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Indonesia: Legal Aid Group Reports Torture of Detainees

(Apr. 13, 2010) According to a survey released on April 9, 2010, between 70 and 80% of those detained by the police in Indonesia were the victims of torture while in custody. The survey was done by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YBHI), whose chairman, Patra M. Zen, said that the detainees “suffered from violence while under police detention,” particularly those who belong to marginalized groups whose members have neither an understanding of the law nor proper legal aid. A bill on legal aid is now being considered in the House of Representatives; YBHI is advocating the allocation of funds and facilities for legal aid staff to meet with detainees at all state detention houses and penitentiaries. (Rights Group: 80 Percent of Detainees Tortured, THE JAKARTA POST, Apr. 10, 2010.)