JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Human rights activists and the family of slain Papuan cleric Yeremia Zanambani continued with their efforts to find the truth behind his death on September 2020, during the conflict between Papuan insurgents and Indonesian security personnel.
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Police Watchdog to Monitor Autopsy of Murdered Papuan Priest Yeremia Zanambani
The National Police Commission or Kompolnas has announced that it will scrutinize Papuan priest Yeremia Zanambani's autopsy, months after he was killed during the conflict between Indonesian forces and insurgents in Papua’s Intan Jaya regency in September 2020.
“We will monitor [Zanambani’s] autopsy closely, along with other independent agencies like Amnesty International Indonesia, the National Commission on Human Rights [Komnas Ham], and the Indonesian Communion of Churches [PGI],” said Kompolnas head Benny Mamoto.
Speaking on Monday, February 15, Benny added that “the autopsy will also be carried out by impartial doctors. The supervision by independent institutions is in line with the conditions laid out by Zanambani’s family.”
Aside from the NGOs and doctors, Zanambani’s family stipulated that his lawyers and independent witnesses observe the autopsy. They also urged the procedure be carried out in his home district of Hitadipa, the location of his death.
An attorney for Zanambani’s family, Yohanis Mambasar, confirmed that his widow and two children have authorized the Papuan Regional Police to carry out the autopsy on February 12. Previously, his family refused the procedure on traditional grounds in November 2020.