29 May 2013

Human rights groups in Papua trying to verify massacre report with photos

4:49 am on 29 May 2013

Reports of a mass killing in West Papua have been dismissed by Indonesian authorities while human rights groups struggle to find more evidence.

The Indonesian embassy in Canberra told the Australian media the reports are rumours and lies.

Human rights groups say they are trying to obtain photos of the dead, but say the remote Tingginambut area is controlled by the Kopassus troops accused of perpetrating the alleged violence.

Paul Mambrasar from the Elsham human rights group in Papua says once they have photos they will take them to the police.

He says the only source of the information so far is the KNPB, or the National Committee for West Papua.

"As a political organisation I think one of the advocacies is probably politically motivated. I am not saying that we are not fully trusting of what the KNPB says but we need to have more evidence like pictures."

Paul Mambrasar.