24 Jul 2013

Indonesian government criticised over deadly Papua stampede

7:30 pm on 24 July 2013

Indonesia's Ministry of Sports has been accused of failing to ensure the safety of the nation's stadiums following a recent deadly stampede at a stadium in Papua province.

A riot during a boxing match at Kota Lama Stadium on Sunday July 14th sent nearly 1,500 spectators rushing toward a single exit.

The Jakarta Globe reports that the stampede left 18 dead, injured 34 others.

Papua Police arrested the event's organizer, charging him with negligence after discovering that he failed to apply for a crowd permit, unlock four of the stadium's five exits and ensure that Kota stadium could handle the crowd.

Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights says that following its investigation into the tragedy it has found no facts or evidence that the tragedy was the fault of certain parties or the result of negligence.

But the commission passed harsh criticism on to the Sports Ministry, saying it failed to inspect stadiums or establish a clear operating procedure for events like the Nabire one.