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The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) has identified dozens of cases of torture of civilians by the military and police in a recent report issued to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
“The results of our research conducted from July 2010 to June 2011 reveals 31 cases of torture by police and 18 cases of torture by the military,” Haris Azhar, coordinator of KontraS, said during a press conference on June 25 to launch of the report.
Repeated hitting, immersion in water and gun-shot wounds were among the forms of torture cited in the report, with civilian victims coming from East Nusa Tenggara, Jakarta, Maluku and Papua.
“We observe that such torture still happens because it is difficult [for us] to monitor the acts. Also, in general, such torture happens in military and police offices,” he said.