JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian government and the General Election Commission (GEC) will be reported to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the deaths of 606 officers and 10,997 who suffered pain during the April 17 election process.
The Jakarta based – Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C), a humanitarian commission that serves the neediest people, in collaboration with other humanitarian agencies, is the one who dares to report the disaster to the international arena.
MER-C assessed that the government and GEC as election organizers had neglected humanity, made omissions and did not make significant serious efforts in handling this case, as well as preventive actions to prevent the death of thousands of others who are currently ill.
After forming an election disaster health mitigation team consisting of doctors with various expertise, they are now focusing on completing the causes database of death. They considered the reasons for fatigue as stated by the election organizers to be unreasonable.
With massive deaths and at almost the same time, MER-C assessed that there must be other factors that must be investigated further. The organization stressed that if the database was finished and targeted to be completed within the next week, the report would be submitted to ICC and UNHRC.
“For patients who died, an investigation is carried out for the cause of death ranging from verbal autopsy to clinical autopsy so that the causes can be known with certainty to be used as mitigation for the next election,” said Sarbini Abdul Murad, Chairman of the MER-C Presidium, at the press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday (05/15).
Murad claiming have discussed this matter with the GEC but didn’t get a good response. He stated: “Unless the government and election organizer promise to make serious efforts to resolve this humanitarian disaster like issuing authority to carry out an autopsy, finance the entire treatment process that is in pain.”
As an independent humanitarian and medical institution, MER-C, in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission, is still opening a Call Center for the community and the families of the victims if a family member is sick and dies after duty. They also actively took to the field to help care for the sick officers.
The 2019 election was indeed highlighted not only because of the widespread practice of fraud and money politics, but also the deaths of many officers since April 17. The Opposition in a press conference on Tuesday called it a “deadly election in history.”
They urged the election commission and the government to take responsibility from the start, conduct a comprehensive autopsy and prevent deaths for those who are now ill. But until now, the response of the government and GEC has not been seen.
Two days ago, Ikatan Dokter Indonesia (IDI), said fatigue was not a major factor in the death of officers. They will form a research team to make recommendations to the government. They hope that their research report can be used as a reference for the government to order a thorough investigation.
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