Police officer allegedly beats human rights defender

A police officer from the Jayapura sub-district police has allegedly beaten Nareky Kogoya on 18 May 2017 during a police sweeping in the sub-urban area of Waena, which was carried out to identify possible suspects in a murder case. According to Nareky, the officers had questioned him, which upon he told them about his profession as staff at the Papuan representative office of the National Human Rights Commission (KOMNAS HAM).

Subsequently, several officers forced Nareky Kogoya to enter a police car on site, where one of the officers allegedly punched his face causing a cut in his lip. The officer also threatened Nareky not to report the physical assault. Nareky Kogoya was then brought to the Heram sub-district police station for further interrogation. Frits Ramandey, the head of the  Papuan representative office of the National Human Rights Commission stated in a public interview that the incident had been brought to the attention of the internal police investigation body PROPAM.