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West Papuans ‘tortured, terrorised’

SMH torture picSydney Morning Herald, 7 October 2013: Indonesia has been accused of using torture as a ”mode of governance” in West Papua – security forces have committed at least one incident of torture, on average, every six weeks for the past half century, a study has found.

The research, which collected documentation on 431 cases of torture from 1963 to 2010, found that most West Papuans tortured were ”innocent civilians” targeted as part of a ”policy of terror”. In only 0.05 per cent of torture cases reviewed were the accused found to be members of the armed resistance. Victims were most commonly farmers and students.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/west-papuans-tortured-terrorised-20131006-2v2ae.html#ixzz2h34bVhgw

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