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Amnesty: Police abuse rampant in Indonesia JAKARTA - Torture and other forms of ill-treatment carried out by Indonesian police remain rampant despite the government's efforts to reform the police force, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.

The Amnesty report, titled 'Unfinished Business: Police Accountability in Indonesia', said criminal suspects including repeat offenders, drug users and sex workers were subjected to torture and abuse during arrests, interrogation and detention. "The police's primary role is to enforce the law and protect human rights, yet all too often many police officers behave as if they are above the law," said Donna Guest, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific deputy director.

The report said the government had made efforts to improve police accountability, but the changes had failed to stamp out cases of physical abuse and intimidation. Amnesty said the report was based on interviews with abuse victims, police officers, lawyers and human rights groups in Indonesia over the last two years. Many of those interviewed said police often tried to extract bribes from them in return for better treatment, according to Amnesty.

The group quoted a 21-year-old prostitute detained by police as saying that she could get off if she paid 1 million rupiah (96 dollars) or if she had sex with officers. National police spokesman Abubakar Nataprawira acknowledged there were cases of abuse of detainees, but said the Amnesty report was 'not entirely true.' "We received reports of abuse and after checking, some of them were true but in many cases they were false," he told.

Amnesty urged the government to conduct investigations into every credible report and bring to justice those found responsible.



Posted in Corruption @ 25 June 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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I'm also being asked to 'report' myself every month with the local police and of course to pay 50 thousand RP to them every month. This kind of behaviour makes me sick!
I have a family and I support the local community and I'm being treated like a criminal.
This is something I don't like about Indonesia, at least the town where I live in.



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On 25-06-2009 11:00 papaya wrote: I'm also being asked to 'report' myself every month with the local police and of course to pay 50 thousand RP to them every month.

This is one of those tricks, based on a half truth. The thing is that your hotel, guesthouse or landlord wiil have to report you to the police (INTEL), every time you have a new visa or when you have extended your visa. Not you. That report is for free. The penalty of not reporting a foreign devil is Rp 5jt, or one year in jail. Unless your domicile is, say, rented in your sponsor's or wife's name, you don't have to worry. And even if it is, you are not responsible for reporting, your wife/sponsor is.



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papaya; are you also asked to bend over for the police? Or maybe you are requested to suck an officers dick maybe? Or did they molest you with their gun? You paying 50.000 Rupiah may not be according to the rules, but it's nothing compared to what Amnesty International is talking about here.

And read what guna2 wrote, it's true. I never reported myself at any police station, while I am damned sure someone did that for me. That is how it should be, furthermore you should not be worried too much about it.



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