Carr calls for inquiry into rebel’s death

AUSTRALIA has made calls at the highest level for the Indonesian government to open an inquiry into the death of a West Papuan separatist leader in June.

This includes the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, raising it with the Indonesian President and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr, discussing the matter with his counterpart.

ABC’s 7.30 program last night reported that separatist leader Mako Tabuni was killed by Detachment 88, a counter-terrorism police unit trained by Australian forces.

Senator Carr said he could not confirm if that was the case. But he said Australia wanted to see a ”full airing of all the circumstances” surrounding Mr Tabuni’s death. ”We’d like to see the Indonesians make a suggestion about how that should be done,” he told the broadcaster.

”But it would need to satisfy public opinion in the Papuan provinces and satisfy us that it’s going to be a full and open affair.”

He said Australia had consistently recognised Indonesian sovereignty over the two Papuan provinces, but had never hesitated to raise human rights issues.

Senator Carr emphasised that Australia did not run Indonesia’s counter-terrorism forces, just helped with the training.

”Part of that training is in human rights, just as we train our own armed forces and our own police to respect human rights,” he said. ”It is absolutely in Australia’s interests that we have this relationship, but we don’t train them in counter-insurgency.”


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