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Indonesian rights body to probe Papuan pastor killing

Commission to investigate Saturday shooting death of pastor known for translating Bible into local language in Papua

Erric Permana   | 23.09.2020
Indonesian rights body to probe Papuan pastor killing

JAKARTA, Indonesia

Indonesia’s National Human Rights Commission will investigate Saturday’s shooting death of a pastor in Papua, eastern Indonesia, the commission’s head has announced.

The commission has started gathering information about the killing in Intan Jaya, Papua of Yeremia Zanambani, a pastor known for translating the Bible into the local Moni dialect.

“We need to find the real perpetrators and evaluate previous cases in Papua and West Papua more comprehensively,” commission Chairman Muhammad Chairul Anam said in a statement late Tuesday.

Local residents have reportedly said Zanambani was shot by the Indonesian Army.

The military has denied the allegations, saying an armed group was responsible for the attack.

Anam said violence in Intan Jaya this year has claimed eight lives, including civilians and military personnel.

Amnesty International Indonesia also urged the police to investigate the shooting.

Usman Hamid, the director of Amnesty International Indonesia, said the incident showed the government’s failure to bring peace to Papua.

"Since the beginning of the year, there have been at least 15 shooting cases. So when will Papuans live in peace?” he said in a written statement on Tuesday.

Amnesty also said that over the past three months, eight people were killed in five incidents of extrajudicial killings in Papua.

“In conclusion, there are 15 cases with a total of 22 victims throughout the year. The police and military were mostly involved in these human rights violations," Hamid claimed.


* Writing by Maria Elisa Hospita

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