Indonesia must end impunity for police violence

Police in Indonesia shoot, beat and even kill people without fear of prosecution, leaving their victims with little hope of justice, Amnesty International reveals in a new briefing.

Excessive Force: Impunity for police violence in Indonesia details examples of how – despite a decade of supposed reform – officers continue to be implicated in shootings and beatings of peaceful individuals during protests, land disputes and even day-to-day arrests.

Criminal investigations into human rights violations by the police are rare, punishments light and Indonesia has no independent national body to deal effectively with public complaints.

“Indonesia’s police use excessive force, and even kill people, with no fear of sanction, while victims are left without hope of justice,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Indonesia Campaigner.

“Those affected by police violence need an independent body that can properly investigate all allegations of human rights violations and, crucially, with a mandate to enable it to submit its findings for prosecution.”

Both Indonesia’s National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) and the National Police Commission (Kompolnas) can receive public complaints about police misconduct, but have no remit to refer cases of criminal offences involving human rights violations to the Public Prosecutor’s office.

—–> Amnesty International