Rights commission finds most violations in 2019 committed by police

Kompas.com – June 9, 2020
Komnas HAM Commissioner Amiruddin during press conference in Jakarta – September 25, 2019 (Kompas)

Rakhmat Nur Hakim, Jakarta – The Indonesian police (Polri) were the institution which the public reported most to the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) in 2019. As many as 744 public complaints received by Komnas HAM questioned the police’s performance.

This was conveyed by Komnas HAM Commissioner Amiruddin in a virtual press conference on Komnas HAM’s annual report on Tuesday June 9.

Polri was the subject of most complains with Komnas HAM. The majority of complains were about the legal process”, said Amiruddin.

Based on the data gathered by Komnas HAM, some 46.8 percent of complaints received by Komnas HAM pertained to the police’s performance related to violations of existing procedures in the legal process.

Next, as many as 22.3 of complaints related to the slow handling of cases by police followed by 8.9 percent of reports related to alleged criminalisation by police. Meanwhile 6 percent were related alleged violence and torture.

The second most reported party was corporations. Cases of alleged land disputes dominated public complaints against corporations amounting to 41.6 percent of all complaints.

The next most reported issue related to corporations was labour disputes pertaining to the failure to fulfill basic working rights at 29.8 percent. This was followed by reports related to pollution as a result of corporation’s operations amounting to 5 percent of all complaints.

“Then there were also 315 complains about Pemda [regional governments]. These were related to land dispute problems. There were also problems faced of civil service personnel such as sackings, transfers of people to different posts. This was also reported to Komnas HAM. Issues such as this”, explained Amiruddin.

“And there were also problems of freedom of belief in the regions. This related to problems of permits to establish places of worship”, he continued.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Selama 2019, Polri Paling Banyak Diadukan ke Komnas HAM”.]

Source: https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2020/06/09/17591721/selama-2019-polri-paling-banyak-diadukan-ke-komnas-ham