Farid Faqih, a civil society movement activist and the Government Watch (GOWA) coordinator, was assaulted by TNI officers at Indonesian Air Force Base in Blang Bintang, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD). Farid Faqih is one of the leading persons who has been actively working on the distribution of logistics for the tsunami relief in NAD. TNI accused Farid Faqih of stealing the aid supplies for the tsunami relief.
GOWA and the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) already received a formal request from the President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to monitor the indication of corruption on a distribution of aid supplies for tsunami relief in NAD. Farid Faqih has made a public statement on the markup and other false reports on tsunami victims’ numbers in Aceh.
TELAPAK, as part of civil society in Indonesia, expresses our concerns as follows:
1. The assault is a serious human right violation conducted by the military personnel to a civilian.
2. The incident is a bad precedent for the Indonesian civil society who are concerned and being actively involved on the tsunami relief efforts.
3. The incident is a real test for the first 100 days program of new Indonesian cabinet under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to tackle human rights violation and corruption.
4. TELAPAK regrets the Indonesian authority’s decision that did not allow Farid Faqih to give clarification to the press on this incident.
5. TELAPAK condemns the violent assault to Farid Faqih and urges the government of Indonesia to investigate the incident thoroughly and bring the case to court.
6. TELAPAK urges the national commision on the human right (Komnas HAM) to inspect the abuse and demand the command responsibility for the action.
7. TELAPAK urges the Indonesian Military Chief Officer General Endriartono Sutarto to apologize publicly for the incident.
8. TELAPAK calls all the Indonesian civil society to condemn the physical intimidation by Indonesian military apparatus to civilians and take solidarity action against it.
9. TELAPAK calls all the Indonesian civil society to continue being involved in the tsunami relief efforts and monitor the transparency of distribution of aid supplies in NAD and North Sumatra.
Bogor, January 27th, 2005
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