Ditjenpas Gives Information Regarding the Findings of TAKK

Gatra.com | October 30th, 2021 07:26

Jakarta, Gatra.com  The families of the victims of the Tangerang Class I Correctional Institution fire are said to have received a statement not to sue Tangerang Prison or any other party for the fire.

The Head of Public Relations and Protocol of the Directorate General of Corrections, Rika Aprianti, said that there was no coercion in the process of signing the letter. 

"It was indeed conveyed by a team from the Banten regional office of the Ministry (Law and Human Rights), but there was no coercion from there. If you indeed not signing, what will happen?" said Rika by telephone on Friday (29/10).

On that occasion, Rika also questioned where the coercion part was. “Even if the person concerned says there is coercion in which part is there coercion? At what time, like what, anyway?” he said. 

According to Rika, the letter was issued by the Tangerang Class I Prison on one letterhead, no different. He also said that the signing of this letter was done publicly. 

According to Rika, the officers have provided the best assistance services for the families of the victims. If something is lacking and unsatisfactory, it opens a communication room. 

Previously, the Advocacy Team for Fire Victims (TAKK) reported its findings to the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) on Thursday (28/10/2021). This report is related to the post-fire response of the Tangerang Class I Penitentiary.

TAKK consisting of LBH Masyarakat, LBH Jakarta, LPBH NU, and Imparsial opened a post-fire complaint post for Tangerang Class I Prison. There were 9 complaints and 7 families of the victims requested legal assistance.

LBH Society public attorney, Ma'aruf Bajammal, said that one of the findings was that the victim's family was given a letter not to sue Tangerang Class I Prison for the fire incident. 

"There is a statement letter given to the victim's family not to sue the Tangerang prison or any other party for the fire incident," said Ma'aruf at the Komnas HAM Building on Thursday (28/10).

Ma'aruf also said that another finding was that there were indications of intimidation in the process of signing the letter. According to him, the signing was carried out in a narrow room and there were 10 people who surrounded the victim's family when signing the letter and ordered the victim's family to sign the letter in a hurry.

"Well, so they didn't even know what documents they signed when it happened," said Ma'aruf.

According to Ma'aruf, there are 4 basic problems out of the 7 findings, namely the non-disclosure of information at the time of handing over the victim, the inadequacy of returning the bodies to the deceased, and the abuse of circumstances which then have an impact on the basic rights of the victim's family.

According to him, this allegation has an impact on the violation of human rights to the victim's family. In addition, there is also the absence of compensation to the victim's family as a form of government responsibility for the fire incident. 

"On the basis of this, then at least there are allegations of human rights violations related to this incident," said Ma'aruf. 

Citing a written statement from TAKK received Thursday (28/10), the findings of the post-fire response process at the Tangerang Prison have an impact on the recognition, reduction, enjoyment, and use of the victims' families' human rights as guaranteed in Article 28A, Article 28G Paragraph (1) of the Constitution. Republic of Indonesia of 1945 (the Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia) and Article 17 of Law Number 39 of 1999 concerning Human Rights. 

The fire at the Tangerang Class I Prison occurred in the early hours of Wednesday (8/9). The cause of the fire is said to be due to an electrical short circuit. There were 49 victims died and 6 people were named as suspects in this incident.

Reporter: Alfiansyah Ramdhani
Editor: Iwan Sutiawan

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