Indonesian police deny US report of human rights violations

[JURIST] Indonesian National Police spokesperson Sunarko Danu Artanto Saturday vehemently denied the allegations made Friday by the US Government Accountability Office [official website] that Indonesian Police [official website, in English and Bahasa Indonesian] engaged in human rights abuses, calling the claims an attempt to prevent the modernization and reform of the force. The GAO reported [abstract] that US trainers working with various Southeast Asian police departments had violated US law by not conducting a check on their human rights records. The Department of Justice spent three years and over $265 million USD working with almost 7,000 police officers from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Read the full GAO report [PDF]. AP has more.

 

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