009.

It says victims include major mining workers, private security officers, local tribal groups and leaders, commercial airlines, teachers, local journalists and motorcycle taxi drivers.

A worker for the Papua rights NGO Elsham, Paul Mambrasar, says police don't appear to have tracked down any of the gunmen.

"So for the past two weeks, every day someone was shot. The security forces cannot do anything, they say they're working to identify the perpetrators.. well, you know, there are things happening around them, and it's just strange."

Paul Mambrasar