Target: Inspector General Irjen Syafruddin, Head of the Division on Professionalism & Security (Propam)
Goal: Ensure that four students allegedly beaten by police receive medical treatment and that those responsible for their beatings are brought to justice.
Four students in Indonesia were allegedly arrested, beaten, and stabbed by police. Although all four have been released without charge, they need serious medical attention and their attackers must be brought to justice. Sign the petition and demand that officials investigate the attack and ensure that the students are provided with medical treatment.
Eldi Kogoya and Timotius Tabuni, both 17, and Lesman Jigibalom, 23, were driving home on their motorcycles when they were followed and stopped by plainclothes police officers. When the young men asked why they were being stopped, at least eleven police officers allegedly savagely beat and stabbed them. Mies Tabo, a 14-year-old student, witnessed the attack and tried to call out for help. Instead, he was reported to have been slapped, kicked, and told to be quiet. All four students were dragged to police headquarters a short distance away before being transferred to the hospital, where they were released without any charges being brought against them.
The lack of pretense in stopping the students, along with the fact that they were never charged with any crime, makes the brutality they have suffered even more appalling and senseless. All four victims are traumatized, as are their families, and they require more serious medical attention than that which they have received. Lesman Jigibalom is in critical condition and has a stab wound that punctured his right lung, while Eldi Koyoga has a broken rib and Timotius Tabuni has a gash in his forehead.
Police brutality in this particular region of Indonesia is all too common and is rarely investigated or punished. Demand justice for the four students subjected to such brutality and implore the authorities to fully investigate this and all other claims of police brutality.
Dear Inspector General Irjen Syafruddin,
I am writing to call for an immediate and impartial investigation into the recent attacks suffered by four young students in Jayapura city, Papua province. Eldi Kogoya and Timotius Tabuni, both 17, Lesman Jigibalom, 23, and Mies Tabo, 14, were all reported to have been brutally assaulted by at least eleven police officers, who then dragged them to the police station before releasing them to a hospital without charge. In addition to numerous cuts and bruises, Eldi Kogoya has a broken rib, Timotius Tabuni has a gash on his forehead, and Lesman Jigibalom remains in critical condition with a stab wound that punctured his right lung.
The sheer senselessness of the attack, combined with its extremely vicious nature, is an unfortunate testament to the unacceptable level of police brutality in Papua province, where such attacks are not uncommon and are rarely punished. I urge you to change that. Offer the students protection, medical care, and psychological treatment in accordance with their wishes. Investigate the alleged attacks against them. And, perhaps most importantly, punish those responsible–no matter who they may be.
[Your Name Here]
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