Indonesian president committed to Papuan rights: commissioner | Pacific Beat

Indonesian president committed to Papuan rights: commissioner

Indonesian president committed to Papuan rights: commissioner

Updated 17 December 2014, 17:43 AEDT

The head of Indonesia's Human Rights Commission says he's confident the new president is committed to addressing human rights abuses in Papua Province.

Indonesia's police and military are often those accused of being behind human rights abuses, by using excessive force.

Only this week, a new report revealed that police were involved in nearly half of all of the human rights violations reported in Papua.

Dr Hafid Abbas says President Joko Widodo is aware that the country's police force needs to be reformed.

Meanwhile, he's sent a team to investigate the latest incidence of violence, where police are alleged to have shot at a crowd of West Papuan protesters, killing five.

Dr Hafid joined me in the studio a short time ago.

Presenter: Catherine Graue

Speaker: Dr Hafid Abbas, chairman of Indonesia's Human Rights Commission

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