8 October 2020 – Anti-Omnibus Bill on Job Creation (Omnibus Law UU Cipta Kerja) protest in front of Central Java Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) building was attended by workers, students, university students, and Islamic boarding school students (santri). At the time of protest, dozens of students and santri were arrested, beaten, and dragged by the police. In addition, a public lawyer from Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation-Semarang Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI-LBH Semarang) was arrested and beaten for filming the brutality committed by the police. A YLBHI-LBH Semarang public lawyer’s hijab was torn after she was pulled by force by a police officer.
At this time, approximately fifty protesters were forced to undress and crawl across the Governor’s office yard and were beaten with baton by police officers. The detained protesters were gathered in a room without masks. Such measure is dangerous considering the ongoing situation of COVID-19.
Central Java Advocacy Team for the Freedom of Expression demanded the Central Java Regional Police Chief to order his men in the field not to use violence against protestors. Furthermore, the advocacy team also demanded the Central Java Regional Police to open access to legal assistance for the protesters.
Currently, the Central Java Advocacy Team for the Freedom of Expression has an information center at which the victims of police brutality can report an account of what they went through at protests.
For this reason, the Central Java Advocacy Team for the Freedom of Expressions calls on related parties that:
- The President and the House of Representatives (DPR RI) to take responsibility for the chaos that occurs in public as a result of the ratification of Omnibus Bill on Job Creation.
- The Regional Chief of Police to ately order police officers who guard the Anti-Omnibus Bill on Job Creation protests to stop the repression against protestors
- The Regional Chief of Police to immediately order police officers who made arrests at protests to open access to legal assistance for protestors who had been arrested
- The National Commission of Human Rights (KOMNAS HAM) to investigate the alleged violence perpetrated by police officers against Anti-Omnibus Bill on Job Creation protestors in Semarang.
- The National Commission on Violence Against Women (KOMNAS Perempuan) to investigate the alleged violence committed by police officers against Anti-Omnibus Bill on Job Creation women protestors in Semarang.
- The National Commission for Child Protection (KOMNAS Perlindungan Anak) to investigate the alleged violence perpetrated by police officers against child protesters and to ensure that children’s rights to freedom of expression at Anti-Omnibus Bill on Job Creation ratification protests are protected.
Central Java Advocacy Team for Freedom of Expression
PBHI Central Java- Lrc KJHAM-YLBHI-LBH Semarang